Mini Me/// Burda 9356

Today I have a fun little project to share with you! I saved my leftover fabric pieces from this project and whipped up something for my daughter. I had a lot of fun with this and loved using every last bit of fabric that I had. Just so you know, I’ll be showing pictures of the garment and not her in because we’ve been having a lot of talks lately about putting pictures on the internet and she didn’t want to be photographed. I know that’s tricky when this is a sewing blog and fit is a big part of that, but you will have to trust me that she looks adorable in it!

I sewed up Burda Kids 9356 out of this corduroy in the size 11. This is a classic pattern with an option to also just be a skirt and it has US sizes 6- 14 in the envelope.

I knew it would probably be something she wore more in the fall than now so I sized up. She is also fairly tall so I like that this is plenty long enough and she feels comfortable wearing it as an every day piece.

This pattern came together very quickly. The instructions are clear and the drafting and finishings are great. The two bib pieces are fully lined and the waistband of the skirt allows for a really clean finish on the inside. I also appreciated the construction of the pockets. There is one piece that fits under the front of the skirt and it makes the pockets lie flat and keep any bulk or weird bumps happening.

The shirt I just traced off from a t-shirt she had in her closet. I didn’t have enough fabric to make it long sleeve, so it’s about three quarter with a thick cuff. This fabric is really comfortable and she (and I!) love the colors so I know she will wear it a lot.

A fun project and she loves it! Used up some scraps and also now we have matching outfits- winning all around.

Make That Look///March

I love taking a ready to wear or street styled look and figuring out how to make it for myself. You can find my past Make That Look challenges here!

Today I’m starting with this pin I saved earlier this year.

I’m sorry I don’t have the original source, the link just sends me to Amazon and I couldn’t find the site it started on. I saved this pin because I loved these pants! The high waist, the color, and I liked the seventies vibe with that striped sweater.

Here is what I came up with! I made the Persephone Pants in this stretch corduroy and think they are pretty good at capturing what I liked about the pinned image. I sewed the size 8 and lengthened them so they are full length (the original pattern is cropped!)

For the shirt, I found this beautiful striped rib knit at Blackbird Fabrics and loved that all the colors from my winter module were in it. I sewed up the Seamwork Orlando shirt in the size 6 and just lengthened the sleeves so they would be full length.

Seamwork patterns just don’t fit me, I would need to pinch out some of the front here to make this shirt fit perfectly, but for a simple t-shirt I think it’s ok. I like how wide the scoop is and this will be a great basic t-shirt to layer up and wear throughout the fall and spring.

I am always looking for fun pants that aren’t jeans or leggings but that fit into my stay at home lifestyle. I think these pants are cute, playful, comfortable, and will get worn quite a bit.

How do you think I did?

My Fall Module/// Toaster Sweater

I’m sharing my second top that I made for my fall module today, if you want to see all my other pieces, click here!

I rarely make patterns over and over again. I’m not sure why? There are just so many great designs out there and I love variety in my closet, it’s just not something I do. So when I tell you that this is the fourth time I’ve sewn up this pattern, I hope you understand that means I truly love it!

This is the Toaster Sweater #1 by Sew House Seven . It is a classic sweater and I love both versions. I’ve made them both and hacked version #2 into a sweater dress that I wear all the time. It is an easy make, easy to fit, and it’s one of those basic tops that you will pull out again and again in the colder months.

I made this in a size medium out of this gorgeous Ultra Plush Stripe Texture Sweater knit in Hunter. This fabric is incredible! It is cozy and soft but still has a little drape to it. I think it would make an amazing cardigan or sweater dress!

I love this rich green color and I had fun playing with the ribbing texture, making it go in different directions on the bands and neck. I think in the past I’ve sewn the small, but I went for the medium here because I’m gravitating towards the slouchy, oversized look. I like that this doesn’t drown me but still gives me that same feeling.

This sweater is going to be one I wear year after year. I love how it looks with the other things I’ve made in this module and how well it works with clothes I already own!

Kid’s Fall Module Part Three Finished!

I am finally at the end of my month long sewing of kids’ clothes! All three children now have great pieces to mix and match with stuff they already have and practical things to layer up as the weather is turning cooler.

Today I have my daughter’s module to share with you! Just for a brief recap, a module includes one topper, two pants, and three tops. The idea is everything can be worn together and also works with what’s already in her closet. You can see my two year old’s module here and my older son’s here.

For my daughter’s topper, this is one you’ve already seen! It’s the Navigator pullover by Love Notions patterns. I have an entire post about this (read it here) but this has proven to be such a useful layering piece in her wardrobe already. We’ve had cooler mornings and warmer days and this is just the perfect weight. I used this sweatshirt fleece and it’s yellow, her favorite color!, for house Hufflepuff!

For her bottoms, I realized she really had a hole in her wardrobe when it came to pants that aren’t jeans. So I decided to make her a pair of denim leggings and two pairs of joggers.

Those leggings are from this issue of Ottobre magazine. I know it’s hard to see in the picture, but there is a pleating detail on the knee that elevates these a bit and I hope will also make them last a little longer. This stretch denim was in my stash and I had the perfect amount for these leggings!

The mint joggers are another Ottobre magazine pattern and this fabric is a soft knit from Art Gallery. I love the color and she loves how soft they are, but they are a little thin. These will work more as leggings but the legs are pretty narrow so I think that will be fine!

The mustard yellow joggers are the True Bias mini Hudsons and I made them out of this gorgeous knit. These are definitely thicker and will be able to be worn on cooler days and it would be easy to fit long johns underneath if she wanted an added layer for warmth!

And finally, we have her tops! I love how all of these came out and how great all the colors in this whole module work together. All three are from Ottobre (I put that subscription to good use this month!) and all sewed up really quickly.

That owl fabric is from Art Gallery and I had some leftover from a failed project. I was so happy to use it and love the light pink rib knit with it.

The tunic is another Art Gallery (their knits are just so lovely to work with!) and I liked using that mustard yellow for some contrast.

This periwinkle sweat shirting is so soft and this oversized sweatshirt will get a lot of wear. I made the top of the size range, I think it was an Ottobre 123?, and I wish I could have gone higher. I may be on the hunt for an indie version of this pattern or try and draft it up. I can see her wanting to wear more of these!

And there we go! The final kid’s fall module is done! I have loved working on these. I know that my sewing skills have gotten better, I’m a whiz at pants now!, and most of these did not take much time so it was really gratifying to be able to finish a garment in one session.

I’m ready to get back to me though! I will be back Saturday with some workout gear I’ve been sewing up and a great discount code so you can get sewing some for yourself!

Three Tank Tops

These past few months I’ve noticed a change in how and what I sew. Lockdown and not being able to pop into a store whenever I want meant that I got creative with the supplies I had on hand. I’ve gone through all my thread (even if it didn’t exactly match) and my fabric stash has gotten very low. I have been taking my time (no rush because there’s no where to wear the new clothes) and really considering what I want to make. Will it be something I love? Something I reach for again and again? Now that I’ve started making purchases I take the same consideration into what I buy along with examining the companies I’m giving my money to. I hope that when this dark time in the world is over, I keep these philosophies with me and remember that there were some benefits when I didn’t value convenience above all else.

These three tank tops are a result of needing some basics for summer and using the last of these rib knits that were in my stash. I’ve sewn up the terra-cotta and blue fabrics this year and had just (and I mean just!) enough left to eek out a tank top. The purple was a remnant I bought from Blackbird Fabrics some time last year. I’m not sure the color is great on me, but I think I can layer it up and get a lot of wear out of it as it’s very soft and cozy.  I am not huge on crop tops, but plan on wearing the terra-cotta tank for working out or sleeping in and maybe as an under layer with other tops.

I already owned this pattern from Seamwork, the Julia tank, and it’s very simple, just two pattern pieces. I wish they included the pattern for the bindings, but it’s not hard to cut out on your own. I made up the size small and found all three to be really big on me so if I make this again, I will size down.

The construction is easy, and while not the most exciting of makes, tank tops are things I wear all the time and I know I will wear these often.

Have you found that the pandemic has changed how you approach the seemingly small things (like hobbies or more mundane tasks) in your every day life?

Pattern details!

Pattern: Julia tank by Seamwork

Size/modifications: Small, had to take in on the sides after making

Fabric: bamboo rib knit from Blackbird Fabrics, mine were all scraps but click here to see their entire selection

Overall thoughts: Simple pattern, I don’t know if it’s the best tank out there but if you’re looking for a looser fit it’s definitely an easy one to reach for.