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.

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!

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!

More tennis tops for the final days of summer

I purchased a neat navy stretch fabric from moodfabrics.com and combined it with a very stretchy jersey from our local FS Fabrics to make another tennis dress.

This time, I put the pocket on the left side and it was much easier to hold the racquet in my dominant hand and then pull balls in and out with my left hand. This took a little more time to plan and double check while sewing but it was worth it to figure it out.

I dont know a great way to show off pockets yet but I’ll get there.

Some friends across the country have received their masks too!

Cross Country Masks!

I’ve continued to send out some masks across the country. This set arrived for a special little someone!! We are looking forward to seeing her soon and she will probably be even bigger!

Sometimes, I am nice enough to let her parents protect themselves too:

(PS, if you comment on this post, please do not use the names of the people included here, some friends do not want their future employers to be able to see what I have to say about them)

My parents also have their masks now too!

They also took them on one of their fishing trips!

Additionally, my grandparents are doing well and they purchased these cool masks to support the Vancouver Aquarium!

Keep staying safe everyone!

More Masks for NYC Friends & Directions to make your own!

This time a batch headed to NYC where we have friends who are doing everything possible to stay safe!

Our friends in Manhattan are looking good!! Everyone is getting their best smize on.

Additionally our long island friend has received his masks! He is staying safe – he got a special math fabric as he teaches math!

Do you want to make one on your own? Here is how I make them:

First cut a shape like this – note the curved nose ridge:

Here is how it fits on my hand when I really stretch my fingers apart- grab your face and see how it will fit

From there cut 4 of these and follow these directions:

Let me know if you run into questions!!

Masks for Frontline Friends

Here are some masks out in the wild!

We have a friend who works at Walmart and they are wearing masks at work.

He is a really close family friend and we are really glad that he has been safe so far and able to continue to work safely.

Another friend of mine is a doctor in Denver and she needed a mask for protection in her day to day activities outside of work. She at lunch outside one day and sent me this picture 🙂

It was fun to get to make something for them – Thank you both for everything you do!

More masks are headed out soon too!

More masks and sewing with the scraps

I have continued to make some masks for friends and family – along with some cooking!

Here is the process I go through to make one of these:

I made a few last weekend:

This left me with many scraps which I have now transformed into a turtle! I added a little sashiko stitching to the top shell and gave him little eyes.

We have also done some fun cooking:

Cuban pork with a parsley, lentil, radish, dill, and celery salad with lemon and olive oil and a famous potato bun!
Grilled souvlaki and vegetables with yogurt/dill/lemon/cucumber/parsley dip and eggplant dip

Continuing to wish everyone the best health and safety.

Mask Medley

Well, this post has become a real accumulation of the events of the past few weeks, starting at the end of February.

I had a work trip to San Francisco at the time for a conference and before I left I started to get worried about being on the plane with possible covid19 exposure. The morning before the flight, I dipped into my fabric stash and pulled out a really cute swatch of cotton from Tokyo. I then took to bra straps from an old bra and cut them up to make elastics. Last, I used a really soft cotton flannel from mood as the liner. Ta da my first mask was born.

From here, I sent a text to my mom to ask if this made any sense or if I would just be causing public alarm. She called me back and explained since this isn’t medical grade fabric I couldn’t necessarily rely on it to keep the virus out. I felt a little silly but brought it with me and didn’t wear it because I didn’t feel sick.

From there I returned home and things started to get more intense. Out of an abundance of caution I went to our local F+S Fabrics and picked up some elastic and quilting fabric. I figured if we didn’t have medical grade fabric it could still be nice to have something for a worst case situation.  From here we then moved on to mask style 2. And 2.5. At first I had the elastic sewn in like you see below but then I started to run out. With the elastics I tried to make them reusable with button side attachment and a more custom fit.

Honestly these elastics really hurt our ears. I didn’t buy enough of it originally to give us more slack.

That has brought us to mask style 3 and the new advice that now we should actually wear these in public all the time.  I started to add these ties and now I’m making them for a friend who is a doctor and trying to make enough for our family such that if someone gets sick we will be able to have enough to take care of them for a few days with some washing.  I have made a few for local family and it is pretty weird that this is something that I’m able to do and it’s considered helping.

And here’s a math mask for my math guy 🙂 (Britex fabrics)

These are heading out west to a friend that’s a doctor.

I hope you all continue to stay healthy and safe!

First day of online school sewing

I had a work trip to San Fransisco and a client meeting was right in front of Britex fabrics!!

I stopped by after and found a lovely math fabric!!

My husband is now teaching his highschoolers through online video conferences and this became the perfect outfit!

I sincerely hope everyone is staying safe and continuing to social distance for the greater good.