Oslo Tribal Print Cardigan

The past few mornings I’ve been getting out of bed and running to put on warmer clothes. 65 degrees in the morning? Say it aint so but it feels like fall is coming. To be honest, I love the summer heat. It’s glorious and I know most people complain but I will take heat waves over snow storms any day. The only thing that makes me look forward to fall is the fashion and the beautiful colors.

Now that the temps are going down, my everyday wardrobe is going back to jeans and sweaters. I always have a few cardigans/sweaters close by because I get cold easily but when I realized that there are only a few on constant rotation in my closet, I knew I needed to make a new one.

Tribal Print Oslo Cardigan- Trish Stitched

I found this awesome tribal print in the remnant bin at JoAnns. It was about a yard and I thought I would have enough for Oslo, the cardigan I’ve been wanting to make from Seamwork Magazine. Turns out it wasn’t enough so onto fabric.com I went to get a solid black. The biggest debacle I faced was whether the print should be on the sleeve & collar or on the body. When I wear anything with long sleeves, I tend to push them up, so I knew the print wouldn’t be utilized to its full potential being on the sleeves – so on the body it went!

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Changes I made to the pattern: Overall, I had to take the sleeves in quite a bit because silly me cut a size too big. (I cut xs for the body) I was nervous when cutting because with cutting my Astoria from Seamwork, the sleeves were too tight and I didn’t want the same thing to happen. I would rather make something smaller than be unable to wear a garment for being too tight. I opted out of the cuff because the fabric is a little too thick and having it in a cuff was way too heavy. I also hemmed a few inches off the bottom. It was long on my short body, so now it looks normal! The last thing I changed was omitting the front buttons. I never button my sweaters/cardigans (what’s the difference between those two anyway?) so I wanted to keep the open feel.

Tribal Print Oslo Cardigan- Trish Stitched

I love this piece and think it is going to get so much use in the coming months. I would love to make a few more Oslo’s, the pattern is a wonderful staple and it is easy to make changes.

Also, can you tell I love my new couch? It’s taken three years to invest in our own living room furniture (we bought all the furniture from the previous tenants, Drew’s friend) and in one shopping trip we got a new couch and coffee table! I just need to find the perfect rug to add. If you are in the market for a couch, I highly recommend World Market. Affordable, cute, and small enough pieces for apartment living!

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Floral Maxi Dress with Front Slit

It isn’t everyday I get to make a pretty dress. In fact, it’s fairly rare that I get to make anything fancy for my wardrobe. So whenever an event comes around, I love getting to challenge my sewing skills. A friend’s wedding was the perfect excuse to pull out the most beautiful print in my stash and make this gorgeous piece.

I had been seeing so many floral maxi dresses around Pinterest and I thought it would make a cute look for the wedding and a great use of the gorgeous print I picked up in the Bahamas. I spent a lot of time researching a pattern to try to get something close to what I wanted the dress to look like. This was a major task and honestly, a lot harder than I thought it was going to be.  The major features I wanted were a crossed bodice, something like you would see in a wrap dress, but sewn closed, and a straight skirt with a front slit. I also wanted spaghetti straps. When I began looking, there were so many tops with the front style I wanted, but they all had sleeves. I already knew I would have to do alterations, and wanted to do as few as possible so changing the sleeve detail was out of the question.

Floral Maxi Dress with Front Slit- Trish Stitched

I found McCalls 6961 in my search and it was like the heavens opened up. It had all I wanted in a top, I would just have to add my own skirt. Easy enough..right? I had to make a muslin version because I only had so much fabric, and could not leave anything to chance. After I made the top, it was obvious the back of the bodice would not work. The top came up way too high so I cut it about 3″ lower than the original design. I also decided that the back could use a fun little detail so adding a criss cross back was a spur of the moment decision but I love how it turned out.

Floral Maxi Dress with Front Slit- Trish Stitched

Floral Maxi Dress with Front Slit- Trish Stitched

Floral Maxi Dress with Front Slit- Trish Stitched

I was having a serious brain block when thinking about drafting the skirt to add the front slit. I wanted it to sit in the front, but needed to have a clean edge on each side, so just cutting into the fabric was out. I found this tutorial for making the front slit. I didn’t make a gathered skirt like the tutorial, as I didn’t have enough fabric, but was able to divide my skirt into thirds and put in the front slit. Genius! Seriously, I was so blown away with the logic it was one of those “why didn’t I think of that” moments.

Floral Maxi Dress with Front Slit- Trish Stitched

Floral Maxi Dress with Front Slit- Trish Stitched

I started with a simple A-line skirt but realized there just wasn’t enough room to walk so I drafted a skirt sloper with no darts and added fullness. This skirt gave me enough room in the bottom without adding any extra fabric to the waist area like a gathered skirt would do. There’s also a side zipper and the bodice is lined.

Floral Maxi Dress with Front Slit- Trish Stitched

This was the dress I pictured in my dreams. It came out so perfect. I am thrilled with the result and it fits like a glove! The wedding was beautiful, and while the only people I knew were my boyfriend and the groom, we had a great time.

We’ve been to five weddings in the past few years, three I’ve been in, and it’s still crazy to think that we are at the age where everyone is getting married. Drew and I have been together for almost 5 years, and I’ve definitely dropped the engagement hints. My ultimate sewing goal is to make my own wedding dress and I think I’m totally ready to make it- but we will just keep that between us haha (he doesn’t read my blog).

I also wanted to apologize to anyone who has commented on my blog the last few weeks! WordPress wasn’t allowing me to respond to comments in my usual way, but I think I’ve gotten a way around it. I read every comment, and very much appreciate those who leave one!

Handmade Christening Gown from Piece of Wedding Dress

This past weekend was my Sister’s Baby Shower! It was a lovely day and after months of planning and weeks of making, I was finally able to give my sister her handmade gift.

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This little piece has quite a story and a bit of a journey that I am so excited to share.

When my sister got married, she decided to get the train of her dress hemmed off because she was just a little short for all that fabric. She asked me if I wanted the extra material and of course I said yes. I didn’t know what to do with it, since not every project calls for bridal fabric, so it sat for years. When my sister said she would be having a little girl, I thought it would be super special to make a christening gown with the fabric.

It took weeks to get the courage to cut into the material. And then another week to to actually start sewing the dress. I don’t think I’ve ever been so nervous making a garment since I had such a limited amount of fabric to work with and it had to come out perfect.

I used the smaller sides (technically the center front) for the bodice pieces and the sleeves. The center back was used for the skirt.

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After some gown research, I went with Simplicity 2457 view A for the final piece. I didn’t want something extremely frilly or vintage looking because that isn’t my sister’s style. I loved the small details on this pattern and I was able to customize with just a little bit of lace to compliment the fabric itself.

Funny story about the lace! I forgot to bring a swatch of fabric with me when buying the lace trim so I had to go based off memory. In the store there was a stark white and then there was an off white, then it went into some yellowish tones. I went with the off white and bought about 6 yards total. I brought it home and put it up to the fabric and it looked just like the stark white! So instead of going back to the store, I tea dyed the lace! I thought black tea would make it too dark so I soaked the pieces in chamomile tea and after 10 minutes, it was perfect! The work we put into a garment…haha

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I wanted to keep the original hem so the bottom of my dress is different from the pattern but I did follow the pleats on the waist. I also had a set of vintage pink buttons in my stash and used them to close the back.

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I am so proud of this piece and it is special garment for her new baby to treasure.

Handmade Christening Gown- Trish Stitched

 I also made my own dress and my sister’s dress!

Handmade Christening Gown- Trish Stitched

Trish Stitched at the Tinicum Arts Festival

My car is finally unloaded, my sewing machine is well rested and I can actually start thinking about something other than booth design. Last weekend I attended my third craft show, the Tinicum Arts Festival in Bucks County Pennsylvania. Tinicum Park is located right outside of Frenchtown, NJ (the cutest little town) and I was excited to be part of such a big event. There were so many crafters- many woodworkers, potters and painters, even TWO broom makers! There were a few bag makers, but none as colorful as me.

Trish Stitched Craft Show Booth Display - Handmade Bags

It was a long weekend, and my stress level was super high because there are so many little details involved, it’s easy to forget something. Friday night we went to set up my tent and it was pouring rain so hard we couldn’t even put the tent up. My parents and I wound up leaving my tent and tables in my “spot”. The next morning my mom and I got to the field early to set up my booth. After the set up, the rain came back and we had showers off and on the entire day. Sunday thankfully saw lots of sun and people were more inclined to come out and shop. The weekend as a whole was long but I had some great sales and met some wonderful people which is what counts.

Trish Stitched Craft Show Booth Display - Handmade Bags

I’ve been planning my booth out in my mind for months and had new ideas I wanted to try for this show. The most eye catching addition was my name sign. I got wood letters from Michaels on super sale and my mom modge podged polka dot fabric onto each letter. My dad drilled two holes into the tops of each letter and I strung them together. We also spray varnished them so they were safe in the rain.

Trish Stitched Craft Show Booth Display - Handmade Bags

I’ve also been making a lot more recycled bags and wanted a larger display for them, separate from my non-recycled bags. So they got their own table, with some added shelves for height. I have a few more ideas for this section of my booth, to show the process that goes into a recycled bag.

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I found this old flower cart in my parent’s barn and thought it would make a cute addition to the front of my booth to offer a small sampling of the bags I make. It was also a good opportunity to put my business cards on this table because when my booth was full, walker-bys were able to take a card and come back later.

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Most of my displays stayed the same from my first few shows, as I wasn’t focused on changing their look. I love my tote bag display and the card holder display and won’t be changing them anytime soon. I would like to create a new display for my small pouches and my non recycled clutches. I love the suitcases but am ready for something new.

Trish Stitched Craft Show Booth Display - Handmade Bags

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A majority of the comments I received were about selling on etsy. There were multiple shoppers who had their own craft and wanted to sell online but etsy intimidated them. I am a huge fan of etsy because it is an easy, inexpensive way to sell all over the world. I’m not an expert on the subject but know that etsy works for me. One day I would like my own standalone site but am happy with what etsy offers right now. If you are nervous about starting an etsy shop, just go for it! You will never be fully ready, and it takes so much work, but if you really want to sell your craft- do it!

The show was as great as it was for one reason only. My awesome support team. My dad made sure my tent was sturdy, and even made me concrete weights to tie to each side. He made sure all the extra structures, like my tote rack and flower stand, were secure. My sister helped cut fabric for my name sign and showed up with her husband on Sunday for support. My boyfriend, Drew, was fully understanding of why the apartment was a mess and I had supplies all over the place the past few weeks. He also stopped by on Sunday for a few hours. And my mom…my amazing mom. She was there the whole time. She helped me set up, she was my “right hand man” and she made sure I ate. I am so lucky that even if my family thinks I’m crazy, they support me.

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I don’t have any other shows coming up but I’m looking into some winter ones. Hoboken has a holiday show and I think it would be really cool to do a show in my own town. I’m also looking into a few larger shows in the city- Brooklyn specifically.

And I’m so happy I get to think about sewing clothes again! My sister’s baby shower is in a few weeks and I am almost done with my dress. I’m also making a dress for my sister to wear, which just needs a final fitting, and I’m making a special handmade gift for the baby! It’s crazy how quickly the time is flying by, July is almost over and before we know it, there will be a little baby bundle in our lives.

Pineapples and Pom-Poms Dress

Happy Summer! I’ve been in full on handbag making mode for a craft show I have coming up but managed to squeeze this dress into some late night sewing sessions. After a lot of basics sewing, I was in the mood to make a cute summer dress and this is the result!

Pineapples and Pom Poms - Trish Stitched

A few months ago I was browsing JoAnn’s fabric selection online and saw the most amazing pineapple print (currently on sale!)  I scooped up 2 yards of this beauty and kept it in my stash waiting for the perfect pattern. I chose Kenedy by Seamwork Magazine because of the surprise back and the relaxed fit. Since the beginning of Seamwork, I find that when the patterns are first released they don’t entice me to sew because I am not in the mindset to sew that specific pattern. But once the patterns sit for a few weeks, and I keep seeing different versions online, it’s like my mind suddenly becomes aware of how amazing the pattern is and how perfect it would be in my closet. It happened with my Cape and the Nantucket Shorts and I already have plans for Moji pants. I also made Oslo but have yet to blog about it. I know you are probably tired of hearing how amazing Seamwork is but I love having an entire pattern library at my fingertips. And I still branch out with other patterns, I have a Rebecca Taylor dress from Vogue on my list next!

Pineapples and Pom Poms - Trish Stitched

Pineapples and Pom Poms Dress - Trish Stitched

This fabric was much more sheer than I expected so I bought a simple white cotton to use for lining. Then the most amazing piece of equipment came into my life. I got a serger! It’s a beautiful little Janome and I’ve been constantly using it. So I serged each white lining piece to each pineapple piece to make them basically one piece of fabric. This way I wouldn’t have to worry about building a totally separate lining and all the seams were serged inside!

Pineapples and Pom Poms - Trish Stitched

Pineapples and Pom Poms - Trish Stitched

I knew this dress needed a little something extra, I mean, if you are going to wear a pineapple dress it should be as cute and bold as possible right? So some hot pink bias binding and a little pom pom trim were added!

Pineapples and Pom Poms - Trish Stitched

Pineapples and Pom Poms - Trish Stitched

Kenedy went together like a dream. I cut the smallest size, 0, and it went together super fast. I love the shape of this dress and the surprise back. I can see this as a very flattering style for multiple body types. If I was in need of a quick dress for an event- I would turn to this pattern in a beautiful solid- it’s a great mix of modesty in the front and sexy in the back.

Pineapples and Pom Poms - Trish Stitched

As I mentioned earlier, I have a craft show next weekend! My sewing studio is a mess, fabric is all over the place and I’ve been prepping every second I get. This is my first juried show, which means my craft had to go through a panel of judges to say whether I was the right fit for the show and if my product was of good quality and I am, in fact the crafts-woman. But I got in! And now I will be selling at the Tinicum Arts Festival. It is supposed to be a wonderful show, over 300 vendors, so I’m hoping for a successful weekend.

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I’ve been working on updating my booth display and have some really cool features coming up that I’m excited to share. If you are in the area, come by and say hi! I’ve been making so many new pieces, most of which are one of a kind, so if there’s something in my shop you like, grab it before it goes!

Also…it’s taken me OVER A YEAR to figure out how to link my shop to my blog but there is now an adorable little button on this blog that says SHOP! It’ll take you right to my etsy store! YAY!

Lou Box Top & Baseball Skirt

I added a few new pieces to my wardrobe during Me Made May, more specifically, I added two new patterns. I mentioned the Lou Box Top and the Baseball Skirt a few posts ago but didn’t go into too much detail about each and wanted to wait until I made a few versions to share my thoughts.

Let me start off my saying, these patterns are amazing. They are so easy and quick to make and have so much room for variations. So far I’ve made two Lou Box Tops and two Baseball Skirts. All out of fabrics that have been in my stash- YAY for stash busting!

Lou Box Top and Baseball Skirt- Trish Stitched

The first versions I made was the printed top and grey knit skirt that I wore during Me Made May. I wanted to sew a straight Lou Box Top to learn about the fit so I made the basic version from knit I got from Girl Charlee a few years ago. It fits great and the length is exactly where I like my tops to fall so I was happy I didn’t have to alter the pattern at all.

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I knew right off the bat that I wanted to shorten the skirt and even out the hem. I shortened the pattern around 2″ but think it’s a little too short. I love the feel of this fabric and the look of it in a skirt but I think I’m going to keep this as a bathing suit cover up- or just wear it in my sewing studio, which is what I’ve been doing.

The second version of the Lou Box Top I really wanted to use the leftover fabric from my Fall Vest but didn’t have quite enough for the entire top. I pulled some white cotton out of my stash and did a little creative color blocking to make it work. I LOVE this top. I love the fabric & color and the fit is great. Since it wasn’t made out of knit I did add the button close in the back to make it possible to take on and off. The little rose button is one of my favorites and I only have one so I love that I was able to use it in an apparel project.

Lou Box Top and Baseball Skirt- Trish Stitched

Lou Box Top and Baseball Skirt- Trish Stitched

Lou Box Top and Baseball Skirt- Trish Stitched

Lou Box Top and Baseball Skirt- Trish Stitched

Version #2 of the Baseball Skirt is so perfect. I decided to make the pattern as is, and not alter the length to see how it would look. I figured I would hem it more after I was finished but after wearing it- there is no need! The fabric is left over from my Cranberry Anorak– and just like with the Anorak, I wanted a cargo looking piece, without making it in the typical cargo green that has become very popular.

Lou Box Top and Baseball Skirt- Trish Stitched

Lou Box Top and Baseball Skirt- Trish Stitched

Lou Box Top and Baseball Skirt- Trish Stitched

This skirt is so good. It’s amazingly comfortable, the fit is awesome and the length was such a pleasant surprise. I was nervous the length would make me feel dowdy but it feels like a grown up mini skirt. I love that I can dress it up or make it casual and not have to think if my butt is hanging out.

Lou Box Top and Baseball Skirt- Trish Stitched

Next I want to make a longer version of the grey skirt since I still have grey fabric in my stash. I also want to look for some striped knits for more Box Tops.

And how cute is this pin I got on etsy?! If you follow makers on Instagram, chances are you follow Arrow Mountain who makes handmade wooden buttons. She started a new collection of maker pins, including a sewing machine, serger, pattern drafting and knitting needles. So freaking cool- I had to get one!

Lou Box Top and Baseball Skirt- Trish Stitched

 

Dress to Romper Refashion

Since I bought my first romper a few years ago I’ve been on a search to add a handmade one to my wardrobe. Rompers make getting dressed in summer so easy. One piece to look put together, without the worry of a wardrobe faux pas that a dress can bring. I tried a pattern from McCalls but it didn’t work and after that discouragement, the idea was set aside.

My sister recently cleaned out her closets and being a teacher, she had a lot of dresses and cardigans. We do not have the same style- although we are very close in size. She is very “pink” and preppy and I am a little more relaxed and am not as fond of pink as she is. She always offers me first dibs on her clothes before they go to the donation bin and sometimes I will take a tank top or a tee shirt. But this round a beautiful dress was in the pile and I couldn’t let it go.

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The dress is from The Limited, one of my sister’s favorite stores. I usually don’t like their apparel but this dress was just so cute! As I’ve mentioned before, dresses are not part of my everyday wardrobe but I thought I could make an exception with this one. Originally I was just going to hem it up a few inches and call it a day but I wanted to be able to wear this dress more than for a special occasion.

I thought about turning the bottom of the dress into a pair of shorts to make a romper and set out to find a tutorial. I found this blog, which was helpful, but I will say, each dress will differ. I did a test on a dress that was in my donate pile and that was a major failure. Like, I can’t even wiggle into it. One of the reasons why it ended so bad was because the dress was too form fitting to begin with. If you want a romper from a dress, choose something with some body, pleats or gathers. With the test dress I also found it is best to not cut so high in the crotch. You can always make it smaller, and I had to alter the crotch area several times to get a better fit, but cut too high to start and there is no going back.

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I am so happy with the result and love having another option for refashioning dresses. There was another piece that I took from my sister’s pile to refashion which I hope to work on this week. Sometimes refashioning can be a scary venture because you don’t want to ruin the clothing if something doesn’t work out but if you don’t take the chance, you won’t grow as a sewist. Had I decided to leave this as a dress, I wouldn’t know that turning this into a romper was possible- and not that hard! I’ve had quite a few refashions that haven’t worked and those pieces are unwearable but I’m still happy to have tried it. If you are having doubts about a refashion, test it out on a piece from the thrift store before your final garment. But give it a chance! Try something new!

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There’s also an article about refashioning in Seamwork Magazine which is a great read! I’ve also (slowly) been putting together a pinterest board of refashions & ideas!