Feb 2, 2015

January in Review--all the plaid

2015 is shaping up to be a pretty busy year so far.  As usual, I'm up to by eyeballs in real life stuff (cooking lots and lots of Whole30 compliant meals, reading stories to my kiddos, tripping over all the toys, and of course, grading essays), but I've really missed the old blog world.  It's quite overwhelming to consider documenting all of the garments I've made since, oh, SEPTEMBER, so I thought I would choose my favorites from January to get me back into the blogging swing of things.

(in no particular order...)

#1: Oliver and S Jump Rope Dress in flannel for Cara

One of the skills I feel I've been missing lately is matching prints.  Winter is the perfect season for cozy plaids, so I jumped into plaid matching with gusto.  Surprisingly, it's not really that difficult after all.  I found that cutting out my projects on a single layer of fabric helps tremendously, as does a long ruler to help keep notches lined up with the print on the fabric. 

I also found that love plaids on the bias for details like collars and plackets and pockets.  I wish the bottom of this placket was a bit more sharp and centered, but it'll do.

I really enjoy looking at the side seams on this dress, with their perfectly matching horizontal stripes.  And that pocket was a labor of love.  I finally figured out how to keep the curves smooth, and I think they turned out beautifully.

And there's my cutie pie in her warm, cozy dress.  She fits perfectly into an Oliver and S size 6 these days, although I think I may start lengthening her dresses as I make them so that they will last through an extra season.

#2: McCalls 6613 in cotton shirting for PJ

My poor, patient husband finally got a shirt that fits (and one that he will wear with minimal coaxing!).  His Negroni wasn't awful, but it was missing a lot of the details that he likes in a shirt, mainly a collar stand and separate button plackets, and I chose a size too big.  However, McCalls 6613 is a perfect fit for him.  I didn't have to make any changes to the pattern, which was a pleasant surprise. The only big detail that this shirt is missing are tower plackets at the cuffs.

I don't hate the way these sleeves are constructed.  The pattern includes a two-piece sleeve, and the seam allowance is turned and stitched to finish the opening at the cuff.  This is waaaaaay easier than a tower placket, and my husband tends to wear his sleeves rolled up year round anyway.

I did goof up the collar just a bit, and now there's no way for that top button to close.  Again, not a deal-breaker since my husband says he's not planning to wear a tie with this shirt, but it's something I want to get right on the next version.

And there's the yoke on the bias just because.

#3: Wiksten Tova top in flannel for me

This top is all over the world of sewing blogs, and now I know why.  It's easy to make and comfortable to wear, especially in this snuggly flannel.  I originally bought this fabric intending to make a shirt for Colin, but he isn't interested in wearing mama-made clothing right now.  "Isn't interested" is putting it mildly...there was a tantrum at one point, and the very last thing I want to spend my precious sewing time on is something that will not ever get worn.  I thought about another shirt for PJ, but I was about a quarter of a yard short.  Lucky me!

I went with a size small, and the fit on this top is perfect.  My shoulder movement isn't constricted, and I don't feel like I have too much volume around the hips.  The bottom seam of the inset even falls just under the bust for me.  I have some teal flannel that is begging to be another Tova.

Thanks for sticking around all the way to the end of my favorite January projects!  There are quite a few that didn't make the list here, but I've been sharing my sewing projects on Instagram quite a bit lately; I'm jessicakcooper over there if you're interested.

1 comment:

  1. Beautiful projects, all! Looks like a very successful January for you :)


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