Week in the Sewing Life No. 7

Well guys, not much sewing going on over here this week and I was bummed to ‘get behind’ and not have any posts to share, but sometimes that’s the way it goes! I’ve got a teething two year old that’s tired of being cooped up, one kid fighting off a virus, and a whole lot of worry for all my friends and family back in Texas. Whew. Luckily the sick kid is fine (really it’s more of the whole process now that you have to go through to prove he isn’t Covid sick more than just the little virus he was fighting!), my Texans’ power is returning (prayers that water is back soon and not too much damage left behind as it starts to thaw!), and the two year old… well he’s still teething and into absolutely everything, but that I can handle.

I did sew up a dragon plushie for Harper last weekend that she has promised to take photos of so I can share next week. And I finished another top in my winter module and have plans this afternoon to finish the second one. I finished my first knitting project and have started a second. I found it really soothing this week when I was too anxious to concentrate on sewing and now I am hooked! I want to knit allll the things!

Around the internet I found this great list of over 100 free sewing patterns. I also thought these miniature embroidery pieces were amazing!

This article about The People’s Sewing Army and how you can help with your sewing scraps was really inspiring! As was this make by Erica Bunker. I love Mara Hoffman’s work and Erica did an amazing job recreating it!

The only new pattern I have to share with you this week is the Zadie Blouse by Sew Over It. This looks to be a beautiful, very wearable blouse that could be dressed up or down depending on what fabric you choose. I love the dress length!

I hope you stay safe and warm this weekend and my plan is to be back next week with a lot of fun projects to share with you!

Week in the Sewing Life No. 6

I don’t feel like I have a ton to share with you this week. I did get some sewing done, check out the first piece from my winter module!, and I did organize patterns after filming this pattern haul. I had a lot of fun styling up some of my favorite pants and I’ve even gotten up to 14 rows on my knitting project!

But along with all of that, I had a very busy week with other life stuff to deal with, Tuesday felt like one long zoom call! I’m looking forward to the weekend and I have hopes on finishing my tops for the module and sewing up some sweats for the kids. It’s going to get very cold here so we will most likely been inside a lot, but I have some new games I bought as Valentine’s presents so I’m betting we will still have fun.

Here are the things I found online this week!

Tutorials:

How to make a 3 piece hood out of any hoodie pattern over on Hey June Handmade

How to Sew on Buttons with a Sewing Machine from So Sew Easy

New Pattern Releases:

Moonbow Slouchy Knit Cardigan is a free pattern from Mama in a Stitch

the Bianca Pullover from Greenstyle Creations

Stay warm this weekend and I hope you get some sewing in!

Week in the Sewing Life no. 5

As my kids told me this morning, ‘we made it another week through Covid!’ Oh, bless them…

This week I shared plans for sewing my stash as well as the plans for my winter module. I actually sewed up the first piece today and love it! I’m excited to get started on some more. I had one finished garment to show you, and while it didn’t end up quite like I was expecting, it’s very comfortable and wearable! I’ve also completely cleared off my phone and gotten off social media and will share more about that as the month goes on, I’m sure.

Around the internet I found a lot of great stuff, so let’s dive in!

Pattern Releases:

Elio Top by Allie Olson this is a simple knit faux wrap top that looks like a well designed basic to add to your stash.

McCall’s Early Spring Release I have a lot of thoughts about this! The sleeves! What do you guys think? Definite 80s inspirations and a younger vibe, but I don’t hate them.

Scrunchie with Tails pattern and tutorial A simple tutorial and one I may save to use with Harper. A great way to use up those smaller scraps!

How to make a lantern sleeve sweater A free pattern and tutorial for making a sweater with lantern sleeves. Even if you didn’t make this exact pattern, this tutorial could work on other patterns easily.

Challenges:

Zero Waste Sewing Month The Sewcialists are hosting this challenge for the month of February and that means there will be a lot of great posts throughout the month, even if you’re not participating in making something.

Black History Month Pattern Designer Challenge For the third year in a row! Check out the link to see how to participate and to be introduced to some great Black designers!

Inspiration:

Cicely Tyson This is my favorite link this week. A retrospective on Cicely Tyson’s fashion and it is so full of joy! Age is just a number and this look at clothes in her life proves it.

70 of the greatest gowns ever worn by a royal a fun slideshow and really fun after looking at those 80s inspired McCalls’ designs.

Best Online Consignment Stores A great source if you like to shop for vintage clothes online.

Tutorials:

Choosing and Grading between sizes Closet Core has this great tutorial to help you get the best fit with all your sewing.

Makes that caught my eye!

this patchwork Ilford Jacket by Sam from Purple Sewing Cloud is amazing! I love it so much!

Have a great weekend everyone!

Week in the Sewing Life no. 4

And just like that, we are through January! This week was rough for me. I had a hard time getting motivated and am feeling a little cooped up. I did get a couple of projects finished and have started on some fun things for next week. But I also just sat in bed during Sam’s nap time yesterday and caught up on You Tube videos. Trying to be honest and keep it real that not every day is inspiring around here!

I found some good stuff to share with you, there are some beautiful dresses just released!, and I hope you find something that makes you want to get sewing this weekend!

New Pattern Releases

French Poetry Leo Dress

Style Sew Me has the Grace Dress and The Giselle Dress

True Bias updated their sizing for the Nikko top and dress, one of my go to makes!

The Dressmaker’s Guild is offering a free pattern in anticipation of their store opening this spring.

Helpful tutorials

Closet Core Patterns has a detailed post on how to take your measurements

The Stitch Sisters have an in-depth series on using PDF Patterns

So Sew Easy has a tutorial on snap fasteners

Fun DIYs

Amy Nicole Studio has a really cute DIY on how to make pom pom earrings out of your fabric scraps.

A patchwork heart pincushion from We All Sew and these Monster Treat bags from Scratch and Stitch would both be great for Valentine’s Day

Sew up some mittens like Bernie or knit yourself a hat inspired by them!

Inspiration

This interview with Stitch Buffalo over at The Sewcialists was great. Interesting to learn about the cause as well as the artists that come in.

It’s Couture Week in the Fashion world! Vogue always has the shows (or photoshoots). These are always so fun to look at and imagine how they are constructed. Even when I don’t necessarily like them (those hulk body suits are super weird…) I like looking at them and appreciating the ideas and talent behind them.

I hope you have a nice weekend however you spend it!

Week in the Sewing Life no. 3

Oh man- what a week! I’m still on a high from Wednesday!

I managed to finish my coat this week and I absolutely love it. I also loved seeing all the coats at the inauguration, it feels like I could have attended and fit in, no? I whipped up a cute little sweatsuit for Harper that was a nice easy make after such an intense project. I hope to have it up next week!

I started following a lot more sewing blogs and Youtube channels and I thought as part of my weekly wrap ups, I would share my favorite links. These will usually all be fashion or sewing related. Please leave a comment if you have a link (of someone else or your own!) to share. I’d love to check it out!

I loved the Fug Girls wrap up of Wednesday’s events! Amanda Gorman was my favorite part of the ceremony and she looked absolutely amazing. Fashion is not the most important thing, but so much thought goes into these moments and she absolutely nailed it. All the coats were so great!!! I didn’t watch the evening’s festivities, but everyone looked great again. I loved the details about Dr. Biden’s floral dress.

Makes I saw online that made me stop in my tracks:

This Nina Lee Bakerloo blouse from the Polka Dot Palace is so good. I’m seriously considering this pattern after seeing so many people make it their own.

I really like how wearable Allie Jackson’s Wiksten Haori is. Simple and gorgeous and still a staple piece.

Jenny Maker made a beautiful Bonnie Top from Fibre Mood and had some great thoughts and tips on the construction. I have this one planned in my upcoming makes so I appreciated her breakdown of some issues with the sleeve drafting.

And this post from Made by Meg really resonated with me. Chris and I were talking last night about what seeing someone flying the American flag means now a days and maybe it could start meaning something else. Plus I love her Kalle shirt!

There were some really good new patterns released this week too!

True Bias has the Marlo Sweater which looks perfect for being at home and wanting to still look put together but also comfy. I also appreciate that you can get the look of a knitted sweater without actually knowing how to knit.

When I saw Friday Pattern Company’s new pattern, the Heather Blazer, I cheered! I am adding it to my spring make list and it will fit in nicely with my coats section of my Make Nine. Look at this hack Chelsea made, I mean, come on! This pattern is fantastic.

Sew Over It released Salma, a shift dress with some interesting details. Again, comfortable enough to wear working from home but you will look professional on your Zoom calls.

Itch to Stitch released the Lamma Hoodie and Sweatshirt Pattern and everyone is loving it! The style lines are unique and as always, Itch to Stitch has a great size range. I love all the color blocking options and think it could really look ready to wear. Perfect for all my walks this winter!

And for all your cozy needs, check out Helen’s Closet newest, The Jackson Tee and Pullover. It is a gender neutral pattern and while it is certainly simple, looking at the lines and samples I have no doubt this will make a perfect tee every time you make it. Helen has excellent instructions and tips so I would recommend this to all beginner sewists.

Week in the Sewing Life no. 2

I started on my Make Nine plans this week and dove into coat making! I’m almost finished with my first coat and I’m in love. Not only am I liking what I’m making, I have really enjoyed the entire process. I was nervous, making a coat seems daunting!, but being immersed in this project was just what I needed this week. Not only did it keep me off social media and away from 24/7 news, I’ve learned so much and am ready to try harder, more complicated coats. I’m hoping to have my finished coat on the blog next week!

The coat has taken up most of my sewing time, but I did make a few plans for a winter module and have a fun idea of a challenge to do with it. I also heard from the pattern company I plan to review at the end of the month and was excited to read their answers!

We have a family filled long weekend planned and I’m looking forward to it. I hope you’re able to carve out time for your mental health this weekend and I hope this time next week we are all celebrating a wonderful inauguration!

Week in the Sewing Life no. 1

This week I had planned on ‘getting back into a routine’ around the house and I can’t say that’s exactly what happened. The big kids were home from school but assigned a big science fair project and we had quite a few appointments to get to. So, while productive, not exactly a normal routine. And this is excluding everything going on in the news and the time and energy that went into witnessing it.

I don’t have any thoughts to add to the news cycle, and I don’t think that’s why you’re here, but I will say loudly and repeatedly, white supremacy is evil and those that uphold it are actively upholding evil. I will forever listen to the leaders that fight for equality and justice for all and I will continue to do my part to make sure that Black Lives Matter in this country. How about Georgia though?!

Anyway, as far as sewing, I did get my first make done and was happy that it was something from my stash. I’m working on the Closet Core Pouf right now and can’t wait to get my piles of unusable fabric scraps out of my office and into this floor pillow.

This weekend I’m going to start working on my coat. I’m going to actually do the right thing and make a muslin to test the fit. The reviews of the pattern I’m using all say it is pretty oversized, I want to make sure I have the right size chosen before cutting into my pretty wool. I also hope to pinpoint any additions or tweaks I want to make to the coat first. These are all normal reasons to make a muslin and as part of my diving deep this year I want to take the time to get it right!

I hope you got some creative time this week and were able to ease back into real life after the holidays. I also hope you are able to take care of yourselves this weekend, whatever that looks like for you!, and stay safe.