Week in the Sewing Life No. 11

Happy Friday everyone!! I did zero sewing this week, but I did prep a few things and film/photograph quite a few others. I just wasn’t in the mood I guess and that’s just fine.

Tomorrow I’ll be sharing a pair of pants for my capsule and next week I have my monthly pattern review as well as an easy, comfy dress I made over the weekend.

This weekend we are going skiing for the last time of the season and we are all very excited. We’ve gotten quite a bit of snow and it has been really cold here this week so we’re just going to embrace the winter vibe and enjoy it. Soon I hope to be digging in the dirt and soaking up some sun though!

Here are some good things I found around the internet this week!

Go Fug Yourself is looking at Classic Oscars gowns and I loved this post on Audrey Hepburn.

Deer and Doe has some new patterns out and I really love the Coquelicot Dress. That square neckline with the ruffle is so beautiful!

Martha at Buried Diamond always has great posts. I love her use of prints and color and how she translates vintage patterns into her style. This shirred dress has me dreaming of summer.

Over on Instagram, @duana_m_chandler had me gasping over this dress. I bought this pattern and seeing her version has moved it to the top of my make list for summer!

I would love to try @contour_affair ‘s tutorial for this dress.

And if you are looking for food inspiration, go check out @aprilisforarabfood and get inspired to make something delicious for supper.

Week in the Sewing Life No. 10

I haven’t done one of these in a few weeks, but here’s what’s been going on over here!

I’ve been getting my spring wardrobe ready. I’m excited to share the capsule that I’m building and my resources for it soon and more than anything I’m excited to dress for spring. It’s snowy and cold this weekend but I know those sunny warm days are just around the corner… Right!??!?!

Next week I’ll share thoughts and plans and then I hope there are a lot of finished garments up on the blog for the weeks to come. I’m also hoping to build my handmade wardrobe page that I have linked up there at the top of my blog. I would love for you to be able to see all my makes and easily click through to find links and descriptions. I’m thinking starting with this new season may be easiest!

I’ll be hunkering down this weekend and getting some sewing in. I’ve been sharing a lot of makes as I go on Instagram if you want to follow along there!

Looking through articles I bookmarked, here is a free tutorial for a twisted headband. I might see if Harper and I could whip some of these up this weekend.

I am loving all the photos coming out of the ‘House of Gucci’ set! This is a cool article about the costume design.

The Ancient Fabric No One Knows How to Make’ That’s all you need to know, go dive into it!

This article is about the Swedish crochet artist responsible for all the British rockers wearing crochet back in the day is interesting.

This is old, but our Interior Secretary Deb Haaland being sworn in wearing traditional Native American clothing is pretty cool. I’ve been thinking a lot about why clothing is important, and a moment like this proves that clothes absolutely have power to speak for us.

And finally, a nice tribute to the ballerina Misty Copeland. Representation matters and hearing other dancers reflect on her legacy is pretty cool.

Week in the Sewing Life No. 9

This week has been a tease with some seriously gorgeous spring weather, and now we are about to get whomped (that’s the word the weather man actually used) with a good amount of snow. I have a few easy projects cut out and am hoping to dive into a more complicated make while we’re cozied up indoors.

Thank you for all the kind comments on my winter module! I’ve had fun mixing these pieces into my wardrobe and I’ve had a lot of fun this week getting dressed and continuing to play along with the Sew Happy Color challenge over on instagram. It was yellow week- my favorite!- and it made me happy each morning figuring out what I wanted to wear.

This was mentioned at the beginning of the month, but Canva has a very cool color wheel tool that you can use to play around with new color combinations if you’re looking for ways to get inspired and play along with the challenge.

I thought this was a helpful article on how to buy yarn online. Fabric can still be a challenge even after years of sewing so yarn is absolutely intimidating to me!

This is an adorable free pattern for little girls and I’ve seen a few people make it up as an actual dress. I might save it for Harper for the summer.

I loved this round up of the 2021 Costume Designers Guild Award Nominations. I’ve been watching Bridgerton and costumes and sets are so beautiful and definitely help tell the story. I love costumes and the stories behind how they get made.

I hope you have a warm and cozy weekend wherever you are!

Week in the Sewing Life No. 8

I don’t have much to report this week as I was kept pretty busy with appointments for Sam. All good news, but all took place during nap times so these past two days I’ve been trying to work and get him back on his schedule. Kids are a full time job I tell ya!

I did get to work a little bit on my topper for my winter module and I’m really hoping it will be finished and up here for you on Monday! I have some plans to sew this weekend, a few easy things and one that might take a little more effort.

I haven’t been able to snoop around the internet much this week but I did get back on instagram and have had a great time playing along with and following the #sewhappycolor2021 challenge. This week was pink/red and I highly recommend looking through the hashtag. You will absolutely be inspired!

I hope you have a great, relaxing weekend! The weather is supposed to be pretty nice here and I hope and I can get out on a few hikes and walks with my family.

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!