Hello and welcome to COATGATE.
I’ve become a little coat obsessed over here. Self care is kind of weird; sometimes I feel like busting out as many simple patterns as possible to feel super productive, and sometimes I feel like tacking one big project and carefully planning each step so you have maximum reward. Right now i’m stuck in the later as I work towards making my winter coat.
It sometimes feels like i've been reading style blogs ever since the birth of the internet. This is not true, I mostly played the Sims in the birth of the internet, but I remember very specifically the heart filling feeling of discovering my first fashion and DIY blogs when I was 14 and 15, and realizing that "fashion" is more than what my mom told me looked nice on me. I even started my own unbelievably terrible style blog when I was 16, which i hope no one ever looks at besides me for laughs. Every time I tried to start a ready-to-wear style blog I personally found it difficult and uninspiring, unlike the small home I feel I've found here with sewing and weird junk I think too hard about. But just because I can't handle a "style blog" doesn't mean I still don't consume them like cheesy chips. Today I thought I'd share some of the ready-to-wear style blogs that inspire my personal sewing, and hope you'll share some of yours too!
You wouldn't be alone if you felt like currently we were having a little bit of a Boston Tea Party moment when it comes to outing big wig perpetrators of sexual assault. Weinstein? Throw him in the ocean. Andy Signore? Throw him in the ocean. That shitbag gymnast guy? Definitely get that dude in the water. Kevin Spacey? Throw that dude in the ocean asap. I mean, we still have a turd president, but we’re working on it.
Just wanted to pop in and show you guys this year's tacky halloween dress. And I couldn't stand to leave Sam out of the fun, so I made Sam a matching shirt.
I've been fantasizing about a good pair of black cord dungarees (pinafore? skirtoralls? what's the right term here?) for what feels like ages. They feel specifically fall to me, as I imagine them with tights and sweaters and boots. So I waited until fall to make them, and I almost regret waiting so long, I love them so much. They're comfortable, wearable, and stinkin cute to boot.
As you may remember, I sewed up a floral Alder earlier in the year and totally loved the pattern. This also was the pattern that pushed me over the edge to start performing full bust adjustments on all of my patterns. I'd love to do a comparison post with a before and after full bust adjustment, so let me know if that would be something you'd be interested in. The floral alder had some discomfort and tightness in the bust, so I sized down the front bodice 2 sizes and performed a 1 inch adjustment.
I finally am moved out of the Hungerford and into the new studio space in our house. I've made a few things in the space, but I think the true moment of new beginnings came when Sam installed my AC all of 2 hours ago. Speaking of which: what the heck? it's 90 degrees here in rochester today. I'm so sweaty I may just straight up melt into my own carpet.
As an act of self care, I finally cut into my BELOVED Rifle Paper Co Rayon Challis (also I just figured out that it's pronounced shall-EE and not shallis like chalice? what the heck) which I had been hoarding for 6 months. I bought it for a different blouse pattern but i'm very happy with the Colette Aster, which I've admired from afar for a while but wrote off as something that would be unflattering on my body type.
Anyways, you may have noticed a quiet hiatus on this blog for the past few weeks. This "vacation" from both sewing and blogging has been caused simply by taking the entire month of August for Sam and I (and Dominic) to move our lives, my studio, and ourselves into our new home in the south wedge of Rochester.
I started sewing because I wanted to make party dresses. This is a sad fact, reflecting on it now. I definitely have a different lifestyle and necessity for my sewing these days. I started as a kid in a candy store, shoveling sugary treats into my mouth, screaming with my mouth full out of pure joy. Now i'm realizing that you can't live off of candy, and it's not reasonable to only make party dresses. Especially if i'm prone to jeans and a cute tee most days at work. So here's my list of wearable garments I hope to (need to!) make in the near future.
I planned a picnic for Sam and I at Sonnenberg Gardens in Canandaigua on sunday and I decided it was the perfect time to sport my newest make: B6318. I've been admittedly avoiding those "big 4" patterns as an attempt to support indie makers and movers and shakers, but when I saw this dress start to pop up on instagram I knew it was a must-make.
It was love at first sight with Seamwork Mag's Reggie Dress. The model they used in the product photos is a beautiful curvy woman, which instantly sold me on the pattern even though it seems very out of my wheelhouse.
Happy to show my Closet Case Kalle Cropped Blouse! I worked really fucking hard to keep this shirt from getting wrinkled, but alas, here I am. You may have noticed on my insta stories that I ironed it the day before, HUNG IT UP IN MY CAR LIKE A GOSH DARN LAWYER OR BUSINESS MAN, and wore a bib over it while eating all of my food on sunday. Turns out you can't photoshop wrinkles out. Or I'm just too lazy to do so.
I've got a lot to talk about, so I figured the easiest way to share information on all platforms is to make a big ol' post about it. Let's start with my new purse:
Guys!!! They’re here!!!
I feel like my mom when I type with multiple punctuation marks, but sometimes I need to express my pure unadulterated excitement. I feel like I should preface this post by saying: I know these are by no means perfect, but they’re definitely the best jeans I’ve ever owned, and I never thought they were something I was capable of making. About a year ago when everyone was hoping on the Ginger train I was like,
Everybody needs a solid pair of summer shorts. Even fat girls, despite some contrary beliefs. I'm a big fan of wearing two pairs of crappy jeans all winter, wearing them out in the thighs, and then cutting them off into comfy frayed shorts just in time for summer. This is effective but not exactly stylish. So I decided to commit to sewing a pair of real shorts!
Is it even really a blog if I don't talk about those favorites? I'm usually a big fan of those flat lay faves, but I figured I'd try something new. Let me know if you like this style or if you hate it!
Okay: Let's talk about Leonora. I subscribed to Seamwork Mag 5 months ago and honestly I've been really into it. I've heard some other sewing ladies express issues with their sizing but as a plus size lady, I find them to be flattering once fitted. I did find that they run very large in comparison to body measurements.
Sewing was a skill I learned when I was young and kept in my back pocket for many years. I would pull out my sewing machine like a party trick, occasionally making pillows and small accessories like zipper bags. I had the knowledge and the ability to sew garments, bestowed upon me by my grandmother when I was young. However, I didn’t find a necessity in sewing until I got fat.
This past weekend was Sam and I's six monthaversary. If you follow me on instagram, you know i'm well aware that celebrating any anniversary under a year feels naive and trivial, but honestly every day with Sam feels special enough to celebrate.
Hi Ya'll! I hope you're enjoying the new Little Lamb Blog. I''m hoping it will be more pleasing to look at, and encourage me to post my makes more often. It's not like I'm not making, It's just hard to photograph it all nicely.