One of the things I love about the online sewing community is the plethora of creative challenges. When I heard about One Week One Pattern, the brainchild of Handmade Jane, I knew I wanted to try it out. Sort of like the 30 for 30 challenge I did back before I started sewing, I felt like this would give me the opportunity to play with styling pieces from my current handmade wardrobe. I initially planned to use my five million Scout Tees but last week it was just too darn hot for sleeves, so I decided  my three Wiksten tanks would have to cut it. Plus, I thought it would be a great way to blog these makes as they didn’t really necessitate their own posts, although the invisible pocket on the triangle one might deserve it’s own post!!. If you follow on Instagram (@shedabbles) you’ve seen the outfits, so let’s start with the shirts themselves.

Wiksten Tank #1:

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Tank Details:

Pattern: Wiksten Tank (why oh why did it take me so long to start making these??? I am obsessed with this pattern!)

Size: Small

Fabric: Wiksten 1: Double Gauze and silk bias binding from Grey’s Fabric, Wiksten 2: Triangle Knit from Girl Charlee; Wiksten 3: White cotton knit from Girl Charlee

Alterations/Changes: None for the woven tank! For the knit ones, I just folded the armholes under  and stitched instead of binding. For the neck binding on the knit tanks, I doubled the width of the given pattern piece and shortened it by 2 inches. I folded it in half, serged it to the neckline, and stitched it down with a twin needle.

And now, the outfits! Seven days in a row with only three shirts was a bit of a challenge but it was fun to remix these super versatile tanks!

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Knits for fall

It’s that time of year…Yes, the weather is changing, the mornings are cooling off…but mostly, it’s the time of year when I am back on the train. And that means lots and lots of knitting time. Here are a few projects that I’m hoping to take on this year.

Brooklyn Tweed Alloy contrast pullover
Main: Brooklyn Tweed Shelter in Sweatshirt
Contrast: Brooklyn Tweed Shelter in Cast Iron

Brooklyn Tweed Forester Turtleneck
Marled with Knit Picks Capra DK yarn in Admiral and Platinum

 

Like Sophie, I’ve been a big fan of the coordinating sets that have been popping up. I’m not a huge romper or jumpsuit fan (getting naked to pee, and all) but I love the idea of two pieces that work together or can be worn separate. I loved her idea of a Two-Piece Set-Acular in August and got excited planning my idea. Prepare for a boatload of photos, my friends!

 

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I figured such a fun piece needed a fun backdrop so we walked out to the end of a breakwater here in town and took pictures where we walk the dog every day. She came along too, of course and helped out by sniffing around and looking generally adorable.

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I could not be happier with how these pieces turned out! I love them together, how they look like a well-fitting dress and there’s just a peek of midriff when I move around, and I’m already imagining countless outfits with them separate as well! I also made these in one of my all-time favorite fabrics: rayon challis. It’s so floaty and soft and cool! And so much cheaper than silk! It can be a bit fiddly, but I used my walking foot to sew it and that worked out wonderfully. You may have seen my planning on Instagram (@shedabbles) and I think the end result turned out quite like the drawing!

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So what are these pieces, you ask? Let’s get to the nitty gritty.

Shirt Details:

Pattern: Kanerva Blouse by Named Patterns

Size: 36 at the bust graded to a 38 at the waist

Fabric: Anna Maria Horner Pretty Potent Rayon

Alterations/Changes: I made the sleeves short (due mostly to inadequate yardage. I got the end of the bolt and only had 2.25 yards). I also made the back darts slightly smaller for a bit of extra ease in the waist. I waited to hem it until I had made the skirt so it is a bit shorter than the pattern called for. I finished the neckline and the waist hem with bias tape.

Skirt Details:

Pattern: Flora Dress by By Hand London

Size: Same size adjustments made here

Fabric: Same as shirt

Alterations/Changes: Let’s do the most obvious first, shall we? I made it a skirt! The By Hand London girls have a tutorial for this but I did it a different way. I pinned out the pleats on my pattern pieces and traced the curve of the waistline. I then used this curve to draft a waistband that would be 1″ wide. I repeated this for the front and the back, cut two of each, interfaced one, and sewed them to the skirt using this tutorial to attach them to the invisible zipper. I also used Morgan’s tutorial for adding a bias binding to the inner waistband. (I spent much more time on the insides of this skirt making them pretty than I usually do.) I used the same high-low skirt pattern as before, but removed 1.25″ from the center back length and added the same amount to the front length so the difference is much more subtle now. I added inseam pockets (as usual), and finished the hem with a neon green ribbon for fun and a little extra stability. Phew!

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I can finally share!!! I made a wedding dress this summer for a dear friend and she had her lovely ceremony recently so I can finally share the finished product! She looked so beautiful and the dress fit her perfectly. I also learned a lot about working with lace, drafting bodices, and large-scale projects.

Here are some photos from her gorgeous ceremony!

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We started with this amazing art deco inspired lace from Mood and a soft, light cotton sateen for the under-dress. The base pattern for the dress is this vintage Vogue pattern from the 90s with hilariously 90s headpiece suggestions.

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I boned the bodice, added a waistline, and made pockets following the original hip style lines. Then I drafted a bodice based on her measurements for the lace wrap top. After we had the top fitting well, I appliquéd the crossover bodice to reduce bulk. I also appliquéd the leftover scallop selvedge to the hem.

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I slip-stitched the lace dress to the under dress along the pocket edges and tacked it to the dress at the waistline and underarms.

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I finished the armholes with satin ribbon, added satin buttons and elastic button loops to the back closure, and tacked on the sash. Phew! What a project but I am so happy with how it turned out and how happy she was with it!

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Shirt: Chambray Scout Tee//Shorts: Self-made, details below//Shoes: Saltwater Sandals

After seeing Sara of An Elemental Life post this picture on Instagram, I knew I had to make my own version of secret pajamas. These shorts are an awesome pajama pattern and work wonderfully in real-life fabric for leaving the house. Ingrid gifted me her scraps from these shorts in our Sew Bossy exchange after I swooned over the fabric and there was just enough to eek these out and even match the patterns! Sadly there is no give at all in this fabric, so despite going two sizes up from my first pair, they split at the side seam one day. Boo! I’m just going to iron a patch to the inside and call it good though, because they are too much fun to get scrapped!

Shorts Details:

Pattern: Lakeside Pajamas by Grainline Studio

Size: 8

Fabric: Gift from Ingrid

Alterations/Changes: None! I French seamed all the insides because this fabric frays like you wouldn’t believe and used silk bias tape from Grey’s Fabric to add a little luxury. This stuff is amazing! I just want to wrap myself up in it!

And now, some guts!

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