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August, 2014

Sewing FOs! Scout Tees

Fingers crossed you aren’t sick of all my sewing projects! Because I’m on a tear.

I made TWO of Grainline Studio’s Scout Tees! And they both turned out great.

See? I'm SO Happy Wearing It!

See? I’m SO Happy Wearing It!

Super Cute and Flattering!

Super Cute and Flattering!

First Scout Tee!

First Scout Tee!

First up is this adorable flag print cotton I found for crazy cheap! This top came together really quickly and easily, and I absolutely love how it fits and looks.

Just a Casual Top!

Just a Casual Top!

Love that Print!

Love that Print!

I sized way down because I didn’t want as much positive ease in my top.  My 37″ bust size would have me stitch up a size 10, which according to the finished measurements would give me a 41 1/2″ bust top. I wanted a tee with just a little ease because I know that is what will look best on me, so I went with size 4. Clearly I chose correctly!

Fun Floral Print

Fun Floral Print

ALSO Super Flattering!

ALSO Super Flattering!

The Different Print Gives it a Totally Different Look

The Different Print Gives it a Totally Different Look

My second Scout Tee was made in this fun kinda floral silky fabric! I love how abstract the crazy print is, and the kinda silky fabric of this one makes it even more flattering than the cotton one. I have no idea what the actual content of this fabric is – it was still super easy to sew so it’s not actually silk (thank god!). All I know is that I love it!

Great Fit!

Great Fit!

Bright and Fun!

Bright and Fun!

And there you have it! Two more tops to add to the new sewing wardrobe mix. Am I going to be looking fly this fall or what?!

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Sewing FOs! Alder Shirtdress

Last week I shared that Katie, Laura, and I are banding together to each make Grainline Studio’s Alder Shirtdress. I sat down for like 9 hours yesterday and knocked it out!

And – BRACE YOURSELVES – it’s freaking adorable.

The CUTEST!

The CUTEST!

Grainline Studio's Adler Shirtdress

Grainline Studio’s Alder Shirtdress

This was a lot of dress to put together! Like I said last week, I spent like 5 hours putting together the pdf pattern and cutting out the pieces, and I started working on sewing yesterday at about 1pm, and didn’t finish until after 10pm. It was a grind!

View B - swingy skirt!

View B – swingy skirt!

GrainlineStudioAdlerShirtdressFO.3

Really Love the Hemline!

Super Fun Fabric!

Super Fun Fabric!

I just really took my time with it! I had no idea what I was doing most of the time, and read and reread every word Jen was saying in her step by step sew along she’s hosting, which was a real lifesaver. I feel like I grew so much as a sewing stitching this dress up! I have a lot more confidence as a sewer now.

The Damn Buttons!

The Damn Buttons!

Super Pretty Bodice

Super Pretty Bodice

What’s funny is that I can’t wait to make another dress! Jen is going to go into variations, and I just want to keep making this thing until my whole wardrobe is Alder Shirtdresses.

I made myself a size 10 because my bust is just a tiny bit under 37″. The size 10 finished measurement is 38 1/4″, so I thought having just over an inch of positive ease would be the way to go. The dress turned out a little bit big, which I like for this dress because it makes it even easier and breezier, but for the next one I make I’m going to go down to a size 8, just to see what happens.

But basically I just love the shit out of this dress! I can’t wait to scamper around in it forever. With a cardigan I think it will take me deep into fall. Which is great because I don’t think I’ll get back to sewing any time soon, sadly. I’m already dreaming of the next fabric choice, though!

Be sure to check in with Laura on Friday for her finished dress, and Katie on Monday with hers!

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Sewing FOs! Tops, Part 1

I’ve been sharing a lot of my sewing projects recently, between the dress I’m working on and the shorts I’ve pumped out, I’m killing it and having such a fun time relearning my sewing machine!

Next up? Tops!

Cute Sheer Top!

Cute Sheer Top!

Elastic Neckline

Elastic Neckline

Looking so Cute!

Looking so Cute!

This Built by Wendy top pattern was the same one I pulled out and made 4 years ago, that I still wear, so I know it’s a winner. This super sheer fun dots fabric was a great find, and made a perfect top! Here I’m just wearing it with a dark blue bra, and it’s sheer enough to where you can see through it, but not anything specific, so it’s kinda perfect. I can always slip on a tank to wear under it, too.

Pretty Adorable!

Pretty Adorable!

Super Flattering!

Super Flattering!

I haven’t pulled this one out to wear yet because of course as soon as I finished it the temps went up and all I’ve been wearing lately has been tanks, but I can’t wait to add this one to the rotation.

And I’ve got two more tops to show off! It’s like I made myself an entire new wardrobe! Look for those on Friday.

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Sewing FOs! City Gym Shorts

A couple weeks ago I posted about a trip I took to Kalamazoo to get fabric because I was going on a sewing binge. Sewing binge commence!

Super Cute Shorts!

Super Cute Shorts!

Booty Just Won't Quit

Booty Just Won’t Quit

Adorable Bias Tape Piping!

Adorable Bias Tape Piping!

Love Love Love

Love Love Love

First up on the list was a couple pares of Purl Bee’s City Gym Shorts. I’ve never been SUPER into shorts, mostly because of the stupid 90s. If you were a child of the 90s you know that shorts are pleated and hit at your knees, which is just a super unflattering look for everyone. It took me until 2013 to grow out of that thinking and embrace the short. The mostly short short!

I absolutely LOVE my new bias tape maker! I had to make quite a bit of it for 2 pairs of shorts, and I’m fully on board. I’ll be seeking bias tape loving projects from now on!

All of the fabric used in both pairs of shorts was not purchased a couple weeks ago. I snagged it all from my fabric stash because you barely need any to make the shorts. And since it had been a while since I sewed anything I wanted to start with a low risk project!

These are Cute, Too!

These are Cute, Too!

Bootie Looking Good!

Bootie Looking Good!

Front Looking Good, Too!

Front Looking Good, Too!

Fun Piping!

Fun Piping!

As usual the pattern was great! Easy to follow, simple, straight forward, and with great results. Par for the course for Purl Bee! And now I have two great pairs of dog walking/lounging shorts. And, you know, going into the office. Because shorts!

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Adler Shirtdress Sew Along!

I teased a couple weeks ago that I had my eye on Grainline Studio’s lovely Adler Shirtdress, which prompted my buds Katie of Under the Red Umbrella and Laura of DoogKnits to get together and organize a sew along!

Grainline Studio Alder Shirtdress

Grainline Studio Alder Shirtdress

It kicked off on Monday with Katie’s teaser, here I am following her today, and look for Laura’s update on Friday. She posted a great teaser already, though! So you know this lady is pumped.

Jen's Sew Along!

Jen’s Sew Along!

Jen over at Grainline Studio’s blog is running an amazing sew along right now, too, which I know is helping me a whole lot!

A Big Fat Mess

A Big Fat Mess

I meant to have a lot more WIP to show off today, but sadly time got away from me! I had some time yesterday to sew, but I’m headed to Michigan this morning for a long weekend and I didn’t want to leave the house looking a mess while I was gone for 5 days. You know, considerate!

So I took the 51 page PDF print out of the pattern, took a bunch of hours to tape that sucker together, and cut all my fabric and interfacing.

Ready to Cut Fabric!

Ready to Cut Fabric!

Pile o' Pieces!

Pile o’ Pieces!

So as soon as I’m back in Chicago I’ll be ready to go. I left all the pattern pieces pinned to the fabric so that I don’t forget anything! Hopefully I won’t be too confused when I dig back in.

In the mean time, keep an eye on DoogKnits and Under the Red Umbrella for unofficial Adler Shirtdress sew along fun, and of course Jen at Grainline Studio for actual sewing information. That woman knows what she’s talking about! I can’t wait to learn everything I’m going to learn about sewing while stitching up this dress!

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