Plans for Summer Sewing (for me!) – Part 1

Lately, I’ve only really been sewing when asked to be a tester for a designer.  While it’s awesome to be asked to test, I’ve realized that this means that I haven’t really been thinking about what holes there are in my wardrobe (and there are a lot!).

Since having kids, my wardrobe has shrunk drastically, merely for the fact that most of my pre-pregnancy clothes no longer fit.  Pregnancy really alters a body!  While I’m back to my pre-pregnancy weight, I think I’ve just got to accept  the fact that my hips will never be their pre-pregnancy size again.  This means that most of my pre-pregnancy pants no longer fit.  So, it’s time I start thinking about this new body I have (and accept that I have a lot of clothes to donate…).

Since summer is approaching quickly in Seattle, it’s a good time to think about designing my summer wardrobe.  It’s also a good time to go through all of my patterns and pick out those that have been sitting there, just waiting to be tried!

Here’s what I’m putting on my sewing table for this summer:

Bottoms:

First, I want to make some shorts and pants.  I purchased the Coachella Shorts pattern ages ago, but it remains unprinted and unmade.  I’ve seen tons of versions of these pop up, and I’ve loved them all.  These look like really fun shorts to wear this summer and I am excited about making a pair (or two).

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Ginger Jeans from Closet Case Files (photo from pattern listing)

Another pattern I’ve been meaning to try for a long time is the Ginger Jeans.  I’ve made jeans before (with the Jalie jeans pattern and the Style Arc Sandra jeans pattern), but these look a little different and I’m curious about different fly techniques.  And my wardrobe definitely needs more jeans!

Tops:

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Biscayne Blouse from Hey June Patterns (photo from pattern listing)

I am in desperate need of some new tops for work and the Biscayne Blouse seems like the perfect top to wear under a cardigan and over some slacks or a skirt.  I’ve got lots of fabric just waiting to be made into Biscaynes.

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Union St. Tee from Hey June Patterns (photo from pattern listing)

Also, I want some very basic Union St. Tees in my wardrobe.  These would go perfectly over some of those Coachella shorts…

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The Jenna Cardigan from Muse Patterns (photo from pattern listing)

Finally, in terms of tops, I need some good cardigans.  Cardigans are a wardrobe staple of mine, worn pretty much every single day, so I can’t believe I have yet to make one.  I’ve seen some cute versions of the Jenna Cardigan pop up, so I’m hopeful that this will become my go-to cardigan pattern.

I’ve got some other plans for some workout gear and some dresses, but I think this is a good start.  Just listing these patterns out has gotten me excited about getting back into my sewing room (which is currently completely torn up because of a busted water heater which leaked all over the basement…) and getting started on whipping up some new clothes!

 

 

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The Mommy in Me

I had great ambitions this month.  Then, work happened.  It’s been nuts lately.  One week I had three hearings in three different counties.  One of those was even my first oral argument in front of the Court of Appeals!  It was super stressful (I only found out on Friday I was handling the oral arguments on Wednesday…) but I loved it.  It was one of those things that reminds me of exactly what I had envisioned being an attorney could be. SilasGavin28 Speaking of being an attorney… This month’s Sew the Show selection was Parenthood.  Somehow I had missed this show when it was on tv, so I did some research (via Netflix) so I could participate in this month’s challenge.  While I will admit that I’m now sucked into the show (I’m on the second season now), I have a bit of a gripe.  Why do shows always seem to show female attorneys as failures as moms?  The character of Julia bugs me – she’s a successful attorney so she constantly messes up when it comes to her daughter and, in fact, her daughter prefers her dad to her mom?  Maybe it only bugs me because I’m just starting this mom/attorney dual role and I’m worried I’ll mess it all up.  I don’t know.  But, for once, I’d love a show depicting a female attorney who also has kids who adore her. Anyway, on to the sewing!  I picked the character of Kristina, the quintessential mom. SilasGavin29 So it’s only fitting I show shots of myself with the kiddos. SilasGavin02 She often wears tank tops and cardigans, so I decided to recreate that look.  I made my tank top – a Greenwood Tank by Straight Stitch Designs with a cotton spandex knit from Girl Charlee’s May Knitfix. SilasGavin34   And I made my pants – Jalie 2908 Stretch Jeans with a corduroy from Pacific Fabrics. I had intended to whip up a cardigan, too, but that just didn’t happen this month (not that I have a shortage of cardigans in my closet, but it’d be nice to have some I have made myself).  Maybe next month!  I’ll provide a detailed description of the top and pants soon (including how I intend to modify those pants!), but I wanted to make sure I got this posted in June!

Style Arc Sandra Narrow Leg Jean

Today I’m sharing my first pair of jeans.  The pattern I used was the Style Arc Sandra Narrow Leg Jean.

I actually made these jeans quite a while ago (back in 2013, to be exact), but I never got around to blogging about them.  Since I want to try making jeans again soon (in a slightly less crazy print), I thought now would be a good time to share these pants.

So, here are my crazy jeans:

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I found this fabric at Joann Fabrics a while back and immediately envisioned them as a pair of jeans (the lady at the cutting counter thought I was nuts).  I already had this pattern in my stash, so I thought I’d give it a try.

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The fit straight from the pattern was okay – I had to take the waist in a little and adjust the crotch curve a little.  Other than that, the fit was decent.  I still feel like the bottom area is a bit baggy and the fit overall is a little loose, but I think that has more to do with fabric choice (I used a stretch denim where the pattern called for non-stretch denim) than the pattern itself. I might try this pattern again in a non-stretch denim and see how it goes.  I like the style of these jeans, so I’d like to have a pair I would wear often (hate to say it, but these are not going to be my every day jeans!).

I do think they look kind of cute rolled up with flats, though.

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The instructions (as with any Style Arc pattern) were minimal.  Since this was my first pair of jeans, I had to look up some tutorials on how to put together jeans (especially the pockets, which I found very confusing), but it really wasn’t that hard, after I did a little research.  All of the inside seams are serged.  Overall, I think the end product turned out really well (fit issues aside).  I just bought the Sewing Designer Jeans class from Craftsy, so I’m looking forward to watching that and learning some new techniques.