B6169 Moto Jacket in Navy & Smoke

I’ve been intrigued by the moto jacket.  It’s one of those garments I’ve heard fans of the capsule wardrobe call an “essential.”  It pops up on Pinterest over skirts and jeans alike, and every time I see it I think that the woman wearing it looks fantastic, but I’d never even tried one on myself.

I started thinking it might be the type of piece that I never knew I missed until I had one of my own.

b6169 moto jacket

And then, Liesl released her Spring line of Lisette patterns in partnership with Butterick.  I was immediately drawn to the B6169 Moto Jacket and knew that if the timing worked out, I’d love it to be my next project as a Britex guest blogger. Continue reading

chambray archer for the bolt blog

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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reversible rayon roller skate dress for oliver + s

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

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