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La Sylphide Blouse

La Sylphide Blouse - Papercut Patterns

I’ve had the La Sylphide pattern from Papercut Patterns in my stash for a few years now, but I could never decide on the right fabric for it, or on which version I wanted to make (dress, blouse, or skirt). I finally decided that I’d get the most use out of a blouse, and when I saw this gorgeous floral at Blackbird Fabrics I knew it was the perfect match.

I don’t feel like my usual style is super feminine, but every once in a while I like to go all out. Even though this blouse is pink and has a big bow and a peplum, it still feels very “me” somehow and I love wearing it.

La Sylphide Blouse - Papercut Patterns

La Sylphide Blouse - Papercut Patterns

La Sylphide Blouse - Papercut Patterns

I didn’t make any alterations and I feel like the fit is pretty great. Sewing the tie neck was a little fiddly, but other than that everything came together smoothly.

I’m also wearing a pair of Ginger Jeans that I made this spring out of stretch twill. I like them, but I’m not totally convinced colored jeans are for me. These particular pants are also a cat hair magnet, so that puts them firmly in the “just okay” category in my book. Ginger’s still one of my favorite patterns though, and I have some Cone Mills denim earmarked for another pair next fall.

La Sylphide Blouse - Papercut Patterns

La Sylphide Blouse - Papercut Patterns

La Sylphide Blouse - Papercut Patterns

This blouse is a new style for me, so I’m really happy it turned out so well! I’ve already worn it on lots of different occasions.

I hope you’re having a great summer, and thanks for reading!

<3 Lindsay

Fall Style // Melilot and Driftless

Fall Fashion Melilot & Driftless

Fall is here, and I couldn’t be more excited to wear cozy sweaters and drink hot tea again! This year I got a jump on my fall sewing when Michelle asked me to be a part of the Style Maker Fabrics fall blog tour.

The Melilot Shirt recently rose to the top of my queue when I realized how perfectly versatile it would be for school and work situations. I chose this teal rayon twill to make it up in and I’m super happy with that decision. It’s a color I love (but for some reason wasn’t in my wardrobe) and this rayon is super soft and has a lovely drape. It’s mid-weight, so not sheer at all, and it’s perfect for this type of blouse.

Fall Fashion Melilot & Driftless

Fall Fashion Melilot & Driftless

Fall Fashion Melilot & Driftless

The only alterations I made to the pattern were to shorten it by 2″ in the front and 3″ in the back, and to space out the buttons more so I only used six. My measurements are between 34 and 36, and for this pattern I decided to size down since it’s fairly loose-fitting. I’m really happy with the fit. It’s relaxed and comfortable, but it still has a nice shape. I love how the instructions are written to give every part of the shirt a clean finish, even the insides of the pockets. I’m also a fan of the deceptively tricky-looking concealed button placket, which I’d never done before. All the little details of this pattern really add up to a very luxe-feeling garment.

Fall Fashion Melilot & Driftless

Fall Fashion Melilot & Driftless

Fall Fashion Melilot & Driftless

Fall Fashion Melilot & Driftless

The Driftless Cardigan also shot up the queue recently, mainly because the AC at my new job is freezing and cardigans are an absolute necessity! I ordered this lovely squishy sweater knit from Style Maker Fabric’s fabulous selection. When it arrived I decided I liked the wrong side of the fabric just as much as the right side, and I was torn about which one to use. They both had great textures, but I finally decided on using the wrong side of the fabric because the stripes were a little bit more muted, which I felt fit with my style better. You can’t go wrong either way though!

As with all Grainline patterns, Driftless had great instructions and was a breeze to sew up. My favorite feature is the pockets – they really up the cozy factor!

Fall Fashion Melilot & Driftless

Fall Fashion Melilot & Driftless

Fall Fashion Melilot & Driftless

Fall Fashion Melilot & Driftless

I’m really happy with both of these makes – I think the patterns and fabrics were perfect for each other! I’m planning on sewing up another Melilot this fall with a linen/silk blend from Miss Matatabi, and another Driftless with some mustard merino I got at The Fabric Store last December.

If you’d like to follow along with the rest of the tour, you can check out the line-up here. I’ve already gotten some major fall style inspiration from the other bloggers! Abbey of Sew Charleston will be up next tomorrow!

<3 Lindsay

*Disclaimer: The fabrics in this post were provided by Style Maker Fabrics. All opinions remain my own.*

Hummingbird Kimono

Hummingbird Kimono

Remember when kimono cardigans were all the rage a couple summers ago? Well, I’m definitely late to the party here, but at least I’ve arrived!

I drafted my own pattern using a combination of the popular Elle Apparel tutorial (although the link’s now broken and I can’t find it on her website?) and this video tutorial. I based my measurements on the former and used the sewing method of the latter because she includes an angled front and facings.

Hummingbird Kimono

Hummingbird Kimono

Hummingbird Kimono

When I saw this hummingbird print viscose pop up at Blackbird Fabrics, I just had to have it! It’s super soft and drapey, and fabulous to wear. Blackbird is definitely my go-to for fantastic rayon prints (see here and here).

Hummingbird Kimono

Hummingbird Kimono

Hummingbird Kimono

I don’t have much else to add! It was a fairly quick and satisfying project. It’s both comfortable and fun to wear, so it’s a win in my book!

<3 Lindsay

Tropical Xerea Dress

Xerea Dress

I fell for Pauline Alice’s new pattern, the Xerea Dress, the moment it was released. Shift and tent dresses (views A and B) aren’t my usual style, but I loved the design details so much that I thought it was worth a try.

Xerea Dress

Xerea Dress

Xerea Dress

The pattern came together pretty easily. The instructions are fairly brief, but they’re thorough and easy to follow. The two variations come as different PDFs that are 21 pages each. There was an issue (now fixed) with the pleat lines not being marked at the right spot, but I’d just assumed I stretched out the fabric and adjusted accordingly.

I tried using “snug hug” seam binding instead of bias tape for the neckline and armholes, and it seemed to work okay. The neckline doesn’t quite lie flat, but I don’t think it’s too noticeable.

The deep pockets are my favorite design feature and I wanted them to stand out, even with a busy print, so I decided to add some navy blue satin piping. I used it on the hem as well and I like the way it added a bit of structure.

I ended up not loving the loose silhouette on me, but there’s an easy fix for that – a belt! Luckily I still had my scraps, so I just cut a long rectangle and sewed piping along the top edge. Sorry – I forgot to take an un-belted picture!

Xerea Dress

Xerea Dress

Xerea Dress

This gorgeous fabric is a printed rayon from Blackbird Fabrics. It’s the perfect weight for a dress and it feels so nice to wear. I just received my second order from Blackbird Fabrics (more rayons!) and again I’m really impressed both with the quality of the fabrics and the surprisingly fast shipping from Canada.

Xerea Dress

Xerea Dress

Even though I ended up changing the silhouette, I love the way this dress turned out! It’s a garment that’s easy to wear, but it still feels special because of the fabric and the piping.

This may be the end of my dress-making streak – I’ve made six this summer! Although I am still interested in trying out View A of this pattern, the shift dress with short sleeves. Maybe for once I’ll do a muslin to see if I like the silhouette before I jump in feet first!

There are a few tops, skirts, and shorts I want to make before the end of summer. Plus I still need to blog some separates I made weeks ago. Lots to do as always. Hopefully I won’t let another five weeks pass before my next post!

Are you finishing up your summer sewing, or are you already planning for fall?

<3 Lindsay