Friday, July 10, 2015

Nani Iro EN GARDEN Fabric Challenge

Its not very often that I find a fabric that has all of my favorite colors, pretty flowers, a subtle bird, is lightweight and just gorgeous. So when Rachael stocked this nani IRO EN GARDEN double gauze, in green, I knew I had to have it. *The green is currently on reorder but there is a beautiful pink available here. Two blogging friends (who are also contributors over at Imagine Gnats) and I were talking about all the wonderful things we would each make with this fabric and the subject of a little competition came up. The challenge was accepted by everyone and here we are!
We each had 1.5 yards of this fabric (provided by Imagine Gnats) to work with and there were no rules. Just sew something that you love!  Scroll down to see what I sewed and be sure to stop over and see what Ajaire ( and Brooke ( made. I'm dying to see what they put together. I know each of their items is going to be just fabulous!

I knew that I would be keeping this fabric for myself (sorry Miette) and a summer tank top was just perfect. I searched my pattern stash for the perfect pattern and found one of my favorite vintage top patterns. Simplicity 6464, from 1974. I made one last year in black and white gingham and its one of my most worn makes. And also one that I've never blogged about!

I love the simplicity of this top. With the fabric being such a busy pattern, I wanted to keep it simple. I sewed version 3 with some alterations. I added about 4 inches to the length, omitted the rick-rack trim and the waistline casing. The last one I made was just a little snug around the chest so I made this one just a little bigger and its too big! I'll probably go back and adjust the back snaps to make a better fit.
There is a subtle side seam bust dart which is one of those things that I'm not sure is completely necessary but I decided to keep it anyway. I topstitched the front band using a golden yellow thread then I decided to do a blind hem stitch for the bottom. And my hem kind of looks uneven in this picture so I'm going to have to check that out! It could be the way that I'm standing or one strap could be shorter. Should be an easy fix.

This top will be on heavy rotation this summer and fall! I absolutely love it.

There was enough fabric left over for something small so I made a single loop infinity scarf. A beautiful, lightweight scarf for summer! And I made this top a few weeks ago using the Basics Tank pattern from Cali Faye Collection and Brussels washer linen blend in Ocean from the Imagine Gnats shop. I sewed a Medium (my measurements actually fit into the large but when I sewed that it was a little big) and the fit is perfect.

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Imagine Gnats: Nani Iro and Brussels Linen

I love sewing for so many reasons. Having an excuse to take more pictures of my kids and trying out new fabrics and patterns are just a few reasons that I enjoy sewing.

Now, I have taken LOTS of pictures of Miette. Normally she gives me her adorable no-teeth smile. Which I LOVE! But this time, she was just pure JOY. She and I went to a few of her favorite places, she brought her own accessories and she had fun.

So while I think this outfit is just adorable I am just in love with these pictures!

I'm posting over at Imagine Gnats (Oops, I had my dates wrong!! It will be live Thursday) about this Nani Iro top and Brussels Linen shorts so hop on over there to get all the details. And to see even more JOYFUL pictures of my Miette!

Saturday, May 30, 2015

Pattern Tour: Polka Dot Nina Skirt

Hello! It seems like its been so long since I've blogged that I don't know where to begin. I've been busy sewing quite a lot but obviously haven't been spending too much time blogging. I took these pictures bright and early on a very cloudy morning and boy was I tired! I had huge circles under my eyes in so many pictures and I wasn't ready to give up my coffee. So I'm thankful for my glasses hiding the circles and there aren't too many pictures of me looking straight at the camera!

I am excited to be part of this Pattern tour and to share this skirt with you today. Marte from Compagnie M. creates adorable girls patterns (I love the Mara blouse pattern) and she has recently branched out to include women's patterns and they sure are cute.
She just released the Nina skirt/culottes and after she sent me the pattern, I knew immediately which version I was going to sew. Marte loves to give options and this pattern comes with so many variations to choose from. First you can choose either an a-line skirt or culottes. Then you can add your options: front zipper, invisible zipper, different pockets, back welt pocket, etc. Seriously. So many fun and different options!

A quick note about the pattern pieces, they are layered so you will need to trace the pattern pieces so be sure to have some swedish tracing paper (or something similar) on hand!

How cute is this skirt? It has so many of my favorite things and I am so happy with how it turned out. 
I found this polka dot fabric in my stash (I bought it last year at Michael Levine Loft in DTLA) and knew it would be perfect. It has a slight stretch to it so I should have kept that in mind when deciding which size to make. I sewed a size medium skirt with an invisible zipper, contrast diagonal pockets and piping. I love piping. And polka dots. And pockets. And coffee. Anyway, the waist ended up being a little big so I had to take it in a bit. For my next one I think I can probably get away with sewing a small in the waist and grading it to a medium in the hips.

I don't normally wear my shirt tucked in but it is necessary for this skirt in order to show off the great details. I love this skirt and it is so comfortable that I have been wearing it all day. Oh, and this tank is my first version of the Basic tank by Cali Faye. I made it with a black double gauze from the Imagine Gnats shop.
Since Miette happened to be wearing her matching polka dot dress, I had her hop in the picture so we could take a few twirling pictures! She just loves how much her dress twirls.

I love seeing all the unique styles that these amazing bloggers have created. Make sure to check them out and get inspired to sew one of your own. Thank you so much Marte for letting me participate in this tour and for creating a wonderful pattern!

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Floral Pinafore and Striped Aster Cardigan

About a week ago, my friend sent me a text from an estate sale to see if I wanted some vintage fabric.  I said of course and I was hoping that it wouldn't be too expensive. It turned out to be a crazy bargain and it was even prettier in person.

So I quickly washed a few yards and found a pattern to use. I checked out the Japanese pattern book, Sew Chic Kids, from my library and decided to make the Pinafore (version R). Miette was in between sizes so I went with the larger size 6, knowing that it would probably be a little big on her. It is but that just means I get to see her wearing this adorable dress for a long time!
Vintage Floral Pinafore
Pattern: Pinafore (R) from Sew Chic Kids
Size: 6
Fabric: Vintage floral and vintage pink gingham. The buttons are a cute pink gingham as well

I think that the Aster Cardigan is one of my favorite patterns. This is the fourth one I've made and I love it! I used an thrifted sweater and had almost enough fabric.
I lengthened the sleeves a little bit and I had to piece the collar together so there is a center seam at the back. I also used a woven fabric (same as the dress) for the underside of the collar and for the binding I cut the woven fabric on the bias. It worked perfect!

Pattern: Aster Cardigan by Willow and Co Patterns
Size: 6
Fabric: Thrifted sweater and vintage floral


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