I’ve been working on three pants simultaneously: improving the fit of my rigid denim jeans, Persephone pants, and the Calyer pant with the front pleats. I’ve worked through each pattern as carefully and calmly as possible. I knew that I would learn more about my body as I made each pattern, so that’s how I … More French Navy Calyer Pant
Back in May of this year, we moved from a single story apartment to a 3-story townhouse. I also spent the summer getting back into shape, healing a foot/ankle injury, and in general, making health and fitness my main focus. In that time, my body has dramatically changed shape. Climbing significantly more stairs each day … More Anna Allen Persephone Sailor Pants
I needed a simple pattern to get over my jean fitting frustrations. I’ve been interested in the patterns from The Assembly Line. I really love the silhouettes. They’re just my style. I choose the High Cuff sweater for my “easy” project. My only word of caution is that the patterns are very expensive and the … More TAL High Cuff Sweater
I think Meg and I have a contest to see who sews more versions of McCall’s 6044 and it is pretty much a draw right now! It is hard to deviate from a versatile pattern that fits so well. The two versions I made this time are for summer. The cute fish fabric is quilting … More McCall’s M6044 Men’s Button-Down Shirt
Anybody that has sewed using plaid has done it, accidentally flipped the plaid upside down. I made this flannel shirt awhile back ago, and when I cut out the arms, I cut them the wrong way. If you look closely, you’ll see that the plaid pattern is reversed. Now, I realize that this isn’t a … More McCall’s m6044 in Kaufman Mammoth Flannel Americana
Necessity is the mother of invention. I have been dreading this day, but the day has come. Ryan no longer fits in ANY of his work clothes. Luckily, he’s a school teacher and that gives me until August to rectify the situation. Now we are faced with two choices. Go out and buy clothes, which are really expensive, or suck it up and learn to make him pants and shirts. Because of the dire situation, I’m forced to make this happen. I’m pushing myself to figure out a pant pattern and a long-sleeved shirt pattern.
I think my main take away from all of this is gaining the confidence to interact with the larger community of sewers and makers. I was always hidden and on the sidelines but now I feel like I’m good enough at sewing that I can participate. So success!!
Big news this week, it SNOWED here in Utah and not just up in the mountains but in the city too! We went from lovely spring weather, sunny, 75ºF to cold, snowy, freezing temperatures. Any fun wardrobe shenanigans had to be put on hold and I had to resort to wearing my limited cold weather clothes. I know I need more sweaters and long-sleeved stuff, but it wasn’t until February / March that I finally found some patterns I liked. I will put off sewing winter stuff until after summer though.
This week has been about getting into the routine of taking photos each day and then not spending the rest of the day fussing over my photos and captions. Why I choose to participate is to push myself out of the lovely introvert hole I like to live in and is a great way to review and evaluate my very small wardrobe. Mission accomplished.
Last year, I just took Ryan’s old work pants that were showing wear and had holes around places and shortened them into shorts for the summer. That worked brilliantly and was a great way to upcycle his clothes, but this last year Ryan’s pant size has changed and I don’t have any old work pants to shorten. If Ryan is to have any summer shorts, I need to sew shorts from scratch. Sewing patterns for men are pretty dismal and sparse especially when it comes to pants and shorts. Luckily, very luckily, I found a pattern that sews up really quick and looks great. … More Burda Style Pattern 7381 Shorts