Seamwork, welcome! It's been 2 years (!) since I last posted here since I've largely moved to Instagram (@bea_and_lucille) and my other professional website (Bea & Lucille). So, I won't be posting on here too frequently....
However, I was selected to be a Seamwork Ambassador and I'm super excited! So excited I was, that when we were given advanced access to the May patterns, I quickly (like, within 24 hours) sewed 3 Orlando bodysuits! The first is a cheap striped fabric I pulled from the free bin at my work (shout-out to the Fashion Department at West Valley College!). It's ultra stretchy and soft, so it's extremely comfortable! Unshown: hot pick FOE for the leg openings :)
For adjustments, I graded down to about a size 00 and reduced the crotch length. I also raised the neckline after an initial trial version indicated that it was WAY TOO LOW for my chest :)
The bodysuit goes magically with high-waisted, wide-legged pants, like the Marett or a cute skirt, such as the Kenzie. So versatile! I have to restrain myself from making, like, 5 more.
Saturday, May 02, 2020
Wednesday, May 02, 2018
The cowls are both a mash up of Sewaholic's Renfrew top (view C) and an elongated waistband from Seamwork's Astoria top. I sewed the teal version first and the neckline is a bit narrow, so I slashed and spread the cowl pattern to make it a bit wider for the pink one. See, bigger!
As for the skirts, the first is a super simple knit dirndl with an elastic waist. Nothing fancy, except the pretty fabric :) I didn't even put in pockets (poor decision, as usual).
The second is a City Stroll wrap skirt from Liesl & Co. I've made it once before (in cashmere!) and really like the simplicity of the pattern. This version is in denim for a more casual look that coordinates well with lots of tops.
I topstitched the skirt with a light gray thread (sorry, no super close ups!), but it is not lined like the wool one I made previously.
The photos I have of this garment are not great, but I DO have some action shots! While the skirt can be a bit indecent in certain situations, it does cover under most poses:
I typically wear a skirt pin my wool one for work, but I like to play fast and loose on my days off.
Now the weather actually needs to warm up for real, so I don't freeze without tights!
Tuesday, April 17, 2018
I've finished teaching until the Fall (!!), but a few months ago, I was in need of some work-appropriate items. Enter the Flint trouser by Megan Nielsen. This style is a bit of a departure for my normal slim-legged pant wardrobe, but it's kind of refreshing (and certainly comfortable).
The pattern itself is simple, as far as pants go. There isn't a zipper, so to open the waistband, there's a clever opening system (buttons at the side, which transition into the pocket).
Since I was kind of loving the sailor-inspired buttons on the side, I matched them on the other side, complete with non-functional "buttonholes".
The legs are definitely wide, and the width starts at the butt. I need to somehow reduce the crotch length a bit for the next go around, since there's a little *extra* fabric in there.
And for the record, the back seam is sewn correctly--I must just have shifted them around a bit, so it looks funny in the photos!stretch double weave cotton in Charcoal) is from Hart's and is really quite perfect for this particular style. It has some weight, but is still a bit drapey. I definitely enjoyed sewing with it and it's very lovely to wear.
Overall, I like the pattern a LOT. There are some minor fit issues, but the style is fun and different and a good addition to my wardrobe. I'm looking forward to trying the shorts version, perhaps with the waist bow, for the summer!
Friday, April 06, 2018
Quince & Co yarn company. Quince & Co is a Maine-based company that sells US grown and spun yarns, and their aesthetic is just right for my style. After perusing their patterns, I found the Lesley sweater, a perfectly simple pullover by Hannah Fettig, and bought the recommended yarn. The sweater is knit from the top down in the round, with no seams to sew (wahoo!). I increased the length of the hem ribbing, but otherwise, I followed the pattern exactly for size 32.
Osprey) is an Aran-weight wool, which is super quick to knit (1 week from start to finish on this one). I chose the "Goldfinch" color because in the depths of winter I was dying for some spring. The yarn is soft and squishy, and not at all itchy! So lovely.
I'm seriously in love with my Goldfinch sweater and have sewn two skirts to coordinate with it! It has taken actual effort to not purchase all the colors and knit up a ton of these.
For my second sweater, and with only 2 weeks until the day, I suddenly *needed* a green sweater for St. Patrick's Day. So, I purchased the worsted-weight Lark yarn (in snap pea) to knit up the Petra sweater by Pam Allen.
Again, this sweater is knit from the top down on circular needles, so no seams at all! (Seamless circular construction is almost a requirement for a new project now.) This one took me 1 week and 1 day to finish. Again I added length to the sleeve and hem ribbing as my only alteration.
The boatneck goes a little higher in the front and lower in the back than I would like, but I've worn it with a button down underneath and that works well.
These are kind of "faux" cables, made without a cable needle. So pretty!
Since these two sweaters almost felt like knitting cheating (it doesn't feel right to knit a sweater in a week!), I tackled a much more involved project for my third sweater. I'm using a wool-silk fingering weight yarn and lace pattern for the Florence cardigan. My goal is to be done by Mother's Day, and it will be tight!
Tuesday, April 03, 2018
wine & pink fabric, purchased at L'oiseau Fabrics) and a skater dress felt like a good way to showcase them. Both fabric are the same type of knit and both are thick and lovely, with good drape but not too heavy. They wash beautifully, too!
Here's a closer view of the fabric. Isn't that pattern the best? And the colors? Faves.
Both dresses were sewn using the same pattern, a personalized version of the Bronx dress from SBCC. I've used this pattern a ton and just love the simple, yet flattering shape of the fit and flare. It's pretty ideal for work and non-work.
The second version feels a little "flashier" with the bold herringbone geometric, but I love it just the same.
I did my best to match up the vertical lines at the waist seam, but the same is curved on the skirt, so it's a bit sketchy toward the side seams.
Since the hems aren't really stretched much when wearing, I went ahead and sewed a straight stitch, which worked just fine. I definitely didn't feel like busting out my coverstitch machine for these quick projects.
While the fabric has some stretch, it's not quite enough to use like a rib knit, so I topstitched the neck band, to ensure it would lay flat.
Alas, no pockets on either dress. They are definitely missed, but it would just be way too bulky/ lumpy. Trade-offs!