Sometimes it's a very enthusiastic Ta-da! like,Look what I did! It's freaking amazing! 🤩 Other times it's a less enthusiastic Ta-da. like, I'm done. I'm not unpicking and doing that again. Please pretend to be impressed. 😑 . I was so excited to sew the tags onto these beautiful finished projects, although the neckband reinforcement is tricky, I figured it would be worth it. On the black shirt, I decided to use the white fabric to make a contrasting band. I probably should have used white thread on the inside so the stitch line wasn't blatantly obvious. 🤨 I also thought it would be fun to try out the chain stitch on my coverstitch machine to do the white shirt...until I redid it ALL twice and then just decided to rethread my sewing machine, only to finish and realize I hadn't caught about half of the tucked in seam allowance. Uuuugh. So I just hand stitched it under, which also looks bad. But, whatever. I'm done. I'm not unpicking and doing that again. Please pretend to be impressed. 🤦😅 . On Saturday when I still felt pretty defeated, I saw @sakijane's post and it made me feel a little better. 💗 It made me realize I did learn from doing these, and I have a whole closet of t-shirts to practice on before I get kind of good at it. 😉 . Next time's game plan: Try doing the reinforcement strip BEFORE I sew the sleeves and side seams (like I think you're supposed to 🙄), and Wonder Tape the crap out of it if needed. 😂 . Fabric and @kylieandthemachine tags from @dhfabricsandco. 🖤
In light of #sewhappycolor and the new #sewrtwstyle hashtag, I thought I would share one of my past orange-ish makes, and dress that inspired me! 🧡 When I pinned it a few years years ago, the Charleston Dress immediately came to mind. My first wearable muslin was made out of a mint colored ponte, but the bust curve was in the wrong spot on me. I was determined to get it right and wanted to get even closer to my inspiration photo, so I redrafted the princess seams, took a chance, and cut into THE fabric I had planned for this dress. With the help of Adrianna, it was a success! And this is a dress in my closet that I am very proud of! I mean...check out that pattern matching! 💫 And #ithaspockets. 🙌 . You can search the low bust adjustment tutorial on my blog by searching Charleston. #charlestondress pattern by @heyjunehandmade. Fabric from @lafinchfabrics. Photos on slide 2 & 4 via @sheridangregory. ❤️
If you've been following me for a few months now, you know I LOVE a good Pinterest side-by-side when I'm making something inspired by RTW. (Swipe ➡️ for my #bonnshirt and Anthropologie inspiration. 😉) You know who else loves doing that? Heidi of @heidi_handmadefrenzy! But we know so many others who do too. 👯 . So we've been chatting, and we decided to come up with a hashtag for all of us to use when we create something inspired by RTW! With the help of our Insta-story watchers we decided on #sewrtwstyle! 🎉 . We feel like it encompasses what we're all doing by recreating a RTW look, because most of the time we LOVE things that are RTW, we just DON'T love the fit, the price tag, the ethics, etc. And plus, we have so much more fun creating it ourselves! ✂️🧵 . So the next time you make something that's inspired by RTW, use the hashtag! We would all love to see it! And don't feel pressured to recreate the shot - You can just reference to the brand/designer, post the photo on another slide, or on your blog if you have one. This is just another way for us to all connect and see what each other is doing. How does that sound?! 🙃 What look are you creating next? [More photos and details are on The Doing Things Blog! 🖤]
To roll the sleeves, or not to roll? ... To front tuck or not to tuck? Those are the questions. 🤔😁 . I'm so glad you all love this FREE and easy pattern is much as I do!! 🖤 When I put mine on after sewing the side seams, I kinda felt like I had shoulder pads on, but a good steaming took care of that! (So don't forget that part. 😉) I'm already planning to make another one, too! Have you made the Stellan Tee yet?
Here are a few more close-up detail shots of my button up Key Largo because it just turned out TOO GOOD! 🖤 I was so giddy with excitement when I found the two trims on @moodfabrics website that were almost EXACTLY like the inspiration top. 🙌 . I saved the process of adding the trim to the hem in my highlights under TRIM, and there's even more info on the The Doing Things Blog if you ever need to go back for reference. And make sure you have a roll of Wonder Tape handy when you do! 😉 . #keylargotop pattern by @heyjunehandmade - Button up tutorial on the Hey June Blog. Fabric is black tencel twill from @blackbirdfabrics.
The Stellan Tee (FREE pattern PSA)! 🙌 I saw this shirt on @the_german_edge about a week ago and thought I think I have a shirt like that on my Pinterest board! And I wasn't wrong! [Swipe ➡️ for the inspiration photo.] So, although I loathe taping patterns together, I immediately printed this pattern, raided my LA knit fabric stash, and got to it!! I had it done by the end of the day, and I have already worn it twice! I sized up to the XL (my measurements put me at the large), because I wanted it to be more slouching. I loved learning how to do the neck reinforcement, and you can see it in my post from a few days ago. Also, this is my husband's new favorite outfit on me. 😉 #teamconverse #thestellantee #stellantee by @frenchnavynow_ 🖤