IMG_2862Another day, another raglan! Actually, I haven’t quite perfected the whole raglan t pattern, but I do like raglans. This fabric is another matter. It is Hacci sweater knit that I got from Girl Charlee, which has an outstanding selection of knit fabrics. I liked that the stripe was vertical, and I was curious about what the heck this Hacci knit stuff was. It has a very open weave (it’s kind of see-through) and some heft to it. This particular striped fabric doesn’t feel like there is any cotton in it. I think the shirt will be great for in-between weather and also as sort of an over layer over other t-shirts, but it isn’t quite as practical as I would like (apparently I like utilitarian clothing). Also, doesn’t it totally remind you of those popcorn boxes/bags? I don’t know if that is a good thing or a bad thing …

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IMG_2836 Ahoy! I keep thinking I’m going to start blogging more regularly, but then I don’t. So, I am not going to make any promises or threats here. Anyway, I finished something! I had been admiring the Little Scallops hat for a while, and then hat season rolled around, so it seemed like a good time to make it. I have some issues with knit caps and with hats in general. I am prone to headaches, and I don’t like stuff squeezing my head, even a tiny bit, so I wanted to make a hat that sort of just skimmed my head. I found some super cheap cashmere blend yarn on ebay and redid the pattern a bit. My scallops aren’t as cute as I would like, and the hat came out a little on the big side, but I think it will serve its purpose. I have some more details on my ravelry project page if you are interested.

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IMG_2534Pardon the cheesy pose, please. Well, summer is over, and we are heading into the colder months! I much prefer summer clothing to winter clothing. I have issues with being cold, and it never seems like there are enough layers for me. I also like to be comfortable and practical (wash & wear), and for me, comfortable seems to equate with frumpy. Another weird thing is that my neck is always cold in the winter, so I end up wearing turtlenecks on a daily basis. I GET TIRED of wearing turtlenecks every day. I do the scarf thing, but sometimes that doesn’t work so well. But this has nothing to do with the sweatshirty thing I made, does it?

I got this super soft, double-layered knit fabric from the Fabric Depot outdoor sale a couple of years ago. As you can see, it is striped on one side and dotted on the other. They had this color and this kind of weird purple. I wish they had had more! I decided to make a sweatshirt, but I thought I’d try to make it kind of loose-ish, which seems to be the trend these days. I adapted this pattern from Tamanegi-Kobo by bringing up the armholes quite a bit, making the arms full length, and bringing in the neckline. I still have some mixed feelings about how this came out. The wide band at the bottom didn’t come out exactly as I had envisioned, though I didn’t really have a vision to begin with (you know what I mean). The neckline is still way too wide for my taste. Cold neck! Cold neck! I might take it in a little bit and sew a little tuck in there. Other than that, though, it is super comfy, and I will be wearing it a lot this winter (with lots of layers underneath).

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quick and dirty shift

IMG_2478The weather forecast called for one final hot week, so I whipped up a summer shift one afternoon. I had this seersuckerish fabric in my stash, and I had been thinking it’d be nice to have just a simple shift, not too snug and not too humongous. I used an extremely technical approach wherein I placed different pattern pieces sporting various elements I desired on top of the fabric. In this case I wanted French seams (super easy! No set-in sleeves!) and a basic dress.

I was going to make bias tape, but then I remembered I had some readymade bias tape that came WITH ADHESIVE on it, so you just stick it on! I like the contrast it provides in the neckline and armholes. Okay, so I started putting this together and quickly realized it was going to be too fitted. I contemplated starting over, but I had already completed the neckline and didn’t want to waste it, so I just chopped off the top part and added a new piece for the bottom! Easy peasy! And I didn’t even try to match up the plaid because, well, I am lazy, and I didn’t care.

It’s very comfortable and came out pretty much as I had hoped, plus I wore it on a 90+-degree day and felt fine. I have also come to realize that I am a lazy and impatient seamstress who needs immediate gratification. So, you won’t be finding many tailored outfits around here!

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20130831-172236.jpgOh, it’s not a knit! I’ve been hoarding this Liberty of London fabric for several years. Peter got it for me from the mothership in London, and I stashed it away because I was afraid I would screw it up somehow. I decided it was time to break out and take a chance. I finally have a button-down shirt pattern I like, so I made a short-sleeve version of it. Liberty lawn is so lightweight and yet buttery soft. It is a treat to wear! I’d like to make some different collar versions of this shirt pattern, but that will require me to use my brain, and it is limited in capacity, so it might take me a while. In the meantime, I will be sewing some more knits.

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more knits

MORE KNITS, people! I also got this fabric from Girl Charlee. It is supposed to be all cotton, and perhaps it is. It is quite lightweight and super drapey. Now, I generally go for a pretty traditional style of t-shirt, but I thought I’d go out on a limb and try to whip up one of the drapey, boxy t-shirts that the younguns seem to be wearing these days. I cobbled together a pattern using this Tamanegi Kobo pattern. I brought the armholes up a bit and made French sleeves, and I lengthened it a bit because I was not going to use the band. The armholes are still pretty gaping, but I don’t really care. The shirt is very comfy and came out better than I thought! If people don’t like being able to see my bra if I lift up my arms, they can look away!

I made this t-shirt dress using the same fabric. I adapted the raglan t-shirt pattern that has been so popular in my sewing room, har har. When I first made it Peter thought it was too long and suggested I shorten it by “several inches.” I followed his advice, and now I think it is a bit on the short side. It is also somewhat clingy. In other words, it is a bit sluttier than I prefer, but I guess it isn’t SUPER slutty.

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raglan redux

20130810-195808.jpgI know you all must be terribly excited that I made yet another striped raglan t. I would promise to stop posting them, but then I would be a liar. Anyway, this one is long-sleeved and thus very different from the previous t, right? Fabric is also from Girl Charlee and is a rayon cotton blend, I think. It is a bit weightier than that super drapey slippery jersey stuff. I love t-shirts. Over and out.

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20130724-072441.jpgAnd it is another t! I decided I needed a good raglan pattern, so I copied an existing t to give it a try. I didn’t want to ruin any of my new Girl Charlee knit fabric** so I dug some cotton Lycra out of my stash. The Lycra is a little stiff (I want something a bit more drapey), but by jove I think I am happy with the pattern!

**Full disclosure: that link goes to the account setup page, which has a referral code. If you don’t want to do it, no biggie!

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20130723-072423.jpgOne can never have too many t-shirts. I got some nice knits from Girl Charlee Fabric, so I thought I’d start with a basic long-sleeve t. The fabric is supposedly cotton but feels more like a blend. It’s super soft and drapey. I got some more fabric so my plan is to make a dress and a raglan t or two. I highly recommend Girl Charlee (I would include a link but my computer isn’t on and I haven’t had any coffee yet).

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I am doing this on my phone, which is probably old news to most of you but a novelty to me! Anyway, I made a few changes to this shirt pattern, and I think I now have a template I can use over and over. The fabric was designed by Chico Hayasaki and made by Kei Fabrics. It is a wonderful, buttery cotton.

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