2018 Maker Resolutions

We've all seen everybody's Make 9 on instagram by now. I've even got one or two of mine out of the way already. But there are bigger things than a few specific patterns I want to pursue and learn in 2018. I've compiled a list of new creative things to explore in the new year, and I figured I'd share it with you to keep me accountable and help me along with your tips and tricks. 

Brave the Winter Blues: Geodesic Sweater by Blueprints for Better Sewing

Hi guys! Hope you're all braving the snowpocolypse out there, or if you're in a warm spot I hope you're living it up. This weekend temps were below 0 here in upstate and it was hard to leave the house at all. But every Sunday Sam and I try to go to this specific coffee shop in the city to sit down, talk about what we thought about that week, and plan the upcoming month. It was so cold this weekend I couldn't help but snuggle up in my freshly made Geodesic sweater. 

Evergreen Christmas Dress: Vogue V1558

Hey guys! If you’re waiting for the results of #coatgate, I’m afraid you’ve got a little waiting to do. I finally got my hands on the lining and interfacing, so it should come soon, but I’m really taking my time with this one. Until then, before I had my grubby mitts on the coat lining, I popped out a sweet evergreen christmas dress out of the Rachel Comey for Vogue Patterns V1558.

Welcome to #coatgate: Bamboo Coat Prep

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. 

Ready-to-Wear Bloggers Who Influence My Sewing Style

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! 

#metoo: The dark reality of the relationship between plus size women and sexual assault.

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. 

Pumpkin Spice and Everything Nice: Fall Chambray Alder Shirt Dress

 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. 

New Home Studio Tour

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. 

Flowers In Her Hair: Colette Aster Blouse

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. 

Sewing Fundamentals: Things I Actually Need to Add to My Wardrobe Instead of More Party Dresses

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.

Sonnenberg Picnics: Butterick B6318

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. 

Conservatory Sundays: Closet Case Patterns Kalle Cropped Blouse

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. 

Gingham Ginger Snap: Closet Case Pattern’s Ginger Jeans

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,

Stormy Skies and Summer Bums: Seamwork Weston Shorts

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!