Wednesday, April 17, 2019

My First Pair of Chi-Town Chinos

Trousers have never been high on my make list. Before this make, I was so intimidated by fly closures and back pockets that I always picked bottoms patterns that omitted them. Enter April's Sew My Style trouser challenge and the fact that I volunteered to co-host. I figured now was as good a time as ever to make my first pair of trousers and so I threw myself into the Chi-Town Chinos pattern from Alina Design and Co.

Thursday, March 21, 2019

3 Variations of the York Pinafore

With warmer weather around the corner, I can't help but think about one of my favorite patterns: the York Pinafore from Helen's Closet. Because I'm a sucker for pinafores, the pattern was a must-have the second I saw its release in 2018 and I ended up making a few different versions. Helen recently re-released the pattern with a wider size range which means there are even more amazing versions on Instagram to help inspire my next version. I already have 3 great variations so I thought it was due time to talk about how much I love this pattern.

Thursday, February 14, 2019

Falling in Love with the Givre Top and Dress

This month, I decided to make something I never ever thought I would wear: a form fitting dress. I usually shy away from anything remotely form fitting, but I was feeling brave and it turns out that having the ability to make it exactly how you want is a powerful thing. I may still have that mommy tummy I'm self conscious about, but I am so darn proud of this dress and can't wait to rock it this summer. If you're looking at this month's Sew My Style patterns and thinking this challenge isn't for you, I hope you take a second look because I am absolutely loving how easy it is to customize for yourself!

Saturday, January 26, 2019

Workout Gear: Power Sports Bra

January is almost over which means we're getting close to the reveal date for this month's Sew My Style "Anything Goes Workout Gear" challenge! Workout gear was never at the top of my list of things to make which is why I love participating in challenges like this. I fell down the rabbit hole while researching this month's make and am happy to report that I made it out victoriously.

I found a lot of patterns I really wanted to make, but I ended up going with something that I actually really need in my wardrobe: a good fitting sports bra. The newest Power Sports Bra pattern from Greenstyle Creations fit the bill perfectly. I was hearing raving reviews and was sold when I learned that the pattern let you mix and match band and cup sizes.

Wednesday, January 2, 2019

#SewMyStyle2019 Workout Gear: Patterns + Fabrics

Sew My Style 2019 has officially begun! The theme for January is "Anything Goes Workout Gear" which means any type of workout apparel you sew is eligible for this month's prize. This month's theme is up for interpretation so you could easily pull a pattern from your stash, fill a hole in your wardrobe, or try something totally new. If you were unsure about joining this challenge or if you are new to sewing activewear, I hope the flexibility of this month's theme will persuade you to give it a try!

I'll be honest. I was a little scared to be one of the leaders of this month's challenge since I've never sewn activewear, but my hesitation quickly turned to excitement as I was compiling this post. If you think about it, almost ANYTHING can be considered activewear. Whether you're headed to the gym or out running errands, you can easily get lots of wear out of wardrobe staples like t-shirts, leggings, and light outerwear.

Friday, December 14, 2018

Top Nine of 2018

My Instagram feed had a huge increase in sewing projects this year so it was no surprise to see that my top nine posts were all sewing related. The amount of interaction and engagement on these was really amazing and I thought it'd be fun to go over each of the makes in more detail since I've been slacking on the blog posts.

Here are the patterns for each of the makes in the photo above:
Top row: 1. Fringe Dress 2. Boundless Dress. 3. Boundless Dress.
Middle row: 4. Suki Kimono. 5. Kalle Shirt. 6. York Pinafore.
Bottom row: 7. York Pinafore. 8. Boundless Dress. 9. Tea House Dress.

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

A Year Of Sewing: Reflecting Back on 2018

Even though I’ve been sewing intermittently for years, this year’s choice to delve into the sewing world and sew myself a handmade wardrobe has been a game changer. My 2017 new year’s resolution to do more of what makes me happy made me take a look at sewing, sewing more in general as well as more for myself. I didn’t have any immediate goals or expectations for where it would take me, but being proactive has pushed me further than I could’ve dreamed and I’m really excited to reflect on everything I’ve accomplished this year.