Anti-racism check-in

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Would anyone like to join me in having regular anti-racism check-ins? I’m envisioning it as a way to stay engaged and accountable, as well as a way to share educational resources and actions. It’s not a fully formed idea yet, but maybe you can help with that!

If you’re interested, please sent me a DM on Instagram!

Black Lives Matter

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White people. Self educate, listen, reflect, uplift, strive to be antiracist.

I will be sharing my imperfect self education here because making is not untouched by racism. And I’m imposing accountability on myself. I’ve opted out for too long.

I am reading White Fragility starting today. It’s a book I got while I was still teaching. I recognize I should be reading Black authors, but this is what I have available today. I will read Ijeoma Oluo’s and Ibram X. Kendi’s books shown above once I can source them from Black-owned bookstores.

Planning

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My stash has gotten a bit out of control. Simply put, I’m buying a shit ton more fabric than I’m sewing. And that’s right, I have some coming in the mail too. I try to buy fabric with a pattern in mind, but sometimes I don’t, or I change my mind… You know how it goes. So I’m going back to a tried and true method – drawing flats and pairing them with swatches. The only thing that’s different is I’m taking them out of my sketchbook and hopefully posting them somewhere super visible in my space. Oh, and documenting them here. I think once a project is completed, the drawing and swatch will go back into a sketchbook.

During Me Made May, my goal is to make as many comfy WFH pants as possible. We’ll see how much gets done.

Outerwear

Nani Iro Summer Coat Q
Olive stripe from Drygoods
Ilford by Friday Pattern Company OR Paola by Fabric Store
Big Sur Canvas in Canyon Brown from Stonemountain
Thrifted buttons
Rhett jacket by Seamwork
Ventana Twill in Dusty Pink from Stonemountain
Thrifted buttons
Ayora jacket by Pauline Alice
Merchant & Mills Jacquard Cotton from Bolt PDX

Bottoms

Fremantle pants by Elbe
Boro Stripe from Stonemountain
Fremantle pants by Elbe
Kaufman Essex Yarn Dyed Linen Stripe in Indigo
Free Range Slacks (tapered leg) by Sew House Seven
Matador Bull Denim in Natural from Stonemountain
Free Range Slacks (straight leg) by Sew House Seven
Big Sur Canvas in Brown Beige from Stonemountain
Joss pants by Seamwork (altered to have a 2″ straight waistband)
Kaffe Fassett Collective in Peat from Stonemountain
Mel joggers by Seamwork
Bamboo cotton fleece in Sienna from Stonemountain
Mel joggers by Seamwork
North of West fabric

Jumpsuits + Sets

Jumpsuit by In The Folds for Pepperming Mag (altered to have scoop neck, remove invisible zip, patch pockets)
Bleached denim, unsure of source
Zadie Jumpsuit by Paper Theory
Linen Stripe from Blackbird Fabrics
Roberts Collection by Marilla Walker (shortened bodice)
Elmwood Linen from Blackbird
Thrifted buttons
Pipit Loungewear Set by Common Stitch (will probably use Peppermint Spring Shorts instead)
Nevada Linen in Celadon from Stonemountain

Tops

Jo shirt hack by Seamwork
Mora Slub in Chestnut from Stonemountain (might not have enough fabric for this)

I have a lot more in my stash, but these are the current fabrics and patterns that excite me. How do you plan?

The Perfect Outfit: Bo & Joss

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Ok, I don’t have any photos with these two patterns worn together, but trust me – it’s the perfect combo.

Made this Seamwork Bo out of Washed linen in Cactus from Blackbird Fabrics.

And made the Seamwork Joss pants out of some natural linen that might be from Joann Fabrics.

I made size 6 for both patterns. I shortened the crotch depth by 1″ and the legs by 2″ on the Joss pants and raised the neckline a teeny bit on Bo. I could probably size down to a 2 for Bo, but I was lazy and already had a 6 cut out. I’m planning to make the Joss pants again out some wide striped fabric. I’ve been wearing both a lot.

ACCESSORIES: Tree Fairfax half moon bag, Avery Williamson earrings, thrifted clogs, and Inari Tee.

A Bunch of LBs

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I’ve been in a making funk lately. Maybe it’s the weather, maybe it’s because work life isn’t killing my soul and I don’t need an outlet as much anymore. I don’t necessarily feel bad about it, it’s just weird to have lazy hands.

I started writing this post well before COVID-19, but now I’m in even more of a personal making funk. I want to make things but my brain is really scattered and I’m finding the process not as satisfying.

I’m so grateful for my job, our house, food, the company of my husband and dog, and our current good health. I hope you have what you need during this weird and scary time and you are able to find some peace in making right now, or know it’s okay to take a break . Now on to the make details since I find looking at other’s makes a nice distraction.

My first LB Pullover was made out of this super textural woven cotton I found at Bolt. I can’t find it on their website, but check them out anyway – they have a lot of amazing fabrics and if we’re able, we should support small fabric stores right now.

The second version I made used this drool-worthy jersey knit from North of West, another great small PDX business. The sister duo occasionally hosts warehouse sales where you can scoop up yards of fun fabric. I purchased three fabric bundles which had well over 12 yards of fabric! If you’re interested in scoring some of their fabric, follow them on Instagram and hopefully in the near future we can all meet up at their warehouse.

The third and fourth versions also used North of West fabric. The cream squiggle print is a yummy terry. The other black version I made for my mom.

PATTERN – LB Pullover by Paper Theory

FABRICS – see above

SIZE – 8 for myself, 6 for my mom

MODS – none

The LB Pullover is a great basic pattern – perfect for beginners, or if you’re wanting a quick and satisfying sew. I’m pretty much living in these right now.

New Studio | part 1

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29 weeks ago we started updating the second floor. It began with electrical – not a single outlet (in the entire house) was grounded, there was only one very orange light fixture, the ceiling was… bad, and two wall mounted electric heaters needed to disappear. Then came duct work, which meant dismantling a weird built-in cabinet in a closet on the main floor, followed by more demo upstairs (groovy glass partition, framing, and ceiling tiles – goodbye!).

Drywall was installed directly over the OSB because it was easier than tearing it down and that kept it out of the dump. The contractors said they were going to use 1/4″ drywall, but slapped up 1/2″, which you can really feel in the stairwell. The room is super insulated now, I guess!

Once the drywall was up, it was immediately brighter, but it revealed just how off the walls were. It took quite a lot of mud to get the lines straight-ish and the corners’ angles to not look too wonky. I think at some point during the drywall install, we also had the floor tiles inspected for asbestos in preparation for the new flooring. Thankfully, no asbestos was involved in the making of this hideous room.

Once the drywall was in and the mudding was finally done, I made the mistake of painting, thinking it would be easier to do so before the flooring and new lighting fixtures were installed. DON’T EVER DO THIS unless you’re the person carefully installing shit. Contractors touch everything with dirty hands and swing their tools around. Also white paint chips all look the same in a room with weird brown flooring, so I accidentally painted the entire room a light yellow. I shudder to think about the amount of money I’ve dropped on paint alone.

But after what felt like 59 layers of paint, a whole lot of caulk, learning the importance of quarter round, and yep, you guessed it, more paint – it’s almost done!

Can you see all of the crap on the floor back there? I’m still painting! But the main focus of the picture is my BEAUTIFUL fabric stash. I used the comic / magazine board method and sort of grouped them by color. I love it so much, I almost don’t want to sew it.

The largest part of the room is now home to mega desk. No more cutting things out on the floor because this back won’t do it and this table is massive. It’s the FINNVARD & LINNMON desk combo from IKEA (measurements available on the IKEA website). The carpet and chair are vintage. The cutting mats are from Joann and I used a 60% off coupon for both.

I’m really loving how clean and bright it is up here now. So far I’ve hung up just one piece of art, a painting by my mother. I’m still trying to figure out the space and its different “zones”. I’m planning to hang pegboards, but I’m just not sure where they want to live yet.

Here’s my computer / non-sewing, but still creative work desk. My husband I used to share it in our old house. The fuzzy chair was rescued from my grandparents’ basement and has lived with me in four states now.

If I’m honest, this corner is probs gonna change. This bike, although it looks cool, is so loud and so hurts my body that I rarely use it. But the intention is there. I’m planning to reupholster two chrome art deco chairs for a lovely little seating area here.

I think my favorite thing about this space is the countertop. It’s concrete and beautiful. I scored that Schoolhouse Electric pendant light at Hippo Hardware in Portland and the fans are Hunter.

I’ll share my sewing set up once it’s presentable!

Ace & Jig Inspired Wilder

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Victorian nightgown or not, I went for it and made another Wilder Gown. This was actually the first one I wanted to make, but Stonemountain had just shy the amount of yardage I needed, so it was put on the back burner until more stock came in.

PATTERN – Wilder Gown by Friday Pattern Company

FABRIC – Textured Yarn Dyed Cotton Square Stitch in Black from Stonemountain Fabric

SIZE – Medium

MODS – read on

ACCESSORIES – Sienna Maker Jacket, vintage roper boots.

For this version I shorted the skirt pattern piece by 2″, shortening the dress overall by 4″, which I think works much better on my 5’2″ frame. The bottom tier of the skirt is made up of three panels and I decided to make it into two so everything needed to be cut on cross-grain (it’s a LONG pattern piece).

I also, of course, added in-seam pockets. Twirl on!

Sienna’s Sienna Maker Jacket!

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Back in April, Heather from Closet Case Patterns asked if it would be okay if an upcoming fall pattern was named after me. She said it wasn’t quite ready to share, but that it was “worker jacket realness” and “totes my jam.” And then she sent the flats and I about fainted.

I have been dreaming of making a chore jacket for a good, long while and this one literally has my name on it!

PATTERN: Sienna Maker Jacket by Closet Case Patterns

FABRIC: 10oz indigo denim from Stonemountain

SIZE: 8, view B

MODS: omitted the belt

ACCESSORIES: Raspberry Rucksack, Mitchell Jumpsuit, Baleen earrings, Clark’s shoes

I have a total of three versions planned and this denim one was made specially for the Stonemountain Sewists program. As a Stonemountain Sewist, I received a stipend to purchase fabric, sew up an indie pattern with said fabric, and answer a few questions on the Stonemountain blog. You can read all about why I chose this yummy denim here.

I have a natural bull denim set aside for view A and a beige canvas for another view B. The fabrics are, of course, from Stonemountain.

Up until this project, I had only used matching topstitching thread on denim projects. Silly me. Even though there are some wobbly bits, the contrasting thread looks so good against the indigo!

For the facing, I changed up the construction following Natalie Ebaugh’s Fancy Facing tutorial in her stories. It was a little awkward with the long facing pieces but I really love the clean edges. I will definitely use this method on other projects.

On my next two versions, I will shorten the sleeve a bit, probably 2-4″. I love the look of a rolled cuff, but there’s just a little too much fabric hanging out in that roll.

I’ve worn this jacket every day since finishing it. It’s such a good fall layering piece. I might add some antique brass snaps to the front closure, but I’m going to wear it for a while before I decide if they’re needed.

I love this pattern and I’m so honored to have been its muse!

Seamwork Bo | the first of many

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I love a good boxy top and I’ve made quite a few. But the Bo. Why, oh why did I wait so dang long to make the Bo?! IT’S THE PERFECT BOXY TOP.

PATTERN: Bo top by Seamwork

FABRIC: Seedlings by Anna Maria Horner

SIZE: 6

MODS: raised neckline by about an inch

This beautiful fabric has been languishing in my stash for years. Thankfully I had juuuuust enough to make this top. Bo is a quick and satisfying sew and I’m certain I’ll make many more.