Friday, October 10, 2014

Bleuet

Hi y'all!  Long time, no talk!  As most of you know, I'm insanely busy this year (grad school + work) and have so much less time to sew than I used to!  It's been really hard for me to scale back sewing and blogging and not feel guilty about it because I miss you guys!

My most recent make may be my most favorite, though.  It took me a few scattered hours over three weekends to put this beauty together, but I think it was well worth it....


Meet Bleuet!

As with all of my other Deer + Doe makes so far, I didn't have to make any adjustments to the fit to get a wearable garment (other than grading in at the over bust/shoulders which is a standard adjustment in all patterns for me) which is pretty flipping awesome.



The real miracle of it all is that I didn't have to do a FBA.  Seriously, what kind of magic are they cooking up over at Deer + Doe?  I'm obsessed with the drafting of all of the patterns I've tried so far because they just fit so well!



If I'm being a stickler here, though, I think I could definitely make a few adjustments for next time.



I've lost a little bit of weight recently (and inches because I'm so short any change is kind of major) so I think I could size down.  I've got some extra room in there, but I think it'll be pretty perfect as-is for layering throughout the fall.  I also could stand to shorten the bodice by about an inch and do a little swayback adjustment.  That beautiful bow is a little low in the back :)



Speaking of bows, how cute is this?  Seriously, though, I'm obsessing over the way the pattern and the fabric came together on this one.  I never would have thought to put it all together, but Sally came to the rescue.  She assumed (because, like, duhhh) that I bought the dotted swiss expressly for contrasting this cotton, and mentioned it to me!  Naturally, I pretended like it was my idea all along...



Oh, and thanks to all of you who helped me pick buttons!  I went with the coral and I think they're a winning choice! (Although I was seriously tempted by the "home is wear the heart is" parody potential lol)



I think that it's really the finishing that makes this dress fabulous, though.  The bow, collar, and all of the princess seams are topstitched which really brings the whole thing together in my opinion.  The hem is faced, which I also think is a nice touch on the inside.  It makes me feel all fancy :)

I'm in love with my Bleuet and the fabric and the buttons.  Really, just all of it.



How's your make coming along?

If you've been stitching up Deer & Doe, don't forget to add a photo to the flickr group!



Details:
Pattern: Bleuet by Deer & Doe
Size: 40, graded to a 38 in the shoulders
Alterations: NONE!
Fabric: 1/2 yd white dotted swiss + 2 yds glorious quilting cotton from The Needle Shop that is now   all gone :(

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Reglisse

When the Reglisse pattern was released last year, I think my heart stopped a little.  It literally has everything I love: tie collar, elastic waist, and circle skirt.  

I've sewn up three Deer and Doe Patterns so far (but not blogged them all, because I'm SO bad at photographing things).  Here's what I've learned so far: they are drafted really, really well for ladies with curves.  I have yet to make a FBA on a single pattern, which is HUGE for me.  Not only does it save time, but it means I'm more likely to just get sewing.  My sewing time has been cut short lately, so that little push of no alterations has really got me going.

That being said, I do not consider this a well-fitting or well-made garment.


But, true to my pledge to sew all the deer and doe patterns by the end of the year, I thought I'd share it with you anyway.  The weather here has drastically changed, so I don't think I'll be making another one until the spring.  I need some sleeves!!

So many things went wrong with the construction that had nothing to do with the pattern, and everything to do with the fabric.  I had been hoarding this blue and white seersucker for a year and a half.  I had initially earmarked it for a hawthorn, but nixed that idea when my muslin needed so many changes.

I thought it would be perfect for the Reglisse dress, though.  It's so light and soft, and really just wanted to be a floaty dress.  What I failed to consider, however, is that this pattern is cut on the bias.  The fabric stretched like CRAZY and I was left with a waistband and a skirt that just did not want to match up.

In the end, I took out about two inches of the bodice and the skirt to make it work.  I added a seam up the front and the back instead of ripping out the side seams, but the fabric is just too floaty.  It didn't press well, and that front seam is enough that I probably won't wear it.  The bodice stretched out pretty badly, too, so it's also a bit more blousey than I'd like.

I talked to Sally about it, and she had zero issues putting hers together, so I'm blaming the fabric on this one.  Bummer because it had such potential!  They can't all be winners, though, right?  Onward!

Details:

Pattern: Reglisse by Deer and Doe
Size: 40 graded to a 38 in the shoulders
Fabric: 2.5 yds Seersucker
Alterations: none


Sunday, September 7, 2014

Let's Sew Deer and Doe!!

When you make sewing friends in real life, funny things start to happen.  You have several of the same fabrics in your stash, you borrow patterns you wish you owned, and you discover that between the two of you, you own every single Deer&Doe Pattern.

Oh, wait, you don't??? Maybe that's just us.  You see, we're a bit obsessed.

The Quirky Peach and Craft Sanctuary have been spending a lot of time sewing together and obsessing over all of the pretty sewing patterns Deer & Doe has to offer.  The Deer&Doe collection is gorgeous, wearable, and perfect for our lifestyle.  A total wardrobe, if you aren't the pants-wearing type.  Which I'm not...

A couple of weeks ago, a thought crossed my mind: what if we sewed all of the patterns instead of letting them sit in our stashes?  We already have them all, after all.  How long would that take?  Would anyone want to sew with us?

Let's Sew Deer and Doe was born.


Let's Sew Deer & Doe



Sally and I are challenging ourselves to sew the entire Deer&Doe collection, between the two of us, before the end of the year.  Can we do it?  We'll find out, but I think it's going to be totally manageable.  As long as we keep posting about it to keep ourselves accountable, that is.  Personally, I'd love to sew them all of them myself, but I just don't know if I'll have the time, so I'm not committing to that much of a challenge!  Watch this space, though, it could happen!

We know that not everyone wants to sew every pattern, but we're challenging you to sew along with any Deer&Doe Pattern!  We set up a flickr group for everyone to show off their beautiful makes, and we'll be doing a giveaway at the end of the year.  We'll pick some favorites from the flickr group, and put up a vote for readers to choose a winner.  The winner will get a Deer&Doe pattern of their choice and some other goodies that we're not sharing yet :)

Any garments made from September 1st - January 1st can be added to the group, and are eligible.

Interested in sewing along?  We thought so because we LOVE Deer&Doe too!

I'll be posting my makes here, and Sally will be posting over at The Quirky Peach, so be sure to follow along there as well :)

Pick a pattern (or 10, they're all gorgeous), post to the flickr group for a chance to win, grab a button, and watch this space.  There's about to be a Deer&Doe party in here!

Let's Sew Deer & Doe

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

If you like Pina Coladas...

There are pineapples on my dress.

Apparently, I lost a finger on my right hand.  I'm just that excited.

Ahhhh, the joys of sewing.  This is my first version of Moneta.  And, there are pineapples on it.  Did I mention that?  Pineapples.

I'm about a million percent surprised at how well this came together.  My twin needle behaved the entire time, which almost never happens.  Maybe it was really excited about the pineapples, too.  Clearly, I'm not...


Can't you tell?

White is officially the worst color to photograph, though.  Everything is so washed out!  That belt is hot pink, and the pineapples are super bright.  Whatever, you get the idea.



The only issue I ran into was with my serger (go figure).  It kept flattening out the gathers as I attached the skirt.  We figured it out in the end, and all is well.  Translation: I chopped that shit off which shortened the bodice and the skirt so now I must wear a belt.  Whatever, there are pineapples.  I'll be wearing this one for a while.



I'm a little unsure of the fitting on this one, too.  I cut a size M for this, because the fabric has very little stretch.  But, I have weird gaping in the overbust armscye area.  Anyone else run into this issue?  I have NO CLUE how to fix that shit.  I tried sizing down (and used a stretchier, drapier fabric) and the weird gape-age was still there.


I have a huge pile of knits, and like 3 knit patterns, so I was really glad to add this to the arsenal.  I won it as a prize for TMS indie pattern month, and Dresses & Me sent it to me from NZ.  Thanks again Penny!  She's got an awesome online shop you should totally check out!

Details:
Pattern: Moneta
Size: M
Alterations: Inadvertently shortened the waist...ugh
Fabric: Tossed Pineapples Cotton Jersey

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Cascading

Hi friends!  I hope the end of your summer is going well!  Things have FINALLY heated up in this part of the world.  Of course, just after I was on vacation.  We have been having a weird sort of cool summer with lots of rain, so I'm glad to finally feel the heat, even if I am a little sticky.

I'm totally loving my new place.  Turns out the tripod-backyard combo is most excellent for cranking out photos, since I can just run in the house and change outfits and get lots of things photographed at once.  Backyard for the WIN!



It occurred to me today that I never showed you guys my Cascade.  Well, the one that's actually a skirt and isn't attached to the most fabulous dress ever.  You've all seen that one.  Unfortunately, it's not quite as much of a staple as this is.  It probably should be.  Maybe I just need a fancier life.
Anyway, here she is!



I just love this pattern.  Really, both of these patterns.  Nettie + Cascade have been paired up all summer around these parts.  Flowy, breezy, and adjustable for those nights when you've had a really big burger.  A perfect summer combo.



I don't have much to say on the construction, as it was really straightforward.  It all went together perfectly in an afternoon, and just fits.  My kind of pattern!  The fabric is rayon challis, my fave.  It's so easy to work with and feels so good on the skin.



For those of you in the states, have a fantastic Labor Day!  I'll be spending mine camping at the beach in Michigan.  Have an awesome weekend guys :)

Twirl-age factor 
Details:

Pattern: Cascade
Size: S, with XS length
Alterations: None
Fabric: 2 yds of rayon challis from Joann's

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Sail Away

Oh haiii there!  Once again, I didn't expect to be away this long AT ALL.  But there was moving and the last week of my semester at grad school.  Oh, and I didn't have internet for two weeks after I moved.  It was terrible.  I missed you all!  I also really missed Netflix, but that's another story...

Anyway, I'm off this week before I go back to school (5th grade science and math, get excited, y'all!).  I'm hoping that I'll catch up in photographing all of my makes, post them, make lots of more new things, and catch up on my blog reader.  That is, after I go to the beach of course.  It's a tough life.


This little beauty is Simplicity 1692, which is a reissue of a 1940s pattern.  It's not the most exciting thing I've ever made, but I wanted something really simple for this fabric.  Four seams is probably the most simple a top can get, right?



I opted for the lower neckline and left out whatever closures and darts they wanted me to add.  I also finished all the edges with the narrow hem foot on my sewing machine instead of facing/bias tape like they recommended.  The shoulder seams puckered a little bit, but I can deal with it.  This is a super cheap poly chiffon from JoAnn's, so I'm sure that has something to do with it!

Also: SAILBOATS!  Who gives a shit if it is cheap; there are sailboats all over it.



One other fitting thing before I leave you all to go sew, sew, sew.  I am technically hourglass-y shaped (which I don't believe since I have a flat butt, so take that information with a grain of salt) in terms of measurements, which means I usually have tons of room in the hips of most patterns since they tend to be drafted for a slight pear shape.  This top is TIGHT across my hips.   Like if I gain a 1/2 inch, it won't fit anymore.  So, if you're even a little bit pear shaped at all, you'll need to grade this baby out at the hips.  Also, it hits me just below (like and inch) my waist.  I'm 5ft tall, and super short-waisted, so that's like 6in below my boobs.  If you're not a shortie like me, you'll need to lengthen this several inches.

Details:

Pattern: Simplicity 1692
Size: 10
Alterations: Omitted neck closure and under bust darts


Sunday, July 27, 2014

Nettie to the Maxi

Wohoo! I'm back!!  I started grad school this summer (yay!) so things have been extra special hectic around here recently.  Translation: I have like 10 things to show you but no time to take pictures!  I'm also moving to a new apartment with a backyard (!!) this week, so I'm hoping that once things get settled I'll have a perfect place to take photos with a tripod and won't need to wait for Mr. Photo-taker.



So, the maxi.  It started its life as a Nettie...and ended here.  I really, really needed a new "I feel like wearing pajamas all day" dress as my old, store bought cozy maxi is looking a little sad.  So I hacked my Nettie pattern.



If I didn't sell you enough last time: get a Nettie.  It's so hackable, and seriously the perfect start to so so many possibilities.  I'll probably make a million.  Sorry, not sorry.



This was a super duper easy hack if you also need some public-appropriate super comfy maxis.

Here's what I did:

  1. Cut out the pieces for the high back and the scoop front, stopping at the "shelf bra" line instead of going all the way down the bodysuit.
  2. Cut out extra binding for the arm holes.
  3. Cut two rectangles for the skirt pieces, 30in wide x whatever you want the length to be.
  4. Gather using Andrea's most excellent method.
  5. Attach the skirt pieces to the bodice pieces.
  6. Sew up the sides.
  7. Attach armhole binding using the same method as neck binding.
  8. Hem if you want. I didn't because I'm a rebel lazy.


I'm hoping to make up some more of these in shorter versions with natural waists because the empire waist isn't the most flattering.  Boy is it comfy, though!




Oh, and just in case you missed it on instagram, my hair is purple.

And, clearly the most important thing is that the boy says I look like a mermaid in a maxi on the beach with purple hair.  So, here's my best fish face.


Details:

Pattern: Nettie by Closet Case Files
Size: 8, graded to a 4 at the shoulders.  I should have just done a straight 8 here, though, this fabric is not as stretchy as my last one!
Fabric: 2 yards of mystery cotton-poly-whatever jersey from JoAnn
First version: here