Sew it Chic in a Week #22

Light Chic

Yes, I’m a little late throwing this up, but I have a really great excuse– I’m moving to California! Cue the”Beverly Hillbillies” theme song! Living in a warm and sunny area is my dream, and we were lucky enough to find a great town to raise our daughters in and, since we don’t have to commute to any offices, it is affordable. It is going to be a huge change, but we can’t be more excited!

So, do I change my blog name? A dilemma! No, I don’t think I will. Gray is still my favorite color and I think it still defines me and my brand. But it is a little funny! I honestly never thought I would have the opportunity to live anywhere else, so I will happily keep my “Gray” name while I bask in the sunshine of my new southern California home.

Let’s have one last Sew it Chic in a Week, and when I return to blogging in a couple weeks from my new place, we’ll think of something else fun. Suggestions welcome!


Here are the informal rules for the link up party:

  • Women’s garments only
  • Made or blogged in the past week only – to avoid reposts.
  • The party is open for a week, until next Saturday.
  • You don’t have to blog to join in! Link up your Pattern Review, your Kollabora project or even an Instagram pic. I know there are so many lovely things made that we never see because not everyone is crazy enough to blog. I also have one person who emails me the pictures so I can get them up here.

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 sunshine on my face. They are encouraging and build community.

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And the last Aurora tank

Aurora tank 5bNow that the July Seamwork magazine is out, it is time to obsess about a new pattern, right? But let me just quickly share the last Aurora tank I made…I did actually make it during the series, but getting things posted is sometimes tricky, especially when I hated these photos so much. Oh well.

Aurora tank 5a

This version also has a cotton yoke, but I lined the yoke with a silky lining. To ensure the lining didn’t peek out at the edges (since it is bright turquoise, I simply shaved an eighth of an inch around the back neckline and armholes of the lining fabric only, making the outer fabric just a tiny bit larger. When sewn edge to edge like normal, this allowed that outer fabric to wrap around the lining just a tad and make it less visible. It worked really well in this simple tank!

Aurora tank 5d

I lined the horizontal lines up carefully, but was super sad when I took these pictures and realized that I could have centered the print on the back and it would have been so, so, so much better! Argh. It didn’t even occur to me until I saw these pictures!

Aurora tank 5c

So, there have been a lot of Aurora tanks on the blog lately. It has been fun trying new combos. I think my favorite is the chambray and pink, but I don’t know…I like the leopard and green, too. What do you think?

Colette seamwork Aurora Collage