New House, New Baby, New Year

It’s been lots of family time and not much time on the blog for me lately — no big surprise there due to the holidays and the fact that I had the flu last week — but I feel like I’ve been leaving you guys in the dark about what’s going on around here, real-life-wise. I mean, you probably already know I have a baby on the way (and so far, so good, everything seems healthy and normal in the Baby Dept and I am so thankful for that), but I think I forgot to mention that we bought a house last month. So, guess what? WE BOUGHT A HOUSE!

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This recent purchase is v. exciting (and yes, the decision to buy was definitely precipitated by the impending arrival of the new baby) because it means that we can move out of the rental house we’ve been in for the last two and a half years. Somehow being able to choose my own paint colors and buy a new piece of furniture or two makes me feel like I’m finally able to settle down a bit, you know?

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We had the house painted a couple weeks ago and now we’re doing some other little bits of work on it before we move in (new railing on the staircase, new furnace, that sort of thing). We’re hoping to move sometime before the end of February. Originally I was hoping to move before Christmas but that would have been Crazy Town and now I’m glad we didn’t try to do that. It’s been nice having the option to go over to the new house with batches of oddly-shaped things that won’t fit in boxes, and slowly trickle our belongings into that space from this one.

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I don’t know if this is a pregnancy/nesting thing or if it’s just what you do when you have a new house, but I have been spending copious amounts of time on Pinterest choosing paint colors and and new rugs and pictures for the walls and such, obsessively collecting home decor images on a bunch of  my boards: Home, New House, Entryways, Awesome Wallpapers, and Beautiful Bedrooms. I realize my house is not going to look like these Dream Houses, but it’s still fun to dream.

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Anyway, you can see the painting as it’s progressed and get a small sense for what the house is like in these pictures. I chose white and a very light gray for most of the main floor (living room, entryway, kitchen, master bedroom), but I branched out a bit on bathroom and bedroom colors. I’m deeply loyal to teals and aquas, and I that dark teal is going to be killer in the upstairs bathroom. The coral pink is in a half bath on the main floor. It is a little intense when you’re in there, but I love it anyway. The kids’ rooms are light blue and aqua; we’ll have three kids sharing two bedrooms in various combinations for the next couple of years so I tried to keep them pretty easy-to-match colors (read: no hot pink). We did find out the gender of the baby, and I keep trying to think of a fun way to announce the baby’s gender on the blog, but so far I haven’t come up with anything clever or exciting. Will share soon though!

Have a Happy New Year everyone!!!

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Am giant festive candy cane

I have been sick in bed all weekend with flu, but I’m feeling a bit better today so I’m propping the ol’ bones up in bed to post some pics of my newest version of Josephine. Having the flu right before Christmas totally stinks, but it looks like I may be better by Christmas so I’m gulping tons of tea and trying to rest. Elliot had the flu last week and so I’m crossing all fingers and toes that Clementine won’t get it over Christmas. Both Mr Rae and I got flu shots this year, but we hadn’t taken the kids in to get theirs yet (parents-of-the-YEAR!!!), though as you can see a whole lot of good it did me, so I guess now we have to see if her stubborn little immune system holds out for us.

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In my head I’ve been calling this top the Candy Cane Top, because the brightly striped rayon reminds me of one of those fruity candy canes — which, truth be told, I’ve always preferred to the peppermint kind — and with the pregnant belly I definitely look like a giant piece of striped candy. As you can see I am getting to be quite large now at 24 weeks preggers. Of course I edited out most of the pictures that show my double chin.

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The pattern for this top is the soon-to-be-released Josephine Sewing Pattern, in a tunic length without the longer sleeves. I was originally going to make it sleeveless but then Tashina (my adorable college-aged studio assistant who lately has me listening to a whole lot of Katy Perry; you can see a pic of her here) was pressing the armholes and suggested it might look good with a small sleeve of some sort, so I added the pointed cap sleeve from the Washi Dress Expansion Pack. Yes, I am spoiled rotten to have a studio assistant who sews for me. Between Tashina and Karen I hardly have to lift a finger anymore. But isn’t that what being pregnant is supposed to be about? ALL PART OF MY MASTER PLAN.

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One other mod to the pattern is that I included some wicked big slits on the sides (the sleeveless view of Josephine includes both side and front slits, but this one is even bigger), which I think was a good move considering the stripes, length and lack of longer sleeve; it breaks it up a bit. As far as wearing it in the winter, I’ve always found sleeveless or cap-sleeved tops to be easier to layer with sweaters, and because my body temp currently runs about 65 degrees hotter than everyone else around me anyway it’s perfect. I daydream about wearing this in summer with cut-offs and sandals too. *Sighs*

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Anyway, the pattern should be ready soon. And by soon I’m sure you already know that means we’re giving it the old anal-retentive treatment over here as usual so as soon as we can release our collective claws out of the thing. Which is never really “soon,” but you know what I mean…

Have a happy and HEALTHY Christmas! Non-germy hugs and kisses!!! – Rae

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KNITerview with Vanessa of LBG Studio

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Let’s welcome Vanessa of LBG Studio for this season’s first KNITerview! Vanessa shares sewing projects, tutorials, and photography tips over at her blog, and the clean, modern look of her blog along with the amazing photography makes it a must-read for me. In addition to that, she sews all kinds of things out of knit fabric for her adorable daughter, so I knew she’d be a great person to ask to answer some questions about knits!!!

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RAE: What’s your favorite thing to sew with knit fabrics?

VANESSA: I love sewing clothes for my kiddo using knits. I’m pretty much over sewing clothing with quilt weight fabric and usually end up using knits or wovens like voile or rayon challis. I think those fabrics result in clothes that look “store bought”, wash well, and are comfortable.

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RAE: Where do you get your knit fabric?

VANESSA: I prefer being able to see and touch knit fabric before buying so I try to find things locally if possible. For solids, I can usually find something at Joann. For prints, I like to check out the sale rack at Old Navy. I’ve been able to find xxl tops/t-shirts there for under $5 that usually yield enough fabric for a kids clothes sewing project.

I also get knits online, but that tends to be hit or miss because sometimes I end up with fabric that is too thin or too sheer for the intended project. Some shops I use are fabric.com and Girl Charlee

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RAE: What type of knit (jersey? rib? interlock? etc) would you recommend for someone who’s never sewn with knits before for a first project?

VANESSA: I would definitely avoid super thin and stretchy fabrics for the first few projects. Those types of fabrics are the hardest to cut and sew (at least for me!). I find stable, heavier weight knits to be a dream to sew with. The Heather Ross jersey is a good example of a knit fabric that is user friendly.

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RAE: What kind of sewing machine do you have? and do you recommend your machine for knits?

VANESSA: I’ve had a Janome DC2010 for the last 4 years or so. I really love my sewing machine and feel that it handles sewing knits well.

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RAE: What’s one tip or trick you wish someone had told you when you first started sewing with knits?

VANESSA: I wish I’d known about using a double needle + bulky nylon in the bobbin for topstitching and hemming knits. Your hems will look SO much better and they’ll have some give so the stitches are less likely to break. My daughter has a bad habit of stretching the hem of shirts and dresses over her knees and this type of hem seems to hold up.

RAE: What’s the most useful trick in your knit-sewing-toolbag?

VANESSA: Hmmm. . . I’d have to say using a rotary cutter instead of scissors. Knit fabric can be shifty and that can be especially problematic when trying to keep stripes, etc straight. I find that the less you have to handle the fabric when cutting, the better. Using pattern weights instead of pins means everything lays flat and using a rotary cutter instead of scissors means I don’t have to lift the fabric at all. If I’m drafting my own pattern pieces, I use freezer paper. I can then iron them directly onto the fabric and I don’t have to worry about the pattern pieces shifting at all.

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RAE: Do you use a serger? Which make/model? Do you recommend it?

VANESSA: I have a Brother 1034D serger and I definitely recommend it – especially if you’re on a budget. I was able to get mine for under $200 and it rarely gives me problems. Since it’s such a popular machine, you’ll find lots of tutorials online which can be helpful when you’re just starting out. In fact, I have a few on my blog: Serger Tips for Brother 1034D: Gathering and Serger Tips for Brother 1034D: Rolled Hem Mini Tutorial

RAE: Did you find it difficult to learn how to use a serger?

VANESSA: I’m not going to lie, I was a little intimidated by my serger when I first got it what with the crazy threading and the knife BUT decided to just dive in. I think the best way to learn is by doing. Once you get past threading a serger, it’s really quite simple. I found the manual to really come in handy so I would recommend reading through that.

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RAE: Any tips for sewing with sergers?

VANESSA: I’m kind of lazy and stick to using white thread in my serger so that I don’t have to fool with rethreading or keeping tons of large spools sitting around but if you want to change your thread colors out frequently, there is a “cheater” method HERE that makes it pretty simple.

RAE: What’s different on your sewing machine when you sew knits vs wovens, in other words — how do you set up your machine to sew knits?

VANESSA: After lots of experimenting, I’ve found that I get the best results using a regular needle combined with a longer length straight stitch. The stretch stitch feature on my machine does NOT work well for me at all and ball point needles result in skipped stitches. For hemming and topstitching, I love using a twin needle with bulky nylon in the bobbin.

RAE: Thanks so much, Vanessa!

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And stay tuned: Vanessa has some exciting stuff going on! She plans to release the Comfy Knit Dress (above) as a multi-sized pattern sometime next year; and she’s part of Willow & Co., a pattern collective that will launch soon.

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Garment Sewing Weekend with April Rhodes!

***UPDATE January 7, 2014: this workshop is now full! If you’d like to be put on a waiting list, please send us an email (contact info here)***

I’m excited to announce that we’ve settled on a weekend in February for our next sewing studio workshop!!! Due to the fact that I have a baby on the way, this will be the last one I offer for a while. Come to Ann Arbor and cosy up in my studio away from the cold weather for a fun weekend of sewing, February 8 and 9, 2014! I’m also thrilled to announce that I’ve invited April Rhodes to lead the workshop with me; April is the creator of the Staple Dress and the Date Night Dress and is such a fun and sweet individual…you will love her. She also has a NEW pattern, just out last week, The Riding Peplum or Party Dress, and her next pattern, the Popover Poncho is due out soon as well.

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The workshop will be held during the day on Saturday and Sunday, Feb 8 and 9, 2014, with the option to stay and sew at the studio on Saturday evening included. The focus of the workshop will be garment sewing, so April and I will present throughout the workshop on a variety of techniques needed to complete our women’s garment sewing patterns. Participants choose and bring along their own patterns and projects, so if you want to sew a Date Night Dress or a Popover Poncho, or a Washi Dress with a collar or a Josephine Tunic, we’ll be here to help you out! But I’ve emphasized this with past participants and I’ll say it again: it’s YOUR weekend, so if you have another pattern or project (such as a children’s garment or a quilt) that you want to work on, that is totally fine, don’t feel like you need to bring one of ours (or even a women’s garment pattern, for that matter)! This is a relaxed, no-pressure kind of event. We’ll be sure to offer plenty of assistance on your projects and time for you to sew, no matter what you want to work on.

Cost for the two-day workshop will be $250. To reserve your spot or request an information sheet about the weekend, please fill out the form HERE (update: form no longer live)! You can see a recap of the November Studio Sewing Retreat over at this post, and an informational post about that weekend here (though the schedule will be slightly different, since this one will be all-day Saturday and Sunday instead of Friday afternoon to Sunday afternoon).

Please be aware that spots went FAST last time, and we only have room for 10 participants, so if you’re going to put this on your Christmas list, do it now! Hope you can join us, it’s going to be really fun!!!

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Return of the KNITerviews

It’s been nearly two years since I posted the KNITerviews, a blog series on sewing with knit fabric. I can’t tell you how many people have told me they began sewing knits for the very first time simply based on that series (which is incredibly fun to hear, by the way — nothing makes you feel better about a post series than people who say they found it useful). Personally, I’ve learned a few new knit-sewing tricks myself since that series ran that I’d love to share with you, so I’ve decided it’s time to bring back the KNITerviews, this time with an all-new set of Knit Experts!!!

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I’ll be kicking off Round 2 of the series this week with my first ALL-NEW KNITerview-ee, and then we’ll have one new guest each week through the end of January. I hope you’ll find these KNITerviews just as enlightening this time around! But first, let’s check out the last series and brush up on your knit skills!

Introducing the KNITerviews – the intro post, in case you want to see all of the interview questions or you’re still confused as to what KNITerviews are.

KNITerview with Sophie of Cirque Le Bebe

KNITerview with Ruby of Zaaberry

KNITerview with Katy of No Big Dill

KNITerview with Kristin of skirt as top

KNITerview with Dana of MADE

KNITerview with Meg of Elsie Marley

KNITerview with Sascha of Piccoli Piselli

Here’s my wrap-up post: Rae debriefs the KNITerviews.

And Shannon of luvinthemommyhood posted a supercute hat pattern as part of the fun as well!

You can see ALL of the posts on sewing with knits, including my “KNITS: Stretch Yourself” series, which has even more posts on sewing with knits, on my KNITS page, or check out the “knits” category on my blog, which is sure to have even more knit-sewing-goodness!

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Ruby with a washi sleeve

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One of the most common questions I got when the Ruby Dress pattern came out this summer was “can you add a sleeve to it?” It was hard for me to say “not yet!” but I knew that we had two new gathered sleeves coming out in both the Washi Expansion Pack and the Josephine pattern (we’re working on it!) that would work nicely with Ruby. I finally had a chance to test the Washi XP sleeve out on this Ruby top (fabric is Anna Maria Horner’s Field Study rayon challis) and it worked great!

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I love a gathered sleeve because the generous fit means it’s comfortable, and it’s easy to sew because it will fit just about any armhole. Because I love to mix and match when I sew for myself, rather than making the same thing over and over (hence Washi XP), it made sense to design a sleeve that will be interchangeable with all of my patterns. At some point I would like to make an ungathered, fitted sleeve too, but I really prefer the gathered sleeve right now. Anyway, this is one step closer to my dream of creating a portfolio of women’s patterns that all work well together so you can make endless variations.

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So you can see that I took these photos a while back, when I was about 12 weeks pregnant…not much of a belly to show for myself there yet! (Now? There’s no hiding it)

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To add a Washi XP sleeve to Ruby (and this will work with the Josephine sleeve as well), you simply sew the entire dress or top together up to the side seam step, then gather the top of the sleeve between the marks and sew it to the armhole. Once the sleeve is attached, you can finish the side seams and hem the dress and sleeve, and you’re done. Pretty simple! It’s a bit more difficult to add a sleeve AND a lining for the Ruby yoke, but it can be done. If you really want to try this, you might want to email me first so I can send you a little step-by-step.

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By the way, probably the second most common question I get about the Ruby is “can it be made with knits?” We added knits to the list of recommended fabrics for the main part of the Ruby, but not the yoke, with the idea that the yoke really shouldn’t be made from knits unless it’s a super-stable (non-stretchy) knit. It makes sense right? If your yoke stretches out, the whole top is going to look kinda saggy. So the answer is, yes, Ruby can be made with knit fabrics, but shoot for less stretchy knits like interlock or jerseys with less stretch to avoid getting a saggy yoke and armhole.

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Washi Dress Expansion Pack is Here!

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When the original Washi Dress Sewing Pattern was released over a year ago in August 2012, I was blown away by the response to the pattern. BLOWN. AWAY. Washi was the first women’s pattern I ever released, with the idea that I wanted to produce a flattering dress pattern for women that would work with cottons and not just apparel fabrics. I had no idea so many people would like it. I still sometimes have to pinch myself over how many of you have purchased the pattern, how many Washis have been made and are being worn out there, and how great it looks on so many different figures! I really have to give you, dear readers, credit for pushing me to put it out there in the first place. Your feedback and encouragement fueled my decision to go for it, and this is really going to sound cheesy, but I don’t think I would have done it without you.

When I started making variations on Washi last year that included sleeves and collars and bows and linings (see below for a roundup of all of them), you asked for those too. The patterns I work on have always been driven by reader demand — I mean, why spend time working on anything other than the ones you guys are crazy about? — so I’m happy to finally be able to say that the long-awaited Washi Expansion Pack is NOW AVAILABLE as a separate add-on so you can create so many more great options with your original pattern!!! Woot woot! *does Kermit Arms*

The Washi Expansion Pack is a PDF SUPPLEMENT to the original Washi Dress pattern (which is currently available in six women’s sizes, in both PDF and print) and will allow you to make a number of new Washi variations using a combination of original pattern pieces and new expansion pack pattern pieces.

PLEASE READ THIS: This pack is not a stand-alone pattern, in other words, you will need both the expansion pack AND the original pattern to be able to create the looks included. You can also purchase them together HERE.

We’ve divided all of the new variation possibilities up into three views, all of which can be made as either a dress or tunic. Of course they can be combined as well; for instance, if you wanted the sleeve from View B and a big bow from View A. Here are the basic views included in the Expansion Pack:

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View A: A sleeveless variation with a big bow; this view features an easy back elastic casing for those who would prefer to skip the shirring in the original pattern.

In addition to the base yardage for the original Washi Dress (see size and yardage charts on the Washi Page), you will need:
• 1/2 yard additional yardage for the large bow pieces and armhole bias strips
• 1/2 yard of 1″- or 1.25″-wide elastic for back

For this view, I recommend that you select a fabric with a bit of structure, such as quilting cotton, a linen blend, or cotton voile/lawn. High-drape fabrics such as silk or rayon may produce a more shapeless result around the neckline, since the bow folds over itself around the neck to form a collar.

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View B: A sweet version with sleeves and little bow!

In addition to the base yardage for the original Washi Dress (see size and yardage charts on the Washi Page), you will need:
• 3/4 yard additional yardage for sleeves, bow facings and bow
• 1/4 yard (or small piece) lightweight fusible interfacing
• 2/3 yard 1/4″-wide elastic for sleeves (if you want a casing)
• elastic thread for shirring the sleeves (if you want your sleeves shirred at the cuff) and back

For this view, lightweight or high-drape fabrics such as silk, voile, lawn, 100% linen, or rayon work well, because of the gathered sleeve and skirt on this version. Fabrics with more structure won’t gather as nicely and will “stand up” more at the sleeve cap. If you do choose to make this version with a structured fabric, you may want to reduce the width of the sleeve by 1⁄2″ to 1″ at the fold to prevent the sleeve cap from looking too full at the top.

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View C: A Peter Pan collar version with optional pointed sleeves and two great collars to choose from. This view also includes pattern pieces and detailed instructions for a bodice lining (you can see videos on this technique here as well)!

In addition to the base yardage for the original Washi Dress (see size and yardage charts on the Washi Page), you will need:
• 1/2 yard additional yardage for collar and optional pointed cap sleeves
• 1 yard fabric for bodice linings (or less; size M and smaller may be able to fit the pieces side-by-side on 1/2 yard)
• 1/2 yard lightweight fusible interfacing
• 1/2 yard 1″ or 1.25″-wide elastic for back

For this view, I recommend that you select a medium weight fabric with a bit of structure for the collar, such as quilting cotton, a linen blend, or poplin. Lightweight or high-drape fabrics such as silk, voile, lawn, 100% linen, or rayon may make it harder to get a nicely shaped collar. The collar is designed to roll a bit at the neckline, rather than sit completely flat against the dress, so structure helps.

The 49-page Expansion Pack eBook Includes:

  • full-sized pattern pieces for linings, bows, collars, and two different sleeves, as well as an adapted bodice piece (with different armholes for sleeveless or sleeves, and a new front center seam that could potentially be adapted for nursing!)
  • 26 pages of rock solid full-color instructions along with plenty of tips and hints
  • a special two-page “Seam Finishes Appendix” with instructions for my favorite seam finishes

One of the best things this pattern pack has to offer is clear, step-by-step instructions on how to add all of these new features to your Washi Dress. While the original pattern was intended for confident beginners, it’s safe to say that the techniques in the expansion pack are intermediate to advanced, but I think you’ll find enough here to help hold your hand through the entire process. And of course, you know how to reach me if you ever need to email with a question!

OK, are you ready for Washi XP?!?!

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Washi Dress Expansion Pack PDF (does not include original pattern)

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And now for more Washi XP inspiration!

I’ve featured all of the variations available in this expansion pack in the past on my blog along with a few others that are similar. Here are the versions I’ve made, along with a few notes, so you can make each one for yourself:

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Top Row:
Pale Pink Linen Top – this features the curved peterpan collar of View C, with the addition of an extra pleat in the bodice (pleat not included in the expansion pack).
Time for Tea Dress – View C from the expansion pack, with curved collar and no sleeve.
Liberty Tie Top – a tunic featuring the big bow and bias bound armholes from View A. The bow piece has been shortened just to tie in a knot.

Middle Row:
Tsuru Washi with a Bow – View A from the expansion pack
Hello Pilgrim! – this dress pre-dated the Washi Dress, but a similar look may be achieved by using a shortened big bow from View A and the cap sleeve from the original Washi Dress pattern, or the pointed cap sleeves of View C in the expansion pack.
Ruby Star Washi Dress – this was the first Washi Dress I made with sleeves; this link provides a tutorial with a free pattern piece for a full sleeve; please note that the sleeve in View B of the Expansion Pack is narrower and has a more tailored fit than the sleeve I used for my Ruby Star Washi.

Bottom Row:
Another Washi Dress with a Big Bow – features the big bow of View A and the sleeves from View B in a dress version.
Pink Washi Top with a Little Bow – View B from the expansion pack
Bird Dress with Pointed Collar and Sleeve – View C from the expansion pack, with pointed collar and sleeve.

Be sure to check out all of the lovely Washi Dresses in the Flickr pool, and add your own photos too!

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I hope you will enjoy this new expansion pack and have a ton of fun with it! I hope to do a tutorial specific to the collar (View C) very soon, but let me know if you have other Washi-XP-related requests. Enjoy!!!

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Upcycled Parsley Pants

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One of the reasons I designed the Parsley Pants the way I did (as a 2-pc pant) was so that I could whip out pairs for my kids in no time flat. Seems the other patterns I had for pants often involved zip flies, recessed pockets, multi-pieced waistbands, or some sort of extra finishing at the cuffs or hems, and while I love those pant patterns too, they just aren’t FAST. You know? I wanted something like the Flashback Tee (another new striped Flashback for Clementine is shown below) something that could come together in an hour without too much hassle. And thus the Parsley Pant pattern was born.

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But…there’s something that makes them even faster: upcycling old adult pants for the fabric. Because then…NO HEMMING!!! So last week I cut apart two pairs of JCrew chinos in pastel colors that I used to wear back in the 00’s and turned them into pants for Clementine. The addition of the pouch pockets was the only thing that kept these from being a half hour project, seriously. And they are not only adorable, but she wears them. DOUBLE YAY!

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Here are a few tips for upcycling old pairs of pants into Parsleys:

  • use old pants that aren’t too worn out; the fabric needs to be in good shape. You can cut around (or cover up) stains, but make sure the fabric isn’t threadbare at the knees or anything. You want these pants to stand up in their second life as kid’s pants!
  • I usually only use old pants that still have their cuffs or hems in good shape, so that the old hems can become new hems.
  • To harvest the old pant fabric, cut up the inner leg seams (inseams) with a scissors, then up the crotch seams in front and back, then across the sides of the pants below the waistband as shown in the diagram below. Usually there’s not much salvageable fabric in the waistband, zipper area and pockets, so I just cut those away. DO NOT CUT THE SIDE SEAMS OPEN! LEAVE THE HEMS INTACT!

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  • Then lay your pant fabric flat (as flat as you can; some women’s pants have shaping at the hip on the side seam) and place your Parsley pattern over top of the fabric with the original pant hems even with the line on the pattern that says “finished hem line,” and the side seam of the original pant as close to the “tuxedo stripe line” as possible (see diagram below; the lower layer in the diagram is the old pant leg opened up and laid flat). Cut out two mirror image pant pieces, then assemble them according to the instructions.

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  • You can still add pockets, tuxedo stripes, pintucks, a flat front, or any of the other “extras” that come with the pattern. The main difference here is that you don’t have to hem them, because your hems are already finished!
  • Additionally, the old side seam makes it look like you’ve put in extra work when you haven’t. NICE.

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The big win here for me was the addition of two new quick and cheap pairs of pants to Clementine’s wardrobe (and the tee was quick too!). Love it!

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My (handmade) maternity style

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Happy Monday everyone! Today I thought I’d show you how the ol’ handmade wardrobe is translating into maternity clothing. I’m now about 5 months along, so the baby bump is definitely starting to cramp my style, wardrobe-wise. Some of my tops and pants are starting to go into storage because they’re too short or too tight. But I’ve found a few things that are working!!

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I was a bit surprised to find that the two shorter skirts I made with elastic waists this year (this one and this one) still fit pretty nicely, mostly because they have elastic in the back half of the waistband so I can push them down to my hips. Normally I wear them at the waist, but I think they look cute this way too! The green maxi skirt, not so much. Oh well.

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Ruby is working so far; I like to belt it up high and wear it with leggings and a sweater.

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My aqua double-gauze Washi is comfortable and cute yet too!

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The striped maxi dress I made this summer is great with a sweater and boots too. Hope I don’t stretch it out too much. Yikes!

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And I think Josephine is actually really cute. I love this one so much! The rayon fabric is so comfortable. The belt clearly has to go way up above my waist, but that’s OK.

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I haven’t added the usual bit of length to the front of anything yet; I think that I may eventually have to add the extra 1″-1.5″ length in front if I make any dedicated maternity clothing (I haven’t really yet). But if I do, I’ll be sure to let you know how it works out. I also want to try some of the maternity patterns that are out there — I know Megan Nielson has a bunch and Sew Liberated has a nice looking pair of skinny jeans that you can add a maternity panel to. Do you guys have any maternity pattern favorites to recommend?

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