FALL PLANS

I’ve been busy working on my next pattern which should be out by the end of September. More on that soon. Now that I am making patterns I have found that it is easy to get wrapped up in it and neglect my blog.  I am trying really hard not to do that.  I love making things for myself and trying new patterns and I love my blog.  So, to keep myself on track I decided to put together a little list of the things that I want to make this fall.

black ponte dress | chunky necklace | large print pencil skirt | large bag | woven pants

 

1 – Large Print Pencil Skirt – Pencil skirts have always been one of my favorite silhouettes.  I think that they are flattering on pretty much every body type.  I am on the lookout for the perfect print though.  I want fabric that is large scale and bold.  Considering the Charlotte or Jenny pattern.

 

2 – Woven Hudson Pants – I love my other pair so much that I want to make up another pair in a nicer fabric.  Maybe even silk.  They really are the perfect fall pant and are easy to dress up with a wedge or clog or down with sandals.  I just need more of these in my life.

 

3 – Large Bag – I have found that I really could use another bag in my life.  I fell in love with these Nena and Co. bags and I have this tribal linen fabric that I have been hoarding forever that should fit the bill.  I am thinking about pairing it with either some leather or waxed canvas (anyone have some favorite sources).  I want something a little less purse and a little more tote bag so that I can strap it to the back of my stroller when we go to the park.  Still deciding on the pattern to use, but thinking about the poolside tote, or the senna tote although I am open to suggestions.

 

4 – Black Ponte Dress – Somehow I have lasted this long without having a LBD in my wardrobe.  I’ve been hanging onto this Cynthia Rowley pattern for awhile meaning to make it and I think it’s finally time.  Nothing more flattering and I know that it will get tons of wear.

 

5 – Large Bead Necklace – OK, not sewing, but DIY for sure.  Every time I see Sophie of Ada Spragg wearing her chunky bead necklaces I want one of my own.  I have found a few tutorials to make them myself and I am crossing my fingers that they work out.

 

How about you guys.  Thinking about fall sewing yet?  Any must sew items?

RED LINEN DRESS FOR MY TODDLER

I’ve expressed my love for linen before.  I’m not sure what I like the best – the fact that it is natural fibers against the skin, washes well, is socially acceptable to wear when it’s wrinkled?  All of these are big thumbs up in my book especially when I am sewing for my kids.  So when fabric-store.com contacted me to try out some of their linen fabric I thought that it would be the perfect opportunity to sew up a dress that I’ve been envisioning for my daughter.

The inspiration for this dress comes from this adorable dress.  I love the simple lines and bright fabric.  It feels modern while still being very kid appropriate.  And as you know my daughter will only wear dresses right now so this was an easy choice.

The fabric is fabric-store.com’s light weight IL020 Tomato Puree.  It’s a really pretty primary red with maybe a hint of blue undertone.  I don’t see the color still in stock, but they have some really beautiful colors and a few prints.  I’ve got my eye on this, this and this.  My daughter decided last week that red is her new favorite color because it looks like pink.  I know, that doesn’t make sense to me either, but I will take it.  Red it is.  I really like the feel of this fabric.  It breaths well and washed beautifully.  When it first arrived it felt starched so I was a little worried, but after one wash it was soft and fluid.  As expected it’s a smidge see through so I lined the main part of the dress with some brown cotton lawn from my stash.

For the base of the dress I used burda 6/2010 #147.  This served as the bodice shape and then I extended it into an A line dress that hit a bit above the knee.  Instead of buttons I left a 6 inch opening in the back with a small loop and button at the very top.  I thought that it fit the style of this dress a bit more than a row of buttons.

The ruffle is about 7 inches long in the front and about 9 in the back so that it cascades a bit.  I think that it ended up much prettier in the back actually because that is where most of the extra fabric falls too.  If I were to make it again I would draft the ruffle differently so that there would be more volume to the ruffle in the front.  Oh well.  Live and learn.

 * The fabric for this project was provided to me for free from fabric-store.com.  But, as always, the opinions in this post are mine alone.

FOUR TODDLER KNIT DRESSES

My daughter finally reached that stage a few months back where she wants control of her wardrobe.  For her that means only dresses.  No pants, shorts, rompers or even skirts if she has anything to do with it.  Only dresses.  I am trying to be cool about it all. But pretty much that means that she won’t wear anything that I have ever made for her.  So in a stash busting escapade I made her up four quick knit dresses inspired by thief and bandit.

I can’t remember where I got the first fabric, but it’s a 4 way stretch knit that seems to have to some rayon in it.  It’s probably my favorite of the 4 just because it’s more classic.  The second one is made up in some fabric from Art Gallery’s Arizona line by April Rhodes.  I really liked working with this knit.  It is sturdier and has better recovery than the others.

I love that these dresses took about an hour to make, were mostly made up on my serger, and are comfy enough that she can wear them to the park.  She has pretty much just been rotating these dresses every four days.

The top two were both sewn up in some cheap knits from fabric.com.  The fabric is not the nicest and is already pilling, but the pattern is busy enough that it’s hard to notice.  The left one has some pretty unfortunate pattern placement on the bodice that I still need to remedy with a pocket on one side or something.  Oops.

For the pattern I just used an h & m dress that we had, but I think that the soleil dress from selvage designs is a pretty perfect match if you wanted to make your own.  To keep it simple and quick I didn’t bind the edges or anything, I just turned them under a 1/4″ and topstitched with my double needle.  Since I knew these would mostly be park dresses I didn’t worry about making them perfect.  I also doubled the fabric for the front bodice pieces for each dress for a little extra coverage since some of the fabric was pretty thin.

So that’s it.  Sometimes it’s nice to sew up some easy and practical clothes that I know will get tons of wear.

TODDLER SPAGHETTI STRAP DRESS

I’ve been in major stash busting mode this week (more of that to come) and so I decided to finally make up this sweet little dress for my daughter using Burdastyle 6/2010 #147.  This was kinda a trial run for a different dress that I am making for my daughter, but I think it turned out well all in all.

It’s a really simple pattern.  The printout is actually only the bodice and then you cut out rectangles for the skirt and straps.  The instructions, as usual,  were pretty worthless, so I just did my own thing.  It was simple enough to figure out on my own.

The fit isn’t perfect.  I took out about a half inch of width from both the front and back bodice pieces and I think that I could have taken out a bit more.  Or at least moved in where the straps meet the bodice.  I also wish that I had shortened the bodice by about an inch.  It seems to hit a bit long for my taste.  I think that little girl dresses look best when they hit at the belly button or above, but that is just my personal preference.

The fabric is Joel Dewberry and I chose it because it reminded me loosely of Liberty of London.  The whole dress is lined with some brown cotton lawn from my stash.

I am a bit worried about the tension on the spaghetti straps due to the weight of the dress.  Any tips on how to reinforce the seam where those attach?

HUDSON PANT SEWALONG WINNERS!

I am so excited to share the winners of the Hudson Pant Sewalong contest with you guys today.  We had lots of amazing entries so I was glad that I didn’t have to decide.  The amazing Angie of Wanderlust fabric was the judge and here are here are the winners that she chose:

 

3rd place – Winner of a $20 gift certificate to Wanderlust Fabrics goes to Megan of Thread Fox Studio.  I love her bold orange version.  She has great style and is yet another fun Portland, Oregon sewist that makes me want to go for a visit.  I swear that city is filled with cool people that I want to hang out with.

 

2nd place – Winner of a $40 gift certificate to Wanderlust Fabrics goes to Emerald Jean of Alluring Emerald Jean.  Not only did she pick some super fun and amazing fabric, but I love how she fearlessly pairs them with those awesome blue wedge sneakers.

 

1st place – Winner of a $60 gift certificate to Wanderlust Fabrics goes to Heather of Where Heather Grows.  I love the blue and brown combo with the unexpected pop of neon cording.  I think that Heather has made 4 or 5 pairs of Hudson pants to date so if you are looking for tips check out her awesome blog.

 

Congrats ladies!  Send me an email so that I can get you your gift certificates.  And if you want to see some more versions of the Hudson Pants sewn up by others then check out these hashtags #hudsonsewalong, #hudsonpant.

TESTER ROUNDUP (HUDSON PANT)

With the last day to enter the sewalong contest being today, I thought that it would be fun to share some of the versions made up by my pattern testers.  Along with each photo, each tester provided a little suggestion or tip for sewing up the Hudson Pants.  For those of you still trying to finish a pair of pants for the contest, maybe this will give you the motivation for the final stretch.  I love my pattern testers and am extremely indebted to them for all of their hard work.  They have made some seriously amazing versions of the Hudson Pant.

Teresa of Dandelion Drift

“These pants are perfect to lounge around the house in, but also can easily be worn out and about!  So far, my chambray button down has been my go to top I’ve paired with my Hudson Pant.”

 

Krista of Lazy Saturdays

“I was thrilled when Kelli asked me to test our her Hudson pattern! I had just found out I was expecting and thought they would be great for maternity wear. I was right! The low cut and thick elastic waistband fit so comfortably below my belly. I love the cut of the legs and feel equally comfortable and cute in them, which I think both are important during pregnancy. While choosing a size to make, I only used my hip measurement and went up one size so I’d have room to grow. This made the perfect maternity pant for me! This is my second pregnancy and I’m growing out of my clothes much more quickly this time, but my Hudson pants remain Perfect! I wear them all the time and plan on making many more in a variety of prints. I think they will be amazing postpartum as well!”

 

Kelly from Cut Cut Sew

“I have been wearing this casual version around the house constantly, and I can’t wait to try a dressier version for wearing out and about- maybe with some stretch lace, or a cool woven version like Kelli made”

 

Carly of Away We Sew 

 

Caroline – Instagram / Sewaholic Contributor

“The Hudson Pants are a great combination of cool and comfortable. The pants were fun to sew from start to finish, and I love the way the waistband comes out looking professional and sturdy. I am already planning my next pair – a black french terry version with leather pocket details. Can’t wait!”

 

Kat

“I went with a neutral blue for my pants so I can wear them with just about anything, but I plan to make some more in a cute print soon.  I’m loving my Hudson pants and my favorite combo so far is pairing them with my knit scout tee.”

 

Erin of Sew Bon

“I love lounging around in my casual version of the Hudson Pant and I can’t wait to make a dressier version too. I’m currently obsessing over the idea of a pair of Hudson’s in a drapey woven like silk!”

 

Kristin of Skirt as Top

“I don’t always wear sweatpants in public, but when I do, I prefer Hudson Pants.”

 

Katie of What Katie Sews

“Find a double-sided fabric for an easy way to add a contrast to the waistband, pocket edges, yokes or cuffs. Tonal shades of the same colour add a bit of detail without being overstated.”

 

Meg of Cookin and Craftin

“Looking for a more streamlined pocket?  Don’t cut out the outer pocket piece, and instead use the pocket detail to bind just the front pant pocket edge. Topstitch the inner pocket piece directly to the inside of the front pant leg. Use a contrasting color thread for fun!”

 

Meghan of Made by Meg

“I love my drawstring to a bit of give to it for comfort, so here’s a tip I picked up in an old Vogue pattern : add a small strip of elastic to your drawstring at center back!”

 

Rachel from Boo Dogg and Me

“Make these in a patterned fabric to set them apart from ‘normal’ tracky pants. Team them with a pair of Converse sneakers and a t-shirt and away you go! I wear mine almost every day and wear them everywhere. I love them.”

 

I can’t wait to see everyone’s entries.  Don’t forget to enter your Hudson Pants by either tagging your photo #hudsonsewalong on Instagram or sending me a picture via email with the title hudson sewalong.  Gift certificates will be given to 1st, 2nd, and 3rd places by the amazing Wanderlust Fabrics.  The winners will be announced on Thursday.

GLEEFUL LAKESIDE PJS

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I’ve been wanting to make up some of Grainline’s Lakeside PJ’s for awhile now.  Mostly because I love everything she makes.  Also because it is crazy muggy and hot in NYC right now and we don’t have central air. Yuck.

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When Caroline of Sew Caroline contacted me about trying out some of her new fabric from her Gleeful line I knew that this would be the perfect project.  I hadn’t ever worked with voile from Art Gallery Fabrics before, but I can honestly say that it’s beautiful and soft and high quality.  I wouldn’t hesitate to buy voile from them again.

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Like all of Grainline’s patterns the Lakeside PJ’s went together seamlessly.  She has a really clever way of sewing the shorts together and attaching the tape.  It’s simple and fast to sew up and fit perfectly.

My only regret is that I didn’t take the time to make my own bias tape.  It takes 7 yds of bias tape and I really didn’t want to make it.  Instead I bought some in the garment district hoping that it would be better quality, only to be disappointed.  It is a beautiful color and I love the contrast, but it’s not soft at all.  These pjs will still get tons of wear, but next time – and there will be a next time – I will make my own bias tape for sure.  It’s definitely worth the effort.  Take it from me.

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* disclaimer – The fabric for this post was provided by Art Gallery Fabrics as part of the Gleeful Blog Hop.  As always the opinions expressed in this post are my own.

 

HUDSON PANT VARIATION – WOVEN TRACK PANT

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In case you havn’t had enough Hudson Pant hooplah lately, I thought I would share a little variation with you all.  I am a big fan of the track pant trend right now.  It’s a very similar style to the Hudson Pant, mainly just that it’s made using a woven fabric instead of a knit.  I was curious if this would work with the Hudson Pant pattern so I gave it a try and I must say that I am pretty excited about how they turned out.  Here is how you can do it as well.

Fabric

Instead of knit you will need a woven fabric.  Mine is a rayon challis from Fashion Fabrics Club.  It’s soft and fluid, but still washes well.  I am really happy with the fabric.  They seem to be out of this print right now, but I’m kinda wanting to try this one next.  Plus their challis seems to be on sale right now which is a plus.  I also think that a peachskin, viscose, or lightweight cotton would work great too.  I am thinking that I might want to try out a light chambray sometime as well.

Cutting out your pattern

To accomodate the fact that you are using a woven instead of a knit fabric you are going to need to go up in size.  I went up two sizes and was happy with the fit, although I think 3 sizes up would be good too if you wanted them a bit roomier.

For the pockets I omitted the pocket detail.  In doing so I lost some of the depth of the pocket.  To accomodate this and the fact that the woven makes for a tighter pocket I added 1 1/2″ to the length of both the main pocket and pocket lining pieces.

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I also ommitted the ankle band.  As a result of this and the need to hem them, you will need to lengthen the main pant front and back by about 4 1/2″. (I only lengthened mine by 2 1/2 inches because I usually shorten my pants by 2 inches anyways.)

You don’t want the ankle opening to be too small so you will want to gradually grade in from a few inches above your original ankle length.  You can always take them in more once you try them on.

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Sewing Up Your Pants

As mentioned above I omitted the pocket detail.  Instead I topstitched the pocket curve at 1/4″ to keep everything in place.

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I also decided to not do the drawstring in order to dress them up a tiny bit.  As a result I didn’t do the buttonholes on the waistband.  Otherwise it was the same as the instructions.

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Because there is no ankle band you will need to hem your pants.  Before doing so try on your pants to check the fit and length.  I ended up narrowing the ankles by about 1/2″ on each side.

To hem them turn the bottom up by 1/4″, press, turn up another 1″, press and stitch at 7/8″ on the right side of your pant to secure the hem.

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Press your woven Hudson pant and you are done!

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MODERN SEWCIETY PODCAST AND SEWALONG UPDATE

I was lucky enough to get to chat with Stephanie of the Modern Sewciety Podcast last week.  Stephanie is sweet and has an adorable southern accent that reminds me of growing up in Alabama.  We chatted about all sorts of things including how I started sewing, the evolution of my blog, and of coarse the Hudson Pants.  It was really fun.  If you don’t already subscribe to her podcasts I highly recommend it.  I find it so inspiring to listen to the stories of all of the men and women who share my passion of sewing and how they got to where they are now.

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Also, just as a reminder the last day to submit a pair of pants for the Hudson Sewalong contest is next Tuesday, July 22nd.  To enter just email me a picture of your pants with the email title of Hudson Sewalong or tag a photo of your pants on instagram with the hashtag #hudsonsewalong.  The prizes are gift certificates from the amazing Wanderlust Fabrics.  There have already been some great entries so I am super excited to show you all what everyone has been making.

STRIPED VERSION OF VINTAGE SIMPLICITY 6948

I loved the other overalls that I made my little guy so much that I decided to make up another pair.  This time I used some awesome linen from Gray Line Linen in the Garment District.  As I mentioned before they are kinda my favorite store right now.  I love the natural feel of linen and the fact that I can kinda get away with letting them be wrinkled.

This really might be one of my favorite things that I’ve ever made for my kids.  I love that it’s classic and yet still modern.  I’m not one to hang onto my kids clothes once they grow out of them, but this one just might make it to the “for the grandkids one day” pile.

The pattern is vintage Simplicity 6948 from 1975.  It’s a simple and very classic overall pattern with a cool overlapping feature to the straps that makes it a little tricky to make, but looks really cool once it’s done.  The only bummer for me is that the pattern is only in a size 1 which means that I probably won’t be able to make anymore for my little boy although I do think that this would be a great baby shower boy gift so I will probably keep it around.

I didn’t make any changes to the pattern except that I used a contrasting mustard fabric for the lining.  One of those happy accidents because I ran out of fabric.

If you want to check out my other version of these overalls you can see them here.