Ghosts and Ghouls, Oh My!

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So we have been very busy this year over at the 52 Week Sewing Challenge, and I cannot believe we are 3/4 of the way through 2018! I made a #2018makenine goal list at the beginning of the year and I think I need to take another look because I’m behind 😦 But nevertheless, this year has always been about sewing a lot and growing in my skills and abilities while having fun! When Ti from Simply by Ti had signups for a Monster themed Blog Tour, I new I had to join in!

My oldest has been asking to be a ghost for a couple of years now, but he always changes his mind close to Halloween. Last year I had two Paw Patrol pups.
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Super cute and I got a chance to use my embroidery machine for the dog tags, but don’t look too closely at the sewing.

This year when my son said that he wanted to be a ghost again, I jumped at the chance before he changed his mind. Especially since his little brother wanted to be a ghost also!

I saw a testing call for the Imagine Cape from Sew a Little Seam and thought it might be the perfect pattern to recreate the look I was after!  Originally I thought of a ghost like everyone else- I would just put a white sheet over my kid and call it good!  But I wanted them to be able to wear their costumes to school which meant they needed something that didn’t cover their faces.

I used a long strip of adhesive velcro down the center of the cape to keep it closed, but it didn’t make it through the photo shoot.  That’s what I get for being lazy!  I would definitely recommend sew-on velcro or leave it off all together.

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I created a zig zag hemline to really bring the ghost effect to life!

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I tried making some black ghost eyes from black lace by serging the edge to finish.  They are a little floppy but I think they do the trick!  They are only safety pinned on right now to get the proper placement, and then I can take them off after Halloween and these capes will make great additions to the dress up box at my house!

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I used white DBP, but the White Cotton Lycra in stock at Simply by Ti would be perfect to recreate this look!

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Now we are ready for our busy schedule of Fall Parties (we had three the day of these pictures, Happy Birthday Cheyenne!)  Although I realized my kids have never seen Casper, so we may have to watch that soon for them to really get into character!

I didn’t want to be left out of the fun, so I grabbed some French Terry and made the Aspen Pullover from Peek-a-Boo Patterns for myself.

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I had this Anatomy French Terry in my stash from last year when I got it by accident (I thought I was getting cotton lycra) and had no idea what to do with it!  I had never worked with french terry before and I didn’t have any that could stand up to the thickness of this fabric at the time.

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But this year I did!  I paired it with my ridiculously large preorder and retail order of french terry from Sly Fox Fabrics. I chose black for the sleeves and charcoal grey for the body.

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I wanted a pop of color and I love the classic look of red paired with black/grey, so I found this scrap of Red DBP from Stitchin Pretties in my scrap bin that was JUST large enough to make the cowl and trim on my Aspen.  No Scrap Left Behind!

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I’m so excited that I finished my sons’ Halloween costumes early for once and I got a chance to make something for myself which doesn’t always happen!

Patterns and Fabric

Imagine Cape from Sew a Little Seam

White Cotton Lycra from Simply by Ti

Aspen Pullover from Peek a Boo Patterns

Red DBP from Stitchin’ Pretties

Black and Grey French Terry from Sly Fox Fabrics

 

 

 

Check out all of the other great posts on this blog tour and I can’t wait to see what the rest of the year has in store!

 

Until then,

Kelsey

Monday, October 1st- Sewing By Ti (intro)
2nd- Tales from a Southern Mom
3rd- Shalini’s Sewing Space
4th- Tenille’s Thread
5th- Sewing By Ti

Monday, October 8th- Back 40 Life
9th- Family of Makers
10th- Made for Little Gents
11th- Big Fly Notions

Sunday, October 14th- The Fairy Dust Bin
17th- Sewing With D
18th- 52 Week Sewing Challenge
19th- Auschick Sews
20th- Sew Cute Couture by Kathy

Sunday, October 21st- The Bear and the Pear Atelier
22nd- Seams Like Style
23rd- Seams Sew Lo
24th- My Heart Will Sew On
25th- JOT Designs USA
26th- My Sewing Roots
27th- Manning the Machine

Monday, October 29th- Frulle Mieke
30th- Sew Like a Sloth
31st- Sewing By Ti

* As always, this post may contain affiliate links.  By using my affiliate link I receive a small amount of compensation that only helps to fuel my love for sewing!

George and Ginger Summer Festival Fever Tour- The Groovy/With Love Dress

Those of you participating in the 52 Week Challenge this year already know the drill- sew often, try new things, have fun!  I can’t believe we are already at week 25- almost half way through the year!  This week’s theme is “sew something blue” and this #momofboys  had a ton of projects in mind for this theme!

When I was given a chance to participate in George and Ginger’s Festival Fever Blog tour, I jumped at the chance.  It was a little intimidating for me (first blog tour) and I tried a bunch of sewing firsts (first G+G patterns, first major mash up, first woven dress to name a few) and while everything didn’t come out perfect,  it was a great learning experience for me.  I wanted to try to mash two of G+G’s patterns to see if I could come up with a fun look for summer.  Kristi’s patterns are a little out-of-the-ordinary funky to me- and I thought they would be the perfect chance to up my sewing game a little.

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I started by first sewing up muslins of the Groovy Tank and the With Love Dress. This helped me get a feel for the fit, the sizing, and the tutorial directions.  For the Groovy Tank I used royal blue DBP and learned that I need more practice with the keyhole feature in the back as mine is a little wrinkly- but probably most people wouldn’t notice.  Why are we always the most critical of our own work?IMG_20180614_194635.jpg

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Next I made the With Love Dress- I had a grey/blue knit with great drape that I thought would be a great maxi length.  I cheated a little and never sewed the elastic together- just safety pinned at the right size so it was comfortable. I don’t even feel (or see) the pin when wearing it and I’m thinking of leaving it for awhile- perfect for all the food festivals I plan on attending this summer!

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I know that many of you are ramped up for music festivals and while I’m with you in spirit- the truth is that my family life with two small boys doesn’t give me nearly enough time to enjoy music festivals the way I would want to. I did get a chance last spring to enjoy a country music festival on the beach here in Southern CA.  Cue beanbag chairs!

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I am fortunate that my family spends the summers in Maine- and there are a ton of food festivals to enjoy while we are here.  My favorite is the Whoopie Pie Festival which I’m actually enjoying tomorrow, but the Moxie and Lobster festivals are local favorites as well.   Nothing says Maine like a Moxie with your lobster dinner and a whoopie pie for dessert.  If you have no idea what I am talking about please look up whoopie pies- they are life changing 🙂

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When I get back to California I’ll take my kids to the local strawberry festival for a fresh strawberry shortcake with whipped cream. I am pretty much the girl who will plan her summer vacation around which foods I’m going to eat.  But nothing says summer to me like lobster and strawberries.

 

Good thing the With Love dress has an elastic waist!  When I get home to my snap press I’m going to upgrade my safety pin to snaps so I can adjust the size of my elastic depending on which festival I’m going to and how much extra room I want 🙂

Now for the scary part- I decided to mash the With Love Dress with a Groovy keyhole back and if that wasn’t crazy enough, I wanted to make it in woven.  You see I had found this gorgeous silky feeling polyester in the designer bin at my local fabric store and it was one of those fabric moments where I couldn’t leave the store without it but I had no idea what I was going to make with it. IMG_20180504_114251612.jpg

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The mashup was fairly simple, and would be even easier in knit.  I overlapped the back pieces of the Groovy tank on top of the With Love bodice, making sure to include a seam allowance for sewing the two back pieces together.  I then cut out my keyhole and adjusted my neckline.  In my muslin of my With Love dress I found the neckline to be a little wide for me, so I narrowed the neckline at my shoulders and lowered it slightly to get less of a boatneck look.  My keyhole didn’t come out as designer gorgeous as my fabric.

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But the technique is not hard and the truth is anyone could do it better than I did with a little patience and practice.

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The With Love dress has enough ease that I didn’t even need to size up!   But even though it’s far from perfect, I still love how it turned out.  It has the comfort of the original pattern with just enough flare from the keyhole to make it fancy for a special occasion.

 

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This fabric can also be acquired from Joanns and its rainbow design would make the perfect dress for celebrating Pride Month! #loveislove.cof

So there are my three blue projects for week 25 of the 52 week sewing challenge.  Check out all the other amazing stops on the George and Ginger’s Festival Fever Tour, and thanks so much for all your support of my sewing journey!

Monday, June 18 
Confessions of the Pink Obsessed | Diskordia’s Curvy Sewing
Our Play Palace | Wild & Wanderful | Bellephant

Tuesday, June 19
Threadistry | Cross Stitches | Middle River Studio
Liviality | Threads of Magic

Wednesday, June 20
Seams Sew Lo | So Sara Sews | Tenille’s Threads
My Crazy Crafty Beautiful Life | Aurora Design

Thursday, June 21
Middle River Studio | The Needle and the Belle
Sweet Mama Life | Sewing Scientist

Friday, June 22 
Sewing Ambi | 52 Week Sewing Challenge
Needles to Say | My Sewing Roots 
So Today I Did a Thing

And special thanks to our tour sponsors!
Boho Fabrics | Sincerely Rylee | Wandering Willow Design | Aurora Designs

I hope you enjoyed this pattern as much as I do, and I can’t wait to see pictures of your own creations! If you would like some support, motivation and inspiration come join the 52 Week Sewing Challenge on FB and we’ll get you sewing up your 2018 goals in no time!

Until Then,

Kelsey

Kelsey’s 2018 Sewing Goals

  • Sew a Cowl √
  • Sew a Wrap Dress√
  • Sew a Pair of Jeans
  • Sew a Zipper √
  • Sew a Button √
  • Sew a Christmas Tree Skirt
  • Sew a Matchbox Car Mat (or two) √
  • Create a handmade wardrobe
  • Sew a Bra
  • Sew a Drawer Full of Underwear
  • Sew a Maxi Dress √
  • Sew a Blazer
  • Sew a Pair of Tights
  • Sew a Button Up Shirt (almost, but I can do better!)
  • Sew a Purse
  • Sew a Lunchbag
  • Sew From a Paper Pattern
  • Open up an Etsy Shop with Embroidery Patterns

 

 

 

 

The Nottingham Top from Itch to Stitch

The newest top from Itch to Stitch has just been released and it is a great one! The Nottingham Top is on sale for its debut appearance and has so many great features! When I saw Kennis put out a testing call for this fun and flattering shirt, I had to give it a try.  Itch to Stitch has excellent drafting that fits well, and this shirt is no exception.

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I have many patterns in my collection, but not many that are designed for slinky rayon spandex.  That paired with the relaxed bodice makes this a winner in my book!  I opted for the flutter sleeves for a light summer top.  The front twist is constructed from one piece, creates visual interest and is on trend.  Which, I can say I am, almost NEVER!

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Here’s all the listing details:

The Nottingham Top gives the ordinary a twist, literally! Featuring a twisted knot in the front, the Nottingham has a relaxed fit bodice with three sleeve options—long sleeve, elbow short sleeve and butterfly sleeve. It’s a super comfy, casual knit top that looks fabulous with pants or skirt.

Nottingham Top Features:

  • Front, off-centered, twisted knot
  • Relaxed fit bodice
  • Scoop neck with neckband
  • Three sleeve options—long sleeve, elbow short sleeve and butterfly sleeve

Skill Level: Beginner+

Sizes: 00 – 20 (See “Size Chart” tab below for detailed measurements)

Don’t want to print and tape paper together? The Nottingham Top pattern now includes an additional large format file (size A0 paper) that you can send to your print shop to print!

A couple of tips for construction- pay attention to the steps for attaching the twist pieces (mark or clip them so you don’t get confused) and the sleeves (the seams don’t match up intentionally, follow the tutorial and use the pattern markings and you’ll be fine!).

Now for some more photos!  It was raining when I went to take picture of this beautiful top, so I grabbed a large umbrella and made it work!

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Pick up your copy of the Nottingham top here and I can’t wait to see what you sew up!

I hope you enjoy this pattern as much as I do, and I can’t wait to see pictures of your creations! If you would like some support, motivation and inspiration come join the 52 Week Sewing Challenge on FB and we’ll get you sewing up your 2018 goals in no time!

Until then,

Kelsey

*As always, this blog post contains affiliate links. If you purchase an item using one of these links I may receive a small commission, which only fuels my sewing habit! Thank you.

Kelsey’s 2018 Sewing Goals

  • Sew a Cowl √
  • Sew a Wrap Dress√
  • Sew a Pair of Jeans
  • Sew a Zipper √
  • Sew a Button √
  • Sew a Christmas Tree Skirt
  • Sew a Matchbox Car Mat (or two) √
  • Create a handmade wardrobe
  • Sew a Bra
  • Sew a Drawer Full of Underwear
  • Sew a Maxi Dress √
  • Sew a Blazer
  • Sew a Pair of Tights
  • Sew a Button Up Shirt (almost, but I can do better!)
  • Sew a Purse
  • Sew a Lunchbag
  • Sew From a Paper Pattern
  • Open up an Etsy Shop with Embroidery Patterns

The Perfect Tunic by Wardrobe by Me

The Perfect Tunic has released from Wardrobe by Me and I couldn’t be more excited! This pdf pattern features a placket and Mandarin collar and can be sewn with knit or woven fabrics. Fabrics with good drape work the best. It has two length options and two different sleeve options, including this adorable button tab I sewed up.

This pattern is definitely more of an intermediate level with some of the finishes, but the result is well worth the extra time spent!

You can get your copy of The Perfect Tunic Pattern here and while you’re at it take a look at their other patterns. Christina’s drafting is very professional and the fit is spot on, so I can’t wait to try more of her patterns!

I hope you enjoy this pattern as much as I do, and I can’t wait to see pictures of your creations! If you would like some support, motivation and inspiration come join the 52 Week Sewing Challenge on FB and we’ll get you sewing up your 2018 goals in no time!

Until then,

Kelsey

*As always, this blog post contains affiliate links. If you purchase an item using one of these links I may receive a small commission, which only fuels my sewing habit! Thank you.

Kelsey’s 2018 Sewing Goals

  • Sew a Cowl √
  • Sew a Wrap Dress√ (I didn’t blog about it but here is Roxy wearing my Wanda Wrap Dress by Wardrobe by Me Patterns
  • Sew a Pair of Jeans
  • Sew a Zipper √
  • Sew a Button √
  • Sew a Christmas Tree Skirt
  • Sew a Matchbox Car Mat (or two) √
  • Create a handmade wardrobe
  • Sew a Bra
  • Sew a Drawer Full of Underwear
  • Sew a Maxi Dress √
  • Sew a Blazer
  • Sew a Pair of Tights
  • Sew a Button Up Shirt (almost, but I can do better!)
  • Sew a Purse
  • Sew a Lunchbag
  • Sew From a Paper Pattern
  • Open up an Etsy Shop with Embroidery Patterns

BSD Clementine and Skirt Hack

It’s like the stars are aligning…

The Clementine Dress from Bella Sunshine Designs just released and I had the opportunity to test this lovely pattern. It has come just in time for color blocking week at the 52 Week Sewing Challenge!

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•Sizes – Ladies 0 to 30 (see listing for measurements)
•Layers option
•A0 print shop file
•Trim patterns formatted for letter and A4

There is also a built in FBA which takes the guesswork out of getting the perfect fit!

I had written in my #2018makenine post that I wanted someone to come out with an amazing maxi pattern, and Clementine does not disappoint!

The skirt is very flowy and can be made with knit or woven.  In this first version I used my amazing BeeBox fabric from Vinegar and Honey.  It was a woven crepe that I had no idea what to use it for, but it was a perfect pairing with black cotton lycra for this version.

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The skirt is big enough to hide a small child!  (Evidence in picture below, there is a small child hiding under my skirt). My toddler now runs around hiding under this dress whenever he gets a chance- which is often because I have been wearing my Clementine dresses all the time.

For my second version, I sewed up a beautiful double brushed poly I got locally.

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I tried to capture the beautiful sunset by my house but modeling is a hard job.  The sunset is beautiful but the colors in my dress didn’t shine through the same.

These pictures do a little better job.  My photographer kept cutting off the bottom of my skirt.  This dress is made for full length photos!

Here is that beautiful fabric in better (aka school fluorescent selfie at work) lighting.  These dresses have been perfect for teaching- comfortable but still dressy and no nylons required.

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I had a little fun color blocking the banded maxi bottom with an ombre effect.  It almost makes it look like a border print!  This would be a great color blocking pattern for next week’s challenge on the 52 Week Sewing Challenge.

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Then, I loved the dress so much I decided to hack the pattern to make a maxi skirt.  The inspiration was I washed up this amazing green floral french terry fabric and accidentally placed in on top of some coral sweater knit.

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When I saw the two fabrics side by side, I couldn’t get the pair of them out of my head!  I used just the skirt portion of the pattern and added an elastic for the waistband.  I fussed a little with the length and finally settled at cutting just about at my natural waist size. My suggestion would be sew the elastic together and check it on your body before you sew and coverstitch the elastic to your waistband to avoid ripping a TON of stitching out if it feels too tight (ask me how I know).

I created a box with an X in it to secure the elastic into the round, and then used clips to mark the elastics into quarters. The skirt has so much gather to it in the pattern that I decided to create small pleats for a slightly different effect.

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Then I basted the skirt to the waistband and then serged the entire thing.  I then folded the elastic over once and coverstitched the waistband to finish it.  I love the result.  It pairs beautifully with the Ballerina Tie Top I made from The Wolf and the Tree that was featured in One Thimble 18 this month.

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You can get your copies of the new Clementine dress here:

Ladies Clementine: Ladies Clementine Dress
Girls Clementine: Girls Clementine Dress
Pattern Bundle: Bundle Clementine Dress

These are on sale for the new release until Sunday March 11th.  Also today and tomorrow (March 10-11) their is a site wide sale where are BSD patterns are 30% off so its a great time to stock up!

I hope you enjoy this pattern as much as I do, and I can’t wait to see pictures of your creations! If you would like some support, motivation and inspiration come join the 52 Week Sewing Challenge on FB and we’ll get you sewing up your 2018 goals in no time!

Until then,

Kelsey

*As always, this blog post contains affiliate links.  If you purchase an item using one of these links I may receive a small commission, which only fuels my sewing habit!  Thank you.

Kelsey’s 2018 Sewing Goals

  • Sew a Cowl √
  • Sew a Wrap Dress√  (I didn’t blog about it but here is Roxy wearing my Wanda Wrap Dress by Wardrobe by Me Patterns
  • Sew a Pair of Jeans
  • Sew a Zipper √  (Again I was so busy sewing I didn’t blog but I made this Game of Thrones inspired Rad Cosplay Suit.)20180224_094324-COLLAGE
  • Sew a Button
  • Sew a Christmas Tree Skirt
  • Sew a Matchbox Car Mat (or two) √
  • Create a handmade wardrobe
  • Sew a Bra
  • Sew a Drawer Full of Underwear
  • Sew a Maxi Dress √
  • Sew a Blazer
  • Sew a Pair of Tights
  • Sew a Button Up Shirt
  • Sew a Purse
  • Sew a Lunchbag
  • Sew From a Paper Pattern
  • Open up an Etsy Shop with Embroidery Patterns

 

 

Pattern Testing- CC Off-The-Shoulder Top from Petite Stitchery and Company

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As many of you know, I am thrilled about the 52 Week Sewing Challenge.  It gives me inspiration and motivation to sew every week.  I love the suggested weekly themes and the freedom to not follow them if I have something else in mind.

The other things that inspires and motivates me is pattern testing.  I feel luscious in the new Comfy and Cozy (CC) Off-The-Shoulder Top from Petite Stitchery and Company that I had a chance to test, and I can’t wait to share with you!

This pattern comes in long sleeves and can be sewn with either a banded or hemmed bottom.  Choose the band option and you can make this entire garment with a serger.  This is rare, and totally awesome!  I made this black version with a thin sweater knit from a local shop here in Los Angeles.  I am gravitating towards all the sweater knits this season.  I made a bunch of Lulu Dolmans out of them, which is another dreamy pattern from PS+Co.

 

The cowl can be worn off the shoulders or on the shoulders, depending on your personal preference.  I love it slightly off the shoulders with a tank underneath for a little more modesty.  The large cowl is nursing friendly and the pattern even gives you an option for a smaller cowl if that’s more your style.

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I made my second stars and stripes version out of Double Brushed Poly (DBP) and cotton lycra.  Word to the wise- use the suggested fabric with appropriate stretch if you want to be able to wear your cowl off the shoulders, I LOVE this stars fabric I got from a mystery box at RP Customs (the same amazing company that the Vroom Vroom rounds came from), but this cotton lycra cowl doesn’t have QUITE enough stretch to stay off the shoulders, but I’m okay with that. (Plus, lesson learned for next time, you know?)

 

I love being able to use contrasting fabric for the cowl and arm cuffs, it really gives you great opportunity to mix and match fabrics.  I’m not confident with my print matching yet, but I figured the colors in these stripes and stars were similar enough to make it work, plus what goes together better than stars and stripes!

 

Although this generates one problem I’m going to have to address later.  One of our 52 Week Sewing Challenges is to sew with stars, and this was the only star fabric in my stash!  I guess it’s off the fabric store again!

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Get your own copy of the Comfy and Cozy top here, and if you are joining us for the 52 Week Sewing Challenge I can’t wait to see which week you sew it up for.

Until then,

Kelsey

*As always, this blog post contains affiliate links.  If you purchase an item using one of these links I may receive a small commission, which only fuels my sewing habit!  Thank you.

Kelsey’s 2018 Sewing Goals

  • Sew a Cowl √
  • Sew a Wrap Dress
  • Sew a Pair of Jeans
  • Sew a Zipper
  • Sew a Button
  • Sew a Christmas Tree Skirt
  • Sew a Matchbox Car Mat (or two) √
  • Create a handmade wardrobe
  • Sew a Bra
  • Sew a Drawer Full of Underwear
  • Sew a Maxi Dress
  • Sew a Blazer
  • Sew a Pair of Tights
  • Sew a Button Up Shirt
  • Sew a Purse
  • Sew a Lunchbag
  • Sew From a Paper Pattern
  • Open up an Etsy Shop with Embroidery Patterns

#2018MakeNine

Apparently there is this hashtag going around Instagram called #2018makenine, a low stress challenge designed to help you set creative goals for 2018.  I first learned about it here.  Well just like the 52 Week Sewing Challenge, I’m all about setting goals.

So I decided to create my top 9 sewing goals with you for 2018, and I hope you’ll do the same.  Now don’t judge yourself by my goals, everyone’s sewing journey is different.  Some of these projects might be too easy or too hard for you (many are probably too hard for me) but I’m being ambitious.  I have been actively sewing on and off for around 5 years but more regularly for the last 2 and while I feel confident in some things, I know I have a long ways to go.  So without further ado, here is my #2018makenine list for this year.

  1. Liana Jeans from Itch to Stitch
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The Modern Tomato

A real pair of honest to goodness jeans is on the top of my #2018makenine list this year.  These are the Liana Jeans from Itch to Stitch who won me over when I got a chance to test the Bellavista Top earlier this year.  Why are these at the top of my list?  Buttons. Zippers. Wearability Factor.  I am scared yet excited to tackle this project in 2018.

2. Gazelle Ladies Footed Tights

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The Gazelle Ladies Footed tights from the Wolf and the Tree are on my #2018makenine list because I went a little crazy at the fabric store last year and have a ton of stretch lace in my stash.  And while this pattern can be made with 2 or 4 way stretch and a variety of fabrics from sweater knit to cotton lycra, it’s the stretch lace that I think gives it the wow factor.  I think this would probably be my husband’s favorite on the list if I had to guess.

3. Maxi Dress

 

In 2017 I made these two beautiful dresses, the Sunshine and Boundless both from Patterns for Pirates.  They are great summer staples and there are even hacks on the P4P Blog on how to add sleeves, but I kind of want something else.  Something with sleeves yes, but also something new and different. I’m hoping one of the designers I test for will have a maxi dress this year than I can fall in love with.

4. Bra

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Making a good fitting bra might be one of the most technically difficult things on my list.  I may take Beverly Johnson’s Craftsy class for this one.  It has good reviews and I feel like I might need a little hand holding to get me through.  But if the end result is a perfectly fitting bra, sign me up!

5. Riki Blazer George and Ginger

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George and Ginger has been seriously revamping their pattern line and moving to a more modern women’s only fashion line.  I have been watching her retire some of the older patterns that don’t fit the updated model and was lucky enough to snag up the Riki Blazer before it retired. However, don’t be discouraged as she has a new testing group and big plans for 2018 and I bet something even better is on the way.  I’m excited to sew up a woman’s blazer in 2018 and this is so far my top pick.

6. Drawer of Underwear

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I have made one pair of Scrundlewear (aka Scrundies) from Stitch Upon a Time for myself, and they are not very hard technically.  Now that I also have access to a coverstitch machine, I can finish the seams rather nicely.  What has been hard for me is finding the time to make a whole drawer full. I’m thinking about 20 new pairs of these and their Bunzies pattern and I can toss all my old tired and ill-fitting underwear, which is exactly my goal in 2018.

7. Purse

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Swoon Harriet from Pinterest

Shopping for a new purse in 2017 was annoying and nightmarish, so in 2018 I want to make my own.  The requirements are a closure on top, handles to fit comfortably over my arms and enough space to fit my wallet, cell phone, sunglasses, chapstick, matchbox cars, diapers/wipes, changes of clothing, random chocolate for emergencies and all those goldfish crumbs I can never seem to get out of there.  Okay maybe it needs to be biggish.  The Harriet from Swoon seems to fit the bill.  I’m thinking brown and navy for colors or some of the leftover #vroomvroom fabric from Rikiwear that I used to make that huge carmat/pillow here. I’m definitely going to need to do some research for materials and support on this one.  Luckily the Swoon FB page is very active and supportive so I”ll probably be spending some of my 2018 in there.

8. Button Up Shirt

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I need to learn how to make an honest to goodness dress blouse with buttons.  The Mila Shirt from Itch to Stitch might be a good choice for this goal.  I like how it only has buttons down half of the front but I also might be persuaded to try a pattern with buttons completely down the front as well.  This is another type of pattern I would love to see more of in 2018.

9. Lunchbag

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Alright Simplicity says it is easy so it must be true!  I have this sad and tired lunchbox with a broken zipper that I’ve been lugging around the lunchroom for way to long, and it’s time for an upgrade.  This pattern from Simplicity itself might not be a huge challenge, but I’ve actually never used a paper pattern in my adult life (gasp!) so the challenge or new thing here will be to tackle a paper pattern.  If I’m smart about it I’ll find some good PUL in my stash from the days of making cloth diapers for my kids for the lining and this will make the lunch bag wipeable and washable which is a necessary if you ask me.

So I hope you liked my #2018makenine list, and I can’t wait to see what’s on yours!  If you would like some support, motivation and inspiration come join the 52 Week Sewing Challenge on FB and we’ll get you sewing up your 2018 goals in no time!

Until then,

Kelsey

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Kelsey’s 2018 Sewing Goals

  • Sew a Cowl √
  • Sew a Wrap Dress
  • Sew a Pair of Jeans
  • Sew a Zipper
  • Sew a Button
  • Sew a Christmas Tree Skirt
  • Sew a Matchbox Car Mat (or two) √
  • Create a handmade wardrobe
  • Sew a Bra
  • Sew a Drawer Full of Underwear
  • Sew a Maxi Dress
  • Sew a Blazer
  • Sew a Pair of Tights
  • Sew a Button Up Shirt
  • Sew a Purse
  • Sew a Lunchbag
  • Sew From a Paper Pattern
  • Open up an Etsy Shop with Embroidery Patterns