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Cleo Skirt

Cleo Skirt :: Dandelion Drift

Do you ever run across a sewing pattern that will help you recreate a pinterest pin you have had on your board for years?  This is exactly what happened when I saw Rae’s newest sewing pattern, the Cleo Skirt!

Cleo Skirt :: Dandelion Drift

I’ve had this midi skirt pinned to my pinterest board for such a long time, and as soon as I saw Rae’s Cleo Skirt pattern, my mind immediately went to this pin!  I know, I know, the colors are totally different, but the proportions are absolutely the same!

Cleo Skirt :: Dandelion Drift

Rae’s pattern has a few options, midi length or above the knee, side pockets or these scooped out pockets, and solid or with a contrast band.  I sewed a mix of the different versions.  I used the pockets from view a because I loved the scoop detail!

Cleo Skirt :: Dandelion Drift

To get the length / contrast band, I used the final length from view b, and then subtracted the width of the contrast band (that pattern piece is provided with view a).  I then sewed the contrast band on with 1/2 inch seam allowance (not folded in half as the directions tell you to).  I wasn’t sure how I wanted to finish the hem, and ended up going with a hand stitched blind hem.

Cleo Skirt :: Dandelion Drift

The fabric I used is a tencel shirting from the Indiesew shop (no longer available).  Actually both are tencel shirtings, just in two different colors!  I’ve loved sewing with tencel fabric!  It drapes beautifully, and it has a sort of suede look to it!  The tencel is also very lightweight and breathable, making it perfect for the hot weather we get here in Florida!

Cleo Skirt :: Dandelion Drift

I absolutely love this skirt!  I love how sophisticated it looks, but that elastic waistband in the back makes it so comfortable!

Cleo Skirt :: Dandelion Drift

Here’s a quick recap of the details:

Pattern:  Cleo Skirt

Fabric:  Indiesew Tencel Shirting

Size:  XS

Modifications:  I used a mix of the different views, pockets from view a, length from view b, contrast band from view a.  And I hemmed the skirt with a hand stitched blind hem.

I should also mention that I’m wearing the Ogden Cami in these photos.  I blogged about it here if you’d like to take a look at the pattern and fabric details!

The pattern & fabric for the Cleo Skirt 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!

 

 

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

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!