Moss Making Month – Mini Skirt Sew-A-Long!

 

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Stephanie from makesthethings & Native Clutter and I have declared April to be Moss Making Month!

We are planning on making as many Moss skirts as we possibly can in one month to get ready for summer.

I might end up wearing Mosses, slouchy shirts, and sandals aaaaalllllllllllll summer long. I need to be ready!

You can see sneak peaks all month long on our Instagram accounts, too (look up #mossmakingmonth and #ssmmm to follow our progress):

Sara’s Instagram     Stephanie’s Instagram

Stephanie will even be diving into making a leather Moss! I’m super excited to see it!

Join us, if you want! Even one Moss is enough!

Grab your copy of the Moss skirt PDF pattern from Grainline Studio and let’s get this party started!

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Orange Plantain

A few weeks back, I was getting ready to teach my first ever sewing class (the Bicyclette Bag! There is one more class, on February 16th!) at Fancy Tiger Crafts. While I was tracing off copies of my pattern for the class, Jamie asked if I wanted to stick around and sew with them. They had the new Deer & Doe free pattern, Plantain.DSC04422v[check out my super cute Native Clutter necklace! I ❤ Stephanie‘s stuff!]

Obviously, I said YES! And went to pick out fabric. I’m a sucker for elbow patches and wouldn’t mind if all of my sweaters had them. Fancy Tiger had this awesome orange and tan striped fabric and a matching orange solid! I wanted the accents in orange and the main shirt in stripes. But, there wasn’t enough stripe. But I don’t even mind!

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I cut a straight size 42 based on my bust size. I was kind of in between a 40 and 42 and went with 42. I’m trying to be better about choosing the appropriate size for my body when I sew. I don’t need a wardrobe of poorly fitting clothes. It’s a bit hard sometimes to own up to my own body measurements when I’m not 100% happy with them.

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But, you know what? This shirt fits PERFECTLY. And I like how I look in it. So, let this be a lesson to me: things that fit correctly look better on your body, no matter the size. DSC04419v

Elbow patches! I love them.

My modifications:

I went with long sleeves because I realized I don’t have any long sleeved shirts that I actually like right now.

I made the elbow patches and neck trim out of contrasting fabric and added a pocket. I just folded the top of the elbow patch over for a pocket-shaped pattern piece and used that for the pocket.

I hemmed the sleeves but left the bottom of the shirt unhemmed because I liked how it was rolling up. I think I’m going to leave it like this.

I think the sizing chart is pretty accurate, depending on the weight and drape of the jersey you pick. It’s designed to be a looser, flow-ier kind of shirt. This version uses a jersey with more structure, I’ve made a second version in a jersey with more drape and the fit is definitely different. I made the same size (same paper pattern pieces and everything!) and the shirt with more drape has – gasp – more drape. This means that the hem hangs a bit longer, the neck line seems to sit a bit lower. I might actually go down a size if I make another one in a less structured jersey. Just my two cents.

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But, what’s not to love about this one?! I definitely have been getting a lot of wear out of it lately. I don’t think  I would have picked this fabric and this pattern on purpose, but it is perfect. And, I bought fabric this past weekend and cut out 3 more to add to the two I already have. It’s a pleasing plethora of perfect Plantains, if I do say so myself!20140117-192535.jpg(shamelessly stolen from the Fancy Tiger blog!)

Oatmeal Hemlock

I made another Hemlock!!DSC04404v

This time, out of a drapey oatmeal-colored jersey I picked up down at Colorado Fabrics. The color isn’t the most exciting thing I’ve ever picked out, but I’m going for “matches as many things as possible,” here.

I made this one exactly as the pattern/instructions say, but then realized that it was waaaaay too long. There’s a fine line between slouchy-chic and dingy-old-oversized-I’ve-given-up-on-life, apparently. I cut 4″ off the bottom and then hemmed it 1/2″ and now I think it’s the perfect length.

I’m also wearing the best necklace ever. Nate got me a meteorite necklace from Ironwood! I love it sooo much. It used to be flying around in space, and now it’s around my neck. Who wouldn’t love it??

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Also, these Clarks are my new favorite shoes ever. I can wear them standing up all day and not have sore or tired feet at the end of the day. AND they were 1/2 off when I bought them! Score!

Yes, we have a wood pile in our yard. Two of them, in fact.

DSC04406vCan we also take a moment to stop and appreciate how blue the sky is? That’s Denver in January for you. One day it’s 65F and sunny, the next we’ve got 6″ of snow. The sun was so bright I couldn’t hardly look up for any of these pics, apologies.

 

Wardrobe Architect: Some thoughts

The Wardrobe Architect

I don’t know if you guys follow the Colette Patterns blog, the Coletterie, or not. But, Sarai has recently started a series of blog posts that really hit home with me. She’s calling the series Wardrobe Architect. I’ve really been feeling the need lately to be more focused with my clothes sewing and this series comes at the perfect time for me. I’ve been looking at my closet and wondering why I’ve bought or made some of the things in there.

“I believe that one of the main functions of fashion is to tell a story about yourself to the world.” – Sarai

I thought I’d be fun to get into a few of the things Sarai talks about in her blog posts:

Think about all the ways you are different, and how that can be reflected in your identity:

  • History: Your personal history and life events.
  • Philosophy: Your religion, spirituality, or general philosophy.
  • Culture: Your cultural background and the aesthetic values you grew up with.
  • Community: Your friends and the people around you.
  • Activities: Your interests, activities, and hobbies.
  • Location: Where you live.
  • Body: How you feel about your body.

Today, I’m going to give you a little bit of my personal history, take a little trip down memory lane, if you will.

I’m the oldest of 4 kids.

sara and grandma edithYep, that’s me in the glasses. That’s my Grandma Edith with all of us kids. My favorite things growing up were climbing trees and reading books. The only time you could really get me to sit still was if I had a good fantasy novel in my hands. I remember the first time I stayed home alone, I was reading the Lord of the Rings and I was terrified that the nazgul were going to come in the house and get me before my parents got home. Oh, yeah. I also had an overactive imagination. When we played games together, it was usually something like Robin Hood or G.I. Joes. I was always Robin Hood, my sister Jinny was usually Maid Marion. I was definitely a tomboy. And that has always impacted how I’ve chosen to dress. I still climb trees and dislike clothes that don’t let me do so.

In college, I discovered the punk and hardcore music scenes.

young punk saraThat face. Punk and hardcore definitely appealed to the tomboy in me. I liked being one of the girls that was into that kind of stuff. There were never as many girls as there were boys. Come to think of it, I always had a difficult time knowing how to be friends with girls when I was younger. This was my uniform for many years: jeans, all black converse, black shirt or tank or hoodie, studded belt, Dickies messenger bag, pocket knife or Leatherman tool (hey! you never know when you’ll need that stuff!). I seriously had an amazing collection of black t-shirts.

sara fixing shirley templeI always had a love for making and doing, and joined a freak bike club. Yes, we built and welded the craziest bikes we could imagine. And, then we rode them and hoped that they wouldn’t crumble underneath our weight. Come to think of it, I don’t remember any bikes ever breaking under normal use. As with all things, there was a fair amount of non-normal use, let’s see what we an actually get away with, going on. I’m fixing something on my tall bike, Shirley Temple, in the picture above. She was pink and purple and had pink and purple streamers and pink and purple rhinestones glued all over her. And the seat was 6 feet off the ground. And I made a pink and purple tutu to wear while riding her. I never wrecked on that bike, either. I got pretty good at welding, too.

When I started dating Nate, he told me “you know, you don’t have to wear just black. You can wear other colors, too.”

A Tale of a Bough and a Giant Pom

I realized a few weeks back that while I’ve been knitting for many, many years now, I only have one hat that I’ve knitted myself. And, while I do love that hat, the band around the bottom is slightly tight and makes my head hurt if I wear it too long.

So, I decided to remedy that.

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If you’ve not yet seen Brooklyn Tweed’s patterns and yarn, I’m not sure whether to suggest you get yourself over there ASAP or to avoid it at all costs. The thing is, their yarn palette is absolutely perfect. And so are their patterns. I guarantee you’ll come away from their site with a long list of projects you now want to make.

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Stephanie and I have been having knitting-coffee dates lately. And OMG WE ARE PRODUCTIVE! She’s made like THREE hats lately! And is amazingly gorgeous. I have the best friends. And I’ve totally got the Bray and Simple Pleasures hats on my list of things to make. Jen also has an awesome version of Bray. One day, we’re all going to hang out in our matching Brays and Archers (when I ever get around to making mine…) and just laugh at ourselves and how ridiculous we are. Seriously, every time I mention a new project I’ve been dreaming up to Stephanie she admits that she was thinking about the same pattern IN THE SAME FABRIC. Whatever, we don’t even care.

I chose Bough (ravelry link) to make for myself – mainly because I was enchanted with the pompom on the sample. The green that they chose is so perfect. That’s the other thing about the Brooklyn Tweed patterns, they always pick the perfect color for their samples and I want to copy them and use that color so bad, but I don’t. Because all of their colors are awesome, so it doesn’t matter what you pick, you can’t go wrong.

I went with gray. Specifically, Brooklyn Tweed Loft in the color Cast Iron.

pompom makingIf you’ve never made a pom-pom before, don’t be intimidated!! I had never made one before, either. I used ALL of my leftover yarn. The last thing you want is a sickly pom-pom. You want a plush, thick, solid pom-pom! Mine was a bit on the HUGE side when I finished it. It took a few trims to get it to the size it is now.

grey bough frontI really really really like this hat a lot. AND I loved knitting with Loft. I’ve heard rumors that this yarn breaks really easily and you need to be careful, especially with cables. So, I made sure to be a bit looser than usual with my knitting. I didn’t have any issues at all. Until it came time to cinch up the pom-pom. I figured that would be the point where I’d have troubles, so I was prepared. I grabbed some old grey acrylic yarn and used that to tied the center of the pom-pom super tight.

I don’t think I’ll wait another 5 years to make myself another hat. I wear this one all the time now. I need another one to add into the rotation!

P.S. That blue hoodie I’m wearing in the pics above, it’s my unblogged Avocado hoodie. I should take pics and blog that soon, huh. I made it forever ago it seems. I really want to make one in neon yellow for working out in…