Thursday, February 11, 2016

Novelista Shirt

Hello! Although it has been quiet here on the blog, I have been sewing! Today I have the Novelista Shirt sewn in plaid flannel. If you remember my fall sewing list, I had wanted to make a plaid flannel shirt, but better late than never, right?

I actually sewed this in December and only recently had the opportunity to take pictures. It is very comfortable and I have been wearing it a lot. It is the perfect shirt for this cold Minnesota winter weather!

The pattern is from one of my favorite indie pattern companies, Blank Slate Patterns.

I made the long sleeve version, using a flannel plaid in my favorite color from Joann's. This was not the best fabric to work with when cutting though. The plaid wasn't all straight, which made it difficult to match. I am pretty happy with how well the plaid matches though!

I love the button tabs on the long sleeve version - perfect for rolling up the sleeves and will be so useful when the weather warms up. I may be smiling in this picture, but I was not enjoying the cold!

I decided to cut the yoke and front pockets on the bias for visual interest and to avoid matching the plaid! The only change I made to the pattern was to lengthen the sleeves by 1 inch. Otherwise the fit is great for me!

Here's the best close up I have of the sleeve placket.  

Finally, here is a sneak peak of my most recent sewing project and my first sewing project of 2016! I can't wait to share more about it soon!

What have you been sewing? 


Saturday, January 9, 2016

Happy New Year!!

Happy 2016 to all my readers!! After a somewhat unplanned break from blogging, I am back and ready for the new year.

My favorite sewing accomplishments from 2015: 

1) The Felicity Dress

This dress is one of my favorites I have ever made. I love the gathered bodice and the pockets. It was somewhat of a challenge to sew because the rayon kept shifting around as I cut it out. I was also on a time crunch but I was able to finish it in time to wear it for graduation and my pinning ceremony.

Monday, November 23, 2015

Diamond Dress

Hi everyone! I finally have a new sewing project to share with you. I have been busy with work and although I have been sewing I haven't found time to blog until now. This is the Diamond Dress from Shwin Designs. It was part of the newest Pattern Anthology bundle. 

Friday, October 2, 2015

Marigold Dress

Meet my newest dress - the Marigold! The first item to cross off my fall sewing plans list. I am part of the Blank Slate Patterns facebook group and there was a sew along for the Marigold over these past couple of weeks. It was the perfect motivation to finally sew this dress. 

Monday, September 14, 2015

Fall Sewing Plans

Although it is still summer for a little more than a week (I'm a firm believer in not rushing the seasons!) I am ready to start thinking about fall sewing.

Fall is my favorite time of the year - cooler temperatures, changing colors, boots, fun scarves, soups, and pumpkin flavored everything.

I have never made a sewing plan for myself, but I am really trying to focus on creating a wardrobe of quality, well fitting pieces that I will actually wear. I am also on a budget for fabric, so I'm hoping to sew mostly from my stash.

First up, a long sleeve Marigold Dress. I've made the peplum top  already, so I'm excited to make the dress. There is a sew along happening in the Blank Slate Pattern facebook group right now, so I'm hoping to use that as motivation to sew my dress.

This will be the fabric for my Marigold. 

Next, a Gabriola Skirt from Sewaholic Patterns. This pattern was on my pattern wishlist and I received it for my birthday back in July! I have the pattern printed, taped together and traced. Now I just need to find the perfect fabric. I had the perfect lighter weight wool for it, unfortunately it was not enough yardage.

Last, a button down plaid shirt. I have no button down shirts in my wardrobe, so this will be the perfect excuse for making one! I want to make it out of flannel, so this will be one exception for buying fabric because I don't have flannel in my stash. I don't have a pattern yet either, but I have been admiring the Archer for awhile. There is also a pattern I tested recently that I'm hoping will be out soon - it would be perfect.

I really like these from Joann's is also having a sale this week, so I might go a see what is available there. Any suggestions on where to buy flannel fabric?

I'm not limiting myself to only sewing three items, but this gives me a plan and will hopefully keep me motivated to sew. I have a full time job now, so it has been hard to find time to sew.

What is on your fall sewing list? Are you excited for fall?


Monday, September 7, 2015

Upcycled Skirts

Hello! Today I have an upcycled project to share with you! Back in May 2014, I found these two dresses at a garage sale for $10 total. I thought it was a great price and I had an idea of turning them into skirts for myself. It was funny because the person I bought these dresses from told me "I know these dresses are just your style!"

Not quite, but I knew I could make them my style. Fast forward to August 2015 when I was trying to organize my fabric stash and I came across these dresses that I've had for over a year. I decided it was finally time to do something with them!

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Moto Jacket Pattern Tour

Hello! Back in June, I had the the opportunity to test a new pattern from Jennuine Design! I signed up to test, forgot about it and then found out I was picked to help test the Moto Jacket. I was so excited for the challenge!