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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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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just got a copy.

 

Hoo-rah!

 

The summer issue of Stitch is here, and I’ve got a project in it. Check it out.

 

stitch magazine 2012

carolyn friedlander button bling rings in the table of contents

button bling rings by carolyn friedlander in stitch magazine

 

Fabric rings with vintage buttons–exactly my kind of bling. I’ve never been much of a shiny and/or serious jewelry type person, especially when it comes to rings. Wood versions have been my go-to, but the tides might be changing with these little guys. Plus, it’s always more fun to make things to your own liking. And who doesn’t have a small stash of enticing buttons just waiting for the right project?

 

These rings take no time (or supplies, really) to make. I could probably find enough fabric to make one in my waste basket. I guess that’s why I made 5 samples rather than the two they asked for…You might say they are addictive.

 

Fast and satisfying. Hope others like it too!

 

Get your copy here or here.

 

 

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!

 

 

will work for sweets.

 

…at least for my sister anyway.

 

She was in town over the weekend, giving me a good reason to finish up a purse I’d started for her a few weeks ago. It also didn’t hurt that she arrived bearing a hearty offering of my favorite candy (these sour gummy things found only at the Fresh Market, which sadly is not nearby). She knows how my sweet tooth rages.

 

It all started with some not-so-subtle hint dropping after seeing this bag that I made recently for myself.

 

my purse

 

My bag was adapted from a pattern in the winter issue of Stitch. I liked the rounded shape, but deviated from there. I left the outside panels plain to showcase this pretty African print, added some cording for contrast, and made other changes to the handles and interior.

 

 

 

 

 

My sister really liked the African fabric, but wanted a cross-body style bag. Luckily, I’d been eyeing this one already.

 

I made hers with a similar print and used some heavier navy fabric for the contrast. (I think the navy was a left-over from a pair of shorts that I’d made.) Either way, both fabrics worked great, and I’m pleased with how it all worked out.

 

laurie's purse

 

And on the inside, a classy, cotton print–with a stamped label, of course.

 

laurie's purse

 

She’s happy, and so is my sweet tooth. Nice doing business with you, sister.