Pant Set Refashion – Turia Dungarees with Embroidered Florals

Happy Friday everyone! I am still doing Me Made May (and totally forgot to post a second week roundup so I’ll do a two week roundup in a few days) and have my latest make to share today! I actually have two other makes that I need to blog about too so expect a few more posts in the next couple weeks.

As I mentioned before, one of the things I love most about Me Made May is seeing what people wear on a regular basis, not just pretty dresses for special occasions. It’s more about staple garments and there are quite a few new patterns that have caught my eye.

I’ve actually had my feelers out for an overall pattern for some time, but I’ve just been waiting around to take the plunge. I used to make fun of my mom for wearing overalls. And she used to dress me in them – which made me kind of hate them. But overalls have been updated and the new versions are so cute (and practical!) that I had to try out a pair.

The Turia Dungarees by Pauline Alice have popped up in my Instagram feed more than once and I finally decided to take them on. I liked that they came in two versions, and the short-alls were perfect to make in the middle of a small heatwave. I didn’t want to buy any new fabric because I didn’t even know if I would like the look of overalls on me, and really didn’t want to waste nice, expensive fabric on something that wouldn’t fit properly. So I decided to make a wearable muslin.

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I had this denim pants set from my grandma’s closet for years, sitting without a plan. I really didn’t know what to do with the set, but there was a lot of material to work with so I figured some idea would come to mind. There seemed to be plenty of material to work with for a muslin of dungarees and I set out tearing apart the pants. I actually didn’t think I would need to cut too much into the jacket, but to my surprise, I needed almost all of it!

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This photo is one of the pant legs opened. I was able to get the two pant pieces on each leg, and one of the pocket pieces. There were a few smaller pieces to this pattern that were able to fit in random places. Nothing is properly on the grain, but they all fit!

As you can see, the jacket had these embroidered flowers on it, and I didn’t know if I should use them of not. I decided to play with the florals, since this was a muslin, why not, right? I had to cut the bodice pattern in half to place the florals properly, but was able to use all embroidered pieces in the final product!

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Turia was a really great pattern to make, and I didn’t have any issues with construction. I think I have a slight issue with fit, and want to work on that for my next pair. I made View B in size 36. Of course, the hem was too long for my petite body and I had to hem them up an extra 2″ from what the pattern called for. My altered hem makes it a little difficult to walk normally, because it feels like the crotch bunches more than it should. There is a ton of space in the crotch, which you need to actually bend, but I think there is more than there should be, so my next version I’ll be taking this up a bit. I think I would also like the lower the bodice, as it will make the piece more modern and mature.

I should also note, I didn’t need to insert the two side zippers, as this denim had just enough stretch and the sides are low enough.

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I know this pair is somewhat cutsey, and I don’t know how much wear I will get out of this version but they will be great for working in the garden. The pockets on these are fantastic!!

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I love taking old pieces and creating something new with them. Refashioning doesn’t have to mean a quick cut and stitch, it can be making something completely different. I don’t always like using muslin to make a test garment because it might not be the right weight, but old garments are a great way to use fabric – and gives you the option to wear the piece after sewing!

Me Made May 2017: Week 1

It’s May! And if you are involved in the sewing world, you know it’s time to bring out all the handmade pieces and get ready for a bunch of awkward pictures of ourselves! This is the third year I’ve participated in Me Made May, and I love the challenge. It’s a great chance to encourage each other, and I think of it as a fun time to find new patterns to sew, since you get to see what people wear on a daily basis. I’ve been stalking the Turia Dungarees and the Maritime Shorts have been added to my sewing list!

I’m doing a daily post over on Instagram (@trishstitched) and throughout the month, I’ll be doing weekly re-caps of each day here on my blog!

Day 1: Sewing Day! I wore a Handmade Lark Tee and Seamwork Oslo Cardigan with a pair of RTW shorts from Target. Both these makes are unblogged, but both have been made this year.

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Day 2: The past two weeks I was on call for jury duty and Tuesday I got the call into court. This was my second time being called for jury duty so I knew it was going to be a long day of sitting. I didn’t have any handmade items that could pass off for business causal, that I would be warm in, so my handmade’s came after I got home. I changed into a pair of Seamwork Aires for the rest of the day. (Another item unblogged, but I wrote about another version of them here.

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Day 3: Another sewing day, which means I dress pretty casual. I wore my first woven version of the Lou Box Top, blogged about here. I’ll be wearing all my versions of the Lou Box Top this May!

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Day 4: Seamwork Astoria! When I go to work on my parent’s farm, I tend not to wear me-made’s because my farm clothes get really dirty, and go through tough work. There are some pieces I don’t mind wearing, and I wear so many more me-made’s in summer because I have a lot more work- friendly options. But we will see how far I get this May with work clothes! Also featuring my 7 month old niece, Molly!

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Day 5: A really crappy day on the farm. It poured all day long and was pretty cold. I wore a shortened Seamwork Neenah (unblogged) and my Kelly Anorak .

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Day 6: Floral Astoria ( link above) and my first pair of Ginger Jeans. This pair is no where near perfect but they are pretty comfy.

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Day 7: My new pair of Ginger’s and a me made tank. Sunday’s are my day’s with Drew, but next week I’ll be starting to work Sunday mornings so this was our last day alone for a few months. We had a nice day of food shopping, shoe shopping for Drew and watching tv.

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While I tend to wear handmade items almost every day, I find taking photos of some of my outfits boring because they feel plain. I think for the remainder of May I will try to dress a little nicer when I’m home just so I’m not in leggings constantly! Are you guys participating? How did your first week go?

Purple Floral Workout Gear- Sports Bra & Leggings

Three posts in one week – I’ve been on such a sewing kick that I want to share what’s been going on in my little world!

I’ve been saying for a long time that I’ve wanted to invest in making activewear. It’s one of those projects, much like jeans, that comes with fear. I need activewear that’s going to work – like really work. I need comfortable, durable and proper fit. As a runner, it is so hard finding supportive sports bras at a reasonable price, and while leggings are a dime a dozen, I need thick, moisture wicking pairs and they have to have a pocket.

The absolute most difficult part about sewing activewear is the fabric. Recently, JoAnn’s has been offering amazing active fabrics, and I’ve picked up a few different pieces. Before that discovery, I bought from a couple online stores and was pleased with the materials as well. I tend to stay away from materials that are too thin, because the finished product can feel cheap, and the thinner something is, the less likely I am to wear it on a constant basis.

The second most difficult part about sewing activewear is finding the right pattern. I made the Pneuma Tank, but discovered that it really isn’t as running friendly as I would like. There are a ton of leggings patterns, and I’ve made a few, but have come to love Sloan Leggings because of the pocket option. I love the design lines, because they don’t cut off horizontally, but rather vertically, which is petite leg friendly.

I’m still working on making tops, and have a couple patterns to try out but I wanted to test a new sports bra first. There are a few sports bra sewing patterns on the market, but many of them look weak (meant more for yoga or walking, not high impact). I snatched up a copy of Simplicity’s latest sports bra pattern #8339 and tested it out with some leftover active fabrics and am very happy with the result.

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I made view C, but it’s actually difficult to figure out what view is what based on the envelope. I made the version with skinny straps, lower back and no bra closure. I followed the instructions on measurements and based on my size, made a C, and cut out pattern pieces for size 30. If you plan on making this bra, it is SO important to follow the pattern sizes and not your typical bra size. The fit came out so well for me and if I had sewn my ready-to-wear size, it would have been way too small.

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I’ve mentioned in the past that my bras need a layer of padding and I feel very uncomfortable without one. This pattern makes it pretty easy to add cups but no, this bra does not come with instructions for adding cups – I’m still waiting for a pattern like that! Luckily there is Petite Josette’s tutorial for adding bra cups, so I took that base and remixed it.

I did not make the cups in this bra removable. If you don’t care that your cups are removable, there are just a few steps to adding them to this bra- I’m planning on writing a small tutorial post for those interested.

The skinny straps on this bra are rather supportive, but I wouldn’t wear this if I was going out for a 10 mile run. I haven’t tested it yet, but I’m sure it would be great for a shorter 3-5 mile run. When I’m going on longer runs I like to wear clothes I would wear for race day, and I think the thicker strap bra would be a winner for that. I didn’t make the thick straps because I like the lower back of view C but plan on making view B for my next bra. The strap support of view B has major potential to be my go to sports bra pattern.

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Now I need to be honest here, I wear my sports bras for more than running. I wear them as often as I can, because regular bras are a pain. In my everyday life I’m pretty active, with working on the farm and constantly moving around in my sewing studio, that the need for a real bra only exists when I go out. Mind you, I’m a small B, so I also don’t need to constantly wear a super supportive and fancy real bra. So this bra is not just for running – it’s just an added perk that I can wear it for multiple uses. If you are a bra specialist, I apologize, I’m sure this is a HUGE no-no – It’s just what I enjoy wearing!

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This pattern is a definite keeper. It’s cute, comfortable, comes with various sewing options and it’s supportive. This version also matches one of my favorite pairs of Sloan Leggings!

Details:

Plum Active Fabric: Sold out from Imagine Gnats but there are other colors available!

Floral Cotton Lycra: Sold Out from Spandex World but this site has a ton of fabric options.

Pink Waistband Elastic: Joann Fabrics

Grey (straps): Joann Fabric

I can sometimes be on the fence with bigger pattern companies, because sizing can be so off on my body. I encourage you to give this pattern a try if you are looking for a good sports bra. Next on my pattern wishlist is a pair of double running shorts (bike shorts underneath a pair of regular shorts). This is my favorite style of running shorts and they are SO difficult to find! Guess I have to make my own pattern!

Have a great weekend!

Janome Skyline S9: Mother’s Day Tea Bag Holder

I’m back with another project using my amazing Janome Embroidery Machine! I wanted to share something quick and simple, with so much room for customization! You can download and print out the Janome PDF instructions HERE.

I’m usually pretty good at gift ideas. There are a ton of things I want to buy for people, but usually way out of budget. Over the years I’ve been doing well with handmade gifts and my ultimate go-to is this tea bag travel wallet.

It started with needing a gift for my mom. She is an avid tea drinker- like 4-6 cups a day tea drinker. She gave up caffeinated tea a few years ago and has been hooked on only specific kinds of herbal. If you are a tea drinker, you know that most restaurants and diners have unlimited supply of coffee but can really lack when it comes to tea. My mom started carrying her own tea bags wherever she went, in a little plastic baggie. It was obvious she needed a home for her stash.

I made her a little tea holder, then started getting some requests for more! My sister was next, her tea bag holder was a Christmas gift. I have one in the queue for Drew’s sister and decided to make his mom one for Mother’s Day!

This has become such an awesome gift I wanted to share a tutorial so you can make your own- or gift one!

You will need:

Scrap Fabric, 1 Button, Piece of  Ribbon, Water Soluble or Erasable Pen/Pencil, Embroidery Supplies

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Step One: Cut 4 pieces of fabric 5″ x 7″, one will be your outer, and three will be inside. If you are adding embroidery, cut one piece stabilizer, otherwise, cut one piece interfacing. (The stabilizer/interfacing will go on the outside layer, attach.)

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Step Two: Embroider your front piece. Fold your front piece in half width-wise and lightly mark the piece in half. This will show you roughly how much of the front piece will show in the front of the wallet. You will only be able to fit a small amount of embroidery, but have fun with it! I used small lettering and small butterfly design in the machine. There will be a button sew onto the front, so keep that in mind when designing your front.

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Step Three: Take two of the interior pieces to become pockets. Fold each one in half lengthwise and iron. Topstitch both pieces.

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Step Four: Measure 1″ up from the bottom of the last piece of fabric you have left. On this line, pin one of your pocket pieces. Sew with a 1/4″ seam allowance.

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Step Five: Take your second pocket and line it up with the bottom of your interior piece, below the first pocket. Sew in place.

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Step Six: Mark the center of your pockets. Sew this line from the bottom up to the top of the pockets.

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Step 7: Cut a 6″ piece of ribbon or bias tape, pin to the center of your pockets. Sew with a 1/4″ seam allowance.

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Step 8: With right sides together, sew interior to exterior, leaving a 3″ hole.

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Step 9: Turn wallet right side out and iron wallet. Topstitch around wallet and sew the bottom closed.

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Step 10: Fold wallet and position ribbon towards the front. Mark where your button should be sewn. Sew your button on, only going through first layer of fabric.

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And you are done! Pair with a few boxes of tea bags, a cute travel mug and you have a great, easy gift!

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Cargo Ginger Jeans & Fashion Revolution

Happy Monday everyone! I hope you all had a wonderful weekend. Today I’m sharing a project that has been on my mind for months.

When I first graduated college, and was still living at home, I was able to save some money to spend on clothing. I’ve always been very careful about spending, and take time to buy something I really want. I found a pair of green cargo pants that were made with sustainable materials, from an eco friendly fashion site just starting out. They were around $50, so I was pretty happy to purchase. A month after purchasing, I didn’t receive my pants. I was somewhat devastated – I saved all this money, carefully found the perfect pants and now I don’t get them? I contacted the company and the CEO called me trying to explain. She didn’t really apologize, didn’t really say much of anything, just that the order was on the way. So you could say I was pretty turned off by the entire experience.

Eventually I got my pants. And they were too big. It was such a hassle to get them, I figured if I returned, it would take forever to get my money back. So I kept them, and wore them even though the waist was way too high and large. I don’t wear them very often, but always had a vision of making my own pair- that actually fit. And as far as I know, the company is no longer selling apparel.

With this dream of making cargo pants, I bought Kauffman Stretch Twill from Fabric.com back in December. I didn’t want to attempt these pants until I finished a second pair, so I would have a little more experience. Jeans sewing is still very new to me, and with each pair I make, I’m getting closer to the perfect fit. My last pair was pretty close because I was able to lower the rise and take some inches out of the waistband. The fit came out SO MUCH BETTER than my first pair, but I took a little too much out of the rise, and the waistband was still a little large. For this pair, I added a little more to the rise, and took an extra inch out of the waist.

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Clearly these are very tight. I’m pretty sure it’s because the fabric is twill, not denim and there wasn’t as much stretch as my previous pairs. But even with that, they are comfortable and over time I know they will be worked in. I wanted to add some detail to the pants, but didn’t want to make them too overdone. I added some textured pockets in back, and a pocket to the leg.

For the back pockets, I pretty much stole the idea from Suzy Bee Sews. Her pockets came out awesome and I had to have them for my own behind. I made up the pockets as I went, so I’m sorry there’s not a guideline for doing it yourself, but it’s rather easy to play around with.

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For the side pocket, I roughly followed the tutorial on Imagine Gnats Site from Dandelion Drift. I used the shape of the pocket, but added a center pleat for interest. The original pocket was too large to sew onto my thigh so I cut it down a few inches all around and closed it with a few snaps.

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I still have a fear of installing the grommets on my jeans. I had an issue installing the button and needed Drew to hammer it in, so grommets freak me out. Since they are the very last step, the LAST thing I want to do is make a hole I can’t cover. I’m actually looking into grommet hardware because I want to add grommets to some handbags, so eventually all my handmade jeans will have more hardware.

If you follow me on Instagram (@trishstitched) you would have seen my pretty floral pockets! The fabric came from a stash I found when cleaning out my grandparent’s house. They were napkins, and now they will line the pockets to my favorite pants.

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In other news, it’s Fashion Revolution Week! I wrote a post about it last year, which is still very, very relevant- feel free to read! This is a cause very near to my heart. I am still on my way to a 100% me made wardrobe and have come pretty far within a year. I’ve been working hard on my handmade jean collection, and my basics like t-shirts as well. I’ve made a bra, but still need to work on undergarments. It’s a long process, but well worth it to me.

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{Pictured here are my Cargo Ginger Jeans, Kelly Anorak, and Copy & Paste Tank}

If you are interested in learning about the subject, I recommend watching The True Cost on Netflix. It is an informative and eye-opening documentary, and a good place to start to learn about the real fashion industry.

Floral Dress to Top Refashion

Happy Earth Day! There are a lot of crazy things happening on this planet we call home, and whatever your views are, I think we can all agree that we need to treat the Earth with respect. There are a lot of ways to make our home a healthy and happy place to live, and while there are some extreme measures, there are smaller practices as well.

In the world of sewing, there are a few practices you can use in everyday life to reduce your footprint. One of my favorite practices is recycling fabrics! Most of the time I use recycled fabrics in my handbags, and have actually saved a bunch of materials from landfills, which is something I’m pretty proud of. But in terms of my wardrobe, I loooove refashioning!

I went through my wardrobe a few weeks ago and discarded a lot of pieces that will go to my local Salvation Army. There were a few pieces that I still loved, just didn’t wear. I had a moment of pause when it came to this dress I bought in college. I wore this dress all the time. It was my go-to item to feel fun and flirty but put together all at once. I still love the print, I just wasn’t feeling the dress length or ruffle on the garment. Nothing a sewing machine and pair of scissors couldn’t fix!

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I took inspiration from this beautiful Alexis Top I found through pinterest. Since this dress started as a wrap dress, a few folds, buttons and a quick hem turned this into a top!

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I made a little video showing my process, and you can see how easy this refashion was!

Refashioning is such a great way to “go green” within your own wardrobe. I usually refashion pieces I already own, but love the adventure of going to the thrift store and imagining ways to re-use others discarded items.

A few other tips to go green in your sewing space:

  • Remember to turn your machine off when not in use! I am so guilty of this, I’ll leave my machine on for hours, even if I’m not sewing. It just takes a second to flip the switch on & off, but can help save a bit of electricity. (This goes for your iron as well!)
  • Use reusable bags when fabric shopping (or shopping in general). I’ve obtained many JoAnn’s bags over the years, and they get recycled but take it a step further and leave a reusable bag in your car to take with you while shopping.
  • Tomato Sauce jars and other glass bottles can make great storage. I use old milk bottles, popcorn containers and other jars to hold my collection of buttons.
  • Have a lot of scraps? Save them! I have a bag of scraps going that will become stuffing for future projects. I also like to save the larger pieces to use for smaller projects.

Do you have any “green” tips for sewing? Share them in the comments!

Have a great weekend!

Yellow Floral Ebony Dress

Happy Monday! I hope everyone had a fantastic weekend, the weather has been so wonderful here in Jersey it’s a huge motivation to sew spring & summer! I have a quick project I want to share this morning!

On Thursday, I heard that the weather for Easter Sunday was supposed to be in the 80s. I had an outfit planned out, but it was not warm weather appropriate. So Friday morning I decided to make a new outfit! Two weeks ago I took a trip to JoAnn Fabrics and browsed fabric for about half an hour. I had been on the hunt for a pretty floral spring knit to make a casual dress but hadn’t been finding anything online. JoAnn’s had a few options but I really didn’t want something thin, and all the thicker knits were black! There was one yellow floral print that caught my attention, but resisted buying because it only had 7% spandex, which would limit my use.

A week and a half passed and I found myself thinking about that one floral print every day. I couldn’t get it out of my mind! So Friday evening, I headed back over to JoAnn’s after work and bought the fabric. A word of advice, if you fall in love with fabric, buy it. If it’s something you think you can use and would enjoy wearing, get it!

I decided to make Closet Case Patterns Ebony Tee with the print! This pattern comes with so many options and I can’t wait to make a tee version! I loved Heather’s hack (yea, she hacked her own pattern!) of the raglan sleeve with the dress and used her tutorial to get the pattern.

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Ebony is a very quick sew. I printed & taped the pattern, cut out the fabric and sewed the dress together Saturday night. I worked from about 8 pm to 12 am, so four hours to get a dress is pretty good timing!

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The fabric I used was some sort of rayon/spandex blend, I really have to start taking pictures of the bolt information when buying in person. One of the problems with buying knits is how lightweight they can be and when making a dress, the last thing you want is for it to be see-through. This material was thicker, and has a nice white back, so even though the print itself is lightly colored, it isn’t see-through.  I had an issue when attaching the neck binding because the fabric lacked the stretch for the collar. To fix this, I cut the neck binding longer than required, and it seemed to work out well. The neck is a little tight when putting the dress on, but still comfortable to wear.

I cut out a size 4 in Ebony. In Closet Case Patterns, I usually cut a size 2 but got really nervous when looking at the finished bust measurements for this dress so I cut the 4. Finished measurements are so important to look at guys!  The body is very roomy in the four but that’s the look of the dress, and I’m happy my boobs have a little room to breathe! If I make this again in a stretchier fabric, I might go down in size, but this version is super comfy! I took about 3″ from the hem, any longer and this style could look matronly on a petite person.

I had a wonderful Easter Sunday! My Mom and Dad set up an Easter Egg Hunt, and even though all us kids are in our late 20s, it was still fun. My niece is 6 months old now and it is so exciting to watch her grow- and she looked adorable in her Easter Dress! We also spent time with Drew’s family, so it was a long day but very nice to see everyone!

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Ebony is also great belted! Have a wonderful week!