Showing posts from 2017

Swimsuit 2017: a Retro Affair

Hello everybody! Sorry it's been so long, but my pictures didn't want to upload at my Mom's house, and then I started school up again... Three hard science classes with the accompanying labs is no joke! I'm not even all that worried about organic chem, but my analytical chem and physics classes are tough.
Today I am presenting the swimsuit I made this summer. I have worn it exactly zero (0) times, other than for pictures. But I haven't gone swimming at all this year, so that's why.

The pattern is mostly self-drafted. The neckline is based on my Sweetest Dreams bra and the width came from a leotard I own. The legline was drawn on the spot, but you can't see it anyway.

My inspiration for this was 60s and 70s swimsuits, with their smooth lines. I particularly liked the high-neck, no back look, so that is what I copied. To keep it modern, I drafted a leg line that is similar to a ballet or jazz leotard--it's not the really low fifties style, but it's c…

Stitching Students: Zoe of ZoeSews

Hello everyone! Today I have another installment of Stitching Students: meet Zoe of @zoesews on Instagram and the channel ZoeSews on YouTube! I do believe Zoe was recommended to me by a fellow sewist, and after following her for a while I can say she certainly has a unique and quirky style! Without anything else, here is Zoe!
Where are you from?  The UK
At what level of schooling are you? I am about to go into my second year of college.
What are you studying or what is your favorite subject? I am studying Fashion and Textiles Level 3.
Why did you choose this? I wanted to learn more about refined sewing skills and pattern cutting.
How do your studies affect your sewing, or vice versa? How do you balance and manage time effectively? (Ugh, I sound like an adult. Wait, I am one. Technically.) You would think they go hand in hand but unfortunately not! When I’m at college I make sure that every Sunday is selfish sew day where I sew for no one but myself; this has kept me sane!
Moving on to gene…

August Musings + Plans (My Sewjo is Gone)

Hello everybody, it's August!
It's August and my job finished last week and I don't know how take breaks anymore. Also, my sewjo is gone.
Of course my sewjo is gone the minute I actually have time to sew. Like, I don't how you real adults do this! I'm only a practice adult and it's been hard to be actively sewing this summer. 40 hrs of working per week, making dinner almost every day, other responsibilities... at that point I don't even want to sew, I want to veg out! And now my sewjo has disappeared.
I made a new shirt last Friday, not because I wanted to, but because I needed a new shirt. Making it wasn't even fun. It was a knit tee, which normally is my jam--but no.
Anyway, this is really rambling and it's probably not going to get better, but I'll try to work in some formatting so you don't get lost. There's 4 things on my to-ramble-about list today. I think.

1. Green. I love green so much that I can't buy green fabric or clothes …

Stitching Students: Haylee of Threaded

Hello all! Today I am here with another edition of Stitching Students. This one is about Haylee of the blog Threaded. I read her blog years ago but lost track of it, so when I found her again, it was like, "Oh hey! I remember you!" Haylee's makes are gorgeous and have a beautiful aesthetic. Not to mention how awesome the scenery in the background is! Without anything else, here's Haylee.

Where are you from? USA

At what level of schooling are you?
College senior

What are you studying? Dietetics

Why did you choose this? I've had an interest in nutrition since high school, and want to become a metabolic diseases dietitian. Truthfully I have regrets about not doing Fashion Design but it wasn't offered at my school and I had concerns about job prospect in the future. In an ideal world though, I would have gone to New York and studied Fashion Design. :)

How do your studies affect your sewing, or vice versa? How do you balance and manage time effectively? Ugh this …

Shenanigans / Ergh: Simplicity 8339

Hello everyone! So I promised shenanigans in my last post--let's talk those first, and then get to a review! If you're following my Instagram chances are you've already seen my adventures, but have another rendition. . .

The 3rd week in July my mom and I went to upstate New York--the Finger Lake region--for a half-week vacation. There's tons of lakes and waterfalls there--the lakes are long and skinny like fingers (mine in particular), hence the Finger Lakes name. We stayed at a state park near Ithaca, in a cabin, and everything was fine until we woke up at 3:00AM with swooping bats. In the cabin. Eventually they left, and then we escaped. But it turns out we should have tried to catch them, because bats can carry rabies. And since they weren't captured, guess who got the rabies vaccine?!?!
The next night we were transferred to a different cabin, and mice showed up. The rest of the nights were spent in a hotel.

Anyway, the area was really pretty, and there were ton…

Stitching Students: Maddy of Miss Maddy Sews

Hello everyone; it's been a while! I have lots of shenanigans to tell you about, but those can come later. Today I have the third installment of Stitching Students to share: Maddy of Miss Maddy Sews! I can't remember how I found her, but it was probably through keywords like 'vintage sewing patterns' because a lot of her makes are vintage or vintage-inspired. Her makes are always so classy and elegant, like she belongs in a movie, not to mention how great her hair and make-up look! Without any other spoilers, here's Maddy!

Where are you from?
I hail from Australia.

At what level of schooling are you?
Currently in my second-to-last year of my university degree (so close to finishing now!)

What are you studying?
I’m studying Medicine.

Why did you choose this?
My dad’s a doctor, and pretty much ever since I can remember I’ve wanted to follow in his footsteps. The human body is endlessly fascinating to me, and being able to make a difference in people’s lives is very i…

Stitching Students: Let's Get Sewing!

Hello everyone! I'm back again, this time with another installment of Stitching Students. Today I am presenting the lovely young lady behind the blog Let's Get Sewing! She actually found me first, when she commented on a post, and of course I had to go take a gander at her blog. What she makes is really incredible! She's 14 years old and has created so many intricate, detailed, and sometimes self-drafted makes! Plus she knows her own style so well! It's truly an inspiration. Well, let's get to the interview.

Where are you from?

At what level of schooling are you? 
I'm going to be going into year 10, at secondary school, next year.

How do your studies affect your sewing, or vice versa? How do you balance and manage time effectively? (Ugh, I sound like an adult. Wait, I am one. Technically.)
I'm lucky enough to not have too many exams at the moment (my GCSEs don't technically start until next year) so I have lots of sewing time after school. I …

Stitching Students: Lauren of Lady Sewalot

Hello, and welcome to the first installment of the Stitching Students series! Today I am presenting the lovely and talented Lauren of Lady Sewalot. Lauren was actually the first student blogger I ever found, and is the one who (unknowingly) inspired me to start my blog! Lauren's makes are always fresh and fun to read about, and sometimes use unconventional materials! Without further ado, let's get to the interview.

Where are you from?

At what level of schooling are you?

What are you studying?
I’m going to start my third and final year of a Costume Production degree at drama school in September.

Why did you choose this?
I decided that this was the skill I wanted to put my 10,000 hours into, to become a master of. 

How do your studies affect your sewing, or vice versa? How do you balance and manage time effectively? (Ugh, I sound like an adult. Wait, I am one. Technically.)
My studies are essentially sewing. I work in the costume room at uni from 10-6 Monday to…

Ninni Culottes for the Summer

Hello! I'm back unusually soon. But I finally got pictures of something I've had done since March...
Presenting: comfy but fashionable elastic-waist pants! They're pretty versatile, as far as casual occasions go.

Pattern: Named Clothing Ninni Culottes

Size: I'm pretty sure I made a size 0. Technically, I would be a size 2 or 4, but there's so much design ease I sized down.

Materials Used: Modal rayon from JoAnn's, from the denim section.

Directions/Construction: It would have been a lot easier if I didn't choose rayon, haha, but I think we know by now I love rayon. I DID use the instructions (gasp, what?!) and they are nice and clear. I messed up one of my pockets-I think it's upside down--but the rest of construction went smoothly, aside from hanging these up to try and hem them evenly.

Alterations: I took an inch off the waist, since I am short. Like I've mentioned before, Named Patterns drafts for a tall girl, which I am not. I think I adjusted the po…

Stitching Students!

Hello everyone, it's certainly been a while! I have been sewing, but I kind of need a beach setting for photos of my latest creation . . .

Anyway, so in the past half-year or so, I have noticed how there are a lot of specialized communities in the sewing blogosphere. Take the Curvy Sewing Collective, for example. It caters to a very specific community. And while I've found other communities as well, I've never found one meant for students. For me, it's always interesting to see what others around my age are doing, what trends they follow, why they live the life they do. . .though none of this information is necessary, it certainly livens up my blog and Instagram feed and makes me happy. And, surprisingly, it's hard to find other students who have sewing blogs! Usually I find them through chance and a bit of luck, not through a community or network.
I'm excited to say that I am going to remedy that ! At least a little bit. Introducing . . .

Stitching Students! V…

Garden Dreams--Wonderland

Hello! I'm back, after another week of research (sitting in front of a computer, running calculations and code). And I have something else to show! I don't think this will ever be my favorite dress due to various issues, but it's nice and I love the fabric.

Pattern: Very Easy Vogue V8870

Size: XS (4-6). This dress is almost too big and it's the smallest size. What?!? Normally I would have made a size small (8-10) but I did some research prior to cutting the muslin, since I have never made Vogue patterns before. The research suggested that I use my high bust as my bust measurement for sizing and then adjust accordingly. I'm glad I followed this advice since the size small would have been way too big. I can't believe the extra small is almost too big!

Materials Used: Some gorgeous black floral rayon from the Cotton+Steel Wonderland collection. This stuff is dreamy. Unlike other rayons, it doesn't fray the minute you touch it and it doesn't wrinkle nearly as…

Cute Alert !!!

So I'm definitely making assumptions in the title...and I don't know about you, but I think I look cute in my newest creation. It's a crop top, and it's spring colored, and adorable.

Pattern: heavily modified from Madalynne's Mallory Lane bralette pattern. It would be much easier to just make her Noelle pattern, but my summer house doesn't have a printer and the library is closed on Sundays. So I made do.

Materials: scuba knit from JoAnn's, fold over elastic from a fabric outlet hours away.

Construction: I finished all edges of the garment with FOE and used it for the straps. The seams are just serged, and there is no underbust support aside from the seam there.

Alterations: Okay, so there are a bevy of those...I added width to the sides since scuba doesn't have a ton of stretch. Obviously I raised the neckline and remade the back to have a racer back ish style and a cut out. And I used a wide bottom band.

Fit: It's good. It could be better, but then I&#…