Oh, Canada!

Kristiann, in all of her sweetness and generosity, offered to send me a copy of Flare, the magazine she’s interviewed in. Along with it, she sent an awesome hand-written note, that goes right in the draw with all of my sewcialists keepsakes, and a really cool DIY themed poster!!

Thanks, Kristiann!!! You’re a babe and a doll.
We’re all so jealous ;)

Sewing in Canada's Flare Magazine

Sewing in Canada's Flare Magazine

Sewing in Canada's Flare Magazine

ps- I stole these pics from Kristiann ;D

Newest Britex Guest Blogger? ME!

Britex Guest Blogger

You read that right?? I’ll be joining one of my fave ladies, Jen from Grainline, and other super talented sewcialists over on the Britex blog!! I am so stupid excited about it!!

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I also spent time with beautiful and talented sewcialists (and some of their family members) at the Male Pattern Boldness Day Extravagaaaaanza.

AND, thanks to the easy to decision to sew with Victory patterns, I had my picture in Flare, a Canadian fashion magazine!!

From Kristiann @ Victory PatternsThis week has been awesome for sewing news!!

What’s (sew) awesome with you?

BIG HAIR BRAVERY!!

BIG HAIR BRAVERY!!
BIG HAIR BRAVERY!!

Peeps. I have NEVER worn my hair like this outdoors!

It was very weird, a little warm, and A LOT AWESOME rocking this style outside of my home!
BIG HAIR BRAVERY!!

My little daughter was VERY surprised when she came out of school, lol

Learning to like my hair, as it is, has been a journey. This was a particularly tame day. Seriously, it can get much, much bigger than this. Pictures don’t truly capture the mass of it. With low humidity and plans to stick close to home (I had a mani/pedi, my first pro one in about a million years that my hubby AND sister had to harangue me into, lol)  it was a safe day to try it on for size.

BIG HAIR BRAVERY!!

BIG HAIR BRAVERY!!

Top :: Victory Patterns Roxanne
Leggings :: Old Navy
Sandals :: Target

BIG HAIR BRAVERY!!

Pictures courtesy of that surprised little daughter ;)

Sew Grateful GIVEAWAY!!!

As you know, I am sew grateful for you all!! To say thank you,

I will give away

one DIGITAL DOWNLOAD pattern/tutorial

from each of these indie pattern sellers to

THREE lucky peeps!!

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All you have to do is comment with a choice A and B (in the event that your first choice is taken) and that’s it!

If you’re feeling charitable, you can share:

Your favorite color

Favorite book

A fab quote

You have until

Friday, February 8th at Midnight

to enter!!

One Big, Happy (International, Sewing) Family

I have been super lucky recently and I’d like to shout out the peeps responsible. It’s an international round up of sewing related awesomeness. I have been featured two, very cool, places. It’s always SO nice to make something that you love and have others love it, too!

Let’s head to

Canada

The super sweet Kristiann, of Victory Patterns fame, asked to feature my Roxanne on her blog:
My Roxanne :: Featured @ Victory Patterns!

I was so honored! Not only did I love working with her pattern, I truly have not interacted with a sweeter business owner!

Next, to

Australia

The same week, Erica of Recycled Fashion Finds featured my Black & White at the Night Circus refashion:
Black & White :: Featured @ Recycled Fashion Finds!!

I’m really proud of this outfit so it pleases me so much to know that it was well liked by other refashionistas!

A much anticipated package from super groovy StephC of Cake Patterns also arrived this week! As excited as I was about the package making it from 3Hours Past the Edge of the World, I was expecting an epic battle at the post office. New Yorkers will sympathize with me. Postal relations are crap here. But it was DEAD easy to get it!!

Watch this space for more of that awesome (though wrinkled from travel) dress!!

And back in

New York

I already waxed poetic about the chance to shibori dye with ladies full of awesome, but in this same week, I was able to see Christine again, squeeze Oona in welcome (back to NY) and congratulations AND meet Maddie!! I had to run relatively quickly (kids to pick up from school and all that) but the short visit was more than worth it!! I was even, lovingly, badgered into buying some gen-u-ine garment district fabric!

The sewing community is spread all over the world. I’m so happy to know peeps from all corners of it!!

Roxanne Scout Rides With Hipsters

The "Roxanne Scout" Tee

Hipster Mobile!

The "Roxanne Scout" Tee
This week’s sewing was, in a word, sucky. I started this blouse and completed it all the way up to the point of it lacking one more sleeve cuff and buttons to be done, when I tried it on…and the second sleeve was BACKWARDS!!! Of course, I had already serged and finished the inside. I didn’t have the heart or the energy to go on after I’d unpicked it all.

The next day, I started something else instead. A mash up of two recent makes, The Scout Woven Tee and Roxanne.

Meet Ms. Roxanne Scout.

The "Roxanne Scout" Tee

The Facts
Fabric | 100% Nani Iro Double Gauze $33 for 1 1/2 yards making this the most expensive fabric I’ve ever purchased. And then let sit in the closet for over 2 years.
Patterns | Victory Patterns, Roxanne and Grainline’s Scout Woven Tee
Year | Current
Notions | Thread only, I skipped interfacing the collar
Time to complete | It was fairly quick. Though, I did need to take a minute to redraw the collar on Scout to the same dimensions as Roxanne. But even that was super fast.
First worn | On a lunch date with my hubby and a dinner date with a friend.
Wear again? | Yes. I love how light it is and I’ve always loved this fabric. I’m happy that it’s finally out of the closet!
Total price | $33 for the fabric. I’m wearing it with $10 jeans from Forever21.

The "Roxanne Scout" Tee

I love the look of this collar with the shorter tee length. Though I made the same mod (intentionally this time) to the front I think the original closed neckline would work better due to the collar weight. I don’t want to use a closure, but I’m thinking of adding one so that the left side stops drooping. I added a bit more width to the Scout body and repeated the curved hem detail from last time. I have so many more ideas for this little tee. You might even see one for next week’s challenge.

Hubby snapped my pics before our date. These were taken with my iPhone because the freaking camera batteries were dead when I took it out of my purse. Grrrr. I couldn’t stay mad in this pretty top, though. This Nani Iro fabric is magical! It’s asymmetrical so it has a different print on the front, back, each sleeve and collar section. I LOVE that!

The "Roxanne Scout" Tee

The "Roxanne Scout" Tee

The "Roxanne Scout" Tee

The centering of this motif was a total accident! I wish you could see the thread I used a bit better. It’s variegated. And it is awesome! Overall, not a bad little top to transition into fall. Hopefully, its pretty floral print will help me hang on to enough of summer to get me through the early fall chill. If I get too cold, maybe the hipster who owns this ride will give me a lift!

The "Roxanne Scout" Tee

Only in Brooklyn! I LOVE my city!!

As always, there are a few more pics here.

Don’t Upset the Rhythm

Don't Upset the Rhythm

“Don’t Upset the Rhythm (Go Baby Go)” is my favorite Noisettes song!! Though equally loved songs like “Never Forget You” and the hard rocking “Don’t Give Up” and “Scratch Your Name” might be more your flavor.

It’s musical inspiration week at the Sew Weekly. I was inspired by the beauty above, Shingai Shoniwa. I’ve already blogged about how much I love her style. A small part of me wanted to go for one of her more avant garde looks which might be comprised of headdresses, feathers, winged jumpsuits, hot pants, bustiers, glittering fringe and/or exaggerated hip & shoulder details complete with face paint and bare feet for maximum jumping, thrashing and cartwheeling ability. I could also go with one of her chic or casual looks with a trim sheath dress, short-shorts or high waist pants.

But then I saw the new Victory Patterns on Kristiann’s Pinboard (she is so freaking nice I want to buy TWO of every pattern in her shop!!) and I HAD to have ROXANNE!! I knew with a funky print and a teeny, trim skirt I could have my Shingai inspired look and wearability, too!

Don't Upset the Rhythm

Don't Upset the Rhythm

Don't Upset the Rhythm

These pics (and the one at the top) were taken in Fort Greene Park. I spent a huge part of my childhood playing, cooking out, sledding, snowball fighting, relay racing and more in this park! I’m standing in front of the Prison Ship Martyrs Monument you can view a full shot of it here.

Don't Upset the Rhythm

The Facts
Fabric | A rayon blend (I have NO CLUE what it’s blended with) woven ($2.39 a yard) for the top, quilting cotton (free) for the contrast and a stretch rayon blend ($2.39 a yard) for the skirt. The rayon blends are from Fabric.com and the I got the quilting cotton at a BurdaStyle sewing club meetup.
Patterns | Victory Patterns, Roxanne and none for the skirt.
Year | Current! Very, very current! I bought the pattern the same day it was released. It was PERFECT for this challenge!
Notions | Thread and elastic (the skirt waistband).
Time to complete | Two hours or so for the top. I struggled with the collar a bit. This was due to my tendency towards sewing inconsistent seam allowances. I had to resew one collar piece so that they matched and then I was too stubborn (or tired, really) to follow the (very simple and clear) pleating directions. Don’t sew when tired, peeps. The skirt was dead simple, but it was try #3 for a bottom. Number one: pants cut with the stretch going the wrong way @^$*^@#@!! Number two: a black knit version of this skirt which didn’t look great with the blue. It worked out in the end.
First worn | To take my little daughter to swimming lessons. I hope I didn’t look like a Real Housewives wannabe with red lips on in a pool at 10am ;o)
Wear again? | Hell yes!! I LOOOOOVE tops like this! The skirt is a bit too snug so it rides up. It’s okay for wearing with long and loose tops like this, though.
Total price | About $20 including the cost of the pattern, which I will definitely, definitely use again (and again!). I mean, LOOK at the back!

Don't Upset the Rhythm

PARTAY IN THE BACK, BAM! You might not have noticed the modification I made (unintentionally, but it’s really perfect as I normally can’t tolerate high, closed necklines) so I will point it out to you.

Don't Upset the Rhythm

The slit should be at the back of the top on this version, not the front. Remember what I said about sewing while sleepy….Rather than get really peeved and throw the top down in defeat, I took Shingai’s advice. I didn’t let it upset my rhythm!!

Go baby, go baby, GO!

Don't Upset the Rhythm

The pics were taken by my Missy, again. We snapped SO many, I had a hard time choosing, click here for more!!

EDITED TO ADD
When I look for completed versions of patterns I always wish the seamstress said more about sizing. Antoinette asked me about it in the comments. I answered there, but I’ll include my tidbits here, too:

I made the size 4 with no mods, except for the mistake with the neck opening, and I love the fit. I can’t really compare it to the Big 4 because I haven’t really sewn enough current patterns to be sure of my “regular” size.

My high bust measurement is 34 1/2, which is the listed bust for size 4 of this pattern. But the actual finished size of the top is closer to 42 inches (with the pleats relaxed) rather than the 50 listed in the pattern size.

I hope that helps someone!