So this was an experimentation with taking photos in the front room of my new abode and as much as I like them I think the hunt is still on for a better backdrop....but it’s great I’ve found time to smash out some makes amongst all the moving and shaking. First up, a #colettepatterns Aster blouse in this lovely lightweight rayon. The design has stripes and cranes falling up and down like they are monster drunk (or like Don Draper in the Mad Men opening credits - although the two descriptions kind of are one and the same) and is from @fabricgodmother and I really fell for it’s quirky weirdness 😍 I made the long sleeve version before in a stiff linen and wasn’t so keen on the fit - it looked a bit awkward, but I think it works much better in a drapey fabric and glad I went with the pretty flutter sleeves. #memade#handmadewardrobe#slowfashion#ilovesewing#sewinginleeds
Aster by @colettepatterns is a simple and classy sew. And pretty quick too! 👚
My specs: View 1 Size 10 -no modifications I’m pretty sure this is Liberty of London if not it is a cotton lawn of some sort-sorry. Thought I had buttons. Alas! Sewing: French seams on the underarm and sideseam, yoke clean finish on shoulders and back, overlock finish on armholes, bias trim neck with clean finish placket and rolled hem. Nitty gritty specs below hashtags. 📝What I’d do next time: 1) shorten sleeve by one cuff width 2) make a cropped version with side vents and add to the circumference of the sleeve hem (with that same one cuff width shorter sleeve). I just recently learned that I have a sway back. I’d heard this term before but had no idea it pertained to me. The back view of this illustrates it perfectly. ⌛️This wasn’t something we talked about in design school 30 years ago 😂 learn something new all the time right? 😉 ✂️#coletteaster#colettepatterns#Sewing#sew#sewistsofinstagram#sewersofinstagram#sewcialists#makers ✂️
I sew on an industrial Juki single needle machine which recently lost its electronics. It’s a bit cumbersome right now (new machine on its way) and it’s also calibrated for my day job sewing for Chicken Boots-heavier weight sewing. It usually has a size 18 needle and I sew with Tex 40 thread. Hence why I did not overlock more. The thread can weigh this lawn down and make the seams too bulky. I switched to a size 14 needle which made a huge difference on the seams appearance. With a heavier needle it would draw my seams too tight in this light weight fabric. I’m not big in to French seams but they’re so simple when you’re only talking a couple on a nice cotton woven. I should have pulled my bias a bit more as i attached it and also left it longer st the fronts to make it easier to tuck in to the placket. I wrote that mainly for my future self. 👌🏼😅
Thanks so much for the kind words about my new #colettepatterns#hawthorndress ! It feels so good to have this garment done and on my body. I really can’t explain how floaty this #sleepingporchfabric is. I also just wanna express that I ended up having a really great time taking these photos, but definitely had to power through a couple gawkers and a family of 15 + photographer trying to invade my spot. I’m glad I held my ground and powered through the awkward, because I ended up with some photos I’m very happy with! This whole sewing thing helps me to grow, grow, grow with every new project. This community is inspiring and lovely - thanks for having me. ✨ #hannahlearnstosew#colettehawthorn#heatherross#hannahlikesprimary#workingmystashoff#millennialsewing
Sewing buttonholes is so satisfying! I love this tip for I picked up from @tillybuttons: use a seam ripper to open the buttonhole, and place a pin at the bar tack to avoid cutting too far. Also, how perfect are these mini mentos shank buttons? I finished the dress this weekend but have a few small alterations to make before it’s officially done! #handmadewardrobe#memadeeveryday#sewistsofinstagram#colettepatterns#hawthorndress#isew
Wow, I finished a garment! 🤩 It feels like I’ve returned to myself after a challenging late spring/ early summer. 😌 There are things that went wrong through the entire process of making this dress, so it was a very slow sew, but it makes me appreciate it that much more. I used the most beautiful drapey cotton lawn #sleepingporchfabric by #heatherross . I pre-ordered it from #stashfabrics long ago, and finally put it to good use. The dress is a #colettepatterns#hawthorndress which is also make 3 of my personal #makenine2018 challenge. I made a size 6 at the bust and graded to an 8 at the waist/hip. I also haphazardly changed the armscye a bit by using my grainline alder as a guide. I was gonna add pockets, but remembered only after I fully enclosed the side seams. This dress probably has the nicest guts of any I’ve made before. My self-covered buttons don’t pop as much as I thought they would, but regardless I’m very happy with how everything turned out! #hannahlearnstosew#2018stashorbust#colettehawthorn#rochestersews#hannahlikesprimary#millennialsewing#workingmystashoff
Good morning IG-lovelies! 👋. So once again I failed to look elegant and demure (ya think?!) but I *so* wanted to share my me-made outfit, so please indulge me 🙏🏻. I made my Crazy Stripes Tee last year, but have only just (finally) made the Zinnia skirt, the fabric for which I bought at the same time as the yarn in a conscious attempt to create an “outfit”. .
Actually I think it looks a little *too* coordinated for me, but I’m still super chuffed 😁💪🏻. (PS I wove the red scarf as well!!!)
It’s not everyday that I can entirely wear what I made. And when it happens it feels really good!
The shirt is from #colettepatterns , it’s the #sorbetto top. It’s actually one of my most worn shirt in the last 6 months; it’s comfortable, light and it goes with quite a lot of stuff. I made it with a small piece of fabric that I brought when I came back from India. It was a scrap from a fabric that one of my dearest friend @lau0924 had used to make a kurta pajama just before she left. It was a really small piece and I wanted to make something that I could wear everyday in every season out of it. And of course, everytime I wear it It reminds me of her.
The skirt is the first one I made. I didn’t have any pattern but had a very precise idea of what I wanted so this is a homemade pattern, with pockets - of course!
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I need button help on this @colettepatterns #zinniaskirt . Option 1: black buttons. Option 2: white cat-eye buttons. Option 3: shell buttons. All buttons from @josephinesdrygoods, but I didn’t take my skirt to the shop with me. 😑
I think I'm addicted to getting my head shaved! This is going to be a problem come winter but for now I'm really enjoying it! New shave featuring my beloved @colettepatterns Penny Dress so I'm looking pretty fly for the end of Yarn Crawl! Thanks @supremeparlor! #colettepenny#colettepatterns#libertyoflondon#libertyfabric
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It's a #2018makenine update! Over halfway through the year and I'm nowhere near halfway through my list. I've substituted 2 patterns - the Taylor Tailor Desmond backpack and Colette's Aster, both of which I still want to make but have to be realistic about what is achievable by the end of the year. Instead I've got the Brick sweater by Clare Lee and Seamwork Eugene, a t-shirt pattern for men that I'm making for Andrew.
1. Coop knits socks - I've made 1 pair and am halfway through a second
2. Aquinnah by Kerry Robb. I've not started this, still need to pick out yarn
3. Ginger jeans - got 2 of these cut out and ready to start sewing.
4. Chi town chinos - I've printed the pattern
5. Desmond backpack becomes Brick sweater, I've nearly finished the body on this
6. Snoqualmie cardigan - finished the front and back, I'm halfway through my third version of the sleeves 🙄
7. Grainline Archer - not even printed this yet
8. Colette Aster - substituted for Seamwork Eugene, onto my third version of this because as normal, Seamwork's sizing is completely random
9. Grainline Linder - made 2 of these this year!
Looking at it I've made more progress than I thought. Just got a few gifts to sew up and I can get back to selfish sewing!
A quick palate cleanser whilst in the midst of making Lander Pants. This is a Colette Moneta Dress in a lovely cotton rainbow jersey from @textileexpress It has a slightly altered neckline and a neckband. Perfect now that the temperatures have dropped a little bit.
This is giving us all the Friday feels!!! 🤗
#memade outfits + sunflower fields = a happy @theresarizz (and Sprout team).
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🌻🌻🌻Today’s me-made Sunday is brought to you by Raleigh’s finest sunflowers and: ‣ The Nettie bodysuit from @closetcase.patterns in a double rib knit fabric from @indiesew
‣ The ginger skirt from @colettepatterns as a @sproutpatterns project on linen cotton featuring a design by @fabledesignco 🌞 Happy weekend, y’all!
Fellow creatives: do you have a designated space in your home for sewing/ making? This week I finally organized the garage and carved out a space for myself. I’ve been feeling pretty overwhelmed by the prospect of sewing lately, and that’s partly because of the chaos it creates. Life with a toddler takes its toll on our house, and adding fabric scraps, pattern trimmings, wayward cords, and bladed tools to the mix was just TOO MUCH FOR ME TO DEAL. Having a designated space outside of Avery’s realm has made all the difference; I can start projects, set them aside, and return to them when the mood strikes (usually after our adorable little tyrant is asleep). I don’t feel the pressure to finish projects in one night, and I can leave sharp objects lying around. It’s awesome. Full tour coming soon on the blog, complete with the cobwebs I’ve yet to remove.