Sewn : Black Knit Shirt

Saturday, February 18, 2017

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Hi everyone! It's been a while. I made a shirt that I thought I'd blog about. I wish I was coming back with something more exciting, but it's going to be a while before I take pictures of anything because it's cold outside and I'm a wuss. haha, so this will do for now. 

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It's actually the same exact shirt I made for my sister Sadie a while back (posted here), just without the collar. I used Simplicity 6721, and added length and a back zipper. 

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It's a really lightweight knit so it doesn't hold up the heavy metal zipper well, I should have thought that through better. It works ok, but the neckline looks wavy because of the darn zipper. So that's basically driving me crazy.

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I do like it. Truthfully I haven't worn it much but I feel like if I give it some time, I'll forget about the flaws and be more comfortable wearing it. haha

I hope everyone's doing well! What have you been up to this past year? What is the best thing going on in your life and something that could be going better?  And yes, I'm talking to you. Whenever I read blogs, I always assume they're talking to other people but if you're reading this then I'm talking to you. :) 

PatternSimplicity 6721
Fabric: Black Lightweight Sweater Knit from Mood (which I can't link to because it's no longer listed, so here's a similar fabric)

Red Lace Dress

Monday, March 28, 2016

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This dress was way out of my comfort zone, I'll be honest. I stick to neutrals typically, white and creams will probably always be my favorite color. However, not EVERYTHING I make can be white. haha, so I forced myself to try something new.

It's a recreation of this dress from
Valentino S/S 2012 (on the left).

I thought it was pretty but didn't want a maxi length and of course can't afford a dress like this in the first place so the DIY route it was.

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I originally got the lace from Etsy but it's sold out now, except hey I just found a listing on Aliexpress but it's way more expensive so not sure if it's still worth it.

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The outer bodice is Newlook 6723 with lengthened sleeves (I added 7.5") and then I narrowed the skirt pattern so it would have less gathers. I also did this for the top of the sleeves.

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The underlining bodice is drafted, and is basically just a sweetheart neckline, princess seams and boning for structure. I used Tasia St. Germaine's (Sewaholic blog) tutorial on sewing a boned bodice and definitely recommend. She explains things really well. The lining also has French seams.

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For the closure, I used a gold zipper and a gold button on top. I like the peek-a-boo back, I think it's a nice contrast with the long sleeves. 

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That awkward moment when you don't have a hand so the see-through lace sleeve looks really awkward. haha these pics totally caught me off guard. I'm used to seeing myself with short sleeves and/or with long sleeves that cover my arm but not with long sleeves that show light through where my arm stops! It looks kind of weird I'll admit so just try and ignore that. :)

I really like how it turned out though. I do have issues with the neckline, I need to go back and fix the scalloping in the front and I wish I wouldn't have cut so much off in the first place. I wanted a high neckline all along, it was just hard getting the scalloping right and I ended up cutting too much off. Oh well, trying not to knit-pick now because it will drive you crazy!

Lining Fabric: Joann's in Tango Red 
Pattern: Newlook 6723
(Lining is drafted)

Spoonflower Aprons

Friday, February 26, 2016

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These aren't very exciting but I had to show off this cute fabric I found on Spoonflower

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 I made like 15 of them in different fabrics (also used this one, this one, and this one) but the pineapple one's my favorite. 

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The milk one's a close second though, I would link to it but sadly it looks like the shop's gone offline so it isn't letting me.
Seriously that website is going to be the death of me. I can spend soo much time and money there.
(No this isn't a sponsored post, but Spoonflower hit a sister up! ;)

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For the pattern, I just took an existing apron and traced a pattern from it. I lined all of them which took forever and a day, but it makes them look so much nicer so it's worth it. The seam's are finished with bias tape.

I have one issue with this site. I hate that it's so so incredibly expensive. I want to try their silks and knits but $26-40 a yard just doesn't seem worth it in my opinion. I also wish they printed both sides of the fabric.  Ok that was two issues I have, so this was your unsolicited rant from me for the day. haha I'm sure it won't stop me from continuing to spend too much time and money there though. Because let's be honest.. haha    

Pineapple Fabric: Bella_modiste
Milk Fabric: Shop's offline unfortunately
('s called "milk_MILK_milk" if you want to search for it later)

Lace Sleeves Crop Top

Thursday, February 4, 2016

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I recently ordered a bunch of scrap lace off Etsy so I decided to make a crop top!

The lace is gorgeous I think, I wish I knew where to find it by the yard. I got it from Leanimal's shop because I think she's freaking amazing and absolutely love all the fabric she uses. I'm sure the original stuff costs a lot though. 

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I drafted the pattern using a basic sloper, but I was really just trying to recreate this shirt so maybe I should have just traced that pattern. I get nervous doing that though.. but the fit generally turned out the way I wanted. 

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The length is bugging me but I think that's because I'm used to seeing shorter cut crop tops and, that's not happening. haha

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The bodice fabric I used is satin/polyester I think (?) from Joann's.

Of course it's white (sensing a theme here? haha) and I love it! I'm sure I'll wear it all the time.

Bodice Fabric: Ivory Satin from Joann's
Pattern: Drafted

Crochet Lace Midi Dress

Thursday, March 26, 2015

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This post has been a long time coming, I made this dress a while ago but it's taken me forever to take pictures. The Salt Flats are forever and a day away so I had to wait until we could make a day of it. (Shout out to my mom who will take crazy 3 hour trips out to the middle of nowhere with me! haha)

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So this dress is a re-creation of this dress from ASOS, but I didn't want mine to have a low back so I made one with a scooped back instead. I used this lace from Etsy and cream satin from Joann's for the lining. I'm pretty sure it's this listing (in ivory) but I'm not sure so don't hold me to that. 

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I drafted the pattern because I couldn't find a pattern with a similar bodice (It overlays the skirt so it's not attached to the waist like the lining is.) The skirt is just a basic rectangle cut out and sewn together, and gathered at the waist.

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The bodice was a little hard to figure out at first, I had to figure out how the zipper was going to work with the overlaying lace and the lining underneath. But in the end I just used the same pattern piece for each layer but didn't do waist darts for the lace, and sewed them both into the zipper in the back. That makes no sense but it worked perfectly! haha 

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The zipper is just a 12" invisible one from Joann's. 

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The bodice has french seams where possible (not on the zipper, and curved seams) and then the neckline is a bias finishing.

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Pattern: Drafted
Lining Fabric: Ivory Satin from Joann's

Wo(men)'s Plaid Flannel Shirt

Thursday, January 1, 2015

If I look really awkward in these pictures it's because I was freezing. And also I guess I'm just an awkward person so there's that too. haha

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I used McCall's M6044. I made this same shirt once before but this time around I made one for myself. I used a guys pattern because I wanted it to have an oversized fit and because I just already had the pattern on hand.

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No yoke in the back which I was happy about while making the shirt but now I sort of wish it had one.
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I do like how it turned out though. The fabric is from Joann's. I can't find it online or else I'd link to it but here's a really similar fabric by Robert Kaufman.

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For once the buttonholes actually turned out really well! I always dread that part. Thank goodness for the button hole foot on Bernina's, it has saved me.

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Pattern: McCall's M6044
Fabric: Plaid Flannel from Joann's (similar
Buttons: Navy 1/2"

Cream Pleated Midi Skirt

Thursday, November 27, 2014

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So I'm taking a sewing class at BYU this semester and I seriously love it. It's only beginning sewing but I'm learning so many new things. Like how to make topstitching on zippers super straight (use scotch tape!) and how to stretch fabric to put it on grain. (Definitely never have done this before.. haha)

This is the project I just made. We were told to make a skirt with a dart so I searched high and low for a pleated skirt pattern that had a dart, because I didn't feel like making a fitted skirt. I ended up using vintage Simplicity 5627 because that was the only one I could find that had one. Count on the vintage patterns to throw a random thing like that in there.

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 Here's a picture without wind so you can see the drape better.

The fabric is this wool crepe from Mood Fabrics. I really love it, it was easy to work with (pleated well) and has a subtle stripe to it which I like. 

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 I would have done an invisible zipper normally but we were told to choose between a lapped zipper or centered so I went with centered and used a gold medal one. I love it!! I'm so glad I didn't do an invisible one, it adds a nice element that I like. The zipper was bought from here

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The only problem with taking the class is that now a super expensive sewing machine is at the top of my wishlist. haha, we use the Bernina B530's and they are amazing!! Holy cow.(Tip: Don't look up the price- it will hurt your eyes. haha)

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