My Fall Module/// Blackwood Cardigan

Today I have the topper of my fall module. You can see my two bottoms here and here if you want to catch up!

So this is one make that I’m a little unsure about. The pattern itself is lovely and I love this color and the fabric, but I’m not completely sure a cardigan is something I will wear a lot. It’s not the best choice for a topper with this specific module as it doesn’t fit over sweaters, but it was a case of having everything to make it and wanting to try it out.

All that being said, I do love how it turned out! And I’m going to try and find ways to wear it with other pieces from my closet. Maybe this weight will be a great layering piece and it turns out I am a cardigan person? We shall see!

I bought this pattern, the fabric, and all the other supplies from Needle sharp subscription box a few months ago. I’ve talked about Needle Sharp before, but it really is a great box to have everything you need for a project! If you’re looking for unique gift ideas for the sewists in your life, I recommend checking out her shop.

The pattern I chose with this box was the Blackwood Cardigan by Helen’s Closet Patterns in this yellow cotton knit. This is my second time making a Helen’s Closet Pattern and they are just the best. Her instructions are so clear and in depth and I appreciate that even with simple patterns there are lovely details and finishing touches. I would recommend any new sewists to check out her patterns as I think you would have great success with them!

So how’s that for a review? A garment that is lovely but I’m not sure I’ll wear? Very happy to have this pop of yellow in my closet and I will challenge myself to reach for it in the coming months.

True Bias Calvin Dress

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I have been trying to use what I have when it comes to sewing and this most recent make is an old Needle Sharp box that I picked up sometime last year. I never got around to making it in the warmer months so I set it aside. I’ve been drawn towards a specific color palette lately, and this darker gray fabric wasn’t calling to me. However, I have had great success with True Bias patterns and I always love a summer dress. Besides, it’s not like I have a lot of other things going on right now!

The construction of the dress itself is fairly simple and it comes together pretty quickly. The most fiddly part is the bias tape, you make your own and then use it for both sides of the bodice, the arm holes, and the straps. This takes a bit of work, but nothing too hard, and the ready to wear look of it when it’s finished is worth the effort!

I had a bit of trouble fitting the bodice. I think I need to start making small bust adjustments something I do regularly with patterns and I will try it if I make this one again. I love the style of this, it feels very now with the midi length and slip dress/90s throwback vibe. It will be fun to see how much wear I get out of it in the coming months!

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Here are some stats and links

Pattern: The Calvin Dress from True Bias, there is a top version as well

Sizing/alterations: I made up the size 6. It was a little big in the bust for me so I pinched in the sides, maybe an inch in total? In the future I would like to try a small bust adjustment with this pattern

Fabric: This is a beautiful sandwashed rayon that came in myNeedle Sharp subscriptionbox. I love the drape of it and it reads almost brown/gray which is a new color for me.

Thoughts/Comments: Fairly simple to construct, minus making all your own bias tape (but it’s good practice!) I love the length of it and it feels like a cool style that is different from anything else I own. Will be fun to layer up some as the weather gets colder here.

 

Embracing Imperfect Makes

While cleaning out my closet I noticed that I do not own a lot of pants. I had some jeans that I bought post pregnancy but not a lot of other options. These past few months I’ve jumped head first into making pants and want to share my thoughts on making my first pair of jeans! Here are a few stats and links:

Pattern Name: Ginger Jeans from Closet Case Patterns

Size Made: 10, with adjustments on fitting the waist and side seams. Basically I basted the jeans first and then just pinched in where I needed to- nothing very scientific!

Supplies: I bought all my materials through a Needle Sharp Subscription Box. I love these boxes as they have everything in them needed for a project. If you’re looking for more kits specific to the notions needed for jean making, check out the Closet Case Jeans Making Kit as well as the Blackbird Fabrics Jean Making Hardware Kit

Additional notes: This is a very popular jeans pattern- and for good reason! Check out the hashtag on instagram to see them on different people. Check out  The Sew Along on the Closet Case blog, and the pattern link above also lists quite a few resources. While I’m not sure I will be making this specific pattern again anytime soon, I was really happy with the entire process and the end result. If you have sewn other garments before and are ready to dive into jeans making, I would think you could have a lot of success with this pattern!

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I get a lot of comments from people that don’t sew along the lines of ‘I could never do that!’ or ‘I want to start sewing but have no idea where to start and it looks so hard!’ My advice is always to just start. I took a couple of classes to learn how to work a machine and sew a straight line and then from there I just started sewing! There are so many amazing resources online that if I came across something I didn’t know, I just used good ole Google to help me sort it out.

That being said, I make a lot of mistakes. These jeans have a few of them. There are things I’ve made and then later have to get rid of because of mistakes. There are things I wear that I notice the imperfections and it will sometimes bother me.

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Over the past year or so I’ve learned to embrace these imperfections. I’ve learned from them, in what to do next time and also in what’s important to me. Perfection is not my goal. Maybe it used to be? Maybe there was a time when I really cared about being as close to perfect as possible (and not just in sewing). But I truly believe there’s beauty in the wonky topstitching. There’s a story behind a pocket that didn’t turn out right or a zipper fly that gapes open just a hair.

All of these imperfections come from my hands and to me that’s beautiful. My quest is to create clothes I love and when I wear these imperfect jeans it’s amazing to me that they are more comfortable than any pair I’ve ever bought from a store.

Letting the fear of imperfection stop you from learning something new is a waste of time.  Maybe you try something new and it doesn’t work out, I know there’s still value there. And then the times you try something new and find a whole new side of yourself? An entire new way of being? What if fear had kept you from that!

Equating sewing to life changing may seem like a stretch, but I’ve noticed how I approach the small stuff is also how I tend to approach the big stuff so I’d argue that it’s a fair comparison.

So I say, jump on in! Do the new skill imperfectly, wear the results with pride. Learn something about yourself in the process. Recognize that how we spend our time and express ourselves is reflected throughout our life and that fear lessens the joy. Enjoy the process, learn from the mistakes, google what you don’t know, and then be sure and share that journey with other people that will appreciate it!