Last year I started designing patterns under the name Rochelle New Handcrafted but I always kinda knew at the back of my mind that name would evolve. I didn’t expect it to happen so soon but at the end of last summer I started brainstorming what other kinds of patterns I wanted to develop and why. As I got more serious about the types of things I wanted to create and the bigger picture for my future as a pattern designer, a few specific words started getting louder in my head. Words like fiber, community, company, homemade… it was all starting to come together.
Yes. This is a blog post about yet another Lark Tee. I’ve sewed the Lark t-shirt sooooooo many times now and I’ll never stop. There are a ton of other t-shirt options out there but I tried the Lark first and it fit me so well that I stopped looking for other patterns, and I’m totally okay with that. I don’t feel a need for pattern variety or to spend money on other patterns. I’m interested now in more of a capsule approach to my pattern stash so be prepared to see a ton of repeats from me this year – It’s actually what I’m striving for! I did add some small modifications to this version though, just to mix things up a bit.
One thing I really want to do this year (besides sew ALL THE LEGGINGS) is sew more outside my comfort zone. One great way to do that is to say “Yes!” when fabric shops ask if you’d like the opportunity to try out some of their stock, especially when such stock includes stretch matte vegan leather and you’ve never sewn (or worn!) such a thing before. So without further delay, here’s my final fabric review for Girl Charlee and a love letter to the Papercut Patterns Ooh La Leggings.
One of the projects on my 2017 Make Nine list is leggings, in fact I vowed this year would be the year of finding the most perfect-for-me pair of leggings ever. Well there’s no better motivator to start on that quest than teaming up a fabric company known for knits and testing what they have to offer. Girl Charlee Fabrics very kindly sent me some of their brand new 100% USA made knit fabric, as well as the Sloan Leggings by Hey June patterns. Here are my thoughts after working with both…
I have three completed sewing projects to share with you this month but I wanted to finish the last week in Gillian’s Top Five round up first, and this prompt is all about goals. I already set a few sewing and knitting goals with my 2017MakeNine challenge but it’s essential to get specific about your aspirations in order to have a clear vision of what you’re actually working towards. If I were to pick one “spirit word” to channel in 2017 it would be BUILD. This year I will build a wardrobe, build strength, and build a brand.
I’m almost done working through Gillian’s Top Five challenge and this week I’m sharing some favorite reflections of 2016. Today, the first day of the new year, feels like a good day to reflect on some things I got right last year and want to carry with me moving forward.
For this week’s ‘Top Five’ roundup I’m sharing my top five non-sewing related highlights of 2016. This was actually a hard list for me to compile because so much of what I do that feels highlight worthy involves sewing. In fact most of the things on this list still relate to sewing, just in a more indirect way. Oh well, I can’t help it – I’m kind of obsessed with sewing!
Almost a year ago to the day I decided to blog about nine new projects I wanted to make in the new year. Inspired by the ever popular “Best Nine” roundup on Instagram I shared a “Make Nine” instead. While I didn’t finish every single pattern I set out to make over the course of 2016, it was still really helpful to kick off the new year with a solid plan of action with some visible goals to work towards. I allowed myself to be flexible and make adjustments as the year went by, working towards similar silhouettes and themes rather than exact patterns.
To continue on with my Top Five of 2016, hosted by Gillian at Crafting a Rainbow, today I’m sharing five projects I made in 2016 that missed the mark. When working towards a homemade wardrobe, the act of sewing and knitting is really just a long series of trial and error until you find what works for you. It’s a learning process, and because of this I don’t really believe in completely failed projects. If you learned something from the project then it wasn’t a true waste of time and materials. You can make all the plans you want on paper until you’re confident you’re working towards the “best idea ever” but you won’t know for sure how something will work for you until you actually do the work. So here are five examples of me planning the projects, doing the work, and learning something from my efforts.
You’ve probably seen this circulating around the interwebs already but if you haven’t, it’s an awesome series to join! Gillian at Crafting A Rainbow always does a great month of roundup posts for the end of the year. She calls it ‘Top Five’ and coincidentally this is the fifth year it’s been running. There are five prompts to share between now and the new year: 1.) Top five hits, 2.) Top five misses, 3.) Top non-sewing highlights, 4.) Top five reflections, and 5.) Your top five goals for 2017. You can read more about it on Gillian’s blog, and read more about my top five “hits” of 2016 below!