Thursday, March 22, 2018

Aqua Floral Tee - My Handmade Wardrobe Patterns Simple Tee

When I purchased Love Sewing Magazine Issue #47* I saw there was a free "scuba tee" pattern included. I didn't read the article (I barely read the magazine until this month...issue 47 was from late last year!), just dove right in. What I missed, by not reading carefully, is that this is actually the Simple Tee from My Handmade Wardrobe Patterns.

My Handmade Wardrobe Patterns was a successful Kickstarter campaign from Sarah and Freya, the team behind Crafty Sew & So. I was actually a backer of the campaign—I got a cool branded tote out of it!

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

All The Tweaks - My Standard Pattern Adjustments

Tweak tweak tweak. This always has to be done to a pattern. Lucky is the unicorn that doesn’t need to adjust a pattern.

I am not a unicorn. Unfortunately.

When it comes to sewing from a pattern, whether it be commercial or independent, I know I will ALWAYS need at least one adjustment. Most commercial (and lots of indie) patterns are drafted for a 5’6” woman with a B cup bust. As a 5’3” woman with a D cup AND short-waisted to boot, I almost always need to add at least an inch to the bust and either take away 3” from the overall length of the bodice (the shirt portion of a pattern). Most of the time I also have to move the waist up the bodice (which adjusts the overall length for me as well).

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Mathing is Hard

In honor of Pi Day (3/14), here’s a post about numbers.

I  was always pretty good at math, but after college and matrices and all kinds of weird statistics and shit, the math part of my brain shut down.

I don't have kids so I didn't know anything about Common Core math until one of my friends started raising hell about it on Facebook. I still don't know what it is and from what I hear, I'm better off. Memorizing multiplication tables sounds a lot easier than drawing football fields with lines for each purple pancake, or whatever it is they do in schools now.

That being said, sewing requires a LOT of math. It's really the simple kind, add 1" here and there, multiply inches by 2.54 cm, etc. (Those using the metric system have it REALLY easy here, wish Americans would just switch over already!) But sometimes, you have to convert fractions into decimals or vice versa and that's where things can get a little hairy.

Monday, March 12, 2018

Cardis for Mom & Me - Rebecca Page Circle Cardigan

(Before we begin: do you spell it cardi or cardie? Apparently both are acceptable, according to the Oxford English Dictionary, so if you see both spellings here, don't worry. The hashtag for it is actually #circlecardie and this was the first time I had ever seen it with an E!

It's like grey vs. gray. I usually spell it with an E but anyway...)

I bought the Rebecca Page Circle Cardigan PDF pattern almost immediately after its release, which is something I rarely do. I usually prefer to wait on the maker internet to show off their versions before committing to a new pattern. But I was in the market for a replacement to the waterfall cardigan in my #2018makenine after multiple fails with it, and this looked like a safe bet.

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Pattern Testing: The Wearable Studio Franki Top

This was my first go at being a pattern tester and I think I got super lucky testing what turned out to be an awesome shirt. Spoiler: I LOVED IT! *all the heart eyes!!* So much so that I made it twice. You know how much I love a good ruffle!

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

March18 Plans

After the whirlwind of sewing and lack of blogging the last 2 months, my plans for March are to have little to no plans. I need to get out of the house and sewing ALL THE THINGS doesn't really allow me time for that.

The weather is warming up nicely too, so the outdoors are calling to me. "Come, Paulette, play with us!" they're saying.

Sunday, March 4, 2018

Resort Life & Cocktails - The Kenedy Dress

Oh Kenedy. I’ve learned so much from you.

This is the Seamwork Kenedy. Seamwork patterns seem to have a lot of haters (or is it Colette that has the haters? I can never remember.), but either I’ve chosen well or they’re just made for a Petite Font body in mind because I don’t have any complaints for the patterns I’ve made so far.

Thursday, March 1, 2018

Feb18 Recap

For the second month in a row, I feel like I spent ALL OF MY FREE TIME at the sewing machine. I have finally started forcing myself to take an hour long lunch break and just stop completely once my husband gets home from work. I don't know when I became so ambitious about productivity, but it began bordering on obsessive and it felt like I never left the house, so I'm taking a little break in March.