Summer Sewing

We’ve had a span of some really great weather in Seattle lately, so I’ve started thinking about doing some sewing for my summer wardrobe (after having babies, none of my clothes fit!  I’m kind of back to square one with my wardrobe!).

So, it was fortuitous when Adrianna of Hey June Patterns asked if I would test her Santa Fe top pattern, which is the perfect casual summer wardrobe staple.

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It’s a loose drapey top, which looks best with very light knit fabrics.  I made two versions.  This one is view e, with contrasting panels inset on the sides.

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I used some knit fabrics I had in my stash (the stripes were a Girl Charlee KnitFix fabric and the purple is a mystery knit that has been in my stash so long I have no idea where it came from…).

I skipped the hemming so as to leave it as light and flowy at the bottom as possible.

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I also made view a, skipping the center seams so as not to interfere with the floral pattern on the fabric.  This was also fabric from my stash, made with a Girl Charlee KnitFix fabric from ages ago.

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I hemmed this one because it wasn’t as drapey and I didn’t think the hem would interfere with the flow (and it really didn’t – as this fabric wasn’t super flowy to begin with).

While the straps are narrower on view a, Adrianna did a great job of making sure that they were still wide enough to cover bra straps.

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After having tried two different types of fabrics with this pattern, I have to say that I think the lighter, drapier fabric has a better overall fit and looks nicer.  But both tops will definitely get worn a lot this summer.

Of course, now the weather is back to crummy Seattle weather, but I’m sure the sun will come back soon…  and, in the meantime, this weather is perfect for all of the vegetables I planted in my garden over the last couple of weeks…

Brindille & Twig Raglan Tee (x2)

I’ve been doing a fair amount of sewing lately, so I’ve got a backlog of projects about which to blog!  First up, baby clothes!

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In my August Knitfix from Girl Charlee, I received some striped blue and white cotton jersey knit fabric, which didn’t really speak to me.  But I really wanted to embrace all of the surprise fabrics I received, so, after thinking about the fabric for a while, I realized it may not be something I would wear, but it is perfect for some baby boy clothes!

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Fortunately, I had just purchased the perfect pattern – the Brindille & Twig Raglan Tee.  It comes in sizes OM to 6T.  For my 9 month olds, I made the 12 month size.

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It was an extremely quick and satisfying make – no fitting challenges with a knit top for a baby, and it comes together very quickly when made with a serger and a cover stitch machine.  I made the pattern exactly as written.

This is my second time making a Brindille & Twig pattern, and I have loved both patterns.  In fact, I enjoyed making this top so much, I made another one the very next day with a fabric in my stash from my May Knitfix, another striped cotton jersey knit – this one in blue and green.

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Of course, with twins, I sort of feel obligated to make two of each item so both boys can have new clothes.  🙂  Both boys seemed delighted with their new tops!

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I’m sure I’ll be making lots more of these tops in the future.  I’m glad this pattern goes up to size 6T.  While I didn’t love either of these fabrics when I originally received them, I’m totally in love with these shirts.  I’m glad I took the challenge this month of embracing all of the fabrics I received!

Elephants on Parade (McCalls 6992)

Wow.  It’s been a while.  Life has been flying by recently.  Between work (crazy busy), the boys (super entertaining, terrible sleepers) and adding working out into my schedule (tough, but will be worth it when/if I saw start seeing results…), I have had little time to sew.  But I have managed to complete a few projects, so I need to get caught up on the posting.

Today’s project is one of those rare pieces in which everything went exactly as it should and the fit was great straight out of the envelope.  I’ve seen a number of gorgeous raglan tops on sewing blogs lately, and I love the look.  Simple, yet easily dressed up with the right embellishments.  In particular, I’ve seen many gorgeous Hey June Lane Raglans.  I can’t wait to check out that pattern (I have the pattern, but pdf patterns take too much of my precious sewing time right now!).

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While I didn’t want to tackle piecing together a pdf pattern right now, I still wanted to make a raglan top.  So, McCalls 6992 fit the bill perfectly.

I had this navy on grey elephant fabric from another Girl Charlee knit fix (I swear I do have fabric from other places, too…  I’m just on a roll with the Girl Charlee fabrics!).  It’s a cotton jersey blend, with an excellent drape.  It’s so soft and comfortable.

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I paired it with a Donna Karan Navy Cotton Jersey from Mood Fabrics for the sleeves and bindings.  I had ordered this fabric a few months ago and it matched very well with the elephants.

I made a straight size 14 and I love the fit (I like raglans to fit a little looser).  The only thing odd about this pattern was the order of construction – the pattern has you set in the sleeves in the round (after you’ve stitched up the sides of the shirt and after you’ve sewn the sleeves together).  I ignored that instruction as I’ve always set in sleeves flat on a raglan (prior to stitching up the sides of the top).  Once I saw that order of construction, I ignored all of the instructions and proceeded as I would with any raglan top.

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This will be perfect as the weather gets cooler (eventually, I’m sure the rainy days will return, though it sure hasn’t felt like it lately!)!

I have a bunch of ideas for more raglans to make, including some with lace.  This pattern seems like it will be so adaptable – can’t wait to make more as we get closer to fall.

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!