All posts filed under: Handmade Wardrobe

The Maker Movement

I was interviewed two weeks ago by Boston Chronicle about my sewing experiences and wanted to share the video clip here! Click on the image to view the video or visit the WCVB website. This piece of the episode also features Gather Here, which is a fabulous store I have shopped at many a times and taken classes at so be sure to watch and hear from Virginia, the store owner. I didn’t even realize until I saw the episode, but my segment is very Cashmerette Harrison focused! I was wearing a Harrison dress, they shared a picture of me in my chambray version, I was sewing up a purple sleeveless version (that I’m wearing as I type this) and I was cutting out another sleeveless version during the filming. I’ll give you one guess what my current favorite pattern is 🙂 Advertisements

The Alder That Almost Wasn’t

I started this dress literally a year ago! I almost gave up on it after an unfortunate accident while installing the snaps. I hammered my left thumb pretty badly; it was cut and bruised and nasty. I have a new found respect for my buttonhole foot and plan on keeping the snapping to a minimum going forward. I’ve made the Alder shirt dress once before and was excited to try my hand at it again with a few modifications. I added a little bit more length to the skirt, added pockets again and did a second FBA. I used the pattern piece I had already adjusted and just did an FBA on it again. I’m honestly not sure if this is “correct”, but it worked! The girls fit in nicely. I had this fabric in my stash from when the Arizona line came out and when I saw that Teri had used it to make an Alder I had to copy her. Her button choice looks great and I bet she didn’t almost loose a finger …

Cashmerette Harrison Shirt

In March I had the honor of attending a weekend long shirt making class at the Cashmerette headquarters! Jenny is offering her first (of I hope many) online class for the Harrison shirt pattern and Dawn and I were her willing test subjects. Interested in the class? Find it here! The shirt had not been released at the time of the class, but it had been tested. Jenny noticed a few changes she needed to make in the instructions while she was instructing us that were made before the final pattern was printed so you are in for a real treat of a pattern! I’ve seen shirt patterns with princess seams before and I’ve seen big 4 shirt patterns come in cup sizes, but I’ve never seen both together. These two combined in the Harrison shirt make for the most perfect fit. This is not to say I haven’t made changes, but right out of the envelope this is a great pattern! The pattern is intended to be long sleeves with a a tower placket. The …

Gingham Upton Dress

Another huge congrats to Jenny on the launch of her Upton dress pattern! I tested this pattern for her back in January and love my finished dress. When she mailed me the finalized pattern I decided to make a second version mainly because I love the first one, but also to compare the tester version to the final. I used the scoop neck version this time and the straps are perfect as is. I made the same seam allowance adjustment that I had made to the tester version and I couldn’t fit my arms in! Enter my trusty seam ripper and a 1/2 inch seam allowance and all was well with the world again. I could actually stand to lower the arm hole a little bit so I made that adjustment to the pattern pieces for next time. In this picture you can see the fabric slightly wrinkling at the arm pit area. Not a huge deal and not a very ladylike pose! I bought this fabric in February to make into an Upton, but waited …

The Cashmerette Upton Dress

I was so very excited when Jenny asked if I wanted to test her newest pattern, the Upton dress! The pattern is available today so I’m excited to share my first version with you. Yes, I said first version, there’s another almost ready to share! I was smart and used a voile that costs me $3.98 per yard to make the lining and that acted as my muslin. However, I didn’t finish my muslin/lining until 4 days before my feedback was due. In theory this shouldn’t be a problem, but I hadn’t cut out my Cotton + Steel rayon yet and turns out, wait for it… I didn’t have enough. I had purchased 2 meters from MissMatatabi in November and I had enough for all but one piece. I should mention that the pattern calls for 3 7/8 yards of 45 inch wide fabric for the view I made so this was all my error. So I ordered another yard, paid extra for rush shipping and it was delayed by Storm Jonas back in January. With my feedback …