recently made: ledger top

ledger top_carolyn friedlander

 

As we get closer to the release of my next fabric line (this fall), I’ve been scoping out new clothing patterns to try when it’s here. I’ve already been working on some new quilts, but clothes are also important (/fun). Plus it gives me the excuse to make them.

 

While prowling a bit online I found this version (here) of Lisette 0450 (or 2245? not sure why the numbers are different) and was instantly curious. Plus, I happened to have the pattern already in my stash. (Woohoo for pattern hoarding!)

 

lisette 0450

 

 

The fabric Laura chose was great, and I thought the piping at the neckline was a smart detail. She also blogged about it here, which was helpful in thinking about my own.

 

Overall I stuck pretty closely to pattern, but lengthened it and added a slight curve to the hemline. In the future, I’ll lengthen it just a tad more and further exaggerate the curved hem. I really like the bias cuffs at the sleeves and chose not to interface them, which was a good call. The piping is definitely a must, and I can see playing that up in future versions, as well as playing with a contrasting neck and cuff.

 

The fit is pretty good and quite comfortable. I ended up taking it in a bit in the back seam and might play around with bringing in the sides a little more too. (I guess I could have just made a smaller size…) But with the shape being a bit boxy, you kind of want to find that sweet spot where you don’t look too truncated. Or at least I do since I don’t have much length myself. Someone taller could probably pull off the fuller shape without as much tweaking.

 

In the end it’s a good pattern that came together relatively quickly and easily. I’ll look forward to making it again.

 

ledger top neck_carolyn friedlander

recent weekend makings.

It’s been fun slipping in a few non-market related items over the last few weekends.

The first was a camera strap for my sister and her brand new camera.

 

lauries camera strap

made from the camera strap pattern in this booklet.

(fabric credits : stamped, dear stella, and some architextures)

 

lauries camera strap_2

Then there was a Super Tote.

supertote outside_noodlehead

Except I added cording to the entire front. (Would have added to the back too but ran out…)

supertote outside fabric

Pleated gusset is a sweet lil detail.

supertote pleat

Loving the elast-i-fied inside pockets. They will hold a TON.

supertote insides

Great pattern.

(fabric credits : stamped, Yoshiko Jinzinji, Robert Kaufman linen, and some architextures)

And finally some wiksten tanks that I’d been dying to make. These suckers go together nice and fast–I whipped out 2 in one day.

First with tsuru.

wiksten tank_tsuru

wiksten tank_tsuru

Then with some architextures.

wiksten tank_architextures_carolyn friedlander

wiksten tank_architextures_carolyn friedlander

I’m going to be living in these this summer.

a quilt a day: shirts with shirtings.

Before I get rolling on Day 1 of QuiltCon, here’s my contribution for Day 2 of my mini quilt show.

 

Shirts with shirtings.

I know. Just crazy.

hehe.

 

shirts_shirting_carolyn friedlander

 

But seriously. I nabbed an awesome fat quarter stack of shirtings from one of my local quilt shops, and I was really happy to put them to use in this project. Other fabric credits include some architextures (tangerine hatch for the shirt trim, tangerine topo for binding, white hatch for the background) and then some Kona Meringue–my go-to cream–for the border. Kona coral on the back.

 

shirts_shirting back_carolyn friedlander

 

 

hello new year!

I’m feeling quite refreshed after taking a break. I had my computer turned off for at least a solid week, which is nothing short of a miracle. I did sneak a moment here and there on my ipad, but overall my effort to disconnect was successful, and my chi feels good.

 

While unplugged, my biggest goal was probably not to obsess over my schedule, making lists, or filling every moment with something productive. Aside from a couple of personal projects in mind, I just wanted to let go and enjoy. Some highlights were getting lost in good reading, knitting on a project that had gone totally dormant, spending time with family and friends, baking, sewing, and even getting lost in a 24 marathon. It’s been good.

 

Cue the visuals.

 

Shrug update: She’s being blocked, which means I’m closing in on the finish line. It’s always amazing to me how much lace opens up when blocked–a good reminder since I’m always tempted to skip this step. (Try to ignore the heinous pink towel and shoddy blocking system.)

 

blocked shrug

 

Single girl‘s got some new additions. It’s fun being able to work in some architextures.

 

 

single girl rings

I’ve been page-turning to Kaffe Fassett, vegan ultramarathoning, and industrialized fashion (not pictured). All very enjoyable.

 

reading book pile

 

Craft-wise, I’ve got a stack of flagged pages and projects from some recent acquisitions. (Apparently I’ve got a Japanese obsession going on. What can I say?)

 

craft book pile

 

And I’ve even gotten a start on a tunic from the Stylish Dress book (on top). I need to work out a few alterations, so it’s gonna hang for a bit while I ponder on that. The tea calendar was something I picked up at Quilt Market from Spoonflower. All it needed was some architextures binding to finish it off, which miraculously felt like the thing to do one afternoon.

 

tunic in the making

 

So, lesson learned that breaks are good. I’m feeling pumped to start a new year off with some energy and excitement for whatever it may bring. I’ve taken time to review the good stuff of 2012 and will continue to map out goals for 2013. I do love my goals.

 

Hope you are able to do some of the same. Happy New Year!

 

 

recently made: green topo blouse.

 

When it comes to clothes-sewing, there is nothing like finding a pattern that just works. It’s the best, and I’ve LOVED this pattern for that exact reason. One of these days I’ll try making it as a dress, but for now, an adapted shirt version is what I keep coming back to.

 

green topo blouse_carolyn friedlander architextures

 

This was one of my architextural wearables that I sported at Market (see here). While the prints in this collection are a lot of what I have wanted to use in my quilt-making, I’ve also been having a lot of fun using them for clothes-making.

 

Here, I used the green topo and gray ledger prints. I was so stoked with the ledger-print, bias trim on this shirt, that I ended up using it for cording in my recent clutch.

 

green topo blouse_detail_carolyn friedlander architextures

 

 

 

And I’m seeing more and more shops receiving their fabric! Here are some more.

Bolt Neighborhood (in Portland, OR)

Fabric Worm

Lark Cottons

Pink Castle Fabrics

Pink Chalk Fabrics

 

 

more summer sewing.

 

carolyn friedlander feather shirt detail

 

I’ve been obsessed with this fabric. So much so that I think I’ve accumulated a little from each of the different color ways. I thought this ochre version would make a perfect summer shirt, and recently I took some time to knock it out.

 

carolyn friedlander feather shirt

The pattern is copied from one of my favorite ready-to-wear button-ups, so it fits perfectly. The original had sleeves, but I didn’t think I needed those. It’s summer. The shirt came together fairly quickly and with one pleasant surprise – the front repeat nearly lines up. I was shocked. Wish I could say that was because of my mad skills.

And then I’ve also had a recent failure. Remember this knitting project I was eager to start? Well I was finally getting to the end when I realized I had been working from the wrong chart for the body. Instead of maintaining the right shape, I was working from the chart that handled the decrease. Doh! So now, I have this misshapen thing that is far from being rescued. I guess I’ll have to suck it up, take it all out, and start over. In the meantime I picked up the first issue of Noro magazine. Boy does it have some good stuff in there! Maybe I’ll switch over to something in it before picking back up with the shrug.

Happy summer sewing!

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feels good to do some knitting.

Seriously. It’s been awhile, which makes me a little sad. When I got back from Market, I re-assessed my knitting situation hoping to get excited about finishing something up. I certainly have enough half-finished things to choose from. Most recently I was working on a cardigan, and it’s pretty far along. I’m just not entirely thrilled with the drape (or lack thereof). I hoped it would sort itself out as more of the sweater materialized – totally not the case. So knitting limbo continued.

Then, I saw this in the summer issue of the Debbie Bliss magazine.

debbie bliss summer shrug

I latched on right away. It’s not that it’s the most perfect thing in the world, but it’s exactly the kind of project that I needed. It’s pretty, it’s something I can wear (in Florida that’s an issue), it’s not a massive undertaking, and it’s not anything that’s sitting around unfinished and causing me frustration…all important things. It is just what I needed to get going again.

starting my summer shrug_carolyn_friedlander

And it warranted a trip to my favorite local yarn shop. That place can be dangerous without a specific goal in mind. The yarn I am using is silk, mohair, and dreamy. I can’t stop touching it.

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So it goes. I’m very happy to be back on the needles.

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weekend sewing success.

 

I love it when a sewing project works out, and lately I feel like I’ve been mostly striking out. So finally, a success. How sweet it is.

 

floral blouse

Here’s the pattern, which I adapted into a blouse.

jamie christina miz mozelle dress pattern

The translation wasn’t difficult. I started with a muslin version to test the fit and for placing the darts that I added to the front and back. I also lengthened the bodice and curved the hemline. When I got all of that to work, I updated the pattern pieces, said a prayer, and cut it out. The prayer was because I only had 1 yard of fabric. And guess what, it worked!* And that even included making the bias tape to match! I was stoked.     (*I am kinda short. 1 yard may not work for all sizes.)

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I’ll be making this one again.

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weekend sewing recap – alligators and swiss dot.

 

Finally, I had a weekend completely free and clear of any extra-curriculars. So I did some sewing.

 

First on the agenda was to finish up a pair of boxers that I’d already started.

 

alligator boxers

 

I’ve been a little obsessed with this fabric. I love the retro-florida feel and thought a new pair of boxers would be a fun use for it. I used this pattern, which I also used to make Christmas presents for my entire family last year. Coordinating fabrics and personalities was fun. I wonder what this selection says about me? I do love some old florida flavor.

 

The other thing I worked on was this shirt by colette. I’ve still got some handwork and hemming to finish it up, but I’m happy with how it’s turning out.

 

 

peach colette shirt

 

Using this swiss dot required a little extra thought with some of the detailing since it is semi-sheer. I needed all the seams to look clean inside and out. The strategy was to implement french seams wherever possible, which works out great in most places except for the center seam in the front and back. A french seam wants to pick a side, but since this seam is front and center, I wasn’t quite sure how to handle it. I ended up sewing it like a french seam but tried to iron it open(ish). It worked ok, but there’s surely a better way. Otherwise it was straight-forward and came together easily. I really like that the bodice is on the bias. I think that made setting in the sleeves a whole lot easier.

 

So there we have it. Some weekend fun.

 

 

fabric fun.

 

fabric I picked up at expo

 

I made off with some good loot at the sewing expo this last week/end. Looking at my fabric stack, I find it a little funny that basically all of it will be for some clothes sewing. Is it too obvious how much I want to update my wardrobe? I’m seeing some blouses, a dress, and a jacket for sure.

 

The rest of the expo was fun! The Fabric Warehouse booth (where I spend most of my time) was bustling. They set me (and my patterns) up in a nice and cozy corner. I met lots of neat sew-ers and thoroughly enjoyed talking to them about what they are working on. There was also some very tasty strawberry shortcake. Loved that.

 

my corner of patterns

 

Thanks to everyone who stopped by and to Fabric Warehouse for letting me participate!