Today I'm sharing with you guys my latest ~comfy yet stylish sweater~ make with this Sunday Everyday Sweater by Ensemble Patterns :D I'm on a bit of sweater kick lately, I don't know if it's the semi-spring weather we've been having that's been making me crave all things 'comfy sweater' like or my new found love for sewing with knits but you can expect a few more sweater type from me in the near future! (one would have expected that I would crave sweaters in the fall.... which I guess I do in a way since I'm usually on a 'all things knitted' bender during the autumn....)Read More
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Today I wanted to share my flecked(?), cropped geodesic sweater! (I don't know if flecked is the right word but to me it's flecked) This is my second geodesic, the first I made up last spring in a lovely rayon ponte in an eggplant purple. I've gotten so many complements on it, and it's so comfy to wear, that I knew I needed to make up a second. I made this version in an all cotton sweater knit that I picked up at the spool of thread sale last spring.
This project has been a while in the making, I cut the fabric out wayyyy back in September durring one of my 'weekends are for cutting fabric' mass project cutting frenzies! I didn't get around to sewing it though until early Feb of this year. I don't know why this took me so long to sew considering I wear the other one to death....but once I got started I got well suck in and it came together over two sewing sessions. It would have been one if not for some of the issues I had with serging the tiny 1/4" seam allowance.Read More
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Let's start with the matcha top! I was super excited to sew up this pattern when it appeared in the indie sew winter collection, I've been looking for more tops with interesting sewing details to help fill some wardrobe holes in my closet. I was really intrigued by the neckline, especially the way the collar construction makes an interesting and flattering diamond like shape.Read More
As promised in my previous post, I have a mini tutorial about sewing with waterproof breathable fabrics.
Let's start with a visual representation of 2ply vs 3ply fabrics. As I wrote about previously, the main difference between 2 and 3 ply is the addition of a fused mesh backing to breathable membrane of the waterproof breathable fabric. In the image above you can see the grey mesh of the fused tricot on the 3ply fabric for the jacket I'm making for the Fluffy Blonde Monster. On the right is a scrap of 2ply from my jacket. As you can imagine from the image the 2ply has a very smooth and slippery feel which does present unique challenges when you are sewing with it.Read More
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As promised I'm sharing with you the last project that I finished in 2017. My WATERPROOF Kelly Anorak! Why is waterproof in capitals? Because it's WATERPROOF as in no water can get in, as in a fully functional rain jacket, as in the Vancouverite holly-grail. For those of you who don't live in a rain soaked region you may not fully appreciate the awesome-ness of a fully waterproof jacket (and I don't blame you, I didn't realize how clutch having a stylish waterproof jacket was until I moved here). But believe me, when it rains 70% of the time having a jacket that you can trust to keep you dry is a god-send for the days where you either a) didn't remember your umbrella/were overly optimistic about the rain forecast or b) when the rain is coming sideways and so the umbrella is useless anyway. Now I've had my share of 'water resistant' jackets that while were cute, didn't cut it in the keeping dry department, which was fine for a while but I got tired of being semi-damp half the time. I did have two waterproof jackets, one is a sporty jacket that I wear for camping and hiking and things but it's fluorescent pink....great for emergencies in the wilderness but not so stylish on a day to day. The second was a nice jacket that my mom had bought for me years ago, back in a time where I was more apt to buy based on what I thought the label size should say and not necessarily what fit properly, it was too tight in the shoulders and chest for me to really fit a sweater underneath it which made it uncomfortable to wear in colder weather (it does get cold in Vancouver too ya know, just not normal Canada cold!). I think we've all made this label based decision this at some point or another until we realize that no one else can see the bloody label anyway and if you just cut it out when you get home then you won't either. Anyways, when the Kelly anorak released from Closet Case Files over a year ago I knew that this was my opportunity to make myself a perfectly fitting, waterproof, stylish jacket :DRead More