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 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

P.S. My blog has been nominated for BurdaStyle's Best of Blogging Top 50 Award! I'm in some great company, and the good news is that you can vote for up to 20 of your favorite blogs! Check them out here.

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

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Senna Two-Piece Set-Acular!

You may recognize this outfit as my first pattern, the Senna Dress. This is variation 2 - the crop top and pencil skirt combo! I'm currently accepting testers for this pattern, so if you're interested check out the post here! [EDIT - The Senna Dress pattern is now available for purchase here!]

And it just so happens this pattern works perfectly for Sophie's Two-Piece Set-Acular! I've been loving the crop top + high-waisted skirt/shorts trend this summer. There's something so fun and flirty, but still classy, about having just a sliver of skin showing. I wasn't quite sure I was a floral co-ord kind of girl, but since I'd already made this skirt and I had enough fabric left over for a matching top, I figured I'd give it a go!

And hey, it turns out I really like it! I've been way more adventurous with my clothing since I started sewing (especially since I started blogging), and I love discovering new silhouettes, fabrics, colors, and patterns that I never thought would work on me. Of course there have been some misses too, but I learn something new with every piece of clothing I sew.

I wore this outfit when I went home last weekend for my mom's book launch party. I noticed a few double takes, but I'm choosing to believe they were thinking "oh, what a cute outfit" and not "omg what is she wearing". And hey, I felt good in it and that's what matters right? Plus my 90 year old grandmother totally approved. And by the way, she was also wearing a newly-finished handmade dress. I hope when I'm her age I'll still be whipping up dresses and rocking purple hats at parties!

So how do you feel about co-ords? Sewn anything two-piece set-acular? Tell me about it in the comments!

<3 Lindsay

Monday, August 25, 2014

Call for Pattern Testers!

Are you interested in being a pattern tester? I'm looking for testers for my first pattern, the Senna Dress!

Senna can either be made as a dress or as a separate skirt and crop top combo. It comes with crew neck and scoop neck variations. The top is loose fitting with kimono sleeves and the bottom is a ruched pencil skirt.

If you're interested please take a look at the size chart below and fill out the form located HERE  
[EDIT - sign-up for pattern testing is now closed for this pattern]

You can also e-mail me at lr.woodward@gmail.com if you have any questions!

I'm hoping to have the pattern sent out to testers by this weekend. Thanks for your help!

<3 Lindsay

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Shibori Pneuma Tank

I used to hate exercising. I'm soooo not into cardio. I know tons of people love running, but it's just not my thing. On the other hand, I love pilates. I first discovered pilates a couple years ago via youtube. I've done a bit of yoga on and off and I think I was looking for stretching videos when I came across the Blogilates youtube channel. I liked pilates immediately, but I didn't start practicing on a regular basis until earlier this year.

My activewear wardrobe is pretty pitiful though. Because I exercise at home I never bothered with buying cute new clothes. Plus who can afford those lululemon prices? So up until now I've made do with old tank tops and cheapo bike shorts from Forever 21 *hangs head in shame*. But no more! It's cute activewear only from here-on out!

This is the Pneuma tank by Papercut Patterns. It's part of their activewear collection, Tri, which also includes the Anima pant and Soma swimsuit. I fell in love with the design of this tank the minute I laid eyes on it! The interlaced straps, the dipped hem, the peeks of the attached sports bra underneath... so cute!

I dyed this jersey at the same time I dyed the linen for my shibori Prefontaine shorts

The pink sports bra fabric is some sort of performance fabric called "Cool Max Knit" from fabric.com. I haven't actually worked out in this tank yet, so I can't attest to its alleged sweat-wicking properties. It was cheap though! Hopefully it'll hold up.

I'm not normally a hot pink kind of gal, but I really like the pop of color underneath the tank!

I made a muslin of just the sports bra first, using the same type of fabric in royal blue. I didn't have the right widths of elastic on hand, so I used 1/4" instead of 3/8" around the top and 1/2" instead of 1" around the bottom. That ended up not being the best idea, especially around the top, because the elastic digs into my sides/armpits in an uncomfortable way. It really does need to be folded under that extra 1/8" to be comfortable.

I used white bra strapping on this version, which worked okay, but I like the look of the (un-folded) foldover elastic I used on the tank a lot better. The thicker straps stand out more, and the foldover elastic is actually a lot stretchier and more comfortable than the bra strapping. I did end up using way less strapping than suggested - like 9 inches per strap less - because of the extra stretchiness.

One thing this pattern is missing is an option to add bra cups. Next time I make one up I may try to add those pockets you see on RTW sports bras/swimsuits with removable cups.

I'll leave you with my attempt at a yoga pose. So serene and graceful right? ;) I should probably head to a yoga class one of these days, now that I have some activewear I won't be embarrassed leaving the house in.

Have you made activewear before? Do you know of any other good patterns?

<3 Lindsay

Monday, August 11, 2014

Project Indie!

Hey there, friends! Sorry I haven't been terribly active on the blog of late. The truth is I've been busy learning some new skills, which I'm really excited (and a little scared) to share with you today!

This is a sneak peek of my soon-to-be-released first pattern(!)... the Senna dress!

Versatile, comfortable, and modern, the Senna Dress is a knit dress (or skirt and top) with a loose kimono-sleeve bodice and a ruched pencil skirt. The neckline comes with boat neck and scoop neck variations.

The kimono sleeve top with added waist band has a slightly cropped length and makes a great casual shirt.

The ruched pencil skirt can easily be dressed up or down for casual, work, or evening wear.
The Senna Dress is my entry for The Monthly Stitch's Project Indie contest! My pattern is digitized, graded, and has a set of instructions, but it hasn't been pattern tested yet. I may be putting out a call for testers soon, so keep an eye out for that if it's something you may be interested in! The winner is determined 50% by the judges' score and 50% by public voting. You can take a look at the other entries and vote HERE! [EDIT - voting is now closed]

You can also read an interview I did with The Monthly Stitch here. I've learned a ton over the last few months, which I'll go into more detail about in a future post.

I want to thank you all so much for your continuing support of my blog over the last half year. Reading your kind comments is always the highlight of my day! To be a part of such an encouraging and creative community is really fantastic.

I'm so excited to share the next phase of my sewing journey with you all as well. I have tons of design ideas floating around my head, so I'm hoping this will be the first pattern of many!

<3 Lindsay

Monday, August 4, 2014

Subtle Plaid

This is the ninth(!) time I've used this men's shirt pattern from BurdaStyle: Sewing Vintage Modern, so there's not a whole lot I have left to say. For this version I left off the collar and pockets and did short sleeves. Also, instead of using separate placket pieces I just added an extra 1/2" width to the front pieces, finished the edges, then turned them under and stitched, making a 1" placket.

My husband found this fabric when he came with me to The Common Thread here in Austin. I'd passed right by it, but he was definitely right in thinking in would make a great mens shirt. I love how the plaid and polka dots are very subtle, but still add some interest and texture to the shirt. It's yarn-dyed cotton from Japan (available here), but I'm not sure what the brand is.

This was a quick make. It took about five hours total, including cutting out the fabric, which was frustratingly time-consuming. I only bought 1.5 yds of this 45" wide fabric which was just barely enough. It took a while to get all the pieces to fit.

Like I said, not much to say about this shirt. I'm happy with it, husband's happy with it, all is well!

In other news, I want to thank you all for your kind comments on my last post! My galaxy Anima pants ended up winning the 3/4 length category in the Anima Pant Competion, which I'm over the moon about! My prize includes the Sigma and La Sylphide dress patterns, plus a couple gorgeous printed silks(!!!) which I'm super excited about because I've never sewn with silk before. So if you have any good tips for sewing with silk please let me know!

I hope everyone's having a happy Monday!

<3 Lindsay