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! 

The pattern is a motorcycle style jacket with an asymmetrical zip, shawl collar, knit sleeves, and welt pockets. The great thing about it is that it can be made for boys or girls and it comes in a huge range of sizes. I made the jacket for my almost 7 year old brother, Dominic. He was happy to have a new jacket, but not too happy to have pictures taken. 

The first time around, during the pattern testing stage, the jacket was a little too short for this tall little guy. That's the great thing about testing - you can help the designer find out what will make the pattern even better! The final pattern is perfect and the length hits just right. 

Minnesota Augusts are a bit too hot for a jacket like this, but I'm crossing my fingers hoping this will still fit in a couple of months! 

I upcycled a denim skirt and knit sweater from a thrift store. This is a perfect pattern for upcycling if you want! The lining is cotton fabric with pirates on it - making it even more boy friendly! 

I loved being able to use the details from the sweater to make the welts. The pattern challenged me in many ways, as welts and separating zippers are completely new to me. Don't let that scare you though! Jenn's pattern instructions are well written and very easy to follow. It is a great pattern to learn some new sewing skills.
I even learned how to shorten a separating zipper - not as difficult as it sounds with Jenn's pictures and tips!

Here's a closer look at the lining. The pattern offers two options for enclosing the armhole seams. I went with the second option and cut my own double folded bias tape. I love how all the seams are enclosed, making the inside look just as nice as the outside! 

The welts aren't perfect, but I'm happy with how they turned out.

I had left over sweater and wanted to add something fun to the back so I sewed on what used to be the bottom edge of the sweater down the center back. It adds some detail and texture to the back. 

Perfect for a little boy on the move!

Be sure to check out all the other fabulous pattern tour participants throughout this week!

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Jenn is having a giveaway this week for the pattern tour. Head on over to her blog to enter for a chance to win!

Thank you so much for the opportunity to test, Jenn! It's a great pattern! 


Friday, August 7, 2015

Marigold Peplum

This may be my new favorite top! I've been wanting to make the Marigold for at least a year now and I finally got around to it, with the perfect fabric. The Marigold Pattern is from Blank Slate Patterns and it offers so many options. I wanted to make the dress, but I was short on fabric, so I went with the peplum. The pattern also comes with a skirt option, long sleeves, and high-low peplum.

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Exciting News

Hello! I hope July is treating you well. Graduation has come and gone (2 months ago already!) and I spent most of June studying for my licensure exam to become a nurse. Talk about stressful! It still felt like I was in school as I was studying almost everyday. I spent those lovely days of June at the library or the local coffee shop surrounded by nursing books and answering practice question after practice question.

Sunday, May 31, 2015

Felicity Dress

Today, I have my newest sewing project to show you! This is the Felicity Dress by Jennifer Lauren Vintage and I made it to wear to my nursing pinning ceremony and graduation. It is a new pattern released in February and as soon as I saw it on Jennifer's blog, I knew it was what I wanted to make for graduation.

Monday, May 25, 2015

Wedding Duress // A Book Review

“Tori is ecstatic to become Mrs. Milo Wentworth in a few days, but she has a lot to do before she sashays down the aisle. Favors need to be sewn, vows need to be written – and a mystifying murder needs to be solved. When Beatrice, a fellow member of the Sweet Briar Ladies Society Sewing Circle, learns that her former nanny took a fatal fall in her new employers’ home, she suspects the death was not an accident. Now Tori’s spending her last days as a single woman untangling rumors and stitching together motives to find a killer. But can she nab a murderer and make it to the church on time?” - from back cover

One of my favorite authors, Elizabeth Lynn Casey has recently written her newest book in the Southern Sewing Circle Mysteries. Wedding Duress is book number ten and it is the one I have been eagerly awaiting for quite awhile now! I have been a fan of this series and all the ladies of the Sweet Briar Sewing Circle ever since I read book number one. 

Now, Tori Sinclair, librarian of Sweet Briar and Milo Wentworth are finally getting married. Tori needs to finish planning her wedding and finalize last minute details when an unfortunate murder happens. Miss Gracie, a new nanny in town from England is a friend of Beatrice, a member of the sewing circle. 

All of the characters are simply delightful! I love how Elizabeth Lynn Casey has shown us more of Beatrice in this book. She is a quiet and shy young woman, but I enjoyed hearing more from her and getting to know her better. 

I was beyond excited when Charles, a character who was introduced in the previous book made a return for Tori's wedding. He is a very fun character and adds to the excitement. He has a lot of energy and I hope he makes many more appearances in Sweet Briar! 

Although the book focused on Tori's wedding it kept me in suspense until the very end and I could hardly put it down. The characters had me laughing out loud and I was surprised when the culprit of the murder was finally revealed. All of the characters are very real and I feel as though I can relate to them. I was even upset at one specific character for the way she was acting towards her fellow sewing circle members. 

If you are looking for a great read, definitely check out the Southern Circle Sewing Mysteries! Elizabeth Lynn Casey already has plans for books 11 and 12, so this series will keep you busy for quite awhile. If you decide to read these, let me know what you think! 


Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Every End is a New Beginning

I am a college graduate!!!!!!!!!!

Last week, I graduated college with my Bachelor of Science in Nursing. I'm now a college grad!! It's still hard to believe and almost doesn't seem real. I'm so excited for whatever life brings me next. I have lots of plans for sewing this summer as well as studying for and passing my state board exam. 

I will be back with my latest sewing projects soon! 


Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Me Made May 2015 // My Pledge


Me-Made-May is almost here! I participated in this challenge for the first time last May and I really enjoyed it because it challenged me to wear the clothes I make more often. I am looking forward to participating again this year.

My pledge is as follows: 

 'I, Elizabeth of The College Seamstress, sign up as a participant of Me-Made-May '15. I endeavor to wear only me-made garments each day for the duration of May 2015. I will also be cleaning out my closet during the month of May in order to re-evaluate my wardrobe. '

Last year, my pledge was to wear only handmade clothes and I accomplished that task. I still wear my handmade clothes on a daily basis with 95% of my outfit being handmade. However, I usually wear my favorites and there are certain handmade items in my closet that have been deprived of seeing the light of day. :)

I have been wanting to clean out my closet for a long time, so hopefully this challenge will give me the encouragement to do that! I will update you on how that goes because I always find it extremely difficult to get rid of things I made (even if I never wear them). Hopefully, cleaning out my closet will help me discover holes in my wardrobe to guide my future sewing projects.

Are you participating in Me-Made-May? You can read more and sign up here.