• Designs,  Sewing

    Leggings

    I recently made 2 pairs of self-drafted leggings. I typically wear leggings like these as pajamas year-round and as long underwear beneath jeans in the wintertime. I followed the “Legging Block” draft in Winnifred Aldrich’s book Metric Pattern Cutting for Women’s Wear (5th ed., page 164). This is the first time I’d used an Aldrich draft, and I was interested to try it out. The book says that the pattern is “drafted for maximum stretch…Lycra fabrics”, but my resulting first pattern was much too big throughout, especially at the waist! The instructions do have some minor adjustments to create negative ease but not enough for my fabric, and oddly, the…

  • Sewing

    Jersey Bodysuit

    This is my first time sewing and owning a bodysuit, in particular. It was fun and easy to make, and I like how it gives a nice tucked-in look with jeans. The bodysuit is very form-fitting though, which can easily result in one’s bra outline showing through. I found the fabric on clearance at the supermarket, and I really like the soft handfeel and warm color. I like the 3/4 sleeve length okay, but I think I would prefer long sleeves if I made this again. Pattern: Rowan by Megan Nielsen Version: bodysuit with crew neck and 3/4 sleeves Fabric: jersey, polyester/spandex blend While cutting out, I made the small…

  • Sewing

    Watson Bra

    This is the fourth bra that I’ve sewn and the third bra I’ve made from the Watson pattern, but it’s my first blogged lingerie project. I enjoyed making this relaxed bra style as an introduction into bra making that didn’t involve as many fabrics and trims (like underwires, channeling, etc.). The simplicity of the pattern was nice so that I could get more comfortable with applying the elastics and sewing with foam. Bra making has also added to my experience and confidence sewing with stretch knits. I’m very happy with the construction quality I put into this project but not quite as satisfied with the fit. I’ve tried a couple…

  • Designs,  Sewing

    Burgundy Skirt

    This button-front skirt made in polyester/cotton broadcloth is my most recent pattern drafting project. Starting from my sloper, I closed the darts, balanced the side seams, added pleats, and drafted a straight waistband with 1.25″ positive ease. I started with less ease, but added more since it was initially too tight. The finished waistband is comfortable for sitting, but I find that it’s a bit too big to sit exactly at waist as intended. For future skirts, I plan to either incorporate a bit of elastic in a straight waistband or draft a contoured waistband that sits slightly lower on the body so that the extra room for sitting is…

  • Designs,  Knitting

    Great Lakes Hat, Proto 2

    Here’s another edition of my Great Lakes Hat design. I made this prototype a few months ago. For this version, I altered the gauge a bit. The pattern still needs some revision work, and that’s okay; it’s work for another day. I enjoy wearing this hat nevertheless! Yarn: 100% merino wool, DK weight

  • Designs,  Knitting

    Great Lakes Hat, Proto 1

    I knit this hat quite a while ago and am finally sharing it here. The design was inspired by the waves traveling across Lake Michigan, thus the name: Great Lakes Hat. It’s an original design that I was anticipating self-publishing. I’ve decided not to release the pattern for the time being. There are some changes I would like to make to the pattern first, but now’s not the right time. I’m not sure if I’ll release the pattern in the future or not, but I did learn a lot from the design process for this project, and I’m looking forward to applying what I’ve learned to future projects. Yarn: Zitron…

  • Sewing

    Corduroy Pants

    This is my second time sewing up the Dawn Jeans pattern by Megan Nielsen. You can see my first pair of Dawn Jeans here. This time I made the wide leg version. Like before, I cut a size 4 in the waist and blended to a size 6 in the hips with no other pattern alterations. The fit is roomy and comfy. The fabric is a cotton pinwale corduroy with some mechanical give. I’m continuing to slowly make progress on stash busting! This corduroy has been in my stash for 6 years. The first pieces I started sewing were the pockets. I was using a heavy jeans needle without thinking…

  • Knitting

    Agathis Hat

    This hat is another stash-busting project! I originally purchased this yarn 9 years ago to knit a pair of mittens. The leftover yarn has been waiting around in my stash for that long! And I still have 65 grams of this yarn left. The hat used 70 grams and the pom-pom used 7 grams. I found the pattern easy to follow, and I'm very happy with the finished product!

  • Weaving

    Heating Pad

    My sweetheart and I worked on this project together as a gift for his parents. We had recently finished building a floor inkle loom together when we got a request for a heating pad as our first weaving project. We had designed the loom based on photos we found online. Unfortunately, the wooden pegs wound up bending significantly under the tension of the warp yarn, but we did successfully weave this warp-faced fabric! We then folded the fabric length-wise, sewed up the sides, and filled it with field corn. To heat the pad up, you put it in the microwave. This project was certainly a learning experience regarding this type…

  • Sewing

    ABQFI Production

    Earlier this month, I went back to New Mexico to participate in the production phase of the ABQ Fashion Incubator volunteer program. The goal of this event was to produce children’s winter coats for charitable donation to a community in need. I wrote a quick blog entry about the pre-production phase in July. This time, I spent 5 days at the sewing factory with approximately 25 other volunteers. The first day, we got to work plotting the marker, spreading the fabric, and cutting. The cutting took about 3 days. The fabrics we used included a wool melton coating and kasha satin lining. We spread the fabric 15 plies thick, and…