tonic tee

Burnside Bibs

Burnside Bibs

Lately I feel like my style’s evolving. I’ve been paying a lot more attention to the quality of the fabric I buy, and in turn I’m trying to make garments that are made well and will last. I’ve been really thinking about how what I make will fit into my currently existing wardrobe, how it reflects my personality, and if it’s something I can imagine wearing for at least a few years to come. Lofty goals of course, but I at least think I’ve gotten better at stopping projects at the planning phase, rather than going all the way through with something I’ll only wear a few times.

That being said, these overalls were kind of a risk. I’d been wanting to try out a style like this for a couple years, but no other pattern quite ticked all the boxes for me. The instant the Burnside Bibs were released though, I was obsessed. Because I’m petite, I was always worried about looking too child-like in overalls. However, I think this pattern’s really feminine and grown-up looking – I love the thin wrap-around straps and the proportion of the bib.

True, from the back they’re a little reminiscent of hobbits, but as a huge Lord of the Rings fan I’m okay with that :) I think there’s a cool nonchalance to the semi-relaxed fit.

Burnside Bibs

Burnside Bibs

Burnside Bibs

Burnside Bibs

I made the Version 1 pants (more fitted, with a side zipper) with the Version 2 bib (straight across instead of scoop neck). My measurements put me in-between 00 and 0 for the bust and hips, and 2 for the waist. Looking at the finished measurement charts I decided to just size down and do a straight 00. That means that at the waist these are a full two sizes smaller than what my measurements put me in, so just be aware that mine are quite a bit more fitted at the waist than the samples are! I think they fit pretty perfectly, and it’s nice that you can easily choose how fitted you want them to be and how much gathering you want at the back just by sizing up or down, and not having to do any pattern hacking.

Burnside Bibs

Burnside Bibs

Burnside Bibs

Burnside Bibs

The fabric I used is a lovely linen/rayon blend from (where else?) Blackbird Fabrics. I scored a 1.5 meter remnant with a tiny flaw and just *barely* had enough to cut these out. It was definitely a close call though. They’re super comfy with a little bit of stretch, and in black I think it’s easy to dress them up or down.

Burnside Bibs

Burnside Bibs

The instructions for this pattern are excellent and super thorough. I didn’t have any issues at all, and I think they’re really professional looking inside and out. The only alteration I made was to shorten the legs by about 2″. This was my first time sewing with a Sew House Seven pattern, but it won’t be my last! I know both the Tea House Dress and the Toaster Sweaters have been really popular, and I have my eye on both of them.

<3 Lindsay

Making Basics & Spring Planning

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I’ve been all about basics lately. Great for my wardrobe, but not so exciting for photos – hope you don’t mind the flat lays!

I finally tried out the free Tonic Tee pattern from SBCC and I love it! It’s designed for petites, so the fit is great – I didn’t even have to shorten it. For my first one I used a cheetah print cotton jersey from Mood, and for my second I used a lightweight gray merino with mini stripes from The Fabric Store. They’re both already in heavy rotation, and I’ll definitely be checking out more SBCC patterns in the future!

I also made another pair of Ginger Jeans – this time with a mid rise, straight leg, and neutral gray topstitching. Heather recommends lowering the high-rise rather than vice versa to make the mid-rise, but I prefer the scale of the pockets etc. on the low-rise version so I used it instead. I just raised it by one inch, and now the rise is perfect for me – it’s crazy what a difference an inch makes! I used the 9 oz Cone Mills denim from Threadbare Fabrics for this pair. It’s lighter weight (perfect for spring!) but still feels substantial. These are currently my favorite jeans and I’ve been wearing them almost every day!

Geneva panties

I’ve also been on a scrap-busting kick. I just finished some pillows for my couch made from upholstery fabric scraps, and a couple weeks ago I used up all my bamboo jersey scraps making seven pairs of Geneva panties. Geneva’s my favorite underwear pattern and in combination with bamboo jersey I think I can safely say they’re the most comfortable undies I’ve ever owned. I do hate the endless elastic zig-zagging required for construction, but it’s totally worth it in the end.

 

And now for some spring planning:

Last summer was definitely the Summer of the Dress for me. I made 7 different dresses between May and August and I feel like I finally got comfortable wearing dresses on a regular basis. I’m hoping the same thing will happen this year with skirts!

I have three skirts planned:

Spring2016-2A Named Lauha maxi skirt with parrot print rayon from Blackbird Fabrics (sold out).

009-reese-tasoA Named Reese wraparound skirt. Undecided about fabric, but I’m considering this abstract printed rayon (also from Blackbird, also sold out).

madewell gingham skirtA simple gathered skirt made from buffalo check silk crepe de chine (inspo from Madewell).

I also have two dresses planned:

Spring2016-1A Named Leini dress made with this retro floral jersey from Mood.

 

crepe de chine And some kind of shirt dress out of this gorgeous Jason Wu crinkle silk crepe de chine. Any pattern suggestions? The crinkle in the fabric gives it a bit more volume than your average CDC. I’m thinking maybe a sleeveless Bruyere with a lengthened hemline?

I also definitely need a few sleeveless buttondown shirts! My sleeveless Archers are pretty worn out. I’m planning on trying out the Sewaholic Granville shirt as a replacement – I really like the shaping of the princess seams.

 

Well, I’m glad to have gotten some basics and necessary items finished! Now I can sew some fun and interesting garments without any guilt. We hardly had a winter here in Austin, but I’m excited for spring nonetheless!

<3 Lindsay