Finished my brightest. make. ever. in time for the bank holiday weekend sunshine ☀️ This @closetcase.patterns#kalleshirt used to be a £4 tablecloth from a nearby charity shop and I saved the buttons from an old refashioned shirt 🌍 I love all of the topstitching detailing and the tablecloth border on the back yoke (swipe right). Not 100% sure this much yellow is quite me, but I’m embracing the brightness! More detail on the blog, link in bio
Oh my! This is quite possibly the most beautiful thing I’ve ever made!
I could not believe how lucky I am to have been able to test the @untitledthoughts newest pattern the Amelie dress!
After making my toile, I knew I just had to buy some beautiful #fabric to do this pattern justice!
I went to visit Sarah at @likesewamazing and found this beautiful cotton sateen, and Sarah helped me pick these beautiful wooden #buttons to compliment it!
The dress is an absolute dream to wear on a beautiful #sunnyday like today!
Make sure you follow @untitledthoughts to be the first to know when this pattern is released!
I will of course share the full thing as soon as I can!! But just a teaser for now!
How beautiful is this open back!? Don’t worry there is a bra friendly option too!
for days I want to look like a picnic but feel like a snack 😜 .tbh idk if I’d wear this set together but I do like them as separates
Crop top is @mimigstyle#s8655 I sewed a size 6 and shortened the length by 4.5in and left off the sleeves.
I want to sew another one of these tie tops for summer, I’m on the look for a non-sheer white linen (does such a thing exist??) Any fabric store recommendations?
I'm so immensely honoured to be part of the new Pattern Insider team @sewoveritlondon and for the chance to sew up the new Meredith Dress.
A classic wrap dress, but with beautiful yoke and gather details to bring it out of the ordinary into the WOW.
And just so happened that I was at the shop when love struck... 😆😍
Have you ever laid eyes on a fabric and fell instantly in love?
This @nuppuprintcompany cotton lycra brought in by the good folks @sewgoodknits is 1 such fabric.
The artwork and details is just amazing!
#makersforfashrev Day 4 WELL WORN - out of all my memades my very first #ogdencami made with #robertkaufmanfabrics in linen cotton blend is my most worn and loved piece! It’s the perfect summer layering tank and I do wear it even in the winter months at times. Just recently the seam at the top neckline frayed open, it’s on my memade May mend list for next month!! This really proves how imperative basic pieces are in our wardrobe. When I first started sewing my own clothes, I thought I would only sew garments that I couldn’t afford to purchase ( you know all the clothing inspo and dresses! ) I didn’t think it was important for me to sew basics, I could just pick them up at a local target at the next sale!! 🌿🌿🌿🌿Granted , I still own a few basics from Target that I wear down to the bones, but I know understand how significant it is to sew basics. How those memade staples get so much use and wear, it’s worth investing in nice fabrics and making something to last! Looks like Ogden camis, tees and turtlenecks need to become a sewing priority again 🌿🌿🌿 #makersforfashrev#imademyclothes#inthefolds#mend
The tale of (4) darts: I had hoped to get to cutting out my wearable muslin last night but new I had a few pattern truing things to get done first and it turned into quite the saga! I had to true up the grainlines which went pretty quick but then I sat stumped over my darts. I started with the darts the pattern gave me (far left, pen) but those quickly changed as I fit the pattern ( #m6901 ) to my body and I was wondering how to align them. My first instinct was to put them on-grain (far left, pencil) but my alterations had also tilted the waistlines of the pattern and I wasn’t happy with how the on-grain dart interacted with the tilted waistline. 🤔
So my next instinct was to make the darts perpendicular to the waistline (center) but then they were sitting at an angle and that didn’t feel right, either. So I turned to pattern drafting wiz @winmichele for some advice and she gave me three rules about drafting darts for the lower body: first, the darts should be parallel to the CF and CB seam lines; second, the dart centers should be equidistant from the CF and CB seamlines; and third, the dart legs should be the same length. 👍
My CF seam was already on grain so I went back to my original instinct, tilted waistline and all. My CB seam, however, is even more off grain than my waistline so I rotated the dart further to match that line. By matching it to the CB seam, I think it will look straight on my body. I had tried not to move the darts too far from their original position so I mostly eyeballed rule two! 😉
I’m so thankful for Instagram and all the inspiring women I’ve met here who continue to teach me new things every day! 💕
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💙💛 Have sworn off buying more boxy tee patterns unLESS they are as stunning & original as the new #boutondor top by @lysimaque_sew. The sleeves are attached and the side seams closed with buttons (🤯) which will rid you of yr fear of buttonholes once and for all!!! They stay attached pretty well but probably not the top for high intensity exercise (or just sew them shut with a few stitches). Bored w/ minimalist looks so made this in some great blue and yellow vintage canvas from my aunt's stash! Can't miss me! 🚥😁💛💙
I love layers for airport travel ♥️
This ribbed sweater knit was part of a mystery bundle from @bohofabrics and the color and weight is spring to the max! Another @madeformermaids
Mama Jamie poncho, my new fave layering piece
A little @phee_fabrics burgundy rayon spandex peaking out underneath.
Ja, ich mache meine Kleidung selbst. Zwar nicht immer und nicht alles, aber schön langsam befinden sich mehr selbstgenähte als gekaufte Stücke in meiner #memadewardrobe . Auch für meinen Mann und die Kinder wird fleißig genäht. Oft frage ich mich, wie es zB möglich ist Kindershirts regulär um ~3€ zu verkaufen... selbst bei großer Stückzahl ist mir das unerklärlich.
Ich selbst habe letztens eine Jeans im Geschäft probiert, die perfekt passte, aber letzten Endes hab ich widerstanden und bin stolz drauf 😊 Wenn ich schon das Talent besitze halbwegs gut nähen zu können, dann mach ich das auch. Mein Beitrag zur #fashionrevolutionweek 👉 mehr darauf achten wo ich was kaufe, wenn es schon sein muss
👉 andere zum Nähen motivieren
👉 als gutes Beispiel vorangehen und bereits meinen Kindern diese Werte vermitteln
Den Schnitt meines #jumpsuite und weitere Details findet ihr ein paar Posts weiter hinten
One of my favourite things to do when I come to Argentina is to browse through my mom's collection of vintage Burda magazines... all the way back to 1981.
Fashion is clearly cyclical... things come and go out of style all the time. I'm getting so many ideas and tracing a bunch of patterns to take home with me... and I'm having a good laugh at the hair styles 🙈
Sew Over It Amelia Bomber Jacket from Issue 6 of the Lisa Comfort magazine. As soon as I saw this pattern I knew I had to make it. I've been waiting for a jacket pattern that I can toss on for anything and make up in several different colors.
This is now my absolute favorite jacket!
Changes and edits:
1. Arm fitting and mobility: Increased the height of the arm cycle by 1/2 inch, decreased the height of the sleeve by 1.5 inches, and shortened the sleeve length by 2 inches.
@cottonandsteel and @riflepaperco: I absolutely adore your fabric collaboration, but I want to know #whomademyfabric and how was it made?
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I am happy that your cottons are 100% cotton, but are they grown organically? Or are the farmers and the earth exposed to dangerous pesticides used in conventional cotton growing? . . .
What about your rayon? Is it made from trees cut down from old growth forests? 120 million trees are cut down every year to make fibers used in fabrics, many from old growth forests that naturally sequester carbon from the atmosphere. Is the wood cellulose treated in a closed loop system, or are the chemicals used to turn wood pulp into fiber escaping into the environment?
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What about the dying process? Is that also done in a closed loop or are the dyes released into local rivers? In the apparel industry, only 80% of dyes are retained during the fabric dying process. The rest, 40,000 to 50,000 pounds of dye annually, is released into local water systems, resulting in 20% of global wastewater production from the apparel industry alone. . . .
What about the people growing, weaving, processing, and dying these fibers to make your beautiful fabrics? Are they paid a living wage? Are they working in safe factories? @fash_rev@fash_revusa@inthefolds #makersforfashrev#fashrev#fashionrevolution#fashionrevolutionweek2019#whomademyclothes
Petit aperçu de la nouvelle collection de patron de @lysimaque_sew qui m'a très gentiment proposé de tester le patron «Muguet» 💚
Je n'avais pas (encore) testé les patrons @lysimaque_sew et franchement c'est une très belle découverte ! Les finitions sont parfaites, les détails sont canons, j'adore ! Et le style très «couture japonaise» me plaît énormément 😍👍 Et puis, Floriane, la créatrice, est vraiment gentille, disponible et à l'écoute 😊
Pour réaliser mon top, j'ai associé une grande chute d'un tissu indien artisanal (qui avait servi à mon pantalon thaï et s'accordera parfaitement avec) à une autre chute de lin beige pour créer les liens des côtés👌
Et un petit bouton en noix de coco gravée pour la touche perso. J'ai décidé que ce serait ma nouvelle «marque de fabrique», ça me correspond davantage qu'une étiquette à mon nom et qui gratte dans le dos 😉
Et vous, elle vous plaît cette nouvelle collection ? 😚
(Je vous le dévoile en entier tout bientôt)
Next time I feel sad I’m going to make a pile of baby leggings. I’d forgotten how cheering it is and such a nice gift to give to a special friend. Although this story doesn’t end well as they were lost in the post. We’re hoping they turn up 🤞🏻 Pattern @brindilletwig cuffed leggings
Have you ever started a project, got all the way to the cutting table (read: floor), changed your mind about your fabric choice, and grabbed some different from your stash? I was about to make this up in a blue double gauze, and on the fly switched to this thrifted nutmeg silk noil. A fabric for which I had spent a whole year thinking about what would be the perfect project. It was this it turns out. The free and fabulous #peppermintrufflesleevetop .
I was SO unsure about ME in a ruffle sleeve, I'm not really a ruffle kind of person. But this is one of my favourite makes of the last year. I added 2" length to the bodice, 1/2" to the sleeves and I lowered the neckline the same, #sewingtall . I also added center seams to both front and back pieces for a bit of extra visual interest. #designfeature **Edited to add: I totally forgot, but I guess I omitted the the facing in favour of a bias bound neckline.
💚I forget how much I love linen pants until I make another pair! 💚My last pair are literally on their last leg, so I jumped on the chance to replace them with this vivid emerald linen from @fabricmart. 💚I'm styling them 3 ways on the Fabric Mart blog today #linkinbio 💚Finally a garment to go with these equally bright shoes that have their own secret...
On the blog today is the third post in my What Nana Made series, and this one is about a yellow top and matching pants that my Nana made! I love the imperfections and even the blurriness of these photos because I've always felt that messy photos are more real-life and soulful than the perfect ones. This photo, in particular, is one of my favorites, and the others in the post are equally as adorable.
P.S. Doesn't she look like she's right out of an Urban Outfitters or Free People catalog? I think I need to get myself a choker!
FASHION REVOLUTION WEEK // Today, on this day 4 years ago Rana Plaza collapsed. If this is the first time you’ve ever heard about this I’ll post some more in my stories.
The Rana Plaza factory in Bangladesh had been structurally unsound for some time. The businesses occupying it had been warned and the occupants surrounding the factory had been evacuated. But not the people enslaved by the fast fashion industry. Over 1,000 people died that day when the building collapsed.
WE CAN DO BETTER.
Since then more and more people have realised that there is a better way!! That by making better choices as consumers we literally save lives and have a profound and visible impact in the lives of others.
Who made your clothes?? I want to know what you wore today and who made it (yay for discovering more ethical brands!) and if they’re not ethical TAG THEM and ask them #whomademyclothes because IT MATTERS.
My new favourite make. @sewoveritlondon's Isla dress in a simple green rayon. My mom says it looks very Agnès B, and my mom's always right 😉 She also said my hair looked awful and that I should crop the top of the frame. This is my personal best at invisible zip insertion (third pic) mighty pleased 😁 While I still love the Eve wrap dress, Isla is way more practical (for one, the baby can't pull it open in public!), and I'll be making more.
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This week marked the beginning of @fash_rev week- and entire week dedicated to raising awareness about the fast fashion industry in the wake of the Rana Plaza collapse that happened in 2013 in Bangladesh. Since the first year of the #fashionrevolution , I have seen the movement pick up steam and spread awareness within the fast fashion community quickly which is incredibly moving (and needed!) Now, it is infiltrating the maker space, asking some thought provoking questions and demanding change and transparency within the crafting space.
Today, I am joining the #makersforfashrev to proudly say that “I Made My Clothes” ! A few years ago, my wardrobe was entirely thrifted with a few #memade garments sprinkled in. Now, I look at my closet and it is filled with garments that I have lovingly crafted whenever I had a spare moment.
Pictured above is probably my most Well Worn outfit. I made both of these pieces sometime last year, and since then I have worn both at least once a week, generally together but sometimes mixing with other pieces in my closet.
It’s #fashionrevolutionweek and Earth Day week and that has me thinking particularly hard about the fabrics I being into the shop and the environmental and social costs of that fabric production.
And that’s why I LOVE working with @kendortextiles ! This Robin’s Egg Slub Knit is made with GOTS certified organic cotton and bamboo (a sustainable fiber), all their fabrics are manufactured by mills that are Oeko-Tex certified (deals with both environmental sustainability and safe working conditions for all employees), plus you all know this color makes my heart happy!
I have this incredible substrate in three colors, plus three colors of their cotton/bamboo Stretch French terry and two rib knits. You can check them all out in the knits section of my shop at the link in my profile or by going to bit.ly/MMFjersey .
But in addition to protecting the Earth and the workers in the factories, I also really believe in wearing fabrics that bring us joy and in supporting artists. There are so many incredible surface designers, creating gorgeous fabrics for us, and while I do wish all of the fabric manufacturers paying those artists who I love to work with were GOTS and Oeko-Tex certified, I don’t think that we need to feel guilty about supporting them. Their art helps us make our art, and making a garment that will be loved and cherished for a long time is good for our maker hearts and good for the Earth!
And be sure to check out my stories today for more info on these certifications and some discussion about the textile waste involved in our own making!
Two customized Zazie bras from yesterday's workshop! 🤩
They look rather wonky on the table, but they fit really well on the ladies who made them. Only the upper cup pieces need some modifications for the future. It was really exciting to have two professional sewists who make sportwear as they daily job, but they never tried bramaking - that's why they came to be participants on the workshop! And guess what, one of the other ladies was a real soldier with a passion for sewing. Amazing stories were shared 👍. And it is always inspiring to meet these gorgeous people and get connected via sewing.
Repost @coralbunnyandlo ♥️ Wrapped up my @casadeoro_ Instagram takeover over tonight, and I realized how much my consumption has drastically changed over the years.
Y'all, I started sewing a #handmadewardrobe about a decade ago! When Jon and I got married, I realized my sewing habits needed to change. Trying to keep up with some of my then favorite sewing bloggers and crank out projects every day (or at least it appeared that way) was taking a toll on my self esteem and my pocketbook.
I started apprenticing under a retired couturier and taking classes at my local shop to learn more about garment construction and textiles. (I still want to learn all about draping!😍) It clicked. Clothes are to be worn, to fit and be loved.
My mom was a professional seamstress. She had her own wedding boutique in her twenties, and because of her late night sewing sessions, I picked up a needle and thread and made garments for my Barbies. They were well loved.
All this to say, it's taken me YEARS to figure out what I want to wear, how to wear it, and how to care for it. It's taken me years to learn that sustainability, fair trade, and fashion are able to coexist. I don't have to exclusively wear #memadeeveryday , and I don't need to feel guilty about not exclusively wearing fair trade. I have items from college that I still love and wear, and I think about the people who made it. I hope and pray they now earn a living wage and have a safe work environment. I hope Gap Inc. has learned from their part in the Rana factory tragedy 6 years ago today. I take more care of those garments because I've learned that nothing in life is "cheap" or "free." Someone, somewhere is paying the price.
With that being said, I'm pleasantly surprised how many of my items are sustainable and fair trade! It's been a long journey, and I hope it encourages you to consume wisely. It's not something that happens overnight, but I think pausing before each purchase and asking #whomademyclothes is a great first step. #makersforfashionrev
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Can I get a moment of silence? Can you pour out one for this homie? Can I get a round of applause? I QUILTED SOMETHING!!!!! It small, but it has two layers of fabric on either side of batting so it counts!!! ----
My petite babe needs a spring/summer jacket because it is still quite cold here in Dublin. I have been knitting up a storm for him but I really wanted something light and easy to throw on. I was really stumped by this for some reason and couldn't think of what I could make for the Goldilocks option (not too warm, not too cool). I was scrolling through my 'gram when I saw a quilted jacket by @natalie_ebaugh a few weeks ago when it hit me, a quilted baby jacket!
Since I am all about the handmade wardrobes for the whole family at the moment, this idea really excited me. I could quilt, the baby would have a new jacket, and I have so much hand dyed fabric and embroidery floss, it would basically be cost free. Win, win, WIN! ----
Pattern: modified version of @purlsoho Newborn Kimono
Fabric: Hand dyed Stuart Moore's (of course)
Sewing bag: handmade sample from a class I teach
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#tbt Anyone else gearing up for #memademay ? I must admit that in the two years I’ve been making my clothes, #memadeeveryday is pretty easy. And if you can make a quilt or a bag, you most certainly can make clothes with a fit that compliments your unique body! Looking forward to seeing everyone’s handmades!
Ein weiteres #memade Kleid aus meiner ersten intensiven Nähphase aus 2009 aus Leinenmischgewebe.
Habe es nicht oft getragen, da die beiden Wickelelemente vorne recht locker saßen. Letzte Woche hab ich dann den mittleren Teil vom Rock getrennt die beiden Elemente gekürzt und voila, jetzt passt es perfekt und ist bereit wieder oft ausgeführt zu werden 🤗 (Werbung, unbezahlt)
Schnitt @burda_style#128 aus 6/2009