Spring/Summer Sewing plans!

Hi all!  I’m back!  Kind of.  The year so far has been officially insane.  I am just really busy with multiple jobs, job searching, volunteering, and wedding planning.  Plus trying to have a social life. Things have slowed down just a bit recently, and I’ve actually had time to do some sewing and picture taking!  Before I show you what I’ve been working on lately, I thought I’d show you what kinds of things I’m hoping to make in the next few months.
T-Shirts
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One thing I’ve noticed as the warm weather approaches is that I don’t have a lot of T-shirts I actually like.  I have a lot that I wear under sweaters or to bed, but not a lot I feel comfortable in without something over it.  So, I’m planning to make a few!  I think I will mostly use the Scout tee, which I have used previously.  I also recently made a Coco (to be blogged soon!) and have the Renfrew pattern as well (although I think I will have to grade up in order to use that one) which I am planning to use.  I’d also love a raglan t-shirt pattern if anyone has any ideas!
Blouses
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I’ve been teaching this semester, which means I’ve had to dress a little nicer than I normally do, and it turns out that 6 years in graduate school and 3 years as a postdoc leave you with very few nice blouses.  So I’d like to make a few!  Honestly, I don’t have to get too fancy, so I was thinking of using the Scout tee again, but with some nice fabric – maybe challis or some nice voiles.  I’d also like to make a few tunic-type tops.  If anyone has a good idea for a pattern there, I’d be happy to hear about those as well!
Floral Fit and Flare
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I recently bought this super pretty floral stretch cotton sateen on a whim, and am planning to use it to make a nice fit and flare dress.  I am going to have a lot of fancy-ish events in the next few months for my wedding and other people’s weddings so hopefully I will get a lot of use out of it!  I don’t have a pattern yet, but I am thinking possibly the Emery Dress?  I also have a peplum top pattern, and maybe I could use that and just extend the peplum into a skirt?  More research needed!
Knit Dresses
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As it turns out, knit dresses are pretty much my go to “I just want to be comfortable and cool but still look nice” clothing item.  I have a fair number in my wardrobe already, but I’d really love a few more!  I am planning to use the Lady Skater (I’ve made two already and will be blogging them soon!) pattern and the new and beautiful Moneta pattern to make the knit dress wardrobe of my dreams.
I’ll hopefully be back over the weekend to show you what I’ve been sewing up lately!
Until next time,
Karin

Hi everyone!

I’ve been really busy lately with non-sewing things, but if you follow me on instagram, you’ve seen a few exciting things re: sewing that have happened lately!

The first is that I made another Staple Dress, this time for my friend Elisabeth for her 30th birthday!

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She looks pretty cute, huh?

I made this one out of a buffalo plaid chambray from Sew L.A.  They are always so helpful!  It turned out super cute, so much so that I actually squeaked a bit when it was finished.  This time I used the elastic thread, which was really fun and worked out quite well!  I also made bias tape from the fabric and used exposed bias tape (as explained here) to finish the neck and armholes.  I thought it would be a cute detail and break up all that plaid!  This was my first time aligning buffalo plaid, which is probably one of the easiest to line up, but I used some tips from Lauren and it worked out great!  I forgot to get a picture of that so you will just have to take my word for it.

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Exposed bias facing!

The second very exciting news is that something I’ve been wanting forever was on super sale, so my boyfriend and I split it as my Chanukah gift!

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Meet Klaus!

This is of course the eponymous Brother 1034D, my very own serger!  Amazon happens to be selling them right now for $180, plus we got free shipping since my boyfriend has Amazon prime.  I knew I picked him for a reason.  I have been thinking about getting a serger for a long time, because I want to sew knits.  I know you can do that on a sewing machine, but everything I’ve seen/read/talked to people about says its much easier on a serger.  Plus it just looks so fancy and professional.  And I couldn’t pass up the great deal!

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I mean just look at how beautiful that is.

I probably won’t do an actual review here, since that’s been covered in a lot of places, but so far I love it with all of my heart.  The first item I’ll be making with it is actually a hoodie for my boyfriend, so stay tuned for that. I also bought the Beginning Serger Sewing class on Craftsy (which is also having a 50% off sale right now, FYI), and I can’t wait to learn more about my serger!  

Ok, that’s all for now.  I hope you all enjoyed your Thanksgiving or Chanukah or weekend!

Until next time,

Karin 

 

You guys.

You guys, I am exhausted.

Between moving and settling in and going to a week-long conference where I was expected to be on ~14 hours a day, talking science most of the time (I love talking science, but dear god that is a lot.  And a lot of scientists.  And not to push the stereotype, but they are not always the easiest to chat with) I just feel so drained.

So I pretty much took a mental health day yesterday to get a haircut and do a little shopping.  I went into my favorite “oooh thats so pretty but soooo many dollars, boo” store, Anthropologie, and found this baby:

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just. gah.  also, my hair looks perfect because I’d just gotten it cut but it will literally not look that way again until I get it cut again.

It has dots, stripes, and a floral.  This shirt is basically my blog’s namesake.  I’ve been eyeing this one (and the gray stripe/mustard polka dot one!!!!) for a while.  I am usually very safe around Anthropologie clothes because they never fit me, but this blousy/boxy trend has made it such that I can actually get into such things.  And so I did.  And I was in love.  But!  I took the above picture and sent it to my most practical friend, saying “It would be crazy for me to spend $60 on a t-shirt, right?  Right?!?!?!” who promptly responded that yes, indeed it is nuts, especially because I could make a shirt like that.

Oh, right, I know how to sew clothes.  And this is basically a boxy t-shirt with a different fabric back, just like the Sorbetto I made.  So I am posting this here to make myself remember to make this guy.  I am thinking I could probably use the Scout tee from Grainline Studios (with some grading up) as the pattern.  Now I just have to find the fabrics!  (And possibly use something other than a knit, if I haven’t figured out how to sew knit fabrics on my machine by then).  Hooray!

In the meantime, I finished the blanket mentioned in my last post, but want to wash and press it before I take photos (hopefully this weekend), and I decided on a pattern and fabric for the dress I’m going to make for the wedding, but haven’t even gotten started putting the pattern together for that yet.  Also this weekend, hopefully!  Along with plenty of resting.

Until next time,

Karin