Well I’m stuck at home on the couch with the flu, so I guess now would be a good time to catch up on my blogging! You might have caught a picture of my Bruyere a couple of months ago on Instagram. I promptly took pictures of it, have worn it quite a few times, but never got around to blogging it!
Happy Sunday everyone! I’m not experiencing the usual Sunday evening blues, since it’s a 3 day weekend AND I have an awesome new completed sewing project to share with you!
Meet my new metallic plaid pencil skirt! Eeek….I love it!
It’s Sunday evening and my holiday break has sadly come to an end. It’s back to work tomorrow for me. At least I’m going back to work feeling very satisfied with the sewing projects I have completed over break. I was even able to fit in some much needed relaxation and quality time spent with my family, along with some serious organization/cleaning projects I have been putting off for way to long. Before I go to bed early for the first time in 2 weeks, I wanted to share another one of my completed projects with you, the Papercut Patterns Saiph Tunic.
This was not a planned project at all. I was organizing my patterns and found myself reading the suggested fabrics for the Saiph. I bought the Saiph Tunic because I really liked the style, but had yet to find a fabric that inspired me to make it. I knew the Saiph Tunic is meant to be sewn with woven fabrics, but I had never noticed that thick/stable knits are also listed as one of recommended fabrics. I immediately began to envision the Saiph with this floral ponte from Girl Charlee that I’ve had in my stash for awhile. This fabric almost became another pair of floral Hudson pants and if I would not have organized my patterns it probably would have by the end of the week!
I love the keyhole back! This ponte knit makes the tunic so comfy. I love it paired with leggings and my new booties. The model on the pattern is wearing her tunic without leggings and it is very short. She looks fantastic in it, but this just isn’t a look I feel comfortable trying to pull off. I’m only 5’4 and the tunic is the perfect length for me when I’m wanting to pair something with leggings. If you’re much taller than me you might want to consider adding some length to the pattern. You could really alter the length of the tunic to achieve many different looks. I could lengthen it and wear it without leggings or shorten it and wear it as a top with jeans. Lots of possibilities!
The tunic came together easily and quickly. From my past experience with Papercut Patterns they run a little on the big side. I ended up sewing an XS in the bodice and graded out to a small through the waist and hips. I’m very happy with the fit!
The Saiph Tunic includes two different hem options, a flounce hem (mine) or a straight hem with interesting hidden front pockets. I will definitely be sewing anther one with this other hem option. I want to make it with a knit again, so I will be keeping my eyes open for the perfect fabric. I’m thinking a heather gray sweatshirt knit. Let me know if you come across any online!
I hope everyone is enjoying the holidays! My family came to visit us here in Charleston for Christmas. I was so excited to give my mom her presents this Christmas! I did good this year! I made her some infinity scarves, a pair of True Bias Hudson Pants (check them out on instagram), and a beautiful teal Colette Moneta Dress. Sadly I forgot to snap a picture of her in her Moneta, but she loved it! I also surprised her with the Bengal jewelry clutch that she hinted she would love to have, some Alex and Ani bangles, and a few other goodies!
Now that Christmas is over, my Etsy business has slowed down from holiday orders, and I have a whole week off work, I finally have a chance to do some much needed sewing for myself! So far I have made floral Hudson Pants, floral Margot Pajamas (from Love at First Stitch), and now a floral cardigan. Do you think I have an obsession with floral fabric?
The Oslo Cardigan is everything I dreamed it would be. The pattern is from Colette Patterns brand new and super awesome sewing magazine called Seamwork. For $6 a month you get 3 sewing patterns along with the free online magazine. I’m pretty sure I signed up for Seamwork within seconds of its release after seeing this cardigan in the issue.
I purchased this floral sweater knit from Wanderlust Fabrics forever ago and I’m so glad I waited for the perfect project for it. The Oslo was so worth the wait! This was my first time sewing with a sweater knit and this one was not much different then sewing with any other knit fabric. I wouldn’t want to sew with it without my serger though. I constructed the entire cardigan on my serger except for hemming with my twin needle. My measurements fell in the XS range, but I decided too size up since I like my cardigans loose. For the next one (more like 5), I will go down to the XS. I’ve been looking for the perfect cardigan pattern forever, since I’m always cold and therefore pretty much wear a cardigan to work every day. This cardigan came together so easily and was such a satisfying sew! I have some mustard knit in my stash right now that I’m really hoping I bought enough of to make another one.
Last week I shared my Margot Tunic from Violet Field Threads as part of the Sew Fab Winter Women’s Bundle. I told you I would be back with another make from the Sew Fab Winter Women’s Bundle, so here I am sharing my Capital Hill by Straight Stitch Designs. Kimberly is a relatively new pattern designer with the Capital Hill being her third pattern release. Although she is new to the block, I am really loving what I am seeing from her and the quality of her patterns are great!
The Capital Hill pattern is a knit tunic or dress length (I know…mine is neither) pattern with the option of using woven fabric as the skirt portion. It features pretty pleats at the center front of the bodice.
I have a top from Anthropolgie that is very similar to this pattern (knit bodice with woven skirt), that I have been wanting to try and replicate for a very long time. The Capital Hill seemed like the perfect chance to finally give it a try! I chose this grey knit I purchased from Girl Charlee for the bodice, because it paired perfectly with this leftover AMH voile I have been saving from my Colette Peony dress. I didn’t have enough fabric to make the circle skirt or the gathered skirt, so I decided just to make it A-line. The skirt is also about 2 inches shorter than I would like it due to the small amount of fabric I had leftover. Oh well, I still really love how these 2 fabrics look paired together!
The top came together easily as the directions were great. For some reason, I decided to size up. As you can see, this was a bad decision, because my top is too big. I think this is why my pleats are not laying as nicely as Kimberly’s pleats. I think a heavier knit skirt instead of this the light woven skirt would also help pull the the bodice down making the pleats do what they are supposed to do. I should have done a better job checking my fit as I sewed, but with all the Christmas present sewing I still have to do, I got a little lazy.
The Sew Fab Bundle sale ends tomorrow, 12/15, so you better hurry up and purchase yours here!
Have you guys heard of the Sew Fab Pattern Sale before? It’s a special event that happens twice a year where you can buy a bundle of great PDF patterns for super cheap! Well, there is something special about the bundle that was released on December 5th….it’s made up of 10 unreleased women’s patterns! Crazy exciting right?!?!
For 29.95 you get 10 new PDF patterns, which are mostly made for knits to keep you comfy and cozy during the winter months! Lucky for me, I was asked to participate in showing off some patterns from this bundle! It was a tough choice, but I decided to go with the Margot Dress by Violet Field Threads (3rd from the left on the top row).
Yes, my Margot looks quite a bit different than the one in the picture. The ruffle in this pattern is optional, but it wasn’t left off by choice. More on that in a minute. I chose this beautiful, soft, and very drapey bamboo knit that I got at Mood on my fabric shopping girl’s trip to NYC. Speaking of NYC, check out my friends post about our awesome trip. It will pretty much be your go-to reference if your planning a fabric shopping to trip to NYC! Anyways, that beautiful fabric I was talking about…yeah…way too drapey for that heavy ruffle. It looked awful! So sad…I wanted that ruffle so bad! I even had to shorten the length of my sleeves just so I would have enough fabric for the ruffle. After some serious ruffle surgery (I even called my husband in for some emotional support before chopping), I actually really love how my dress turned out. It’s of course on the short side, so leggings are a must, but I’m kinda liking that it’s short because I love how it looks with the leggings and my sweater UGG boots.
I’m not usually a fan of purple. Now that I think of it, this might be the only purple clothing I own, but there is something about this shade of purple that I just absolutely love!
Love this hemline, with or without the ruffle that I dreamed of! I’ll be wearing the exact outfit to work tomorrow with the addition of a long chunky black cardigan. Mondays are always a little better when you get to wear a new handmade dress!
So the thing about this bundle is that it’s only available for a very limited time. You only have until December 15th! Check out this link to read all the details and to enter a really awesome giveaway! I’ll be back before the sale ends to share with you another make from the bundle!