Monday, November 10, 2014

Shetland Flannel Cookie Blouson

Hello! I've been impatiently waiting to share this with you. I made myself a lovely jacket using some gorgeous Shetland flannel and the Cookie Blouson pattern by Waffle Patterns. 

I'm sharing all the details over at Imagine Gnats. I'd love for you to pop over and say hello!
http://imaginegnats.com/shetland-flannel-jacket/

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Gray and Black Plaid // Simplicity 1366

I was browsing Anthropologie for clothing inspiration and I stumbled across this top and fell in love. So the search began for a simple top pattern that would work. I've seen lots of people sew up Simplicity 1366 and it looked like a great style. So when it went in sale for $.99 I snagged the pattern. 

As with all of the commercial pattern companies, I went by the measurements that are shown on the printed pattern pieces. Although this time around I noticed that they actually listed the finished garment measurements on the package. Finally! 

The fit //
I initially sewed a size 12 but it was too big so for this version I sewed an 8 graded to a 12 at the hips. Oh, and I added 4" to the length. Overall I like it but I'm constantly pulling it down and it's still a little loose around the chest. So there is still a bit of tweaking to get the perfect fit.
The fabric //
I love this fabric. It's nice and thick so it will be great when the weather actually cools down. I picked it up at Michael Levine Loft a few months ago and I'm thinking my husband needs a shirt made from it as well. 

I'll be sharing my next project next week, over at Imagine Gnats. And I have to say that I'm very proud of the finished project! Can't wait to share. Here's a sneak peek.
 

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

CraftingCon // Hunger Games


Hello! For CraftingCon this month it's all about Hunger Games. And I'm over and Mae&K today sharing my Mockingjay District 13 inspired dress. 

http://maeandk.com/craftingcon-modern-handmade

Have a great day!




Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Mustang Betty Skirt // Betty Skirt Pattern Tour

Today I'm so excited to share a skirt that has been on my mind to sew for a long time. I was able to test the Betty Skirt by Shaffer Sisters and it has been Miette's go to skirt so when I was asked to be on the tour and sew another skirt for her, I said yes!
Miette is a fan of horses and I am a fan of the "mustard" color. So when I saw this new Mustang fabric from Cotton + Steel I knew it was meant to be. There are 4 different style options for the Betty skirt pattern but this time around I sewed the basic gathered skirt and I altered the yoke. The yoke is inspired after the deep yokes and pleated skirts of the 1920’s so it is pretty high. Miette doesn't like anything touching her belly button so I needed to make a shorter yoke. Luckily, the pattern provides instructions for how to alter it and it was so easy!
 I sewed a size 6 for her since I knew she would love it and I wanted it to last for awhile. When she saw it she hugged it, hugged me, thanked me profusely and immediately put it on. That's always a good sign! The fit is just perfect and the longer length is great for my growing girl. I was able to sew this skirt in just over an hour. That's the type of sewing project that I love.
The mustard mustang skirt and this shetland flannel cape are a match made it heaven, don't you think?
To go with the skirt I made a navy blue skipper top (pattern by Sew Much Ado). I also made a size 6 and used the cuff and banded neckline options. And for fun, I made this removable peter pan collar. This collar took longer to make that the top! But it is so cute and it has gold metallic bias tape! I'm in love.

 Use the coupon code BETTYTOUR for 30% off the pattern in their Etsy store (expires Noveber 16, 2014). And I can't wait to see all the different versions of this skirt that will be popping up the next few weeks.

Here are the other Betty skirts I made. The first is a pleated version with the regular yoke and the second is a basic gathered version with an adjusted yoke. She wears the gathered version with blue hearts all the time.

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