I made a sweatshirt…sew what?

SewWhatSweatshirt12I love this simple, cozy sweatshirt pattern from BurdaStyle magazine 9/2014 #114. The set-in sleeves are still relaxed, the neckline in wide and easy to wear, but the coolest feature is that the bodice can be cut on the bias in any woven fabric and paired with knit sleeves for a very cool effect. Next time I will use a wool for a sweatery version. Continue reading

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Show us your Stash this week!

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We’re doing something a little different for this week’s link up  – Show us your Stash. I thought it would be fun to see everyone’s fabric stash…how much you have, how you store it, where your stash may have spread to.

IMG_9918Last week I posted on Instagram some of my stash overflow. But…I wasn’t totally honest. You know how it is desirable to put your most lovely photos, with the most artful filters, up on Instagram. So I took a perfectly angled photo displaying my folded fabric like that was somehow the extent of it.

The truth is, my sewing room isn’t always pretty. I enjoy shopping for fabric, and I am a very slow seamstress. I also tend to “save” my favorite pieces of fabric. Ugh. This has recently gotten out of control.

A year and a half ago -- so clean!

Those green buckets are stuffed so full!

I have 4 green bins that slide into my cutting table where I keep my fabric. At one time, that was perfect, and I kept a few more items in the closet under the stairs. Wasn’t my sewing room beautiful?

IMG_9914In a feeble attempt to keep it organized, I bought a big plastic tub. It was instantly filled AND then I couldn’t put the lid on it. So I just started piling new fabrics up on top. Then they spread to the nearby chair. It is a mountain that I now call my shameful pile of fabric.

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The closet under the stairs

Now that I’ve admitted to my shameful stash problem, let me see yours! I created a link party that is open for 4 months, so you can join in whenever you can.

To link up, you can write a blog post that gives us all the juicy details and link to that. Or you could link up a flickr photo or a Instagram photo if you’d like. We can’t wait to see! #addictedtofabric #ilovefabric #fabricporn

Next week I’ll be back with Sew it Chic in a Week, so save up your gorgeous projects for that and we can all admire.
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Wrap up on the McCall’s 6991 blouse

IMG_9789Sewing this blouse (McCall’s 6991) was an uphill battle that has been dragging on for months. I began a little distracted, and quickly realized that I needed all my attention on my project when I

From Instagram

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immediately finished the wrong side of the self-faced edge. Ugh. I wasn’t going to pick out my beautiful baby hem, it would have just shredded the fabric anyway, so I just refolded it. But I had already sewn it to the yoke. Had to unpick that. Then it didn’t lay as well at the join. So I set it aside in a huff. Continue reading

Wild cherries on my sweet girl

Shwin and shwin maggie mae 1And now it is time for Kid’s Clothes Week! Yes, I am in the middle of my wardrobe project, but I do love to sew for my girls and I love the inspiration I get during this special week.

The theme is “wild things” and I snapped this cherry challis up at the SewExpo Vogue fabric booth a couple of years ago. I started a Colette Sencha blouse, got it almost completed with french seams and perfect finishes, then decided I hated it. The neck was too high and the release darts were not flattering. It happens like that sometimes. Maybe I should try it on again and see if I still hate it (2 years later)? Maybe you’ll see it soon on the blog!  Never say never.

IMG_9740But I had a little bit of this fabric left over and I still really liked the way the girlish cherries were balanced by the black background. Paired with this REALLY lovely pink stretch satin, it became a Maggie Mae tunic by Shwin and Shwin. Continue reading

Sew it Chic in a Week #12

Light ChicSpring has truly sprung here in the state of Washington, so we have had lots of rain interspersed with lovely sun. Thursday was the first day of the year that we dined alfresco! And I’ve started dressing in a less layered style – how fun! Changing seasons are always so invigorating for my wardrobe. I’m looking forward to wearing old warm weather favorites, making lots of new items, and buying just a few new things (shoes and maybe a hat?).

IMG_9757Sewing-wise I spent the week making doll clothes with my 10 year old. Shwin and Shwin posted a free pattern for an American Girl doll Frozen inspired Elsa dress and we’ve been making 4 copies – one for each daughter and 2 for friends. It has been so fun sewing with her and she adores it so much! And it is not so serious, since we are just making doll clothes. I can get pretty stressed out about my sewing projects sometimes, even though this is supposed to be my relaxing hobby. So it was fun to take a break! But next week I should have 2 garment projects done. That will be a first for this snail of a seamstress!


Lady Sewalot1Our last link up party was a wonderful group of projects and brought Lauren from Lady Sewalot to my attention. She posted a lovely purple cardigan that everyone clicked on! So I asked her to answer some questions.  Here they are:

1. What is your motivation to sew?
Still being at school, I have pretty much no disposable income so sewing for myself is the only way I have new clothes. Sewing is a great creative outlet that really kills 2 birds with one stone as I can wear my creations for years after I’ve made them. It’s definitely more productive and more fulfilling than watching TV! Next year I’m going to uni to do a degree in Costume Construction. I’m super excited to be sewing costumes all day and every day!

2. What is your favorite thing about sewing?
My favourite thing about sewing is the total freedom you get when making your own clothing. With a sloper, the world is literally at your fingertips! You can mix and match the right fabric to the right pattern to express yourself as an individual in a way that I struggle to do with ready to wear clothes. Through making my own clothes, I’ve learnt that I love full skirted dresses, and simple designs with an interesting and unique design detail which can never be found in stores. I also love having clothing that fits my body and my personality.

Lady Sewalot23. What is your least favorite thing about sewing?
I think my least favourite thing about sewing is the steps at the end of the project where the main body of the garment is done. My ‘vision’ has been realised and I’m raring to wear it already, but those little things have to be done (like hemming) before I can wear it. I wish I had a hemming robot to do my hemming for me!

4. What is the most recent thing you’ve learned about sewing?
Shortcuts are not a good idea. They usually lead to mistakes or a quality I’m not happy with, so have to be re-done, taking more time and work than if I’d just done it properly in the first place!


 

What do you have to link up this week, my friends? Here is just a quick run down of those little rules again:

Women’s garments only
Made or blogged in the past week only – to avoid reposts.
The party is open for a week, until next Friday, and I’ll open a new one Saturday. Feel free to link up every once in a while or try to complete a garment every week!
Optional additional ideas:

If you are on a blogging platform that supports links, please link back to http://www.grayallday.com by using the Sew it Chic in a Week button in the sidebar, or just a simple mention in the text of your post. That way more people will find the party!
Look around and share a comment or 2 with a neighbor. I don’t mind admitting that I savor blog comments as much as eating outside in the fresh air. They are encouraging and build community.

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Sew it Chic in a Week #11

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What a great week of contributions at the link up! Really amazing stuff last week, I was so impressed. Thank you all, and I’m bursting with inspiration!

But I can’t get distracted by the next shiny project. I have to stay focused on my wardrobe contest entry. Even though I only have one item done, I have started 2 others and am still waffling about the last Sewist’s Choice piece. I just got a bunch of new patterns and I keep thinking maybe I should change my plans! Or I should make a new plan! Or I should make extra garments! What, am I crazy? It is fun to contemplate, though.


 

Cookin and Craftin1 This week I would like to introduce you to Meg from Cookin’ and Craftin’, whose Maya top was the most clicked item of last week’s link up. I love the beautiful printed challis she chose. If I had a length of that lovely fabric that is exactly what I’d make! She graciously answered some questions about her sewing process so we can get to know her better.

What is your motivation to sew? 
I’ve always enjoyed making things, but for some reason, I find sewing to be deeply satisfying. I love being able to envision something in my head, sew it up and wear it the next day. Sewing is also very relaxing for me. Except cutting into the fabric: that is so stressful for some reason!
What is your favorite thing about sewing?
I love how it uses both sides of my brain. It requires creativity but also technical skills and math.

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What is your least favorite thing about sewing? 
This is sad, but I don’t really love hand sewing. I am really bad at it. I want to get better, though!
What is the most recent thing you’ve learned about sewing?
Patience! I don’t necessarily always adhere to the rule, but in most case, patience really wins out over rushing it as far as sewing goes.
Thank you, Meg! What lovely projects you have shared with us and it is fun to hear your thoughts on the process.

And now for our 11th link up! Take it away, ladies! But first, in case this is your first time, here are the rules:

  1. Women’s garments only
  2. Made or blogged in the past week only – to avoid reposts.
  3. The party is open for a week, until next Friday, and I’ll open a new one Saturday. Feel free to link up every once in a while or try to complete a garment every week!

Optional additional ideas:

  1. If you are on a blogging platform that supports links, please link back to http://www.grayallday.com by using the Sew it Chic in a Week button in the sidebar, or just a simple mention in the text of your post. That way more people will find the party!
  2. Look around and share a comment or 2 with a neighbor. I don’t mind admitting that I savor blog comments as much as waking up to coffee on my bedside table. They are encouraging and build community.

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Sew It Chic in a Week #10

Light ChicOur Sew it Chic link up is already in the double digits. So far I’ve really been enjoying it and I hope you have, too!

I’ve discovered new blogs and actually made new friends. If everyone still likes reading this and linking, then I will continue hosting every week. And I can’t wait to see what you have for me today. Remember that you don’t have to have a blog to link up. If you have written a review on Pattern Review, posted a project on Kollabora, or even just post pics on Instagram, you can still share!

This week I started on my contest wardrobe…so far so good! I am a very slow sewer, so I have to just remember to get in the sewing room everyday. Does anyone else struggle with an attitude of “if I don’t have an hour or 2, then why bother?” Especially since I’m so slow, if I only have 20 minutes, what am I going to get done? One seam? But, of course, if you sew enough single seams it does make a garment. And, just for fun, I added the wardrobe project to my timekeeping app to see how long it takes me from start to finish. I had to wait and start on Wednesday (April 1st) but I have already put in 2h 42m. Progress is being made!


Chiffon Roxanne Top

Chiffon Roxanne Top

At last week’s link up party, everyone was clickity click click on Jillian’s (from SewUnravelled) amazing culotte pants. They were bold and beautiful! So I contacted her to get some more info about her sewing thoughts and she graciously answered my questions.

Motivation to sew:
I’ve always sewn or crafted, for as long as I can remember. My mother sewed and knit and passed the skills onto me at an early age. It just always “was”. Throughout my life I’ve crafted in one way or another constantly – from sewing to knitting, to silversmithing and crocheting (badly!). The motivation now comes from the ability to have the exact clothing I choose. Creating something different from the norm and that truly reflects me. That’s pretty good motivation! Oh and a little girl who loves dresses in which to twirl and a hubby who begs for items for himself.
Chambray Alder Dress

Chambray Alder Dress

Favourite thing about sewing:
The ability to wear clothing that FITS! Both in the tailoring sense and a style that works for me.
Least Favourite thing:
1. Hemming. Seriously, by that stage of a project I just want it done, on my body and being enjoyed. It can take me days to hem something because I can never decide on length. Up, down, up, down…

2. Fitting: even though it’s also my most favourite thing in terms of the result, I find it a great big frustrating mystery!

Most recent thing I learned:
I can make trousers/pants! I have traditionally stuck to summer sewing (simple dresses, tops, skirts) because they require the least amount of “skill”. I like a quick win. But, I can make trousers and they fit!

Now for the link up rules: 

  1. Women’s garments only
  2. Made or blogged in the past week only – to avoid reposts.
  3. The party is open for a week, until next Friday, and I’ll open a new one Saturday. Feel free to link up every once in a while or try to complete a garment every week!

Optional additional ideas:

  1. If you are on a blogging platform that supports links, please link back to http://www.grayallday.com by using the Sew it Chic in a Week button in the sidebar, or just a simple mention in the text of your post. That way more people will find the party!
  2. Look around and share a comment or 2 with a neighbor. I don’t mind admitting that I savor blog comments as much as waking up to coffee on my bedside table. They are encouraging and build community.

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