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February, 2016

Holy Crap You Guys More Bras

I. Can’t. Stop.

I started with one bra, then I made two more, and now I’ve made two MORE!

Shane asked me how many bras a human woman actually needs. Since he’s known me I’ve been the owner of the same 4 bras: 2 I wear, 1 junk one when I need to wash the other 2, and a strapless. Now I’m basically in bra heaven, right? I’ve got bras everywhere!

Cutest Bra of the New Bunch!

Cutest Bra of the New Bunch!

This is the best bra I’ve sewn! It’s pretty freaking perfect if I do say so myself.

Perfect Bra!

Perfect Bra!

I got my elastic tension spot on all over the bra, the cup size is perfect, the straps are great! Where everything meets in the middle is perfect, too.

Cup Lining!

Cup Lining!

The black power mesh I got from Tailor Made is great – nice stretch and support on it’s own, but I wanted it to be less shear and with a little more nipple coverage, so I lined the cups with some leftover power mesh from a previous bra. It worked perfectly! Added support and it’s got great coverage.

3 hooks!

3 hooks!

And I’m back to my preferred 3 hook closure. This bra is ACES and I’m really proud of myself!

Nude Snoozefest

Nude Snoozefest

I also made this freaking snoozefest of a all nude bra, because all my bras are lacy and/or black and I didn’t have anything I could wear under a white or light shirt.

YAAAWWWNNNNN

YAAAWWWNNNNN

I did a good job putting this one together, too – every piece is a double layer of the nude power mesh I got from Stylish Fabric on etsy. It was pretty thin, but a double layer makes it perfect!

3 Hooks, Too!

3 Hooks, Too!

The rest of the pieces of the bra I got from Tailor Made, and it came together really well. It’s NOT cute, but it does it’s job.

So I’ve got ONE MORE BRA on the brain and then I’m putting my bra making on the back burner I promise. It’s just so addicting! Have you tried it yet?!

Try Something New Every Month: Serging Success!

Last week I talked about how I was finally going to get over my fear of breaking out my serger and actually dig into it, and I did!

Serging!

Serging!

But it was almost over before it even got started. For some reason instead of like, looking at the machine! I just started serging something to see what would happen. What happened is that 3″ in I broke a needle and everything basically exploded. Because of course it did! It wasn’t even threaded. I have no idea what I was even thinking!

Luckily my friend Paula, the sewing expert, came and showed me how to thread the machine and it started sewing beautifully! What was really cool was that Paula’s mom, and my serger’s previous owner, had color coded the spools so I could see exactly what was happening with each thread, which really helped! This weekend I’m going to try using it on my own and threading it myself and see if I feel as confident about it. But! I used it, it was awesome! And I’ve got just 10000 more things to learn, but I’m not scared anymore.

And I made 3 new shirts!

Sweatshirt Knit and...

Sweatshirt Knit and…

... a reclaimed pair of sweatpants!

… a reclaimed pair of sweatpants!

I made 3 (more!) Linden Sweatshirts (you may remember when I went on a flannel Linden tear a couple months ago!), this time actual sweatshirts since they were made with a few different variations of knits. First up is a blue sweatshirt knit I grabbed from Craft Sanctuary when she was having a destash sale on her instagram account – such a great idea! The grey is a reclaimed GIGANTIC pair of sweatpants I got from a thrift store as part of last year’s halloween costume that seriously went to good use because I used every inch of those $7 XXXXL sweatpants. I can’t wait to shop for more gigantic sweatpants to make more sweatshirts out of! But that’s why you see a seam or two around that wouldn’t normally be there. I opened up the big legs but had to put the leg seams somewhere.

You’ll also notice the neckline bunches a little bit – I didn’t have enough of the sweatpant material to cut the neckline piece with the grainline so it didn’t have enough stretch. I should have cut a larger piece but again! Not enough material. So I just went with it! It doesn’t look too bad and I think it will kind of even out with a few washings.

Polka dots and some grey jersey makes a freaking SOFT sweatshirt!

Polka dots and some grey jersey makes a freaking SOFT sweatshirt!

So Cute!

So Cute!

This brownish with redish polka dot materials is also from Ashley’s sale! I paired it with some grey jersey I had from my stash forever and it’s so great! So so cute – wore this on Sunday and got some really great response. It makes me pretty happy!

And YEAH holy crap I need a haircut! haha

Also Cute!

Also Cute!

Tee View!

Tee View!

I had just enough of the grey jersey left to cut the body of the other view of the Linden Sweatshirt and I paired it with some redish jersey I also had in my stash that I bought a few months ago specifically for a Linden Sweatshirt and then got too scared to use my serger on my own. It made great sleeves and I have a TON left to do something with.

So there you have it! A day of sewing with my friends and I have 3 new tops and I only broke 1 needle! Not too shabby.

Try Something New Every Month: Serging!

I’m joining Stephanie of Swoodson Says to try something new every month. January was a MONSTER success with bra making so I’m excited to dig in to February!

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Recap:

January – Bra Making!
Prep Post ~ Results Post ~ AND MORE!

So Stephanie’s prompt this month is a tactile craft, like clay or soap making. And of course I had every intention of staying on prompt and would actually really like to try making soap someday! But I have a bigger hurdle to jump in my life right now.

My Serger

My Serger

 I had an amazing opportunity to buy a second hand serger from my friend Paula’s mom who was upgrading her machine so I took it!

… back in December. I brought it home and put it here in this corner and there it has sat! It’s not even like I’m not sewing. I’m just not using the serger. My serger! Than I bought! And that is in my house. I’m just too intimidated by it to pull it out. Like a dummy! I know as soon as I dig into it I will love it and my sewing life will change and everything will be amazing I just haven’t.

I used a serger once, back at Camp Workroom Social, so it’s not exactly NEW new to me, but my machine is new to me and doing it without someone helping me every step of the way is new for me so I think it counts.

SO! I’m writing it here on this post. This weekend I WILL sew with my serger and it will be awesome. I even bought a beginner serger class from Craftsy I’m going to take! I’m doing it.

Wish me luck! I’ll post my findings next week. And PS I’m making more bras this weekend, too! I seriously can’t stop!

New Pattern! Under the Sea Mobile

Under the Sea Creatures!

Under the Sea Creatures!

I’ve got a new pattern out with Knit Picks – Under the Sea Mobile! And on ravelry here.

Perfect!

Perfect!

Such Cute Little Guys!

Such Cute Little Guys!

Mobile in Action!

Mobile in Action!

Five fun sea creatures make up this adorable mobile perfect for every baby! Create the mobile by yarn wrapping dowel rods, and then just hang your creatures.

Finished Measurements:
Jellyfish: 6.25” long at longest point not including legs, x 7.5” circumference.
Octopus: 7.25” long at longest point not including legs, x 9” circumference.
Squid: 75.75” long at longest point not including legs, and x 14.5” circumference.
Whale: 9” long x 6.25” circumference.
Fish: 5.75” long not including tail, x 5.25” circumference.

Yarn Colors (1 ball each):
A) Clarity 25548
B) Cyan 24583
C) Seafaring 26048
D) Eggplant 24255
E) Semolina 24250
F) Cayenne 26057

Notions: A few handfuls of Polyfill, yarn needle, stitch markers, 2 12” or shorter dowel rods, crafters glue.

Whale!

Whale!

Squid!

Squid!

Octopus!

Octopus!

Jellyfish!

Jellyfish!

Fish!

Fish!

This free download can be used in a bunch of different ways – knit up all the creatures in Knit Picks Palette and have tiny toys for a mobile, or bump up the yarn, yardage, and needle size and create larger pieces for toys!

Download the free pattern from Knit Picks! Grab all the yarn for like $20 – pretty great right? Don’t forget to add to your queue and favorite on ravelry, too!

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More Bra Making!

If you’re here for the boobs you’re going to be disappointed! But if you’re here to see how addicted I am to bra making, you’re in the right place!

Another kit! Yay!

Another kit! Yay!

I made TWO Watson Bras this weekend – we had a sewing day at the studio and we were all plugging away at bras. I’ve started an epidemic!

Pretty Cups!

Pretty Cups!

Why did I pull out the old dress form instead of modeling the bras like last week? These are SUPER sheer! It’s nipple city, so I decided to spare you. This hasn’t stopped me from showing everyone I come across IRL, though, so if you see me on the street get ready to get an eye full!

So just like the first bra I made, I ordered a complete kit from Tailor Made Shoppe for this sage bra. Since the cups of my last bra were a tiny bit too small I sized up to a 34E for this one.

Larger Cups

Larger Cups

The cups fit great! The band is a little tight. I think the lace had less stretch in this kit so it REALLY holds in my ribs. I think I’m going to try to snip it a little to let the elastic out just a bit to see if I can loosen it a little that way.

Pretty Lace Lined Up!

Pretty Lace Lined Up!

I also lined up the decoration on my lace, which went against the direction of the stretch, and I’m sure that didn’t help. But! I wore it all day and I would just prefer it to be a little looser, it’s not like it’s uncomfortable. With a bra every like 1/8″ counts! I’m learning so much from making them with the different materials.

Pretty Black Bra!

Pretty Black Bra!

Then I made this one! I pieced it together – I wanted to try to make a bra that wasn’t all lace, so it would lay smoother under thinner tees and tanks. I bought some black mesh and a little lace from Tailor Made and winged it!

Looking Good!

Looking Good!

It’s so crazy how much differently this one fits than the sage one fits – same pattern, different materials, different bras. The cups of this one are a little big! So I think in the future I’ll make a 34D when making a lace-less cup and go up to a 34E with the lace + mesh cup.

Love the Lace!

Love the Lace!

Got to hand it to myself – love how I lined up the lace along the band like this! Such a pretty detail.

Back Fudging

Back Fudging

I accidentally bought hook and eye closures with only 2 hooks instead of 3 – with the long form bra you need a 3 hook because it’s more fabric. So I just kind of graded down the back fabric to feed into the 2 hook closure. You can see there is a little sagging in the fabric because I bunched it in there but once it is on that goes away and it’s really smooth and comfortable. I like the look of the 2 hook closure better, but I like the feel and fit of the 3 hook closure. It’s nice to have been forced into having a variety! ha

Overall I’m SUPER happy with these bras! I’m learning so much about the fit and difference between the materials. They are both super wearable, and I think with a tiny amount of tweaking that sage bra is going to be even more wearable. And yeah! I totally ordered more supplies. Can’t stop won’t stop!

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