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Linden Sweatshirt // Sewing For Women

Monday, September 11, 2017

Linden Sweatshirt // Sewing For Women

Happy Monday! I'm popping in today to share my *first* (yes...) Linden Sweatshirt (purchased via Imagine Gnats, HERE). 

This pattern has been around for a little while and I, for reasons unknown, have waited until now to make one! Unknown reasons, especially because every version out there is great! So the little push I needed came from #lindenlove that was hosted last month on Instagram by SewNews. Seriously, check out that hashtag for mega inspiration! And also #lindensweatshirt

Linden Sweatshirt // Sewing For Women

I was also motivated to make the cropped version to go with my brand new high-waisted Lander Pants. The fabric I chose to use was also a direct result of falling in love with THIS OUTFIT made by Mie of Sewing Like Mad! The color combo is just toooo good! I already knew I absolutely loved this fabric because I used it to make a top HERE

Yes, I have two tops made from the same fabric and they are even both raglan sleeved. Haha. But I don't care, because I just want to wear them both all the time! The fabric is a rayon blend french terry from LA Finch Fabrics. The pink is sold out, but a lovely Heather Gray is available HERE.

Linden Sweatshirt // Sewing For Women

So my thoughts on the pattern... I have nothing but good to say! The fit is so good. I made a size 6, my bust measurement puts me between a 6 and 8, but my hips are 4/6. I made a straight size 6, in the cropped length and added the included bands to the sleeves for just a bit more length there. I used the pattern piece for the band, but lengthened it to be just a hair shorter than the bottom of the short sleeve pattern piece.

The pattern pieces fit together perfectly, as do all Grainline patterns. The instructions and illustrations are nice and clear and the pdf is easy to assemble. 

Linden Sweatshirt // Sewing For Women

I just love the easy, slouchiness of this shirt. Yet it still looks pulled together. I will be making so many more of these!! I want to make the longer length for winter and I'm just dreaming of all the cozy fabrics I can use for them! I also want to try going down a size and using lighter-weight fabrics for a shirt-like fit.

Linden Sweatshirt // Sewing For Women
I should mention, I didn't make any changes to the length at all, I am 5'3". I'm really happy with the length. I like it being shorter, but not super cropped.

Linden Sweatshirt // Sewing For Women

Overall, I just find it to be really comfy and flattering. I'm loving it paired with my Lander Pants here, but it's equally cute with jeans or even work out pants for a super cute power-walking top! ;)



I've been told one cannot have too many Linden's so I'm going to be working on that! How many Linden's do you have??

Linden Sweatshirt // Sewing For Women

Linden Sweatshirt // Sewing For Women

Linden Sweatshirt // Sewing For Women

Linden Sweatshirt // Sewing For Women

Linden Sweatshirt // Sewing For Women

Pattern: Linden Sweatshirt (Size Sewn: 6)
Fabric: Rayon/Poly French Terry from LA Finch Fabrics, pink sold out, but gray available HERE.
Pants: Lander Pants, blogged HERE
Shoes: Rifle Paper Co Keds
Necklace: Target

Lander Pants // Sewing For Women

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Lander Pants // Sewing For Women

Oh happy day!! Today is release day for True Bias's newest pattern! The Lander Pant and Short.

*From the pattern description: The Lander Pant and Short includes front and back patch pockets, belt loops, and a straight fit through the legs. View A is a short with a 4" inseam, View B is an ankle length pant, and View C is a boot length pant that can be worn with a heel.


Lander Pants // Sewing For Women

I am finding myself in a sort of style transition, personally. I am being drawn to colors that I haven't been before, and I'm taking steps out of my comfort zone as far as styling goes as well. So when Kelli asked if I would like to test this pattern, as soon as I saw the high waist, I was all in! I've been wanting to try this style for quite a while and just hadn't jumped on it yet.

Lander Pants // Sewing For Women

That being said, once they were sewn up, I did struggle a little bit on how to style them. But once I stopped thinking about it so hard, and just *wore* them, I found out that I had a lot in my wardrobe already that paired really well!

Lander Pants // Sewing For Women

I found that it wasn't so much the high waist that I had an issue with as the wide leg. I'm not used to that style of pant, but balanced with the right top and shoe proportions it definitely works!

Lander Pants // Sewing For Women

My fabric choice here has something to do with how wide the legs seem/feel to me. Since this was a tester version, I used a "tester" fabric, if ya know what I mean. Lol. This is a very stiff twill of some sort that I grabbed a while ago in the Joann's red tag bin. I can't wait to sew these up in a fabric with some more drape. I think it will cause the legs to drape more and take some of the wide look out of the lower part of the leg. 
You can see in Kelli's samples (hello gorgeous) what I mean by that. She used Kaufman Ventana Twill for her samples, and obviously, this is a perfect choice!

Lander Pants // Sewing For Women

For my next pair, I'm planning to use a linen/rayon blend. Super excited to see how those will turn out!! I'm also planning to make a pair of shorts in some stretch denim. YAS.

Lander Pants // Sewing For Women

So let's dive in to some of the construction and fitting details, shall we?
This being the tester version, there are a couple of changes made to the fit. The main thing being that the crotch was scooped out a little more in both the front and back. This is reflected in my version you see here, but I also added a bit to the front crotch length and I think that was unnecessary.

Lander Pants // Sewing For Women

If you choose to sew up this pattern (I mean, you really SHOULD! πŸ˜„), I would definitely recommend making a muslin. That's not a step you should skip with this style of pants!

Lander Pants // Sewing For Women

She also added a bit of wiggle room in the seam allowance through the hips. My muslin version had absolutely zero stretch, so I needed to let the side seams out a bit that time. My final version that you see here was sewn up exactly as per the pattern, so fabric content will play a part in the fit here. 

I did shorten the hem by 2 inches, because, short. But that's a super easy mod to make. The bottom of the pants are straight, so taking them up a couple of inches isn't an issue, next time I will take that length out at the lengthen and shorten line to keep the proportions a little better.

Lander Pants // Sewing For Women

I love, love, love, the dressed up look with the crisp white shirt and wedges. But like I said, I played around with styling and made a cropped Linden sweatshirt to wear with it as well. The high-waist, plus cropped sweatshirt length is perfection! I paired it with my Rifle Paper Co Keds, because the colors are absolutely perfect, but I'm not 100% sure I'm sold on the chunky sneaker look with the pants. Maybe sandals would be better? Either way, it's cool today and I'm wearing this look with the sneakers anyway, haha.

Lander Pants // Sewing For Women

All in all, I can't wait to make up another pair of these cropped pants, they are on my sewing list for this month. But I'm seriously dying to make a pair of the shorts, even if the weather seems to be getting too cool for them! We have been known to get a heat wave in October here, so who knows, maybe I'll just go for it.

Lander Pants // Sewing For Women

Lander Pants // Sewing For Women

Lander Pants // Sewing For Women

Lander Pants // Sewing For Women

Fabric: Mystery Twill from Joann's
White top, necklace and wedges: Target
Pink top: Linden Sweatshirt (will edit to add link to blog post next week!)

Trevi Top in Rayon // Imagine Gnats Contributor // Sewing For Women

Friday, August 25, 2017


Hi guys!! Today I am hanging out over at Imagine Gnats again. This time sharing my first Trevi Top experience. It's awesome and amazing. One of those perfect marriages of pattern and fabric. This print. The shape of this top. I'm swooning.


I adore button up backs!! And the high neck combined with the slight racerback style is so flattering.


So head over to Imagine Gnats and read the post HERE!


I paired it *of course* with my all time fave Chi-Town Chinos (post here).

Fringe Dress // Sewing For Women

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Fringe Dress // Sewing For Women

Hi everyone! I'm so excited to show you my Fringe Dress that I made as a tester for the Fringe Dress and Top Pattern. It was just released this week from Chalk and Notch. AND, it's on sale through Monday, August 28th! There are several options to buy; the Chalk and Notch shop, Chalk and Notch Etsy, and also through UpCraft Club.

If you are a newsletter subscriber, make sure to check your email this morning as there may be a surprise for you to use in the Chalk and Notch shop!

Fringe Dress // Sewing For Women

So let's dig into this pattern, shall we?! This dress is incredibly flattering on every body I have seen it on! It is a woven dress pattern and features 2 views. Both views include front and back darts, dress or blouse length, optional dress pockets, optional front or back waist ties, a shaped hem, gathered skirt and interchangeable cuffs.

I sewed View A, which features a button up front and elbow length sleeve cuffs with a sleeve tab. View B is a pullover style with a notched front and shorter sleeve cuffs.

Fringe Dress // Sewing For Women

I made no changes to the pattern at all, sewing a straight size 6. This is where the hem length hits me at my 5'3" height. Next time I would probably shorten the skirt 1-2 inches, so that the front hem hits right at or above my knees. But it would also be fun to lengthen by the same for a slightly longer look, or even lengthen to a maxi!! I've seen 2 maxi versions so far and they are amazing.

Fringe Dress // Sewing For Women

I added the optional waist ties, sewing them into the back darts. I like the little bit of extra shaping it gives the dress.

Fringe Dress // Sewing For Women

The details in this pattern are just stunning! I can't wait to sew a View B. I just can't decide if it should be a dress or blouse first!

Fringe Dress // Sewing For Women

If using a fabric such as rayon for this pattern, I do have a little tip for you. I chose to do the optional interfacing on both the bodice and the facing pieces. And even in doing so, I managed to stretch out my left side just a bit (you can tell ever so slightly above). I gave it my best effort at steaming it out, but it still gapes open slightly. It's made much worse when I sit down, so I'll need to sew in an invisible snap at the intersection of the bodice pieces. This is an easy fix, but just something to keep in mind while sewing your version!

Fringe Dress // Sewing For Women

The fabric I used is a Telio Rayon Voile, from fabric.com. Sadly no longer available, but here is a link to the description if you're interested.

Fringe Dress // Sewing For Women

This was my first time sewing with rayon voile, and I explained it to some of my friends as sewing with air. Funny because a few days later I read that Anna Maria Horner describes it as "challis moves like water and voile moves like air". This could not be more spot on. I was expecting this to be similar to rayon challis, which is what I'm used to sewing, and it is. Just lighter, and has much airier movements.

Fringe Dress // Sewing For Women

But even with it's lightweight properties and light color, this is really quite opaque. I was expecting more sheerness, but this really nice! I'll probably always wear a half slip under it, but you can't even tell that I'm wearing one.

So there you have it! I'm in love with my Fringe Dress. I plan to make at least 2 more versions of this pattern soon!

If you need more inspiration (and fabric buying motivation, there are COUPONS people!), there is an amazing post chock full of all that goodness on the Chalk and Notch blog today. I highly recommend you check it out HERE!

And don't forget to grab your copy by Monday, August 28th at the sale price!

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Pattern: Fringe Dress
Fabric: Telio Rayon Voile


Charlie Caftan // Imagine Gnats Contributor Post

Monday, August 7, 2017

Charlie Caftan // Sewing For Women

It's a week all about the Charlie Caftan over at Imagine Gnats!
*FYI, you're going to want to check out the post today for a surprise for you all!

I am sharing about this ERmazing Charlie Caftan I made in a double gauze from her shop. The pattern/fabric combo could not be more dreamy!!

I made several changes to the pattern for this dress, so be sure to head over to check out all the details!

You can find the post here.

Charlie Caftan // Sewing For Women

Charlie Caftan // Sewing For Women

My Sewing Space // Homespun Magazine Feature

Thursday, August 3, 2017

 Hello, all!!

Today a little thing happened. My sewing space was featured in this month's Australian magazine publication 'Homespun'. This magazine can be found in print in Australia only, from what I understand, but can be found online in various locations such as Amazon, Zinio, & Barnes & Noble. There are options to subscribe for the whole year or purchase only the current issue through the online resources as well.

I am so honored and blown away to have been asked to be featured in this issue! I was given permission to publish the article here. It's a little surreal to see my space showcased in magazine format!

My Sewing Space // Homespun Magazine Feature

BY JANAI VELEZ

"A stylish, functional and kid-friendly sewing area in 10 square metres may sound like a bit of a squeeze. But with vertical storage, mood lighting and plenty of toys, Heidi Polcyn has achieved the trifecta.

   Heidi describes her sewing space as the "centre of the action". It's the intersection of five doorways and it doubles as a play area for her three children, which means "navigating the war-zone of toy landmines" every time she leaves her chair. But Heidi admits that she loves having her kids close by. "It allows them to play and be with me, and we can interact while I sew. It can be distracting at times, but this is truly the only way I can get any sewing done. Of course, the most productive times happen when baby is snoozing in his room!" she says. But once awake, there are plenty of play areas nearby. "off to the left of the space, there is a corner by the stairs that houses the play kitchen and baby book nook, so baby can 'read' while I'm pottering around my space. The dining room is also off to the left, and the table serves as my cutting table when needed. The big kids have all of their craft supplies and Lego in that room, as well. They love to work on some little project while I'm working creatively."

   Although Heidi was never really keen to sew as a teenager, she took to stitching with gusto after she married and wanted to furnish her home with bespoke pieces. "My mum used to sew frequently when I was very young and occasionally during -----

My Sewing Space // Homespun Magazine Feature

--my adolescent years. I remember watching her, but was never very interested in trying it for myself. It wasn't until I started sewing more frequently in my early 20s that I realised just how much I'd picked up simply by watching my mum." Heidi hopes the same osmosis process happens with her own children. 

   Since then, Heidi has extended her repertoire from home decor to clothes for herself and her children. "There is something so satisfying about making a garment from nothing but a pile of fabric and having it fit well and that you can wear out in public proudly."

   From wardrobe to home decorating, Heidi strives for a cohesive style. She especially loves lots of bright white spaces with pops of colour - as seen in her thrifted sewing chair, which she reupholstered from a solid cream fabric (that had seen better days) to a distinctive floral print. "I may have squealed a little after I put it back together and saw that it turned out just as I had imagined and hoped," she says. This has become the focal point of the room, doing the decorative heavy lifting to support simpler Ikea installations around it.

   The finishing touches - lights, photos, greenery - transform the space into something special. However, Heidi emphasises the importance of having a functional, as well as pretty, space. "My favourite furnishings are probably my desk top, with the Ikea Alex drawer units. Everything I need is there at my fingertips."

   Working in such a tight space does mean that Heidi has to be practical when I comes to storage. "If I don't have a place for something, then it (or something else), has to go." But that's sometimes easier said than done, as fabric-hoarder Heidi admits, saying she has a hard time letting go of material.

   Heidi has waited to have this special sewing spot, and says the interim didn't dampen her enthusiasm. "My sewing space has travelled literally around the whole house. It started out as a tiny, ugly little desk that was just barely big enough for my vintage sewing machine. If you love your craft. it doesn't matter where you do it. Just make time for it, and someday you may be able to find a dedicated spot in your home for it. But don't let it be a roadblock to doing what you love to do!"

A FEW OF MY FAVOURITE THINGS

PEG BOARD SPICE RACKS - These little racks have so many uses, and in my sewing space they are perfect for holding overlocker spools

MY BERNINA 305PE - It was a splurge purchase, but one I don't regret one penny of! It handles anything I've thrown at it and sews it well.

THE LIGHTS AROUND THE PEG BOARD - They add such a whimsical and homey feel to the space, plus some much needed light. For just a few dollars, they add a lot of punch!

MY CHAIR - It was thrifted, but looked new when I bought it. Originally, it had cream coloured upholstery. Needless to say, after a few years of regular use, it needed to be recovered. I decided to go from plain to a big pop of colour and now it's one of my favourite pieces in the space.

GIANT PEGBOARD - It is the statement of the space. I can easily store things that are used frequently out in the open, but still in an attractive way. And it's easy to switch things up if I feel the need for a change.

ROW OF WALL HOOKS - I like to hang frequently used patterns and in-progress or finished garments. It's handy to have the patterns out and ready to go, and fun to admire a pretty garment for a while.

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If you are interested in finding the current month's issue, look for this gorgeous crochet cover!

My Sewing Space // Homespun Magazine Feature

I hope you enjoyed reading more about my sewing space! If you have any questions for me, don't hesitate to email me directly, or leave a comment below and I will reply. I'd love to hear from you!

Chi-Town Chinos in White // Sewing For Women

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Chi-Town Chinos in White // Sewing For Women

Hi all!

I'm popping in today to share about the latest Chi-Town Chinos I made.


I am a chinos gal, through and through. I love me a good pair of jean shorts, but the perfect chinos are just hard to beat! That being said, I think these are pretty close to that "perfect" pair. 

I blogged my first go at this pattern HERE

The second (navy) version remains unblogged, but is definitely worn constantly! Below are a some phone pics for reference.

Chi-Town Chinos // Sewing For Women

Chi-Town Chinos // Sewing For Women

Chi-Town Chinos // Sewing For Women

The navy pair was made in a 100% cotton twill from Joann's. I am super pleased with the quality of this fabric, it has held up very well and is also very comfortable to wear. The only downside is that it relaxes quite a bit with wear. By the end of the second wear for sure, I need to throw them into the laundry to shrink back down so I don't feel so loosey goosey and *ahem* frumpy. 

The first pair I made, blogged HERE, was made in a lightweight denim, plus I lowered the rise (oops, my mistake), and that pair also relaxes into a super loose fit. Although, not as quickly as the navy twill pair.

All that to say, it is the nature of the pattern for the shorts to relax into that "perfect" fit as you wear them. But I'm finding that fabric choice plays a huge role in how much it relaxes. 

I liked the navy twill so much I went back and grabbed it in white! I'm so happy I did, because this is without a doubt, my favorite pair of white shorts I have ever owned.

The first two pairs I made, I made in a size 6. My hips measure a size 6, while my waist measures a size 8. Alina has a very handy waist extension built into the pattern, so if you are like me with a size larger waist than hips, there is really no pattern alteration needed to achieve a great fit! I used the waist extension in the first pair. The navy pair I found I didn't need any waist extension at all, and even took in some at the side seams. 

The white pair I'm showing here today, was made in a straight size 4 and the waist extension was not used. Although, I still cut it out with it intact so that I could custom fit as I sewed them. I definitely recommend custom fitting each pair you decide to sew because of how differently fabrics can behave!

Chi-Town Chinos in White // Sewing For Women

All of the Chi-Town shorts I have made, I have lengthened the inseam by 2 inches. This pair was the same, the only difference being that I forgot initially to taper in the outer leg seams when I sewed them together and topstitched the seam. With topstitching thread no less... One of those sewing moments where you just have to put the project in timeout for a while. 

I put the shorts in timeout, but my brain couldn't let it go. I first thought, I'll just leave it, it's not that bad! Because I really didn't want to unpick the topstitched HEM, and the side seams! But the more I thought about it, the more I knew it would bug me so badly that I wouldn't wear them, and other than that one blunder these were amaaaazing. So I decided to go at it the next morning and fixed it, and properly! You can't even tell where the original and re-stitched topstitching thread meets. Totally worth the extra hours spent on this project.

In case you are wondering, I tapered the side seams in by 1" (as per flat pattern, so 2" total width is taken out from each leg), starting at nothing at the pocket point and tapering down to the greatest decrease in width at the hem. I used my hip curve ruler, but it is just the slightest teensy curve, a straight line would likely achieve the same result. I did taper the inner leg, ever so slightly, I think I took 1/8" out there.

Chi-Town Chinos in White // Sewing For Women

The next change I made was to scoop out the back crotch seam by 1/4". The navy blue pair above required only an 1/8" scoop. But going down a size required a little more scooping for my low booty.

Chi-Town Chinos in White // Sewing For Women

Lastly, I interfaced the waistband facing piece with a lightweight interfacing. I did this in hopes that it would help keep the waistband a little snugger and not relax as much. I'm very happy to report that it seems to be doing the job well! I've worn these shorts several times since making them and they still feel snug and supportive when I wear them. 

Chi-Town Chinos in White // Sewing For Women

For this pair, I used a lighter interfacing because the fabric itself is pretty hefty and I didn't want to add any bulk at the waist. I plan to make another pair in a lighter fabric and I'll probably use a slightly heavier interfacing for that. I also have plans to make a couple pairs in some stretch twills I picked up. Those will definitely need interfacing to keep them from stretching out. 

Chi-Town Chinos in White // Sewing For Women

In other words, I need all the Chi-Towns. So many. In all the colors. Lol.

Chi-Town Chinos in White // Sewing For Women

I used a white jeans zipper from Imagine Gnats Shop for this pair and I feel like it upped the "legit" factor for me to the next level. :) 

Chi-Town Chinos in White // Sewing For Women

Another handy little tool for making this pair of shorts was this Craft Awl that Rachael sent over for me to try out. I was struggling to get the bottom part of my belt loops attached with the bar tack and was fearing the fate of my finger when trying to evenly push it through. Enter the "wrong" end of the craft awl! It was perfect for pushing the belt loop through the presser foot, the cushion grip meant no slipping at all. I can't wait to use it next time to install some jean's buttons onto some actual jeans!


Also, shout out to Lara Liz. I have been enjoying reading her blog lately and I like how she references not only the fabric and patterns she used, but also the tools and notions! So I'm going to take a cue from her and list them here as well. I think it's nice to know where other get their supplies and maybe you'll find some new shops to support as well!

Chi-Town Chinos in White // Sewing For Women

Sources: (Click on description for available links *no affiliates in this post*)
Pattern: Chi-Town Chinos (Alina Design Co)

Tools: 


Notions: 
Top is the Pony Tank Pattern by Chalk and Notch, blogged HERE.




I hope this information dump was helpful! Thanks so much for reading!


**Disclaimer: I was given the zipper and craft awl in return for an honest review.**


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