Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Sadie sweatshirt

Hello everyone!

Have you ever had one of those moments when you sewed a garment that looked exactly like the pattern envelope--only you didn't like it????

Well, that is a little bit of what happened to me.  You see, I saw the Sadie by Seamworks sweatshirt and knew I wanted to make it.  I was drawn by the element of cozyness, and I thought the funnel neck collar appropriately screamed "fall."  What could go wrong, right?

I chose a gorgeous houndstooth print I had in my stash, and got to work.  The fabric is a ponte roma knit from Girl Charlee, and it is soft, smooth, and lovely.  I knew the houndstooth would look busy, so I also chose a black rayon knit to balance out the silhouette on the neckband and cuffs.  I sewed a size S since the design had loads of ease, and ended up with a super roomy shirt that was LONG.

So, after taking out some ease from the side seams, reducing the hem length by an inch, and re-sewing the neckband with a ponte for more stability, this is what I ended up with:

I don't think it is bad, it's just not my favorite.  It's kind of like going to the store, seeing a shirt you LOVE on the rack, but realizing it doesn't have as much appeal on your body.  Does that ever happen to you?  

I think it is absolutely wonderful to sew all kinds of styles and silhouettes, but this time I didn't achieve the idea I had in my head.  I love the funnel neck, but didn't like this one on me.

For now I will put this top on the side and see if I can remedy the collar to a place I would like.  I put some tacks on each side to see if that would help, but it only created this funny shape.  If I figure it out, I will gladly show you an updated photo of what I did.

Overall, I found out that this pattern isn't for me, but it IS a QUICK sew that is perfect for Fall and Winter! I think a drapier fabric would also be lovely--just be mindful that this will affect the funnel neck as well.

In the meantime, I have some random sneak peak photos to show you!  The first is my Kelly Anorak:

I am near done, but got stuck on joining the hood lining to the jacket body/lining.  I couldn't wrap my brain around the instructions, even though I know I was able to complete it with my muslin.  I ended up emailing Closet Files Patterns, and got such a wonderful response from Alexis.  She was thorough, and kindly explained the step I was stuck on.  I was super impressed!!! Though I did have to read her email a few times, I finally got it!  You should be seeing a finished result sometime this month.

Also, I am doing my first ever pattern test!  Usually, due to my schedule and overall busyness, I shy away from this kind of thing because 1)I don't like to sew for deadlines 2)My family is priority, and I don't like the added stress of trying to balance everything.  But, this particular pattern is an awesome knit dress, and the pattern creator assured me I would have plenty of time to sew it up and provide feedback.  So far I am a little ahead of schedule, which I like!  

I am free to share info about the pattern, so once I finish and send in all my feedback, I will post a review for all of you.  But my early opinion is I LIKE IT...A LOT!!!!!

Lastly, I noticed that there has been a lot of holiday sewing going on! I can't say I have any holiday sewing for others, but I may make something holiday-themed for myself.  For some reason, I didn't even think about sewing gifts this year.  Maybe next year...But I do love seeing all the things others are creating!  

Stay sew-filled!

Saturday, December 2, 2017

November Recap and Finishing WELL

Hello everyone!

It seems like it has been a moment since I have posted a finished item for you...but today I will show you all the things I have been working on!  However, if you follow me on Instagram, you may have seen some of them already.

For November, I kept my list of items relatively short because I knew I would be working on my jacket.  I did get a chance to finish two items from the list, and they are as follows:

The top on the left is the FIRST one I have ever made for my hubby!  Now, don't think I never asked him.  Oh, I have asked...and asked...and asked!  When I started sewing things for our children, I told him I could easily whip him up a shirt, but he said NO, lol!  You see, he is very particular, and wanted it to be "just right."  So, being married as long as we have, I just left him alone about it.

Until now!  He said he was open to me giving a shirt a try, and I ran with it before he could change his mind!  I grabbed some gorgeous, soft, Ponte knit from Fine Fabrics with a beautiful drape.  It has a slight sheen, but not TOO much--his kind of thing for sure.  And, he loves it! Just loves it!  Everyone at his office couldn't believe I made it for him.  Don't you just love to sew?

So, yeah, now I am recruited to sew more shirts for him.  But, I also have a reason to go to the fabric store too!  I don't think he thought about that when he started requested more custom-made shirts. The pattern is Ottobre 06/2016, and it fits him well.

He definitely has a more athletic build, so he needs room in the chest and shoulders.  The silhouette of this top really fit the bill, and there were only four patter pieces! My only variation was to draft a neckband instead of doing a binding.  Overall, it took me a couple of hours to serge and finish for him to wear the next day.  We will definitely repeat this top SOON!

My next top is the Sadie by Seamworks. I started out so excited about this one, but (spoiler alert) now I am not so sure. The neckline isn't what I expected.  It came out exactly like the pattern image, but it just doesn't look as good ON ME.  So, I will probably rework it into something I like a bit more.  I plan on doing a proper review soon with pics of me in it so you can let me know what you think.

As we go into December I am reflecting on the goals I set out to accomplish.  Those goals were created in January with such an optimistic mindset.  Though I am realizing I won't cross off everything off like I wanted, I am AMAZED by what I have accomplished!  My goal for December is two words--finish WELL!

I refuse to drive myself crazy over all the things I have left on my list.  Instead, I will cherish this time of year, and reach for the goals I can obtain.  Above all, I will finish well.  I will cross the finish line of 2017 with my head held high, a smile on my face, and a song in my heart--grateful for all I have obtained, and welcoming the year that is to come!

I hope you will join me!

Stay sew-filled!

Thursday, November 23, 2017

A trip to Fine Fabrics

Hello everyone!  

So what do you do when the weather is overcast and you want to get out of the house?  Well, you call up your best friend and head over to Fine Fabrics (with babies in tow, of course)!!!

I have heard SO much about Fine Fabrics!  Not only have I seen quite a few blog posts about it, but I pass it every week on my way to and from church.  And yes, each time I pass it, I think "It would be really neat to go there someday."

I finally went!


We started off by getting pics at the front of the store.  It was early Monday morning, but there were still quite a few cars in the parking lot.  The store is tucked away off the highway, but you can't miss the sign when you are driving there.  

Now, when you walk in...

It is HEAVENLY!  The aisles are narrow (very narrow if you are bringing kids), but there are rows and rows of shelves with bolts.  You can find the fabric content listed at the beginning of each aisle, and there are attendants to help you pull any bolts you fall in love with.

I SO wish I had gotten a photo of the GORGEOUS African prints when you walk through the door!  I can't wait to go back and grab one up!  

This is how I made my way through the aisles:

I strapped my son to me in his carrier, and happily fondled fabric while he gazed at ALL the colors.  It worked, but NEXT time I will go with my bestie sans kiddos!  

We spent about an hour there, but you could easily be there longer.  

Oh the remnants! SO many different cuts at such affordable prices!! Must go back!

I think this was various notions...again, lots of choices!

Trims and more trims!

I am not even sure, lol! 

These end aisles have lace yokes for tops and tunics!  I always wondered about those.

It was such a great experience!!!!  Though I wanted to buy a ton of fabric, I restrained myself to two yards of navy ponte.  I just wasn't prepared for so much fabric greatness, and must get my budget together.

But I HIGHLY recommend shopping here if you are in the area, or interested in making a trip.  

In the meantime, my November plans are in effect, and here is a pic of an in-progress Sadie.  I chose a houndstooth knit print, and did the sleeve cuffs in black.  I sewed the funnel neck in the same rayon knit, but didn't care for the drapiness.  I now plan on using a nice black ponte instead.

*Wondering about my Kelly Anorak progress? See how it is coming along here.

Stay sew-filled!

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Piedra tent dress

Hello everyone!

There is just something about slipping on a dress that instantly brightens your day!  You know, the dress you go to when you wake up feeling blah, but want to turn your mood around?  Well, that is exactly what I achieved with the Piedra dress from Seamworks!

Let me remind you of the line drawing, because you will see that my version looks a tad different than what I showed you:

Do you notice the differences?  I am proud to admit that I've been pattern hacking!  I do love the original design of the Piedra, and see the appeal to the shape of the garment, but when I saw the pattern hacks included with the Seamwork magazine, I decided to give them a try.  The choices were a V-neck, cowl neck, or ruffle.  

Of course I couldn't just choose ONE, lol!  I needed a V-neck AND a ruffle please!  So, that is what I did!  It was very easy to follow the directions for the hack, and I am pleased with the results.

I used a REALLY old knit from my stash.  I know I got it from Hancock Fabrics as a part of the value section.  When my niece came to visit (I think she was around 9 or 10 at the time), she "kindly" remarked that the fabric design reminded her of poo.  Since then, I couldn't shake that impression when I looked at it, lol!  So, I figured this would be the perfect fabric to use for my adjusted Piedra.  If I didn't like it, it wouldn't be a loss since I wasn't married to the fabric in the first place!

Well, I don't like it, I LOVE it!! I think I need to convert every neckline to a V!!

As far as sewing the V-neckline goes, I could definitely use a little more practice, though.  I have found that you need to make sure you appropriately stretch the V corner, or you won't get it to lay right.  I also staystitched beforehand, and pressed a lot afterward.  I am happy with the results, and look forward to my next V-neckline.

I was able to sew a size S for the whole garment because it has LOADS of ease.  It fit perfectly!  For the hem, I serged the bottom for a clean-looking edge, and left it as is.  Actually, this whole dress is basted on my sewing machine, then serged for the final look.  I really want to work up the nerve to serge my neckbands, though.  I still have some nervousness there, and need to make some practice scraps.

Overall, this dress is awesome, and I may get around to making another one in the future.  For styling, I want to add a longer necklace, like colored beads or something.  But other than that, I am glad to turn this poo to "woo-hoo!"

**Have you checked my Kelly Anorak tab above?  I have updated it for the week, and plan to add more photos soon!!  You can also follow along on my Instagram!**

Stay sew-filled!