I wasn’t lying when I said the pandemic gave me a strong desire to add prints to my wardrobe–and time. Time at home. Time with my sewing machine (much needed). I made a bunch of 100 Acts of Sewing pants no. 1 and shirt no. 2 to get me in the clothes making groove (greatContinue reading “f.o. : patterned outfit # many.”
The pandemic has accelerated my interest and production of made by me clothing. Let’s just say, I’ve had time. And I decided, even though my wardrobe loves all black all the time, that this pandemic has urged me toward pattern. All the pattern. Patterned top and patterned bottom. Enter this outfit. The patterns are 100Continue reading “f.o.: 100 acts of sewing pants and shirt.”
I’m a terrible sewer. I don’t know why it doesn’t come easy for me, at all. But, it doesn’t. It’s still important to work on things that don’t come easy; to hone a new skill, to keep trying. And so, I recently finished this Willow Tank from Grainline Studio. It’s a beginner pattern–a very basicContinue reading “sew | willow tank.”
I desperately want to get better at sewing. It never happens, mostly because I don’t have a sewing machine. And so, my mum takes me down to her studio every once in awhile to give me a lesson. But, I get lazy sometimes, and don’t want to work on my projects. I’d rather just hangContinue reading “sew | summer shirts.”
Homemade, with Pendleton wool remnants. I started working on this project and my mum finished it for me. Basically, she did almost everything–I cut out the patterns. Mostly because Pendleton wool remnants are quite hard yet for me to sew, what with my limited skills. I am so pleased with the way they came out;Continue reading “stockings | complete.”
Sean and I have a gorgeous gas fireplace in our living room of the new home. So it seemed fitting that I finally make some Christmas stockings. It is November, already, after all, and I had some amazing Pendleton fabric remnants laying around that I thought would be perfect for the project. The cuff willContinue reading “stockings.”
These are some of the things I’m obsessing over in my maker world, right now. From top left to right: local wool roving about to become thrums for some mittens like these ; mini sketchbooks in bright colors by clairefontaine ; cheeky rubber stamps for letters, stickers, and homemade wrapping papers ; paper thin stitchContinue reading “favorites.”
My sister sewed me this adorable little coin purse recently and since I use a man’s style wallet, I finally don’t have a sea of jingly change bouncing around the bottom of my bag anymore. Handmade gifts are the best.
I’m trying to get better at my less than desirable sewing skills. My mum helped me make this basic drawstring knitting project bag, and whilst she did most of the work, just watching her makes me feel more confident that I can make one on my own. I mean, I have made bow ties andContinue reading “project bag.”
I sewed a tie; I didn’t realize how much hand sewing was involved; there’s barely 4 machine stitched seams, a ton of ironing, and plenty of blind stitch. Still, they are easy, and I am pretty pleased with the results.
I really adore wearing bow ties, and it feels so satisfying when you actually made it yourself. I think this particular patterning looks smart with a bright pink collared shirt. Sewing Notes: men’s shirting style fabric; not so lightweight interfacing; 1/2 yard of each; adjust buckle; completed in 2 hours and some change.
I took a bow tie sewing class at Gather Here in Cambridge with my favorite shop owner, sewer, and teacher, Virginia Johnson, on Thursday evening. Since I’ve been wearing bow ties as part of a regular work clothing rotation and style, this class was kismet. Snaps of the finished product, forthcoming.