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Embroidered Deer and Doe Myosotis Dress

This dress is the Deer and Doe Myosotis. Another make from my #SummerSewing series and possibly my favorite piece yet! I ordered this lovely white embroidered cotton from Finch Fabrics. The bodice and skirt lining is plain old white cotton.   The clear buttons are the same from my Alder Dress but in a larger size (thanks Roseana!). I’ve sewn a few Deer and Doe patterns before and this one was easy to follow. I loved the…

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Seamwork Leonora Skirt

This skirt is one of my favorite makes so far for my #SummerSewing wardrobe. I wanted a simple straight skirt so I went with the Seamwork Leonora pattern. I bought this 100% cotton bull denim from Joann Fabrics. For a skirt like this, I didn’t want a stretch denim. I bought the buttons and round rivets from WAWAK. The pattern was pretty good and easy to follow. I’m pretty pear shaped so I had to grade…

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Hey June Willamette Shirt

This is another one of my projects from my #SummerSewing wardrobe: the Willamette shirt from Hey June. As soon as I saw this pattern I knew I wanted to sew it but never got around to it. I like this relaxed version of the classic shirt style. Plus the seaming, cuffs and pockets allowed for fun stripe placement. The Willamette is my first Hey June pattern I’ve made and it was pretty successful. Easy to…

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Lyocell Grainline Adler Dress

Although I’ve taught the Grainline Alder Dress in a class setting a few times, this is only the second version I’ve sewn for myself! Which is surprising because I absolutely love this pattern. This dress ticks off one of my summer sewing goals (I’ve finished another top, just need to take pics, so that makes 4 completed). I bought this slinky lyocell (which is a type of rayon) from Joann fabrics. I’ve been impressed with some…

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McCall’s 7431

I had such high hopes for this dress because I LOVED this border print black and white fabric, but after completing the project, the dress feels too bold for my taste. Maybe it’s the bell sleeves or the front lacing or the piping or dizzying stripe? Maybe it’s all of it combined. Some aspect of this design pushed it over the edge into crazyville and now I’m having second thoughts. Let’s back up… This incredible geometric…

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Tropical Print Grainline Hadley Top

Here’s finished garment #2 from my ongoing Summer 2018 Wardrobe Series. This is Grainline Studio’s new Hadley Top pattern. I made the sleeveless View B with the v-neck.This beautiful tropical print is a silk/cotton blend from Blackbird Fabrics (sadly no longer available). It’s softer than a cotton lawn but less slippery than a charmeuse.As soon as this fabric arrived, I knew I wouldn’t be able to do the neck and armhole facings as included in…

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Black Denim Lander Shorts

I feel I should preface this post with a disclaimer – I did a lot of photoshop trickery in these pics in order to make black denim visible without washing everything else out. But I wanted to be sure that you could see the details on these shorts. Because I LOVE THESE SHORTS! But first, let me back up. Back in June, I got in the mood to make a handmade summer wardrobe. I was…

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Sewaholic Harwood Dress

So I have mixed feelings about this dress. It’s the Sewaholic Harwood Dress that was released a few years ago, View A. The fabric is a rayon from Joann and the orange piping comes from silk crepe scraps. The colors and flowers feel a little 1930s/40s to me and combined with this style it has a kind of vague 40’s housedress feel. But that’s not my issue, I actually really like the print. But the fabric, combined…

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