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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
I used the Robert Kaufman Linen Rayon blend. I really liked working with and wearing this fabric. Also – I love this wide hem facing!
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!
I made the True Bias Lander Shorts and Nikko Top to take on my trip to Maui. The Lander Shorts were on my 2018 make 9 but the Nikko Top was a bit more of an impulse make since I wanted something that would look good with my shorts and Kelli just always looks so cute when she wears hers together. The Nikko Top was a super last minute make for the trip and it isn’t even hemmed in any of these pictures.
I honestly was very unsure that the lander pants/ shorts could work for me because of the wide leg and because I am such a pear shape. When I talked to Kelli she suggested starting with the shorts version! I have to say I think these are my favorite shorts that I’ve ever owned. They are roomy and comfortable while being stylish. I absolutely love them!
Having said that I did make a ton of pattern modifications. I started with the tissue fitting method that I learned at Camp Workroom Social. I love that you can get a pretty good fit without having to muslin and in the process you transfer all of your adjustments to the pattern. I also got the updated Palmer Pletch book on fitting and I’m excited to try this method on non-pants. I did shorten the rise significantly since I’m pretty short in the torso. I also shortened the pockets as well. Because this method has you cut a straight size from your hip measurement I did have to widen the darts just a bit. I added some curve to the waistband which meant that I had to cut two pieces instead of one piece that you fold over.
The Nikko Top was much simpler – I just graded out from a size 2 at the bust to a size 8 at the hips and shortened by 1 inch. I’m super happy with how it turned out though I’m definitely not sold on the turtle neck thing. I’ve never liked wearing turtle necks and having that much fabric around my neck. It will probably take some getting used to but this is the softest bamboo knit so I’m hoping it will be an easy adjustment.
I wore this outfit hiking around some waterfalls on Maui and it was a success! Unfortunately I spilled at least 3 things on my shorts that day and couldn’t wear them the rest of the trip! I know I will get a ton of use out of these this summer and they’ll be one of the first things I throw on after they get out of the wash.
Going to Hawaii was the perfect excuse to try sewing another swimsuit! I wanted to try a different pattern but I was a little frustrated with the lack of cute swimsuit patterns available. I previously made the Closet Case Patterns Sophie Swimsuit which I love. I just spent hours looking at different swimsuit patterns when Friday Pattern Company put a post on instagram that they were in the process of releasing a new swim suit pattern (the Vernazza two piece) – it seemed like fate!
I got all of my fabric and supplies from the fabric fairy. I absolutely love this fabric – it is a unique print and I’m always struggling to find floral knit fabrics that are realistic enough without being too cartoony, too cutesy or too feminine. I know – it is a pretty specific thing to want in a fabric but that is basically all I want in a fabric. With this fabric and white swimsuit lining this swimsuit fabric was opaque. I also added a layer of power mesh to help stabilize both the top and the bottom. I used quilting adhesive spray to temporarily attach my outer fabric to my powermesh and then I just followed the instructions, sewing the outer fabric/ powermesh as though it was one fabric. I also did add swim cups to the top for a little more modesty.
I struggled a bit with the fit in the top. I ended up taking 2 inches out of the shoulder straps after I had sewn everything together but I’m still not 100% happy with the shoulder straps. There is definitely extra fabric that gapes a little bit on the neckline. If I make this pattern again I’d definitely try to fix that.
Despite having so many issues with my attempts at making underwear I had no problems with the bottoms of this swimsuit! I did add swimsuit elastic to the waistband of these, which I think was necessary. I think I actually like these bottoms better than my Sophie bottoms. At some point in this trip wearing the Sophie bottoms felt a bit baggy and heavy in comparison. It is possible that I need to size down next time I make the Sophie but I also think having the extra seams in the bottoms does weigh it down a bit.
I also did mess up sewing the lining in the top back a little but I decided I was ok with it and not to fix it. If it looks like there is extra bagginess on the outer fabric of my top back that is entirely my fault and has nothing to do with the pattern drafting!
I actually really loved wearing this swimsuit on this trip. I was never worried about a wardrobe malfunction. I do think the high waisted bottoms are making me look a bit bottom heavy. It doesn’t help that I am a pear shape and made an XS top and M bottoms. Next time I might try making a regular style and high waisted style bottom so I have more options.
I made this dress using the Ogden Cami from True Bias. I followed this tutorial on her blog to make the dress version. The fabric is from Indie Sew but unfortunately it looks like it is out of stock/ discontinued. I actually really liked working with this fabric. Because it is a rayon crepe it is super drape-y but not quite a slippery as other rayons. It is pretty thin while still being opaque enough to make an unlined dress.
In these pictures I’m wearing the dress with a belt to create a little more waist definition but I can definitely see myself wearing the dress both with and without a belt this summer. This dress is one of the most comfortable things I’ve ever worn!
Per usual I love the back of the ogden cami and in this super soft drape-y fabric I love it even more! If you want to see my previous ogden cami makes you can check out my Black and White Ogden Cami as well as my post on three other Ogden Camis I made using scraps leftover from other projects.
Up until now I had made every pattern that Helen’s Closet has released except the Winslow Culottes. I was hesitant to make culottes at all because they are super trendy and I like to stick to more classic styles. I also was hesitant to make them because I just don’t think they are very flattering. I’m a pear shape but also pretty short. Due to the length they make my legs look shorter and there is just SOO much fabric around the hips. For these blog photos I decided to pair the culottes with my nettie body suit which has bold horizontal stripe in order to draw more attention to my upper body/ seem more balanced.
To be quite honest, it is still way too cold in Wisconsin to wear these outside. However, it is SUPER FUN to wear these! they are just so big and swishy but you don’t have to worry about flashing people. I’m not sure at this point how much I’ll actually wear them but I think once it warms up a bit I’ll wear them more often.
I mean – just look at all of that fabric! The good news about this pattern is really the only measurement that matters is the waist measurement and there aren’t that many fitting issues that could come up.
This fabric is tencel twill from the Blackbird Fabrics shop. I originally was planning on making the knee length version of the culottes again because I think this length isn’t great on me but I had enough fabric that I decided to just make the longer version since I can always hem them again if I decide I don’t like this length. I’ll probably wait a few months to see how much I actually wear them at this length and then make a decision. What do you think? Should I chop these off and make them knee length?