It’s been VERY hot and smoky (due to forest fires in the area) this week making it hard to enjoy outdoor activities, so I spent time in the cool basement and managed to sew a little bit. This is the Esme top by @lottajansdotter from the book Everyday Style. It’s made in Kokochi Relax double cotton gauze from @missmatatabifabric. I love the worn in look of double gauze and the overall look of this pattern.
My only mod was to add tiny side slits. My workmanship is not great as I found the double gauze harder to work with this time (I used it previously on my #camberset top) but it may also be that in a light, solid colour every little thing is more noticeable. The neckline is quite wide on me but I’m not sure I’d take it in next time because the one main challenge I have with this top is that it’s really hard to take off!
Oddly, this shirt is WAY out of my comfort zone. It is cropped, no sleeves, swingy, and hangs off my breasts. All of that aside I made this with thrifted fabric and I could not be more proud of the third complete garment I have made myself. I still uber suck at using bias tape on the neckline but I got my groove on the arms so the next time should be easier. My favorite bit is that I kept some of the selvage edge where the dye bled. Expect to see this exact outfit way too much. 😛
I like this #pilvijacket much better, thankfully. I added three inches in length to the coat and sleeves, and the Melton wool drapes well and is machine washable. (Yay!) I’m going to appliqué @entropies deer pattern to the back. (I love this pattern and used it for a baby #deerquilt for Lumberjack’s daughter four years ago.) Finally, I’m getting confident enough with garment sewing that I’m willing to make bigger mistakes. 💕 #garmentsewing#pilvicoat#lottajansdottereverydaystyle
My first I’m-not-sure-about-it make from the #lottajansdottereverydaystyle book, the shorter #pilvijacket . The interfacing made the fabric too stiff, so the fullness at the back balloons out weirdly. I’ve ordered snaps and plan to fold it inward at the hem in back, kind of like buttons on the hem of a jean jacket. I have some wool that would drape better, I’m trying to decide if I’ll try this jacket again or save it for a different pattern ... #garmentsewing
1. I had enough linen left from the dress to piece together an #esmetop and it’s my favorite clothing make so far! (The back and one sleeve are two pieces, so it’s weird but that suits me fine.)
2. My new glasses are rimless and light and I keep thinking I forgot my glasses.
3. My other daughter had a fender bender. I miss having toddlers because they NEVER wrecked then!
I finished the #pilvicoat from the #lottajansdottereverydaystyle book! This is a simple coat and good for beginners, I complicated it myself by binding the seams. (I love it, but it’s not necessary.) The pockets are nice and deep, the length is great and I love the weight of the corduroy. I’m just not sure about shorter sleeves on a coat ... ? My daughter picked a great color! This one is hers, I’ll make mine in a larger size. #namedclothing#handmadeclothes#handmadewardrobe
I have enjoyed making this vast tote. The outer fabric is a cotton canvas from the remnant bin at a local curtaining store and the cotton lining is another charity shop find. I used the Wilma tote pattern in Lotta Jansdotter’s Everyday Style and added a lining and a pocket for phone or keyes. It’s size makes it very versatile, perfect for fabric or yarn shopping or as a beach bag - the entire family’s towels can be carried in it. You could even carry the baby or the dog in it, if they are too tired or too small to walk. Mabel wouldn’t get in it for the photo session, she was concentrating on her daily neck stretches (smoothing out her double chin, I suppose).#stitch#sew#lottajansdotter#lottajansdottereverydaystyle#slowstitching#imadethis#totebag#tote#dogsofinstagram
Finished my dress. It's a big billowy trapeze in fine Indian cotton with a huge practical patch pocket. Just the thing for these warm sunny hayfevery days. I will wear it everywhere and especially in the garden. It's a #patternhack of Lotta Jansdotter's #esmedress
Day 31 #mmmay18
Whoo-hoo last day! Things I have learned:
1. Clothes look better when you iron them.
2. I don't like wearing prints. Apart from today. Today I liked wearing prints.
3. Being comfortable wins.
4. I need to make some trousers
5. My me made wardrobe is bigger than I thought. I've learned a lot making it but think it's time to lose some garments and sew with intent here on in. ☺☺☺ #lottajansdottereverydaystyle#esmedress
I made yet another @lottajansdotter #Esme dress! This one is in some amazing chambray linen. Facing was done with blue mattress ticking, just for fun! I love the dark color and relaxed texture. This dress is so comfortable and perfect for so many occasions. I've been wearing it over and over while travelling and it makes me feel pulled together after hours in a car! I adjusted the pattern on this one, instead of lengthening the tunic along the lines of the kaftan length, I added 8 inches straight down. I had to adjust my other makes because they were too flared out and looked wrong! This look is more streamlined and straight. It doesn't feel restricting, I think because the fabric is so relaxed. Also, I got this fabric for 3$ at the thrift store, and I made my husband a shirt as well! Win win!
#mmmay18#memademay2018 week 2.
1. #farrowdress by #grainlinestudio in a very fine birch organics corduroy
2. #peppermintjumpsuit by #thefoldline free pattern in #peppermintmagazine . Version 2 in a lovely Japanese linen. Never ever want to take this off! Hacked to have even wider, shorter legs and large patch pockets. Here it is after a day at work, wrinkles and all.
3. A-line dress from #alabamachanin pattern book in lovely wink organic knit. I cheated and machine stitched it for my winter trip to Thailand. (The book features all the wonderful handstitching techniques, and many versatile wardrobe staples. Highly recommend.) Very comfy! Homemade mala too.
4. #esmetunic by #lottajansdotter from #lottajansdottereverydaystyle book in a shot cotton. A fabulously fitting basic wardrobe staple. With #inspiracowl designed by graphica on Ravelry.
6. Yet another #dottieangelfrock this one in a Japanese cotton linen canvas. I moved the pleats down and lined the pockets so I could skip the bias tape. A favorite smock to throw on (just like here in the morning when my daughter took a quick photo for me before school!)
#Me made May day 13: In 2015 we started @firmatique. Since then we’re sewing more than we did in years. Joanna made this shorts for me from beautiful @artgalleryfabrics, pattern from everydaystyles from @lottajansdotter