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!

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Ruffled Tumble Tee

A little untraditional for a Christmas dress but it has some sparkle in it so that works for me! Pop on over to for details on how I made this ruffled tumble tee!

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!

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.


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