I am always looking for new baby gifts to make up for friends and family. I’ve recently had a bunch of friends have babies so I decided to batch sew up a bunch at the same time to send out. I’m dying over how cute these turned out and am now on the lookout of for cute, organic knits to have on hand for this very purpose. You can find the fabrics that I used here, here, and here.
I made up two different quick little knit patterns that are great stash busters. I think that the two together is a perfect baby gift that is modern, thoughtful, and easily gender neutral. I made the harem romper by Brindille and Twig. It’s such a cute and easy little pattern. I sewed it up just as instructed except that I took a small wedge out of the center front neckline because I noticed that it set a little wide in a lot of the photos that I saw. But that is just a personal preference. I made the whole thing on my serger and each one took maybe 20 minutes.
The most difficult part was adding the snaps, but luckily I finally got around the buying the snap setter and a bunch of size 16 snaps. It’s so much easier than the nightmare snap tool I had bought and chucked years ago.
I also made up the rabbit ear teethers which is a free pattern from See Kate Sew. It’s a really simple sew and pretty darn cute. The fabric was all scraps from the romper and I bought the wooden rings through etsy here.
That’s it. Love how these turned out and can’t wait to see all of the little babies in them.
I’ve been wanting more casual items in my wardrobe that are not tshirts and cutoffs, so when I saw the Blair shirt released by Style Arc I wanted to make it right away. It reminded me of a shirt that I had been eyeing at Madewell. A wide, somewhat cropped shirt with small cuffs as sleeves. The Blair shirt is really similar so I decided to give it a go.
The fabric is just some 1/4″ black and white gingham that was inexpensive. I figured this would be a sort of wearable muslin before I cut into some precious silk that I have been eyeing, so this was the perfect inexpensive option.
I made a few little changes to the pattern so that it looked more like the top that was my inspiration. First of all, instead of adding the bottom panels I just extended the top portion so that it would all be one piece on both the front and back. I also made a simple rectangle for the cuffs instead of the bias cut, teardrop shaped ones of the pattern.
I absolutely love how this top turned out and have already worn it to a picnic over the weekend. This is my first ever Style Arc pattern to sew, but I have a been eyeing a couple more. Just be warned that the instructions are minimal, so you may want to look at the instructions for another buttonup pattern to compare it to.
It’s Camp PJ Party Day. If you don’t know what I am talking about check out all of the details over at Camp Workroom Social. Pretty much anyone who wants to can make a pair of PJs, post them on instagram today, and get an adorable PJ patch of their own from Camp Workroom Social. Super fun right?
For my PJs I made a pair of pocketless Hudson Pants and a Penny Raglan Tee for a super comfy loungy set of PJs that I never want to take off. The fabric is a rayon spandex from Indiesew. It’s the perfect medium weight knit that is not see through at all, but still drapey and soft. The cuffs, waistband, and neckline were done in a coordinating ribbing from JoAnns.
I wanted to make pocketless Hudsons for the bottoms to take a bit of the bulk out for comfort. I’ve been seeing a lot of this style in ready to wear stores lately. It’s a bit more of a long john style that is perfect for sleepwear. Altering your pattern for pocketless is super simple. All you do is take the main pocket piece and line up the side and top notches with the front piece. Take it together and that becomes your new front piece. You won’t need the inner pocket pattern piece or the pocket detail. Then you just sew it up like normal, eliminating the steps for the pocket. It’s an even faster sew after that.
The top is the Penny Raglan from Grainline Studio. I love the oversized, off the shoulder feel to this top. I made up another one as an oversized tee to wear with workout pants and a sports bra and I love it too. The only change I made to this top is to lengthen it a bit. Not sure if I needed to, but I thought better safe than sorry.
The end result is my new fav PJs. They are SO comfy. I can’t wait to wear them at Camp Workroom Social in just a couple of weeks.
I’m super excited to be participating in Style Maker Fabric’s Fall Blog Tour. I’ve been planning to make up the Winslow Culottes by Helen of Helen’s Closet and the Tate top by Workroom Social for awhile, so I thought this would be the perfect opportunity.
It was super hard to decide which fabrics to use but in the end I went with two rayons. The Tate Top is made up in this black rayon crepe and the Winslow Culottes are sewn up in this tribal print rayon crepe.
Let’s start with the blouse first. The Tate Top is a free pattern put out by Jennifer of Workroom Social. It can be made in a tunic length or cropped length (which I sewed). View A has a more classic racerback and View B has a more angled back silhouette which I went for. I LOVE the cut of this top. I did do a full bust adjustment and raised the underarm by about 1/2″ after doing a muslin. I have plans to make this up into a dress in the spring. Just be warned that this pattern does not have any instructions included (but it is free). I think that most intermediate sewers could figure it out on their own without a problem though.
The black rayon crepe that I sewed this up in is really great. It’s thicker than a rayon challis but still thin and flowy enough for a top. Not see through at all. It does have some natural stretch to it, so keep this in mind when choosing your size.
Now for the Culottes. Helen and I decided to swap our culotte style patterns with one another and blog about them. (Check out Helen’s version of the Emersons here.) I’ve loved seeing everyone’s versions of the Winslows popping up on instagram and couldn’t wait to try them myself. I love that they give the appearance of a skirt which makes them so approachable for a new trend. I made them up in View C which is a midcalf length. I really wanted to do the full length ones, but it felt a little overwhelming on me in a busy print.
The fabric is a really fun, large scale tribal print in rich fall jewel tones. I’m loving these colors right now. The fabric is lightweight and airy, and yet still not see through. If you look closely at the photo on stylemaker fabrics you will notice that the fabric has some crinkles in it like gauze. I like the texture, but the fabric does grow with ironing so take it from me and iron it before you cut out your pattern pieces or your pieces won’t match up (ask me how I know).
I can’t wait to wear these coulottes out of the house. I think they would work well with flats and cardis too for a more everyday look.
You can continue on the blog tour tomorrow with Lindsay of Design by Lindsay here or check out the whole tour through Style Maker Fabrics here (there are 13 stops total). Thank you Style Maker Fabrics for including me on your tour. Now I just need it to cool off a bit here so it feels like fall.
I am lucky enough to be doing some teaching and such this fall and wanted to make you all aware of them in case you are interested in attending.
Now that I live in Denver I am lucky enough to be close to Fancy Tiger Crafts. It’s such an amazing store and I love attending craft nights and meeting with all sorts of like minded people there. I am going to be teaching two separate workshops there this fall, both of the Hudson pants. This is a great workshop for those of you who want more experience working with knits. Also, since the men’s and women’s patterns have the exact same instructions, this is a great workshop for me too. You can use either of the patterns in the workshop. The dates of the workshops are either Saturday October 22nd, or Sunday November 13th. You can sign up for the classes on their site.
I am also going to be teaching a weekend workshop at the Stitch Sew Shop and we will be teaching the Southport dress. I hear that these workshops are so much fun – half learning and sewing and half fun retreat. The workshop is October 7th – the 9th in Alexandria, Virginia and there are still some spots left if you can make it. I am so excited for this weekend. Look here for more information on workshops and how to sign up.
I won’t be teaching, but I will be a counselor at Camp Workroom Social this year on October 14th-17th . I am going to be assisting Christine Haynes in her Coats workshop along with Devon of Miss Make. It’s going to be a blast and I can’t wait to go to camp. I think that all of the spots are filled up for this year, but you can still make pjs for the Camp PJ Party to participate if you are not going. And, if you think you might want to attend next year, I suggest getting on the email list because spots go fast.
I hope to meet / see a lot of you as some of these classes this fall. If you have any questions about them please reach out.