Ogden, Hemlock, and Driftless….

Hello!  Long time no see…I’ve been hanging out over on Instagram, but it’s nice to post here very now and then too.

A while back the folks at The Fabric Store offered to send me some of their fabrics- it was such a  nice coincidence because I was JUST stalking their merino jerseys a few days before!  I’ve been wanting to move to more long lasting, hard wearing fabric for my tees and such, and wool seems like a great choice.  I also got some of their silk crepe de chine, because I had been dying to sew up a Ogden Cami (pattern from True Bias). This fabric is lovely and a perfect fit for this pattern.  The fit was spot on without any changes, and the only thing I would do next time (because there will be a next time!!) is lengthen the partial lining by 1/2 inch or so….it hit me at an awkward spot so I took the hem out and serged the edge instead to gain a little extra length.  If your fabric is more sheer you can easily do a full lining as well!

I have been living in my sleeveless Grainline Hemlock Tees for years now, and they are all starting to look a bit ratty- so I sewed up this one in a great camel colored merino jersey.  It feels great and looks a little nicer than a cotton tee I think! Next up is another Grainline make, the Driftless Cardigan…this pattern didn’t jump out at me when it was first released but now that I’ve made one, I pretty much live in it!  This merino jersey is a perfect match for the pattern…It is a nice weight, providing warmth without being bulky.  I think I need another one in grey!  

All of these fabrics are available from The Fabric Store- the premium merinos are available both in the online store at $38.00NZD per meter and also in the Los Angeles physical store for $25.00USD per yard.  They have free shipping over $150NZD and my fabric arrived so fast- just a few days!

A Couple Tanks/Adventures in Dyeing

Hello there!  Just popping in quick to talk a little about these tanks I whipped up this summer….dsc_0070I made them both from some super luscious hemp/silk blend fabric I received from Organic Cotton Plus– every now and then they send me some fabric for review and it’s always so good.  The quality of this one is really nice- a bit crisp on arrival but after a wash and dry it is super soft.  This first one is a cropped Grainline Studio Willow tank– Jen has a tutorial on her site for your cropping pleasure.
dsc_0020 I liked it in it’s natural color, but I have a friend here in Portland who has been doing some indigo dye workshops and I couldn’t resist giving it a dip in the dye pot!  I wanted a sort of imperfect ombre effect, and I love how it turned out.dsc_0016 This next one is a highly modified Papercut Patterns Sway dress, narrowed down a lot and shortened, obviously.  I wrapped this one around a pole, tied string around it and then scrunched it up before putting it in the dye pot.  I think it gives a very cool effect!dsc_0010

Seamly + Indiesew Summer Collection 2016

I’ve been a fan of Seamly for a long time, so when I heard they had paired up with Indiesew to release Seamly sewing patterns  I was super excited!! I knew I wanted to make them all.  First up is a Wrapped Cardigan…I used to own a RTW version of this one that I bought from Seamly and I loved it, so I am pretty thrilled to make my own!

DSC_0816With it being summer-ish I decided to try the sleeveless option.  I get cold easily so I love the option to basically wrap myself in a lightweight blanket, and not have the extra heat of sleeves.  Plus I just really, really like the way it looks!  I was able to sew this up in a morning and it is a fun make that I definitely couldn’t have figured out on my own- the pieces all come together like a vey cool puzzle!DSC_0812

I has very clever pockets that are hidden in the front facings:

DSC_0819And check it out- it works as a dress too!DSC_0883DSC_0896

I used a soy/organic cotton/spandex jersey I purchased locally here at Bolt.  You definitely want to use something with spandex for recovery, and also a fabric with lots of drape.  Along with the Seamly patterns Indiesew also has a fabric collection picked especially with these patterns in mind.  I haven’t used them personally but there are lots of colors available.  I would also recommend bamboo/spandex jersey- you can find it lots of places online.

Next up is the Vallynne Tank– I own a couple of the RTW version of these and wear them all the time, so I was excited to make more.  I opted to lengthen this one into a swingy dress for summer!

DSC_0525The fabric is an bamboo/cotton/spandex knit from Blackbird Fabrics, and it is super soft and lovely.  I decide to bind the neckline and armholes instead of the bands that are included in the pattern- I like the finish better, and if you want to do it too there is a great tutorial up on Indiesew to show you how!DSC_0539

The Basic Tee is the only pattern from the collection that I didn’t already own in RTW, and I had been saving this lovely charcoal striped knit that ended up being a perfect fit for this pattern.  It is a bamboo/spandex knit and is extremely soft and nice to wear- I want to live in this tee!DSC_0710DSC_0742DSC_0736 I am so happy to have three new basics that will get tons of wear- and they all play well together too- how great is that??










It looks like I am wrapping up the blog tour today- for more inspiration and other takes on these awesome patterns take a peek at the previous bloggers’ posts!



June 8: Inside the Hem
June 9: The Doing Things Blog
June 10: Dandelion Drift
June 13: The Sara Project
June 14: Fa Sew La
June 15: Sew Mariefleur
June 16: Right Sides Together
June 17: Allie J.
June 18: Cut Cut Sew

***I Just wanted to add that these PDFs are really well done, they come together easily and I really loved working with them.  I made NO adjustments to any of the patterns for fit (obviously I lengthened the tank).  I really can’t recommend them enough, and I get absolutely nothing in return for saying that except the satisfaction that I am directing you to some awesome patterns that I know you will love 🙂  I received the patterns free of charge for participating in the blog tour but obviously all opinions are my own!