chambray archer for the bolt blog

13 Feb

i’m really enjoying building my wardrobe up with handmades that i can wear on a daily basis. somewhere in the last year or so, the clothes i’ve been sewing became the clothes i reach to wear first – not just because i made them and i’m forcing myself to, but because they’re actually my favorite pieces in the closet!

chambray archer

take this shirt, for example.  if you’ve seen me in person in the last few weeks, you’ve probably seen this shirt.  i just LOVE this thing and i can’t stop wearing it.  i finished sewing on those buttons, put it on, and it immediately became part of my regular rotation.  the perfect chambray from Bolt and Grainline’s Archer are just a really good team, you guys.

chambray archer

please head on over to the Bolt blog for more pics and info about my new favorite shirt (i made a few fit changes this time), and hey check it out – Bolt sells Grainline paper patterns in the shop now!  go go go!  i may even see you there – after i saw this post of their new arrivals, i can’t wait to get all up in that nani IRO (it looks like they have the fabric i made my previous Archer with)!

chambray archer

oh sorry, gotta mention one more thing – the bag i pose with in the photos was made by my friend (and Archer maker supreme) Kelly out of Pendleton wool.  she used my tutorial and this thing is awesome and i feel way cooler than i am when i take it out on date nights.  thanks Kelly!

 

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a chambray + menagerie geranium

11 Feb

i forgot just how fast (and fun) Geranium Dresses are to sew!

menagerie geranium dress // skirt as top

i mean, i’ve made a bunch of them, and i remembered that they were speedy, but making this one in a quick evening just felt so gratifying after feeling like i’ve been treading water with my sewing (and blogging) a bit lately.   Continue reading

reversible rayon roller skate dress for oliver + s

6 Feb

hey guys!  i have been sewing along a little with kids clothes week this week but not as much as usual – largely because i was working on a tutorial for Oliver + S (and tutorials take me foooorrrreeeeeveerrrrrrrrr)!

would you like to learn how to make the Roller Skate Dress (one of my favorite dress patterns) fully reversible, blind hem and all?  WELL!  i can show you how.

reversible roller skate dress // skirt as top

E loves her new springy dress and it’s made out of the brand new Cotton + Steel rayon!  i’ve got to make something for myself with this stuff.  it seems like a dream to wear, and it’s just so darn pretty too.  but of course it is.  it’s Cotton + Steel.  ;)

reversible roller skate dress // skirt as top

spring has come early here in the Pacific Northwest, a far cry from last year at this time!

reversible roller skate dress // skirt as top

head on over to the Oliver + S blog to see my tutorial and more photos of this dress, and hopefully i can wrap up my KCW sewing and pop in later this weekend to show you.

sonora jacquard pillow

29 Jan

Pendleton Woolen Mills, a 150 year old family-owned Oregon company, seems to be having a real moment right now.  i’ve seen the fabric recently in all the cool shops around town as pillows and recovering vintage couches/chairs, and it’s all over the blogs in ponchos and purses and in this book (affiliate link), of course.  so after drooling over one too many super awesome Pendleton wool creations, i finally listened to the universe and got some to make my own.

sonora pillow // skirt as top

i’d gone into the retail store (on SE McLoughlin) a few times, gotten overwhelmed, and left empty-handed.  just too much amazing fabric plus a pretty high price point (this wool is over $80/yd normally).  but on my most recent trip, i got a half yard sonora jacquard wool plus a couple apparel fabrics (on sale!) and forced myself to sew this into a pillow right away, rather than let it languish forever in my stash.   Continue reading

an orange unicorn dress

22 Jan

at the same time i made CINO Jess her purse, I made her daughter Sadie a dress for HER birthday and mailed them off together.

orange unicorn roller skate dress // skirt as top

it was painfully late – Sadie’s birthday was in August and i sent the dress in November.  LATE November.  the problem is, CINO is one of the best gifters you’ll ever meet, and i always feel the need to put together amazing gifts in return (which inevitably leads to procrastination on my part *cringe*).  Jess made E a beautiful Heather Ross lulu dress for her birthday in May when she and Sadie came to visit, plus brought a gift for O and cookies and decorations for the Frozen party…anything i did would feel inadequate, but I had to try anyway.

orange unicorn roller skate dress // skirt as top

i made her an Oliver + S Roller Skate Dress, a simple design but such a cute fit, and it’s a perfect dress to show off a print.  E and Sadie are almost exactly the same size and seem to have growth spurts at the same times, so i just sewed what fit E and knew it’d probably work.  so this is a 5 and i believe i added a little length to it, probably to the 6.  that’s my typical adjustment these days.  helps when E can model for me, ha!

orange unicorn roller skate dress // skirt as top

yeah i took these photos in November.  it was still fall then.

orange unicorn roller skate dress // skirt as top

the fabric is red-orange unicorns from Heather Ross’ Far Far Away – the re-release.  i got this fabric at Fabric Depot but it’s not available online there – though it is available over at my sponsor LiMa’s shop – she has a bunch of the prints!  it’s quilting cotton but super soft and works well for apparel.  Heather always seems win at  having her designs printed on the best base material.

orange unicorn roller skate dress // skirt as top

i lined it with a thrifted vintage sheet.  also very soft, duh.

orange unicorn roller skate dress // skirt as top

this button came from another sewing pal i met on the internetz and then in real life – Kelly!

orange unicorn roller skate dress // skirt as top

it’s a fun, bright dress and E wanted to keep it.  but she was happy to send it to her buddy Sadie too.

orange unicorn roller skate dress // skirt as top

orange unicorn roller skate dress // skirt as top

i really need to make E another one of these dresses!  i’ve got a pretty substantial quilting cotton stash and the more she grows, the fewer dress options i have!  ridiculous!

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