Friday, July 10, 2015

I'm Back(logged)!

It's summertime in these parts and that means I'm back to sewing more regularly. For whatever reason! Oh, and winery-hopping.

I've finished a few projects and even wore my Sailor Top out in the wild.

Up first, my Grainline Archer that I started and almost finished at the Finch Makers' Retreat, where, yes--I met April Rhodes!

I struggled some with attaching the collar to the ...shirt (my sewing vocab is waning, I need to get back in the game!), and struggled much, much more making the very top buttonhole at the neckline. So much so, in fact, that I just ended up omitting it. I never button my shirts all the way up anyway.
Everything else was pretty much a breeze!

The next thing I finished was another wedding guest dress. I used the in-your-face cheerful fabric Kathy sent me awhile back, and my good ol' standby M5845. I somehow managed to get zero photos of the back while actually wearing the dress.

I curved and slightly raised the back opening and shortened the skirt, omitting the slit in the back. The dress was fun to wear, though the cotton did get a little rumpled from all the sitting in ~90F degree weather, and vigorous dancing at the wedding.

And finally, my latest finished make: Christine Haynes' new dress pattern, Sylvie! This dress is my jam. I've already started a second version, right after completing the first. I wore the first one, made out of a blue and red cotton/poly I found at the thrift store, to an Independence Day party on the lake!

I went by the finished garment measurements listed, knowing I wouldn't want very much ease in the bodice, and didn't end up needing to make any adjustments to end up with a super wearable first draft. For my second version, I'm playing with print placement & direction, and am shortening the skirt slightly, shaving a tiny bit off of the waistband, and actually remembering to add the horizontal stitching across the folded top part of the patch pockets.

Has anyone else become obsessed with this pattern, like I have? It's perfect for summer.


  1. I really like the Sylvie - a lot like the Pattern Runway Gathered Pocket Sundress, with different pockets. Looks so cute on you.

  2. Gah! You know how much I love that Sylvie dress!!! Wow, it's just perfect. Thanks for sharing it and I can't wait to see your next one! xoxo

  3. Lovely garments especially the Sylvie, it fits like a glove!

  4. haha my Archer experience was the exact same as yours! I also didn't do a top button, I never use them!

    Your Sylvie is super cute!

  5. Amazing post dear! You have a wonderful blog:)
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