Outfit · Sewing

Tilly and the Buttons Francoise Dress

The Francoise dress is a perfect sixties style mini dress. It has a 3/4 sleeve or sleeveless version with raglan seams and an optional collar or button tab. My friend Jess gifted me this pattern at least a year ago. I wanted to make it sooner but I couldn’t decide on what fabric to use for some reason! I was going through my fabric stash and remembered I had this blue wool blend I picked up when a local fabric store was having a moving sale. I planned on making some pants with it but it finally clicked that I needed to make a Francoise with it! A light wool is one of the fabric recommendations for the sleeveless version. I faced the neckline and bound the arms in a grayish blue polka dot cotton. I love when a garment has a little bit of personality inside.

I was able to make this dress in one day. I had no issues with the construction and I found it pretty easy to make. Tilly’s instructions are also easy to follow, as usual. As far as sizing, my measurements are between a size 1 and size 2. I thought about grading it but I decided to just cut the size 2. I’m actually pretty happy with the fit, especially since I’m planning on always wearing a layer underneath. I paired this dress with a pussybow blouse I’ve had for nearly ten years. I’ll probably wear this dress over turtlenecks and button down blouses, too!

I definitely plan on making more Francoise dresses. Hopefully I find the perfect fabric to make a 3/4 sleeve version this year!

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Outfit · Sewing

Tilly and the Buttons Arielle Skirt

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My final project of 2018! This was a bit of a spontaneous make. Ive been holding on to a vintage skirt my friends mother had given me with a bunch of other clothes. She told me I could do whatever I wanted with them. The skirt was a pleated midi. It wasn’t really my style and it was too big. I absolutely loved the green velvet fabric though and realized there was enough fabric to make something new out of it! I was eyeing the Tilly and the Buttons Arielle skirt and thought it would be a great pattern for this. I bought the pdf and printed it Saturday night and made the skirt on Sunday. This pattern is great. Everything came together beautifully. Since this was a spontaneous make and I didn’t have any lining fabric on hand, I went for the unlined version. As I said in my last post, I want to slow down with my sewing. Normally I would have just serged my raw edges but I found some bias tape in my stash and took the time to sew it in. My stitching is less than perfect (the bias tape was a little thin for this fabric) but I still am really pleased with how it looks. To finish it off, I covered some buttons with the fabric. The only thing I might change is moving the placement of the buttons out a little bit. I marked the wrong edge when I tried the skirt on.

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Happy New Year! Thank you for following along on my sewing journey.

Outfit · Sewing

Jennifer Lauren Pippi Pinafore

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I’ve had this project cut out since August or September and I’m so happy I finally got around to making it! The Pippi Pinafore is an overall dress with a fitted bib, patch pockets on the skirt and button fastenings on one side. I made it out of Marc Jacobs cotton velvet that I splurged on when I was at Mood fabrics in NYC over the summer. I’m pretty sure I only bought one yard so I managed to squeeze this pattern out of that! I’m really happy with the finished garment. I made it over a few evenings after work. It came together easily. The hardest part to me was attaching  the button placket and facing but the illustrations make it easy to figure out. For the straps, you can use hardware or you can use buttons. I opted for buttons. I think the construction is very clever- using a button hole on the bib to pass the strap through and up to fasten. This pattern is a winner to me. I’d love to make a solid linen one for the spring/ summer!

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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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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