Persephone Pants + Tabor V-Neck Sweater with Indiesew and Measure Fabric

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Hey guys! Come august my mind switches from summer sewing to fall sewing. I love being prepared and working on things a littler earlier than I probably need to! First on my fall sewing list was the Persephone Pants by Anna Allen and the Tabor Sweater by Sew House 7. I’m super excited to share this Indiesew and Measure Fabric Collab with you!

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I LOVE the Toaster Sweater, so the the Tabor Sweater seemed like an obvious choice. I love the chunky neckband of the #4 option in this pattern, the side vent, and the long sleeves for cold weather. This pattern was really fun to sew, and like most knit projects, pretty fast to make.

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I used a really fun sweater knit fabric from Measure Fabric. It’s pretty thick fabric, and it’s going to be perfect for fall. I don’t love layering, but instead just wearing one super warm piece on top, so this will be great. This fabric is now sold out, but this sweater knit is very similar with it’s fun print.

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Next up, my beloved persephone pants! I have been wanting to make this pattern ever since I randomly found Anna Allen’s account, and saw that this pattern was in the works. I was pregnant at the time and knew it would be a many months until I would be ready to try sewing pants. Time passes on, and I finally feel like my pre-pregnancy self is back, and ready for jeans making. I used a denim with a little stretch from Indiesew’s shop, unfortunately now sold out.

(I paired them with a more cropped length sweater below to show more of the fit, the sweater is old from a ready to wear store few years ago).

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So these pants. I had very high expectations, and a great love for the way they looked on others. I had VERY high hopes. My waist sits a size 4, and my hips a size 0. Everyone suggested sizing down, or going with a straight size from your hip measurement. I ended up sewing a size 0, and the pants were too big. There was a lot of extra fabric in the crotch and inseam. Yes, that’s better than too small, but I was super bummed. I reached out to Anna Allen and she gave me some great tips. She suggested taking in the crotch curve 1/2″ or so. I ended up taking the curve in about 3/4″ of an inch or so, and the fit is pretty good. I didn’t change anything along the backside. I also played around with the inseam a little to get a closer fit. It was tricky for me to get the right fit without being able to play with the side seams at all. It seems like it worked out really well for others so I was surprised I had a hard time with this pattern.

I like my pants to fit tight, and I feel like these pants fit better when I have a shirt tucked in. My belly is a little rounded (just had a baby 5 months ago), so I think that might be why the fly pulls a part a little. I don’t think the problem comes from the size being too small. I would prefer them to be a little more snug around my hips than they are.

I hemmed these to be about 3/4″ longer than they show here, but one wash and they shrunk a little more length wise. (I promise I pre-washed!). It’s okay though, I still love them.

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So, what’s my opinion of this pattern? I really love it. Do I have what it takes to try again? Right now, I don’t think so. Haha. I feel good about how these fit, but I know they could fit even better, and I’m not sure I have the patience to keep tweaking them to figure it out. One thing you should know about me is that I pretty much never make a muslin. I didn’t make a muslin with these, but I definitely should have. Take my advice, and make a muslin first with this pattern!

I’m really proud with how these turned out, sans muslin. They are super cute in denim, and I’m loving the wide leg trend happening right now. These will get plenty of wear!!

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I’m finally getting into a good schedule with my kids, and feeling more myself. A few weeks after my baby was born I told my mom I wanted to quit all of my sewing commitments. I was so tired, and just wanted to make my own things at my own pace. Thank goodness for moms I tell yah! She told me I would get my energy back, my kids would go to school, and I would most definitely want to get back to it. Well, five months later and she was right. I want to sew all the things, and feel like I can start to manage more projects. THANKS MOM! I have a lot of fun things planned for the coming weeks, so keep your eye on this space!

You can shop my black suede mules here! I love this light tan color too. They are the perfect height to wear with jeans, and soooo comfortable.

Fabric and patterns provided by Indiesew and Measure Fabric, all opinions are my own.

 

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Charlie Caftan + Indiesew

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Hey everyone! I’m super excited to share my latest make in collaboration with Indiesew. With summer practically here, I have been in need of a swimsuit cover-up. We have a little community pool that I foresee my three kids and I spending most of our time at over the next few months. With a new baby in tow, I probably won’t be in the pool very much, but more likely on the edge watching my other two littles swim. I needed something I could wear over my swimsuit that was cool and lightweight enough to wear while out in the sun and also functional for toddler/baby wrangling! I love the idea of a caftan, and I really love this slightly more structured version designed by the genius that is Heather Lou over at Closet Case Patterns. I give you the Charlie Caftan! I picked up my pattern from Indiesew.

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This pattern is pretty quick to sew together. The hardest part was sewing in the front panel. I read a few reviews before making mine and most people suggested making a muslin first. (Whose got time for that!? Not me!). Let’s be honest, I wish I had time to make muslins but right now I’m lucky to even find 20 minutes of uninterrupted sew time. I pushed forward without a muslin and it wasn’t really that challenging. I would suggest using the sew-along to get a better visual of the steps though. Mine isn’t perfect but it works and I’m happy with it.

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I sewed up a size 4 in view B with the ties and raised the v-neckline up by an inch with no other alterations. I used Indiesew’s Herringbone Rayon Navy Stripe fabric that is now sold out. I did have to do a little stripe matching on the front bodice (there’s not really a way out of it based on how the front panel piece goes in). Keep this in mind when choosing your fabric! This particular rayon had a looser weave and was super drapey making it challenging to get my stripes to match exactly. I took a tip from Allie Olsen (co-founder of Indiesew) and used starch to stiffen up the fabric a bit to get a better match. Thanks Allie!

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I took this little cover-up along with me on a recent trip to Mexico. I loved wearing it and was hopeful in getting a few pictures of it for this post while visiting down there. I found this really cool tiled wall that worked great, but didn’t have as much success when trying to get some shots with the ocean behind me. Too much wind, sun, and bad angles haha. (It’s all about those good angles!!). I did manage to get this one my mom made me take with my seaweed crown, so there you go. Haha, thanks mom.

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Thanks for reading along, and happy summer sewing to you! I’m really struggling to find time (and mostly energy) to get more sewing done right now. I want to really focus on sewing things I really need and want in my wardrobe, and at the pace that works best with a new baby and two toddlers (and a really busy husband). I do have a few things I’m hoping to find time for this summer, and I can’t wait to show you! I’ve spent a lot of time dreaming (both awake and asleep) of the things I want to make, and it’s really helped me focus and narrow down what items I really need in my wardrobe. In the mean time I’ve tried getting by on RTW items, but every time I go into a store to shop I really struggle to purchase things because I can afford to be picky about style, length, and fabric substrates used because I CAN make it exactly how I want on my own, and that feels pretty cool.  So basically, time to suck it up, grab some caffeine, and make all the things!

Fabric and Pattern was provided by Indiesew for this post, but all opinions are my own.

Carolyn Pajamas and Cotton + Steel

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I’m back! I’m a little over two weeks postpartum, and feeling really good. I did forget how very little sleep you get with a newborn, and that has been a bit of an adjustment. I’ve been itching to start sewing again over the past few months and I’ve finally found some time to make a few plans. Now, let’s just see if I can find the time to execute them!

On to this post! While I was browsing Cotton and Steel’s newest Rifle Paper Co. Collection, Amalfi, this floral print instantly caught my eye. I pictured a really gorgeous pair of Carolyn Pajamas with white piping, and there was no going back. Since I’ve had a lot of down time in the past few weeks, I thought I would make something a little nicer for when friends and family might stop by to visit the new baby, but I don’t quite feel like putting on real clothes. It’s also been nice to have something a little nicer to wear while I’ve been stuck in the house that feels a little more put together than sweats. (I’m a big believer in getting ready every day, and always feel so much more productive when I do).

I made these pajamas while I was still pregnant, and recruited my younger sister Laura to model the fit for me. I’m really grateful for my two sisters and their willingness to model all my handmade clothes for me while I was too large to even try them on!

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I picked up a paper copy of this pattern from Indiesew. I made a size 6 based off of my bust measurement while at the end of my pregnancy. I would normally go with a size 4, and that’s what my sister should probably be wearing too. BUT I accounted for the fact that I won’t be a size 4 for a few more months (or many) and I hoped these would fit in the hospital (which they didn’t) and after the baby comes. I was able to fit into these about a week postpartum. It’s so hard to know what your body measurements are going to be after having a baby. I do like to wear things more loosely, so I don’t mind the idea of them being a little bit bigger once I get back to my pre-pregnancy size.

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I love the silkiness of this rayon! It’s so soft against the skin, and light and airy to keep you cool at the same time. I chose to go with the short sleeve option for my top; I like this look for spring and summer. I also love that they button down the front which has been great for nursing.

This pattern came together easily. The pattern instructions were clear to understand, and I’m happy with the fit too. I will be adding one more button to my top, the neckline does fall down a little lower than I would like. (My sister has her top slightly pulled back in these photos). I didn’t make any adjustments to this pattern. I used pre-made piping that I purchased at Joann’s.

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I’m totally into the pajama top trend happening right now. I tied my Carolyn Pajama top into a knot in front and paired it with high waisted jeans. I think this totally works for an everyday look. This basically takes secret pajamas to a whole new level: night to day in one shirt! What do you think?

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Thanks for reading along and happy sewing!

Fabric for this post was provided by Cotton + Steel; pattern was provided by Indiesew, but all opinions are my own. 

Roscoe Blouse and Indiesew

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Hey guys! It’s been a while. My belly is growing bigger by the minute it seems, and almost doesn’t even fit into my maternity clothes anymore. With just about 6-7 more weeks to go, I decided to start making things I can wear postpartum for spring. I’ve teamed up with Indiesew to bring you my newest top. I’ve had my eye on the Roscoe Blouse for quite some time, and I think it will be the perfect thing to wear after having a baby. It’s loose and flowy, and as I get my body back I can tuck it into some high waisted jeans for a more slimming look. I just love it! It would work great for those first few months of pregnancy too. (This pattern also comes in a dress version that I can’t wait to try next!).

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So, this obviously isn’t me. Meet my sister Jenna! We’re close to the same size so I volunteered her to model this top to give you all a good idea of how it fits on the body. She is also expecting but lucky for her (and me) you can’t quite tell yet. We’re excited to have our babies just 4 months apart.

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I sewed up a straight size 4 based off of my pre-pregnancy measurements. A lot of people said they sized down one size on this one but I decided not to. I did adjust the front neckline by bringing it up 1″ for extra coverage. Everything else is unchanged. Since I’m not sewing a ton right now I took my time by using nicer finishing techniques such as french seams and I also hand sewed the binding to finish the neckline and sleeve ends. I don’t like how my sleeve binding is a little wavy, maybe I’ll try to stitch in the ditch and see if that straightens it up a bit.

As far as this pattern goes, the instructions are super clear and easy to follow. This top is easy to put together with really stunning results. I’m kind of dying to pair this top with some black Lander Pants!!

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The fabric I used is a rayon voile from Indiesew, and I love it sewn in the Roscoe Blouse. The fabric is light and drapey, and ever so slightly sheer and I love the geo daisy motif too! I’m really feeling a Madewell vibe (which I would say I get from ALL of Kelli’s patterns!!!). It’s going to be a great addition to my spring and summer wardrobe. I would totally recommend this fabric! If you are thinking about making a dress or skirt, I would recommend lining this fabric.

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I’m really excited to also be teaming up with Victoria Emerson, a jewelry company, for this post. They specialize in really pretty wrap bracelets with boho style. I also fell in love with their watches. I love the white face and simple design. I will be wearing this watch a lot! (and they are ALL on sale right now! If you’re on the market for a watch, check them out). I picked out these two pieces to specifically match with this top. I love wearing small dainty bracelets and jewelry in general, and I know these will pair well with my style and wardrobe. I’m trying to pull more black into my accessories and clothing, and I love the addition of this little black leather watch. They have some really pretty watches with marble faces that I love too. Make sure to check them out! You can find my bracelet here.

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It’s kind of killing me that I have to wait to wear this gorgeous top, but it’s like freezing outside anyways so it’s fine, right? Ughh. Thanks for reading along, and I hope you feel inspired to start sewing your spring wardrobe too!

The fabric and pattern for this post were provided by Indiesew, but all opinions are my own. 

Cheyenne Tunic with Indiesew

 

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Every fall/ winter I aspire to sew up a button down (usually plaid) shirt. It’s such a great wardrobe staple, and something I reach for multiple times a week. This year I wanted to try the Cheyenne Tunic by Hey June Patterns.

Back in September I had the opportunity to meet up with some of my favorite sewing ladies in Denver for a little sewing retreat. It was here that the Cheyenne Tunic caught my eye. To be honest, I didn’t know it came with two views: tunic and button-down. I’d only ever known the pattern for it’s tunic style. As soon as Leslie and Adriana herself pointed out the button down option, I was sold. Allie from Indiesew brought a few fabric samples over to the house we were all staying out and took our fabric orders, and it was so fun to come home with this red and navy check fabric with the cheyenne tunic pattern too. Unfortunately, this fabric has since sold out from the Indiesew fabric shop.

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When I first found out I was expecting, I felt a little overwhelmed by the thought of maternity sewing. I didn’t know how I would feel energy wise, and quite how to alter clothing to fit an ever growing waistline. After a few months of trying it out, I’m feeling a lot more confident in my abilities. Everything has worked out to fit (and I don’t ever muslin!) so that’s saying a lot. I spent a lot of time thinking about how to alter the pattern to fit my baby bump, but also to keep it looking like the original design. I brought this pattern to a girls sewing night here in Utah, and Heather of Heather Feather has the genius idea to simply add a little extra ease to the waistline, slightly straightening out the side seam. SO I found my widest measurement on the pattern, and added 1/2″, and graded the rest of the side seam to match. There’s a lot of ease in this pattern, I based my measurements off of the finished measurement on the pattern, and ended up sewing a size small. I also added 3″ in length to the button placket, front and back bodice pieces.

You guys, I was so nervous it wasn’t going to work, but numbers don’t lie. It’s a great fit at 18 weeks pregnant with lot’s of room to grow (but without too much room).

**Update, now I’m 25 weeks and it still fits great. Photos taken at 18 weeks.

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I cut the center button placket, pockets and back yoke on the bias. Everyone always seems impressed by this but honestly it’s my way of having less pattern pieces to match. It kind of feels like cheating to be honest! It looks great, and I love the added contrast it adds. I also added 1/2″ around the pocket side and bottom edges to make them slightly bigger.

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The pattern itself was seamless to sew. The instructions were very clear, and everything came together very smoothly. I’m excited to take this one in slightly at the side seams and shorten the hem to make it work for fall next year too, after the baby comes. I’m really focused on making garments that work for both maternity and non-maternity this time around. So far, so good.

I have to add, my beanie (the Delia Beanie) is also a pattern in the Indiesew Shop! It’s great for gifting too! This particular one was made and gifted to me by Erin of Sewbon.

Thanks for reading along, and honestly, if you don’t own either of these patterns yet, you should! They’re wardrobe staples. Happy sewing!!

Phototography by Hello Little Fish.

Kochi Kimono + Piper Top

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Hey everyone! I’m excited to share my Stylish Fabric make for this month: a lengthened Kochi Kimono by Papercut Patterns paired with the Piper Top by Christine Haynes.

I want all the sweaters and easy layering pieces for fall. Kimono’s are not part of my wardrobe and I thought it would be a fun garment piece to try out, paired with sweaters and jeans. I’ve also had my eye on the Piper Top, and thought it would work well for maternity.

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First, this Kimono! I sewed it up using this gorgeous wine floral chiffon from Stylish Fabric. It’s your typical chiffon fabric, and wasn’t too complicated to work with. I made Variation 3 of the pattern and added 16″ in length to the front, back and front band pieces. I really like the long “duster” cardigan look, and I thought it would be really pretty in a light weight kimono style variation.

The pattern was simple to make. I actually constructed both the kimono and piper top in one day. (One during nap time and the other at night). I’m really happy with the kimono overall, and I’m excited to try pairing other tops with it for different looks.

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Also, wondering why I’m so HUGE at almost 16 weeks. Third pregnancy probs or monster baby? Send help! I do have to say that I’m loving these maternity jeans from H&M. (I cut a few inches off the hemline).

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Now, for the Piper Top. I sewed it up in this rib knit hacci fabric also from Stylish Fabric. This fabric is light weight but still cozy. It’s the same material I used for my toaster sweater last winter, but in a different color-way. The Piper Top was super fast to make and the fit is pretty good. I made a size 6 compared against my current bust measurement, 3/4 length sleeve option and added 1″ in length. Next time around I think I would try it in a thicker knit, and add a little more length. I’m growing at a much faster rate than I expected!

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I really love both of these pieces, and love that I can wear them as maternity as well non-maternity come next fall. I can’t wait to show you what I have planned for my next Stylish Fabric post next month. Stay tuned!

Dove Blouse in Windowpane Plaid

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Introducing my windowpane plaid dove blouse! I’m in love with this shirt. It’s light and airy and perfect for warm fall days. I LOVE the bell sleeves, and v-neck details. My plaid matching skills could have been better on this one. Allie from Indiesew suggested using starch to help add more stability to the fabric, I’m planning on trying that next time. The pattern is from Indiesew and you can find the last of this fabric at Fancy Tiger Crafts.

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The pattern was a pretty quick sew with great instructions. The fit is great based off of my measurements. This pattern comes with three sleeve options: 3/4, flare sleeves and bell sleeves. The fabric is a rayon crepe, and a little tricky to work with, at least for matching plaids. I probably tried 4-5 different times and ways to make it match up, with no luck. Sometimes you just have to walk away, and walk away I did.

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Annnnnnd surprise! I have a little secret I’ve been hiding…

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We’re expecting baby #3 in March, and we couldn’t be more thrilled. I feel a bit like I’ve been dragging to get things done these past few months, but hopefully the exhaustion and 8:00 o’clock bedtime will soon let up. Get ready for lots of maternity hacks!

For this top, all I did was grade out one size from just under the dart to the hem and I also added 1″ in length. I raised the v-neck by 1″ for added modesty, it was a little too low for me. There’s definitely room to grow into this top and I’m hoping it lasts through winter. We’ll see!

Also, fall! It’s finally fall and I couldn’t be happier. The weather is so perfect right now, and I want to make all the cozy things. I’m loving all my makes from last fall/winter that kind of still fit, for now. Ahhhh I just love fall, and I may or may not be watching Gilmore Girls right now…

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Thanks for reading along, friends! I’ll be back soon with some more fall sewing inspo!