Outfit · Sewing

Shorts Part 1 (Seamwork Weston)

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Hello! I’ve made three pairs of shorts over the past month or so. I thought I’d do a little series of them on here over the next week with pattern reviews. We finally had a few warm days so I was able to wear them and photograph them. Unfortunately its back to being cold again.

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Pattern: Seamwork Weston shorts

Were they easy to make? Yes!

Pattern Adjustments? I made no adjustments.

Fit? I made the size 0 and the fit is perfect for me.

Fabric choice? I used Cotton and Steel X Rifle Paper Co Herb Garden Canvas (which appears to be sold out now). I am thrilled with my choice! The canvas wasn’t as heavy as I thought it was going to be. It’s so comfortable to wear and was very easy to work with.

Anything to watch out for? Zipper placement. The instructions and illustrations could have been more helpful. I’m honestly not sure if I did it correctly but it works, so thats good enough for me.

Would you make it again? Yes! It’s a great basic high waisted shorts pattern.

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Seamwork Elmira

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I made this Seamwork Elmira out of grey stretch velvet. It feels so festive and perfect for this time of year. We were supposed to go ice skating this day and I felt like this was something an ice skater would wear, haha. It was my first time sewing with stretch velvet. It wasn’t too bad but once I finished I realized I should have put my walking foot on my machine! It would have made it even easier. This pattern was pretty easy to follow, too. I definitely want to make this in a lighter knit for spring!

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Seamwork Brooklyn

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Tuesday night after dinner I decided to make something to wear on Thanksgiving. I managed to make this Brooklyn skirt in just a few hours (cutting included!) It was so satisfying to make something in one evening.  I bought this fabric years ago. It’s a brown tweed with a rainbow of colors running through it. It’s so beautiful! I’ve been waiting for the perfect pattern for it.

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This is is a really great pattern. The skirt has a nice swing to to it and has a really nice shape. I will definitely be making more of these. I paired it with a sweater from a Target.

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I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday. I survived working Black Friday and am looking forward to a relaxing weekend at home. I picked up some more fabric today so I’m sure I’ll be stitching up something.

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Seamwork Camden Cape

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Hello! I’m so excited to share one of my recent makes. I made the Camden from Seamwork magazine. It’s a pretty simple cape with a button down front and two slits for armholes. I never thought of making outerwear before. I think it seemed too intimidating but I’m glad I gave this a try. The pattern was very easy to follow. The only point I had an issue was when I went to sew the buttonholes… it was too thick to use my machine foot. I ended up stitching two rows of a very fine zigzag on my machine and bound the ends by hand. It worked!

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I found this vintage fabric at a rummage sale a few years ago. I was holding onto it for the perfect project. I just love the rusty  color of it. I had planned on lining it in a fun pattern but I couldn’t find anything I was excited about at JoAnns. I could have waited, but it’s getting cold and I was worried I wouldn’t be able to wear it this year if I didn’t make it when I did.

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Have you ever made outerwear? I would love to see!

Outfit · Sewing

New camera!

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I’m so excited because we bought a new camera! It’s so much better than the one I was using. I definitely have a lot to learn since I haven’t used an SLR before but luckily Michael knows what he is doing so he can teach me.

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We went for a walk on a nearby nature trail to test it out. I try to go for a walk everyday. Fall is my absolute favorite time. The trail was so beautiful with all the leaves changing.

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I wore my Seamwork Astoria I sewed and a vintage skirt. I accessorized with a fox pin I made and some loafers.

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Top and pin: Made by me | Skirt: Vintage | Shoes: Similar here

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Happy birthday to me!

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I turned 29 today! We’re not really celebrating until Friday but I’m looking forward to some ice cream cake and watching a Halloween movie with Michael tonight. I’m wearing my Seamwork Kenedy dress I made. I paired it with some tights, a leather jacket and some new boots I treated myself to this week! I’ll have to get a better picture of them next time. I just love the studded details around the back of them! (And yes, I borrowed Michaels birthday balloons for these photos, haha)

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Jacket: Bar 111 Macy’s (old) | Dress: Made by me |Boots: Indigo Rd. Macy’s

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Hello!

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I can’t believe it’s been FOUR years since I’ve stopped blogging. I have been thinking about starting again for a while and I’m happy to finally sit down and write a post.

First up, a little bit about myself. My name is Erin and I am living in a small town in New Jersey with my husband Michael. I work full time as a visual merchandiser but my passion is sewing- something I hope to share a lot of on here!

I made this top with the Astoria pattern from Seamwork Mag (which I LOVE. If you sew and haven’t heard of it, look it up!) I used to be so afraid of sewing knits but I’m feeling pretty comfortable with them now. This gingham knit is from Joann Fabrics. This top came together pretty easily and I definitely plan on making more for the transition into cold weather.

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Cropped sweater: self- made |Skirt: Ruche|Shoes: Betsey Johnson |Bag: Target