Teaching my Husband to Sew

I taught my husband how to sew this past weekend. Yup, I’m serious. He has been casually saying, “You could teach me” or walking into my sewing room and looking at my machines as I rethread them, etc. I finally took him up on it and like most things we do together, we had a good time.

How did we decide on the project?? Well, you know how I’ve been really into pushing myself and trying new things with my sewing? This was no different.

I decided to challenge myself with a fabric I’d normally not use. Then I took it one step further and challenged myself to use it on a pattern, way out of my norm.  When the fabric arrived my husband saw it and asked me what I was going to do with it. I explained my self-challenge and he promptly said, “Why don’t you split the yardage with me, teach me how to sew, and we can see who uses it better?”. So, competitive couple that we are, I accepted his challenge.

The challenge fabric is this cotton spandex (cotton lycra, same thing) Map print from So Sew English Fabrics. I haven’t used cotton spandex since I made my husband his ice cream boxers and it was a nice treat to use something different.

Lets talk about his pattern pick first. He likes all the Hudson pullovers from Greenstyle Creations that I have made him in the past so he decided to make himself another one. He used the map print for the body and found some brown cotton lycra in my stash to use for the sleeves.

He had it pretty easy with not having to print and tape a pattern since I already had his size handy. He did however have to figure out where he wanted his short sleeve line to be and he also wanted the neckline raised a little. I walked him through it and even let him use my serger and sewing machine.

I am seriously so impressed with how he followed my steps, was open to tips and my nagging about retracting the rotary blade before setting it on the counter. He did such an amazing job and I honestly can’t believe this is his first try at sewing. I videoed our “sewing lesson” in the hopes of sharing it on my YouTube as a couple part sewing tutorial, but technical, kid, and audio issues messed up several pieces. So I took a few clips of our fun and made an outtake video of sorts. It is available on my YouTube channel for your viewing entertainment. Yes, we are really like that 😂

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With the remaining map print I made myself a crop top. I used the George and Ginger Picnic Dress bodice and love the litle gather front detail. I made my size per the pattern but I think I’m going to take off the band and bring it in a little. To use just the bodice, you do the pattern as directed and skip attaching the skirt.

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Since I didn’t have anything to wear with a crop top, I made myself a pair of  highwaist elastic shorts. I used the Century from CKC patterns in this solid black crosshatch woven from So Sew English. The woven has some nice stretch/give, which I wasn’t expecting. I wish I had a few more yards of the crosshatch woven, I can totally see it as a summer dress or some flowy pants.

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I’m not sure if I will wear the shorts on a regular basis, but I actually really, really like the top and think I may try making a highwaist maxi skirt to wear with it.

To complete our challenge I took a picture of my outfit and because a picture wasn’t enough for him to showcase his shirt, he made a commercial. 😂 You can see his commercial on my YouTube channel too. He assigned me a roll for it and we had lots of laughs. 

Help us decide! Who used the map print better??

 

 

April Spring Capsule Challenge, in May

When I sew, I usually try to make complete outfits or separates that I can add to my current wardrobe. I see it as a way to freshen up my wardrobe or allow it to transition into another season without too much effort. I have never made a full capsule, unless you count my, “I’m going on vacation and need new clothes”, as a capsule.

When So Sew English Fabrics hosted a Spring Capsule Challenge last month, the idea appealed to me but I decided to skip it since I already had my sewing list for the month. If you are a list maker like me, you know how it is always longer than the time we have to sew.

Then, when I was scrolling facebook one afternoon, my daughter was reading over my shoulder and piped up with, “Ohhh a capsule wardrobe? That sounds like fun! Mom, can you do one for me? My clothes don’t fit.” Off we went to shop the site and see what she could put together. I let her pick her fabric, patterns, and how she was going to wear them together. The rules were that you had to make 6 items, one of which needed to be a bottom (pants, skirt, shorts, etc). This is what she picked.

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The fabric arrived. life happened , my health struggled, and the fabric sat. In a pretty, cordinated, freshly washed and folded pile, it sat. Just when I was getting caught up, my machines started acting up. But finally, it happened, her capsule was done, and only a month after the challenge. 😆

She didn’t have any comfy shorts so she chose two pairs for her capsule. I used the same free pattern for both, The Ginger Shorties from Sew Like My Mom. This was our first time using one of their patterns and it sewed up quickly. She wanted a rolled hem look, so that was a slight modification to the pattern, otherwise we did it as written.

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For this first pair we used cotton spandex heavy french terry, the same I used for my leggings in this post. This fabric is no longer in stock, but there is another that is equally amazing still available. She paired it with the Patterns for Pirates heart breaker cami, in lavender cotton modal spandex. The heartbreaker cami has a few different strap and ruffle options as well as different lengths. There is even a matching adult version. This fabric was super easy to sew up and with the cotton content it will be a great top for summer.

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She really loves the addition of the front ruffle and how it took a simple tank to a dressier look. Pssst, it was super simple to do too.

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She picked the Made for Mermaids Kelli Kimono in this gorgeous lavender beth wool dobby woven, to wear over the tank and short outfit. She gets chilled easily so she wanted to have a lightweight option to add to it.

For the second shirt she picked lilac cassidy venezia ITY. This is her first shirt from ITY and she kept talking about how smooth and cool it felt, ha ha ha. Yes dear, that’s why I like it so much. We used the Kaitlyn tank from CKC Patterns. This is a repeat pattern for us both, and this newest one didn’t disappoint.

To wear her ITY top again, she added the second pair of Ginger shorties. For this pair she chose solid fuchsia ponte. I offered to add some pockets to this pair but she opted for some on her “next pairs”. I think I’ve created a monster.

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She also asked for a rolled up hem on this Ponte pair.

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When she was shopping for fabric she fell in love with this white butterfly floral venezia ITY. She wasn’t sure what ITY was at first, so I took her to my closet and showed her a few of my ITY items. She gasped and said, “That dress!! Can you make me one like that?”. Fortunately the pattern I used for my dress, also comes in girls sizes, so I was able to make that happen. I used the Annelaine girls Lexington. The Lexington has a few length options for the skirt and some different sleeves as well. For this one, we did the tank option with the high-low hem skirt.

I have to mention that both these ITY’s have such vibrant colors, but the butterfly floral one, it’s almost as though the print is popping off the fabric. They are just so beautiful!

I am really quite impressed with how she picked her outfits and the patterns she chose for each one. I kind of want to copy them for myself now. 😆

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All fabrics were from So Sew English Fabrics.

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First Sequins and a Visit to SSE

One of my sewing goals last year was to slowly transition my entire wardrobe from store bought items to all made by me. It has been a rewarding goal that I have continued into this new year. So when my husband came home from work and told me about a quickly approaching awards dinner for his work, it made me pause. I mentally cataloged all the dresses in my closet and ran through the fabrics in my stash. Nothing felt appropriate and I was less than inspired by the options I had. This all happened right after a stunningly gorgeous gold ombre sequin stretch mesh stocked with So Sew English Fabrics. I LOVE ombre! I have other “prints” I love too; camo, black, purple, floral, etc, but there is just something about a good ombre that makes me sigh. Naturally, that ombre was forefront in my mind.

At the same time, we were leaving to go on a family vacation and my sewing time was going to be limited to two days between our return and the event. I am such a sloooow seamtress, that the time crunch made me nervous. But that ombre ❤ . I guess it was just meant to be that our family trip was about 30 minutes away from the new SSE fabric warehouse. I mean really, the stars aligned 😉 . I fabric stalked our entire trip.

Fabric stalking – When a person checks the amount of remaining yardage several times a day, of said fabric, praying and hoping it doesn’t sell out before you finish shopping and check out.

Since I was picking up a recent order at the warehouse, I was heading that way, and Amanda was so generous to show us around when we arrived. I met a few sewlebrities of mine, and yes, that stunning ombre fabric had a little bit of yardage left, of course two yards had to come home with me. Side note, the warehouse is mind blowing! The amount of fabric and the sheer quantities of orders moving through there really put into perspective how awesome they are. Since my family came along, we all got to see it and it was truly an enjoyable time for us all.

We got home from our trip and now it was time to make the dress. Sooo, sequins, yeah… I had no idea what I was doing with them. I decided to just take it slow and see what happened, anyone see a reoccurring theme for me? No idea what I’m doing, lots of firsts, and just trying it, slowly. Since I didn’t know how my machines would handle the sequins I decided to finish another top I had started before our trip, first, which left me with a day and a half before the event.  The fabric cut easily and shed the expected sequins. Then, as I was preparing to assemble the dress, I realized I accidentally cut out two back pieces, instead of one front and one back.

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I had a moment of sheer panic as I unfolded the last remaining fabric to see if I could squeeze the needed front piece out. I literally had like 1” to spare.

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Once my heart resumed its normal pace, I triple checked everything, and cut out the front piece. After that I decided to call it a night.

The day of the event arrived and I headed back into my sewing room determined to make this dress. My serger needles didn’t like the sequins; I bent/broke 7 of them while sewing up the two side seams.

After the first five broke, I seam ripped off some sequins in the seam allowance, to help, and was able to serge it up.

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Then I ended up using a jean needle on my regular sewing machine for the rest of assembly and topstitching. It handled the sequins like a champ and I finished the dress with 2 hours to spare before the event.

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Was it worth it? Absolutely, yes!  I learned so much from my first try at sequins and loved the way the dress ended up. I plan on investing in some different types of needles for my serger for my next go at sequined fabric. I used the straight hem, dress version, of the Kaitlyn by CKC Patterns. This was the 6th time I have used the Kaitlyn pattern, it is definitely a favorite in my wardrobe. The exact fabric I used is out of stock, but I did see that there are others on the way. So if the sparkle caught your eye, be on the lookout. It was hard getting this gorgeous fabric to show properly in still photos, but you can see a quick video of the dress, on, here.

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