A Covid Dress

Last summer I started buying all my fabric online due to the pandemic. It became challenging to understand exactly what I was buying each time… except the Liberty of London cotton – this fabric is always so nice and easy to work with.

This dress is a modified Simplicity pattern where I added a big ruffle at the bottom and gave it a side zip under the arm.

I also finished it with some leftover scraps from an old dress shirt that we converted to masks.

Thanks to my brother in law who took these great photos!! It’s every interesting to see how the different film captures the colors differently.

New Shift Dress

We recently went to a wedding and I wanted a new dress for the rehearsal dinner. It had been a while since I had to wear “real clothes” and this Carolina Herrera fabric from Mood seemed like just the right thing.

I used the Style Arc panel dress pattern to make this shift dress and I’m quite happy with how it turned out. My brother in law was nice enough to take some photos while I was in Chicago too!

I had a nice matching blue fabric scrap that I could use for bias tape to finish the sleeves and neckline too.

Tennis Skirts in Chicago!

We recently visited family in Chicago and played some tennis! I have been experimenting with making a lot of different styles of tennis skirts with my serger.

By the end of the trip, the whole family was learning and it was really fun.

I gave my sister in law my earliest skirt and it just happened to match a cute top she had already.

I’m particularly proud of my skirts because I make them with pockets. Most tennis skirts don’t have these so you stick the ball in your pant leg… I prefer a pocket lol

My brother in law did a great job taking these photos! Here’s a few more fun action shots

Me Made May 2021 week 3

The week started off with a linen dress with flamingos. This is a dress that I made last summer during the pandemic. This dress is a simplicity pattern that I modified to have a button up front.

Next is the same version of the dress but with a back zipper and I beaded the neckline.

Next outfit was a blouse that I made as a knock off of a jcrew top and some shorts (a pandemic project).

This poodle dress is a Carolina Herrera silk with sketches of her poodle.

This next top is proof that not everything online is great. I really like the design of this – I added a row of beads between layers of the ruffle. That said – the fabric is awful. It’s very scratchy and tough. I tried to wear this but after about 30 min everything was digging into my skin and I put on a tank top instead.

We went on a walk in a nearby park over the weekend and I enjoyed wearing this new tennis skirt. It’s purposefully pleated so that the front has a non pleated section.

This next dress has a fun ribbon print and I beaded little geometric squares to make it a bit fancier.

We also played tennis and I tested out a second new tennis skirt! This was made with scraps from an old project.

Last but not least – here’s some fiddle head ferns and ramps from our local farmer’s market! Yummy!

MeMadeMay 2021 week 2

Alright it’s week two of MeMadeMay and here’s a roundup!

First, I recently made this rayon knit peony dress with fabric from Britex (a San Francisco store I used to visit in person) This is a dress pattern from StyleArc

Next I used some chambray from a local Jersey City fabric store to make this StyleArc Panel dress. To are the fabric a little more interesting I embroidered it with intersecting lines – inspired by the Japanese Sashiko embroidery technique.

From here I had made this top last year. When we originally went to Chicago for the start of the pandemic we only brought winter clothes. We ended up staying with family for so long I made some summer clothes and this was from fabric I ordered from Spoonflower. I like the print but I honestly don’t like the cotton very much -it is not very soft. The skirt used to be a dress but the top got old so I cut it off and made a skirt.

Next is this ruffle top that I traced from the style of a jcrew shirt. This is also a 2020 pandemic project. Fabric is cotton from Joanns

Next is the rayon panel dress from MoodFabrics that I recently competed. This is a StyleArc pattern.

On Saturday I wore a Liberty of London cotton voile dress that has a gathered neckline (self drafted technically, also basically a bag). Also a homemade mask from Joanns. This is me getting my second covid vaccine! Yay! I am lucky and thankful.

This brings us to today – I did not feel that great today so I technically broke my memade streak and only wore old store bought pajamas and a Blackdome t-shirt from my grandpa. I did finish these curtains that I had been working on to add a little privacy to our den.

This was a hard project!! I ordered a brocade from MoodFarbics and I really like the way they turned out. That said – I’ve never made something THIS BIG before. It was a lot of fabric and the execution had to be pretty spot on so they would hang okay. I ended up sewing the bottom and tops by hand so that I could control the fabric. When I tried with my machine, the fabric was pulled around and they became uneven. This also involved a lot of precise measuring. That said, I am happy with how they turned out and now I am going to make even BIGGER ones for our bedroom window.

MeMadeMay 2021 Week 1

It’s Me Made May! I’m going to try and wear clothing I made all month – at least one peice per day!

Here’s how it’s going so far!

Leggings for tennis on May 1

May 2 – this blue cotton dress on a walk to get the mail

May 3 A linen dress with fabric my mom and I bought in Vancouver

May 4 a Liberty of London dress I made last summer during the height of the pandemic

May 5 kind funny but the same print -just in yellow instead of purple -bought many years apart!

May 6 a beta fish top I sewed during the pandemic

May 7 my ULTIMATE house dress. Fabric from a small local shop in NJ. I also make this new relaxed denim blazer for work. To make it a bit more fun I made a Mulan patch and sewed it on the back -i love the original movie so much after so many years. This is from the scene where she wipes off half her makeup in the reflection of a pond.

Summer Dress

I’ve been doing a bit of sewing and experimenting with rayon fabrics. Rayon is a cool/breathable summer fabric. That said due to the pandemic, I’ve had to order everything online which makes picking out fabric feel like russian roulette. I don’t have nearly enough knowledge to really understand what I’m getting before it shows up and I can actually touch it.

With that in mind – this rayon fabric was a bit of a surprise. It was way more drapey than I expected. I decided to turn it into a cute loose summer dress.

This fabric has a repeating print with a distinct edge and you call this a panel. I tried my best to position the peices nicely and cut them so that it would be symmetrical. In order to achieve this, I cut the fabric “flat” instead of “on the fold”. Normally you can lay out the fabric and fold it in half to get two of each piece -but by laying the fabric flat and cutting individually you can have more control of lining up each piece.

For this dress, I used the StyleArc Pixie Dress pattern. I really like StyleArc patterns, I think they fit well and have accurate sizing. That said -the directions are pretty hard core. They usually only include one or two pages of mostly text and very few pictures so you really have to have an idea of what you’re doing already. I don’t think I could have used them immediately as a beginner but now I do love only needing to look at one page of instructions the whole time.

PJS for Family

Hot off making some pajamas for my mom I decided to order some more Liberty fabric and make some more.

I made the Carolyn pajamas for my Nana. She wears night gowns so I modified the top to be a dress.

I really like how these turned out! She wears a lot of yellow and I heard the fit was good even though we only did it based on measurements over the phone.

Still working on some more projects that I will hopefully share soon!

Bernie Mittens

Inspired by the inauguration, I read this article about the woman that sewed Bernie’s mittens here.

It was so interesting to learn that she made them from old sweaters that were accidentally shrunk in the dryer… guess what I have shoved in my closet?!?!

I’m pretty happy with how these turned out so far for a VERY fast and easy project.

They are lined with a fleece that’s leftover from some of my original masks.

It’s supposed to be cold this weekend so this is just in time and its fun to use this sweater for something new!

Liberty Pajamas for my Mom!

I bought a really nice cotton Liberty of London print for my mom from Britex in San Francisco. She wanted some pajamas and I thought it would be a fun project!

I have started using some online patterns and so I decided to try the Closet Core Caroline Pajama pattern. These had a few options and I kind of did a hybrid of their pants with piping but then I cut the pieces to be shorts and short sleeves.

Another thing I finally started to do was add interfacing when the directions call for it. Interfacing is a second fabric layer that can be ironed on or sewn to your outer fabric and it adds a level of sturdiness and structure to the outfit. In this picture below you can see the white fabric getting iron on.

I realized I didn’t take any in progress shots. Well… this was actually a pretty complicated pattern so I was definitely focusing!

The shirt and shorts both have a golden bias tape that I used as piping. This was really interesting because you basically tuck the piping into the area where you’d normally sew a seam such that when you flip it out it appears from within the seam. This was pretty technically challenging and in hindsight using a metallic fabric was also pretty unforgiving since it catches the light. I am still very happy with how these turned out!

Here are the shorts -they have a fake fly, pockets, and elastic waistband.

Here is the shirt! This was a very interesting collar. The shoulders are finished with a flat-felled seam and other seams are french seams. Buttons are from Britex too.

Here’s the inside so you can see the interfacing and inner seams:

This was a fun project that arrived safely through the mail!