Monday, March 9, 2015

Sewing for Me: Plaid Archer

It's Selfish Sewing Week! I wanted to share my plaid Archer muslin today since I'll be over at Imagine Gnats on Wednesday sharing about my Voile Archer button up.  
Pattern: Archer Button Up Shirt from Grainline Patterns (I was provided the pattern to use for Selfish Sewing Week but all opinions here are my own).
Size: 6
Fabric: Black and gray plaid fabric that I found at Michael Levine Loft last year.
Modifications: I added an inch to the length
Please forgive my windblown hair and zero makeup in these pictures. It was after a very long day in Big Sur and I asked my husband to snap a few shots of my shirt!

The shirt came together really well until the collar. It's not even, it's not pretty but it's on there and was good enough for me! 
I added 1" to the length and decided to remove that for my final version. I just didn't like where it hit and was constantly adjusting it. I love this fabric and it was the perfect shirt for our trip to Big Sur.
Here is a sneak peek of my Voile Archer and a few pictures from our amazing vacation!






Wednesday, February 4, 2015

KCW Day 2 & 3: Polka Dot Dress and Hipster Henley

Hello! I was able to get some sewing in these past few days, despite have a sick girl. A dress for M and a shirt for H.
I mentioned this dress in my previous post but hadn't tried it on Miette yet. She felt better today and insisted on wearing it all day even though I had not hemmed it. I may end up doing a zigzag stitch since it ended up bring shorter than I planned. I think the style is just precious on her and she loves it.
The bodice is a mustard double gauze from the Imagine Gnats shop (sold out but on order). The skirt and sleeves are a stretch polka dot I picked up last year at Michael Levine Loft. 
For Henri I sewed up the Hipster Henley from Blank Slate Patterns. This is the second one I've made and I ran into similar problems as my first. The placket and collar are much better this time around but sewing buttonholes on knit fabric is just frustrating! I only had to sew the same buttonhole 3 times...
Next time I'll move the pocket up, it is just too far down for my liking (I placed it where the pattern stated). And I went up to a size 3 but feel that it still too snug around the underarms and upper chest. Next time I'll use a smaller seam allowance for those areas. Other than that, I love it! 
I repurposed a men's shirt so I was able to use the existing hems! And the pocket is Shetland flannel in Redwood. 

The rest of the week is dedicated to sewing a few baby gifts, a scarf and finishing up a few capes and bonnets for the shop. 

Have a great day!

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

A Trio of Vintage Dresses

Lately I've been experimenting with some vintage patterns and adding options to achieve slightly different styles. I fell in love with a pattern from the 1950s and so far I've made three different dresses. Once I have the designs finalized I'll be making some to sell in my etsy shop (http://etsy.com/shop/sageandsparrowkids)!

The first is the basic dress. It has darts on the bodice, is sleeveless, has a full gathered skirt, buttons up the back and ties at the back. 

The second version is definitely my favorite. I used all vintage fabric (my friend looked through my stash and chose this combo) and it looks so cute. I used the same bodice and full gathered skirt but I added a Peter Pan collar and ruffled sleeves. 

For the third version I made quite a few changes. The only thing I kept the same was the bodice. I changed the back and omitted all the buttons opting for one button near the top. Instead of the gathered skirt I attached a full circle skirt and added ruffled sleeves. 

Which style is your favorite?

Monday, January 19, 2015

Recent Sewing Projects

Hello! Well, I've been away from this lovely blog and I've realized a few things. I love to sew. I love taking pictures of my kids but I'm not that excited about blogging anymore. It takes so much time to edit photos, think of what to write and in my limited time I'd rather be creating and sewing (or cleaning but we won't talk about that). So my posts may be infrequent or they may be like this--photos taken from my phone, a quick overview, written on my phone using an app (so I can't add links) and sometimes a little more! That's what works for this phase of my life and I'm okay with that! I post frequently on Instagram (@apriljboyer) so you can follow me there. 

So, first of all is that I've opened an etsy shop! Sage & Sparrow Kids (also on IG @sageandsparrowkids). I want to be able to continue to sew even when my kids a closer full of handmade clothes so this will satisfy my desire to create! Right now I'm of freeing vintage-inspired capes and bonnets. I'm working on a dress for Spring/Summer as well! 

I'm in love with Shetland flannel fabric. I make the capes with it, I've made myself a jacket and I had to get Henri in on it as well. So I made him this adorable jacket withShetland flannel in Olive, lined with a brown cotton and I used a fleece as accent pieces. I love this jacket so much! (Pattern is the Desmond Jacket by Shwin Designs) 

This gray and black striped knit fabric has been staring at me from my stash. So I decided to make the ladies Caroline dress (Mouse House Creations) for myself. I made a size 8 but with the knit I should have gone down a size so the fit would be better. But it's very comfortable as is! 

I have a few more projects to share and I'm trying some new things this year that I'm excited about. Hope you are having a wonderful year so far!

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