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Highlands Wrap Dress

Highlands Wrap Dress :: Dandelion Drift

One of my many goals this summer is to catch up this blog here on all of the things I have been sewing!  Today I have the Highlands Wrap Dress by Allie of Indiesew.  I sewed this dress way back before she even released this pattern in April and have worn it a million times, but just got around to photographing it this past weekend!

Highlands Wrap Dress :: Dandelion Drift

The Highlands Wrap Dress is a woven wrap dress, with many options.  It comes with sleeves, or sleeveless, maxi or midi length.  I loved the idea of a long linen maxi dress that I could wear throughout the summer!

Highlands Wrap Dress :: Dandelion Drift

I grabbed three yards of Robert Kaufman Brussels Washer Linen, which is such good fabric!  It’s a linen rayon blend, so has all the breathability of linen, and the beautiful drape of rayon!

Highlands Wrap Dress :: Dandelion Drift

Allie drafted this pattern perfectly.  It has these sneaky little buttons inside the dress and under the tie that help hold that wrap front closed.  I’ve had wrap dresses before where I was concerned things weren’t going to stay covered, but not with this dress!  She also has beautiful finishing techniques throughout the pattern!  The corners are mitered, and the front opening and armholes are finished with a wide facing.  There’s also a little bit of elastic in the back under the tie that helps hold the dress snugly in place!

Highlands Wrap Dress :: Dandelion Drift

I feel very confident and elegant when I wear my Highlands Wrap Dress!  And every time I’ve worn my dress, I receive a handful of compliments, which always feels great!

Here’s a quick recap of the details:

Pattern:  Highlands Wrap Dress

Fabric:  Robert Kaufman Brussels Washer Linen

Size:  4

Modifications:  Shorten the skirt 1.5 inches

Turia Dungarees

Turia Dungarees :: Dandelion Drift

Happy Summer!  I have a post that has been long in the making and I’m super excited to share it with you!  These are the Turia Dungarees and I’m in love with them!

Turia Dungarees :: Dandelion Drift

I bought the Turia Dungarees pattern exactly three years ago, and then did absolutely nothing with it for over two years.  Well, I bought the fabric for these overalls about a year ago, and again did nothing with it (this time for months!).  I don’t know why I do that, but here we are!

Turia Dungarees :: Dandelion Drift

Finally, when I started sewing I was so excited.  I had done a lot of research to figure out exactly what I wanted my overalls to look like, and what changes I’d need to make to the pattern.  As the pattern is written, the legs on the overalls aren’t very fitted.  And the overalls open and close with a side zipper.  I had been looking at RTW overalls and really liked the look of these three pairs, skinny legs, large bib pocket, light wash.

Turia Dungarees :: Dandelion Drift

The first thing I did was make a long list of changes to the pattern!  I knew with the stretch of the denim, I could get away without any side opening.  So these overalls just (snugly, with a little bit of wiggling) slide on and off (no side buttons or zipper).  I also grabbed a pair of my RTW jeans that were slim, but not super skinny, and traced them for the shape of the legs.

Turia Dungarees :: Dandelion Drift

Next, I decided to lower the waist of the jeans by 2.5 inches, so I could add a waistband.  The original pattern has the pants lead straight into the front bib, without a waistband in between.  I also added beltloops.  Both of these pattern pieces I grabbed from the ginger jeans pattern.  Last modification in the waist area was to add a faux fly (again this template came from the ginger jeans pattern).

Turia Dungarees :: Dandelion Drift

When I was looking at RTW overalls, I noticed the bib pocket usually is pretty big.  I just made up my own pocket piece, wanting it to cover almost the entire front bib!  I also used traditional overall buckles.  These were a vintage pair I found on etsy!

Turia Dungarees :: Dandelion Drift

The last couple changes I made were to the back of the overalls.  I made some very similar changes that Sasha made to the back of her Turia Dungarees, to help the back of the bib sit closer to my body!  The back pockets that come with the Turia pattern are pretty small, so I used the pocket pattern piece from the ginger jeans.

Turia Dungarees :: Dandelion Drift

Phew, I think that was it on the pattern modifications!  Once I sewed these up, I realized they were way too pristine looking for overalls, so I started distressing.  I used sandpaper and razors to add distressing along seam lines, on pockets, and at my knees!  But then I realized I really wanted my overalls to be lighter.  I did one bleach bath, constantly stirring the jeans.  I was so nervous that I would leave them in too long and hate the light color!  But, once I washed them. they still were not light enough.  I did a second bleach bath, again stirring constantly!  I was less nervous this time, a little more confident that they would come out great and it worked!  I couldn’t tell you how long or what bleach to water ratio I used, I completely just winged it!  After all the bleach, I did a tea bath overnight.  I absolutely love the results!

Turia Dungarees :: Dandelion Drift

These Turia Dungarees were a lot of work, but it was all so much fun!  I would absolutely make them again!

Here’s a quick breakdown of the details!

Pattern: Turia Dungarees

Fabric: Stretch Denim from Indiesew (sold out)

Size: 38

Changes:  there are way too many to list here!  Read above to see all the changes!

Modifications I’d Make Next Time: I’d change the crotch curve a bit, maybe compare it to the ginger jeans pattern to get a better fit.  Other than that, I’d keep all the changes already made!

Turia Dungarees :: Dandelion Drift

Chi Town Chinos and Ogden Cami

Chi-Town-Chinos

Hey there and happy Tuesday!  I have been busy sewing away, but have hardly had a minute to pop in over here and blog about my makes.  That will change, I’m hoping, when summer rolls around and things slow down a bit!  But I’m so happy to be sharing my newest make with you today, the Chi Town Chinos, which pairs perfectly with an old (and worn often make) the Ogden Cami.

Ogden-Cami

Let me talk first about the Ogden Cami.  I helped Kelli test this pattern out last summer and it is amazing!  It is such a quick sew, requires such little fabric, and is the perfect wardrobe staple.  This Ogden was sewn out of crepe de chine from the Imagine Gnats shop (currently sold out) and I wear this tank so often!  It is a great layering piece, but also great on it’s own!  I sewed this in a size 4 and the fit is perfect!  The front and the back of the Ogden Cami look similar (the back is a bit lower cut), so a tag is perfect to add there to help differentiate the front from the back!

Chi Town Chinos Side

Okay, on to the Chi Town Chinos.  I grabbed the patterns from the Indiesew shop as part of the Indiesew blogger team and was so excited to try out a new to me pattern designer.  I say patterns because this pattern started out as a shorts / skirt pattern.  And then a pants version was added as an expansion pack.  Both patterns are needed to sew these pants (the original Chi Town Chinos and the expansion pack).  I had never sewn one of Alina’s patterns before, so I quickly sewed up the shorts version of the pattern, just to check the fit of her sizing and the fit was perfect.

Chi Town Chinos Portrait

That got me ready to sew my pants.  I know that the temps are only getting hotter here in Florida as summer inches closer, and I’ve heard Allie rave about tencel fabric recently and how perfect it is for hot weather, so I grabbed a couple yards of this olive green tencel twill from the Indiesew shop for my Chi Town Chinos.  I was thinking that the tencel twill would make a great, lightweight pair of summer pants, and these chinos turned out to be just that!  The tencel twill has great drape, but also is sturdy enough to sew a pair of pants out of.

Chi Town Chinos Walking

The Chi Town Chinos pattern is written so well.  It holds your hand through every step of the pants sewing process making it no big deal to sew things you thought were scary (like welt pockets).  I would highly recommend this pattern and will definitely be sewing more Chi Town Chinos in the future.

Chi Town Chinos Pockets

I made just a few changes to the pattern for fit or construction preference.  I sewed these in a size six, and when I basted the pants together to check for fit, I didn’t like how the pants were pulling across my bottom.  I ended up sewing the side seams, just around the hip area, with a 3/8 inch seam allowance to eliminate any fabric pulling across my bottom.

Chi Town Chinos Front

I also decided add interfacing to the waistband facing.  In the pair of shorts I sewed up quickly, I used some very inexpensive, lightweight chambray fabric I grabbed from the thrift store.  I noticed that my waistband stretches out as the day wears on.  I definitely didn’t want that to happen on my pants, so I added interfacing to help ensure that my waistband would be the same size all day!  Next time, I would add the interfacing to the pants at the waistline, and leave the facing as is.

Chi Town Chinos Butt

My last change (which I no longer like) was to leave off the buttons on the welt pockets.  I own some ready to wear pants that have welt pockets without buttons, and I liked the look of that.  I hadn’t considered how my fabric would handle this.  Well, as the day goes on, the welt pockets start to smile (gape apart) and these open mouth smiles are not what I want on my bottom.  I’m going to go back and add buttonholes and buttons to keep these closed!

Here’s a quick recap of my sews

Pattern: Ogden Cami

Fabric: Crepe de Chine

Size: Four

Modifications: None

 

Pattern: Chi Town Chinos (Expansion Pack 2)

Fabric: Tencel Twill

Size: Six

Modifications: let out side seams to 3/8 inch at hip area, interfaced waistband, omitted welt pocket buttons (I wouldn’t do that next time!), shortened 1.5 inches

Chi-Town-Chino-Pants

The pattern / fabric for the Chi Town Chinos were provided to me as part of the Indiesew blogger team.  All opinions, as always, are my own…I love both the pattern and the fabric used in this project!

 

 

Lou Box Top

Lou Box Top :: Dandelion Drift

Hey there and happy 2017!  I’m excited to share my first sew of 2017, this Lou Box Top sewn in silk and underlined in rayon… ooh I love it!  My sewing year has kicked off a little slow though, and for good reason.  We ended 2016 with an amazing trip to Japan, returned home just in time to celebrate New Year’s Eve, and then the whole family was wiped out from jet lag!  And probably a little bit of let down that we are back to reality!  Vacation was amazing, and Japan was even more incredible!  I have to throw in one quick photo, even though I know you stopped by to read about what I sewed, but we skied at the base of Mt. Fuji!  The extra person in the pic is my sister in law Beth, who lives in Japan and we so miss her now that we are back in the States!  Okay, enough Japan and back to sewing!

Skiing-Mount-Fuji

So the Lou Box Top (pattern by Sew DIY)…it is such a good pattern!  I’ve had it sitting on my computer since last spring when Indiesew released it as part of the Spring 2016 collection.  Let me throw in a few inspiration links, because I’ve seen this pattern pop up many times and knew it was loved by several sewists.  I love Erin’s dress version here, Kristi has made several Lou Box Tops, and my favorite dress was this one and top was this one, and I love the spring colors in this Lou Box Top.  Okay, so my sewing.

Lou Box Top :: Dandelion Drift

I snagged a little over a yard of two different fabrics from the Indie Sew fabric shop.  Allie had (it’s no longer in stock) this beautiful black silk chiffon fabric that was very sheer.  I knew I wanted to sew a top out of it, but also knew it wouldn’t get much wear if I left it sheer.  So I also grabbed some light blue rayon fabric to underline the project in.

Lou Box Top :: Dandelion Drift

Lou Box Top :: Dandelion Drift

Underlining is a bit different than lining.  I cut the pattern pieces out of my black floral fabric and my blue rayon fabric and then basted each pattern piece to the other.  That way I treated my blue / black fabric combo as one piece as I sewed the Lou Box Top together.  You can read a bit more about they whys and hows of underlining over here at Lladybird.

Lou Box Top :: Dandelion Drift

The Lou Box Top came together very easily!  There are several pattern options about finishing the bottom hem and there’s a scoop neck verses a crew neck option.  I went with the crew neck and the longest hem length.  I used a tiny clear button that I had inherited from my great grandmother’s button stash to close up the back opening.

Lou Box Top :: Dandelion Drift

Lou Box Top :: Dandelion Drift

Have you sewn anything yet in 2017?  I hope your first sew of the year is as successful as mine turned out!  I absolutely love my new top and know it will get worn often!

Lou Box Top :: Dandelion Drift

Quick Glance

Pattern: Lou Box Top

Fabrics: Black Floral Chiffon and Blue Rayon

Size: xs/s

Modifications: I underlined the project, but other than that, followed the instructions as written, and would do the exact same thing next time.

P.S. I keep wearing my ginger jeans and keep forgetting to blog about them.  These babies get worn at least twice a week and they absolutely deserve their own post.  Some day I’ll sit down and write about them, because they are great.  You can see me wearing them here, and there are some great gut pictures here, here and here.  I used pink and red serger thread on my jeans so you could see a fun pop of color as I cuffed my jeans!

This pattern / fabric for the Loub Box Top was provided to me as part of the Indiesew blogger team.  All opinions, as always, are my own…I love both the pattern and the fabrics used in this project!

 

 

Pixelated Heart Quilt

Pixelated Heart Quilt :: Dandelion Drift

It’s the most wonderful time of the year!  I absolutely love Christmastime and this year, I started my gift sewing a bit early (as in before Thanksgiving), and that has helped make the Christmas rush much less stressful!  I really need to remember to start early every year!

Pixelated Heart Quilt :: Dandelion Drift

This is a gift I sewed up for my sweet niece who is 4 years old.  I wanted her to have a throw sized quilt for her to snuggle under when she watches movies or is playing!

Pixelated Heart Quilt :: Dandelion Drift

Pixelated Heart Quilt :: Dandelion Drift

I followed this tutorial as a guide.  It is a really well written tutorial that walks you through what to cut, color placement, and piecing together.  I didn’t follow it word for word though.  I purchased a kona cotton charm square pack, which has fabric precut to five inch squares.  I took these squares and then cut each one into 4 squares, yielding (4) 2.5 inch squares per each charm!  This ended up being the perfect amount for the heart on the quilt!

Pixelated Heart Quilt :: Dandelion Drift

Pixelated Heart Quilt :: Dandelion Drift

The white on the front is kona solid white, the binding is artisan shot cotton from the imagine gnats shop, and the backing was an old art gallery Leah Duncan print.  I absolutely love how this whole quilt turned out, and we exchanged Christmas presents early with my niece, and she loves it too!

Pixelated Heart Quilt :: Dandelion Drift

Bonn Shirt

Bonn Shirt :: Dandelion Drift

Good morning!  I’m happy to share with you my newest make, hot off the sewing machine this week, the Bonn Shirt.  Leslie from ThreadBear Garments and Fleurine from Sew Mariefleur kindly asked me to join in the Itch to Stitch Holiday Blog Tour, and I was thrilled to try out a new to me pattern company!

Bonn Shirt :: Dandelion Drift

Kennis, the designer over at Itch to Stitch did not disappoint!  I’ve kind of had a thing for button down shirts lately, so I was excited to sew up the Bonn Shirt, a tailored, fitted button down.  I first spotted this shirt when Allie at Indiesew added this pattern to their fall collection!  I loved all of the Bonn Shirts I saw popping up on Instagram!

Bonn Shirt :: Dandelion Drift

The Bonn Shirt comes with a lot of options….sleeve length, short, 3/4 or long.  It can be sewn in shirt length or dress length.  And Kennis has cup size options, which is amazing!  I’m an A cup, generally needing (but not always doing) a small bust adjustment to patterns.  Since there’s a cup size option, I simply pieced together the Bonn shirt in a size 6A.

Bonn Shirt :: Dandelion Drift

So from all of these options I sewed the shirt length with long sleeves.  The only minor changes I made to the pattern were the size of my hem and the lack of topstitching.  The pattern calls for topstitching down the front button bands.  I skipped that entirely, which I’ve seen on a ready to wear shirt.  The button holes and buttons (as well as the hem) hold the placket in place.  And the hem, instead of a 3/8 inch hem folded over twice, I wanted to preserve as much length, so I did a 1/4 inch hem, folded over twice.

Bonn Shirt :: Dandelion Drift

I sewed this up in a shirt weight fabric from Style Maker Fabrics.  I was looking for a windowpane fabric, and loved the green and white colors on this one.  Style Maker Fabrics has an easy search option, I typed in windowpane in the search and it immediately pulled up the four options that were in stock!  The fabric is much like you would see on a men’s button up.  I love the crispness of the shirt, and love that it does not wrinkle easily.  I took these pics after wearing the shirt all day and there’s hardly a wrinkle in sight.  I am excited, though, to try sewing this pattern in a fabric with a little more drape.  I love how changing the fabric can make the same pattern look so different!

Bonn Shirt :: Dandelion Drift

You might recognize these buttons from my Alder Dress.  When I ordered buttons for the dress, I ordered a bulk package, leaving me with a lot of silver buttons!  I love the pairing of a crisp button down with some unexpected silver buttons!

Bonn Shirt :: Dandelion Drift

I’d be silly to  not share anything about these jeans.  These are the first pair of Ginger Jeans I’ve sewn.  I’ve never blogged about them, and need to some day.  They deserve a post of their own…they get worn at least once a week, and I’ve had them completed for months.  For now, I’ll just say that I love them, I love the pattern, and the cone mills denim they ware sewn in is perfect!

Bonn Shirt :: Dandelion Drift

Here’s all of the Itch to Stitch Holiday Blog tour details…which you definitely should check out!  These ladies sewed up some incredible things!  Kennis is offereing you a discount on all Itch to Stitch patterns,16% off until December 11th, midnight CST, using the code “holiday 16”. And if you are shopping for fabric, Style Maker Fabrics is offering shipping for $5 in the US and discounted international shipping, too!

 

ITCH TO STITCH HOLIDAY BLOG TOUR 2016
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Hello Ollie Fabrics :: Scout Tee and Colfax Dress

Lace Color Blocked Scout Tee :: Dandelion Drift

Hey there!  Happy crazy week to you!  I have been so busy with last minute Halloween prep, I feel like I’m having a hard time keeping track of what day it is and who I am.  I thought this was going to be the year of no handmade anything for Halloween, but I was surprised (pleasantly so) when Sweet Pea asked me to make her an elf queen costume!  It would have been received a little more pleasantly if the request wasn’t put in on Monday, and the Halloween party is tonight!  Yikes!

Lace Color Blocked Scout Tee :: Dandelion Drift

You’re not here to listen to my Halloween woes, though.  You’d much rather hear about the pretty fabric I played with and what I made out of it!  Six months ago, Bonnie asked me if I would be interested in contributing some fabric creations to her spring quilt market booth and play with her new line of fabric!  The obvious answer when you are asked to play with fabric is yes…so that’s just what I said!

Lace Color Blocked Scout Tee :: Dandelion Drift

This is Bonnie’s line of fabric with Art Gallery Fabrics, titled Hello Ollie.  Here is Bonnies super sweet description of the fabric:

Like the delicate trace left by a Swan’s dance on the water, this collection illustrates the image of spending an afternoon in the meadow by the lake. Named after Bonnie’s daughter, Ollie, sweetness is brought to life with dabbling swans, feathered fellows and garden blooms.

And it is just that!  Every fabric in this line is sweet and inviting!  This fabric is printed on certified organic fabric, and just like all Art Gallery fabric, is super soft and drapes beautifully!  I sewed two familiar patterns, the scout tee and colfax dress.  Both things I’ve made many times before and was happy to have a little piece that I could help with in making Bonnie’s Hello Ollie booth beautiful!

Lace Color Blocked Scout Tee :: Dandelion Drift

The scout tee was sewed with a lace color block up top, just like I did last time I sewed this pattern.  I love the combination of the sweet swans with the lace!

Hello Ollie Colfax Dress :: Dandelion Drift

The colfax dress, my third make of this pattern, is such a great pattern, and pairs perfectly with the swan fabric!

Hello Ollie Colfax Dress :: Dandelion Drift

Just like when you are asked to play with fabric, the obvious answer is yes, your answer should be yes when I ask you if you want to get more great inspiration of Hello Ollie projects!

Pop around all of the lovely makers who have sewed with Hello Ollie fabric (there’s a full list of blog tour ladies here) and also take a look at Sarah’s beautiful swan quilt here!

Style Maker Fabrics Ginger Jeans and Archer Button Up

Ginger Jeans :: Dandelion Drift

I am thrilled to share with you two new wardrobe staples I sewed in conjunction with Style Maker Fabrics and their fall blog tour.  Michelle at Style Maker Fabrics kindly provided me the fabric, and I happily sewed myself a new pair of Ginger Jeans and an Archer Button Up!

Archer Button Up :: Dandelion Drift

Let me start by sharing the Archer Button Up details.  I had the hardest time choosing a fabric.  There are so many choices at Style Maker Fabrics, but I ended up landing on this blue rayon challis fabric.  I, of course, was immediately drawn to the color.  I don’t know if you have noticed, but blue is my favorite color (my little wardrobe is a testament to that!).  But I also loved the quirky little print on the fabric, glasses.  When I was growing up, I wished that I needed glasses.  I think they look attractive.  I even convinced my parents to take me to get my eyes examined, only to be disappointed when the doctor told me I had perfect vision!

Archer Button Up :: Dandelion Drift   Archer Button Up :: Dandelion Drift

The fabric is a great quality and has a really nice drape!  This isn’t the first archer I’ve sewn, but it is the first one that I have sewn for me.  I noticed last time I sewed the pattern that the  torso was a bit shorter than I liked.  I lengthened my Archer pattern by 1.25 inches.

Archer Button Up :: Dandelion Drift

Archer Button Up :: Dandelion Drift

I used a few new tools with this button up (pictured here in my ig account).  I really love the button hole chisel and the expanding sewing gauge.  I would say they both are a worthy investment to add to your sewing tool bucket!

Ginger Jeans :: Dandelion Drift

Okay, the ginger jeans.  I have been wanting a pair of black jeans, but hesitant because I don’t want my black jeans to fade into gray jeans.  I looked around the Style Maker Fabric site and found this stretch black twill bottom weight.  I was a bit hesitant to request this fabric because I typically shy away from polyester, but let me tell you, these are the most comfortable and most flattering pants I own.  If Michelle carried this fabric in a variety of colors, I would have a wardrobe full of ginger jeans, all made out of this fabric!

Ginger Jeans :: Dandelion Drift

This is my second pair of ginger jeans (first blogged, I still need to photograph my denim pair) and I am amazed at how well this pattern fits!  I secretly think Heather knew my body details when she was drafting this pattern.  It fits my muscular thighs.  It doesn’t make my toosh feel like it is out of proportion with my waist (like my store bought pants do).  These pants just fit so well!  Josh keeps singing Grease Lighting when he sees me in them, I’ll take that as a compliment!

Ginger Jeans :: Dandelion Drift

I graded between a size 6 at the waist, out to a size 8 for the hips on down.  I did need to shorten the pattern a bit.  I took out 1/2 inch above the knee and 1/2 inch below the knee.  And that wasn’t enough, I ended up taking off another 2 inches at the ankle (but I was going for a shorter, ankle length on these pants).  I also needed to remove some excess fabric from behind the knee.

Ginger Jeans :: Dandelion Drift

So here’s a quick recap of the patterns, fabrics, and sewing details!

Pattern:  Archer Button Up

Size:  4

Fabric: Blue Rayon Challis from Style Maker Fabrics

Alterations:  Lengthened bodice 1.25 inches

Archer Button Up :: Dandelion Drift

Pattern: Ginger Jeans

Size: 6 at waist, graded to 8 at hips

Fabric: Black Stretch Twill Bottom Weight from Style Maker Fabrics

Alterations:

  • Shortened the legs, .5 inches above kneed, .5 inches below knee, and removed another 2 inches at hem.
  • Sewed with .5 inch seam allowance on side seams and back (bottom seam)

Notions: Rivets and rivet tools are from Citron Jeans; button is dritz from JoAnn

You can continue following along on the Style Maker Fabrics fall blog tour tomorrow with Sara from The Sara Project!  And thank you Michelle from Style Maker Fabrics for including me on the tour, I love my new pants and button up!

Grainline Studio Morris Blazer

Grainline studio Morris Blazer :: Dandelion Drift

Hey there!  I know I’ve mentioned it on instagram, but I’m not sure I’ve shared this over here, this winter we are headed on a trip.  A pretty big trip…we are headed to Japan!  Woo hoo!  And traveling to somewhere cold in the winter has led me to think of sewing some layering clothes, like this Grainline Studio Morris Blazer!

Grainline studio Morris Blazer :: Dandelion Drift

Okay, let me fill you in a bit on the trip.  My sister in law works for the military and has been working over in Japan for the past two years.  Ever since she started her three year term in Japan, Josh and I have been saving our pennies to fly on over there.  Last April we finally had enough money saved up (combined with some frequent flier miles donated by my mom) to purchase the plane tickets for our little family of four!  Now all of our spare dollars have been going into savings so we can have fun while we are in Japan…woo hoo!

Grainline studio Morris Blazer :: Dandelion Drift

I’ve been gearing up for the fun in Japan (and prepping the kids for the really long flight).  And only recently it occurred to me that it’s going to be cold in Japan.  Really cold, probably not for you guys, but really cold for this Florida family!  So that led to me thinking I need to start ramping up my layering wardrobe!

Alright, ready for some sewing talk?  This is the morris blazer pattern, which I’m assuming you’ve seen before.  There are numerous great morris blazers out there!  I didn’t know if I was a blazer girl or not, but about six months ago I decided I’d like to give the pattern a try.  I ordered the paper pattern from Indiesew and then I just let it sit there!  For a whole six months.

Grainline studio Morris Blazer :: Dandelion Drift

I actually had ordered some fabric with the blazer in mind and then decided it didn’t have enough structure for the blazer.  Coincidentally that fabric became this maxi dress (blogged about here).  So the fabric hunt continued.  I was looking for a ponte knit without much polyester.  I found just the fabric I wanted on etsy and it actually has no polyester…woo hoo!  This ponte knit is a rayon, nylon, spandex blend and it is truly great!

Grainline studio Morris Blazer :: Dandelion Drift

The pattern came together smoothly!  The only little bump I ran into was while I was sewing on the lapel facing, I should have used my walking foot, but I didn’t.  And my un-interfaced fabric wanted to stretch when sewn to the interfaced lapel.  I think using a walking foot would fix the stretching issue I had, either that or interface just the seam line.  Any morris blazer sewists have any advice?  Ooh speaking of interfacing, I purchased a tricot fusible interfacing, but I bought it so long ago I can’t remember where I ordered it from!

Okay here’s a quick recap of the sewing details:

Pattern: Grainline Studio Morris Blazer from Indiesew

Fabric: Black Ponte Knit

Size: 4, no alterations

Alterations for next time: use walking foot to avoid stretching out the fabric, lengthen arms by 1 inch

Grainline studio Morris Blazer :: Dandelion Drift

I’m sharing this ponte blazer with you in conjunction with Indiesew’s cardigan week.  Allie kindly is offering all Indie Sew customers a 15% discount on all cardigans and blazers in the shop through Sunday, October 11.  Just use the code FALLCARDIGANS16 when you check out!

 

Grainline Studio Alder Shirtdress

Alder Shirtdress :: Dandelion Drift

I have some Grainline Studio love to share with you today!  Jen was probably the first indie pattern designer I ever became aware of and I started following her blog immediately.  I have since sewn five of her patterns: the maritime shorts, archer shirt, lakeside pajamas, scout tee, and the cascade duffle coat.  And now I’m happy to add a sixth of her patterns to my closet, the alder shirtdress!

Alder Shirtdress :: Dandelion Drift

love a good shirtdress, and this pattern is so, so good.  As always, Jen’s patterns are drafted so well!  The fit is always great and rarely requires any alterations!  My measurements placed me in a size four, which is what I sewed with no alterations!I

Alder Shirtdress :: Dandelion Drift

Jen has a really great sew along on her blog to walk you through, step by step of the sewing process!  I find that a bigger project like this is great to do one small step at a time.  It doesn’t feel overwhelming or difficult if I give myself little goals to accomplish each day!

Alder Shirtdress :: Dandelion Drift

Allie over at Indiesew provided the pattern and fabric for me as part of the Indiesew blogger team.  I immediately knew I wanted to sew my first alder in a chambray fabric.  I love the classic, simple look of a chambray shirtdress!  This is the ocean sunwashed chambray from the Indiesew shop.  It’s a great fabric, and I’m thrilled to have just a bit leftover, enough I think to sew up a little cami!

Alder Shirtdress :: Dandelion Drift

Since my fabric had no details to it, all one color, I wanted to make sure my topstitching was perfect.  I did my absolute best to slow down as I topstitched and not rush the process.  My edgestitch foot on my Bernina is such a great help in making sure that my topstitching is accurate!  I also was very choosy about my buttons.  I knew I wanted metal buttons and I searched at my local JoAnn’s and then decided to look a bit online.  I found these silver metal buttons, and fell in love with the back side of them.  They were simple, but intersting to me with the long holes in the front.  I asked around on instagram how to tackle those long holes and @mama_kylie suggested sewing the holes, top to bottom with thread!  I love the simpleness of it and love the final look!

Alder Shirtdress :: Dandelion Drift

Phew…lots of information!  Here’s a quick recap!

Pattern:  Alder Shirtdress , view B

Size: 4, no alterations

Fabric: ocean sunwashed chambray

Buttons: silver metal buttons

Modifications next time: lengthen bodice 1/2 inch, lengthen skirt 1/2 inch

The fabric and pattern were provided to me by Indiesew.  As always, all opinions are 100% mine and honest!