Vogue 8805- Colorblocked fun for The Monthly Stitch

Vogue8805outsideHere is the Monthly Stitch Challenge project finished (and photographed, which is the step that always slows this blog down) at last. I liked this pattern, Vogue 8805, much more than I expected. The fit in the shoulder and the shape of the top panel joining the middle panel is really great. Additionally, it includes adjustable darts—you pick the cup size. A very nice feature for this rather simple pattern. Continue reading

The Plan for Gearing Up for MMM 2014

Here are the details of my Gear Up for MMM project:

I’ll start with the pattered fabrics.


mission-maxi-cover_1024x1024This colorful chevron is very large scale knit that I plan to make a maxi dress out of. I’m thinking something very simple like the Mission Maxi wouldn’t break up the print, but I’m hesistant because of the $15 price tag. I know It would look equally good as a loose, batwing top or tunic, but a summer maxi dress fits my vision of an easy and stylish summer piece and I’ll probably wear it a lot.


airelle_225I love this navy, beige, and white swirl and it is a cotton silk blend and so light and airy! It could be a Deer and Doe Arielle blouse or perhaps the Colette Jasmine blouse. I don’t need too many details with such a busy print, and I don’t want to put buttons on such a lightweight fabric. It is so lovely and soft and will be perfect for spring and summer.

aqua floral chiffonI found this floral chiffon at value village and it will make a great Kimono sleeve dress. I think Salme patterns has one that’s simple, or maybe I could just draft my own. Using the word “draft” sure sounds official, but I think it would be fairly easy. I do know I would have to French seam and finish all those chiffon edges.. Still, I like the colors! And it was only $4.

navy floral slinkyThis Navy blue floral is a somewhat slinky knit. I have a top that I bought at Nordstrom that’s a slinky mauve knit cut like a sweatshirt and it’s one of my favorite tops. It’s easy to wear and comfortable but the slinky fabric makes it kind of special and still chic. I’m going to make the sleeves out of the plain blue, I’ve seen this done a lot in ready-to-wear and I think too much of this floral pattern would be too much. Just too much. I have a basic sweatshirt pattern from the book Sew U Home Stretch by Wendy Mullin.

navyIkatAnd then I found this bottom weight white and navy blue ikat fabric and squealed with delight! I plan on making pants and a jacket (but not to wear together, I promise!) I think pants out of this pattern will go with almost everything else I plan on making, and a jacket will also look great in this pattern. I’m so excited about this fabric. Boy am I a dork.  It actually has quite a bit of stretch so making skinny jeans out of it should be successful. I say this with great trepidation because I have never made pants before. But I am ready to tackle pants, especially since I wear them so much, and I love the Named Jamie jeans pattern.

grayhoundstoothI wanted to add some textures, not just prints (even though they are fun and addicting). This wool is houndstooth pattern, but it really acts more like a texture because it’s in such neutral colors and it is nubbly. Is it boucle? It is loosely woven and ravelly as hell. I am making a simple skirt with this and I think it will pair well with the other things I have planned, but it’s still a great piece on its own. I would buy it in a store.

tweedMossSkirtI also have a little bit of this blue tweed I also found a Value Village. I think I have enough to make a Moss miniskirt but I haven’t laid the pattern out yet so it remains to be seen. I hope so. Though it just now occurred to me that I don’t know how to line a Moss miniskirt. Should I skip a lining… but I might regret that in the summer. Tweed can get itchy and hot. I have to think more about that.

graycorsetM6325This gray looks textured but it’s actually quite soft. I loved Crab and Bee’s version of this corset- like top, McCalls 6325. I really liked how it could go under jackets or sweaters or still be worn on its own. Layer, layer, layer is my motto! And I think it will be a fun fitting challenge. But bust cups! Eek!

knitsSolids: I have these 2 very lightweight knits, one in gray and one in mustard. I think I’ll make a color blocked T-shirt. Something simple and probably not very fitted. Maybe a Hemlock Tee? Plantain T?

royal blue rayonThis blue rayon has a tiny bit of sheen to it. It is nice and silky but still substantial. I want a button down top with button pockets and tabs on the sleeves. Classic.

pinkcrossI picked up this strange polyester pink and black pattern stuff just for fun. I don’t have a lot of it, so I was thinking I jacket but with contrast sleeves in black? I don’t know how it works into my wardrobe plan, but it was just so cool I had to have it.

I also want some pink denim for pants or jeans, and I’m having a little trouble finding some. A pink jacket would be great too, but again, not to wear together! It would be a good contrast with all the blue. And I think it is pretty obvious that a white jacket is going to be necessary. A white jacket would basically change the whole look of each outfit. Oh man, did I just add another piece to my plan?

Comment with a link to your spring/summer wardrobe plan and I’ll list them on my Gear Up for MMM’14 page and we can delight in the fun of a wardrobe full of Me Mades!

Gear Up for Me Made May ’14 Project

button200x200I love a big project. Isn’t it fun to plan and work on a complex and multi-faceted project? The bigger the project, the more rewarding it is to me. That’s why I train for marathons! When the scope of my goal is expansive, I get excited, not overwhelmed. Is that weird?

But sewing is a little different… I am not technically ready for the typical “big project” things like the hand-tailored jacket or drafting my own pant pattern. Nope, not yet.

Last year, I created a wardrobe for my nine-year-old daughter and it was a blast. I made two dresses, a skirt and top combo, a coat, and some cardigans. I kept them all in the same color palette so they could mix-and-match. The colors also meant I could buy her shoes, accessories and sweaters confidently since I knew what she had in her wardrobe. I got the idea from Simple Simon and Co., her collection was brilliant and inspiring!

It was so fun! All that fun I had inspired me to start this blog, actually.

But since I began this blog I’ve been sewing much more for me. So, it just makes sense to do a similar project with my own wardrobe. Selfish selfish sewing!

Me Made May is only a couple months away and, as it stands, I don’t think I could get through an entire month of wearing my own creations. A big hole that I need to address is how things in my handmade wardrobe go together. I make stuff with no thought to how it will fit with everything else. This project will intentionally deal with that problem.

The Plan is to make 13 pieces.

  • 5 tops
  • 4 bottoms- 2 skirts and 2 pants
  • 2 dresses
  • 2 jackets

colorsSmallColor story – navy, gray, white, and pink

These pieces (in theory) should be able to work together to make at least 25 different looks. If I can include some of my other hand mades into my month, that has me covered for the Me Made May challenge. I do need to finish a project and  half a week, but that is just the kick in the butt I need, anyway.

Tomorrow I’ll post my fabric and pattern selections. Isn’t looking through your stash and perhaps purchasing a piece of fabric or two one of the funnest parts? It was for me!

If you also need to gear up for Me Made May this year and want to join in the fun, I made a blog button (code in my sidebar) for you to use if you’d like. Let me know in the comments if you are joining me so I can follow along with your project, too!