It’s been about a year since I made a button-up shirt, which is far too long when I think about how often I wear one. Archer has always been one of my favorite patterns, probably the one I’ve sewn the most, so it was high time to add a new one into rotation. I’ve been considering a sleeveless Archer for quite some time now, not just for summer wear but for all-season wear as well. I love the look of a button-up but I hate when the sleeves get bunched up under my sweaters. I knew there had to be a better way and when I stumbled upon Elizabeth’s genius solution my suspicions were confirmed. A sleeveless Archer is in fact the ultimate all-season staple!
The last two weeks have been a little rough but I’m keeping busy and staying positive. I’ve been doing a ton of sewing lately, mostly for other people but I did manage to make myself a humble Lark Tee out of some super soft grey jersey from Denver Fabrics that I bought not too long ago. This t-shirt was a satisfying make for me because it perfectly coincides with where I left off on my last post about wearing and loving what I sew, but it’s grown to mean so much more than that.
If you’re a crafter on the internet no doubt you’ve heard of So Zo’s Me Made May challenge. For those who aren’t familiar, Me Made May is a month-long challenge designed to encourage people who make their own garments to actually wear and love what they’ve made, everyday, for 31 days. Though I have more than enough me-made clothing to do that, the ‘actually wear and love‘ is the part I struggle with. This year I’ve been silently participating in Me Made May, keeping a journal instead of taking daily selfies, as an effort to really reflect on what the words wear and love mean to me.
If you pick up a copy of Simply Knitting magazine this month you’ll see a familiar face! Well, two familiar faces actually because the interview also features Lucille. The article is written by Judy Darley and it’s probably my favorite feature to date. I took a ton of photos of Lucille and I to send along with my interview and I wanted to share them here, too. You don’t mind a bunch of photos of Lucille wearing handmade hats, right? I figured probably not. 😉
I taught myself how to knit around Christmas of 2012 and one of my goals for 2016 is to really advance my skills. As I mentioned in my last post, there’s a rather complicated looking hat on my #2016MakeNine list that I’m excited to tackle but I wanted to ease into charted knitting slowly in order to set myself up for success. The Rosebud Pattern by Brooklyn Tweed is a really excellent pattern for doing exactly that.
It’s been four months since introducing the #2016MakeNine Challenge so I figured it was a good time to assess where I’m at with my goals. I haven’t made the biggest dent in my list but any progress is still good progress. January is always a tough time for me to make sewing goals because the extreme change in weather as the new year moves on tends to shift my focus and my style when it comes to a handcrafted wardrobe. My initial reason for starting the challenge was to give myself some sort of basic direction to work towards. Even if the original patterns never made it out of the envelope, I’d still have some similar themes and style guidelines to follow. I’m glad I gave myself permission to make changes to the plan because I have made a few adjustments so far.
Today I’m sharing two projects over on the Mood Sewciety Blog, and spoiler alert, they’re two of the most gratifying garments I’ve made in a long time. I’m not going to lie, when Mood first contacted me with the opportunity to guest post for them, my initial thoughts were “I’ve got to make something super fashionable and on-trend in order to do their fabrics justice, It’s Mood!” and “What’s the most expensive, fancy fabric I can spend my $50 allowance on?!” – Well, tempted as I was to go that route, in the end I just had to be me.
Mood Fabrics recently contacted me with the opportunity to craft a project for their guest blogger program and I can’t wait to share what I’ve made! Though my original plan for the fabric is the polar opposite of what I ended up with, I’m super happy with it. I don’t know if it’s the recent snow storm we got in NY or the fact that cold/flu season seems to have found its way into my household in lieu of Spring, but something was working against me when starting my projects. I’ve always associated Mood Fabrics with fashion forward, designer apparel and I really wanted to create an impressive outfit worthy of that description. Well sometimes, as they say, you don’t get what you want but you get what you need.
Over the past year fellow blogger Gillian, of Crafting A Rainbow, has been on a mission to learn new camera techniques and take better photos for her blog. In case you missed it, she’s featured me as her sixth and final muse for The Better Pictures Project. I’m SO inspired by her posts in this series and it’s been awesome to follow along. I really enjoyed answering Gillian’s interview questions and sharing some tips for better blog pictures.
To follow up with my last post about things I’ve learned sewing with knits, I have photos of me actually wearing said knits! The pattern is Lark, by Grainline Studio, which I just bought online last month and couldn’t wait to make. The fabric I used came to me courtesy of Organic Cotton Plus (in exchange for a review) and while the fabrics weren’t my favorite on their own initially, they ultimately became my new favorite shirts! Let me explain…