Anyone else love a good curved side seam? 😍 . I usually lengthen shirts by 1.5-2”, but to get this #willametteshirt the length I wanted I had to lengthen by a whopping 4.5! I ended up cuttting 1.5 off in the front since this was the curved hem, but if I had made the straight hem version I would have lengthened both the front and back by 4.5. It's easy to shorten, but not as easy to lengthen! . So for my #sewingtall and long torso friends out there, keep that in mind for this pattern and for the the Key Largo (also by @heyjunehandmade). Both patterns are just SO GOOD and it's a bummer when they end up being just a bit too short. 😩 So glad I finally made this pattern again though because I absolutely love this shirt! 😍🙌
Throwing it back to almost 3 years ago in 2016 when I sewed the #lonetreejacket at 30 weeks pregnant! 🤦🏼♀️😅 Swipe to the last photo to see how I really felt about about it. 🤪😂 . Yesterday I started working on my Ginger Jeans and it made me reminisce about when I made my Lonetree Jacket, since both are stretch denim. I remember feeling SO AMAZED when I finished this jacket because I was still very new at sewing, and I was 30 weeks pregnant (read: who knew if I would ever finished sewing it because I felt huge and my motivation and energy was going like this 👇📉⬇️) . I vaguely remember buying top stitching thread and having NO idea what to do with it, so I'm pretty sure I put it on the bobbin AND used a regular needle. 🤦🏼♀️ I bet you can guess how that went. 😂 So I ended up just sewing the whole thing with regular thread. We were living with Dallas's grandparents at the time, and Dallas's Grandma was SO helpful in making sure I made my deadline. She ironed and pinned every pocket on so that I could just sew them, and she helped me get through each step. I was so extremely grateful. ❤️ I also made no adjustments because I was still so new at sewing that I didn't know that I should have lowered the waist/lengthened by about 1.5 - also I didn't know where my waist was at that point. 😬😂 . So even though I still feel slightly amateur at sewing denim, I have learned SO much in the past 3 years which makes me feel not as nervous as I was when I made the Lonetree. (And I should probably document what it looks like on me not pregnant eventually. 😂)
Before I went to the LA fashion district in February, I scrolled through my Pinterest boards to refresh myself on what type of fabrics I should be looking for so that I could find things I would really love and wear. When I pulled this fabric out of a giant box at Michael Levine’s The Loft, I immediately thought of the Taylor Swift shirt on my Pinterest that I thought I would never find the right fabric to be able to re-create it -- But low and behold I have!! (swipe ➡️ for my T-Swift inspiration) I know it’s not suuuper close, but it’s close enough, and I’m happy about it. 😉😍 #sewrtwstyle . Also, I'm really hoping to get my Ginger Jeans finished this week...🤞🤞 What are you working on this week? . Pattern is my tried and true #panamatee by @alinadesignco.
This Willamette is the first project where I FINALLY buckled down and learned how to sew buttons on with my machine. 🙌 I was extremely happy that I did too, because it is a total game changer!! It literally took me 10 minutes TOTAL to get my manual out, find my button foot, and sew all 6 buttons onto my shirt before I was completely done. Like, WHAT?! 😱 I just want to time travel to January 2017 when I sewed my first Cheyenne Tunic, shake some sense into myself, and get back all of the hours I’ve wasted sewing buttons on by hand. 🤦 . So, do yourself a favor and figure it out too! It’s not hard. I promise. And you will thank me later. 😉 . Does your machine sew buttons? Are you using that heaven sent feature? 🙋🏼♀️
I’m to the point of the season where I need to just buckle down and MAKE. SOME. PANTS. I am currently in the [very slow] process of making my first Ginger Jeans! 👖I love my Everlane jeans, but ever since I found a few yards of stretch denim at a thrift store, it's been calling to me to at least TRY. . Chi-Town Chinos are definitely next on the pant making list though! I was a big dummy and ordered a few pairs of shorts from Target 🤦, and now I’m kicking myself because they are so cheaply made and just NOT RIGHT. 😖 So either I need to make some Chi-Town Chino shorts that are long enough for me, OR I need to just wear all of the dresses I made last year, which I wouldn’t be mad about 😏 -- but I really just want a couple good pairs of shorts for summer. ☀️ . I would like a black pair and a blue/denim (?) pair of Chi-Towns, but I am clueless on what type fabric to buy or what fabric weight is best for shorts. Do you have any favorite recommendations, tips, advice, or encouragement?? I would appreciate your help SO MUCH! 🙏💕🤗 . Until then, I will be wearing all of my Panama Tee Dresses to get me through. 🖤
What I love about #sewrtwstyle is when I make my side by side and I totally feel like I own the outfit from Pinterest! 😍🙌 And it’s a gooood feeling. I've had this photo from @caroline_joy and the other photo pinned for years, but it is DANG hard to find good knit t-shirt fabric. So after I made my Monroe Turtleneck (sans actual turtleneck), I eagerly waited for @dhfabricsandco to restock this amazing jersey knit so that I could make yet ANOTHER Panama Tee to re-create this look. So for those who snagged some, don't leave that fabric in your stash for too long or you'll regret it! 😉 . #Panamatee by @alinadesignco, thrifted jacket, @everlane high-rise jeans, old booties from JC Penny. . More photos and details are on The Doing Things Blog, just before the Willamette post that went up yesterday. 🖤