Gosh I’ve been doing a lot of sewing for myself lately. And it really has been fun! I’ve been trying to think a lot about what I sew for myself before I begin . I’ve been choosy about my patterns, choosy about my fabrics, choosy about my finishes. I really want to sew myself clothes that are wearable, clothes that I will reach for any day. And since I really want to wear my clothes frequently, I’ve been making sure they are finished nicely, inside and out. This means my sewing is a lot slower, but that’s okay with me. I’ve said this many times, but I sew because I enjoy the process. Not because I want to be a sweat shop and churn out as much as I can as quickly as I can!
Want to hear about the shirt I just finished? I started this during selfish sewing week, but wasn’t able to finish it entirely until this week. This is the Ella top by Liola Designs. I picked it up at the Indie Sew shop and I LOVE it! I paired this pattern with a quilting cotton. I know, I know, you aren’t supposed to sew clothes out of quilting cotton. The weight and drape of the fabric is usually all wrong. But this is art gallery quilting cotton. It’s entirely different than other quilting cotton out there.
The fabric is by Bonnie Christine from her winged line for art gallery fabric. I ordered just one yard and really squeezed the pattern onto my little one yard cut!
I veered off the pattern just a little bit when I was sewing. I cut out the size small, which is where my measurements put me. I decided to shorten the front hem by 1 inch and then did a teeny tiny baby hem to help all of the curves of the hem lie flat. There’s a great tutorial for baby hems on the Colette site.
I also am in love with Rachael’s tutorial for finishing off neck and arm holes with knit fabric. She has a great tutorial here. And I was so glad to have a few scraps left of Bonnie’s knit fabric (from my maxi skirt) that matches these little birds perfectly. Want to see what the insides look like? Pretty, huh?
The last change I made was to french seam the sides. Oh yeah, I also wanted my yoke to hide all of the raw edges, so I used Grainline’s tutorial for that. Amazing people on the web with all of their amazing tutorials!
So what do you think? Liola patterns has three patterns out, two down (the natalie top can be seen here), and I have her third pattern cut out (the Molly cardigan). Her designs are clean and her directions are clear and I’m just loving her style! What have you been sewing lately?
Pattern :: Ella Top, size small
Fabric :: Birds Peck by Bonnie Christine for art gallery fabrics