I’ve been batch sewing lately – choosing 3 of 4 patterns, and then doing all the steps simultaneously. Have them all printed (I always have the A0 files printed, here’s some resources), then cut or trace them all, then cut them all out of fabric, then sew. This means that there is sometimes a big gap between sewing periods, but I’ll soon have a few new garments! The Cappuccino Cardigan was in my last batch, and it’s a design that I’ve been wanting to make for a few years. I love that you can just let it hang loose, you can wrap yourself, wrap your belly, or wrap your baby as you’re nursing. I have an RTW cardigan like this and I wear it all the time! MinervaCrafts was kind enough to provide me with the fabric, and I chose the most obnoxious color I could find. My wardrobe could use some color!
The past couple of days have not been the easiest. Friday morning we received some incredibly sad news from dear friends that had us shaken up pretty bad, even though we knew it was coming. Then at night, terrorists attacked Paris. There have been attacks before, but never so close to home for us. Shocked and horrified we followed the events as they unfolded Friday night. Over the next few days we went on with our daily life but everything seemed different, like a shadow hung over everything. To take my mind of all the sadness, I thought I’d start a new sewing project. There are three pairs of jeans on my project board and I’ve been procrastinating, so that’s what I started on.
When a new pattern appears, some people jump on it right away, and some wait to see other bloggers make it. For me it definitely helps to see a pattern on different bodies and in various fabrics. Sometimes I’m put off by the samples a designer has made, but then am completely convinced when it’s made up by a blogger I follow. So for the Onyx release I asked for reviewers, and the people below volunteered to write something in exchange for a free pattern. I have definitely gotten some ideas myself after seeing these! Click through to their blog to read what they think of the Onyx shirt and see more photos.
Since it’s release last winter I’ve also release a free V-neck add on, because it seemed an obvious option, as other people pointed out by altering it into a V-neck. Since then I have wanted to merge the two just to make it easier for you. I’ve managed to accomplish this in the past few weeks, and the new and updated Opal Coat – & Cardigan is now available in the shop! I’ve also altered the pattern and the instructions to allow for a coatigan version in a woven fabric. The V.2.0 now features three different necklines, three hem lengths, two sleeve lengths and two pocket options. Whew!
Mock turtleneck shirts had not been on my radar for a while, and really I’m not sure they ever were in the first place. But then they came back on trend, I got one for a photo shoot and discovered that they are very comfortable. Especially if you are a scarf-wearer like me, who like to have their neck covered all the time in three of the four seasons. When my RTW turtleneck basically fell apart in just a few weeks, and Kelli released her Nikko Top pattern at the same time, it was obvious to me that I should just sew a couple! And that’s pretty exceptional for me too, since I rarely sew the same pattern twice. I made no less than three, and because I made them in three different fabrics, I thought it would be interesting to show you the differences. I apologize for the serious face, I was holding in my belly in all the shots so it would show you how the top should fit! Apparently that takes up too much concentration to smile at the same time.
This week we’re working towards the release of our next pattern: the Onyx shirt! I’m excited about this one (obviously – never not excited about a new pattern!) and I hope you’ll like it too! I don’t want to give too much away, but I consider this one our take on the woven T-shirt. Perfect for summer, and as always there’s some fun variations to play with! It’s set to launch next week if all goes well. I’ve just developed a cold sore and we were supposed to have the photoshoot in a few days… So I’ll have to either postpone or trust my photoshop skills :) Anyway, here’s a sneak peek – see you next week!
For a long time since I made my first button down, I have been striving to make the perfect shirt. I’ve made myself three other shirts since then, plus two for Stef, but I never felt like I did with that first one. I wear them all the time and each one looks better than the last. Making a classic shirt is very satisfying, there’s so many details and techniques to master. The thing is that my idea of ‘perfect’ has shifted and will probably keep shifting. ‘The perfect shirt’ for me then was a combination of the right fabric, the right pattern and discovering that I could make a shirt. Now I have so much more eye for detail that it seems ‘perfect’ will always be just out of reach. With this new plaid Archer I’ve come pretty close though, and maybe that’s just as good as it gets.