Hannah Dress

I made the Victory Patterns Hannah Dress this summer and I really love it so I’m going to post a lot of pictures.fullsizeoutput_169a

I got these two incredible linen fabrics from Stonemountain and Daughter when I was there over Thanksgiving last year. I’m so happy I got to go in person to pick out these fabrics so that I could be really sure that they matched.

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It seemed like everyone loved this dress when it came out but when I saw Heather from Closet Case Patterns post her version I totally fell in love. I love the super bold floral that she used and I knew I wanted to make something similar. I spent over a year looking for fabric when I finally found this! I also included this in my 2018 make 9 because this was something I knew I definitely wanted to make this year.

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This project was definitely challenging. I have made a couple of popover plackets before but this one is a hidden button one and there are just so many markings and things that need to line up in this pattern. The linen is a little bit of a looser weave and things shifted around a little bit but in the end I’m super happy with the result.

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I mean just look at how beautiful this fabric is. I love this abstract floral pattern with these crazy back pleats.

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Here is a picture of me wearing this dress with my hands not in the pockets. But woah those pockets are so great and just really magical.

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I did muslin this dress in part because I wanted to practice everything and in part because I hadn’t made a Victory Patterns pattern before. I’m glad I did because when I muslined I made a size 2 and I also shortened the dress I think by 2 inches. Instead of using the lengthen/shorten line I also added two lines in the bodice to lengthen and shorten by because I think that I am very clever and I wanted the proportions to stay the same. However, I did not shorten the contrasting color back pleats and it ended up being a little bunchy and weird. The dress was also just a smidge tight so I ended up going up to a size 4 and not shortening at all!

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I took these pictures with my tripod and a remote so I had no idea that my head was completely cut off in this one but since it is lets just take a minute to fully appreciate that hem. Its amazing.

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Long Sleeve Double Gauze Hadley

fullsizeoutput_1647This is my first time making the Grainline Studio Hadley top. I made view A for this version using a Kokka double gauze fabric I got from Fancy Tiger. I made a straight size 2 and I shortened it by 1 inch. other than that I didn’t make any adjustments. (Clearly I finished this top a while back and took photos a while back since this is not what Wisconsin looks like right now!)

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I’m wearing this with my Lander shorts which I wore multiple times a week every week this summer. Maybe now that its cold out I should make some Lander pants?

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I love the back hemline and I’ve been super in to hem facings lately. I enjoy sewing them mostly but I also like the structure it provides. I think I’ve been sewing more of them lately because I’ve been making shirts with more dramatic hems. This shirt definitely has a lot of drama in the back – there is a lot of fabric back there. I like the shape but I worry that it is a little overwhelming. Normally I grade out at the hips because I’m pear shaped but I didn’t do that with this pattern because there is already so much fabric there.

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My main issue with this shirt is with the hook and eye closure – I can never get it to stay closed. I have this same problem on my Grainline Studio Farrow dress and I’m not sure what I’m doing wrong… Do I need a narrow shoulder adjustment or something so the back of my shirt moves around less? Or should I just switch to a button and loop? I really don’t know so for now I’ll just be re-hooking multiple times a day.

 

Underthings Round Up

I’ve made a few undergarments and they were pretty quick to sew up and I don’t really want to dedicate a whole post to each of them but I did want to document what I’ve made since it was one of my goals in my 2018 sew 9 to make more underwear!

This is the Evie La Luve Bella Lace Panties pattern made with scraps left over from the Madalynne Halter Bra I made a while back. I haven’t actually worn them yet but they are pretty comfy when I tried them on.

This is the Evie La Luve Esme Panties made with scraps from my Grainline Studio Penny Raglan and a Harriet Bra. Again, I haven’t worn these for a full day yet but so far they seem much better than my previous failed attempt at the Frankie Panties.

I also finally made a Watson Bra by Cloth Habit out of scraps left over from my pleather Avery Leggings. I’m definitely going to make a few adjustments for the next time I make it but so far it is pretty comfortable and supportive. There is a bit of extra fabric above the boob and some gaping by the arm hole but those should be pretty easy to fix!

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And if you want to know whether I am currently wearing my Watson Bra with my matching Avery Leggings… of course I am!! Unfortunately I’m not going to post pictures of  this amazing lounge outfit for you.

White Cheyenne Tunic

I made view B of the Cheyenne tunic by Hey June Patterns. I made a size S bust and graded out to a size M at the hips. I shortened the arms by 2 inches and I shortened the torso by 1 inch (I’m 5′ 1 1/2″). It seems like I probably could have shortened this another inch or two but I’m not sure how long tunics are supposed to be?

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I got this white cotton voile fabric from Imagine Gnats. This is pretty much an exact copy of a version by Fleurine from the Sew MarieFleur blog that I saw a while ago and had been stuck in my head ever since. I love that you can see through it but that also makes it a lot harder to wear.

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I love the beach-y vibes that this shirt gives off though I’m not sure how much I’ll be drawn to this top in the Wisconsin winter or fall. However, I definitely want to make a button up shirt version to wear this fall.

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I also love the tabs to keep your sleeves rolled up. Generally you don’t really need them but I think it is a nice detail on this shirt. Also this is my second time making a button placket and it went much better than my first time on my archer popover. This may be my new go-to pattern for when I want to make a popover.

Sleeveless Seamly Wrapped Cardigan

This is the Seamly Wrapped Cardigan from IndieSew. My sweater knit version of my seamly wrapped cardigan gets a ton of wear especially in the fall and winter. I made this version using a rayon/lycra knit from the Imagine Gnats store. This is actually the same fabric as my Chalk and Notch Waterfall raglan.

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I haven’t really been wearing this that much and I think its mostly because I just never remember to. If I’m trying to add something to add warmth I’m more likely to grab a cardigan with sleeves. This sleeveless cardigan looks nice but especially in such a thin fabric its not adding anything really practical to my outfit.

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It looks cute though (I even got a compliment from a really sweet woman in Home Depot) so maybe I just need to play around in my wardrobe and find certain outfits that it works with so that when I’m wearing a specific top I’ll be more likely to grab this to throw on top. Do you ever make a garment that you really like but it doesn’t get worn because it didn’t actually fill a need in your wardrobe? Hopefully I’ll figure out how to wear this in the near future!

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Red Lander Shorts

I’ve been wearing my Lander shorts almost every single day so I figured I needed another pair. I’ve been trying to use up fabric from my stash so when I came across this leftover fabric from my tulip skirt I decided to use it. Red wouldn’t necessarily be my first choice for shorts but since I was trying out some different things this time around I figured if it didn’t work out it wouldn’t be a big loss if it didn’t work out.

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I decided I wanted to try the fly front version. At first I thought I’d just get the expansion pack from True Bias but I made so many changes to my pattern already for fit I thought it actually may save me time to just try to hack it myself. I basically just traced the fronts with the fly piece overlapping the fronts, lining up the seam line.

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I followed the True Bias blog tutorial to change the pockets to be internal. I also added just a small amount additional amount of curve to the back of the waistband. Other than that those were the only changes.

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I followed the closet case patterns tutorial for the ginger jeans for installing the fly. I just ignored the steps for topstitching the second row.

White Linen Kalle Shirt

This is the shirt version of the Kalle Shirt. This is my second version of this pattern but last time I made the dress version. I love my dress so I figured it was about time I tried one of the other versions. Since I don’t think I’d get a lot of wear out of the cropped version so I ended up adding some length.

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It is still cropped and you can still see some skin when I’m wearing this top with my low rise ginger jeans. I think this top would also pair well with some mid or high rise ginger jeans for fall. I’m hoping to make another pair of jeans this summer that are a little higher waisted. I’m also planning on pairing it with high waisted skirts or shorts this summer.

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I used the Robert Kaufman Linen Rayon blend. I really liked working with and wearing this fabric. Also – I love this wide hem facing!

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I left the back hem longer so from the back this looks like a normal length shirt. I also really love the box pleat at the back. Overall I love this shirt but I don’t think I need more than one of these. I may need some more of the dress version though!