Sewing

Bra Making with Madalynne

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I attended my second Bra Making with Madalynne workshop yesterday and it was such a treat! If you follow me on Instagram, then you saw I made a bralette at her workshop last month. This time was an underwire bra. I can’t recommend one of her workshops enough. If you have any interest in sewing lingerie and can get to Philadelphia, you should definitely go! Madalynne adds so many special touches to the day, from a beautiful Pinterest worthy lunch to a little goody bag to take home AND you leave with a beautiful bra you made! I’m a homebody and an introvert so driving an hour and half to sew something I’ve never made before with ladies I have never met was definitely a bit scary for me. I felt so comfortable, though. She walks you through every step and there is no emphasis on perfection. I’m kind of obsessed now. I went home with four of her DIY lingerie kits! I have no self control when it comes to pretty fabrics.

The bra. This time we made Simplicity 8624 in navy lace. It has a high neckline, a slit in the middle and underwire. I can’t get over that I made this. Usually when I make something, I see all of the little flaws in it but honestly, I just see a beautiful bra when I look at it. I made plenty of silly mistakes along the way (sewing the neckline twisted, sewing a strap on backwards, etc) but in the end it turned out perfectly. I bought the kit to make some matching underwear, too!

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I wasn’t really sure how to wear this. I mean, sure I can just wear it normally under a sweater or top but it’s so beautiful I thought it would be fun to show it off a little. I realized it’s a perfect match for my Seamwork Elmira wrap top that I made last year! I put together this holiday look with a gold RTW skirt.

Have you ever made lingerie before?

 

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Outfit · Sewing

Simplicity 1325 – version 2!

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Today I’m sharing another Simplicity 1325! I was so nervous about wasting this fabric, I knew I wanted to make something I’ve made before. I definitely wanted a Pinafore style and I loved my red corduroy 1325 I made last year. It came out just as nicely as my first one. I see myself wearing this over turtlenecks and button ups this season.

I added length to the tunic version on the skirt and opted for an invisible zipper instead of a lapped one like I did last time. I also didn’t put in the pockets and did a French seam on the skirt pieces.

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I used this beautiful mustard jacquard with rabbits on it from Miss Matatabi. Both sides of this fabric are so pretty so the inside of the dress is just as nice as the outside! It was my first time ordering from this website and I was not disappointed! They carry all different fabrics from Japan. The shipping was fast and the fabrics I purchased are so lovely and a wonderful quality. I will definitely be ordering more in the future.

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holiday · Sewing

Stitched with a Twist!

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There’s a contest on Instagram hosted by @i_seam_sew_happy_xx and @oh_liverpool_lou called #stitchedwithatwist. It’s about making a garment your own- altering a pattern, adding embroidery, painting the fabric, etc. I was wandering the aisles of Joann’s and saw this fabric I already had at home. All of a sudden it hit me what I should do! This fabric is reversible. I also have it in grey and you might remember a Deer and Doe top I made with it. I thought it would be fun to play with the two different patterns. I used the Freya pattern from Tilly and the Buttons Stretch but made a gathered skirt for it. I added the pleated detail around the top and did a reverse hem on the sleeve. It felt like it was missing something so I made a sash!

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This dress is so comfy and I know I will wear it a lot with leggings and cardigans. I’m so glad I made this. I wouldn’t have thought of it without the contest! There’s still time to join in if you also want to #stitchwithatwist!

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And because it’s almost Halloween, here’s my pumpkin! I carved it and used this tutorial from Martha Stewart. https://www.marthastewart.com/1531414/etched-fox-and-bunny-pumpkins

It used a lino cutter and I found it so much easier than actually carving the design. Michael helped me take some fun photos with the lantern he bought recently.

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Outfit · Sewing · travel

Seamwork Camden

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I spent the weekend up in Massachusetts! I stayed in Rockport and visited Salem. It’s always so fun heading up there for Halloween. It definitely felt like fall up there- I was freezing! I was so glad I packed this cape I made last year. It was my first attempt at outerwear and I’m still really pleased with how it turned out. I just need to restitch the lining in a few places. I think I was a little too excited to finish it and my hand stitching came undone in a couple spots. I’m thinking about making a winter coat soon. I think it would be a great challenge. Have you made outerwear?

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Outfit · Sewing

Fox pinafore

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Happy October! The best month of the year. I’m so thrilled to share this make with you today. I really wanted this fox pinafore from ModCloth but I couldn’t justify spending that much money on something I wouldn’t wear a lot. As much as I love fox themed clothing, it’s a bit much to wear something like this frequently. I decided I would be able to make something like it pretty easily. I ordered some plain cotton from Joann’s and luckily the color match was pretty spot on. I made a simple self drafted gathered skirt with a zip in the back. To make the top, I sewed two long strips for straps  and some triangles as ears. I made two rectangles as the bib, and enclosed the ears and straps in the top seam. Once that was turned out, I stitched up the bottom edge. I made the white part by sewing together two rectangles again and curving the top edge. I stitched that on to the orange and embroidered some eyes and a nose on. I added buttonholes to the ends to the straps and bottom edge of the bib and added buttons into the waistband so I can remove it! This makes it much more wearable if I just want the skirt. I am thinking about making just two straps so I can wear it another way.  This turned out so much better than I thought and my total cost was only $25 compared to Modcloths $70! It was one of the rare times it was actually cheaper to make something than purchase it.

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Outfit · Sewing

Tilly and the Buttons Cleo

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I’ve had this Cleo pattern in my stash all summer and finally made one! This pattern seems to be a favorite among the sewing community and I can definitely see why. I’m a big fan of dresses this style as I already have 2 RTW ones in my wardrobe. It was an easy and fairly quick make. I made mine out of a medium to heavy weight navy blue corduroy. I knew this would be a good basic. I made the shorter version and I only used one pocket in the front.

I paired it with a newly made Freya top from her book Stretch. How cute is this fabric from Joann’s with the little foxes?! I’m a little disappointed because the description said heather grey but when the fabric arrived it was definitely a light blueish green.

I am positive I will be making more Cleo’s.  Have you made this pattern?

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Outfit · Sewing

Jennifer Lauren Ivy Pinafore

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I just love my Jennifer Lauren Ivy Pinafore! I made it out of this beautiful pink corduroy I bought at a local store and lined it with a pink poly blend I thrifted! This is View 2 which is a slimmer fit. I also have View 1 cut out which is an A-line style tent. This pinafore came together nicely. My edge foot on my machine got a lot of use with all of the top stitching! I cut out a size 6 but I definitely should have went with the 8. It fit as a 6 but it was a bit snug.  I was concerned about wearing it with heavier layers and also getting it on/ off! I ended up opening up the bust and lessened my seam allowance. Thankfully I hadn’t cut it off yet! I’ll have to do the same when I make up View 1. I’m a little pinafore obsessed at the moment. I have several styles cut out and plan on wearing them all the time this fall! This pattern is definitely a winner and bonus- it has pockets!

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