Splash Swim Suit

IMG_1061 (3) I was lucky enough to be able to to test the new splash swim suit from lily sage and co. There are two options for the pattern; a one piece swim suit, or a bikini with high waist bottoms. IMG_1080 (2) I had never made anything high waist before, but I really like them! The pattern pieces all fit together beautifully, and it came together very quickly. IMG_1121 (3) This was also the first swim suit I had ever made, and it was a lot of fun trying something new! IMG_1139 (3) But of course I couldn’t stop there.. I had already thought about making a second pair of bottoms when I first saw the pattern, but I ended up having plenty of fabric left over, so I went ahead and made a pair of smaller bikini bottoms also. IMG_1163 (4) I LOVE how they turned out. I just took a few inches off the top of the pattern pieces, adjusted the waistband piece, and proceeded like normal. IMG_1169 (2) I’m super excited for my new suit, and definitely recommend this pattern. It’s pretty easy to make, fast, and really cute!

(I also have to give a shout out to my sister for going fabric shopping for me.. There aren’t very many places for good swim fabric here in Kansas! Thanks sis!)IMG_1240 (2) Of course I’m still a little in shock that I actually made a swim suit and then posted pictures on the internet.. The things we give for our art! IMG_1305 (2) IMG_1307 (2) IMG_1302

-Monica

LBD Cambie

IMG_0539 While I’ve used the Sewaholic Cambie dress pattern so many times I’ve almost lost track, this is the first time I’ve made it with no changes (ok, I guess I did make one small change by making the sweet heart neck less sweet by removing the curve and making it straight). I really do love this pattern, which I’ve gushed about before, and I had been meaning to make it as is, but only just got around to it now. IMG_0536 For this version I used a knit ponte and made it all with my sewing machine, not serger, just like I would if I were using a woven fabric. IMG_0531 The fit is great, and since I used a knit it’s really comfortable! I didn’t have a nice black dress in my wardrobe, so this fills the gap quite well! IMG_0535

-Monica

Stripe Tee

IMG_0478 This is a t-shirt I sewed up several weeks ago now, and I really love it. I didn’t actually use a pattern, but instead I just traced a top that I already had and knew fit well. IMG_0490I kept things super simple with it, and just folded up the sleeves twice and tacked them down in a few places, and then I left the bottom un-hemmed. I just really didn’t feel like hemming knits that day! For the neck, I tried something new and used the last method from here, and it worked really great! IMG_0487 The fabric was from Girl Charlee, and I had had it for probably over a year, trying to figure out what to do with it. I’m glad I used it for this though, because it’s super soft, which makes this top really comfortable! This top was so fast to make, and has been in heavy rotation ever since. Sometimes the simplest things are the best! IMG_0484-Monica

Southport Dress

IMG_0508 Hey guys, I’m finally back! It’s seriously been a good three months since I last posted anything, but it’s finally summer in my neck of the woods, and I could not be happier! My latest make is this Southport dress from True Bias. Pretty much as soon as she released it, I snatched it up. I think it’s the perfect summer dress, and I’m sure it’ll work great in the fall too, with tights and a scarf. IMG_0492 My measurements put me in for needing a 0, but since I was afraid of possible gape-age, I made the 2 and did a 1/2 inch sba, and it worked out great. IMG_0515 My fabric is the Robert Kaufman dot chambray, and it is awesome. I got it forever ago waiting for the perfect thing to use it for, and I’m really glad I waited for this. It’s nice and lightweight, but not so lightweight that it’s see through! IMG_0512 I was really happy with this pattern, and plan on making more in the near future. IMG_0516

-Monica

Leather Clutch

IMG_9793 So I just have a quick little post today. I made this clutch last week for a friends birthday, and thought it was too cute not to share. IMG_9790 Originally I was going to use the Valencia pattern from Seamwork magazine, but when I went to buy the pattern, I couldn’t find it online for purchase, so I got really irritated and just googled for a clutch tutorial. That’s when I found this pattern, and I really like the design. IMG_9785 The stitching doesn’t look the best on the inside, but it looks pretty good on the outside, so I’m ok with it😉 I used a faux leather from Joann’s, and then just some quilting cotton for the lining. I like how it turned out, and I think it makes a really good gift! IMG_9791

-Monica

Archer v.2

IMG_9641 So by now most bloggers have posted their year in review long ago, and like usual when it comes to anything relating to blogging, I’m behind, so I’m just gonna skip that all together.. If you really wanna see what I’ve made this year, you can just go look through all my old posts😉 So anyway.. I made another Archer! I made my first about a year ago (it was my first ever blog post!) and I’m finally back with another. IMG_9682 I made it almost exactly like my first, but made a few slight changes. This time I graded up a size near the hem to allow more room for my hips, and then I also added sleeve plackets using this method from Off The Cuff. I think it’s easier to roll up sleeves with a placket instead of what this pattern is drafted with, and I always roll up my sleeves with shirts like these. IMG_9689 I went kind of bias crazy with this (so I didn’t have to match as many plaids, duh) and I really like how it all looks. My fabric is a really nice cotton that worked perfectly with this pattern. Plus it’s nice and soft :) IMG_9675 All in all, I’m happy with how this one turned out! IMG_9697 IMG_9696

-Monica

Saltspring cami

IMG_9127Well, this post was certainly a long time coming.. At least for me. I started this top back at the end of summer (hence the very summery vibe) and it’s actually been finished for a little while now, but alas, I didn’t get around to taking pictures till yesterday (when it was like 30 degrees, by the way).

The wind caught the ruffle here!

The wind caught the ruffle here!

While I haven’t blogged anything for a long time, I have still been sewing, although pretty slowly, and have a few other projects finished, or just about finished, but that’s a story for a different post😉 For this top I used the Sewaholic Saltspring dress pattern. I just took the pattern piece for the top part of the dress and lengthened it till it seemed about right. IMG_9209Then for the ruffle I just took the bodice piece again, cut it down so it was a bit shorter, then slashed and spread it out so it would be more full. Easy peasy. I really just kinda eye-balled everything for this based on my measurements and hoped it would work out.. It did! IMG_9176I  originally got the inspiration for this top from American Eagle. Back in the summer I was there doing some shopping and saw a top very similar to this for like $30 and I was like “I can totally make that” so I did! IMG_9236  My fabric is a really awesome print rayon from I think fabric mart.. I don’t remember for sure, but I probably got it about two years ago. It was actually left over fabric that I had made the Saltspring dress back a while ago. So now I have a matching dress and cami from the same pattern! Hope no one notices…🙂 I really like how it turned out, but it probably won’t get much wear until the weather warms up again in a few months. But when it does, I’ll be ready for it! IMG_9157

-Monica