Saturday, January 5, 2019

Kicking off 2019 with 3 Knit Tops!

To kick off the new year, and my birthday, I decided to do a couple quick projects.
AND in an effort to remedy my lack of blogging in 2018 I am attempting to share more and not worry about being a perfectionist.

All 3 are knit tops and well needed additions to my winter wardrobe.The first of the three is the yellow long sleeve tee. The knit is a cotton knit from EmmaOneSock. It is a nice beefy knit that holds the shape of the fun sleeves quite well. I technically finished this on December 29th to wear for my birthday :) 

On my birthday dinner I paired this relatively simple top with a silk scarf and my wool cashmere skirt. It was quite a fun and happy outfit. The only drawback to those sleeves is that you need to take care when eating to not get them in your plate!

The second long sleeve tee is this red and purple one. Both of the fabrics were leftovers from previous projects. It is the same pattern as the yellow one with a couple small tweaks to the back armsyce and back shoulder. These small tweaks have made for a better fit and less excess fabric. The red is a rayon knit and the purple is a bamboo knit, both so very soft and comfy!

The last of the new tops is a modified Stella from Linda Lee. I have had this in my pattern rotation for many years. The one I currently have in my closet is starting to show some wear so I used a sweater knit from Marcy Tilton to make a new one. This top is a bit oversized with drop shoulders and a comfy V insert in the front that is cut on the bias. 

What’s on my sewing table now? A trio of nice ponte and double knits to try making an outfit from. I have some ideas about making a knit jacket but possibly using my regular jacket pattern since it is a very stable knit. The brain is working away on some fun ideas!

Happy Sewing!
PS- using a new blog app on my iPad to try to make my life easier! Hopefully this goes well.

One of my favorite pics from over the holidays! My sister came and spent the week, it was wonderful :)

Wednesday, January 2, 2019

Happy 2019!! Successes, Failures and more from 2018

Happy 2019! I hope everyone had a wonderful Holiday season. Mine was just simply lovely!

I have been non-stop and on the go since Thanksgiving and am now just getting to process everything :)

I have seen the rounds of bloggers showing the top successful makes and the fails as well and thought it would do my own take on that theme. There have been a plethora of items that I have sewn up this year that just didn't make it to the blog. Still trying to figure out why that is, I have a suspicion that I was just expecting too much from myself and in the process just did not get anything done. Maybe this year I just need to give myself a break and just take advice from Nike and Just Do It!

Lets start with the successes!

I had a couple of these and unfortunately not all of them were even blogged about!

1. My biggest success of the year was this work ensemble that I designed over the spring/early summer. (never blogged about) It worked out so well and I just love it! I feel put together, confident and comfortable when I wear this dress. I just noticed that in these pics I neglected to iron the dress after wearing it all day.

2. Super fun party dress that I made for a cousins wedding. Blogged about here.

3. A fall dress that I made for Haute Couture Club of Chicago Autumn Challenge. I LOVE this dress. The only picture I have of me in it is not the best but it will have to do! I will be doing a real blig post about this one.

Now onto the Failures or maybe they should be called 'Opportunities to Learn!'

1. my Patriotic outfit. Blogged about here- Spent valuable time of this garment and even though it is fine. I have only worn it once and it is just not really my style. The skirt is very big and the jacket is perfectly fine except that I never reach for it. It somehow seems very forced to me. Time to send it on its way and hope that someone else can appreciate it. The positive from this ensemble is that I really like the silhouette!

2. The red Jen Stern Tee I made to go with the 'Patriotic' outfit. I have made this tee so many times! It is my go to for a nice knit tee. However, this time it didn't really work out. The red knit is quite lovely but it is very drapey and a bit too heavy to work in this pattern how I would have liked it. It always feels like it is growing in length and the neckline always needs pressing. Something about it just doesn't work. Haven't decided if it is going in the donation pile or if I may 'play' with it and see if I can make if better.

3. I had a couple other fails that I didn't even complete or take pictures of. One was a pair of pants that I was experimenting with. It was with princess seams front and back and just made me laugh! The other 2 checked off my stupid box! LOL. I had some silk and linen remnants left and decided to make a couple of woven shells and somehow shut off my brain and cut them out wrong. Like literally shut off my brain and did not place the CF on the fold. 

4. failed at blogging on a regular basis. I think at some point I was just trying to do too much and be too perfect and that just backfired, causing me to have blogger paralysis. oops. 

Now onto the topic of Sewing Resolutions
The social media world has been full of all sorts of sewing resolutions! From selecting 9 projects to make over the year to all kinds of fasting challenges no RTW, shopping pattern and fabric stash and monthly and seasonal challenges. Instead of picking an existing challenge I made my own :) Part of my challenge is out of necessity... lack of space! Plus I am saving up for another big trip this year.

My challenge has to do specifically with fabric buying. For every 10 yards of fabric that I use I can only bring in 3 until I go on my Fall 2019 trip. Between now and November I will be keeping track of how many yards of fabric I use and then only allowing myself to bring in a smaller amount. My hope is that I will be able to free up some room in my fabric collection so that things are not so squished!

I was going to try and do a SWAP, Sewing With a Plan, for the year or at least part of the year but decided against that. I like my work to be more dynamic and flexible, it allows me to be more creative.

Do you set sewing resolutions?

PS- I have not forgotten to tell you all about my wonderful trip to Hong Kong!! that is up next!

Happy Sewing!

Monday, November 26, 2018

Hong Kong, here I come! The final wardrobe.

I almost got everything sewn that I wanted to for my impending Hong Kong trip! Other than my undergarments, bathing suit and a last minute grab of a super light windbreaker,  I am bringing a fully me-made wardrobe!

Holly cow! I made that happen and each one of the garments were made just for this trip. AND it is all in a single carry on suitcase. The method to my madness was to make the items I thought I would like and then yesterday afternoon I used my dressform and me to see what articles of clothing would work with each other. Along with the items I had made, I also pulled out things from my closet that would also work. I should have taken a picture of my living space... clothes were everywhere!

I ended up with 2 skirts, 2 pants, 6 tops and 2 layering/outerwear pieces.
Both skirts are my own patterns. Variations of my a-line pattern.
Pants- one is the Hudson pant joggers, the second (not pictured) is Jen Stern Ponte jeans- Both highly modified to suit me.
Tops: 4 Versions of Jen Stern Tee- Black waffle wool knit, Black stretch lace over yellow, white/black/gray print and multi color print.
The grey with yellow hearts- my base knit tee pattern and the solid yellow one is same base pattern but with the neckline of the Easy V express tee.
2 layering/outerwear pieces are the striped pull over cardigan and the grey and camo knit single button cardigan.

Skirt one with different tops. The lovely short sleeve jacket did not make the cut! Even though it looks fabulous. It was just too bulky to fit in and I really didn't want to crush it up and smush it into a packing cube. So it is staying home, safe and sound and will be pulled back into rotation this coming spring.

The gray single button cardigan is not my favorite pattern. I will have to re-work it and get better shaping before I make another one. The skirt portion is great but the front bodice looks droopy to me. Possibly because I am used to much closer fitting garments. This is meant to be worn as an outer wear layer so It will do its duty just fine!

Skirt 2 with different tops-

Pants one, which are my airplane pants and lounging pants. Pants two are a pair of Ponte Jeans with a slight boot cut and which I somehow missed getting any pictures of. Probably because they are black with a tiny white dashes so they will go with every top I am bringing!
 These combination of garments actually give me more outfits than the 13 days that I will be away. Which is good in case something gets dirty or I just want to wear more than one thing each day!

Skirt one with tops- minus the yellow short sleeve jacket

Skirt two with tops- again minus the jacket

Pants one, grey camo joggers, with assorted tops. Pants two actually goes with every single top I am bringing.
Along with these, I am bringing one set of PJ's and one bathing suit.
Only 2 pairs of shoes both are dressy/fancy sneakers and a pair of flip flops for the pool.

And of course, I packed plenty of snacks in my carry on suitcase and in my backpack :)

Uber is scheduled for 5:05 am so off to bed with me! I will be posting photos on Instagram while I am away, You can find me there as siouxzeegirl.