All’s Quiet…

I’ve been MIA for quite some time! Fall is always a busy time for me and this year even moreso than ever. I’ve got baskets full of yarn just waiting to be transformed into something sweet, and not nearly enough hours in a day… Here’s a few snaps of orders I’ve filled lately, while trying to create some stock for an upcoming market.

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Sewaholic Saltspring!

A year after purchasing this pattern I finally got around to putting it together. Better late than never! Now that I have, I foresee many more in my near future. Simply put, this is an easy, flattering sundress that can be whipped up in an afternoon, even for a beginner sewist. Dress it up, pare it down; styling possibilities are plentiful.

For make #1 I chose View B, the maxi dress. I know some people shy away from long dresses because they feel they get eaten up by all of the fabric, but I’ve been blessed with long legs so I’ll be darned if I’m not going to take advantage!

The fabric was a score from my favorite haunt; I purchased two and a half yards of this tiedyed rayon/voile/Idnno blend, and it was juuuuust enough to eek out the dress. The bodice lining was some mint voile I had on hand – I like the combo of mint + grey. I omitted the pockets as I thought they would be too heavy for such a lightweight fabric, and I wanted it to be as breezy and flowy as possible.

I cut a 14 for the bodice/bust and graded down to a 12 for the skirt. Sewaholic Patterns are designed for a pear shape, of which I am not at all; quite the opposite, I usually end up having to cut a larger size up top and grading down substantially due to my lack of waist/hips.

Because I’m lazy I opted out of a muslin… and we all know what happens when you choose to dive right in. While I’m pretty happy with the fit, the bodice is a little baggy at the side bust/armpits. Despite measuring and choosing a pattern sized based on these measurements, yet again I’m left with too much room in the bust. I realize an FBA was also an option but (see: lazy). So, for my next dress I will cut a 12 bodice and grade to a 10 waist, and see how that goes! Speaking of lazy, I also omitted the zipper in the back, after reading several posts from people who left it out with good results. Additionally, the straps are a little too long for my liking, so they’re getting chopped down as well.

In all honesty I like summer sewing projects to be quick and instantly gratifying, so by making the few alterations above I achieved my goal; easy, breezy, and oh so comfortable to wear :)

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Miscellany and an addiciton

More finished unposted projects … I was caught up, and then a very rainy Canada Day weekend happened so I’m still several FO’s behind in the posting department. I need to hire a photographer for a day and get some non grainy, non Iphone photos taken!

 

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Easy summer sundress from a McCall’s pattern I had kicking around… It came together fairly quickly, but reminded me why more and more, I prefer to sew indie patterns. Measurement wise, I should have cut an XL, but I went with a M… and it fit, with room to spare. The Big 4 patterns are notorious for this and it’s very frustrating! As a result, I usually base my size choice on the finished measurements listed, not the measurements according to sizes (6,8,10, etc). Either way, It’s a cute dress to slip on when I’m running around doing errands. It requires a tank top worn underneath it, or I can sew in a modesty panel. I’m half debating hacking it into a tunic length, but we shall see.

 

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Getting on the fox bandwagon :) This was an outfit for a girlfriend’s little baby girl born in February. Shirt pattern is the Tiny Tumble Tee, and the leggings are the Go To Leggings… I die! So cute. Both these patterns are great and I’ve used them several times.

 

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A black Valentine’s Day tee courtesy of Deer & Doe’s (free!) Plantain tee. Great pattern! Great staple! I’ve made a few more in varying sleeve lengths… but you wouldn’t know, because I never blog them. Too busy out and about wearing my clothes I suppose!

 

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Mint gingham knickerboxers… just because. These were from the Knick Knack knickers pattern put out by Anna Maria Horner. Adorable!

 

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Self drafted PJ pants made for a co-workers little girl. There’s also a fox pair of these kicking around…

 

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Another tiny tumble tee & leggings …

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A custom order from a coworker for her expecting daughter – color choices/prints customized to fit the nursery. Double sided minky blanket, contoured burp cloths, minky/flannel wash cloths, a couple of binky leashes, a sweet softie elephant from Birch Fabric’s Henry and Helga free plushy pattern, and a tiny crochet cap of my own design, complete with a minuscule bow :)

 

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Over in the crochet world, I’ve been equally busy! A couple of weeks ago, I acquired 3 meters of unbleached jersey from the fabric store for $3.99 with absolutely not a HOT clue was to what I was going to make/where I was going to stash it… until I remembered I’d been wanting to try my hand at a Zpagetti rug, but didn’t want to shell out the $$$ for the overseas shipping charge. A few episodes of Mad Men later, all that jersey was cut into 1 1/2″ strips and wound into a ball (labor intensive! next time I may just splurge on the ready made t-shirt yarn). Pattern is from Ravelry, the Hoooked Zpagetti Rug by Susan Potter. Easy to follow, works up pretty quickly! This actually took me a lot longer than anticipated though, because I ripped it out four times prior to being satisfied with the way it was working up. Sometimes, it doesn’t pay to be a perfectionist…

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Crocodile stitch booties! I’ve had this pattern in my Rav queue for probably 2 years, but just didn’t get around to tackling it. Now that I have, I think it may be a new go to. These are as tiny (made for a preemie) as they are adorable. I think they’d look lovely in some variegated Knit Picks Hawthorne… yum :)

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And last but not least, the leaning tower of dishcloths that continues to grow, and grow. Nothing like getting a kick start on Christmas gifts. Yes, that’s what everyone is getting. Sorry to spoil the surprise, pals!

Mexico Recap …

Wow! I officially stink at keeping up to date with documenting my finished projects. Mexico has come and gone, almost three months ago (!!) and I’ve yet to show off all the pieces I frantically made in the last week before I hit the beach. Since I was too busy reading, swimming, celebrating and getting in as much beach volleyball as possible, I don’t have any photos of the pieces in action… but here are some highlights:

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Self drafted elastic waist shorts, faux drawstring… some type of broadcloth I snagged for $2.99. Can’t complain!

 

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Jaime Christina’s Sunny Day Dress pattern. This was made for the bride, in a gorgeous, (gorgeous!) voile, and it resulted in a lovely draped dress with the perfect amount of swing. Need to make one for myself, next!

 

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Again for the bride,  Grainline Studio’s Tiny Pocket Tank in leftover voile. Great staple/layering piece. I have a few of these cut out for myself.

 

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For me! Greenstyle’s Lacy Sloped T-shirt, in a tissue weight floral knit. Unfortunately, rookie move – forgot to wash the fabric before I stitched it up… and it will now fit someone’s 5 year old child. Ooops.

 

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The Elise tee, a free pattern from Fine Motor Skills. I have several more of these to take photos of – I love the fit of this shirt and it whips up in under an hour. I leave most hem lines raw, since using a thinner weight fabric means the hem rolls in on itself anyways.

 

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Not handmade, but equally wonderful – a Nine West floppy beach hat I received from a girlfriend for my birthday in February. It got a lot of action, and saved my face!

 

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Your suitcase isn’t complete without some handy zippy bags … right?! I had this fabric in my stash, whipped up a couple of these for the bride to give to her bridesmaids full of little goodies :)

Now I suppose I should get around to making a Bombshell before the summer is over.. and a Cambie, and a Laurel, and…

Summertime!

Or, time to start sewing for summer, rather. A hot trip only 57 days away means it’s time to get busy. I’m whipping up a few sundresses for a bride-to-be; a few weeks ago a visit to the fabric store proved very successful.

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Dress #1 is from a Big 4 pattern, McCall’s M6744. I can already tell that this pattern is going to get a lot of action – easy, quick, flattering, and cute!
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(My dress form is buried in the shed, under 6 feet of snow… hope she’s doing alright)

Now to get started on my never-ending list of Indie patterns to work up… all before March 29th!