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Mustard Yellow Camp Shirt // Willamette Wednesday // Sewing For Women

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Mustard Yellow Camp Shirt // Willamette Wednesday // Sewing For Women // Hey June Willamette Shirt

Happy #willamettewednesday my friends!!

Have you heard of #heyjunejune19? It is a super fun sewing month in honor of Hey June Handmade. This fun event is hosted this year by our beloved #letssewthistogether hosts, Loni of @Havinsewmuchfun and Jen of @Makerheart.

This month's fun includes giveaways every single day!! So many patterns and so much fabric!! Make sure to check out the hashtags and links above to follow along in the fun. And make sure to check out my Instagram today for a giveaway there too!

Not only are the DAILY giveaways, there are also TWO grand prizes that you could win!! Check out all the details and pertinent info in this post HERE.

Mustard Yellow Camp Shirt // Willamette Wednesday // Sewing For Women // Hey June Willamette Shirt

When Loni and Jen put out the call for Hey June Super Fans who would want to share their love of Hey June patterns, I immediately applied because, y'all... My love of the Willamette Shirt runs DEEP. This pattern has my heart, and my latest iteration of it had me melting in a puddle from the moment I first put it on. I could barely peel it off of myself to add the buttons!

Mustard Yellow Camp Shirt // Willamette Wednesday // Sewing For Women // Hey June Willamette Shirt

But boy am I glad I managed to part with it for that long, because those buttons. OH MY HEART.

So let's talk first about allll the Willamette's that are collecting in my closet. I have made four versions of View A so far, and this is my first version of View C.

Mustard Yellow Camp Shirt // Willamette Wednesday // Sewing For Women // Hey June Willamette Shirt

I didn't think it was possible, but I maaaayyybeee, just maybe, might love View C even a smidge better than I love my View A's??? That feels like cheating. It's like trying to choose a favorite among your children. Lol!

The first 2 versions of View A were made at the same time. My blue striped version was my "wearable muslin", you can see a bit more about that one HERE.

Mustard Yellow Camp Shirt // Willamette Wednesday // Sewing For Women // Hey June Willamette Shirt

Next up is the cream striped version, blogged HERE.

Mustard Yellow Camp Shirt // Willamette Wednesday // Sewing For Women // Hey June Willamette Shirt

The third version is the happiest of all the versions and helped to inspire #sewrtwstyle! You can read all about this version HERE.

Mustard Yellow Camp Shirt // Willamette Wednesday // Sewing For Women // Hey June Willamette Shirt

If you've noticed... Each of the View A's has had some sort of hack done to them, this pattern is so extremely easy to customize into so many different shirts! A tutorial of this gathered shoulder version can be found HERE.

Mustard Yellow Camp Shirt // Willamette Wednesday // Sewing For Women // Hey June Willamette Shirt

And NOW, we can finally chat about the one that makes my heart sing right now! :)

Mustard Yellow Camp Shirt // Willamette Wednesday // Sewing For Women // Hey June Willamette Shirt

This was one of those projects that just "happened". There was no overthinking (which I tend to do alot, yikes), the idea popped into my head, I printed another view of the pattern, grabbed my fabric and went to work! Come to think of it, I don't think I grabbed my seam ripper once during this whole make!

Mustard Yellow Camp Shirt // Willamette Wednesday // Sewing For Women // Hey June Willamette Shirt

This fabric is one that I've had in my stash for at least five years. Yes. FIVE. I remember loving it so much when I saw it on the shelf at Joann's. It was during the time that I was starting to explore using different substrates for the clothes I was making for my children. I remember loving the color so much, but I've honestly been scared of mustard and yellow tones until very recently! I always thought that it looked terrible on my skin tone, and since my kids have similar coloring to me, I guess I projected that onto them as well...??

And are you at all surprised to hear that it is rayon/linen?? My love for this blend started a long time ago. :)

Mustard Yellow Camp Shirt // Willamette Wednesday // Sewing For Women // Hey June Willamette Shirt

For whatever reason, I fell in love and bought the fabric. I even bought it twice! I initially purchased a yard to use for a garment for my kids, and then after a while thought I might be brave enough to try making a skirt for myself with it and purchased another yard later. And there it sat. In a sad little fabric drawer for all these years. Haha. What a story!

When the idea for this shirt popped into my head, this fabric was the first thing to accompany it! I honestly don't know where the inspiration came from. It wasn't a Pinterest image or an ad, or anything like that, it just floated into my brain out of nowhere and I had to make it happen.

This is straight View C, size 6. No fit mods, no changes to the sizing at all. It is sized down one from where the size chart puts me, as are all the Willamettes I've made. I made two slight modifications to the design. I gathered the back instead of creating a pleat. I simply started and stopped my gathering stitches 2 inches on either side of the pleat notches and gathered it in to fit the yoke.

Mustard Yellow Camp Shirt // Willamette Wednesday // Sewing For Women // Hey June Willamette Shirt

The second modification was simply to create a full button placket by sewing on buttonholes and buttons instead of sewing down the front placket as per the pattern instructions. I also opted not to topstich the facings since the button and buttonholes keep things in place. I'm still pondering this decision and may go back and edgestitch because I'm not sure how it will handle a wash? In the meantime I am LOVING the clean look of no topstitching!

Mustard Yellow Camp Shirt // Willamette Wednesday // Sewing For Women // Hey June Willamette Shirt

The buttons were also just meant to be... I got to that stage and didn't really have anything in mind, but knew that I had plenty of options in my stash. I pulled out about 6 different buttons and mulled it over for a few minutes, but the stark contrast of the shiny black buttons quickly won me over.

Mustard Yellow Camp Shirt // Willamette Wednesday // Sewing For Women // Hey June Willamette Shirt

I think it looks like a shirt straight out of a Madewell catalog and paired with my Lander Shorts, it has me singing all the camp songs! And now I need to re-watch the original Parent Trap. Because the remake... Nope. My kids are at "Camp Grandma" this week, but I feel like I need to run to the library and watch it all by myself. :)

Mustard Yellow Camp Shirt // Willamette Wednesday // Sewing For Women // Hey June Willamette Shirt

I think this post is wordy enough at this point, but I'll leave you with some more images, because I hope to convey the awesomeness of this shirt, the fabric, and the whole vibe. I'm seriously going to have to go find me a summer camp. 😄

Mustard Yellow Camp Shirt // Willamette Wednesday // Sewing For Women // Hey June Willamette Shirt

Mustard Yellow Camp Shirt // Willamette Wednesday // Sewing For Women // Hey June Willamette Shirt
 
Mustard Yellow Camp Shirt // Willamette Wednesday // Sewing For Women // Hey June Willamette Shirt

Mustard Yellow Camp Shirt // Willamette Wednesday // Sewing For Women // Hey June Willamette Shirt

Mustard Yellow Camp Shirt // Willamette Wednesday // Sewing For Women // Hey June Willamette Shirt

Mustard Yellow Camp Shirt // Willamette Wednesday // Sewing For Women // Hey June Willamette Shirt

*Shorts are Lander Shorts: Blogged HERE.

Deer and Doe Goji Shorts // Imagine Gnats Contributor

Tuesday, June 4, 2019

Deer and Doe Goji Shorts // Sewing For Women

Happy Tuesday!! I'm so excited to share all about my Deer and Doe Goji Shorts in Brussels Washer Linen over at Imagine Gnats today!

I ran into a couple of snags when making this pattern, but in the end it is something I adore and can't wait to make more of!

Head over to the Imagine Gnats blog to read all about it HERE.

Deer and Doe Goji Shorts // Sewing For Women

Deer and Doe Goji Shorts // Sewing For Women

*This post is sponsored by Imagine Gnats. All opinions expressed are my own, honest thoughts.

Shorts are paired with a Union St Tee, blogged HERE.

Shelby Romper // Pattern Testing

Thursday, May 16, 2019


Hey all!

Today I'm sharing my version of the brand new True Bias pattern, the Shelby Dress/Romper!
You can see the release post with more details HERE.

This pattern is a princess seamed dress or romper with a v-neck and button front bodice which includes waist ties. There are 2 dress views with traditional short sleeves, and 2 romper views with cap sleeves. The view variations are the hem lengths, which are mid-thigh and just above the ankle.


I had the opportunity to test this pattern and I'm really pleased with how it turned out! One of the things I really enjoy about pattern testing is that it pushes me out of my comfort zone to try some styles and patterns that I would otherwise probably not choose for myself.


I'm going to be really honest here and say that this was definitely one of those patterns! :) I wore dresses in my 90s childhood that were pretty much identical to the dress version of this pattern and I was never super happy that my mom made me wear them. Lol.

I've always, ALWAYS, been self-conscious of my tummy area, and I always felt like this style of dress accented an area I wanted to camouflage.


Well, I'm here to tell you that I honestly had a different experience with this pattern! First of all, I chose to make the romper version. Which is seriously, seriously FUN!!!


The second thing that made a difference in how I felt in the romper was that during testing, my fellow tester, Meg, suggested to tie the ties at the front. Such a super small change, but it really does have a different affect! The gathers can be concentrated toward the waist, which does a better job of camouflaging. And then as a group we discussed the easy modification of lengthening the ties to be able to be wrapped around the entire waist. I'm totally loving that idea!!


For sizing, I made a straight size 6. My measurements at the time of testing were: B:35.5" W:28.5" H:37". My current measurements are: B:36", W:28.5 - 29", H:38", and the fit is still good. I'm 5'3" tall, and I shortened the bodice by 1/2", and the legs by 1/2". Next time I would probably take an additional 1/2" out of the bodice for a total of 1".
*Ps. If I make this pattern again, I will go up a size, my body has changed over the last few months!

I made no adjustments to the neckline and found the v to be perfect and not too low. I would be sure this height doesn't change if I make it again in a larger size.

I found the cap sleeves to be a bit snug. I used a 1/4" seam allowance instead of 1/2" to give myself a little more room, and next time I would do a true full bicep adjustment. My upper arms are definitely not slim, so if you don't typically have a problem with sleeves being snug, you should be fine. And also, I was/am at the upper end of the size 6, so going up a size may help with that.

There were only a couple of minor changes made since this tester version. There was a little bit of gaping taken out of the neckline, and the other change was made only to the shorter views. The hem was lengthened by an inch.


The fabric I used is 100% rayon challis from fabric.com that I purchased through Amazon, and appears to be sold out at both sites.

This fabric is a great match to the pattern! Any lightweight flowy fabric will work great with this pattern! And I think a linen or linen blend would be really good as well.


That wraps it up! Overall, I'm really happy with my Shelby Romper! Those legs give me all the heart eyes! :)




Details:
  • Pattern: Shelby Dress/Romper
    • Size Sewn: 6 (next time will size up as my measurements have changed)
    • Height: 5'3", shortened bodice 1/2" and leg length 1/2" (next time will shorten bodice 1")
  • Fabric: Rayon Challis from fabric.com via Amazon - sold out.

Cotton Dobby Peplum Top // Imagine Gnats Contributor

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Hey friends!!

I'm just popping in today to let you know I'm hanging out at Imagine Gnats today with a post all about this FREE pattern I sewed up using the most delicious cotton dobby cloth from the shop!

Head over to read all about it HERE, and to hear how brain-bending geometry can be for me. Oof!


Brain hurts aside, I couldn't be happier with my new flowy, breezy, beautiful summer top!


Eucalypt Top // Sewing For Women

Wednesday, April 24, 2019


Eucalypt Top // Sewing For Women

Hi friends!!

I'm back today with another make from Megan Nielsen. The Eucalypt pattern recently underwent some updates and I was so excited to have the chance to make my first one ever, but using the new pattern!

Eucalypt Top // Sewing For Women

The pattern includes a tank or dress option and is intended for woven fabrics. True to my style, I decided to switch things up a bit! I had this 100% cotton Island Leaf Print Jersey from Cali Fabrics sitting in my stash for quite a while, and when this pattern popped into my radar, I knew that it would be perfect as a tank! And even better, the timing worked out that it was right before a beach vacation. Even more perfect!

Eucalypt Top // Sewing For Women

To make this pattern in knit, I made absolutely no changes since my fabric has no spandex content and it is quite a stable knit.

Eucalypt Top // Sewing For Women

To finish off the neck and armholes, I just made a typical knit band using self fabric. This worked out really well! The only thing I would do differently is to cinch things in just a leeettle tighter were I to do it over, because the openings are slightly loose. If I were to use a stretchier knit, I would size down one size for sure.

Eucalypt Top // Sewing For Women

It was a really quick sew in knit, and it wouldn't be much more time consuming in a woven. I sewed a size 8, and shortened the length 1 inch.

Eucalypt Top // Sewing For Women

I can't wait to make this pattern again in a woven fabric as well! I think a tank dress will be really fun for a casual summer piece!

Eucalypt Top // Sewing For Women





*Disclosure: A copy of the pattern was provided to me at no-charge in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed are my own.

Cottesloe Swimsuit // Sewing For Women

Tuesday, April 23, 2019


Hi friends!!

I'm so excited to be back with another Megan Nielsen make! The team has released 2 new patterns, absolutely perfect for summer sewing today. Psst, look for another post tomorrow! :)

I am absolutely thrilled to have had the push I needed to make my very first me-made swimsuit!! I have made quite a few for my kiddos in the past, but never took the plunge into making my own until now. I'm happy to report, it was no harder to make one for me than it was for them! *You can see some that I've made for my kids, HERE*

The Cottesloe swim pattern includes 4 views, 2 one-piece options, and 2 mix and match bikini options!

It is the PERFECT base pattern to create all sorts of looks! And of course I hacked it to make it all my own. ;)


To start with, I chose View D, which is a high-waisted bikini set with waistbands. I decided to lengthen the top, obviously, and chose to add some detail for a bit of interest. To add the ruffle, I extended the seam allowance of the bikini top waist seam 3/8" to accomodate folding under the elastic. The ruffle is simply a 1 inch strip of fabric, twice as wide as the front of the bikini top.

The bottom of the bikini is a strip of fabric, with the top edge matching the curve of the swim pattern, and extended down 2 inches from the side seams, then a straight line across at the bottom. The bikini back is lengthened in the same way, but all in one piece.

I also fully lined the suit, and actually double lined the front with the bottom corners of the second layer folded up and left open so that I could insert swim cups. To help keep the cups in place I stitched down the center of the two lining pieces before attaching them to the main fabric.

To assemble, I sandwiched the ruffle between the top and bottom pieces with right sides together. I sewed this seam with a straight stretch stitch on my machine. Next, I added a strip of elastic to the bottom edge of the front bikini top, I cut the elastic to be about an inch shorter than the width of the top. Then I serged the seam to finish it, folded the elastic under toward the top and topstitched.

After I had the entire top assembled, but no elastic attached around the arms and neck, I tried it on. There was a not so small amount of panic, because the top was way too small!!

I have gone over and over in my head why this might be, because I sewed the correct size. I think one reason is that my fabric is not overly stretchy. It does stretch to the recommended 50%, but it's pretty stressed to get there. I have other fabrics in my stash that definitely have more stretch than the one I chose.

I didn't even think to check this before I started sewing!! Rookie fail! And also, my lining fabric seems to be the same way. So factor in 3 layers of fabric that are fairly compression type fabrics, well it was pretty small.

I will however, be choosing a size or two up, especially in the width, with my next version of this pattern, because I think it does tend to run snug. I say this because I ended up putting side panel pieces in save the suit, and the panels added an additional 3 inches to the width! Hallelujah it was saved! Haha.



Huge props to my friend Teri for this idea, because I was so bummed that I couldn't even think how to try to save it, lol.

Let's talk about the bottoms now, shall we!?



I sewed the bottoms first, and I'm happy I did, because they were a 100% perfect fit at the beginning! I used a mesh lining for the bottoms, rather than the solid swim lining that I used for the top and they just feel more relaxed. Lining makes a difference, friends!



I did slightly scoop out the back legs, based on a rtw pair of bottoms that I have and love the fit of. I also chose not to add the waist band, and instead just added 1/4" elastic to the top in the exact same method as around the legs.



In the end, I'm so happy with how MY first swim suit turned out! I'm currently on vacation and enjoying every bit of the time I get to spend putting it to work! :)

You can find the Cottesloe swimsuit pattern HERE!




*Disclosure: A copy of the pattern was provided to me at no-charge in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed are my own.

Jenny Overalls // Sew Bibs

Thursday, April 11, 2019

Jenny Overalls // Sewing For Women

Hi friends!!

Today's make that I'm sharing with you, is the main reason I wanted #sewbibs to become a real thing.

Jenny Overalls // Sewing For Women

The Jenny Overalls. To be honest, when this pattern first released I thought it was a gorgeous pattern, but that it probably wasn't for me.

Jenny Overalls // Sewing For Women

Then Heather slayed me with her button front version. From the very first second I laid eyes on her amazing pair of overalls, I knew that someday, I'd have a pair just like them!!

I'm so so so happy that these finally became reality! I had so much fun sewing these babies!

Jenny Overalls // Sewing For Women

There are bonus pattern pieces available on the Closet Case website for this variation. I am so in love with it! Button front denim makes me swoon, and those patch pockets!! All the heart eyes.

Jenny Overalls // Sewing For Women

Since I hadn't made this pattern before, I knew that a muslin was definitely necessary, so I sewed one up with some preemptive pattern changes made. Since I have a short torso - like I discussed HERE - I took out 1" from the rise. Based on my measurements, I also graded between a 10 in the bust and waist to an 8 in the hips.

Jenny Overalls // Sewing For Women

The muslin turned out pretty good, but revealed that I needed to shorten the rise even more, as well as remove some length from the legs.

So for the final version, I ended up with 1 1/2" taken out of the rise, shortened the bib 1/2" from the top, and shortened the legs 1". Y'all. The fit is perfection!

Jenny Overalls // Sewing For Women

Even though I made a muslin, I still basted the whole thing together in my final denim fabric to assess the fit. This is very important since every fabric behaves differently! I ended up taking in the seam allowances a little bit because, even though this denim is a rigid denim, it was relaxing even as I was sewing. I think it will continue to break in as I wear them, so I kept the fit pretty snug, since I want a fitted look to these.

Jenny Overall // Sewing For Women

I did swap out the back pockets for Lander pockets. I just preferred the square shape to the round version included with the Jenny pattern.

Jenny Overalls // Sewing For Women

The fabric is 10oz Cone Mills non-stretch denim. I purchased it from Imagine Gnats, but it is unfortunately sold out! :( However, there are still quite a few other Cone Mills options available in the Imagine Gnats shop, as well as another favorite of mine, Threadbare Fabrics. And these shops happen to be sponsors of #sewbibs, so check out THIS POST for a coupon code to Imagine Gnats! But hurry, the challenge, and therefore the discount, ends tomorrow!

Jenny Overalls // Sewing For Women

I think that about wraps it up! I hope you enjoyed this post, because I sure enjoyed this project! I told my husband, this was one of those projects at the top of the list in my head. You know, the ones that are lit up by sparkles and unicorns are circling them? No, just me?? Haha. Well either way, it was a dream project that I'm so happy I tackled because it turned out exactly, if not better, than I imagined!!

Jenny Overalls // Sewing For Women

Jenny Overalls // Sewing For Women

Thanks for stopping by and spending a minute of your day with me!!

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*Disclosure: A copy of the pattern was provided to me at no-charge in sponsorship of the #sewbibs challenge. Hardware and fabric was purchased by me.
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