I know many of you are focused on “kid sewing” this week (you can check out the Kid’s Clothes Week blog for all the fun), and I did manage to finish a couple of matching pajama sets for my kids yesterday using some cute Fanfare fox flannel! But because my blogging always runs a week or two behind my sewing, instead of cute kiddos today, you get another lovely top for ME.
This is a Josephine top, made with the same yellow double gauze that I used for Clementine’s birthday dress. I absolutely adore this shade of yellow, and I still have another yard of the fabric left so you’ll probably see at least one more…
I think the title pretty much sums it up. This is a Washi Dress that I made last winter, but I just added sleeves to it last week (it had a ruffle around the armhole that was really not working, just trust me on this one). I like the deeper colors of this striped voile for fall, and adding a sleeve makes it even more fall-esque. Perfect for leggings and boots with a big gray cable knit sweater (note to self: purchase gray cable knit sweater). This voile is part of Anna Maria Horner’s Innocent Crush fabric line.
This bow is in fact even wider than the bow that will come with the soon-to-be-released Washi Expansion Pack (more details on…
After the response to yesterday’s pink Washi top (wow!!) I’m not sure I can follow it up with anything better, but hopefully you’ll love this dress as much as I do!
One of my favorite prints from the recently-released Waterfront Park line from Violet Craft was this elegantly simple bird print. My friend April gifted me with this fabric when I visited Sew to Speak in Columbus this summer so I’m happy I got a chance to make something fantastic with it!!
This dress is the Washi Dress of course, with the addition of a pointed collar and a new sleeve, both of which will be pattern pieces included in the new Washi Expansion…
It’s time for me to start blogging about some of the clothes I’ve been making for me!! A bit of a backup over here; seems like the sewing is happening faster than the blogging over here these days. That’s good though…I like to sew, if you hadn’t noticed.
First up is this Washi top, which has been completely transformed to the point that it doesn’t even resemble the original Washi Dress much, does it? I think the main difference is that it’s made with rayon, a fabric which behaves SO differently from quilting cotton or voile that it gives the pattern a whole new look. I talk about rayons more in this post, and I’ve been sewing with cotton rayon…
Introducing Josephine, a new sewing pattern coming later this fall!
I’m so. excited. to show you this first fall pattern preview — it’s kind of in the early stages yet but I just couldn’t wait to show you these photos. I love the pleats. I love the sleeves. And this rayon fabric is divine.
Josephine will have both a top and tunic view (this is the tunic length). As you can see it can be worn as a mini-dress as well as with jeans or leggings, and the top will be slightly longer than hip length. The belt will be included, along with two different width sleeves.
Do you love it? I love it. Can’t wait.
Check out my new green maxi skirt! It’s basically a long variation of two other shorter skirts I made with pockets this year (this one and this one). I wanted to see what would happen if I used a more flowy fabric instead of the quilting cotton. And it’s DEFINITELY flowy. And full. I feel like a giant green goddess when I wear it. But it’s very summery and comfortable.
I found this fabric in the shirting section at Haberman Fabrics here in Michigan. It seems lighter than a shirting, though; I think it probably falls into the voile or lawn category (I talk more about garment fabrics in this post). I love that it has a…
I’m doing something today that I don’t usually do: posting pictures of an unfinished sewing project. Couldn’t help it: I was so excited about how it looked when I tried it on that I had to snap a few pictures. In fact, all of the seams on this dress were basted, so it’s reeeeally unfinished. The fabric on the main part of the dress is Tule by Leah Duncan (which I posted about here), and the yoke is a grey chambray, I think by Robert Kaufman. LOVE how these two fabrics look together! The pattern, just in case you missed this post, is my coming-soon Ruby Dress and Top Sewing Pattern.
I like to baste things together when I want to…
- I cut and sewed this dress yesterday. It was on my Summer Sew list and I figured I’d better get moving.
- Knit garments can be made really quickly when you own a serger. This dress has four seams, so it was like lightning.
- I love it when things you’ve been putting off take almost no time to throw together.
- I’ve never felt the maxi dress was much of a friend to the sewing mama…it really makes a poor effort to hide the post-partum belly, bearing in mind that my “baby” has just turned four, ahem. And then, horizontal stripes…
- You better believe I am sucking it in for these pictures. Big time.
- More info on the knit I used in this post.
A couple of weeks ago when I posted my favorite fabrics for clothing, I mentioned that one of them was rayon challis. Today I wanted to show you a top I made with one of Anna Maria Horner’s Field Study rayon challis prints.
I designed this top pattern for myself a couple of years ago and have used it twice since then to make two other variations that you might remember: the first version was this Liberty Top, and the second one was this pink voile tunic. It definitely satisfies my criteria for an awesome pattern — flattering fit, no zippers, easy to sew…so it’s no surprise I keep coming back to it. I already have another one in my…
I mentioned earlier this week that I had made more than one peplum top; this one was supposed to be the “muslin” version of the Briar Rose peplum, since this yellow striped knit is a rather inexpensive (maybe $6/yard?) knit and therefore seemed like a small loss if things went horribly awry compared to cutting right into the Briar Rose jersey. I mean, here’s how I think about it: $6 on a top is ridiculous; it’s about a coffee and a half at Starbucks, and there was a fair chance it would be pretty cute. Sewing is like that; sometimes you have to take a bit of a risk and just hope for a nice result. Personally I think that makes…
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