Clear Heart Sudley

For a while now... I've been debating over a nice slightly boxy, not too fussy pattern that would showcase this beautiful Nani Iro print. I originally purchased it last year when imagine gnats had it in stock and could not for the life of me decide what to use it for! I almost used it for A... But thought that it wouldn't last long enough to be truly appreciated. 

And so I searched for the perfect pattern. And honestly, it was hard! I don't really wear woven tops, unless they're button ups. And I just couldn't make up my mind. Some options I had were the Scout Tee, the Beatrix Top and the newly released Sudley. Finally, I opted to grab the Sudley by Megan Nielsen (also... the release discount was probably a factor ;) ). Although all are still on my wish list just to see how the fit is. But back to this top.

I cut and sewed up a straight L. And although my size was at that... I'm thinking I should have sized down to a M. It's a tad big on me. The shoulders drop a bit from where they should sit and overall its really loose. But I'm liking the fit of this one and how flowy it is with this double gauze. I've got to work on my neckline finishings a bit still (they should really be a bit sharper where the ties are), but I'm learning to take my time a bit more... especially for things I make myself.

 Overall... I'm happily surprised with how it fits and love that the print is still the showcase. I wasn't sure about the keyhole and thought I'd be wearing it in the reverse most of the time but I'm liking it more with the keyhole in the front then I thought I would!!! Yay for happy surprises!

Also... If you're wondering about why my phone is in every shot... My camera has this nifty app I can download and use it as my remote! So no more loosing that little thing! Although for future reference, I'll set up a timer so I can quickly hide the phone before the picture is taken ;)


Ginger Jeans and a Hemlock Tee

First of all... Before I even begin, I want to say a HUUUUUGE thank you to the response I've received concerning Kid's Clothes Week. I've been overwhelmed, not knowing where to start, and shocked that many of you find me creative/inspiring... seriously?!? I'm just another person out there sewing! And most of all I feel really honoured to be able to continue what Meg and Dorie have created! I'll have a full post about everything later on this month... But for now... I just want to send a huge shout out to everyone!!

Ok... So I promised myself at the beginning of the year that I would start sewing more for myself! And we're just getting into spring (weather that is) and I had still sewn zilch. It was about time to get out of this embarrassing self sewing rut.

As part of this plan, I had also hoped to take the Ginger Class hosted by The Workroom. I got lucky and my parents bought me the registration fee for my birthday (in March), the class took place this past weekend... But more about that shortly. To prep for the class I had to go out fabric shopping of course! I even made the trip down to Toronto and went to the fabric district! I got lucky and found this medium weight black on white striped cotton jersey at King Textiles.

When I found this fabric I knew immediately that it was going to become a Hemlock Tee. This one size pattern is probably one of my favs. Although this is the first I've sewn it up... Just about all my RTW tees have been this shape this year. The only thing I did to make it more summery was to skip the sleeves! I see a ton more of these in my future... Especially since it's a quick and satisfying sew (think about an hour max!).    

Although I found some gorgeous fabrics at King Textiles... I still hadn't found THE denim... So off shopping we went. We hit up a couple of other stores until we decided to make the trek down Queen St to The Workroom... Where I knew they'd stocked denim and all the notions you'd need for the class. I picked up this lovely Cone Mills denim and everything else necessary.... Man this stuff! It was a dream to work with! It's so soft! And I'm pretty much on my third day of wear (that's why it's pretty wrinkly around the tush) and the recovery has been great so far!

So back to the class real quick. I can't say enough how great it was! Since I mostly sew on my kitchen table and other then the interwebs friendships I've made through blogging/Instagram I don't sew with others or talk to anyone face to face about sewing.. So it was nice to be in the studio sewing with a bunch of great ladies! But I think the best part was being able to learn tips, tricks and techniques for sewing the Ginger Jeans from Heather of Closet Case Files herself! And I'm pretty tempted to take another class at The Workroom... the ladies there are just amazing!

So some quick details about these Ginger Jeans... I sewed up a size 12, View A with View B's skinny legs. per Heather's fitting instructions... I took off 3/4" on the side seams from the hips to the calves and 3/5" on the inseam. I also took out a 1/4" from the waistband. Fit wise, these fits great... Although they're a tad loose around the waistband, so I might take out another 1/4"!

And look at those guts! I've had this scrap of quilting cotton in my stash since I made this top and skirt set. I always deemed it too pretty to destash it and boy am I glad I held on to it for this long!! Every time I go to put these on... these pockets just make me smile!

Although my stitching and finishing isn't perfect... this has given me a huge boost of confidence and I'm ready to tackle my next project! I've got a pair of Morgan Jeans waiting to be traced, and some inspiration for a Ginger shorts hack that I can't get out of my head! Not to mention all the kid's things ;)


A Quilted Spring Dress

I think Mother Nature... you are drunk darling! This weather is a testament to that... One day it's too nice out to even wear a coat, and the next day, we wind up with freezing rain :/

So... In my search to get over this blah weather, I went to Fabricland... Just cuz.. I'm going to admit, it's not my favourite place to shop for inspiration (I'm pretty sure I've gone over that several times)... But nonetheless, I went in and searched through the sale section only to find that they had the most intriguing and bold quilted fabric! And the stretch on it was perfect! Although the quality isn't as topnotch as the quilted jersey that imagine gnats sold last spring...

Oh well... It suited the bill and I decided to finally pull out the cocoon dress pattern I purchased a few months ago. Once I printed it out though I was a bit stumped as to how I would trace it, since the cocoon shape works it's way down from the armscye to the hi lo hem pretty fluidly and A was in the size 5 chest and size 7 length. And I most definitely didn't want to ruin it!

So I did my best, but I think for the next time I'll soften the shape a bit more around the hips, since I'm not entirely happy with it... I'll also use a fabric that has a bit more drape/softness to it, since the quilted fabric does keep the sides out more then I would like. But overall though, I'm liking it!

A likes it... And finds it super comfy. Which is probably THE most important part of this here dress.. Especially if I want her to wear it ;) And possibly the second best part of this... I still have some extra fabric that I may use up for J and/or some colour blocking.

So I'm taking my first stab at the cocoon dress a success that may have gotten me hooked on the cocoon dress craze that's going on right now (maybe I'll take a stab at the Inari dress next... And be probably the last person to finally try it! haha). And with the days getting closer to summer weather (the forecast not so much).... I think a couple of shorter sleeve versions may be in the plans ;)


Getting our Groove On 2.0

Well... today I'm a bit stumped for words! I had all these plans for last week for both sewing and around the house. And I'm not sure what happened. It seems to me the more things that happen in a week the more I wind up losing myself. And it was only by the time Sunday rolled around that I felt like a lot had been lifted off my shoulders.

We've been trying to finish odd jobs around the house, and with the weather warming up start on the outside stuff. It was selfish sewing week and I had made plans, traced and cut out a ton of patterns and fabrics. C's hockey tryout season started. And really phew!!!!!

It's not to say that I physically couldn't accomplish anything, but I think it was an emotional thing. On the outside I was fine, but on the inside I was running around trying to get everything sorted and in place and it didn't always work out. In fact, my sewing saw a lot of seam ripper action, which I think made me realize it was time to step back for a moment and shut myself off from the world, you know, just for a day! And to get my head on straight again. Which is what Monday's are for right?! A fresh week and a fresh start!

So to keep with that momentum, I present you another easy going groove dress! Because what screams more fresh and fun then an easy flowy knit dress!?! This is another one of the dresses I made during the testing period. It's actually from the first version, has no neck options, just a simple binding and a hi low skirt.

This is the same size as the last one (5 I believe), with some stash knits I had grabbed YEARS ago when I first started sewing. I remember buying it because a) it was on sale and b) it had stripes. Since then I've learned what to buy and not buy and I always semi regretted having bought it and never knew what to sew with it.

And so, it sat in my pile of fabric shame, until the groove dress came along and I decided to use it as a quick muslin for this pattern and slowly fell in love with it again. And that stripe matching!!!! I think that was the 'I'm over the moon in love with it again' moment of it!

A loves this dress.... Just like the other one. This fabric is a little lighter then I typically like for knits personally but this makes for some great movement in the dress, and I'll definitely have to rethink my weight preferences coming into the summer, since this would be perfect.

If you want to grab yourself a copy of the Groove Dress, you can always grab it here.

Happy Monday!