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Chi Town Chinos and Ogden Cami


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.


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


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!


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!



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!

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!


True Bias Mini Emerson Shorts

Hey there!  So I showed off a new pattern last week, and here’s the second pattern Kelli (at True Bias just released), the Mini Emerson pattern.  This again is the tester version.

True Bias Mini Emerson Shorts :: Dandelion Drift

I sewed up  a size ten for Sweet Pea, lengthening it 1.5 inches.  Kelli’s pattern runs very true to size.  My 12 year old is just thin and tall.

True Bias Mini Emerson Shorts :: Dandelion Drift

Her waist measurements put her in a size 10, but her hip measurement is a bit bigger.  To accommodate the larger hip size, I did a full seat adjustment on these shorts, and they fit her perfectly!

True Bias Mini Emerson Shorts :: Dandelion Drift

These shorts are reached for again and again, and I’m sure the fabric has something to do with it!  I used leftover rayon challis from this dress I made myself.  Now that I see these in rayon, I definitely want to make myself a pair of rayon emerson shorts!

True Bias Mini Emerson Shorts :: Dandelion Drift

Quick Details:

Pattern: Mini Emerson Shorts

Size: 10

Fabric: Rayon Challis (from JoAnn)

Modifications: lengthen 1.5 inches, full seat adjustment to accommodate a larger hip size than the pattern is drafted for

*As a pattern tester, I received this pattern in exchange for sewing the pattern and providing feedback.  Hardly any changes were made to this pattern while testing.  Kelli just changed the pocket bag slightly to give it a perfect fit!

True Bias Mini Emerson Shorts :: Dandelion Drift

Mini Ogden Cami

Hey there!  Happy September!  I have two new great patterns to share with you this week.  Today, I’ll share the mini ogden cami pattern, one of Kelli’s (from True Bias) newest patterns.  I helped her test this pattern, so what you are seeing here is the tester version.

True Bias Mini Ogden Cami :: Dandelion Drift

My girl is a bit particular about her clothes.  Her daily wear is dependent on comfort, and as a homeschooling family, this often results in athletic shorts and t shirts.  These new patterns are just as comfortable to her and she reaches for them often!  I love that these two new patterns from Kelli are of the same comfort level, but definitely look so much nicer!

True Bias Mini Ogden Cami :: Dandelion Drift

The mini ogden is very similar to the adult version.  It has a sweet v neck front, with a front facing.  The back is a bit different though.  It has a straight seam at the top (instead of the v in the adult version) with elastic casing.  I love the simplicity of this top!

True Bias Mini Ogden Cami :: Dandelion Drift

This mini ogden was sewn in rayon challis from fabric.com (I don’t see it in stock any longer).  I bought this fabric with my girl in mind, knowing that she loves bold, bright colors!  I didn’t do the best of jobs lining up the stripes on the side seams.  One side matches perfectly, and the one you are seeing here is just slightly off.  I’m sure no one will ever notice in every day life, but it’s a little detail that bugs me!

True Bias Mini Ogden Cami :: Dandelion Drift

Quick Glimpse

Pattern: Mini Ogden Cami

Fabric: Rayon Challis from Fabric.com

Size: 10, lengthened 1.5 inches (my girl fits in the size 10 measurements, except she’s a bit taller)

*As a pattern tester, I received this pattern in exchange for sewing the pattern and providing feedback.  A few minor changes were made to the final pattern, the front neckline was raised .25 inches, the straps were shortened slightly and the elastic was tightened.  All minor changes to help perfect the pattern!


Cascade Duffle Coat

This is a really long post.  If you just want the nitty gritty of the pattern and modifications I made, scroll down to the bottom and I’ll have a bullet point list for you!

Cascade Duffle Coat :: Dandelion Drift

Round five of the Super Online Sewing Match is here and I’m so excited to share with you what I sewed!  This is truly the most intricate thing I have ever made, and also the sew that I am most proud of!  Here’s the Cascade Duffle Coat!  This pattern is by Jen of Grainline Studios and it is a really, really good pattern!

Cascade Duffle Coat :: Dandelion Drift

When Beth and Kristin from Sew Mama Sew emailed us the pattern for this challenge last Monday, I had a mini panic moment (maybe even a big panic moment).  I thought this was going to be way too much for me to handle.  A coat!  A real winter coat!  Yikes.

Cascade Duffle Coat :: Dandelion Drift

My family has had a family vacation planned for August 14th for some time and my goal was to finish my sewing for the Super Online Sewing Match before we left for vacation.  That translated to only three days available for me to sew the Cascade Coat.  (Hence the panic moment.)  Josh and I talked for a minute on Monday and he convinced me that this was doable and if I stayed focused I definitely could finish the coat before vacation.  I spent three whole days, I mean three days from sun up to sun down to finish the coat.  Kind friends jumped in and watched the kids for me.  Josh helped keep the house running with food and cleaning.  And the coat was all sewn and ready to be photographed by last Thursday night!

Cascade Duffle Coat :: Dandelion Drift

Ready for some details.  As soon as we had the pattern in hand I went shopping for fabric.  I drove up to Orlando knowing that there would be a few fabric store options.  The closest fabric store in Orlando was Jo Anns so that is where we headed.  And amazingly they had everything I was looking for.  I know most people would see this Duffle coat and immediately think it should be made out of wool.  Well I live in Florida and own one wool coat, which hasn’t been worn in a few years.  It rarely gets cold enough to need a winter coat here.  And we rarely travel in the winter time to cold locations!  So I looked into some other coat fabric recommendations.  Jen talks about fabric options for the Cascade Duffle Coat and mentions bottomweights and twill fabric.  Jo Ann had this great blue twill fabric that had some weight to it, and no stretch…perfect.  They also had this gray bemberg rayon that I used for the lining.  That’s really all I needed to grab.  I already owned the zippers and buttons so I was ready to sew.

Cascade Duffle Coat :: Dandelion Drift

The  coat pattern came together easily.  It took hours and hours to sew, but nothing was difficult, just time consuming.  I would equate this to running a race.  Just about anyone can run, it’s just one step at a time.  Same with this pattern.  It’s just one step of the pattern at a time.

I sewed a straight size four.  That’s where my measurements put me, and the fit is perfect!  I sewed all the steps as directed, just made a few additions.

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I really liked the patch pockets on the coat, but also knew that sticking my hands in a patch pocket would be a little awkward.  They are perfect pockets to put my things in, though.  I added a flap to the pocket, and I’m sure you’ll also see I made a way for me to put my hands in my pockets on the side.  I decided to add welt pockets right on the pocket placement line for the patch pockets.  This worked out perfectly.  I used this tutorial from Thread Theory to guide me through making the welt pockets.  And the welt pockets are lined in bemberg rayon, and go the distance from the pocket line, all the way over to the middle of the coat.  I tacked down the lining at each corner of the welt pocket so that the pocket bags wouldn’t bunch up.

Cascade Duffle Coat :: Dandelion Drift

I also looked through some pictures of duffle coats for inspiration and saw a picture of a coat with a great interior zipper pocket.  I added that pocket to the facing piece, two inches in from the inside seam.  I wasn’t sure where to place this zipper, so I saved that step towards the end until I could try the lining on and find the best placement.  The zipper is a nine inch zipper, and the pocket lining for this one is nani iro double gauze.  I again tacked down the corners of the pocket to ensure it wouldn’t bunch up inside the lining.

Cascade Duffle Coat :: Dandelion Drift

Cascade Duffle Coat :: Dandelion Drift

The lining for the interior zipper pocket matches the front bands for the zipper up front.  I wanted to make sure the lines matched up on the nani iro fabric on either side of the zipper.  I also saw the greatest idea from Jenny of Cashmerette to add some flat piping in the seam between the lining and the facing.  Often times my goal when sewing is to make my clothes look like something I would buy in a store.  But at the same time, it is great to add extra special details that you normally would not find.

Cascade Duffle Coat :: Dandelion Drift

Jen mentions making the toggles on the coat out of leather.  I had some brown leather on hand, but didn’t care for the contrast in colors on the front of this blue coat.  So I decided to make my toggles out of the same blue fabric as my coat.  I used the toggle pattern piece, added 1/4 inch seam allowance to the pattern piece and cut out six blue toggle pieces from the blue fabric, and six from the lining.  I sewed these pieces right sides together, left a small opening to turn these pieces right side out and flipped them.  One trick I have learned when sewing small curved pieces is to using pinking sheers to grade the seams down, instead of notching around the curve.  The cord for my toggles is some braided white cotton trim.  I made sure to stretch the cord as much as possible when measuring their placement to make sure they wouldn’t be stretched out when I buttoned it closed.  The wooden toggle buttons were stolen from a jacket I had sewed for my daughter a few years ago that she’s outgrown.

Cascade Duffle Coat :: Dandelion Drift

Here’s a couple pics of the inside of the coat.  Everything is super neat and tidy.  I was nervous when it came time to bag the coat, but Jen’s instructions and pictures from the sew along helped tremendously!  I think this is the step that made me the most nervous, just because it was something I had never done before, nor had ever even tried to wrap my brain around.  Turns out, it was not scary at all, and leaves you feeling like a sewing magician!

Cascade Duffle Coat :: Dandelion Drift Cascade Duffle Coat :: Dandelion Drift

Whelp, that’s it.  All of the coat details.  I ended up with a great coat that is not too heavy, not too warm and will definitely get worn in our mild Florida winters!  I am so excited for the weather to cool off now so I can throw on my new coat and wear it around!  I should also mention that I am so thrilled to have been able to participate in the Super Online Sewing Match.  This competition has been a great experience!

Cascade Duffle Coat :: Dandelion Drift

Okay…here’s a quick rundown for those just wanting quick details:

  • Pattern: Cascade Duffle Coat
  • Size: 4 (exactly where my measurements placed me)
  • Material: twill (with no stretch) and bemberg rayon (both from Jo Ann)
  • Toggles: self made out of exterior fabric

Pattern additions

  • welt pockets on pocket placement line
  • pocket flaps for patch pockets
  • interior zipper pocket
  • flat piping in between lining and facing


Caravan Tote

Caravan Tote :: Dandelion Drift

Woo hoo! It’s round three of the Super Online Sewing Match, and I’m pinching myself that I’m in this competition!  These ladies are all amazingly talented, good sewers, with a good eye for fabric and pattern combinations!

Caravan Tote :: Dandelion Drift

This round had us sewing the caravan tote, a pattern by Anna from Noodlehead.  I am not a stranger to bag making, in fact, I sew quite a few bags.  I love the attention to details that bags require!

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I actually already owned this pattern, had it all cut out, and then did nothing with it.  That pile of cut out fabric is still waiting for me to sew, but I somehow felt it might be cheating to sew the pattern that I had already cut and set aside. So I looked through my fabric, and had a pair of pants I had sewn sitting in my re purpose pile.  They were pants I just never reached for, but were sewn out of great fabric, Robert Kaufman Essex Linen, so I knew I could re use the material!

Caravan Tote :: Dandelion Drift

The bottom of my bag is the linen, and the top of my bag is a cut up canvas drop cloth (leftover from a curtain project for my son’s room).  I wanted to make my tote waterproof, so I looked into how to wax the fabric.  I combined paraffin and beeswax to make my own wax, and set to work.  I’ll do a whole other post about waxing the fabric, but it was a lot of work, but also a lot of fun!

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The inside of the tote is lined with Kona Cotton coral fabric, with the linen for the pocket.  I love how Anna has a clip inside her poolside tote pattern, so I added that detail to this tote.  The zipper pocket is lined with a vintage fabric from the thrift store, and the needle pocket was made with coral fabric.  I wish I could say I would load this tote up with my knitting needles, but I just haven’t found my grove with knitting.  My friend who owns a yarn shop says I need to change and try a different project (I’ve only ever started one knitting project).  Who knows, maybe I’ll one day fall in love with knitting!  But for now, these pockets will be filled with pens.

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The pouch that comes along with the caravan tote pattern is such a cute pouch, the perfect size to slip my phone and wallet into when I’m running into the store.  I added a little wrist strap to my pouch, and again lined this one with the vintage thrift store fabric.

Caravan Tote :: Dandelion Drift

Oh man, I almost forgot to tell you about the straps.  They are from one of Josh’s old belts.  I cut it in half length wise, measured them to size and added the straps with rivets.  I also omitted the magnetic snap and instead used the rest of the belt to make a leather closure, which really holds the bag closed (I was worried it would slip open, but nope)!  The leather is thick for these straps, which had me worried if my rivet posts would be long enough, but it all worked perfectly!  I love the rustic feel the old, used leather adds to the tote!

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That was a lot of information.  Let me give you a quick rundown of all the info and where I purchased the specialty hardware:

Pattern: Caravan Tote

Exterior Fabric:  Robert Kaufman Essex Linen, Canvas Drop Cloth

Lining:  Kona Cottong Coral, Vintage Thrifted Fabric

Leather:  Re purposed belt

Rivets:  Bag For U (on etsy)

Hook:  Creative Cloth Studio (on etsy)

Zippers:  Zip It (on etsy)

Snaps:  Dritz from Jo Ann

Caravan Tote :: Dandelion Drift

Striped Dress Tutorial

I know I’m not much of a pattern girl (patterns printed on fabric) when I’m sewing for myself, but stripes, they are a different story.  They send my heart aflutter.  I love their clean lines and simplicity.

Striped Dress Tutorial :: Dandelion Drift

Striped Dress Tutorial :: Dandelion Drift

I have a super simple summer dress tutorial for you, sewn out of the softest rayon knit fabric, in none other than stripes.  In fact, Melissa has been rounding up summer dress tutorials all month long, leaving you with 30 + dresses to inspire you to pull out your sewing machine and make something great this summer!


Ready for the easy instructions!  Here we go:

Striped Dress Tutorial :: Dandelion Drift

1.  Grab your favorite tank top and trace around it on your fabric, adding 3/8 inch for seam allowance.  Add length to make it a dress, and about 1 inch at your hips to give your hips some room!  Do the same for the back.

*Stripe tip: to help match your stripes, place your tank top underarm at the same stripe for the front and back.

2.  With right sides together, sew the front and back side seams.  Sew the shoulder seams as well.  Use either your serger or a knit stitch on your sewing machine.

*Stripe tip: to help match your stripes while sewing, pin, pin, and pin some more!  Without pins, your fabric wants to move a little, and nothing is worse than stripes that are just barely off!

3.  Finish off your neck and armhole openings.  I used a knit binding method following this tutorial here!

Striped Dress Tutorial :: Dandelion Drift

That’s it.  I left my dress hem unfinished, knowing I liked the casual look, but you could easily fold up the bottom hem one inch and stitch in place.

Striped Dress Tutorial :: Dandelion Drift

P.S.  Melissa has a great giveaway here full of goodies!

I Sewed :: SSW Syrah Skirt

Syrah Skirt and Foxglove Tank Patterns :: Dandelion Drift

Hey all!  Happy Tuesday!  Did anyone else have the hardest time with the time change?  Monday morning was seriously hard for my entire family!  I am glad it’s Tuesday.  And it’s Selfish Sewing Week…a week dedicated to sewing for yourself, whatever it may be.  There are lot so details on SSW over at the Imagine Gnats blog and Indie Sew, as well as a few competitions with great prizes on the line.

Syrah Skirt and Foxglove Tank Patterns :: Dandelion Drift

Well for this SSW, I was in need of a new maxi skirt!  I have a tale to tell you about all of the maxi skirts I have sewn.  My first one (a self drafted maxi) was eaten by the dogs.  Yep, I have those kind of dogs that will eat anything that is left unattended.  My second one (another syrah skirt) was made  out of thrifted fabric and I later found out it was covered in holes, whomp whomp.  So here I am, version three and I think it’s perfect!

Robert Kaufman vs. Art Gallery :: Dandelion Drift

For this Syrah I used a solid color fabric.  I know this may seem boring to you, but I really like solids.  Well, I like stripes too, but usually not going across my tooshie.  So solids it is!  This is the new art gallery knits, in solids.  The quality is beautiful.  It reminds me a lot of robert kaufman laguna jersey.  I cut a little scrap of each fabric, robert kaufman and art gallery, so you could compare, but since it is hard to see the difference I’ll explain a little.  Both fabrics are 95% cotton 5% spandex.  They both are 58 inches wide.  The robert kaufman fabric is a little lighter weight and a little lighter in color (just slightly).  It also curls a bit more at the edges.  The art gallery knit is a little heavier, and still curls at the edges, just not as much.  Both fabrics are great quality and wash and wear well!  I searched to find the actual weight of each fabric, and found that robert kaufman jersey is 5.8 oz per square yard, but I couldn’t find the weight of art gallery knits. Okay…that’s all on my little fabric comparison!

Syrah Skirt and Foxglove Tank Patterns :: Dandelion Drift

Back to the skirt details.  I think I mentioned this with my last Syrah, but this is the best fitting maxi skirt.  Lauren Dahl had a genius idea to use swimsuit lining fabric as a slip and to help stabilize the waist band.  I skipped the slip portion, just because I knew my fabric wasn’t see through and I’m gearing up for the HOT Florida summer!  I love the cut of the waistband, which tapers in at the top, so it is a nice and fitted waistband that won’t slide down.  And notice the tooshie?  It isn’t being hugged by my skirt….gotta love that!

Syrah Skirt and Foxglove Tank Patterns :: Dandelion Drift

I sewed this all on my serger, except for the hemming, which I did with my twin needle.  I did make one little pattern change, which was to lengthen the pattern by 1 inch.  I like my maxi skirt sitting all the way up on my natural waist, so I’m guessing that’s why I needed the extra inch.  I’m average height (5’5″) if that helps any of you sewing this pattern.

Syrah Skirt and Foxglove Tank Patterns :: Dandelion Drift


Here’s a quick glimpse at my sewing:

Pattern ::  Syrah Skirt by Selvage Designs

Fabric :: Art Gallery Knits

Outfit Breakdown :: Handmade shirt (the foxglove tank / blogged), Syrah skirt, AE sandals

Lauren kindly has provided a little discount code for you guys on the Syrah skirt.  Just hop on over to her site and enter dandelion2 to receive $2 off your skirt pattern!

  Syrah Skirt and Foxglove Tank Patterns :: Dandelion Drift The Syrah skirt pattern was generously provided to me by Lauren Dahl and the Art Gallery Knit was generously provided to me by Art Gallery Fabrics.  All opinions are honest and true, of course!