Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Monstera Lou Box Top

Hey there! I'm hoping to blog a bunch and get caught up on all the things I made at the end of last year, plus what I'm making so far this year. I'm out of practice, so please wish me luck. 

This is a favorite shirt that I made last year, the Lou Box Top from Sew DIY. The fabric is a rayon lawn from Cotton & Steel. As expected, it is great fabric. The unusual substrate is really nice for shirts. It's less drapey than rayon challis but drapier than cotton lawn. It's really easy to work with (not slippery) and it hangs really nicely (not clingy and not stiff).

I originally made View A, the straight hem version of this shirt, but it was too cropped for me! I tried it with all my high-waisted jeans and pants and it was just too short for my taste. Why didn't I measure first? I had made a different version before, which was long enough (did I add length to that one and not change the pattern? It's possible). I was in a hurry to make and wear this shirt, since I loved the print so much. And I guess since Beth, the pattern designer, is tall, I thought it might fit me without alteration, but I should have measured. Of course she makes patterns for average-height people, not just for herself :)

I love this fabric and wasn't about to let my too-short shirt hang unworn in my closet, so I decided to add a band to the bottom of the shirt. Can you see it in the photos? It's not that obvious because of the busy leaf pattern of the fabric. 

I looked in my fabric stash for a complementary fabric to use, but I didn't find anything I liked for the band. Black would have been nice, but only if it matched perfectly and was a similar substrate. Nope - I didn't have anything that would work. 

I'm happy with the matching band, but I would have been happier if I'd added a couple inches of length to begin with! *Note to myself and my tall friends, measure first, please.

I love this shirt and plan to make a bunch more Lou Box Tops (remembering to add length!). I'll also buy more rayon lawn, if Cotton & Steel add more prints to the line. 

Monday, December 18, 2017

Carolyn Pajamas x 2

Hi guys! This fall, I sewed up two pairs of Carolyn Pajamas, one in flannel and one in rayon challis. The pattern is available here, from Closet Case Patterns. 

For the first pair, I used Kaufman Mammoth Flannel in the colorway Plaid Red/Black. It is such nice, thick, cozy fabric! It's easy to cut, easy to sew, and feels really nice to wear. It comes in a ton of different plaid combinations.

click the image above for an affiliate link to this fabric

Because I'm tall (5'10"), I added a couple inches to the shirt front and back, sleeves, and pant legs. But I ended up trimming off some of the pant legs and sleeves, and I could have left off some of the shirt length, too. Next time I will probably only add one inch to each piece.

I had already made pjs for both of my kids and for my husband from Mammoth Flannel, and I'm so happy to join them in wearing such soft, warm pajamas! I might be putting them on a little early in the evenings and staying in them extra late into the mornings, but who's counting?

The second pair is a whole different animal, made of silky, drapey rayon challis. 

This is Cotton + Steel fabric, designed by Rifle Paper Co., Les Fleurs Rayon Challis Birch Floral Enamel. Click the sample above for a direct link to buy (it's an affiliate link). It is really nice fabric. Everything from Cotton + Steel is great quality, and this is no exception. I've used this design in all three colorways! 

It's not too shifty, like some silky fabrics can be. I did have to use a silky trick for sewing the buttonholes, though. My machine was having trouble getting a grip on the fabric with the automatic buttonhole function, so I tore small pieces of tissue paper and placed it under the fabric for the feed dogs to grab. After sewing, I just tore off the tissue paper. That worked perfectly. 

I made both pairs of pajamas at the same time, so I lengthened and then trimmed this set the same amount as the flannel set. For both, I used View A, which is the simpler version, without any piping. Next time, maybe I will try adding the piping, but for sure I will add the cuffs on the sleeves and pant legs. I think that will look great. There is also a summer version with shorts and a short-sleeved shirt that I'd like to make. 

I'm loving having new pjs in fabric that I adore! I often sleep in yoga pants and t-shirts, or else some flannel pjs that I've been wearing for 10 years. These two pairs definitely feel like a step up!