Spring Willamette Shirt

I have had my eye on some Hey June Handmade patterns for awhile. I finally decided to pull the trigger and make the Willamette shirt for spring. I really like View A. I made a few alterations. I made the top longer into a tunic style so I can wear it with leggings. I also graded it up from a size 22 to a 24, but I think I could have gotten away with the smaller size. Also, View B would be great for mixing patterns and fabrics. I can see it coming in handy for stash busting someday!

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I bought this Cotton+Steel Rayon Challis on a trip to Denver. Isn’t that blue so great for spring and summer? Look at those little fish in between the birds! So cute!

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Trying to make time to sew.

I have not had much time to sew recently, but I am not complaining! It has been a busy time for me at work and at home. Spring has finally arrived in St. Louis!

 

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I spent last weekend doing some potted gardening. I put some dahlia’s out on the front porch.

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2018 Sewing Plans!

I know it is already April. (How? What?). And even though I am still finishing up some things from my last year to sew list, I have been thinking about what is on the sewing horizon for 2018.

1. Cashmerette Ames Jeans

I wear black or grey pants to work almost everyday. I thought I could make a nice pair of Ames with this navy scuba faux suede. I had no idea such a fabric combo existed, but I am very excited about it!

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Drafting a Knit Sleeve

When I posted my Upton dress in a few places I received a lot of messages asking me how to draft sleeves for it. You may have noticed I add sleeves to a lot of my makes. I added sleeves to the Cashmerette Upton, Simplicity 8379, and to my sort of unfortunate Collette Sorbetto. When I buy RTW the sleeves are most often the part of the top that does not fit me.

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Knit sleeve added onto my Simplicity 8379 dress.

My biceps measure 19″ around so you can imagine it is difficult to even grade up as most plus-size sleeves are 13″-15″ around including the seam allowance. I have tried the slash and spread method, but if you are adding more than 1-2″ it gets really messy. I have found that drafting sleeves from the bodice I am working on works out much better for me.

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A third Simplicity 8379

Yes, that’s right! I have now made 3 of these Simplicity 8379 dresses! This is one of my favorite dresses for all seasons. In the winter I throw on black leggings with it.

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The only alterations I make to the XXL are to add sleeves and add 2″ inches to the length. Easy!

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I will be putting up the self-drafting sleeve tutorial later this month, so keep an eye out. Happy Sewing!

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The incredible growing sleeve fix!

Happy New Year! This is the only bit of sewing I could get done in the last few months of 2017. I bought this sweater several years ago in the men’s section. I liked that is was $7 on clearance, super warm, and the dark green color. The only problem is that after wearing it for a few hours the sleeves would stretch out like crazy!1

So I decided to do a little altering! I could have removed the knit textured cuff and moved it up to make it shorter, but I actually like the length. I love long sleeves that cover my fingers! It’s like having build in mittens!

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What a year!

Whew! This year has been one full of change for me personally. We got married, we went on an overseas honeymoon, and upon our return we both started new jobs within weeks of each other. Also, I have been learning to knit, play the ukulele, and I am still trying to fit in some sewing and blogging.

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My best nine from 2017 (top to bottom, left to right): Vogue 8615, Kwik Sew3980 for my grandmother, Style Arc Adeline, Simplicity 8379, my first knitting piece, MARRIED!, self drafted tiki dress, Christmas 2017, the women’s march.

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The Cheshire Inn in St. Louis

My better half made a secret reservation for the night of our wedding at a surprise hotel! You don’t often stay in a hotel in the city you live in so I just never thought we would visit the Cheshire Inn in St. Louis. The Cheshire Inn is a “theme hotel.” It’s a little kitschy and a lot fun and I am here for it!

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The entryway boasts a Buckingham Palace guard and a red telephone booth.

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The front desk has those cubbies that used to hold room keys and now hold bookmarks for each room. We definitely kept ours.

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