Finally finished up this #harrietbra last night, despite my missing sewjo. I shopped @tailormadeshop for the duoplex, Swiss dot tulle, powernet and findings. I think I have one more adjustment before the fit is just right (the wonders of “sisters not twins”) but I’m giving it a test run out in the wild today!
Ignore the early morning workplace background and focus on the wonderful @artgalleryfabrics print on my new @hallapatterns #elisedress ! I love this pattern, and the cute 1940's button tab detail on the neckline. I did use a different skirt pattern, as gathers wouldn't work on this fabric. I was inspired by the many beautiful versions from @annakatrinsky and a sew-jo kick from @gilliancrafts #sewcialists#cscmakes#sewqueer#shortsewists
Okay, this is take two on the #abijumpsuit from @smyly2018 I have to say, this is one of my favorite and most fun makes ever! I literally stopped traffic to get a compliment on how great this is - powerful!! This rad fabric has been in my stash for yonks just waiting to turn into a jumpsuit. It's definitely got a disco vibe, but the pattern is really modern. It's a cotton (95%) spandex (5%) Graphic Boheme with 40% stretch from the amazing @lafinchfabrics - they've got great knits!
I did make some serious changes on this version. I sized down from a 22/20 on top and 24 on bottom to a 18 on top and a 20 on bottom. I also took 4 inches out of the crotch rise and added 3 inches to the leg length to make up for it. This was less successful... Version 3 will have about half an inch put back into the crotch rise which I think will help in the search for the perfect fit.
Here's to version 3!! #sewingmakesyouloveyourself#sewistsofinstagram#sewist#curvysewing#curvysewingcollective#makersgonnamake#isewmyownclothes#isew#fabric#daytonasews#floridasewing#sewyourstash#plussize#cscmakes#jumpsuit
Go To Patterns
These are the patterns I pull out (over and over) when I want a quick, straight forward project that I know will fit. They're what make up a large chunk of my everyday me made wardrobe.
Top left: Easy Raglan with waist shaping and added length. Free pattern by @itsalwaysautumnblog Also awesome for scrap busting!! Bottom right: Springfield top. I love that it feels dressier than a basic tank since it uses woven fabric. It also works for a range from quilting cotton (shown) to slinky poly crepe or rayon. Pattern by @cashmerette
Top right: Flashback tee. My kiddos have quite a few of these- the fit is spot on for my kiddos so I also used it as a block for drafting dresses and tops. Even their Halloween costumes for the past two years have included tops made with this pattern. Pattern by @madebyrae
Bottom right: A-line dress variations. I have 5 or 6 variations on this basic pattern. The one shown has a modified v-back and widened neckline. I have it in every length from hip to knee. All based on the pattern by @alabamachanin
#sewphotohop - go to patterns. DDmelilot (not pictured) and Cheyenne Tunic by Hey June for a woven top, Washi Dress and Doris Dress for a woven dress, Moneta Dress for a secret pyjama dress and Cashmerette Dartmouth for a secret pyjama top. These patterns are my very favourites and definite TNTs.
Favorite new make: @grainlinestudio Alder dress! This has been in steady rotation but I finally got a chance to snap some shots. Or a chance to offer my six year old an option to play with my camera. He got a couple in focus shots and even managed to give me a halo effect with the garage light!
Today I paired my Alder with tights and oxfords, a nod to the upcoming season change. I love how light the dress feels made up in cotton lawn. It gets fairly rumply through the day (these shots were taken after 10hrs of wear) in a comfy, lived in way. It's light enough to be cool when one lives in muggy NC.
This went together pretty easily. I used @sproutpatterns so, other than marking darts and pocket locations, it was just cut and sew! I've made a couple of button down shirts so the collar came together nicely. I did french seams with the exception of inserting the skirt panel because I didn't want to deal with gathers, inset corners, AND french seams. I stitched the skirt panel with my regular machine and then finished the seam with my serger. I added a secret snap at my full bust to avoid gaping. Thanks @helens__closet for that little tip!
Design is 'Abstract Summer Floral' by @hipkiddesigns on @spoonflower printed on cotton lawn. I am a bit obsessed with it. I also realized it coordinates with the (original) wallpaper in my sewing room. 😁
Windy afterwork hike in new me-made #p4ppeglegs leggings with contoured waistband, free pattern by @patternsforpirates . Used a sport Lycra by @stoffstil that I feel is kind of too thin🤔 Oh well, I'll use them all the same😂 Just realized that I'm wearing all me-mades: ascent pullover, t-shirt from Gertie's Sew casual vintage book and anorak from an old Norwegian sewing magazine. #sewing#curvysewing#curvysewingcollective#sewcialists#cscmakes
The impossible has happened. I, @syreetabriana, wore a crop top. In PUBLIC. And 0.0% of the world cared. 😆
You see, I’d always figured such garments were for those who lacked my magnificent fleshiness. I can’t remember ever seeing one in size Boobylicious and, obviously, nice southern girls wouldn’t be caught dead etc etc.
But the pattern cover of #s8609 looked so cute, I stitched one up for lounging at home.
However, when faced with 80* heat and 95% humidity and your freshly sewn cropper is the only clean sleeveless option, you inhale deeply, don your top, check your pockets for any final f🤬s to give, and strut out the door...
To crop top or not to crop top?, that is my question to you.
I paired this with a swishy #Cashmerettepatterns#turnerdress skirt I made from an awesome Liverpool knit from @lafinchfabrics
This is a jumpsuit with a funky back that I made using a #burdastyle pattern from the 07/2018 issue no. 126 (called Midi Jumpsuit plus size). The fabric is an inexpensive poly from #marshallfabrics in Edmonton - what an awesome store for apparel fabrics! Wish I lived closer. I really like this jumpsuit but I should have added more length in the bodice (I’m 5’9” and added 2”), which is a noticeable problem when I sit. I have made a few jumpsuits and still have never quite gotten that fit right. Chalking it up to the learning process! #sewcialists#imakemyownclothes#isew#isewmyownclothes#jeportecequejecouds#cscmakes
I’ve waited to make this Driftless Cardigan for such a long time, and finally, as the weather started warming up here in Sydney, I took the leap and made it in a beautiful soft denimy coloured merino from The Fabric Store. Next time, and there will definitely be a next time, I think I’ll use a thicker fabric for a more structured look.
A crazy shirt with wolves on it for a Sunday. This is the @cashmerette Montrose, with the jewel neck turned into a boat neck. (Extended the neckline width 2 inches on either side, but kept the depth the same). The fabric is a Kokka Echino from @esthersfabrics, bought at least 2, maybe 3 years ago? #seattlesews#montrosetop#cashmerettepatterns#cscmakes#curvysewingcollective #🐺 Edit: coworkers have pointed out these may be foxes. #🦊
This is my first make from @sinclairpatterns and I’m super happy with it! This is straight out of the envelope with no modifications, and it’s almost perfect! I knew I wanted a raglan when I saw these two @ssefabrics sweater knits, and went searching for a pattern. I swear my hem is not wavy in real life. I used fusible in there and I think once it washes out, those ripples will be gone. #sinclairpatterns#sosewenglishfabrics#sewing#curvysewingcollective#cscmakes
If having the same style as a kindergarten teacher is a crime then lock me up! I wouldn't want it any other way. Check out this amazing #yorkpinafore from @paigepederzani 😍😍😍
#Repost : In which I accept the fact that I have the style of a kindergarten art teacher. #yorkpinafore#teammumu#cscmakes#sewing ( #📷 @paigepederzani )
Here's the dress I sewed for #oslofrocktails2018 worn again today for a birthday celebration. Pattern is the "Sultry sheath dress" from @gertie18 's book "Gertie's new book for better sewing", fabric is....a tablecloth and was meant to be a muslin. I made a quick shoulder adjustment on my "proper" dress and that turned the bodice too tight around the bust but gaping at the neckline. This version also gaped at the neckline but I'm wondering if this dress might be meant to be worn slightly off shoulders🤔? Anyway, I added 2 darts to the front neckline, bringing the total damage to 24 darts😳😆 (that's in addition to the 22 on my "proper" but unwearable dress). #sorryabouttherant#somanydarts#sewing#curvysewing#curvysewingcollective#cscmakes#sewcialists#oslosews
You've seen a peek of it already, but here in its full, foggy, lighthouse-y glory is my Myosotis-inspired @cashmerette #montrosetop hack (my Myofauxtis if you will 😉). I love that we had the most dramatic foggy weather for these lighthouse shots - didn't Morgan do an amazing job? .
Check the blog for the details on the hack! Never underestimate the power of a well-fitting top as the basis for all sorts of garments. I love this dress and have worn it tromping all over the U.P. on two different trips now, and maybe did laundry early this week so I could wear it again sooner. I want to make one in wool for the winter! 📸: @libraritarian
[Images: four images of Shannon wearing a loose-fitting dress made of a red, white, and blue striped cotton, red strappy clogs, and a straw boater hat. In the first and third, the air is foggy and Shannon stands in front of a red brick lighthouse, on a green lawn. In the other two the background is a red brick wall.]
I love everything about this pic of Kristina!! 😎
Bad gardening , great dressing (& yes , terrible posing!!) Rather pleased with my @cashmerette #lenoxshirtdress , this is version A with a full collar, pleated skirt (that does NOT make your arse the size of Australia!👍) and now you can get a full sleeve/full bicep expansion pack😉 I made this in a cotton poplin which gives nice structure to the pleats (& it's a dream to sew for once...looking at you rayon!) More details & terrible pics at www.plumkitchen.co.nz #curvyyearofsewing#cscmakes#cashmerettepatterns#memade#cashmerettelenox
There is definitely something uniquely satisfying about making your own jeans! And Shanski gives the #AmesJeans 👍🏼👍🏼 @shanski.gee ・・・
I made jeans! Eeee! I wasn't brave enough on my own but the jeans class at @drygoodsdesign got me 85% there. This weekend I finished the waistband topstitching, hem, button, and rivets. (Rivets are fun. Gleeful hammering. Bam bam bam!) Then I bought fabric for 2 more pairs. I'll diagnose the fit later...for now I'm just excited to have made jeans, enjoyed every step, and had a comfy result. So satisfying. Look forward to many more pictures of my butt. Thanks to @cashmerette for making a hip-friendly jeans pattern! #literallyriveting#jeansmaking#cscmakes#curvysewingcollective#seattlesews#cashmerettepatterns#amesjeans#sewingcat#buttselfie#sewcialists
Come at me Fall! I'm ready! Finished sewing up this fleecy zipped trench today in such a beautiful aubergine colorway 💜💜💜 My sewing game just keeps getting bigger and better! This baby has everything I was hunting for and just couldn't find in my size - roomy arms for sweater wearing, a zipper, good size pockets, big double lined hood and it's soft and cozy. Mission accomplished!
Finally cut into this amazing beaded-style floral fabric I picked up at Fabricland a year ago to make myself a dress to wear at PowWows and really, to wear anywhere - let's be real. 👌 I decided to make a Collette #MonetaDress and I really love this pattern! It's got everything I want in a dress - great 3/4 length sleeves, a generous skirt and obviously the best part... pockets! 💙 I'm really happy with how this turned out! It's like it was made for me *twirls* 😂.