Union St Sweater Tee // Imagine Gnats Contributor

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Hi everyone!

I'm just popping in with a little post alert. Last week, over at Imagine Gnats, I shared this super easy sweater tee hack using the Union St Tee.

All the fabric details and pattern alterations are included in the post. Head on over to read it HERE!

Harper Shorts & Willow Tank // Sewing For Women

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Harper Shorts & Willow Tank // Sewing For Women

Hey all!

Last week I sewed up a pair of Megan Nielsen Harper Shorts. Megan is currently running a pattern of the month series, and Harper is up this month!

I was excited to try this pattern, because I love the dramatic curved pockets on the front and the sleek clean lines. I was also excited to try another bottoms pattern of Megan's since I loved my Ash jeans SO MUCH and they fit so well straight from the pattern.

Harper Shorts & Willow Tank // Sewing For Women

This pattern was a relatively quick and easy sew since there is no fly to sew in, and I eliminated the lining (explained below).

I was absolutely thrilled that when I pulled these on for my first fit check, that they again, fit perfectly!! I made a straight size small, which is where my measurements put me. I chose to sew View A, but with View B length. In the end, I ended up shortening by 1 inch to arrive at the length you see here.

The only fit tweak I made was to take a slightly larger (1/8") seam allowance in the inseam.

These shorts are definitely the "fanciest" pair of shorts I've ever made! They are intended to be fully lined, but I chose to use a pretty substantial mystery fabric from my stash, so I skipped the lining and just finished it off with the included facing. This worked wonderfully well, and still yielded a lovely end product.

I tacked the facing down by stitching in the ditch at the center front and side seams to keep it in place. I also finished off the edge of the facing with some bias tape to keep things clean on the inside. (I will be posting photos of this on my Instagram page HERE)

Harper Shorts & Willow Tank // Sewing For Women

I chose to substitute the invisible zip in the center back for an exposed metal one. I thought it would be a fun detail, and I'm so happy with it!

In the photo above you can see the cool texture of this fabric. It's almost like a double gauze, with this textured cross-hatch side, and the reverse being smooth. It's "quilted" together in a diamond pattern. I didn't do a burn test, but by feel I would say it's mostly cotton, and it's just pretty cool!

I also hemmed the shorts by hand with an invisible hem stitch and it kept the look clean and sleek. Totally worth it for this pair. And since the fabric was nice and stable, it was quick for hand-hemming!

When I was sewing these up, I kept playing around in my head with how I wanted to style these, and since it's basically fall, I'm craving all the comfy, cozy vibes. It's no secret I love sweaters and shorts paired together, and fall is the perfect opportunity to do so. But I felt like I needed a bit more of a "fall" element, so I scoped out my stash and found this plaid shirting. It called out to be a Willow Tank! So I listened, and I'm so happy to have this touch of plaid to add to this outfit!

Harper Shorts & Willow Tank // Sewing For Women

I love the Willow Tank, and was planning to make several this year, but hadn't yet got around to it. The first one I made (see here), I unfortunately made a size too small. Because of the sizing of the Scout Tee, I had decided to size down, but for this new plaid version, I sized up a size which is the size the chart indicated I should make. I'm happy to report the fit is perfect! Lol, listen to the size chart y'all.

I did make the same fit changes to this one as previously. I did a 1/2" swayback adjustment, raised the dart 1 inch, and graded down to a size 0 at the hips. I also scooped out the neckband and armholes slightly.

Harper Shorts & Willow Tank // Sewing For Women

The lightness of the shirting (from Imagine Gnats), paired with shorts is perfect for our warm fall weather. I like to wear cozy cardigans whenever possible, and I love how this one from Old Navy pairs with the outfit!

Harper Shorts & Willow Tank // Sewing For Women

Because the Harper Pattern was the featured pattern of the month, there was a discount code offered to newsletter subscribers. So if you aren't signed up yet, I'd advise to do so! :)

I'm super happy with my new Harper Shorts and I know I'll be revisiting this pattern in the future. Megan has a complete sew-along up on her blog now, and the last post shows a super ADORABLE pair of wide leg crops that I'm dying to make! Oh, and the pattern pieces are free to newsletter subscribers. So what are you waiting for!? :)

Outfit Details:

Sweater: Old Navy

Tank: Willow Tank - Grainline Studio

Shorts: Harper Shorts - Megan Nielsen Patterns
  • Fabric: mystery cotton from my stash - purchased 5ish years ago (eep!)
Shoes: Target
Necklace: me-made

*disclosure: The Harper Shorts pattern was provided to me in return for an honest review. All opinions expressed are my own.

August Project Round-up // Sewing For Women

Monday, September 10, 2018

August 2018 was one of my very favorite sewing months ever. I feel like I made so many staple wardrobe pieces and they have already been worn non-stop! I decided that it really needed it's own round-up post.

First up; I made a pair of Blackwood Cardigans.

This pattern is an ABSOLUTE staple in my wardrobe! It's a cozy layer that is practical, but the hip-length makes it stylish and helps me feel put together, no matter what I throw it on top of.

I batch sewed the cardigans, so they were finished at the same time. I made the same slight fit alterations to both. I shortened the bodice by 1 inch, and the hem band by 1 inch as well. Next time, I will take an inch out of the sleeve length as well.

This dreamy, creamy 1x1 rib knit is from Imagine Gnats, and is blogged HERE.

Outfit: Blackwood Cardigan; Tank = Target; Lander Shorts

The next one is made up in a textured stripe knit in white, also from Imagine Gnats, click HERE for the fabric. This knit doesn't have the same amount of recovery as the 1x1 rib, and I like the slouchier fit that it has. However, the sleeves ended up way too long. I still need to take a couple of inches off the sleeve length and re-attach the cuff.

Outfit: Blackwood Cardigan; Union St Tee, blogged HERE; Morgan Jeans, blogged HERE

I also snagged some Olive Green Cone Mills Denim at the beginning of the month, and even though it wasn't in the plans, I carved out some time to sew up a pair of Lander Shorts from it, because... !!!!!

If it were socially acceptable to wear them every day, I would definitely do it this fall! 😄 Click HERE to read the blog post about them.

I was into sewing pairs this month. I sewed a pair of Willamette Tops next.

I have had this pattern since the release and just never got around to sewing it. I'm very much regretting my procrastination because I missed out on so much goodness for so long!

This blue stripe version was my test round of the pattern. It turned out perfect and I made no additional changes to the second version!

The fabric is a lightweight cotton shirting from Joann's, and the button is from my stash.

The second is made in hemp/organic cotton, available at Imagine Gnats, all the fit and pattern alteration details are blogged HERE.

Whew! There's still more!!

Up next is my very favorite make, probably ever. I made a Fringe Dress with a Wrap Front Hack, and blogged the process and tutorial over at Chalk and Notch. Make sure to head HERE to read the post!

Lastly, I made another pattern hack. See? I was really into the pairs this month!

This is my jumpsuit sewn from absolutely incredible Italian linen. You can read all the information HERE!

And there they are! I feel like they create an unintentional little capsule wardrobe as a bonus! They've all been hanging on this rack, one-by-one, as they came off the machines. I wear them and just put them right back, because I'm enjoying the eye candy for now!

Stay tuned for September's makes, because there is quite a line-up coming this month too!

Link Round-up:

Blackwood Cardigan
Union St Tee
Morgan Jeans
Lander Shorts
Willamette Shirt
Wrap Front Fringe Dress
DIY Jumpsuit

DIY Linen Jumpsuit // Marcella Romano Blog Tour

Tuesday, September 4, 2018

DIY Linen Jumpsuit // Sewing For Women

Hi friends!!

I am honored to be a part of the Marcella Romano Blog Tour today. Marcella Romano is a tiny fabric and fashion company in Italy. They have a beautiful selection of amazing, quality fabrics in bold colors and beautiful textures. They also offer a small collection of unique handmade garments for sale.


Myself, along with the other bloggers on the tour, all independently chose fabrics to work with and each one chose a different print and/or substrate. The makes on this tour are STUNNING! So make sure you check out each post throughout the week!

I chose this beautiful 100% linen fabric called Little Square Black and White Collection. The fabric was soft and lovely when it arrived in my mailbox, but after a pre-wash and dry, it became even softer!

DIY Linen Jumpsuit // Sewing For Women

This fabric is stellar quality and the drape and texture is perfection. The more I wear it, the better it molds to the right shape and becomes even more comfy!

DIY Linen Jumpsuit // Sewing For Women

I debated far too long about what I wanted to make from this fabric. How could I not?! I wanted it to be something that would showcase the fabric in the best way possible, and also something that I would love to wear.

DIY Linen Jumpsuit // Sewing For Women

I finally settled on a jumpsuit! I had a pretty specific picture in my head of what I wanted it to look like. Of course, I couldn't find a pattern just like it! So I did what any determined sewist would do, and made it work. ;)

DIY Linen Jumpsuit // Sewing For Women

I chose to mash two patterns together; and used the top of the Marigold Jumpsuit, by Tilly and the Buttons, combined with the Emerson Crop Pants by True Bias.

DIY Linen Jumpsuit // Sewing For Women

I didn't write a tutorial because I ran into some hiccups along the way, but I'll walk you through the basic steps and give some tips that may help, should you want to try it yourself.

First of all, I modified the Marigold Jumpsuit to have a straight neckline, rather than the sweetheart neckline design included in the pattern. This is a very straight forward modification, and you'll need to make the same adjustment to the front facing piece.

The second modification I made was to insert the zipper into the center back instead of the side seam. This was as simple as cutting the back bodice in two pieces rather than on the fold and including a 3/8" seam allowance for the zipper.

Lastly, I slimmed the straps by 1 inch total, taking 1 inch from each side of the pattern piece.

DIY Linen Jumpsuit // Sewing For Women

I sewed the Marigold exactly as per the pattern, making no adjustments to the sizing. I found the sizing to be spot on, and the bust darts hit in exactly the right spot as well.

Next I cut out my Emerson Crop Pants, adding 1 1/2 inches to the rise. Here's where a tip comes in. As I raised the height of the rise, I forgot to make sure that the waist didn't continue to taper in more at the top. Because of this, I can juuuuust pull this up over my hips. Oops!!! But also, because of this, once it's on, this jumpsuit fits like a GLOVE on the bottom half of me. And I don't hate that. ;)

DIY Linen Jumpsuit // Sewing For Women

Even with my near miss at being able to pull the jumpsuit on, I have no trouble at all sitting and bending over, so I'm pretty happy about that as well!

DIY Linen Jumpsuit // Sewing For Women

Attaching the top to the pants is where I ran into the most difficulties. And it was definitely a make-it-work-as-you-go sort of project. In the end it all worked out fantastic, so I'm just going to stick with that memory, and forget the rest. Haha!

The problems were mainly just my errors, since there is a lot of fabric going on when sandwiching both the top and the bottoms between the waistband, and things were getting stitched that weren't supposed to be stitched. There was also an issue where the seam pulled apart because I graded too closely. A rookie move when working with linen!!

No modifications were needed to attach the waistband to the top, and if I make it again, I will just double check the size of my waistband before sewing it all together. The jumpsuit top needed to be gathered just slightly into the pants waistband to make things fit, but had I made the waistband the correct size, things would have fit even better.

DIY Linen Jumpsuit // Sewing For Women

I changed up the pleats from the Emersons to be just one big pleat and pointing out toward the hip, then I sewed it down 2 1/2" from the top. This was a design choice, because I like the sleek look it produced. I had played around with gathers in front rather than pleats, but that look was not something I was happy with at all.

DIY Linen Jumpsuit // Sewing For Women

After all that sewing, I was so excited to play around with styling! I was waiting on a pair of mules to come in the mail, but they didn't arrive in time, so I styled it with these fun sandals. I really like the look for summer!

DIY Linen Jumpsuit // Sewing For Women

And since we are heading into fall, I also paired it with a Blackwood Cardigan and now I just want it to be cooler already!

DIY Linen Jumpsuit // Sewing For Women

The necklace is also a very simple me-made, and I just absolutely love how it looks with this outfit!

So there you have it! My latest make, and I love how it pairs with some other basic me-mades already in my wardrobe. I can't wait to wear it throughout the rest of the summer and this fall!

DIY Linen Jumpsuit // Sewing For Women

Here are the links for the other ladies on the tour again, please be sure to visit them and share some love!


Outfit Details:

Fabric: Little Square Black and White Collection (100% Linen) by Marcella Romano

Patterns used for Jumpsuit:

Necklace: Me-made

Sandals: Target
Hat: Target (similar)
Glasses: Warby Parker

*This post does not contain affiliate links. The fabric was given to me in return for an honest review. All opinions expressed are my own. The patterns were purchased by me.*
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