Monday, September 22, 2014

Senna Dress - Tester Round-Up #2

These ladies are killin' it! I love how seeing how everyone adapted the pattern to their own style.

                                Mady - The Wardrobe Project                                                   Beth - Sew DIY

                                            Deb - Stitch It Now                                                 Megan - Shirley's Singer
                                     Zoe - Fozzel & Bean                                              Burke - A Modern Seamstress

                                Megan - Smeebot Sews                                                          Lelania

A huge thanks to all of my testers! Y'all are the best.

Senna Dress pattern available here.

<3 Lindsay

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Senna Dress - Tester Round-Up #1

The Senna Dress pattern would have never been released without the help of my fabulous testers! These ladies are amazingly talented, as well as generous and kind. Definitely check out their blogs if you have haven't already. Round-Up #2 (just as excellent) coming soon!

                                      Amanda - Amanda Renea                                        Carrie - Oh, She Dabbles

Claire - Hoopes Park Studios                                                  Ruth - Beakers & Bobbins

Barbara - Zibergirl Sews                                             Susan - Miss Lulu Sews

 Kat - Boots & Cats                                                             Risa - RecentlyRisa

The Senna Dress pattern is 20% off through midnight tomorrow! Available here.

<3 Lindsay


Friday, September 19, 2014

Rigel Bomber in Metallic Chambray

So this is one my favorite things I've ever made. You know how sometimes it takes a few wears to get used to a new piece of clothing? Not so with this jacket. It's just so me, if you know what I mean.

I'd been wanting to try the Rigel Bomber, but couldn't justify the cost, especially since we were heading into summer and I knew I wouldn't be wearing a jacket anytime soon. But back in June I was lucky enough to win the Papercut pattern of my choice over at The Monthly Stitch!  I was SO excited when I won, and of course I chose the Rigel Bomber, even though there was still that whole summer problem.

A few weeks later I spotted this metallic chambray fabric at Form and Fabric (looks like they're sold out, but it's available here in various colorways) and I knew it would be perfect for this pattern! It goes great with jeans, it's subtle but still interesting, and it's metallic, which I've been all about lately.

It took me ages to find a matching zipper though. I struck out at Jo-Ann's, Hancock, and everywhere else I could think to look. Finally I came across a shop on ebay that had the perfect zip! I didn't even have to shorten it.

The welt pockets were a lot easier to put in that I though they would be. Although I have done double welt pockets in the past, so maybe these were just easier by comparison.

The white ribbing is from Jo-Ann, and the pink lining fabric is from another local store, The Common Thread. This is the first time I've used rayon bemberg/ambiance and I am IN LOVE. I want every single thing I sew to be lined in this stuff.

My one complaint with this pattern is the same complaint that everyone else has: it really needs to come with instructions and/or pattern pieces for lining. The welt/pocket bag/fusing situation is not pretty and the jacket looks so much better with a lining. I used Elizabeth's tutorial and the process went pretty smoothly even though I've only done linings a couple times before (and never very well). I slip-stitched the facing down by hand for a nice clean finish.

The only other alteration I made to the pattern was to slim down the neckline ribbing by about 1/2". I made the XXS and it's still plenty roomy enough to wear a sweater underneath.

I took advantage of the one day of fall weather we've had so far to take these pictures. It seems like summer will never end, but I'm sure I'll be complaining about the cold soon enough! Fall is definitely my favorite season in terms of clothing though. I'd be happy wearing jeans, a sweater, and boots every day.

Happy sewing everyone!

<3 Lindsay

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Senna Dress - Pattern Launch!

It's here! The Senna Dress pattern is now on sale! I'm sooo excited and nervous and proud. This has been such a journey. Learning pattern drafting, grading, Illustrator, InDesign... and now finally seeing it all come together. It's a really amazing feeling. <3

Versatile, comfortable, and modern, Senna can be made as either a dress or a cute crop top + pencil skirt combo. Designed for knit fabric, Senna features a loose kimono-sleeve bodice with blouson waistline and a ruched pencil skirt. The neckline comes with crew neck and scoop neck options. Suitable for confident beginners, this project can easily be completed in one afternoon.

Sizes 0 - 18. See size chart.
Fabric requirements chart.
Additional supplies - ballpoint needle, 1.1 yd 1/4" elastic

The Senna Dress pattern is 20% off now through Friday [EDIT: sale extended through Sunday!] at midnight CST! No coupon code necessary - the discount is already reflected in the price. Click here to go to the shop.

I also want to send a huge thanks to all of my pattern testers! It was so crazy for me to see people from all over the world wearing a design that I created. Surreal in the best possible way.

I'll be posting a tester round-up on the blog later this week, so be sure to look out for that! In the meantime you can check out the flickr group for more pics.

Thank you all for your support, and I can't wait to see what you create!

<3 Lindsay

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Fall Sewing Plans

Summer's still going strong here in Texas, but I can't quit thinking about fall sewing! These are a few things that will be on my sewing table in the coming months:

This is my current work-in-progress. A Rigel Bomber made from Andover Metallic Chambray in White Gold. I'm sooo excited about this jacket. I should have it finished by this weekend just in time for the brief cold front that's supposed to blow in. It'll still be like 80 degrees, but I'll take what I can get :)

I bought the Kaisla Blazer pattern during Named's birthday sale, unsure of what kind of fabric to make it up in. I think I've decided this burgundy twill will make for a great casual blazer to pair with jeans.

Have you seen the Altuzarra for Target collection? There are lots of really interesting pieces, but I was particularly inspired by this faux fur jacket. I'm planning on drafting my own pattern and using something like this "Snow Leopard" fabric.

I love Deer & Doe's new Bruyère Shirt pattern. I'm planning on using this plaid fabric from Miss Matatabi which is made up from little heart-shaped cat faces. Did someone say Cat Lady Sewing Challenge?

As you can see I've been really drawn to rich burgundy/plum and gold/taupe colors. Jewel tones in general have been catching my eye. I've also been paying more attention to different textures and how they can create interest in an outfit.

So what's at the top of your fall sewing list? (Or spring sewing list for my Aussie and Kiwi friends?) Are you as excited for the change of seasons as I am?

<3 Lindsay

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Nani Iro Camisole

The other day I found this gorgeous Nani Iro remnant on sale at The Common Thread. It was only about 3/4 of a yard, but I thought it might be just big enough to make a camisole with. And it just barely was. My leftover scraps are laughably tiny.

I used the free Diana Camisole pattern by Sewloft, with a few alterations. I made the smallest size, but still had to bring in the side seams by an inch on both sides, and shorten the hem by 2.5 inches. I also didn't sew the recommended French seams since I was pretty sure the side seams would need to be taken in.

I didn't have any fabric left over to make bias tape from, so I finished the edges with some champagne-colored foldover elastic from my stash. I was unsure about it at first, but I really like the way it picks up the metallic touches in the fabric. Plus there's the huge bonus of not having to make and attach bias tape! I used the FOE in place of the spaghetti straps as well.

Overall this was a fairly quick make, even including the hand-stitched hem. I'll be wearing it as a tank top for the rest of the summer, but I think it'll also make a good layering piece this fall. Double gauze feels so nice to wear, and I really love the floral print on this fabric. The pattern is sen ritsu and it's available at Miss Matatabi along with lots of other Nani Iro prints that I'm crazy about.

I'm pretty happy with this pattern, and I'm planning on trying Sewloft's free Matilda Leggings pattern soon as well. I've never really worn leggings, but I think leggings + tunics are going are going to be one of my go-to silhouettes this fall. Speaking of tunics, have you seen Deer & Doe's new Bruyère pattern? Totally on my wish list. Maybe I'll treat myself once the highs are out of the 90s. ;)

<3 Lindsay

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Sunday, August 31, 2014

Pattern Tester Update

This is just a quick update to let you know that I've sent the pattern out to the chosen testers. One of my testers mentioned that the e-mail ended up in her spam folder, so you may want to check there if you signed up!

I'm thrilled that so many people were interested in testing, and I'm sorry I couldn't choose everyone! I'm planning on having an open tester call before every pattern release, so please do sign up in the future if you're interested in testing!

<3 Lindsay