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WINTER APPROPRIATE LODO DRESSES

January 8, 2018

I wear my first batch of Lodo dresses all summer long. Especially my wide striped version. I find it to be the perfect comfy, yet elevated knit dress that I can wear with sandals to the playground or dressed up for a date. So, I decided that I needed a couple that also would work for colder weather. Although it is short sleeved, paired with some thick tights, a leather jacket, and some booties, I think it works perfectly for the fall and winter.

 

I sourced both of these cozy knits from The Fabric Store online. The first one is a boucle that is so lush and soft to the touch. You can find it here. It’s pretty much like wearing french terry but dressed up. One great thing about this boucle in particular is that it has a super subtle silver strand going through it. Now usually I am a hard no to anything with sparkle, but for the holiday months this was perfect. I actually wore it out on New Year’s Eve and it was awesome. So comfy and easy to wear, but still just special enough for a holiday event.

 

I especially love this dress paired with my leather jacket, thick tights and leather booties. Put together, intentional, on trend and yet also casual in a way.

 

 

 

At the same time that I sewed up the boucle version I also sewed up this black ponte one. I am a big fan of ponte in general because it holds it’s shape so well, although not all pontes are created equal. They often have too much polyester for my taste and pill, but this one is really nice quality.

You know how I love sewing up things in pairs to get more bang out of my sewing time and this was an easy one. In fact, I started cutting out both of these dresses at about noon and wore one of them out that night.

 

I especially love this black version because I know that I can wear it in the spring and summer too. Paired with some sandals this is pretty much my perfect everyday warm weather dress. But, paired with thick tights, booties, a cuff (from Native Clutter) and some dark lipstick it’s perfect for winter too.

What do you guys think? Do you think that I pulled off the Lodo dresses as cold weather appropriate? I know that I can’t wait to wear these all year long.

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SILK JUMPSUIT NEW LOOK 6493

January 2, 2018

I was finally able to carve some time out after all of the crazy holiday chaos for a photoshoot of my New Look 6493 jumpsuit which I made for my husbands holiday party. I thought this was going to be a pretty easy make, but boy was I ever wrong. So many little road blocks that turned this simple jumpsuit into a bit of a nightmare of a project. In the end I am OK with how it turned out, but not thrilled. Mostly I am glad that it is done so that I can move onto new projects.

The pattern is New Look 6493. This pattern got a lot of love in the sewing community when it was first released. It has a cool shape and the wide leg pant that is so on trend right now. I like the easy elastic waistband covered with a cool waist tie to cinch it in (although I am thinking about pairing it with a thin gold belt next time I wear it). I also think that the cross over front and back bodice make for an easy changing situation which is always something you have to think about with a jumpsuit.

After reading any review I could find, I decided to go down two sizes from what the pattern suggested and I am really glad that I did. I still feel like I am kinda swimming in it, but it would have been way worse. I also had to do some adjustments to the bodice. It purposely has a deep cut in the front, which I think looks amazing on some women, but I was not gonna rock that much cleavage. So I did an fba along the princess seam and also I added some coverage t0 the center front panels. I also had to raise the armhole by about an inch for it to cover my bra.

The fabric is a gorgeous silk crepe de chine from The Fabric Store in LA. It’s a deep navy (although I meant to order black but chose my swatch in the basement – oops!) which I ended up liking a lot. The great thing about a navy is that I could easily wear it for a spring wedding or something down the line. It dresses it down a bit. Plus I love navy and black together right now so it ended up being a happy accident. I am a big fan of silk crepe de chine. I love that is feels amazing against your skin, but also presses and sews pretty easily. Plus it’s not see through (usually), which always makes me happy because I don’t generally like to line things unless I absolutely have to.

And there you have it. Would I make this pattern again, probably not. Too many other patterns to sew and this one just wasn’t a clear win for me. I wore it with my favorite new bracelet from Native Clutter and my leather jacket from Zara which has become my jean jacket equivalent for winter. It goes with everything.

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DESMOND BACKPACK IN WAXED CANVAS

November 10, 2017

After going to Camp Workroom Social last year, a backpack has been high on my to sew list. Purses and tote bags just arn’t the best for lugging around your supplies at camp, so this project was a must before returning this October.

I have had the Desmond backpack pattern by Taylor Tailor on my list ever since it was released. My husband has a very similar backpack that he paid a lot of money for and wears when we do family hikes, so I’ve been drawn to this style. The rolltop means that it fits lots of stuff, is adjustable, and has that cool retro camping vibe that I love.

The outside of my bag is made up in some really cool waxed canvas that I bought at Fancy Tiger Crafts. They have a few really great colors including an orange/red and an olive that I almost got, but the neutral vibe runs deep in me so I went for the gray.

The hardware and strapping is all from Taylor Tailors shop. He sells them as kits which I love. It’s so hard to source all of the matching pieces and his is really great quality. They come in navy and black for the webbing and silver for the hardware. I would love to find a brass or matte black kit for the next time if it exists.

For the lining I went with this fun zebra print that I designed and printed a few years ago. It’s actually the fabric that I used on my 4 yr old son’s backpack so it’s fun to have it matching. It’s kinda a heavy quilting cotton. I went with this because I knew that the waxed canvas was thick and I was worried about all of the layers. Now that I have made it once, I would go with something thicker for the lining. The only place where you sew the two together is along the top edge (no corners or anything) so you really don’t need to worry about the thickness and a more rigid lining would give more structure to the pack which would be a plus.

I really can’t recommend the Desmond pattern enough. The instructions and pattern were fantastic and the sewalong made it super easy to sew up really quickly. I love that it is gender neutral so it would make an excellent gift for pretty much anyone. Now I just need to figure out who to sew one for or see if I can justify a reason to sew up another one for myself.

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TRUE BIAS PAPER PATTERNS

November 8, 2017

They are finally here – True Bias paper patterns. Paper patterns have been a long time coming. Yes, they were way more work than I ever anticipated, and took about twice as long, but I am so thrilled with the outcome.! Currently, I have four patterns in stock for paper. They are the Hudson pants, the Roscoe Blouse and Dress, the Lander Pants and Shorts, and the Lodo Dress. These can all be ordered in my shop here. The plan is to continue adding some of my older patterns as paper over the next year as I continue to print new patterns on paper as well.

Each pattern comes in a thick, rigid cardstock envelope with a photo printed on the front. The back of the envelope contains all of the information you might need, including the description, fabric recommendations, notions, size chart, and fabric requirements. I love how sturdy these envelopes feel. They stay nice and flat and protect your pattern and instructions.

Inside each envelope you will find an instruction booklet and pattern. Each pattern is printed on white tissue that you can either cut into or trace depending on your preference.

Please jump over to my shop if you would like to purchase a paper pattern. I am also doing wholesale, so check out your local store to see if they are carrying my patterns if you want it right away.

 

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EBONY TEES AND SEAMLY CARDI IN MERINO JERSEY

October 23, 2017

This was my second year as a counselor at Camp Workroom Social and I was determined to be smarter in the wardrobe department than I was last year. I wanted clothing that was practical, stylish, comfy and interchangable. I already knew that I was bringing one pair of shoes (some back lace up boots which were much better than the heeled ones I wore last year) so everything needed to go with those and jeans. My color palette would be black (no surprise there), gray, white, blue, and camel. These really are the colors I wear all year long anyways. I am such a sucker for neutrals.

This gave me the perfect excuse to sew up a few new things. After thinking about the criteria above, I settled on the Ebony tee in the cropped length and the Seamly Wrapped Cardigan which I had sewn up last year and loved. As for fabric choice, that was easy. I loved working with the merino wool jersey last year from The Fabric Store. They carry the perfect colors for my taste, plus the merino jersey feels so luxurious while still being washable. The perfect fall fabric in my book. I ended up going with mushroom for the cardi, and black and ochre for the ebony tees.

For the Ebony tees I wanted something cropped that I could wear with high rise jeans and still not show any tummy. I added about 5/8″ to the hem for added coverage. I would probably add a bit more next time for personal preference. Mostly because it tends to catch on my bra and get shorter as the day rolls on.

Otherwise the fit is great. I sewed up a size 8 with no issues. It was such a fast make and the fabric was a perfect match. I am obsessed with this ochre right now and want to sew everything in it. And the black was just a perfect everyday choice.

The Seamly cardi was sewn up in the mushroom color which is such a pretty, fall appropriate white. Not quite ivory, and not quite grey, a perfect blend. I also love how the color meshes up with the ochre and black.

I had sewn up the seamly cardigan before so I knew that the fit was good and that it was an easy sew. I did make the armhole a bit bigger because it was causing some bunching on my Ebony tee, but otherwise I sewed it up per instructions. My favorite part of the pattern is that there is a secret pocket on the inside facing to stash keys or a credit card. I still need to make the sleeved version of this pattern, but the sleeveless just feels like such a hip and practical layering piece for everyday.

I got home from camp last week and these tops and cardi were the perfect addition for the trip. They felt like me while still being super comfy and without being too dressed up for camp. And now I have some great new layering pieces for fall in my favorite color palette.

The only other thing I sewed for camp was a backpack which I will be back to talk about on the blog later this week.