The Finlayson Twins

Hiya!

For Christmas of 2016 I got all inspired and made my family sweaters. I chose the Finlayson Sweater pattern from Thread Theory for my son and husband. (I also made the Undercover Hoodie from Papercut for my daughter.)

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Why am I posting over a year later?  Morgan at Thread Theory asked for submissions from the community for new pictures of the Finlayson for their website.  It was an excellent excuse to get these two handsome guys out for photo shoots.  We ended up not being in the running for the contest because I made modifications to both sweaters (pockets on the shawl collar, and no pockets on the hoodie…  haha!  I totally forgot I’d done that!)  But I’m happy to have some great photos of them in their sweaters.

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But I digress…  Back to the Christmas when I got presents made.   I had made the Camas Blouse from Thread Theory for me and love Morgan’s drafting and instructions for finishing.  Everything is well thought out and the details set her patterns apart.

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I made Version 2 with the hood for my son in a Small.  I gave them their sweaters with the collar/hood units completed, but the rest basted together and then let them have input on the pockets.  My son didn’t want any pockets.

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I would have shortened the sleeves by 1-2″, but if you’re a teenager wearing a hoodie with extra long sleeves evidently you don’t need a hat or gloves.

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I love that there are pattern pieces included for the hood lining that are smaller than the hood.  The main fabric is rolled to the inside to create a self-facing so the lining doesn’t peek out.  Such a nice touch.

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Mainley Dad had recommended this fabric after using it for his fabulous Athleisure Blazer. It was a great recommendation.  The fabric is squishy and soft.  I used a black knit from my stash for the hood lining and decorative back facings.  Matthew loves this sweatshirt and wears it at least twice a week in the winter.  That is, when his girlfriend hasn’t borrowed it.  🙂  It has stood up to many tumbles in the dryer.

The sweatshirt fabric came from Gorgeous Fabrics  and sadly sold out long ago.  I just went to their website and they don’t have any fabrics listed…  So sad, they were awesome.  Hopefully it’s just a web glitch.  Does anybody know if they’re out of business for good?

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Optional decorative neck facings.

The optional neck facing is a chance to add some personal touches.  I’ve fussy cut a novelty waffle knit with zebras to use as “labels”.  Sometimes for a smaller “label” I’ve used some little tiny motorcycles.  They make me happy every time I see them.

On my son’s version I had more fun.  I harvested a little “Lego” label from one of his old sweatshirts and sewed it on the lower left of the zebra.  You can see it if you squint at the picture above.  I added a hanging ribbon too, which has been holding on by a thread for awhile now.  If I was a good mom I’d probably fix it…or not.

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The instructions have you conceal the raw edges of the neck seam with ribbon – which I love!  These are the thoughtful details that set Morgan’s patterns apart.  You’re also instructed to add a stabilizer to the shoulder seams and kangaroo pocket opening to keep them from stretching out.  I think I added some bar tacks to the pocket to help with the stress in that area.

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For my husband I made Version 1 with the shawl collar. For this version I used a much stiffer, less casual fabric.  It is a Citadel Blue Cotton Knit from Mood Fabrics.  Also sadly sold out.  I cut a Large and graded to an XL at the waist based on his measurements.

Both versions share a squared neckline.  It can be a little tricky getting those corners crisp.  For this version I topstitched around the neck opening to get everything to lie flat.  The shawl collar pulls away from the neck a little, which I’ve noticed in many versions I’ve seen online.

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I love how the shawl collared version layers under Brad’s leather jacket.

In case you’re wondering, for 2017 I bought fabric for Christmas presents, but haven’t made any of them.  I did have a very good excuse though.  Before I could get anything cut out, this little bundle of furry joy took over our household:

My 15-year-old daughter had been wanting a puppy of her own.  Enter Ray (for Ray of Sunshine!), who was 8 weeks old when she came to us.  She’s a Border Collie/Blue Heeler mix.  And most importantly she matches our older dog, Molly. 🙂  She’s absolutely adorable and adds so much fun to our lives.  And chaos.  Lot of chaos.

Happy sewing!  Nancy

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Calyer Pants by French Navy

Well hello there!  Long time, no talk.  I started a blog, then got all shy and didn’t post for awhile.  But now I’ve put on my big girl pants and decided to get back on the blogging bandwagon.  To help nudge me along, I volunteered for some pattern testing.

I’ve been a French Navy fan-girl since Sarah released the free Orla Dress pattern.  I love her cool, casual aesthetic. These are her newest release, The Calyer Pant.

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The Calyer “comes in flat-front and pleated options, is designed to sit just a centimeter or two below the natural waist with a slightly dropped-crotch and a semi-elasticated waistband.  Both views feature a side seam that is advanced to the front of the pants and gently twists toward the centre front hem of the tapered leg.  In-seam pockets add practicality while maintaining the clean lines of this unusual silhouette.”

I don’t think there were any changes made to the pattern since this version, but I did make a couple of modifications.

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I love these pants!  They are super comfortable.  They may be a elastic-back pant, but the design touches of the front seam location and the in-seam pockets make them special.  Also, the instructions for finishing make them a joy to sew.  The pockets don’t have any raw edges exposed – they’re all nicely enclosed.  The waistband has really nice instructions for a clean finish.

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The Calyer has a shaped hem, which can be tricky to lengthen or shorten after cutting, so Sarah recommends checking the finished garment measurements first and adjusting at the lengthen/shorten line.  They’re drafted for 5’6″, and I’m 5’8″.  Most of my height is in my torso, so I added 1″ and am happy with the length.

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These pants are drafted to just below the natural waist.  I made a muslin pair in rayon challis (my new favorite PJ’s!).  I think this style will look great on people with a flat belly (like Sarah herself), and on apple shapes.  I happen to have a small waist, but a pooky tummy.  That combination put me into serious mom-jean territory, so I dropped the waist by 2″.  They now sit mid-pook, and I like them much better.  For my next pair, I’m going to add an inch back to the back rise tapering to zero at the sides because they’re a little low in the back now.

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I used this “light and drapey” Tencel from Emma One Sock.  It was great to work with and I love wearing these pants.

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I really like pattern testing.  I’m one of those people who is compelled to “help out”.  I’ve learned over the years that most people are fine on their own and don’t really want to be “helped”.  My family was happy when I found a “helper” day-job where I could funnel all of that helper energy into other people in an appropriate way.  Turns out pattern testing is another phrase for helping!

Like most things, it’s all about the balance.  I’d just finished this testing when one of my favorite sewers asked for testers.  Two back-to-back tests with lots of life thrown in there was a bit much.  I’ll try to pace myself in the future.  (We’ll see how that goes!)

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I love these pants, and highly recommend them.  I want to make about a dozen more pairs!

Cheers,  Nancy

I received this pattern for free in exchange for pattern testing. I was not required to post them, and all gushy opinions are my own.

Maybe Marc Floral Bomber

Hi-de-ho neighbors! How are things shakin?  I’ve been incredibly busy with last minute sewing for Indie Pattern Month at The Monthly Stitch.

Surely you’ll recognize this as the Rigel Bomber from Papercut Patterns. The pattern is well drafted, and the instructions clear. I had a great time making it and love my new jacket.

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Papercut Rigel Bomber – Casually Sitting on a Bench

My daughter and I were in New York exactly a year ago for a girl’s trip. We had a blast. Grace planned the entire trip. There were no museums – but lots of shows, shopping, and eating. I had two requests. I wanted to go to the NY Public Library (love that place!) and to Mood Fabrics (no surprise there!)

I found this amazing fabric at Mood. I had in my mind that it was a Marc Jacobs print, but the selvedge is blank and I can’t find my receipt to verify. To me, it looks similar to this Marc Jacobs print, so I’m calling it at least Marc-esque. Does anybody know if it’s a Marc?

Whoever the maker, this fabric is a dream. It’s a medium-weight crepe and has a really soft, satin-y finish on the back.  It would have been lovely against the skin, but I decided to line my jacket for two reasons.  First, I wanted a little extra warmth.  Second, this crepe wrinkles pretty easily, and the lining helps with that.  Even with the lining, I won’t be able to just stuff this jacket in my bag like usual.

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Papercut Rigel Bomber – IPM 2017

I tend to hoard my “precious” fabrics.  (Who am I kidding?  I hoard ALL fabric, but especially “precious” ones!)  I’m happy that I’m at a place in my sewing where I’m comfortable using the good stuff.  In somebody’s feed I saw a sign that says “It’s only fabric”.  I need to make one of those and hang it on my wall.  It’s better to sew up and enjoy the amazing fabrics.

I also got the ribbing from Mood on that same trip.  I originally thought it might be too heavy for this application, but I think it’s just right.  I worried that the binding was too dull of a black for this fabric, and wished that I had time to over-dye it.  But now that it’s installed I think it is fine as-is.

I used a SuperFine Bemberg Lining from Wawak.  I love this lining and will order it again.  It is really smooth and has a good weight to it.  It makes me happy when I slide on my jacket. There was a whole month to celebrate Rigel’s over on Ginger Makes way back in 2015. I used this super helpful lining tutorial from Kat. (Hi Kat! Thanks for the tutorial!)

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Papercut Rigel Bomber – Zipper and Collar Detail

I also ordered black and gold zippers from Wawak.  I was tempted by the gold one because it coordinated with the pants and pulled the outfit together a little bit more.  But in the end I went with the black because I’ll probably wear the jacket alone most of the time, and the jacket looks better with a black zip.  I added interfacing to the zipper so it wouldn’t get wavy.  I also added interfacing to that rectangle of fashion fabric between the zipper and the bottom ribbing because it was feeling a little flimsy.

I made a muslin out of old sheets and beefy-tee type t-shirts for the ribbing.  I cut a large based on the envelope measurements and my only change was to add 1/2″ to the sleeve length.  Most sleeves are a touch too short for me and it feels like such a luxury to have sleeves that are a tad too long!

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Papercut Rigel Bomber – Hemband and Welt Pocket Detail

I was really worried about those welt pockets.  In high school I made a dress and cropped jacket for my best friend for prom.  I’d never made a welt pocket before and cut too far into the garment and ruined the jacket with no extra fabric for a redo.  (sob!) She wore the dress, but had to buy a RTW jacket.  I felt awful.

Anyhow, now I know to practice those tricky bits before going for the real fabric.  I made 3 practice welts before I felt confident.  It was worth the time because my pockets are gorgeous.  (yes!)  I used a stiffer interfacing on the pockets because nobody wants saggy welts.

This jacket is part of my Indie Royalty outfit. I wanted to add little touches that tied the pieces together that only I (and now you!) would know about. I added piping to the seam between the lining and the jacket using the curry gaberdine from the pants in the outfit. This makes me smile every time I see it.

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Papercut Rigel Bomber – Lining and Bias Details (with bonus giant dog hair!)

You can add piping to any seam. I added a flat piping (no cord in there). To calculate the width of the bias strip to cut use this formula: 2 x (seam allowance + width of piping) + 1/8″ for the fold. If your bias strip isn’t long enough, then sew a couple of lengths together. Fold in half wrong sides together and press. Sandwich your piping between the layers you’re sewing together and line up all the raw edges. Sew carefully and pay a lot of attention to keeping an even seam allowance. WaLa! (This is another one of those techniques that pays to practice.)

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Papercut Rigel Bomber – Hey, my jacket has a lining!

I’m really glad that I got around to sewing up this pattern. I’m always sad for summer to end, but a cute new jacket for fall makes things easier!

Thanks so much to Mel and Kat at The Monthly Stitch for all of their work in creating the community and in putting on IPM! You guys are awesome.

Curry trousers and Inari tee

Hey, hey, hey!  I hope you’re having a wonderful day.

I work in a school and have the summers off, but I go back to work tomorrow.  This is often a bittersweet day for me, but this year I’m just feeling good because I finished my Indie Royalty outfit for Indie Pattern Month at The Monthly Stitch!  If Google really knows what time it is in New Zealand, I’ve still go another 13 hours before the deadline!  Whoo-hoo!

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Named Inari Tee and Sew Over It Ultimate Trousers

Sew Over It – Ultimate Trousers

What follows may seem like a lot of complaining, but that’s not how I mean it.  I had a lot of setbacks and twists and turns with this pair of pants.  I decided that even though there was a deadline looming I was going to take my time and make a pair of pants that I would wear and enjoy.  I really like this pair of pants and think I’ll get a lot of use out of them.

I’ve wanted a pair of mustard pants for a long time.  To be honest, I saw a little girl wearing a pair of mustard leggings in my Instagram feed and have been trying since then for something similar.  Some may call my fashion/decorating sense “juvenile”, but I prefer to think of it as “whimsical”.

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Sew Over It Ultimate Trousers w/ Tote Bag

This fabric isn’t exactly “mustard”, but is called “curry”. Both good foods in my book, so I called it close enough and ordered this fabric from Emma One Sock. This fabric is yummy  (and not just because it’s named curry).  Emma One Sock always has great quality, and this fabric is no disappointment.  It presses like a dream, and has a beautiful hand.  I loved sewing with it.

Deciding on a pattern was a winding road.  I know I read the description of “gabardine” and “10% stretch”, but sometime between pushing the buy button and the arrival of the fabric I decided it was a ponte and I would make the Jalie Eleonore pants.  Upon realizing it was a woven I decide on the Emerson wide crops.  I made a muslin, and will be making the shorts in the future, but the wide crops are not for me.  I’ve had the Sew Over It Ultimate Trousers in my stash for a long time and decided on those.

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Sew Over It Ultimate Trousers – Hem facing with Invisible Hem

The pattern envelope put me in a 19 waist and 17 hip. I made a muslin graded to a 20 through the calf just to give me room there. The back fit great right out of the envelope, but I did a 1″ full tummy adjustment and I extended the front crotch length by 1/4″. I didn’t need the extra room in the calf, so trimmed back down to 17 through the leg. I made a second muslin and was happy.

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Sew Over It Ultimate Trousers – Dreaded rear view

Confident in my fitting, I cut my fashion fabric and sewed them up. They were awful! I made the classic mistake of not thinking about the differences between my muslin fabric (stiff bedsheet) and my fashion fabric (clingy gaberdine). I let out all of the seams and reinserted the zipper. The waistband is still a little funky, but I wouldn’t be tucking anything into these pants anyway. I may go back and draft a curved waistband for these someday.  (But not today – ha!)

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Sew Over It Ultimate Trousers – Hem Facing w really bad resolution!

When I got them all done, I pressed my family into long discussions of shoe options and hem lengths. I am 5’8″ and always add a couple of inches to pants. But in this case I was SURE I was making crops, so I didn’t add the length. The entire family voted for full length. To save as much length as possible, I drafted a hem facing, understitched, and used my magic invisible hem foot for hemming. If you don’t know about this miraculous foot, here’s a blind hem tutorial on the Colette blog.

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Sew Over It Ultimate Trousers – Waist Detail w/tag

I made these pants as part of an outfit for the Indie Royalty challenge. It makes me happy to incorporate a little hidden bit of one of the other pieces. I love a tag to indicate the back, so I used some of my Rigel Bomber.

I feel like all I’ve done is complain about these pants, but I’m actually pretty happy with them!

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I’ve been watching the Inari pop up all over the blogosphere since it came out. I wanted to make the tee before committing to the dress, so started this shirt is a wearable muslin.  Then the announcement for the IPM challenges came out, and I though it would be great for this outfit!

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Named – Inari Tee

I had read that the Inari tends to ride up when you raise your arms, so I used this alteration by Handmade by Carolyn before even cutting into my fabric.  The alteration worked beautifully, and I don’t have any trouble with raising my arms (other than showing my stomach, but more on that later…)  I wasn’t really paying that much attention to the instructions, and sewed my armbands on backward.  They still work, but as drafted they would be a little wider.  I serged all seams for this top.

I like this silhouette on me more than I thought I would.  I really like how the cropped, boxy top pairs with these pants.  Unfortunately, this top won’t make it into regular rotation.  It was a mystery fabric I found in my stash (yeah for stashbusting!) but it’s very itchy (boo for itchy!).  I was thinking that I’d put up with that, but after wearing it for the photoshoot today I’ve decided it’s just too short for me (boo for too short!).  My belly was poking out in more than a few of the shots we took today and that’s just not the look I’m going for.

This color is super useful, so I’ll be thinking about adding a knit t-shirt and a woven tee in this color.  I’m still undecided about the Inari dress, but have lots of other things in my queue to keep me busy while I decide!

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Named Inari Tee & Ultimate Trousers

Thanks again to Kat and Mel for hosting Indie Pattern Month!

Blue Suede Tote

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Inspired Wren Lined Tote – IPM 2017

HI HI HI! How are things?

OMG! I made a bag! (Sorry for all the caps, but I can’t really believe that I Made A Bag!)

This is the 4th item in my outfit for the Indie Royalty challenge at The Monthly Stitch.  (I made a bag!)

If you can’t tell, I’m a little excited.  This is a free Lined Tote pattern from The Inspired Wren.  I thought the proportions of this bag are ideal.  At 8 1/2″ x 11 1/2″ x 4″ it will be perfect for throwing my iPad, lunch, and bottle of Yerba Mate in as I run out the door for work.  It has an outer pocket and reinforced bottom.

I know I named the post Blue Suede bag, which might have led you to think I used actual suede.  I didn’t, but I’ve always wanted blue suede shoes.  So there you go.  Actually I used a super-awesome blue velveteen-ish home dec fabric.  I bought probably 20 yards of this stuff probably 20 years ago. (ha ha ha!)  I was going to make heavy winter curtains for my living room.  I didn’t get very far and still have a roll of this stuff in the basement.  Now I dream about recovering a chaise lounge in the stuff.  But it makes a great bag!

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This bag is sturdy! The handles extend to the bottom seam under the base.

I had the pleather for the base and handles in my stash too.  It was from the remnant bin at JoAnns.  (I’ve been planning on making bags for a long time, and now I’ve actually made one!)

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Inspired Wren Lined Tote – Fused fabric, teflon foot, heavy duty needles

The pattern calls for duck cloth and indoor/outdoor fabric and warns that seams might get kind of thick.  I was already thicker than recommended with my home dec/pleather combination, but I wanted a stiffer bag than designed.  So I added more thickness in the form of ThermoWeb Heat-and-Bond Fusible Fleece (non-affiliate link).  I’m not sure why, but I have an entire roll of this stuff, so thought maybe I should use it.

Hillary Goodwin on Insta at entropyalwayswins is my favorite bag and quilt-maker.  I remembered her posting that she doesn’t use fusible interfacing in her bags anymore because it separates eventually.  I have an entire roll, so I went ahead and fused it, but also sewed it into the seams as well just in case.  Time will tell.  Do any of you have any experience with using fusibles in bags?

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I used a heavy duty regular needle (90/14).  This was my first time using my teflon foot, and it worked great on the pleather.  I lengthened my stitch length to a 3 for topstitching.

There were two imperfect fabrics in my stash that together made a great lining.  The light gray patterned fabric was pretty, but too light.  I also had a super-cheap navy lining with manufacturing imperfections in it.  I used these two together to make the lining (because I didn’t have enough layers going on already – ha!).

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Inspired Wren Lined Tote – IPM 2017

I chose the light colored lining on purpose because I was imagining how much easier it would be to find my keys looking in a bag with a light lining.  What I didn’t realize was how much the lining was going to show from the side.  I really wanted a dark bag and the light lining bugs me.  I’ll probably switch it out someday.  (But not today, ha!)  Newbie mistake, I think.

I added an inside pocket.  Because more pockets.  I’ve been mixing elements from other items in my Indie Royalty outfit.  For this bag, the interior pocket is made from the lining of my Rigel Bomber and that makes me happy.

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Inspired Wren Lined Tote – Lining with added inner pocket and key clip

I also added a key clip that I salvaged from another bag.  Not that I’m the type of person who would ever use a key clip.  But I’d like to be.  And if the urge to clip overtakes me I’ll be ready.

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Inspired Wren Lined Tote – Inner view

I made a couple of other changes to the lining.  The pattern has the lining and the side of the bag meeting equally at the top of the bag, but I wanted a little more separation, so folded the bag material over about a half an inch toward the inside.    The pattern had you handstitch the lining closed after attaching.  I had seen ready-made bags where the lining at the bottom of the purse is pinched together and sewn by machine.  It’s not as clean of a finish, but it’s at the bottom of the bag, it was quick, and I’m happy with it. You can see the seam at the bottom of the picture above.

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OOPS! Overzealous pressing leads to scorched pleather

The pleather would tolerate a iron set on medium.  I was using a pressing cloth and clapper.  The pleather would warm up and get soft, and then would respond to being pressed.  I did have one little scorching incident after I got a little overzealous with the iron.  Luckily it was just after I had attached a bottom panel, so was able to remove it and recut a new one without too much trouble. Whew!

It was pretty tough sewing through 14 layers at some points.  I had to hand crank at some points, but my Bernina handled it.  Begrudgingly, I think.

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Inspired Wren Tote – IPM 2017

Overall, I’m really pleased with my first bagmaking effort and I’m hooked on bagmaking!  I want to make All The Bags.

Thanks again to Kat and Mel for organizing Indie Pattern Month.

P.S. I made a bag!

Put a Bird on It – Simplicity 2451

I’ve been on a roll with finishing up (or tossing) long-standing WIPs.  A couple of weeks ago I finished a bargello keyboard cover that I started 20 (?!) years ago.  I’ve been wanting to participate in The Monthly Stitch for awhile, and when they announced the theme for June was ‘Put A Bird on It’ I knew it was another nudge from the universe to continue finishing things up.

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I returned to garment sewing about 4 years ago.  This was one of the first garments I started.  It is made out of a quilting cotton with Birds! on it.  I really like this print and have been on a navy kick lately so I think I will get a lot of wear out of this little gem.

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The pattern is Simplicity 2451, and it was quite a hit back in the day with a whopping 82 reviews on Pattern Review.  It’s not on Simplicity’s website any longer, so I assume it’s out of print, but it is for sale on eBay and Amazon.

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I made view D, the shorter tulip skirt (sans waist chains).  I made a muslin and did a 1″ swayback adjustment.  I cut a size 18 and the overall fit is good.

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Once I get sewing I rarely stop to consult references books or tutorials on a technique, preferring to figure it out as I go.  Which explains why this skirt sat in the time-out pile for 4 years!  I added a lining and didn’t think through how I would attach it to the invisible zip or how I would handle the vent at the back of the skirt.

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At the time these issues seemed overwhelming, but they weren’t really that big of a deal.  I machine-stitched the lining to the zip tape, and sewed the lining to the top of the vent and then let it hang to either side of the vent.  Not elegant, but good enough.  And done.

I feel like this skirt is a really good mix of ‘good enough’ and ‘my best’.  Sometimes I get hung up on making things perfect, and need to ease up so I can finish.  What’s that saying?  “Perfection is the enemy of the good.” (or something like that…)

I used a deep red hem tape to finish the waistband and reduce bulk.  I sewed the hem tape to the bottom of the inner waistband and pinned it down.  From the right side I stitched in the ditch, catching the hem tape in the seam.  (With navy thread on the top and red in the bobbin.)

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I was really happy that I had just enough red tape to use for the hem also!  I handstitched the skirt hem, and machine stitched the lining hem.  The white lining and pop of red make me really happy!

I  needed to use lots of pins to fit the yoke to the skirt.  I used a rather substantial interfacing because I didn’t want the yoke to crumple.  It is sturdy, but it also has no stretch whatsoever, so was a little bit of a bear to fit to the skirt.

I have a few wrinkles in the back of the skirt that I’m not that happy about, and I think the improvised lining attachment may be making my vent hang funny.

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But really, I’ll usually wear it with a cardigan like this:

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Thanks for stopping by!  ~ Nancy

Me-Made-May 2017 Wrap-up

This was my first year making the official pledge for MeMadeMay. (I know it’s nearly July, but I just started my blog and I have a lot to say about this subject…)

The sewing community is so supportive and warm. I posted on my Instagram, and appreciated every heart and comment.  I love being a part of this community and am so inspired by everyone’s handmade closets.

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Me-Made-May 2017 Wrap up

My pledge was:    I, Nancy, of @NotFancyNancy, sign up as a participant of Me-Made-May ’17. I endeavor to wear me-makes 4 days a week for the duration on May 2017 with random Instagram documentation. Repeats guaranteed. I will finish the 3 WIPs on my table.

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5/19 Freak blizzard – Renfrew cowl

I pledged to wear me-makes 4 times a week. This turned out to be super-easy, thanks to a freak blizzard and week of unseasonably cold weather. I don’t have all that many summer me-mades, so was grateful to be able to wear some of my cooler weather items.  I missed two days in May…I forgot it was the first of May 😕, and was in a bad mood one day 👿.

I failed one part of my pledge! I quipped ‘repeats guaranteed’. I wore a different me made 29 days and on some days wore multiple items. This was a shocker! I had no idea I could pull that off.

This leads me to…Just keep making. When I started following blogs I was amazed at sewists that could churn out outfits every week and felt so slow!!! Then I realized that I love the process and don’t really want to ‘be efficient’ at my hobby. I’ve been puttering along making a garment or two a month, and now I have a months’ worth of clothes!

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20 year UFO

I pledged to finish the 3 WIPs (Works in Progress) on my table. They’re not all done, but I did a ton of sewing and mending so I’m fine with that. MeMadeMay always makes me want to fix the me-mades’s that aren’t working. I replaced the arms on one shirt, on another shirt I replaced the novelty print (motorcycles!) with a plain yoke (less fun, more wear…), and pulled out the wonky hem on a wrap/bolero thing. I also uncovered a long-abandoned quilted project that just needs a little bit more work, so the WIP pledge must have lodged in my subconscious.

I have a good collection of tops and dresses. I need to make bottoms. A while ago I decided to sew for the body I have, not the body I will have when I lose 5/10/25 pounds.  I’ve been good with that decision for tops and dresses, but I’ve held myself up from making pants and skirts.  For next year’s Me-Made-May I’d like to be able to put together more complete outfits.

It always helps me to commit, so:

This year I’m going to concentrate on sewing bottoms and outerwear.

(I’ve been buying a lot of fabric for outerwear, so I want to make some coats too).

I’m looking forward to next Me-Made-May!

Thanks for stopping by!  ~ Nancy