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!
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…
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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…
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.
But…there’s something that makes them even faster: upcycling…
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!!
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,…
Ever wonder what to do with all the scraps you accumulate when you sew all the time? Why not make a floor cushion? Using scraps makes them heavier and more substantial than if you fill them with stuffing or poly-fill. I always feel guilty throwing fabric away, but I’m not the sort of person who saves every little scrap for a future project. As much as I would love to use all those wonderful little scraps, I have to be realistic. Is it really going to happen? And if so, WHEN? Most of the scraps I produce (especially from garment fabrics, like knits and rayon) don’t really have any potential for reuse.
So I recently took a yard of velveteen (this one is from Anna…
I love the idea of having my favorite fabrics in a place where I can see them every day. I think a tablecloth is a great way to keep fabric visible so you can enjoy it! And because I basically just hemmed the edges of a large cut of fabric to make this one, I can always change my mind and turn it into something else later, right? I often hoard fabric, only to have it sit in stacks for years without being used (or really seen)…and that’s a little bit sad. Well not this time I say!!!
Here’s some pics of the Made By Rae Sewing Studio Retreat I hosted at my studio last weekend so you can get a little peek into the weekend!!!
We hauled out the serger for a lesson on sewing with a serger (Shannon is shown trying it out, above), as well as lessons on shirring, dart sewing, tracing a well-loved garment to make a new pattern, using a blind hem foot, bust adjustments, and linings — it was a FULL weekend!
And as you can see, there was lots and lots of sewing, all weekend long.
Here’s Karen, giving her lesson on sewing linings:
And Chris and Victoria cutting out their Washi Dresses:
Didn’t they turn out great??
Shannon also used the…
It’s been a really fun week, starting with the Studio Retreat last weekend here in Ann Arbor. We had such an awesome group of ladies here, and a lot of great sewing and learning happened. It was really, really fun. Shannon (one of the attendees) wrote a lovely post about it so if you want to see her pictures and notes on the weekend, you should definitely check out her post.
We told the kids what the baby is going to be (any guesses???) this week, and that was really fun. My belly continues to get plenty of kisses and snuggles, and Elliot and Clementine keep reminding me not to “squash it!”
Today’s post is a very special post!!! If you’ve heard of the “Film Petit” series hosted by Jessica of A Little Gray and Kristin of skirt as top, you know that it’s an ongoing blog series where Kristin and Jess and another guest blogger make (often hilarious) costumes for their children inspired by their favorite films.
Well today, I’m the guest blogger, and just in case you haven’t guessed it yet, the film is one of my favorites…ZOOLANDER! Yes. That hilarious Ben Stiller film from way back in 2001. Famous for great one-liners (“I feel like I’m taking CRAZY PILLS”) and amazing costumes, especially on the men, which made it the perfect…
About a month ago, Liesl of Oliver+S launched her new line of women’s patterns for fall under the Liesl + Co. brand. She sent over advance copies of the new patterns so I could give them a try, and this one, the Late Lunch Tunic, caught my eye because I knew it would be perfect for hiding my ever-growing baby bump!
I’m super excited for Liesl as she expands her already high-quality pattern offerings to include not only children’s but also women’s. Liesl is known for writing exceptional patterns, and these live up to the standard we’ve come to expect from her; they include carefully written, clear instructions as well as helpful additional information (such as how…
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