Hey June Sandbridge Skirt

I’ve been woefully neglectful of this old blog here…  life has been hectic with home projects, yard projects, work, training for a half marathon, and of course the increasingly busy lives of two year olds…

My sewing machines have been sorely neglected, too.  We’ve had two floods in our finished basement in the last 6 months or so, which has really been a joy.  And since that’s where I sew, that’s really put a damper on my creative outlet.

But!  The sewing room is finally (mostly) put back together.  And I’ve finally gotten a little bit of sewing done!  As always, Adrianna with Hey June Handmade gave me some motivation to finally get back to sewing – just when I needed it most.

Adrianna’s newest pattern is the Sandbridge Skirt, which just released last week!

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This is classic, relaxed jean skirt with raw edges.  I’d never thought of having frayed edges on a jean skirt, but I love the relaxed look it provides.  I used a soft blue denim from my stash*, which I believe I purchased from Pacific Fabrics at least a year ago.

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I haven’t worn skirts/dresses much since I had the kids, but this pattern has me rethinking that.  I made a size 12, and then took in the waist by about an inch.  I’ll take in the waist a little more on the next version so it’s a little more snug at the top.

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I wasn’t confident enough (and perhaps was a little too lazy) to use actual top stitching thread, so I just used standard weight thread in yellow.  While this gives it a bit of the standard jeans look, I think I’ll be braver on my next pair and actually go with the top stitching thread.  I can definitely see how the thicker thread would really add something to the skirt.  Maybe I’ll play around with the design on the pockets, too.  Some of the other testers did some really great pocket designs!

Overall, I highly recommend this pattern.  I’ve made a couple of other pairs of jeans (here and here), plus another jean skirt (unblogged), but I liked the instructions for the waistband in this pattern the best out of all of them.

 

*One thing made very apparent by my two basement floods was that my stash is entirely too large…  I’m trying to work through a good chunk of that before buying any more fabric.  So far, I’ve been successful.  I haven’t purchased any fabric in months!  Of course, I haven’t done all that much sewing in months, either, so that might be part of the reason for the success in avoiding fabric stores…

My new favorite dress pattern (Hey June Charleston)

I was flattered when Adrianna from Hey June Handmade asked me if I would test her upcoming Charleston Dress.  A knit dress with two skirts and seven (7!!!) sleeve options?!  How could I refuse?

I went in with pretty high expectations, thinking that the dress sounded pretty awesome.  And it did not disappoint!

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I made view a, sleeveless, in a size large.  I used a 1.5 inch hem, just because I’m short and I wanted a shorter skirt.

The fabric I used was a ponte from Pacific Fabrics. I need opinions on this fabric – I bought it thinking it was an animal print, but my husband thinks it’s camo.  Thoughts?

The directions, as per the usual with Adrianna’s patterns, made this an extremely easy to put together dress.  And quick!  I made this in one evening, taking my time and going very slowly to ensure that everything fit perfectly as I went.

Even the zipper was easy and quick!  And, while I don’t actually need the zipper, I love the design element – it makes for a more interesting back, which is fun.  Some of the other testers put in a colorful zipper and I love the way it pops!

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I will admit, I was pretty nervous putting a zipper in a knit dress.  I tried to put a zipper in a knit cardigan once, years ago, when I had less experience sewing with knits, and it was disastrous.  I hadn’t tried since, fearing that my fabric would get all stretched out and look terrible.  But it didn’t!

It helped that, this time, I used a more stable knit and a walking foot (love my built-in IDT on my Pfaff!), but there was no wonkiness at all.  The fit was great without any modifications, and I feel like it covers up my post-twins-baby-belly really well.  Overall, I’m really pleased with this dress.

I have my next version planned – a view b in a stretch lace that I’ve had for a couple of years, just waiting for the right project.  I think this is it!

In limbo…

As I wait until I start work (I still don’t have a start date, but it will be around the beginning of October) and wait to find out if I’m actually an attorney, I have a lot of time to kill. I’m in this strange limbo stage where I just wait. And wait.

To distract myself from the waiting, though, I’ve kept myself quite busy. I’ve been doing a lot of crafting (and considering opening an online etsy store to sell some of those crafts). Most recently, I finished an afghan for my mom:

Star shapped afghan

Now I’m going to start working on my quilting skills by finishing up a quilt I began back in college (only 8 years later…) and by creating some purses and coin purses.

In other news, I attended a beautiful wedding on Whidbey Island for a friend from my theatre life.

Wedding at a farm on Whidbey.

The ceremony and reception were both lovely.

Reception.

I’ve also spent a few days working on Isaac’s house, which he’s going to rent out since he moved up to Seattle with me. I spent a couple of days removing wall paper from his kitchen, which was hideous. It now looks so much better!

From this:

Lovely apple wallpaper...

to this:

Wallpaper gone, waiting to be painted...

to this!

Done!

I picked a darker blue color, but Isaac decided it was too dark, so they went with this light color. It’s definitely an improvement!

I also spent a weekend watching Ike play basketball with his buddies from college, which was great, as always.

He shoots, he scores!

The plan for this week: more crafting and (hopefully) my first (and likely last) camping trip of the year!! Wahoo!

Jax has a home! And a law degree!

Perhaps it is time to return to the blogging world. Of course, this is probably the absolute worst time to return, since I’m supposed to be devoting all of my waking hours to studying for the doom that is the Bar Exam, but oh well. I’m sure my loved ones are tired of my whining, so why not bring the whining to the internet? Sounds reasonable to me!

So, in the past month or so, I’ve gotten a new home (wahoo for no longer being homeless!) and I’ve graduated from law school. Crazy!

I’ll update this soon (when I’m on the other computer, the one with all of the photos from the past couple of months) to include pictures. For now, though, just know that I’m back and I’m going to try to resume the fairly regular blogging. But, be forewarned, the blogging will mostly entail whining for the next 28 days. (Holy cow. Is it really only 28 days?! I better get back to studying. B*rBri is trying to kill me.)