• 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…

  • Sewing

    Khaki Dawn Jeans

    Last month I sewed up my first pair of jean style pants! The pattern is Dawn Jeans by Megan Nielsen. I made the straight leg version. Following the size chart, I cut a size 4 in the waist and blended to a size 6 in the hips with no other pattern alterations. I found the pattern easy to follow, although I wanted to find an easier way to sew the fly, so I followed the method shown in this Youtube video by Taylor4u. My machine (a Janome 8077) handled this project well until I reached the waistband. Then the bulky seams led to some challenges. The machine pushed through though, and…

  • Sewing

    A Simple Dress

    For a long time, I’ve wanted to dive deep into pattern making. I’ve been dabbling for quite a while, but now I’m hoping to begin making greater progress. Earlier this year, I drafted a new set of slopers after having outgrown my old ones. I used the European method as taught by Elizabeth Allemong in her self-published book European Cut. I have had wonderful luck with this method and highly recommend it to others! Now I am beginning to apply basic pattern making techniques to create style patterns. I’ve studied pattern making in school and through independent study, but for this knowledge to become practical, I have to apply it…

  • Sewing

    ABQFI Pre-Production

    Earlier this month, I attended a four-day pre-production program in Albuquerque, New Mexico, hosted by Kathleen at ABQ Fashion Incubator. Approximately 10 volunteers came to this planning and training event where we learned about what is involved in preparing for apparel production. Pre-preproduction was phase 1, and the next trip will be phase 2: production! The goal of this volunteer program is to produce children’s coats for charity. Below I’ve listed some of the topics we learned about during the pre-production phase. I won’t go into too much detail about all I learned, but if you’re interested, I encourage you to take a look at the wealth of information on…