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Sewing with Friedlander Lawn.

Friedlander Lawn Garments . Carolyn Friedlander

Sewing with Friedlander Lawn is an easy given. Lawn works really well for garments because of it’s fine-ness, softness and beautiful drape. Here are some things I’ve made (/been wearing constantly). Apologies in advance for throwing so many projects in to one post! I’m hoping it is handy to have many of the projects all in one place.

Friedlander Lawn Archer Popover . Carolyn Friedlander

Because of its weight and wearability, lawn is perfectly suited for blouses and tops, and the Archer by Grainline is one of my favorites. It’s awesome in just about every way. The directions are well-written, the pieces are well-drafted, and there is a ton of support for making it in terms of sew-alongs, etc. If you’ve never made a button-up (or even a garment), this is the way to go, because you’re in good hands with Grainline–they have your back!

Friedlander Lawn Archer Popover . Carolyn Friedlander

This is the popover variation, which does require a special pattern pack. The main difference between this one and the regular one is that the popover version doesn’t button all the way down. There’s also an alternate option for the sleeve plackets in this version too. I always like to learn new tricks and alternatives, which makes this route a fun one. If you’ve already made the regular Archer a few times, the popover version is a fun way to change things up.

Friedlander Lawn Archer Popover . Carolyn Friedlander

Friedlander Lawn Archer Popover . Carolyn Friedlander

One thing to note about the pieces in the Friedlander Lawn group is that there are no color-palette repeats with the quilting cotton group. I’m not one for redundancy, and so if the same designs will be used on a different substrate, I see that as an opportunity to explore more color options. And I did.

Friedlander Lawn Archer Popover . Carolyn Friedlander

Like I said, button-ups and lawn go hand-in-hand, so this Archer hasn’t been (and won’t be) the only button-up so far. I also tried out a new pattern by Named, their Helmi Trench Blouse. (Take note that this pattern also features a dress option. I’m totally into that too and plan to make one soon!)

Friedlander Lawn Helmi . Carolyn Friedlander

The detailing on this button-up is really interesting and what made me want to make it. There are front and back flaps reminiscent of a trench coat.

Friedlander Lawn Helmi . Carolyn Friedlander

Plus there is a rounded collar that is very adorable.

Friedlander Lawn Helmi . Carolyn Friedlander

There is also a gathered sleeve cuff, although I decided against that and instead went with a regular buttoned cuff and placket. Actually, I used the placket and cuff pieces from the Archer Popover, but narrowed the cuff because it felt like a more appropriate proportion for this style blouse. The split hem is also a nice touch.

Friedlander Lawn Helmi . Carolyn Friedlander

I wasn’t sure how the fit would work out, but it’s perfect for me without many adjustments. This was surprising, because the standard Named fit is for someone quite a bit taller than I am. I’m about 5’4″ and the only adjustment I made was to shorten the sleeves just a bit, which had to be done anyway with the changes I made to the cuff. I made no changes to the overall length or width otherwise.

Friedlander Lawn Helmi . Carolyn Friedlander

Next up is another button-up, yes, I’m really into lawn button-ups, it’s just too good of a fit for both the fabric and what I like wearing on a daily basis. This time it’s the Alder Shirtdress, another Grainline favorite.

Friedlander Lawn Alder Shirtdress . Carolyn Friedlander

A sleeveless shirtdress is a personal favorite because of how versatile it is. I’ve already worn this as-is, layered with tights and a sweater, over jeans and with a cardigan. Sweet stuff.

Friedlander Lawn Alder Shirtdress . Carolyn Friedlander

The only thing that I kick myself about is that I didn’t add side pockets. Note to self: on ALL future versions, there will be side pockets.

Friedlander Lawn Alder Shirtdress . Carolyn Friedlander

This print in the collection reminds me of old shirtings, which is why I was quick to make a shirt with it.

Friedlander Lawn Alder Shirtdress . Carolyn Friedlander

When I audition buttons, I always try out these gingham ones first. A friend gave me a bag of them in assorted colors, and I love when they work so well with a project.

The Ruffle-Front Blouse (from Happy Homemade: Sew Chic by Yoshiko Tsukiori) is one I’ve made before and wear often. My previous version was made out of quilting cotton, which wears well, but I knew a lawn version could be even better.

Friedlander Lawn Ruffle-Front Blouse . Carolyn Friedlander

By the way, this book is one of the Japanese sewing books that has been translated into English. If you’re wanting to dive into some Japanese sewing, a translated option is a great place to start.

Friedlander Lawn Ruffle-Front Blouse . Carolyn Friedlander

Friedlander Lawn Ruffle-Front Blouse . Carolyn Friedlander

From another Japanese sewing book–Check & Stripe, title otherwise unknown because this one isn’t translated into English (heads up!)–is this lovely dress that I’d been eyeing ever since getting the book. (It’s the project featured on the cover.)

Friedlander Lawn Check and Stripe Dress . Carolyn Friedlander

The detailing is so pretty between the rounded and split collar and then the pleated sleeve cuffs.

Friedlander Lawn Check and Stripe Dress . Carolyn Friedlander

Friedlander Lawn Check and Stripe Dress . Carolyn Friedlander

Plus, it does have pockets. Yay for that.

Friedlander Lawn Check and Stripe Dress . Carolyn Friedlander

Have you heard of Peppermint Magazine? I hadn’t until seeing someone post a finished garment from their free pattern collection. It turns out that Peppermint is a really thoughtful and well-done magazine out of Australia that conveniently (and generously) releases a free garment pattern with each issue. Win win. I have several of the patterns on my to-make list, but here’s the Peplum Top from Issue 31.

Friedlander Lawn Peplum Top . Carolyn Friedlander

Friedlander Lawn Peplum Top . Carolyn Friedlander

There’s a little spot at the shoulder where you can slip in a bit of another print, which I did.

Friedlander Lawn Peplum Top . Carolyn Friedlander

Alteration-wise, I did reduce some of the ruffle by not cutting the strip as long as it suggests. If I remember correctly, I think I made it short enough to work with the width of fabric, because that seemed like enough for me and an efficient way to cut it. In future versions, I’d add a little more length to the bodice as this one hits me just a smidge higher than I like. Easy future fix.

Friedlander Lawn Peplum Top . Carolyn Friedlander

There’s also Sointu Kimono Tee by Named. This pattern is intended for a knit, which I didn’t realize until I was about to make it. (Ha!) While a knit would be nice, I figured lawn would probably work pretty well too. I didn’t have to make any adjustments, because there was enough ease built-in to work with using a woven. (On a side note, if you’d like to read up on swapping out wovens for knits, Christine Haynes wrote a great article for Seamwork, here.)

Friedlander Lawn Sointu top . Carolyn Friedlander

Because I was using a woven instead of a knit I cut the sleeves on the bias to give them a little more softness and movement.

Friedlander Lawn Sointu top . Carolyn Friedlander

Friedlander Lawn Sointu top . Carolyn Friedlander

I think it also works without the belt.

Friedlander Lawn Sointu top . Carolyn Friedlander

Gotta love the versatility.

Friedlander Lawn Sointu top . Carolyn Friedlander

Ok, last up is a little tunic that I made for my niece. I have lots of kid stuff planned–including some button-ups for my nephews, but the Ryka tunic by Whitney Deal was too easy and cute to throw together. I need to get a picture of her in it!

Friedlander Lawn Ryka tunic . Carolyn Friedlander

Thanks for following along with me! I hope that you’re having fun with the lawn too!

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My many Mercer tunics.

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I might have gotten a little carried away with the Mercer Tunic pattern by Whitney Deal

I’ve now made 4 of them over not that long of a time period…

mercer tunics_4_carolyn friedlander

There are several things that I like about this pattern. First, the style suits my current wardrobe mood and weather conditions perfectly. In Florida, you can pretty much rely on the weather being on the toasty side, so my standard pull from the closet is usually a pair of shorts and some sort of sleeveless top. The Wiksten tank (a few examples here and here) has been my go-to for awhile, which is why I think I’ve been ready for a change of pace.

I like the simple style of this top, and how the sleeves offer a slight drop over the shoulder. Plus, there are some enticing detailing opportunities like adding a contrast binding, making use of interesting buttons, or in selecting your overall fabric. On top of all of that, it doesn’t use a ton of fabric and it comes together fairly quickly.


Overall, it’s a flattering silhouette and I only made a couple of alterations.  First, I shortened the tunic by a few inches as well as added a curve to the hemline. I’m not super tall, so eliminating some of the length is a better fit for me. Second, I took in the sides a bit for a better fit as well.

In my first version, I used this Swiss Dot Chambray in black. I’ve been completely obsessed with this fabric ever since it came out. (It’s already made cameos in my Collection quilt and in an Austin House quilt.) The texture is amazing, and the drape is perfect for a summer shirt.

Just for fun, I used Chambray Pin Dots in indigo for the binding.

swiss dot mercer tunic_1_carolyn friedlander

The buttons were some that I picked up at Road to California earlier this year. It’s always fun to put something to use that I’ve been hanging on to.

swiss dot mercer tunic_2_carolyn friedlander

The second and third versions happened almost in tandem. There is a silk version (Radiance in peacock), which feels so luxurious to wear. The buttons are vintage goodies from my stash.

mercer tunic_silk 1_carolyn friedlander

I used the reverse–or matte–side of the silk so that it wouldn’t be too shiny.

mercer tunic_silk 2_carolyn friedlander

Also massively luxurious to wear is my next version in Liberty. Oh man. I’ve always loved this print and finally indulged in some while at Sarah’s Fabrics in Lawrence last September. This was the perfect project for it.

mercer tunic_liberty 1_carolyn friedlander

With the other versions, I simply serged my seams, but with this one I employed french seams. It’s not that French seems are any harder or that much more work, but I had the fit nailed down by this point, and I felt the Liberty deserved a super-clean finish.

mercer tunic_liberty 2_carolyn friedlander

Also in the tasty-lawn family, this next version is made out of some London Calling. It’s so soft and comfortable, and I really love the colors in this print. The navy-gingham buttons are more goodies that I’ve been waiting for the right time to use.

london calling mercer tunic_1_carolyn friedlander

With this one, I got just a little crazy and lengthened the back hem while also splitting the hem at the side seams.

london calling mercer tunic_2_carolyn friedlander

If the above are not already enough of an indication, I seem to be into tactilely-pleasing fabric choices at the moment. Maybe it’s because of it being summer or maybe it’s just because there are so many good options out there. Either way, it’s not a bad problem to have.

mercer tunics_5_carolyn friedlander

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New Pattern: Austin House

Up next for my new releases is my Austin House pattern. It debuted at QuiltCon this year in one of my classes. In the class, I walked students through the design process from initial idea, site visits and exploration to finished project. It was really fun. The idea was to take inspiration from some of the hip houses in Austin, and the result is a series that I hope folks who enjoy modern house forms can appreciate.

Austin House_pickle_Carolyn Friedlander

This pattern is new to my paper-piecing series. It’s great for beginners, goes together fairly quickly and is the perfect platform for mixing and matching different fabrics. Because of its size and playful use of fabric, I’ve already made a few of these and given them to friends as a gift. Most of the fabric requirements are in easy increments to make that part super easy too.

This is the version that I made for the pattern cover. It features my Doe fabrics, Kona Gold and Kona Pickle.

Austin House_pickle_detail_Carolyn Friedlander

I made this one prior to QuiltCon. It’s blue and very griddy. Fabrics are Doe, Architextures, some ginghams and Kona Astral.

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austin house_carolyn friedlander_blue detail

My very red/orange version…

Austin House 3_carolyn friedlander

featuring Doe, Doe Wide, more ginghams, Botanics and Architextures.

Austin House 3_detail_carolyn friedlander

Austin House 3_binding detail_carolyn friedlander

In my most recent version, I got the bright idea to use some swiss dots (my new favorite!) for the binding. This will definitely be happening again. So nice.

Austin house_swiss dot binding_carolyn friedlander

(By the way, for those of you in the Los Angeles/Ventura area, I’ll be teaching this class again in July at SuperBuzzy.)


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