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.

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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!

Willamette Shirt

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This past weekend I was lucky enough to hang out with some of my favorite sewing ladies and literally spend the whole weekend at my sewing machine. It was a dream! I also realized marathon sewing takes a lot of out of you and I’m still catching up. BUT, while I was there I was able to finish two projects, one of them being the Willamette Shirt by Hey June patterns.

This shirt is going to be in full rotation all summer long, it’s perfection. I decided to sew mine up in this amazing blue and white striped rayon chambray I picked up from Indiesew a few weeks ago. The fabric is so drapey and light, and as you probably all know, I love all things blue and white. It’s a match made in heaven!

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I made the size 2 and added 1″ in length to both front and back bodice pieces (and the facing too). I made view A, and extended the rise of the placket up to the button hole marked on the front bodice pattern piece for a little extra coverage.

I would say this shirt took me about 6 hours. It seems a little bit like a puzzle to put together, but comes together like magic thanks to Adrianna’s amazing skills. This shirt is fully finished on the inside making it beautiful inside and out!

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I would definitely recommend this top! The fit is perfect, a little loose but just right. I love the cuffed sleeves and collar details. I went for a more contrasting front pocket by flipping the direction of my stripes, and I love the look. This pattern is a winner for sure!

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The Indiesew Spring/Summer Collection Blog Tour

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You guys!! Indiesew has done it again! Another fabulous Spring/Summer Collection has been launched, and it is so, so good. There are five patterns within the collection + 5 amazing fabrics to go with them. (They are selling out fast!).

I’m so excited to be part of another Indiesew blog tour. I fell in love with Allie’s new pattern, the Highlands Wrap Dress, and I’m excited to share my version of it with you!

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Isn’t it great!? So, first of all, let’s talk fabric. I went back and forth between a few fabrics for this dress (one of them being this amazing nani IRO that Leslie used! She showed me her fabric after I had chosen something different and I couldn’t believe we almost had twinning dresses for the tour, so funny). I finally made a decision and went with this amazing rayon chambray shirting dot fabric I picked up from Indiesew. (Sadly, it is now sold out, but this stripe rayon chambray shirting is another great alternative!).

This fabric is so soft, and drapey. I really love the look it gives to this dress. I really wanted to go for a Madewell inspired look, and I had a denim chambray pictured in my mind for this dress. It turned out better than I imagined.

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Let’s talk about this pattern: the Highlands Wrap dress. I sewed up a size 4 in the midi length, with just a few minor alterations. I did NOT make a muslin, which is recommended for this pattern. I did cheat a little and asked Leslie what alterations she had to make from her muslin, and paid close attention to them while making mine. Thanks Leslie!!

Here’s what I changed:

  1. I lowered the bust dart just under 1″. Here’s a great tutorial if you need some help figuring this out! Don’t pay attention to my cheater method in my photos below. It’s not the correct way to adjust a dart, but it did work, just saying.
  2. I lowered the front armsyce by about 1/2″.
  3. I added 1/2″ to the neckline on my front upper bodice to slightly raise the neckline a little. I graded at 1/2″ from the side seam and tapered off towards the neckline as you can see below.

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4. I extended the side seams by 4 1/2″, so the side slit wouldn’t be quite so high. My pointer finger is showing where the original slit began.

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I also ended up pinning the front together with a safety pin in these photos. I need to sew in a snap or hook and eye eventually. Because the fabric is so drapey, it does slouch a little. Others that have sewn it up in a less drapey fabrics have said that they didn’t have this problem. (It’s not really a problem, I think it’s supposed to do this but I need the extra coverage). That’s it! These were simple and quick alterations to customize this dress exactly how I wanted it to be. ANNNDDD that’s why I love sewing! Everything else fits great! I just love it!

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The directions are very clear and simple to follow. I love the mitered finish on the hem, and the facing finish around the neckline and front of the dress.

I’m always a little nervous to make a wrap-anything because they can be a little tricky to wear around kids. This dress is NOT a problem! It keeps you well covered in any situation. Also, it’s so comfortable to wear. I wore it all day for Easter this year, and it was totally kid proof. I’ll be wearing this dress for years to come!

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Congratulations to Indiesew for another incredible Collection launch! Make sure to check out all of the other amazing patterns included in their Spring/Summer collection. I’m planning on sewing up the Minttu Top this week for another post I’ll be sharing next week.

Also, don’t forget to follow along with the other CRAZY talented seamstresses who are also part of this blog tour!

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Deer & Doe Hoya Blouse + Ginger Jeans

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Hi friends! I’m so excited to tell you all about this outfit. It feels so summery and fresh. I made the Deer & Doe Hoya Blouse (from their new spring collection) using a red gingham shirting fabric from Indiesew. I also made my second pair of Ginger Jeans in this really cool light blue stretch denim from Style Maker Fabrics. Let’s dive right in!

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First up is this gorgeous shirt: the Deer & Doe Hoya Blouse. My initial thoughts about this pattern were a little unsure. It’s definitely too low cut for me to wear without a little tank underneath, and I wasn’t sure if it would look as cool worn this way. After finishing this top, I have to say I really love it! I don’t mind the look of the layered tank, either. I love the little lapel details, and the mock wrap lined front bodice.

This top came together in one night, cutting and all. It’s a super quick sew with easy to follow instructions. I like that it was quick, but also interesting to sew up. It’s totally different from any other top I’ve ever sewn before, and I really like trying different things. I sewed up the size 36, with no alterations. I really enjoyed putting this little top together. It’s a great spring/summer wardrobe addition!

When looking for fabrics to consider for this top, I tried to find something that would look okay with a white (or whatever colored) tank paired underneath it. I remembered Indiesew had just added some really fun gingham fabrics to their site and headed there. I really love the look of gingham for spring and summer, so it was an easy decision. You can find a small white and navy gingham shirting + this large white and red gingham shirting I used in the Indiesew shop.

To switch up the gingham pattern a little, I decided to cut out all my pattern pieces on the bias. I love the finished result! Make sure to buy a little extra fabric if you decide to cut along the bias too.

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Okay, on to my jeans! These are the Ginger Jeans by Closet Case Files. So first, a little disclaimer. This is my second pair of ginger jeans, but the first pair I’ve blogged about. The first pair ended up being more of a wearable muslin because the fabric I used didn’t have much stretch to it. But, I learned a few things from the first go around that helped in perfecting my “real” pair.

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This pattern comes in two rises: low rise and a high-waisted. If you prefer more of a mid-rise, Closet Case Files has recently added a mid-rise pattern you can purchase as well. I sewed up the high-waisted version, and I love them!

I sewed up the size 4, and didn’t really need to adjust the side seams at all! I did take in the bottom hem at about a 1/2″, grading into the side seam. The pant hems were a little loose around my ankle, and I wanted a slightly closer fit. I also left my hems raw. I really like this trend right now, and it also gets you one step closer to finished jeans, faster! Haha. Give them one wash/dry and you’ll have the perfect frayed hem.

I also raised my back pockets up 1″ from the original markings. I definitely recommend playing around with your back pocket placement before top stitching. Everyone’s back side is a little different, and you definitely want your back pockets to be in the right spot for your body.

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You guys, jeans are not hard! They just have more steps to follow. The instructions are very clear, and the pictures are really helpful too. I totally recommend this pattern.

I picked up my hardware kit from Threadbare Fabrics. I love that you can get your zipper, button and rivets all in one order. I’ve struggled in the past with installation of the button and rivets, but these ones went in really smoothly. I do have two rivets installed in my front pockets that you can’t see. I found I was successful thanks to Allie’s tutorial on Indiesew. She recommends buying a solid steel jewelry bench to use as your surface for hammering the hardware pieces into your jeans. I bought one and I totally recommend it! You can watch her whole tutorial here!

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Okay let’s talk about this fabric!! I have been searching FOREVER for light blue STRETCH denim, and I’ve had the hardest time finding it, until now! I found this stretch denim in cornflower blue at Style Maker Fabrics. All of my light blue denim dreams have come true! It has the perfect amount of stretch for this pattern, and sewed up really beautifully. This is how they fit me straight out of the wash, but they do loosen up a little with wear, so keep this in mind as you are fitting them to your body; this fabric will stretch out a little.

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A get a lot of questions about my favorite jeans patterns. I have tried three different patterns so far and I really love them all for different reasons. I’m planning on doing a separate post this month comparing them all. Stay tuned!

I’m so happy with this outfit! I love the bold pop of red, classic print and fun style lines of my Hoya Top, and even better paired with the springiest of skinny jeans. Thanks for reading along and happy sewing!

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Blair Maternity Tee

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Hey everyone! I recently sewed up the Blair Maternity Tee by SeeKateSew  from Indiesew as a gift for my younger sister who is expecting her first baby, and I wanted to share it with you too. It’s suuuper quick to sew up, and comes with a scooped neckline variation plus two other sleeve options (3/4 and long sleeve).

As I was making this top, it was really hard to see how the fit would be, but I’m really happy with it. The pattern has you pick a size according to your pre-pregnancy measurements, and it worked out great. I used a pink french terry from Style Maker Fabrics. My sister is 28 weeks in these photos, and she had just a little bit of room left in this top to grow into, so that being said I think a thinner knit with more stretch/drape might have been a better choice for this top. BUTTTT I do love the structure and added warmth the french terry gives to this top.

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I sewed it up in about an hour using my serger. I’m not so sure about the length of this top, but my sister was really happy with it. I think if a knit with more stretch is used, it wouldn’t hang so loosely along the hemline.

This is a great maternity top pattern and I’ll definitely be keeping it in my files for future use! (And no, this is not an announcement!). 😉

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