LINDEN SWEATSHIRT : MORRIS LIBERTY

Linden : Liberty Morris

Grainline Studio Linden Sweatshirt
Liberty of London : Murray Loopback Fleece in Pink Morris

Surprise! Another Linden in Liberty. This was my first time using the Murray Loopback fleece. This is the summer weight fleece that isn’t brushed on the inside like the Linford Fleece. It has more of a terry feel and it’s just as lovely.

Normally I just cut my sleeve cuffs and neck band on the bias, but for this version I also cut my hem band on the bias too. I had enough fabric and I like the way the Liberty Morris pattern looks on the bias.

In anticipation of the warmer weather, I’m starting to experiment with using lightweight jersey with this pattern. I’m afraid you’re going to have to endure my ongoing Linden obsession for a bit longer!

Linden in Dulwich Park Liberty Fleece
Linden in Manning Liberty Fleece

Linden : Liberty Morris

Linden : Liberty Morris

Linden : Liberty Morris

Linden : Liberty Morris

Linden : Liberty Morris

LINDEN SWEATSHIRT : MANNING LIBERTY

Linden Sweatshirt in Manning

Grainline Studio : Linden Sweatshirt
Liberty of London : Manning Linford Fleece

This is my third Linden. Linden #1 is here.

One of the things that I love about the Linden is that it comes together quite quickly. When I feel like I want to sew something but don’t have a lot of time, the Linden does the trick. I get the satisfaction of sewing something from start to finish and I also get to add another sweatshirt to my collection. Win. Win.

Now that I know the fit is perfect, as I’m sewing the Linden together I like to twin needle stitch each seam. It takes a little extra time, but I love the way this detail looks.

Don’t forget! If you’re making self ribbing from the Liberty Fleece, you want to cut it on the bias.

Has anyone made any modifications to this pattern? I think I’m ready to experiment…

Linden Sweatshirt in Manning

Linden Sweatshirt in Manning

Linden Sweatshirt in Manning

Linden Sweatshirt in Manning

Linden Sweatshirt in Manning

Linden Sweatshirt in Manning

SOMERSET STAR

Somerset Star

I first spotted this technique on Pinterest a few years ago. I was smitten. Of course my first instinct was to forward the photo to Johanna to get her take on it. Johanna’s way is always the best way, so I waited. Luckily I know how to keep myself busy!

Somerset Star was recently added to the workroom’s class roster and I was first in line.

I love stars in all forms and this one is especially fun to make. The technique involves a lot of fabric folding and ironing. Of course, the best fun is in choosing all the pretty fabrics you are going to put together. For me, I can’t seem to shake pink & grey & black. Quite a few of these prints appear in my Swoon Quilt and others are in my Feather Bed Quilt. The Stamped T print from Doe is sneaking into everything these days.

When I started my Somerset Star, I knew that I wanted to frame it in a large embroidery hoop for the wall, so I did about eight ’rounds’ to build up my star to a good size. Johanna taught us how to do a very cool porthole finish, which was the only machine sewing for this project. Everything else was done by hand, which is perfect. I used Essex Yarn Dyed in Black to frame my star.

i LOVE how this turned out! Such a fun and easy project. I definitely want to make more. For now, I’m plotting out possible colour palettes.

Somerset Star in progress

Somerset Star

Somerset Star

Somerset Star

Somerset Star

GRAINLINE STUDIO ALDER : NANI IRO

Grainline Studio Alder : nani IRO

Grainline Studio : Alder Shirtdress
nani IRO Double Gauze : Green Pierre Pocho

I haven’t done a lot of sewing this year.  My mind seems to be elsewhere these days, but I’m hoping that’s going to change soon. I think I just need to get some ducks in a row before I get back my sewing mojo. I can at least say that I’ve finally made an Alder shirtdress.

I made this just before my trip to London with Lizzy & Katherine. Officially, it was finished in London. Those buttons got sewn on in our Islington Flat. The trip was so quick, that I didn’t have time for a London photoshoot, so here we are again in my usual spot! (back stairs of the workroom)

I didn’t make any changes to this pattern and it fits really well. I love clothing with double gauze, especially in nani IRO.  I will say that making technical garments with double gauze is a bit of a challenge. It’s tricky to do things like tiny hems and collar stands to the level that I expect of myself, but nonetheless everything turned out pretty great. I will never stop making clothes with double gauze. It’s just important to remember the qualities and limitations of the material you’re working with. I am definitely planning to make my next version out of Liberty of London. I’m looking forward to re-sewing this pattern with that crisp tana lawn. Two modifications that I’ll be making with my next Alder will be adding some short sleeves (from the Grainline Archer Shirt) and adding a bit of length to the overall hem.  I found this version to be a bit short on the side seams to wear on it’s own. Probably 2-3 inches should do it.

I’ve had such great luck with Grainline Studio patterns. Now that the Tiny Pocket Tank is in print, it’s next on my hit list.

Grainline Studio Alder : nani IRO

Grainline Studio Alder : nani IRO

Grainline Studio Alder : nani IRO

Grainline Studio Alder : nani IRO

LINDEN SWEATSHIRT : DULWICH PARK LIBERTY

Linden Sweatshirt

Grainline Studio Linden Sweatshirt
Liberty of London Linford Fleece : Dulwich Park

I gotta say that I’ve fallen hard for this pattern. It’s a REALLY good one. Of course the fact that it’s winter just makes me fall harder for this cozy top.

I’ve been stashing a few pieces of Liberty fleece with the intention of making sweatshirts. This one was my ‘test version’ and thank goodness it went well!

The pattern has just eight pieces for version A. I didn’t have any ribbing on hand so decided to just use the fleece. I noticed that the fleece wasn’t really stretchy so I cut the neck band and cuff bands on the bias. I really like how the self fabric looks. It’s a great option since nice ribbing is so hard to find.

I used my serger to put the Linden together. It’s amazing how quickly things come together with a serger.  More and more I really love working with knits and my serger. Of course, you can totally make this project very easily with just your sewing machine. I used my twin needle to top stitch around the finished neck band and the bottom hem.

Immediately after I made this, I made another one in Liberty of London Manning. Right after, that I made one in some grey french terry I found in my stash.  I probably won’t stop making them because I don’t want to stop wearing them. Luckily there happens to be a big shipment of Liberty coming really soon with some pretty fleece for more Lindens.

Do you want to make a Linden with me? I’m doing a Linden class at the workroom!

Linden Sweatshirt

Linden Sweatshirt

Linden Sweatshirt

Linden Sweatshirt

Linden Sweatshirt

STYLISH DRESS BOOK ‘B’ : NANI IRO

Stylish Dress Book 'B' : nani IRO

Stylish Dress Book : Tunic ‘B’
nani IRO Neon Mountain View Double Gauze Cotton

I just realized it’s been a really long time since we’ve had nani IRO at the workroom. I’ll try not to let that happen again. This fabric just makes people happy.

It seems to be a tradition of mine to make this particular pattern from nani IRO. The very first version I made was exactly SIX years ago!

I love this simple top, it’s so easy to wear and incredibly comfortable. My favourite detail is definitely the sleeves. I love a puffy sleeve! I really like how this sleeve is two parts. If you’re making this pattern from the untranslated version of Stylish Dress Book, this can be the one tricky part. When you’re tracing out the pattern piece for the lower sleeve, you need to add in 10 cm to the width of the piece to add the fullness.

This collection has so many fun pops of neon, perfect for the coming winter months when things get very grey. I always find myself choosing brighter prints when the days get shorter. There is more nani IRO on the way for the new year, it’ll be a good mid winter pick me up!

I also made a pair of nani IRO pants using the 101 Trouser pant pattern. It’s already too cold to wear them, but I’ll try to get in some photos of them soon.

p.s. I ironed this top twice before taking these photos, but double gauze is wrinkly & comfy like that.

Stylish Dress Book 'B' : nani IRO

Stylish Dress Book 'B' : nani IRO

Stylish Dress Book 'B' : nani IRO

Stylish Dress Book 'B' : nani IRO

CAMBER SET TEE : CHAMBRAY UNION

Camber Set Tee : Chambray

Merchant & Mills Camber Set Tee
Chambray Union Stretch
Liberty of London Stanley for the yoke lining and neck binding

Here’s my very first Camber Set Tee. For this version, I added a few inches to the length. I’m so used to tunic style tops that I automatically think I want a top to be longer. I wore it that way for a few months, but the funny thing is that I recently chopped off about 5 or 6 inches. I wanted to wear it with a skirt one day and I didn’t have any short tops that sit closer to the waistline. This is the luxury of sewing. When your personal style changes, you can change the garment the match.

One detail on the Camber that I like is the opportunity to use a contrast yoke lining and neck binding. I used some Liberty of London Stanley, which no one will ever see, but always makes me smile. Especially since this Camber appears to be so plain. Sewing secret details makes me happy.

The Chambray Union Stretch is so perfect for a woven tee pattern. Super comfy with a slightly weighty feel. The more I look at these photos, the more I want to make a few more chambray tees. (of varying lengths!)

Check out my printed Camber Set Tee here.
We have all the Merchant & Mills patterns at the workroom!

Camber Set Tee : Chambray

Camber Set Tee : Chambray

Camber Set Tee : Chambray

MERCHANT & MILLS CAMBER SET

Merchant & Mills Camber Set Tee

Before I get into this post, I just wanted to say Thank you! to everyone who visited and commented on my Fancy Sailor Top. I hope you all will get to make your own version of this fun pattern! I used the Random Number Generator to choose the winner of the pdf version of the pattern and Rhiannon is the lucky winner! The sweet ladies at Fancy Tiger will be emailing Rhiannon with her prize pdf.

Merchant & Mills Camber Set Tee
Unknown printed fabric

I’m posting this project out of order, as it is actually my second version of the Camber Set Tee. I’ll post my first version next.

This is one of those rare occasions where I don’t know the designer of this fabric. I was given a box of scrap fabric and this was amongst the scraps. Clearly this was not your average box of scraps (the majority of the fabric was Liberty of London, so it was more like a box of TREASURE), as there were just enough ‘scraps’ to cut out this entire pattern with a bit of fabric to spare. I don’t recognize this as a Liberty print, but the fabric is a similar weight to Tana Lawn. It’s lovely and I knew I wanted to try to make a little top of it. If anyone recognizes this print, please let me know!

I love the shape of this Tee. It’s really feminine with a bust dart, back yoke detail and the way it nips in above the waist. It fit me really well, but I’ve found with the Merchant & Mills patterns that I usually will take in the side seams just a bit to get a tighter fit. That’s just what I prefer and it’s an easy adjustment. Comparing the Scout Tee and the Camber, I find this pattern to be a bit more formal or dressy. The neckline is higher for the Camber and the sleeves just a bit longer. They are both wardrobe staples for sure!

I would love to make a dress version of the Camber, but I’m waiting for just the right fabric to show up. I’m pretty sure my next trip to Sultan’s will solve that problem. In the meantime, the Tee version gives maximum satisfaction for a quick and cute project.

Merchant & Mills Camber Set Tee

Merchant & Mills Camber Set Tee

Merchant & Mills Camber Set Tee

 

FANCY TIGER SAILOR TOP + GIVEAWAY

Fancy Tiger : Sailor Top

Fancy Tiger Sailor Top
Cotton + Steel ‘Truly Outrageous Gems’ Lawn from the Moonlit collection
by Rashida Coleman-Hale
Botanica Tinctoria Grey Cotton Lace Trim

Welcome to the third stop on the Sailor Top Blog Tour! I was so honoured to be asked to join in to show off this cute new pattern.

I first met the Fancy Tiger girls, Amber & Jaime at the Makerie retreat in Boulder, a few years ago. Their super cute shop in Denver is a must-see if you are ever out that way. I’ve loved following their adventures online ever since and was very excited to see that they were publishing their first sewing pattern.

When I got the pattern I knew I had to pick out one of the new Cotton + Steel cotton lawns and the grey Truly Outrageous Gems couldn’t have been more perfect (Grey + Gems!). I also decided to add a cute lace trim detail with the new Botanica Tinctoria Eyelet Lace.

The Sailor Top is super fun and easy to sew. I was able to sew it up in just one night. The instructions are very clear, so it’s a good project for a beginner and a breeze for an experienced sewer. Finishing details are always important to me and this top is beautifully finished. The sleeves are raglan, which are simple to sew on and they finish with a nice wide facing. I also love the pretty neckline. It has the perfect amount of gathers finished with a simple yoke. The pattern allows for a deep hem which I always love the look of. Once I hemmed the top according to the directions, I just stitched on my eyelet trim on the inside of the hem. I debated adding trim to the sleeve hems, but decided to keep it simple, knowing I can always add it on later if I change my mind. The Botanica Tinctoria trims are naturally dyed so the colour palette to choose from is super soft and pretty. I have to remember to use more trim in my projects, it adds such a nice detail.

The Sailor Top fits me really well. I found the underarm seam to be a bit tight fitting, so I just clipped notches into the seam allowance to release the tension and it’s much better now. Another alternative would be to trim down the seam allowance.

I can see lots more of these cute tops making their way into my wardrobe! Most likely a nani IRO one next!

Would you like to win a PDF copy of this pattern?! Just leave a comment below before November 1st Midnight EST. I’ll choose someone randomly.

Visit the rest of the blog tour to see all the other Fancy Sailor Tops in action!
Monday, October 27th – A Verb for Keeping Warm
Tuesday, October 28th – Miss Make
Wednesday, October 29th – the workroom/Make Something
Thursday, October 30th – Sew Bon
Friday, October 31st – Very Shannon

Botanica Tinctoria : Lace Trim

Fancy Tiger : Sailor Top

Fancy Tiger : Sailor Top

Fancy Tiger : Sailor Top

Fancy Tiger : Sailor Top

Fancy Tiger : Sailor Top

DOUBLE WEDDING RING QUILT

Double Wedding Ring Quilt

Some projects take a long time. A really long time. This project took about 5 years from start to finish.  (and about 5 months from final photos to blog post!) The amazing thing is that I love it even more now then when I started it.

It’s not that this was a difficult pattern. On the contrary, Johanna’s method of doing the Double Wedding Ring Quilt simplifies the process so much.  I loved this quilt so much, I really felt that I wanted to partially hand quilt it. The quilt ended up in the closet and got pushed to the bottom of my project list. I have learned to be careful with the projects that I decide to hand quilt knowing that it can really slow down completion.

Even still, I have no regrets on hand quilting this project. It really adds a lovely quality that just can’t be achieved any other way. I finished off the quilting by echoing inside the rings and continuing the ring pattern into the border on my sewing machine. I’m so happy with how the quilting turned out.

The fabric in this quilt are some true favourites. The kind of fabrics that that even today, I wish I had more of! Lots of Tula Pink ‘Neptune’, Anna Maria Horner ‘Good Folks’, and Anna Griffin grey lace for the background.

I almost forgot! I used wool batting for this quilt and it’s so lovely! The wool batting is more lofty and lightweight which is especially nice for hand quilting. I also just used some layers of wool batting to make a new bed for Maisy.

Feels pretty great to finish such a long term project. Feels even better to still be crushing on this quilt after all this time.

Looking back at my past posts on this project:
Double Wedding Ring Quilt Fabrics
Double Wedding Ring Arcs
Double Wedding Ring Blocks
Double Wedding Ring Update

Double Wedding Ring

Double Wedding Ring Quilt

Double Wedding Ring Quilt Back

Double Wedding Ring Quilt

Double Wedding Ring

Double Wedding Ring Quilt

Double Wedding Ring Quilt