Cotton

Working Cotton

When Hubby tells you to crochet more dish towels, you hurriedly run to buy cotton yarn because “Oh my! He’s encouraging one of my creative vices! Quick, buy all the yarn before he changes his mind!”

Real life right here. These poor guys got worked!


I’ve crocheted a few dish towels in the past. They were absolutely boring. Double stitch after double stitch. Obviously I wanted something quick but this time was totally different. I scoured Pinterest for crochet dish towel patterns. I planned to make them all different. Make it more interesting for myself. With it being football time, it was a perfect craft to have for couch sitting and subsequent yelling at the tv.


First pattern I did is so my favorite from 5 Little Monsters. It took me a bit to understand the stitches. I probably restarted about three times. It has a fun, twisty texture that I think will be perfect for scrubbing.


The next was almost a shell pattern again from 5 Little Monsters. The groupings are a little poofy, almost like petals in rows. This was much faster. Neither of the first two had borders so once you made it to the end of the last row you were done. Sometimes adding a border feels a bit painful for me. So close to being done but wait, not yet!


Thirdly we have more of a post design CDM Handmade. I think is more of what I think of when I picture a dish towel. It has a small border around the edge. It gives it varying heights between the main body and the edging. I like that it makes each bit stand out.


Lastly, I have a diagonal design from Totally Snappy. What’s funny about this is that I used the same design on a much larger scale previously. I made Hubby (boyfriend at the time) a crocheted blanket that matches it. It took forever but one on a much smaller scale goes super fast!


I made a smaller one too just to use up the last of the yarn.

Hubby beware: next time you encourage Jamie crafty time look out! That shit will get done in a blink of an eye.

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August Project: #sewmystyle

It’s time for Project: #sewmystyle again.  August’s garment is by Megan Nielsen called Darling Ranges Dress.  Megan Nielsen was on the list earlier in the year for the Briar Tshirt.  That pattern was super easy to put together so I was hoping this dress would be the same.

I picked up a cotton shirting from Jo-Ann’s.  I could not decide on a fabric for this dress.  I shopped and shopped online but ended up going to Jo-Ann’s and deciding that I would not leave without something.  The shirting is a navy blue with swiped on white dots.  The cotton is light but still has enough body that the dress won’t fall flat. I did read over the post by Emily at Self Assembly Required.  If I would have retained it a bit better it would have helped but I’ll get to that in a bit.  She did mention that the sizing was a bit off and I agree.  I cut a size small.  I never do that… also just had a moment of déjà vu.  Have I had this sizing issue recently? I also went with version 1 that has a gathered skirt.  I think the other dress looks like a hospital gown with buttons in the front.  Maybe that’s just me.

As I mentioned I cut a size small.  The top sews up fast and I did sew it in the flat as the pattern suggests.  I really didn’t see why it was a necessary suggestion but hey, who am I? I repeatedly tried the bodice on because I was nervous about the fit of a small but my measurements fit into the finished garment sizes so I was going with it.  I attached the skirt and started to finish off the placket.  That’s when the brain became the blame.  I should have remembered from Emily that she thought the bust darts came up too high.  I tried it on after finishing my plackets and realizing how much space I was losing.  Uh oh! I fit but it was tight.  That does not work! I pulled out a majority of one placket.  I was not going to tear this whole dress apart.  I resewed it about 3-4 times before it became acceptable and I fit appropriately.  After I was sure about the one dart, I ventured to the other.  So much better.  I do want to look at those darts a bit more though before another go at this dress.  They do go too high and I think they eat up too much of the bodice.


It took me a bit to decide on the length of the sleeves.  I thought about hacking off the length and creating short sleeves. I ended up keeping the length to my elbow. I think a tulip sleeve might be a fun alternative for a future version. Do you also notice the back gives me some badonkadonk?


I chose little white buttons that would match the dots on the fabric.  They do have a bit of a pearlescent kind of sheen and I think they complement the dress so much better than plain navy or standard white buttons.


I’m not sure how much of a hem the pattern suggested.  I always hem my dresses last and at that point it’s what I want not what the pattern tells me.  I made it a bit shorter than my knee.  This tends to be the typical length I’ve been hemming my dresses at.  See Simone and Sorbetto.  All 3 are the same length.  I go with the old rule of, as long as it’s past my fingertips it’s acceptable.


I wore this dress all day at work and not one wrinkle.  Can you believe that? Especially of a 100% cotton?  I’m amazed and totally delighted! Even with the 100 degree weather, I was still comfortable.  I did add a little belt to enhance the transition from the bodice to the skirt. Is it weird that I love this picture because I have creepy dead eyes?

Very happy with this dress and pattern.  A long bust dart won’t make me dislike this pattern.  Next up is the Yona Wrap Coat by Named Clothing.  I’m looking forward to this one and dreading it all at the same time!

Plain Jane

It’s UFO time! (UnFinished Object) I started this shirt almost a year and a half ago! I know this solely on the date that I started this post. I tend to write as I sew. This comes in handy in case I make adjustments to a pattern as I go because I won’t remember them as I go.

Let’s step back in time to the beginning of 2016…

This blue, kinda denim looking fabric came from my mom’s stash that she gave to me.  Yay free fabric!  I used my oldie but a goodie B5526.  I have the number memorized now.  I used to have to look it up. Ha!  This time I used a different version of the shirt that didn’t include the princess seams.  I plan on adding a partial pplacket to the shirt instead of a full button down. The change to cutting it out was to cut the front on the fold and not include the extra fabric for the button placket.  Well you shouldn’t, unlike what I did… But we’ll get to that disaster in a minute.

Everything was going great with sewing this shirt up.  Even found a great tutorial on how to create a cute little placket for the front from MellySews.  I made mine 11″.  Everything was constructed and ready to come together. Collar, sleeves, cuffs. Woo-hoo!  Moving along at full steam.  I started working on the collar.  That’s when things went wrong and I had to walk away.

Remember where I mentioned earlier that you should not include the extra fabric for the button placket.  Well I included some of it because I thought that it would make it a bit more roomy.  The shirt is not supposed to be fitted.  In adding that extra bit of fabric, I made the collar stand and collar not long enough.  Well shit…

Flash forward to now. Obviously I was more annoyed with this than I realized. Annoyed so much that I left this shirt in the bottom of a pile of fabric to be forgotten forever. When you clean your fabric stash it’s amazing the things you find! Yes, I hid it there. I think I meant for my future self to never find it.

Since I have found it, I needed to figure out what to do with this extra fabric I just had to add. I figured I needed to get rid of 1″ off each side of the placket. The cute placket I made, I decided I hated. I ripped it off. Totally ripped apart the cuffs I sewed to make the placket pieces. I cut out the extra fabric from the neck and tapered down to the bottom of the placket, which cut out two triangles of fabric. I added the placket that I know the best. I’ve used it on the other two popovers I’ve made (one, two).


I added the collar, which I decided to use only the stand. Yup, just like the other two.


Since I used the fabric for the cuffs on my placket, I needed to figure out something different for the sleeves. I always roll up my sleeves so it’s not necessary to have all that length. I kept just enough to roll the sleeves once or twice plus enough to make a “cuff”.


As I mentioned before, this is the third time making this exact shirt but three different sleeve lengths. Yeah for repeats!


Seriuosly! Same shirt! Curved hem at the bottom, roomy, partial placket and mandarin collar.


The length is awesome because it covers enough of my bottom standing and sitting. I freaking love these shirts. I could have a closet full of these. Oh, and B5526 is my favorite shirt pattern.


This version is a little plain compared to my other two and rather plain for me. I always prefer prints. It’s nice to change things up every once in a while right? But not too much, to stay on the safe side.

Same but Different

I don’t know if you’ve heard but Colette has come out with a new and improved Sorbetto pattern. Say what!?! I love Sorbettos. I’ve made 7 of them now. Check them out… one, two, three, four, five, six, and seven. The team listened to everyone’s issues with the pattern and out popped the new Sorbetto.  There’s three versions of the pattern; the classic tank style, tunic, and short sleeved version.  Since I’ve made so many of the tank top style I knew I would pick either the tunic or short sleeve.  I ultimately went with the sleeved version.  It’s cute enough for work and casual enough for a day off.

Here’s a quick look at the old pattern with *new* version 3 of the pattern. The top paper is the size 8.  I always make a size 8 in this pattern and grade out by about 1″ at the bottom to accommodate my bottom. The larger pattern is the new version.  You can see it’s longer.  I’m not sure if this is only for the sleeved version or the tank top too.  It’s also wider.  This is a size 6 graded to a size 8 at the bottom.  In other words, check your finished garment sizes before cutting! The neckline is pulled in tighter, which I’m happy about because I always thought it was way too wide.  The bust dart is lower.  I didn’t realize until after I cut the pattern and sewed in the bust darts and tried it on.  It ended up being about 1″-1 1/2″ too low.  I never thought my lady parts to be high on the landscape known as my chest but I guess they are? I do know this has been a complaint by a lot of people that have made this pattern in the past but it always suited me. The shoulder, of course, is wider on this one because I’m doing the one with sleeves. I would assume if you were doing the classic version it would be about the same as the original.

Recently, Rachel from Sew RED-y did flat felled seams on her Grainville shirt and because I’m a big copy cat of her, I decided to give it a go on this.  You can see on the pic above the left is the outside seams and the right is the inside. Not too shabby for my first go.  I followed the instructions from Colette for the process.

Here’s a good shot of my flat felled seam and my bias tape.  Self-made of course!  I’m really getting the hang of it! There was a few spots that it felt really thick and I had to slow down to push through all the layers of seam and bias tape.

Kind of looks like hospital scrubs doesn’t it?  I think it’s the fabric.  It was a cotton that I had in my stash.  Still trying to shop my stash for any projects I’m working on.  Look at that length!  Faboo!

You can see it’s still pretty roomy for being a size 6-8.  Since it’s cotton it doesn’t give and I would worry if I went down another size I wouldn’t be able to get it on!

My bust darts are not pressed as well as they could be.  Sorry!  You can deal with that right?  They sit right on my bust.  I had to redo them 3 times to get them right.  I gave up on the markings on the new one and got out the original pattern because I knew they would hit me right.

I did realize after I finished there will be no celebrations in this shirt.  I can’t lift my arms all the way up!  I can move them forward and back but not up very well.  I guess it would be better in a knit and then you could have the stretch to move but I’m not really sure what’s up with that.  Ideas?

This is it… This is the new Sorbetto.  How do I feel about it?  I don’t really like it.  I prefer the original.  Granted I modified the hell out of it, but it worked.  I love it!  I do like the tighter neckline of this one but the super low bust dart really pissed me off.  I think I’ll continue using the original or maybe a mix of the two for the tighter neck line and length.  Who knows?  For now, I can say the teal color is super happy and it’s a easy shirt to knock out in an evening, as long as you don’t have to rip the bust darts out multiple times.

Pirple Blurple

I’m well on my way to working through my 2017 make nine. I completed pajamas, Jamie Jeans (even though they sucked), Simone dress and now one of my favorite patterns, B5526. That makes 4 out of 9 and with it being early March, I shouldn’t be scrambling to finish my list on December 31. I’m feeling optimistic people!

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I completed my Jack of All Trades shirt last year and I wear it so often. It’s easy to wear with jeans and it’s a quick go to. I knew I wanted to make another and I had bought an gradient cotton from Fabric.com that I was planning on using for one of my other favorite tops, a Sorbetto. For whatever reason, I changed my mind on its use. The fabric has a gradient of pink to almost a bluish purple.  I figured it would look best if the gradient went from top to bottom compared to left and right.

I had 1 yard to work with, which would be just fine for a Sorbetto but not B5526. I sat with the fabric and two pattern pieces for quite sometime. I turned the fabric and patterns this way and that. The fabric wasn’t big enough. I needed a new plan. If I cut the pieces without the proper width at the sides, I should have enough to squeak out panels to add to the sides. This also leaves enough for the collar and front placket. No little sleeves though but that’s okay.

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Ideally, I wanted the placket to blend in on the front but with the minimal fabric, that wasn’t an option. I was worried that since I was going to have a dark placket it was going to look like a pieced together turd of a shirt.  I forged on anyways.  If it looks bad, it will still be comfortable and it can be a weekend top. I picked a dark piece for the collar too.  I was hoping if both pieces matched it would look intentional on the bright pink. I did have an oopsy with the placket.  I followed the same instructions (IndieSew) I did on the Jack shirt.  Somehow my placket was not straight across at the bottom.  It was more of a 45 degree angle.  I did fix it but now I have a bit of a puckering, bubble type deal going on.  It’s not super terrible so if I can ignore it, I believer the rest of the world can too. I added a little snap to the placket to keep the ladies from trying to put on a show. You may ask why I just don’t make a shorter placket. Well, I think I have a big head or something because I need that snap undone to pop this guy on.

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Blur alert!  My blue chair is perfectly in focus. Because that’s what’s important. *eye roll*

I tried to use the same tone for both the panels on the sides so they matched. They ended up being 3 1/2″ wide by about 17 1/2″.  I stitched them in place and added a bit of top-stitching to keep everything flush inside the shirt.

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I recently purchased a Clover Bias Tape Maker.  Oh man!  I don’t know how I had the patience to make my own bias tape prior to having this little gadget.  I’m in love. The gadget + continuous bias tape making tutorial (Collete) makes me all kinds of giddy. I did make the bias tape purple. It does not match the purple on the shirt but in my heart they go together.  I used it around the arms and at the bottom of the shirt.  I had one arm done and popped on the shirt to make sure everything was sitting fine.

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Check out the Pirple Blurpleness.

The arm hole was a bit big.  You could see my bra under my arm and the straps at the back.  Well shit… Clever girl that I am, I added a bust dart.  I didn’t need it for shaping but it did take 1 1/4″ off the arm.  It worked like a charm. Always making it work!


I think it turned out pretty decent. The dark collar and placket were totally not a big deal. I don’t normally do sleeveless shirts like this style but I think it works.  I need to lift weights a bit more so I have something a little more worthy to have lost my sleeves for.