Tessuti Patterns Frankie Dress: Holiday Edition

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!! I hope you all are doing well, and enjoying whatever festivities may be going on in your neck of the woods. I'm having a big dinner at my house with a whole bunch of family, and we are doing our traditional, non-traditional meal: a BBQ. We have burgers, smokies, and hotdogs, with various BBQ style sides like salads and chips. It's definitely not the regular turkey dinner, but we really like it and we always have lots of fun.

Anyway, I thought it would be nice to share my Christmas dress on Christmas day. I probably won't wear this on Christmas Day, although it's comfy enough to do so. I think I will be to nervous that I will spill something all over it. But you never know, I might end up brave enough! Ha ha! Anyway, I actually made it for John's company party, and it was lovely to wear that night.

This is the Frankie Dress by Tessuti. I have been pretty much obsessed with this pattern since I first saw it, but for some reason I was a bit reluctant to pull the trigger and buy it. I think in my mind, I was thinking it was more of a spring/summer pattern so I was holding off. 

Anyway when I saw this gorgeous stretch velvet on the Blackbird Fabrics website, I had a lightbulb moment! I thought the Frankie would make a fantastic velvet dress.

And I was right! This dress turned out exactly as I hoped it would.

I whipped up a quick muslin out of a knit that had similar stretch, and then cut into my velvet. I made a straight size medium, and shortened it by 3 inches. When I shortened it, I had a bit of truing up to do at the side seams, so I ended up making it closer to a size small from the waist down, rather than the medium.

This stretch velvet was super easy to work with. I've heard horror stories about working with velvet, but lucky for me, I didn't have any of those bad things happen. I did however have a bit of a serger issue. When I was inserting the sleeves, my serger began to "eat" my fabric and get jammed. I had a bit of a meltdown as I was sure my dress was ruined and of course I was sewing it the night before the event. Anyway, I calmed down and rushed my serger into the store that I bought it at the next morning. They assured me it was my blades. Apparently the bottom, stationary blade on my serger had become dull. It's supposed to last the life of the serger, but because I have hit some pins with it on occasion (oops!) it had dulled. The upper blade was dull as well, so once they replaced those, which was a 5 minute, but $50 job, I was back in business. Anyway, if you look closely at the back of the armscyes, especially on left, you might see a bit of wonkiness, but I really don't think anyone noticed, or will notice in the future. Phew!! Thank goodness for knits! Oh and this is also the reason it looks slightly chokey at the neckline too. My muslin did not look like that at all.

Anyway, I absolutely love this dress, and I feel so good in it. I wish I would wear it every day! I love it paired with my little black booties too. I wore full footed tights the night of the party, which in my opinion, looked better as you don't get that little pop of skin at my ankle breaking up my leg. Ha ha!

I have some more stretch velvet in my stash, so I'm dreaming up more ways to use it. Leggings perhaps?

I hope you all are having a lovely day, and I wish you lots of joy and happiness this holiday season!

Sew Over It City Capsule Collection - The Molly Dress

Hey Everybody!! How are you? I hope the season is treating you well. I feel like I have so many things to show you and tell you about, but not a lot of time. (Isn't that always the way?) A week or so ago, I took a whole bunch of photos, but haven't really found the time to write. Anyway, I'll try and make this short and sweet!

This is the Molly Dress from Sew Over It's City Break Capsule Collection. I actually love this entire collection but the Molly has to be my favourite! It's so easy to wear, and super quick to make too. So far, I've made 3 dresses and 2 tops. I'll save the tops for another post, but here are the dresses.

The first dress is made from a ponte I picked up at Fabricville in Montreal. I love the colours and the weight, but I'm not sure how it's going to hold up with multiple washings. Anyway, I'm crossing my fingers that it will be okay, and if not, I can always make another one. Ha!

My second Molly dress, is made from this gorgeous ponte de roma from La Finch Fabrics. It's so incredibly soft, and probably my favourite of the three. I love the colours and the floral, and it's just so snuggly to wear.

My third Molly dress is made from this really cool textured sweater knit that I picked up at Blackbird Fabrics. It's super soft, but I found it "grew" a little while I was working with it. My striped matching is fairly non-existent and the hem looks a little wonky, but it certainly doesn't stop me from wearing it. ;)

I wish you could reach through the screen and feel this knit, it's so cool!

I guess I should also mention the details. I made a size 12, but I graded to a size 14 at the bust. I also shortened it by 2 inches. The Sew Over It patterns I've made so far, don't seem to have lengthen/shorten lines, so I just kind of eyeballed where I thought it should go.  The pdf went together quite smoothly, and it overlaps which makes for quick assembly (no trimming off edges). I think the only thing that I don't love about this pattern is that the seam allowance is 5/8". This is probably great if you are sewing this up on your regular machine, but if you're like me, and you like to whip up knits on your serger, a 5/8" seam allowance makes it a little tricky.  So other than that one little complaint, I love this pattern! I can see myself whipping up many more of these!

I hope you all are having a lovely holiday season, no matter what you celebrate! 

A New Linden for Fall

Oh my goodness!! Once again, I'm super behind in blogging. Wowsers!! Time is just flying by, I mean it's almost Christmas!  John actually took these photos of me over a month ago when we were still at the cabin. Whoa! Have we really been home a month already?

Anyway, I'm back with another Linden Sweatshirt. This is definitely a TNT pattern for me, and I love it! It's a super quick sew, and it's super comfy! 

This is my usual size 8, with no fit changes, except that I shortened the sleeves by 2.5". It's so nice to just take out a pattern, pin it to your fabric and immediately cut it out and sew.

I used this super cool and funky, french terry from Blackbird Fabrics. I wish you could feel it. It's squishy and it has an almost brushed texture, so it's super soft!

I wasn't entirely sure what to do with the print placement, so I just kind of winged it and I'm really happy with how it turned out. The bands aren't perfect, but I still think it looks cool.

Needless to say, I have been wearing this a ton. It's the perfect thing for when you want to feel snuggly, which I have been feeling a lot, as it's been so cold in Calgary. Anyway, I have a bunch of projects photographed, and waiting to be blogged, so expect to hear more from me soon.

I hope you all are having a great December so far, and that the stress of the holidays isn't getting you down. 😉

Hey June Santa Fe Tops

Hey guys! How are you all doing? I'm back with some Hey June Patterns Santa Fe tops. I got kind of obsessed with this pattern over the summer, and the once I started making it, it was hard to stop.  I just loved all the variations and those cool sleeve details just kept drawing me in. 

I actually made 6 Santa Fe tops, but the first one was a bit too big so I gave it to my Mom. This top is meant to be loose and swingy, so I chose a size Large based on my measurements, but that ended up making the top way too big in the shoulders for me (and really every where else, so that was the one that went to my Mom). For all the following versions in the photos below, I made a size small, which is much better.

This navy and white striped version is a size small, and it's view C, but I just cut it on the fold and eliminated the centre front seam. I used a nice and flowy rayon knit from Fabric.com, and then I used a plain navy from my stash for the cuffs and neck binding. This shirt is a bit different from other t-shirt patterns I've made in that the neckline is bound versus just finished with a flat band. I really love how it turned out.

This one is View F, so it's the same as View C, but with the cool raglan sleeve seams. I really love that detail. It looks really cool but also allows for a lot of scrap busting too! The striped fabric is a rayon(?) knit that came from Fabricville in Montreal, and the navy is a modal knit from Blackbird Fabrics.

These two sleeveless versions are both View E. I love the colour blocking opportunities this pattern presents. The navy one is made with that same modal knit from Blackbird, and the patterned inserts are from Girl Charlee - I had a little bit of fabric leftover from a Linden I made for my Stepmom and I think it worked out perfectly.

The grey knit is a bamboo and the fuschia is another modal knit both from Blackbird again. Both knits are super soft and so nice to wear. 

My final Santa Fe top is View C again, in a poly, tie dye knit from Blackbird. It's one of my favourites, because I love the colour and it drapes so nicely.

I'm not 100% sure if this is the most flattering silhouette on me, but it sure it comfy. And sometimes you just want to be comfy. This pattern went together really well, and sewed together really quickly. I love when pdfs include charts so that you can select to print only the pages you need to for the version you want to make. 

So what do you think? Are you jumping on the Santa Fe bandwagon?

The White Jeans Experiment - Another pair of Morgans

Ola people! How are you? I'm coming at you with some more Morgan jeans! I actually took these photos quite a while ago, but then never got around to actually writing the words to go with them.

 I don't have much new to say about this pattern, as I've made it a couple of times before (see here and here), so I'll keep this fairly short and sweet. This is the size 12 again, and this time I used a denim with more stretch in it. This denim is beautiful, but probably more suited to the Ginger pattern stretch wise, but I've never let that stop me before. Ha! After basting them together I ended up taking them in a little at the side seams, but not much as I really wanted to retain the relaxed fit.

My only regret fit wise, is that I wish I would have scooped the back crotch curve out a little more. It's so hard fitting the back of your jeans by yourself. Since I made this pair, I've discovered the best way to check out the back of your jeans on your own is to take videos with your cell phone. It helps so much and is a bit easier than trying to get a still photo. Plus, you can see how they look as you move around a little. Check out my instagram video here (yes, I videotaped my butt and put in on the internet. Ha ha! But it's for the benefit of sewing!).

See the fit isn't too bad. Perhaps I'm just right on trend.

Okay, so let's talk a little about the denim. This is actually a "natural" coloured denim that I ordered from Threadbare Fabrics, and bleached to a nice bright white. I really liked the natural colour, but I had it in  my head that I needed white Morgan jeans. This denim is a 10.5 oz Cone Mills denim which is really the perfect jeans weight, in my opinion. I have some more that I plan on dying but I haven't quite decided on what colour yet. And to be honest, I'm a little intimidated by actually dying something. I'm sure I'll make a huge mess so I'll probably wait till we're back in Calgary this winter because everything in our Calgary kitchen is much darker. LOL

Anyway, first of all, I washed the denim, ironed it, and then I cut out all my pieces. Then I tossed the cut out pieces in a bucket with bleach. I used 8 litres of water, with 8 cups of bleach (I was careful to measure so that I can do this again if I want to). I left the pieces in for about 10 minutes, rinsed them with tap water, and then hung them to dry. I'm really happy with the colour - it's a nice bright white.

Sorry, I know it's a bit hard to see because of the lighting in my photos, but the denim turned a beautiful bright white.

I used a white topstitching thread which looks really good, but was super hard to work with. Only because it was sooo hard to see.  When I do my topstitching, I usually use my first line as a guide for stitching the second line, and that's hard to do when you can't see the first line.  But I went really slowly, and in the end it worked out.

I also decided to spice things up a little and make my bartacks using a deep red thread. I really love how the contrast worked out. I'm thinking it was a bit inspired by the Olympics as I was watching a lot of the Summer games while I was making these. I actually really loved the American Team's Opening Ceremony outfits (more than the Canadian Team's - don't tell anyone I said that though).

Anyway, I wore these a lot this summer, and I loved pairing them with my striped boat neck Lark Tee for a nautical look. I'm not sure how much I'll wear them in the colder months, as they just feel summery. 

Phew, it feels really good to have this post written and out of my drafts.  Have you made, or worn white jeans? Would you dare to wear them past labour day? 😜