I’ve finally done it. With the addition of the @jenniferlaurenhandmade #junipercardigan I’ve finally made the all-navy outfit of my dreams!
I picked a rather difficult drapey fabric to work with (because I was seduced by it’s glorious softness) but the lovely construction and instructions for this pattern were a big help. . . Also, yes, my #ninniculottes do get as much wear as you see on my feed... ever-present wrinkles included.
Featured fabric on display at last weekends’ craft and sewing show in Toronto. They jumped the gun a tiny bit as it’s not until tomorrow, October 17th, when Canada becomes the 2nd country in the world to fully legalize cannabis (Uruguay was the first). This means that as of 12:01am Wednesday any adult can legally buy, use and even grow (in limited quantities) marijuana. Whether or not one agrees with this it’s good to know that there’s fabric available to make a tote bag or a quilt. 😆 Edited - South Africa legalized the personal use of cannabis September 19 2018. #canadasews#canadacannabis#torontosews
Sorry for the radio silence as of late, this business development thing is a lot of work!!! Hang tight though - there are a few more exciting things coming down the pipe!! Canadian Sewists who use pdf patterns might want to watch this space for a big announcement coming soon!! #sewistsofinstagram#sewyyc#canadiansewing#canadasews#pdfpattern
I picked up this mossy green remnant at the Toronto Creativfestival on the weekend. $6 for 1.5m!Managed to squeeze in the V9275 jacket.🙌 It’s a long bomber that calls for a 24” zip. In my stash I have a 22” zip and a 27” zip🤷♀️. I’m not going to line the jacket as suggested because the fabric is quilted, green on one side, black on the reverse. Not really sure what this fabric is made from but my pins will hardly go through it and even my sharpest scissors had trouble cutting it. Should be warm though😆. #torontosews#canadasews#sewover50#so50coats#sewingcoats#coatmaking#ilovetosew#fabricaddict
Finally decided on my fabric combo for the bestest of all bandwagons. Jumping on board ASAP! This is a lovely and quite wide cotton lawn and navy boiled wool and viscose blend. We still have lots of both available in the shop! Will be reordering more Wiksten Kimono Patterns tomorrow!
The Creativfestival sewing and crafting show is in town this weekend and I thought I’d have a look. It was smaller than I expected but I managed to find a few things to purchase😆. One of the stalls had some fun remnants. I’m not sure if it shows up well in the photo but the green/aqua fabric is made up of layer upon layer of frills!💕 I was most excited about seeing some Style Arc paper patterns for sale as they are not easily available in Canada. There were only a few styles to choose from but I’ve really wanted to try the SA brand. After looking at the very bare instructions included in the patterns, there may be a steep learning curve ahead. 😧 #canadasews#torontosews#stylearcpatterns#sewover50#ilovetosew#sewistsofinstagram
Kelly Anorak complete! Short story, I am thrilled with the finished product and think the fabric is absolutely perfect for it ❤️👍🏼and now a detailed list of notes!
Pattern: Kelly anorak by @closetcase.patterns
Fabric: cotton chino twill from @blackbirdfabrics in olive - a perfect match for this pattern, structured enough to be easy to sew, light enough to layer comfortably.
Trims: zipper, snaps, drawstring, cord ends and leather toggles from @dressew
Size: straight size 10 though I measured for the 8, wanted room for layers and thick sweaters. I think this type of jacket looks okay one size up rather than snug.
Lining: nope! It would make the interior more finished and make the jacket easier to slip on over layers. I just wasn’t into buying a PDF lining pattern to go with my printed pattern and so I didn’t line mine! I could have avoided a lot of hassles if I had, though.
Big Tips: don’t use topstitch thread! I’ve mentioned this on earlier posts but trust me it’ll be faster not switching plus allow you to sew from the inside or outside, whichever is easier for that particular step.
- don’t bother trying to topstitch the inner sleeve seam
- buy lots of thread! I used 2+ spools of regular thread and one topstitch thread. Buy at least 3.
- reference the Sewalong photos for the front placket, it’s a bit confusing with the left and right sides being different. - if you make it unlined consider lining just the hood? Flat felling hood seams is tricky.
- some of the illustrations show topstitching on different sides, don’t let that confuse you! For example, I pressed my yoke seam UP even though some illustrations show it up and some show it down.
- back to the placket, the instructions say to press the seam allowances either to the body or placket. If you do towards the body, the way that feels natural, they’ll be exposed on the inside 🤔so I ended up trimming and serging mine and topstitching twice. Again, lining would cover all of this.
I think that’s it. Any questions feel free to ask!
It’s the little things that make a project special: like these little cord stoppers! I added metal bell-shaped cord ends to my Kelly Anorak drawstring to finish them off and add a little weight to the ends. Cording and cord ends from @dressew in Vancouver.
How to do it, step by step... 1 - thread the cord end onto your drawstring and tie a knot (can stop here if you want frayed ends sticking out from the stopper)
2 - light the end below the knot on fire 🔥 I did this over the sink so I could dip the flame end in water immediately to put it out
3 - trim any straggler threads below the melted end
4 - pull the cord end over the knot to cover the melted part! Ends won’t unravel and the melted lump is hidden under a pretty metal cord end 🔔🙌🏼
Detail shots of my Kelly Anorak 👀💚swipe to see!
1 - leather cord locks, it can slide up and down the cord and holds the cinched waist in place. I like how they look! Also I like how the topstitching of the casing flows into the placket, very tidy to not have any stops or starts. I didn’t use a grommet at the drawstring, a little buttonhole works just fine!
2 - bound hem, inside of the drawstring casing, inside of the facing. I flat felled my seams for a nice tidy interior.
3 - bound armholes! and the neck seam. I used leftover bias tape from my Kalle Shirt for all binding, it was interesting but not too bright or flashy. (I considered floral trim but decided against it!) I sewed the armhole seam twice, trimmed the extra and then bound it with the trim.
4 - cuffs! After my machine made a big tangle with topstitching thread I switched to regular thread for the rest of the project. So my cuffs are topstitched in regular thread, can you tell?
FriYAY! Wore my new @seamworkmag #neenahdress top today in the softest stripey Bamboo/Cotton jersey from @blackbirdfabrics. I honestly felt like I had PJs on at work all day 😊➡️🤸🏻♀️
A little while ago I tested the #kendrickoveralls for @heyjunehandmade and they are so cute! I used this quilting cotton for the second test and the busy print had me worried, but in the end this is perfect for a fun, put together outfit.
This is a size 10 and I used about 5/8 of the 1 inch seam allowance at the hip, then took the whole 1 inch from the hip down. I need to add to the back rise (it’s in the final pattern), and make a bit more room for my bum, but these are a total winner.
I had been trying to draft almost this exact thing last year and I couldn’t get it right so I was so excited that I was part of the tester team so I could see how that process works!
Fabric: Cotton and Steel Santa Fe Quilting Cotton
Caught some of that moody Fall light today to show you my new Monroe Turtleneck. It's from @tessutifabrics and it's free! My measurements were XS so I made size 1 and it fits well, although not quite as slouchy as, say, the Mandy Boat Tee. I might size up next time. My fabric wasn't super drapey, either, mind you. It's a cotton jersey from @needlework_hamilton and you can't tell from far back, but it has super cute multicoloured slubs! Does that count as #sewfrosting ? LOL! 😂 About as far from frosting as you can get, I think, but there's always room for great comfy basics in my closet. #monroeturtleneck#tessutipatterns#cutfromnwcloth#sewingbasics#memadeeveryday#canadasews#fallsewing#ednasewsclothes2018
When your son's favourite hobby and your favourite hobby collide 🤩
Fabric: #pokemon#customfabric opening soon at @fabricobsessions
Pattern: @patternsforpirates #gotojacket
Model: My awesome 7 year old!
I finally sewed up the Blackwood Cardigan and I’m in love!! What a great pattern! I love everything about this cardi: the style, the fit, the fabric, the color.. I’ve been reaching for it every time I go out since I made it and it’s been keeping me warm! The fabric is a boucle knit which I luckily found in the liquidation section at my local store, even though they’re selling boucle knits as part of the new collection, but for 5 times the cost of this one! The fabric was quite challenging to sew at times, especially the patch pockets, since the bulky curls would get stuck under the foot, but the great thing about this fabric is that nothing shows! All the stitches disappear under the curls, so it’s not so bad after all. This is my first entry to the #cosycardichallenge , hopefully there will be more! Thanks so much to @sodburysewing @shesewsvintage and @amanda_isewalot for organizing this challenge again this year!! Last year you gave me the push I needed to make my first cardi! PS: look how Teddy has grown! He still thinks he’s a little puppy though and tries to get on our lap 😄 He’s the kindest and friendliest creature, but also the most jealous one I’ve ever met!! Every time we hug and kiss, Teddy comes barking and tries to get in between us 😆 If hubby dares put his hands around me, Teddy gently takes his hands in his mouth and takes them off 😂 He’s also jealous of baby Leo, and every time we give baby affection (which is all the time), Teddy’s right there complaining and demanding all the affection for himself. I have now learned to breastfeed while scratching Teddy’s neck and back.. if I stop for a second, he turns his head toward me, saying “what?? Don’t stop mommy! Keep going!” What a character! 😁❤️ #ilovesewing#sewingismytherapy#sewingisfun#sewcialists#montrealsews#handmadewardrobe#люблюшить#шьюсама#rimmasews#isew#imadethis#canadasews#jeportecequejecouds#handmadefashion#sewistsofinstagram#fabricville#boucleknit#blackwoodcardigan#helenscloset#helensclosetpatterns#goldenretriever#goldenretrieverpuppy#goldenretrieverlovers
Spilling the beans about my holey socks on the blog today for Slow Fashion October. Looking for someone to teach me how to darn because 🧦 just get holes here like ✨
Reminder that @greenactionctr is screening River Blue next week on October 17. Come learn more about the environmental impact of clothing. Link for tickets in my bio!
Last but not least, my seventh and most recent #makenine2018 — #landerpant shorts by @truebias
This is actually my third #landerpant including a wearable muslin, so it is no surprise that I love ❤️ this pattern. It took me awhile to make the adjustments for a low, full seat, and I lengthened it to 6” of inseam. Now I have a pattern to use over and over again.
I believe I can officially call this pattern a TNT (tried and true) pattern. What are some of your favourite TNT patterns?
Mr. 3 outgrew his splash pants; an absolute necessary item for spending several hours outdoors in the rain/sleet/snow and resulting mud. We took a look at all the outdoors places we could, hunted through big box stores and malls... and guess what? Splash pants are *a little* bit hard to find this time of year! The ones we did find were way out of our budget. So of course I was like ... “I can make that...”
And I did. And they’re awesome. .
Pattern: Gracious Threads Everest Pants size 5 with full lining and 4 pockets. .
Fabric: funny story: I had a weird rubbery fabric given to me by a friend; offcuts from a factory she works at. I didn’t really know what this stuff was. But, you just never know what you might need one day, so into my box of “weird stuff” it went. Well - in that box was also some standard PUL (used for diapers and wet bags mainly), and just through the mixing of time, these 2 pieces ended up next to each other. So, when I went hunting for bits to use on these splash pants, it suddenly dawned on me what this weird fabric was: industrial PUL!!! YAS!!! And now he has the mostest water proofest pants (probably) ever constructed - and they’re awesome. And they were pretty much free - I only paid for the lining - which is a jersey knit from The Fabric Snob btw (also awesome). .
And I’m tellin ya; this PUL was a DREAM to sew through. Not like that crappy thin stuff. .
Microtex 80/12 needle with Gutermann Mara 100 polyester thread. #thefabricsnob#slowfashionoctober2018#graciousthreads#everestpants#pulfabric#splashpants#imadethis#sewcialist#winnipegsewing#winnipegsews#manitobasews#canadasews
I wanted to give the turtleneck look a try with the @tillybuttons Freya. I haven't worn a turtleneck since third grade! But I really love the look - it has a certain elegance to it. I hacked the Freya sweater to have a gathered skirt - which was a lot easier said than done. I used the elastic method to gather, and it was incredibly tricky. I was so pleased with the top part (except that the seams didn't press so easily) and when I got to the skirt I was swearing under my breath! But it's certainly wearable - I just need to figure out that method properly before I make another one - any tips for gathering knits?
Fabric is micro rib knit from @blackbirdfabrics - it is crazy soft!
Fall uniform ft. new #persephonepants + Bo, my favourite accessory.💞
-shortened 2" (I'm 5"3, for reference)
-cut an 8 for the legs & a 6 for the waistband. Widened the leg of each dart 1/4 inch to make up the difference. Will definitely grade in at the back seam next time as it ended up a bit baggy! Probably could've cut a 6 for the legs as well.
Fabric is a deadstock heavy twill I picked up at a designer's close-out sale. It had a brushed flannel side I flipped to the inside to cheer up my sad winter legs!
My very first self-drafted dress — scoop neck with self facings, bust darts, turn up sleeves, in-seam pockets (the pockets are sew small that they fit only 4 out of 5 fingers) and skirt with hem facings. I drafted this dress in May, which marked the 6-month anniversary of my sewing journey. I was super proud of this creation; yet at the same time saw room for improvements. Have you ever drafted your own sewing pattern? #makenine2018
I've been feeling really low energy for the last couple weeks but making #theadeliadress last night really restored my #sewjo . This was a quick and easy make and I'm really pleased with the final look. I'll definitely be making a linen version for summer! Bravo @the.hemming for a great new pattern (with stellar instructions I might add)👏👏👏
💙Yes! My blue coat is finished. It was chilly today so a perfect opportunity to test it out. The Brooklyn coat from @tessutifabrics is a lot of fun to make. The lapped seam construction was new to me but it came together quickly. The wool I used is quite thick and heavy so the coat is very warm. I think I’ll add some sort of closure to help with winter winds. Maybe a few buttons. The obsessive, perfectionist side of my brain wants to go over all the seams to make the black top stitching pop more but the reasonable side of my brain says 🙄!!! I know I’m totally overthinking again. Swipe for close ups of 💙! #so50coats#tessutipatterns#brooklyncoat#sewover50#sewingcoats#coatmaking