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!
For the first time when going on a short trip, I found it very easy to pack an almost handmade wardrobe. We’ve been on a 10 day holiday to Corsica, the French island in the mediterranean sea and we could only take hand luggage. The basics I’ve made so far made a great mix and match ensemble combined with some RTW garments – it’s the closest I’ve come to a coordinated wardrobe, hehe. I made it easier by choosing blues, purples, greys and black so it would all go together. And then solids mixed with stripes, you can’t really go wrong there.
In this post I want to share some news with you, and show off my new Nettie dress. The Nettie is made with the most delicious wool jersey blend, bought last year at the meetup in Paris. Unfortunately I didn’t snap a pic of the label, but it said something like wool, cashmere, alpaca, maybe even baby bunny – aka a Most Heavenly Blend. I had two pieces of 1,5 meter, one greyish and one blueish. I made Stef a sweater with the blue one. Which he lost this summer, *insert mumbled curses*. So the other 1,5 was definitely meant for me, and I made a Nettie dress with it.
What? Oh, I should have started with the News? Well read on :)
I know last the last post was a bit of a tease! But rest assured, this post is all about my wedding dress! So, the last time I spoke about a pattern, I’d chosen McCalls M7154 over the Anna dress. I was looking forward to a challenging sew and thought our wedding might be a good opportunity. So I set out with my poly charmeuse, tracing, cutting and tacking all 25 pieces, labouring through all 57 sewing steps. But I don’t know what happened – maybe it was the fabric (ugh, poly charmeuse), maybe it was just the bazillion steps, or the idea that I’d have to do it all again with the real fabric: I fell out of love. I tried to keep going, but in the end I didn’t finish my muslin. It wasn’t even that it was too hard or too difficult, I did learn some interesting techniques and I did love it at first. But in the end I left it unfinished and went back to my original plan: a modified Anna Dress.
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.
Fabric choice is key for every pattern, but even more so for the Opal Cardigan. You can make your choice based on what kind of style you are looking for, or whether you’re a sweater knit rookie or an expert. I’ve used three very different fabrics for my samples to show what the fabric choice can do with the fit and the style of the cardigan. The recommended fabric section in the instructions lists sweater knit, but if you find a nice ponte or French terry you can use that too. I’ve used a lightweight knit for View A, a medium weight and coarse knit fro View B, and a heavy textured 70% wool knit for View C. They are all made in size B, graded out at the hips to C. To help you find the right fabric, Gorgeous Fabrics has provided you with a 20% discount, so read on!
If you haven’t checked out the Sewing Indie Month Pattern Bundle, you only have two days left! This bundle holds patterns from 10 different Indie designers. Depending on how much you want to spend, you get 5, 7 or 10 patterns. In any case you won’t have to spend much, though – the patterns are hugely discounted! And the discount gets bigger if you buy more – you can get 5 patterns for $5 each, or 10 patterns for $3.80 each. This kind of sale is not likely to happen ever again, so if you’ve had your eye on even a few of these patterns, your money is well spent. Even more so because 20% of proceeds will go to charity, Women for Women. I’ve made up one of the patterns in this bundle, the Walkley Dress from MIYCollection.