I got this amazingly soft fabric from ImagineGnats. In my mind I had imagined the diagonals could both point towards the center but no matter how I flipped the pattern piece that just is not how cutting out fabric works. I ended up just going with it and I actually really like how it came out. The diagonals aren’t pronounced enough to really even notice the direction.
I finished this up with two days before my trip to New York for Camp Workroom Social and this was the perfect airplane attire. I felt like I was wearing a blanket plus I loved having the hidden pockets to shove my phone/boarding pass in when I needed my hands free to stow my stuff. I also have a snuggie that I wear in my office and I’m hoping that this cardigan can replace my 5 year old office snuggie (or at least be something I can wear in meetings).
I really like how this version came out and I also think this is a great pattern to make for other people since you don’t need a close fit.
A couple of weeks ago there was a sale on Grainline Studio patterns on Spoonflower and it seemed like the perfect opportunity to try Spoonflower. Since I already own a good number of Grainline patterns and have to make adjustments for my short pear shaped body I decided the lakeside pajamas would be the best pattern to try.
If you aren’t familiar with Spoonflower, they are a company where you can get your pattern printed directly on to fabric. You don’t have to deal with printing a PDF pattern, cutting it out, tracing the correct size and then transferring the pattern to fabric and making sure everything is on grain. Also Spoonflower is based out of Durham, NC which is right next to my hometown of Raleigh so I’m super pumped to support them.
Since you can order the shirt and shorts separately I was able to order a size two top and a size 6 shorts. Since there is no real waist definition, not shortening the pattern didn’t make a huge difference. I pre-washed the fabric right after I got it, as per the Spoonflower directions. Cutting out the pattern was so easy. There was plenty of fabric to create enough bias tape which you need for binding pretty much every edge of this pattern.
I had a hard time getting my serger to work with this fabric. No matter what I tried it still ended up with little tucks and gathers which I think might be due to the feed dogs being too intense for the delicate fabric. I ended up going with french seams/ faux French seams for everything that wasn’t bias bound. The faux french seams are actually more time consuming than French seams.
The whole bottom edge of the shirt is bias bound along with the top edge of the shirt and the arms/straps of the top and the bottom of the shorts. This fabric was pretty difficult to work with since it didn’t press super well and was slightly slippery.
It took a while to pin the small strip of bias binding all the way along the bottom edge of the shirt. I started sewing it in place when my boyfriend asked if I wanted to make breakfast. Since I didn’t want to rush through sewing on practically all of my bias binding I l left the shirt hanging off of my sewing table with all the pins in it. I made breakfast with my boyfriend (egg and cheese bagels with coffee). I was almost done eating my bagel when I look over to my sewing machine and Tara, my cat, is sitting by my shirt pulling the carefully placed pins out of my shirt with her mouth and placing them on the ground. I obviously was the most concerned that she might have swallowed a pin but she didn’t thankfully. I then carefully re-pinned the 20 or so pins that Tara had removed and sewed up the bottom bias binding before returning to my cold egg and cheese bagel.
If I make these PJs again I think I’d probably go up a size in the shorts because I prefer looser sleep shorts and I’d also take a half inch out of the arm straps since they are just a tad long on me.
In October I learned how to make bras at Camp Workroom Social! I took a class taught by Cloth Habit on how to make underwire bras using her upcoming bra pattern.I had previously made two soft bras from Madalynne and also the Sophie Swimsuit from Closet Case Files so I had a little experience with underwires and hooks and eyes but not a ton.
This is the Harriet Bra by Cloth Habit, which we got to make before the pattern was actually released! We started by making a muslin out of a nude fabric. We also used black thread which helped me see what I was doing for this first test bra. This bra fits way differently than I was used to. The band is much tighter – I definitely need to wear it on the longest hook. This bra is made mostly from duoplex which is super supportive but not very beautiful.
The muslin fit fairly well and is definitely wearable. The changes I made for the second bra were to lower the bridge a bit and also take out a little room from the top of my right cup. I love the amount of support I get from this bra and it definitely feels different from any bra I’ve worn before. It is just a tad uncomfortable because the band is so much tighter than I’m used to but that should stretch out over time.
Also – for those of you who don’t know what Camp Workroom Social is it is basically a sewing camp for adults! You sign up for a class you are interested in and learn how to do that over a 4 day weekend in the Catskills of New York at the Frost Valley YMCA camp. I met a ton of incredible and talented people. Sewing is usually a solo activity and it was really refreshing to be around other people who love sewing as much as I do. The setting was also beautiful and I got to go on several lovely hikes. Overall it was an incredible experience and I can’t wait to see what classes they offer next year.
I made two Madalynne bras! I don’t wear many soft bras normally so this is a little bit out of the norm for me but also fills a bit of a hole in my wardrobe.
The first bra I made was the Sierra (free pattern!). I used this amazing watermelon lace from Tailor Made that I completely love. The bottom of band hangs away from the body a bit so next time I might try adding some elastic to the bottom edge as well.
Then I made the halter version of the Simplicty 8228. I was excited to see this since I really love a similar Madalynne bra (the Edie Evelyn) that is just so pretty. I also got this as a kit with the lace, lining, elastic, and hook and eye from the Tailor Made shop.
A couple of weeks ago I went apple picking in my new Grainline Studio Archer popover. Fall is made for flannel and the popover is even more easy to throw on than the full button up because fewer buttons. I was determined to wear this great fall staple apple picking since it seemed like such a perfect fit. Unfortunately it ended up being an unseasonably warm and humid day but I wore it anyway and was uncomfortable the whole time.
I picked up this fabric one day while I was at JoAnns. I wasn’t there looking for fabric but this was perfect for what I had in mind for this pattern so I got it on a whim. This fabric was a huge pain to work with. I had similar issues to having the stripes get off grain and I’m starting to think all plaid flannels are a huge pain since I had a similar issue with my other flannel archer. I was anticipating issues so as soon as it was done in the dryer I laid the fabric out on my living room floor and tried to straighten everything out. Then one of my cats had a hairball right in the middle of this nice clean white fabric so I had to re-wash and start over. You can still see the stain a little teeny bit but it is covered by my hair in this picture and I’m clearly not concerned.
The only difference between this shirt and the standard button up are the plackets. The sleeve placket is also different than the standard shirt and I definitely like the look of the tower placket on the sleeve. It might be a little more formal looking than a flannel shirt requires but it also feels a little more sturdy than the typical placket which I think really suits this shirt.
I had never sewn this type of placket before and I definitely enjoyed learning a new construction. The piece near the bottom of the placket when you go from sewing through all of the layers of fabric to only sewing through the top part I’m still a little unsure on but I definitely improved after doing this for the front and sleeve plackets. If I do this again I’m definitely going to sew the sleeve plackets first to get a little more practice in before sewing the front placket.
Also – here are some photos of the apple farm because it was just so cute: