Moneta Part dos

So apparently the theme of my summer is making two of everything! This is my second version of the Colette Moneta, and I limey this one! I made this from a striped knit I found at a store in Phoenix while visiting my sister in law, as well as a heavier weight eggplant knit from Joanns. This is a nice simple little pattern, I really like how the sleeves on this come together, you adjust the width of the sleeve after attaching them to the bodice. This is nice if you want them a little more roomy/less roomy, etc..

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This pattern is clearly meant for knits! (As is they didn’t advertise the hell out of it as a knit dress, along with a book on how to work with knits!) I love knits, and the fact that this dress requires no fuss or battle with darts and boob placement, zippers, buttonholes, etc.. It really appeals to the lazy sewer in me!

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The knit fabric on the bottom is a bit bulky, but I really don’t mind it with the gathers too much. It helps hide a rounder tummy if you know what I mean. I certainly see more Monetas in my future, but I do have other projects on my agenda including an entry for the state fair. Ohhh what to make?? This is the first year I have entered a garment and I am really thinking about a shirt dress as I love making them and I think the difficulty level is right on par for State Fair standards 😉  Will report back soon!!


Fourth of July Moneta

Okay, so I know I am on a pattern ban but since I actually got the Colette Moneta pattern earlier in the year when it first came out it doesn’t count right? Besides, a pattern made for knits- sign me up! I made this one of fabric already in my stash so it isn’t entirely made of knits. The skirt is a navy blue heavy knit material from…. I don’t know? Probably Joanns or Hancock fabrics.  The top portion is a cotton red and white stripe cotton that was a remnant from a past Christmas project. Now since this is intended for knits, I made the top a bit bigger (so that I could pull it over the girls without a zipper) and I had to pinch out a couple of darts. Truth be told I should have just bit the bullet and put in a zipper, but this is technically a wearable muslin so oh well. It does need a belt so that it pulls in the bagginess but for a Fourth of July celebration I think it will work out nicely!

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The rest of this dress is super simple. I included the pockets because I just like having somewhere to put my hands, pockets are so fun! The dress comes in many different variations, I just made this one simple and sleeveless and I left off the collar they include. I honestly am not too crazy about the collared version, it looks very nautical to me. And though I admit I do like nautical things, i.e. anchors, navy and white, pirates, etc… this collar just looks kind of kitschy to me. The skirt is gathered and attached directly to the bodice with clear elastic to prevent stretching out.

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Please ignore my wonky hem, I need to iron this into submission… or at least try to! I am really liking this pattern, but yes it is indeed meant for knits! I a working on a second version right now that is made of all knit material and I am adding the short sleeves.  I will report back soon with Moneta round two! Until then I hope you all enjoy a day of fireworks, hotdogs, hamburgers, BBQ, and stars and stripes!  ‘MERICA!!!

From our trip to New York 🙂


A reindeer dress and a Bumble hat

Hello friends! Sorry I have been so quiet the last month, the first semester has just wrapped up at school and I am officially on Christmas break. Thank you Lord! For the holiday season I really have been wanting to make a reindeer dress, and I found this reindeer knit at Girl Charlee, (also comes in red and green). It was love at first sight! This is cotton jersey, and is pretty light, but not too sheer. We are having unseasonably high temperatures right now so this is just right, I hate getting all bundled up in the winter and then sweating my ass off inside.

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There is nothing super fancy about this dress, I used the Colette Laurel pattern because this print needed something simple without too much detail breaking it up. I eliminated the darts in the front and back by folding down over the front darts and cutting the back piece smaller than my regular sizing. Since this is knit fabric it really didn’t need the darts and shaping anyhow because it is so stretchy and form fitting. I matched up the print on the sides and made it a bit shorter than I normally would cut my dresses because I wanted to wear it over leggings.

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I was so excited for this fabric that as soon as it arrived today I immediately started cutting and sewing it up so that I could wear this dress to dinner tonight with my In Law family. I finished this dress in about an hour, that might be a new record! A lot of it I just serged together which definitely saved some time. Here is my Christmas tree, I am so happy to finally get some time off and take a break!

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Oh and speaking of Christmas, I have one last share- check out the amazing Bumble hat my mom crocheted for me! I wore this fantastic piece to an ugly Christmas sweater party last night with my Bumble sweatshirt, he was quite the hit! I found a free pattern for him here in case you want to make your own. She used special yard that looks like fur flying everywhere, I am kind of obsessed with this one! (Clearly my Bumble obsession is reaching new heights)

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Have a wonderful holiday season!


Hawthorne on Hawthorne!

Ah yes, once I finished my new Hawthorne dress I felt compelled to pose in front of Hawthorne Ave in our neighborhood.  It was fate!

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I made my Hawthorne in a turquoise plaid chambray.  I absolutely love shirt dresses, and this is not my first so I found the construction to be very easy.  The tough part was matching up the plaid. I actually ended up having to switch sides for my buttonholes in order to match it up just right. I think the placket on the skirt looks a little stiff or off somehow but I guess I can deal with it.

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Colette Hawthorne

 

I really like the little collar on the Hawthorne, it gives it a vintagey look with the flared skirt.  I read some reviews where people didn’t like that it was in three pieces and would have preferred it in one, but this really didn’t bug me too much. It assembled nice and easy without too many adjustments.

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I used these turquoise  buttons that I bought at the flea market in a grab bag, I had to dump out my jar and find all the matching ones. Luckily there were plenty of these and they matched my colors just right. I made my dress a little loose in the bodice, mostly for comfort.  I find that overly fitted bodices in shirt dresses can pull in weird places and give you “peek-a-boos” between buttons.

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Check out my matching plaids! I’m always happy when my matching works out as planned 🙂   This is a great dress, and a good one if you are wanting to try out a shirt dress for the first time.  It is definitely less complicated than some others I have tried.  Colette is the best y’all!


Blue eyelet Laurel

As soon as I finished my first Laurel  I knew that I wanted to try my next one in an eyelet fabric. I have never used eyelet fabric before and this dress is so simple and perfect for it. No way to screw it up! I had this vision of bright turquoise eyelet material and I finally found this, the las on the bolt in just enough to make this dress. It was fate!

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Now there really isn’t much to say about this dress, it is very plain and simple but that is what I was going for with this one. I plan to wear it to work (last 7 days of school count down has begun!) with just a jean jacket thrown over and some flats. The less fussy my wardrobe is the better, I am dealing with 6th graders! I wanted it to fit more like a tank dress, so I didn’t add the sleeves… although they would’ve been really cute, maybe later on eyelet Laurel 2.0. I also lowered the neckline on this one.

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The blue fabric that I lined the dress with is slightly lighter than the blue in  the eyelet fabric but I like how it highlights the pattern. I have some Marc Jacobs plum floral eyelet from Mood which I think is calling Laurel’s name. It may or may not be too grandma though. But grandma is totally in right now, right??


Meet Laurel!

Ah yes, I have caught the latest bug going around… Colette Laurel! I love this pattern, it is a roomy shift dress with endless possibilities. I like that it isn’t too fitted, it gives it more of a casual feel and of course comfort. Around where I live people don’t get too gussied up unless it is for a special occasion, so some of the dresses I have made are sadly sitting in my closet waiting to be taken out for a night on the town. This dress I can easily wear to work or dinner or drinks without the feeling of being super overdressed amongst the jeans and tees.

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The dress is an easy sew. It consists of just front and back panels, and sleeves if you desire. I cut a straight size 6 and still had quite a bit of ease to take in the back. I also lowered the neckline down an inch or two because it felt a little too restrictive and nun-like. Additionally, the sleeves were a little too long for my taste so I took those up a bit as well. I used bias tape around the neckline, and I was going to include it on the sleeve hem but I decided it was an overkill.

The fabric I used was a nice linen blend with a lime green, brown, and orangey-red ikat print. The linen is pretty dense, however it was still a little too sheer for my taste so I made the version with the underlining. I generally try to avoid lining with our hot summers, but it was necessary on this one.

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I am loving how it turned out. I have been seeing some really cute versions of the Laurel made with beautiful eyelet fabric and I really want to try it out. I have never worked with eyelet material, but since this dress is so simple it will make the perfect guinea pig piece.

Until then I think I’ll have fun taking Laurel out on the town!

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One last flannel before the Spring

We recently went on an awesome weekend cabin trip with about 12 of our awesome friends, and I wanted to make Chris something comfy and “campy” so I made him another Negroni shirt. I love how the first one turned out, so I decided to make this one in flannel since it is still pretty cold out. Well turns out that weekend ended up being sunny and gorgeous, perfect for our 5 mile hike through the Red River Gorge. Unfortunately, this also meant that it was too warm for him to wear his flannel shirt the entire time, so I only got this one good picture of it during the hike.

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It was such a fun time, and it was great to get out of the city and enjoy the great outdoors (while sleeping in a cozy cabin). Here are a few other highlights from the trip:

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Here’s to the last flannel before Spring! I plan for my next posts to be full of spring dresses and light weight warm weather wear. Looking forward to the new season!


Colette Truffle

I finally got around to making my Truffle dress. I found this bluish/purple linen fabric (though it mostly looks purple in the pictures) and I was sold. Yes I know it is February and way to cold for linen but after seeing Cynthia’s Truffle in linen, blogged here, I loved how structured the fabric made the ruffle and the skirt. I think more flowy fabric makes the dress look a little flimsy. I probably won’t wear this until April for an event anyhow, so no biggie.

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I love how it turned out! Since the dress is relatively simple and in a solid color it is the perfect canvas for jewelry. I hardly ever wear this necklace because its got so much going on, but I think its just what this dress needs.

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I pretty much followed the instruction and made this dress quickly, there’s really not a whole lot to it. The top has easy lines and darts, the skirt pieces were quick and easy, and the ruffle was really a no briner. If the dress didn’t have the ruffle I think it’d be kind of boring. The only change I made was omitting the lining and just using bias tape around the neckline and armholes. It gets really hot here in the warmer months so I try to avoid lining at all costs, extra fabric = extra sweat!

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I highly recommend this dress if the big ruffle is your sort of thing. That means you have to buy the Colette Sewing handbook, but with all the awesome tips and additional patterns it is well worth the cost!


Sewing for my man! Ain’t he cute in his Negroni shirt?

I haven’t made anything for my guy in a while so I decided it was high time to try out the Colette Negroni shirt for him. I LOVE this pattern! I was worried since he is long and lean that the fitting would be off, but with some adjustments I think I nailed it! Isn’t he a stud?

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I have made several shirt dresses so I was prepared for the process of making this shirt. The directions were easy to follow, but some of the piecing and techniques were new. I think the most challenging part was figuring out the back panel facing and the front placket piecing together. It was a bit of a cluster f*ck for a while but somehow it magically fit together like a somewhat complicated jigsaw puzzle.

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I had two choices of plaid shirting for him to choose from and he picked this bold blue, pink and green plaid. I think it brings out his pretty blue eyes. His measurements were right between a small and medium, so I cut the shirt in medium and decided to just size it down from there. Some of the changes that I made were taking in the sides so that the shirt would taper in a bit more at his waist. He has a long thin torso so the shirt was slightly too baggy. The sleeves were also a bit too baggy and reeeally long. I took in the sleeves and cut about two inches off the sleeve length. I think I might have made them a hair short but they don’t look bad and he only complained a little bit, so lesson learned for next time. He is picky about the length of his shirts, and since this is a more casual weekend shirt he wanted it to hit right at his waist since he didn’t plan on tucking it in.

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I cut the back yolk against the grain so that the plaid would face the opposite direction. I love how it turned out! Chris had wanted me to add opposing plackets to the front which would have looked pretty groovy as well but unfortunately I didn’t have enough fabric to pull it off. I wish I had done the pockets like this as well but whatevs, maybe next time.

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I used snaps instead of buttons, he just doesn’t have enough snap shirts in his closet! I had a few snafus while installing these, I was enjoying a glass of wine while putting them on the shirt and I somehow hammered the wrong pieces together TWICE… luckily Chris is super handy and he busted out his pliers and removed them with no rips or crying from me. What a guy! he saved his Negroni! There is one snap towards the bottom that is slightly off, but I am so over messing with the snaps that he’s just going to have to deal with one imperfection.

In other news, our chickens are running around and laying eggs like crazy! I think we have four dozen eggs in our fridge, we can’t keep up with these ladies!

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Here Chris is with our favorite chicken Jamal, she’s so sweet.

I would definitely recommend this pattern, he has already requested another one so looks like the Negroni will be revisited. I am hoping it warms up sooner than later so that I can make him sleeveless ones and not mess with those cuffs!


Summer Hazel, Fall Hazel

After my Mother in law found this amazing vintage gingham at a yard sale I felt compelled to sew it up into a cute dress. Its obviously a bright summery color, but I think with a sweater and some boots I can take it into the Fall without any nasty “she’s wearing white after labor day” looks from old fashioned Grandma types. I got out good old Hazel pattern to showcase the plaid on the bodice “V” seam. I think it ended up being really cute! Pardon the color in these photos, I am on the verge of a camera update, it needs to happen.

Ah see? You can feel the seasons change with the sweater. Ready to go pumpkin pickin Hazel!