Summer is in full swing here in Texas. Time for some sun dresses!
This is the Southport Dress by True Bias Patterns. I’m a little late on the Southport bandwagon but I’m so glad I hopped on. This is a great little dress!
I made the short version without any major changes.
This cotton stripe chambray came from a swap and was leftover from my Oceanside shorts.
I liked the stripe so much that I chose to do bias binding on the arms and neckline rather than using the bias as a facing as the pattern calls for.
The white buttons are vintage. I believe they’re some kind of carved stone. They’re too heavy to be shells, I think.
The drawstring is just some cotton cording and I added two silver-colored metal stoppers from my stash to the ends.
I blinded hemmed the dress by hand and finished the seams with a zig zag stitch.
My favorite little features are the stitched tacks at the top and bottom of each pocket along the side seams. They help keep the pockets sitting forward rather than being pushed toward the back of the dress or getting bunched up along on your sides. It’s a nice touch that adds some value to the pattern design.
Fair warning, you’re probably gonna see this hat around a lot on the blog this summer. I am a convert to Church of Hat. It’s great for keeping the hot Texas sun off your face. Hats are highly underrated and I intend to get as much use out my hats as I can. Yay hats!
This is the first garment in several months that I’ve finished just for myself – not for a class, not sewing for anyone else. I liked the design of the Closet Case Kalle Shirt as soon as I saw it and printed it out immediately.
I sewed the popover style view B with the full collar and one pocket. I did shorten the length of both the front and back by about three inches. So it’s longer than view A but shorter than the original view B. I thought that might be more versatile for my wardrobe.The instructions were great – clear with well-labeled pieces. I liked the little tip for forming curved pocket corners and I appreciate a slightly smaller undercollar piece. Details like that make for a good pattern.
The placket goes together well if you pay special attention to all of those indicated fold lines, which I didn’t, ’cause I was lazy. Take my advice, follow the placket instructions carefully and you’ll be successful.
This fun polka-dot fabric is an especially smooth and finely woven Japanese cotton from The Cloth Pocket. I love it! It’s so soft and surprisingly doesn’t wrinkle much for a cotton. It’s so well printed that it’s difficult to tell the front side from the back. It’s thin but opaque, the perfect shirt fabric. I couldn’t find it on their website but if you come across it, definitely pick some up.
Buttons are just some simple plastic ones from Joann. I went with black so as not to compete with the fabric.
This shirt feels like a nice store bought shirt: great fabric, everything inside is finished with a serger, cute and stylish design.
This shirt might be just the thing I needed to get out of my sewing-funk. It’s a simple design with a lot of style which makes it easy to sew but also rewarding to finish.
Next, I’m starting a new historical costume which should be quite a bit of work but I hope finishing this shirt will inspire me to get sewing again!
In case you haven’t noticed, I haven’t been sewing much lately. I’ve had a few sewing setbacks with a couple patterns I’ve tried and I just haven’t been feeling that inspired. But I have made a few things, like this sparkly Lark Tee I sewed as a sample for a class I taught at the Cloth Pocket.
I got the fabric from a swap. It’s a burnout jersey of mysterious fiber content with tiny sequins stitched throughout with clear thread. And before you ask, yes, it is itchy. But only on the hems and collar and not enough to keep me from wearing the shirt. 😉
I didn’t make any changes to the pattern except for grading up a size at the hips. Grainline patterns tend to fit me pretty well although I could probably use a swayback adjustment.
Overall I really like the fit. It’s slightly curved in the waist and the shortest sleeves hit me at a good length. I think this will be my new go-to t-shirt pattern!
So what do you do when you’re not feeling inspired to sew? Do you do something else entirely? Or try to sew something quick and easy? How do you get your sewjo back??
Both of these garments were made as samples for some new classes I’m teaching here in Austin at The Cloth Pocket. Scroll to the end of the post if you want more info on that!
Let’s start with the top which is the Grainline Linden Sweatshirt. I love everything Grainline does. Their patterns fit me well with just a couple minor changes. I simply graded out to a bigger size at the hip. I like the loose, boxy feels of this shirt which makes it easy to fit on others.
I made View A with long sleeves, cuffs at the arms, and a hem band.
The fabric was free from a swap. I think it’s a cotton blend. The pattern is simple and raglans sleeves are easy to sew so it came together quickly.
The neckline is quite wide and open which I personally like but some of my students wanted a smaller neck opening. Something to consider…
I’ve made the Pattern for Pirates Peg Leg leggings before. They’re pretty basic in that they don’t have any pockets or style lines but I like that they don’t have an outer seamline which means there are only three pattern pieces. The waistband doesn’t need elastic, either, which is a plus. You could seriously sew these leggings up in a couple hours from cut to finish.
I used this fabric from the Cloth Pocket. This time I made the full-length leg version.
I also lengthened the center front to bring the waistband higher. That’s probably a change I’ll suggest in my class as well.
I’m teaching several classes in the coming months so if you’re in Austin and want to learn something new, check it out…
- Patterns for Pirates Peg Legs – The Peg Leg leggings are a great pattern to show off a fantastic print and with few pieces to cut and seams to sew this makes it the perfect knit beginner class. If you’ve made a couple woven garments but haven’t tried a knit garment yet, this would be a good class for you. This is a one day class on either March 20 or May 1.
- Grainline Lark Tee – This t-shirt class is an intermediate level for knits. You’ll learn to cut and sew with knits, sew a set-in sleeve in flat, and add a knit collar to a neckline. This is also a one day class that I’m teaching on March 25.
- Grainline Archer Class – If you’ve read this blog at all, you know I love the Grainline Archer shirt. I’ve made it nine times! My Archer class covers everything you need to know to make a classic button-down shirt over four class sessions April 18, 20, 25, & 27. We’re also offering a men’s shirt pattern alternative if you’re a dude or want to sew a shirt for one. This is an advanced level class so you should have made a few garments before you try this class.
- Made by Rae Washi Dress – The Washi dress is a beloved pattern by many and is a great beginner dress pattern. You’ll learn how to sew pleats, attach a facing, bind armholes, and sew with elastic thread. If you’ve made a simple garment like a tank top or elastic skirt, this would be a good class to take to advance your skills on a bigger project. This class is held over two class sessions, April 22&29, and May 9&11.