Summer Dresses!

 

This summer I made three dresses that I am actually wearing all the time.

The first is the Traveler Dress by Lisette.
Sadly, this pattern has been discontinued, but you may be able to find some online somewhere.
If not, the Frances Dress from Green Bee designs is similar.
I used Robert Kaufman faux patchwork chambray  for mine.


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The second is the Chambray Dress from Handmade Style by Anna Graham.  This was so fast and easy to put together!  I highly recommend this pattern.  I used Robert Kaufman’s Chambray Dobbies in Squares.  It drapes so nicely and has a little bit of sheen to it.  I think this dress can be dressy or casual, depending on how you style it.  It would work for fall as well if you just throw on some boots, a pretty scarf and a cardi.
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Next up is The Amelia Dress by Green Bee Designs.  This dress is cut completely on the bias.  The fabric I chose is Anna Maria Horner’s Loominous Seedlings.  The fabric is gorgeous and soft and wonderful.  However, it frays and was very hard to work with on the bias.  I almost quit several times trying to match up the stripes, too!    I also put in an invisible zipper which for some reason pooched out in the back so much I looked like I had a hump!  I realized I didn’t need the zipper to get in and out of the dress so I took it out and now it’s fine.  All that said,  I love the way it came out, but it was rough going.  PHEW!

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What are you making this summer?
Have you found any dress patterns that you totally love and wear all the time?
Share some links if you’ve got them. I’m always on the hunt for more!

Me Made May… Round 2!

Here is our final Me Made May round up. It was fun month! This challenge has really helped me figure out the gaps in my handmade wardrobe. I’ve also been SO INSPIRED by all the makes I’ve seen! Can’t wait for next year!

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unnamed-3 Lookin’ adorbs in an Alice Top made in Robert Kaufman’s Rebecca Embroideries

 

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IMG_5477My favorite cold weather top: Grainline Linden Sweatshirt in Arizona Knit

IMG_5622Peasant Blouse in Valori Wells Voile

Happy Sewing!

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.

 

 

Me Made May!!!

It’s my favorite time of year… ME MADE MAY! I try to wear me made items all year round of course but this gives me the extra push! If you are not familiar with Me Made May, it’s a challenge of sorts to encourage people to wear handmade items throughout the month of May. You can find lots of great information on the So Zo.. Blog.

Personally, I’m going to take on the challenge of wearing at least one handmade item everyday. I already wear handmade ALMOST everyday so the hardest part for me will be taking a picture of each item. I’m encouraging all the ladies at the shop to play along too! Here is our first round-up of cute, handmade outfits!

 

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 Lauren in a McCalls skirt in Robert Kaufman Chambray

060A1496Lisa in her Sewaholic Alma Blouse made from softy AGF Voile

IMG_5268I’m wearing Decades of Style’s Given A Chance Dress in Alexander Henry and Textured Solids

 

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Self drafted A-line skirt in Ellen Luckett Baker canvas


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Grainline Linden Sweatshirt with a a little quilting on the front, made in sweatshirt fleece

 

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Are you participating in Me Made May??

Raw and Refined

I’m just a teeeny tiny bit obsessed with this new line of fabric from Robert Kaufman. Raw and Refined is a new line of neutrals that are a blend of textures and substrates.  From cotton to rayon to linen and silk! Some have small stripes woven in. Some are very light weight and drapey. Others are heavier weight and really slubby! My favorite is probably the 100% cotton that has a crepe texture. It’s so dreamy!!!

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In my dreams I’d stash yards and yards of all them to have on hand but in reality I started small with a few 1/4 yard cuts to play with. I whipped up this disappearing 9 patch of sorts with another textured woven for a pop of color. I LOVE how it turned out! I’m really torn on how to quilt it though. I want to incorporate machine quilting and hand quilting to add to the texture of the quilt… but that’s all I’ve got! Should I keep with the grid? Create movement with concentric circles? I’m stumped!

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How would you quilt this quilt? I’d love your input and opinions!

 

xo Liz

PS: Raw and Refined is our Bundle of the Week… get an awesome fat quarter stack for only $28 until Tuesday! I swear you’ll love it as much as I do!

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.

IMG_4404It falls at just the right length!

IMG_4429Side seam pattern matching game on point

IMG_4430Gathered center back

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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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IMG_4505Invisible Side Seam Zipper

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

The perfect bridal shower gift!

My best friend of close to 20 years recently got married. While I’m still working on their wedding gift, (I’ve got a year to finish it right???) I came up with the perfect gift for her bridal shower! I was browsing the bridal intimates at Nordstrom and found a silky white robe with THE BRIDE embroidered on the back. I liked the idea but thought I could make something a bit more personal. Plus, handmade is always better right?!

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I knew I wanted to use Robert Kaufman’s Radiance for the robe. It is a silk and cotton blend that is just dreamy! So silky and soft and BONUS it’s machine washable!  I chose Peacock since blue is her favorite color and every bride needs something blue. I went with this Vogue pattern, mostly for the back belt detail. I love that the belt is attached with pleats rather then just laced trough some loops. I made version A and decided to omit the lace details since it would have its own special detailing on the back and front lapel.


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I french seamed or flat felled all of the seams. The radiance can be a bit slippery (it is silk after all!) but it really does sew up beautifully. Plus, my flat felled foot helped a ton!

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Once I had it all sewn up I passed it on to my good friend Lisa for some embroidery assistance with her fancy machine. I’m super lucky that I can bribe her with Diet Coke and a big smile and pretty pretty pleeeaaaaaseeee! Thanks again Lisa, love you!!!!!

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I’d say the hardest part of this project was to not spill the beans! It was so pretty I wanted to give it to her right away! (and also keep it for myself, did I mention how incredibly soft it is?)

Finally the shower came and I got to give it away… here she is trying it on after opening it up.

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But really the best was getting to see her wear it while getting ready for the big day! Here are some of her photographer’s pictures of her getting dolled up in her silky robe…

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I’m a little biased but isn’t she the prettiest bride ever??!!!

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A Blankie for Grown Ups!

 The Birch Organic fleece is out of this world soft.  The colors are stunning too.  I purchased all of them for the shop based on the fact that I wanted to make this blanket.  So happy I did.  It is dreamy.


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I used a quarter of a yard of each color so that’s 2 yards total.  I evened them up and made this pretty pile of scraps.

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Then I saddled up my walking foot, screwed up my courage and started seaming.

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See how brave I look?

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Ah! Last row.  Now we’re having fun.

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Originally I though I might use my serger for this project but then I thought the seams would be too bulky and I wanted to press them open and flat.  So guess what happened?  I didn’t even have to press them!
They just curled right open like a gift from the sewing gods.  Amazeballs.

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To finish I used 2 yards of the Sun color,  sewed right sides together, turned it right side out and handstitched the opening shut.
I may still do some hand tying to keep it from slipping around, but maybe not. It’s pretty awesome as is.

Here it is enjoying an ocean view room at Laguna Beach.

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Here it is keeping me warm by the pool in chilly Laguna Beach.
See how happy everyone is just to be together, even it is cold?

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I highly recommend you make one, stat!
That way even if your teenagers are sulky, you will still have your blankie to keep you warm.

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xoxo,

Lauren

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