The Bohemian Carpet Bag and a Class

I am a skeptical bag maker.  I don’t really care for the look of a lot of fabric bags, to be honest.  The ones I do like, such as big travel bags, often end up weighing 10 pounds before you even put anything in them!  All that interfacing and stuff that make it have structure can be heavy!  So I wasn’t sure about this one but when I got the metal frame and it weighed almost nothing, I decided to give it a go.

 

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 I used Charms canvas for my outside fabric and grey moleskin for the handles and gussets.

 

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I lined it with this medium weight cotton.

 

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 Making it was fairly easy and it is extremely light, even with the moleskin accents.
I took  it on a flight to NY with me and it was perfect for my carry on.

 

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We will be having a class on this awesome bag at Sew Modern!
This session is  currently sold out, but let us know if you’re interested
and we will get it on the calendar again.

 

 

Mad for Plaid!

Here is the second make from my selfish sewing list. Living in Los Angeles most of my life, I’ve completely lost the ability to get dressed (in something cute) when it drops below 70 degrees. So I’ve been trying to add colder weather options into my wardrobe. This Lisette top was the perfect addition into my closet!

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 Pattern: Lisette – Continental Blouse
Size: 10
Fabric: Robert Kaufman – House of Wales Plaid in Blue

 

First, I just have to say, this fabric is dreamy! It’s 100% cotton but feels almost like rayon. It’s soft, drapey, and lightweight. It was a great fabric match for this pattern. Even though the top is long-sleeved it is still breathable. I love that this blouse isn’t too fitted or too boxy… it’s just right! The front has bust darts, which help keep the shape, but there’s a secret party in the back with gathers under the yoke. I cut the yoke on the bias just to add a little interest and break up the pattern. I matched up the stripes/plaid pretty good for the most part.. but I also decided finished was better than perfect and didn’t make myself too crazy trying to get it exact. I finished all my seams on my serger and the neckline has a bias finish (which I love). This was a great, quick make! From cutting to finish it only took a few hours.

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IMG_3760And here it is in action! Riding the giant sewing machine at Quiltcon!

Little Foxy Top

A few months ago I made a post about my “selfish sewing” plans and I’m finally posting an update. I’ve made 3 out of 5 of the things I wanted… which is a win I think! Here is the first (and maybe my favorite) of the 3 garments.

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Pattern: Sewaholic Alma Blouse
Size: 6
View: Combination of A and B
Fabric: Monaluna – Free Range – Foxy
Kaffe Fassett – Shot Cotton – Clementine

 

I just have to say I LOVE the fit, shape and structure this blouse has! I made a previous version in double gauze and while that one is super soft and dreamy, the great fit of this top is lost due to the fabric. I combined View A and B, picking and choosing the details I liked from each. I’m a sucker for a peter pan collar (View B) and love the cap sleeves on View A. My one and only little gripe for this pattern is the neck facing. Even with under stitching and tacking down at the shoulder seams the facing still wants to pop out of the neckline and say HI! I think I may try binding the neck next time around and see if I prefer that. Besides my facing feelings, I absolutely love this pattern!

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The combination of fish eye darts and bust darts make the fit A +

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Have you made this blouse? I’d love to see your versions!

Jumpsuits

I recently purchased this jumpsuit to wear to a Hollywood party with my husband.

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I thought it was flattering, fun, and that I wouldn’t be dressed like anyone else.

My husband was not into it.  He said it was cute, but he liked a dress I already had better.  Such a diplomat.
I acquiesced.  I was going to be meeting his people after all, and there would be press there…blah, blah, blah.

So now I’m wondering if I should return it.  Will I wear it somewhere else before jumpsuits are back out of style?  Will I really feel comfortable wearing it, or will I be self conscious? (I did buy some Spanx to wear under it!) The fabric is pretty slinky and I am not model-thin.

By Hand London has this Holly Jumpsuit pattern.by-hand-london-patterns-holly-jumpsuit

Should I instead make this in a more forgiving fabric to satisfy my jumpsuit curiosity?   Maybe in a chambray with a belt?

Look how cute this version is, made by Lizzy at Sewbusylizzy.com!

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Should I just give it up and say that as a woman of a certain age, I shouldn’t even be considering wearing a jumpsuit unless I’m in prison?orange-is-the-new-black-canceled-hoax-laura-prepon-taylor-schilling-netflix

What are your thoughts?  Have you or would you wear a jumpsuit?  Has anyone made the Holly?

Selfish Sewing

This time of year we are all a little crazy with sewing for others. I’m usually getting up early to sneak in some sewing before work and then staying up late to get some more done. But even with my mind on sewing gifts I can’t help but want to do a bit of “selfish sewing” too. Here are the top 5 things on my selfish sewing list:

 

#1
Grainline Studio’s Linden Sweatshirt 

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in this Arizona Knit from Art Gallery

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I’ve been so excited for this new Grainline Studio pattern! I’ve yet to meet a Grainline pattern I didn’t LOVE (8 scout tees and counting). I think this graphic print will work really well!

#2
Lisette Continental Blouse

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in Robert Kaufman’s House of Whales Plaid  

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Since moving to Northern California I’ve been needing more “wintery” me mades. I think this long sleeved blouse would be so great in this navy plaid. I love the gathered yoke detail in the back.

#3
New Look Cape 

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I’m really torn on what fabric for this! I have two ideas and really really love both.

Option 1: Robert Kaufman Chamonix Cotton Molskin in Navy and Tan (pretty similar combo to the pattern cover)

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Option 2: Ann Kelle’s Remix Dots in Laminate and line it with Michael Miller’s Organic Sherpa. This combo would be so fun and cozy for the rain! Maybe even draft a little hood to add on?

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Which combo would do you like best for this pattern???

#4
Victory Patterns Roxanne Tunic

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version 2 with the stacked collar

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in Cloud 9 Organics new line of voile Revelry by Lisa Congdon with Robert Kaufmans Cambridge Lawn in Taupe for the collar

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#5
Sewaholic Alma Blouse 

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in Monaluna’s Free Range Foxy with a Clementine Shot Cotton collar

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I’ve actually had this combo cut out and ready to sew for close to a year! Anyone else neglect projects like this? I really need to sew it up because this blouse is perfect for layering, the peter pan collar is so cute poking out of a sweater. I’ve made this blouse before in an adorbs Japanese double gauze and wear it A LOT

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Now that I’ve shown you mine….

Whats on your selfish sewing list?

Scout Tee OBSESSION!

The Scout Tee is a pattern by Grainline Studio that we’ve been in love with ever since it came out in PDF form.  But now, there is a printed version and we predict even more Scout Tee love around here! We’re even teaching it as a class!

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This pattern is so flattering, and because it’s designed for woven fabric, there is no limit to the fabric print possibilities!

Here’s one of my firsts…my hair is still long here so you know it was awhile ago!

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A newer one…

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I love the way Natalie let her bias binding come above the neckline!

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Liz is probably the most obsessed, she has about 8 of them!

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Liz is sad here because she’s moving.  More on that in another post.

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Beautiful Ariga in one of hers:

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I lengthened the pattern and made a dress for this one:

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Check out this longer sleeve version Elisabeth made for Robert Kaufman!

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Julia texted me a selfie of herself in a Tula Pink version…Cute!

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You CAN make it in a knit too…(yep, that’s Liz again)…

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I made my cute friend, Casie, be a model for me!  Doesn’t she look great in green?

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Have you made one?  Will you?  HOW MANY!  We can’t stop!!!
Put links to your own Scout Tee pics in the comments so we can see ’em!

xoxo,

Lauren