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Me Made: White Linen Spandex Cheyenne

I finished this shirt a month ago right before we went away for Christmas. I LOVE it and have worn it at least once a week since I finished it. It fits perfectly in my wardrobe and goes with almost everything in my wardrobe. I've always loved the idea of a white button up shirt. It's preppy, classic, and versatile. But as I was analyzing my wardrobe and analyzing a white button up shirt, I realized it was a little boring. I think I love the idea of a white button up shirt, but it would end up sitting in my closet. So instead of giving up on the idea I reworked the idea. I love henleys so I thought I would make a white half button up. Once I came up with that idea I knew I would love it.
I had some white linen spandex fabric that I got from Hancock Fabric's right before they closed down. I don't remember what I initially wanted to do with it, but I think I wanted to make a Cheyenne with it. I can't refer you to the fabric but here are two stretch linen fabrics that I found: Stretch Linen White Fabricand Telio Avellino Stretch Linen White Fabric*. I can't say anything for these fabrics since I haven't tried them, but my linen spandex is a medium weight so it is perfectly opaque. (I love not wearing something underneath!) 
I decided to combine both views of the Cheyenne tunic* along with the Dressy Talk Woven Tee Pattern that I used for my rayon challis woven tee. That way I would get a half button placket, the collar and long sleeves of the button up shirt, and the fitted fit with darts. I added length to the waist but none to the sleeves. I can tell the sleeve caps needed a little more height, but it still works. I took about four inches total out of the circumference and added a dart.
I think it's a little tight across my shoulders but the spandex in the fabric makes it quite comfortable. The sleeves are long enough, the collar is perfect, and I love the interest and detail of the half button placket. The hem flips up a little bit which is annoying, but I still wear it a lot. I love wearing it under cardigans or sweaters.
This shirt really turned out perfectly and exactly the way I wanted it to. I think the key to my success was after getting my fabric; I thought about it for awhile before deciding on something. Then I thought about the weight of the fabric, and I planned out my project carefully. Then I used some tried and true patterns to get the fit that I wanted. I sewed slowly and carefully so that I didn't make any mistakes. I wear it a lot, and it just goes with everything. I feel like I finally made a really successful sewing project that I'll wear until there's holes in it.
thrifted drapey cardigan, Skinny Jean*, pajar winter boot in cognac*, crossbody bag*


Sewing Goals and Sewing Plans for 2017

Looking Back at 2016
I think my only goal for this year in relation to sewing is to enjoy the process and only make things I love. I want to slow down and make high quality items that will get a lot of wear. I'm going to be really slow since we'll be adding another baby to the family, so I also want to enjoy lots of family time without the stress or pressure of deadlines.
I did only okay with this goal. I got better as the year went on. I'm in a really good place to accomplish this goal now that I'm starting a new year.

Looking Ahead at 2017
I want to only sew what I want to sew.
I want to create a wardrobe I love and that everything coordinates and is minimalistic. 
I want to only blog when I want to blog.
I plan on buying the majority of my childrens' wardrobes this year and only sew a few appealing things throughout the year.
I want to learn how to flatlock.
I want to make a good jacket that fits perfectly and that I'll 
I don't think I'm going to sew my t-shirts anymore. It's way too hard to get a nice looking hem. I say this and then might change my mind later, I'm just tired of sewing twin needle hems on jersey fabrics.

Twelve Makes for 2017
1. Navy French Terry Sweatshirt - Halifax Hoodie Pattern*: This is actually finished. I just finished it this week.
2. Turquoise Sweater Fleece Sweatshirt - Halifax Hoodie Pattern*: This is also finished. I just finished it this week.
3. Turquoise Zip-up Sweatshirt - Halifax Hoodie Pattern*: I have pretty fabric given to me from my SIL. I just need to buy a zipper and matching ribbing. 
Halifax Hoodie Pattern, turquoise sweater fleece (not available online), navy french terry (not available online), turquoise sweatshirt fleece (not available online)
4. Striped Rayon Challis Shirt - Cheyenne Tunic Pattern*: I have the pattern and fabric. I just need buttons. I've even already figured out how to combine the two looks of the Cheyenne tunic so I get a half button placket and a collar. I will hopefully have a tutorial for you when I get to it.
Cheyenne Tunic Pattern, striped rayon challis (I linked to a different colorway), chambray popover
5. Chambray Rayon Shirt - Cheyenne Tunic Pattern*: I have been trying to recreate the shirt on the right for YEARSI have the pattern and now the fabric. I just need buttons. 
Cheyenne Tunic Pattern, rayon fabric (not available online), chambray look
6. Ikat Faux Suede Jacket - Evergreen Jacket Pattern*: I've had this faux suede ikat fabric for 2.5 years. At first I was going to make a blazer, but in the past six months I realized that the fabric would be two thick, heavy, and uncomfortable. Now my goal is to make an oversized aviator jacket. This will take a lot of work because the pattern is for stretch fabrics. So I have to major muslin to get the right oversized fit for woven fabric. I need to buy the notions and shearling.
Evergreen Jacket Pattern, faux suede ikat fabric (not available online), jacket, jacket, jacket
7. Navy Waterproof Anorak - Kelly Anorak Jacket Pattern or Lonetree Jacket Pattern: I'm leaning towards the Kelly Anorak pattern but I have not purchased a pattern for this project yet. I have waterproof navy fabric and an idea of what I want. So I needs notions, lining and probably underlining. This is a big undertaking, but I'm pretty excited about this project.
8. Striped Cotton Sateen Woven Tee - Dressy Talk Woven Tee Pattern: I have perfected this pattern so this is a really fast sew. And it doesn't need any notions!
9. Dotted Chambray Woven Tee - Dressy Talk Woven Tee PatternI have a small remnant of pretty chambray fabric that I'd love to sew into a woven tee. 
10. Striped Swimsuit - First Crush Swimsuit Pattern: I need to buy the pattern which has almost every modification I could ever imagine. I think I want to make separates, but we'll see how I feel when I get to it. I need to buy lining and elastic, and I won't start this until it gets a lot warmer.
First Crush Swimsuit Pattern, striped swimsuit fabric (not available online), swimsuit
11. Coral Pencil Skirt - Pleated Pencil Skirt Pattern: This is one of my tried and true patterns and I've made a ton of these skirts. But I love them. I want to make a pretty pink one.
Pleated Pencil Skirt Pattern, coral slub woven fabric (not available online), pink pencil skirt look
12. Ikat Pencil Skirt - Pleated Pencil Skirt Pattern: I originally got this fabric to make woven bermuda shorts. But I've since changed my mind, and I'm going to make a pencil skirt instead.
Pleated Pencil Skirt Pattern, ikat woven fabric (not available online), ikat pencil skirt


2016 Sewing Hits and Sewing Misses

It's time to look at my sewing hits and sewing misses from the past year. I've this in the past, and it really helps me analyze what I've made to have more successful sewing in the future. It was really interesting because the beginning of the year I was pregnant and sewing maternity clothing. I didn't include any maternity makes in this list since I'm working on my regular wardrobe at the moment, and I want to focus on what I'm wearing now. Well, here is my list of my sewing hits and then my sewing misses in no particular order.

Sewing Hits
Floral Cheyenne Tunic - I love this fabric and this tunic style. All the colors fit perfectly into my capsule. I don't wear this as much in the winter since it's 3/4 sleeves, and it's not quite warm enough unless I wear it with a long warm cardigan. I can't wait for it to be warm enough to wear this weekly again.
Denim Joggers - These denim joggers are the best. I LOVE these pants. I wore the darker ones the most. These pants are also not warm enough for the winter since it's such a light fabric. I've worn them a couple of times in the winter and and didn't realize that a fitted sweater could make me love denim joggers any more. But I just love wearing a fitted sweater and denim joggers.

Maker Graphic Tee - I didn't realize how much I love wearing a graphic tee until I made one and wore it until it wore out. I definitely will be making and wearing graphic tees in the future.
Thrifted Jeans - I thrifted a pair of gap jeans and then fitted the legs and the waist. These are my go-to jeans. I love them and wear them constantly. I always choose these first. I didn't realize that I like a little bit of distressing so much. I think I'm going to try thrifting and fitting jeans again.
How I Stopped Sewing "Unworns" - This technically isn't an item of clothing, but all year I had been figuring out the "unworns" in my closet. I finally sat down and wrote it out. It's definitely a breakthrough for me, and I hope it helps others. I just had to include it since I still go back to it to help me figure things out.

Rayon Challis Woven Tee - This is the first woven tee I've ever made and worn, and I love it. The colors are perfect, the fit is perfect, and it's a step up from a regular tee. I'm planning a couple more woven tees to add to my wardrobe soon.

Sewing Misses
Two Aurora Tees - Even though I used good fabric on both tees that I made, I just don't love dolman sleeves on me. It might change in the future, but for now I'm going to stay away from dolman sleeves.
5 Tee Shirt Comparison - Some of these tees get worn all the time but the coral and floral tee on the right both shrunk and I hate wearing too short tees so that's why I included them here. I need to be more diligent and careful and pre-washing my fabric before using it!
Upcycled Tee Shirt - I liked the striped fabric and the fabric had good stretch, but the sleeves feel a little too short. I've already gotten rid of this tee.
Sweater With Lace Cuffs - This sweater is great, but the cuffs were too tight and irritated my arms. I added the lace hoping to release some of the tightness, which it did, but I still don't wear it. I've already gotten rid of this sweater too.


Sometimes I Try and Sometimes I Fail

I really wanted to make some cute, warm boots for my baby. I had this idea of a certain style of boots, and I thought, "well, why don't I make it into a free pattern for my readers?" So I worked on a pattern. I wanted to use black elastic that would be exposed. I worked on the pattern and used some cotton woven fabric for mock ups so I could get the perfect baby boot and the perfect baby boot pattern.
I started with one mock up and altered the pattern. Then I made a second mock up and altered the pattern again. Then I made a third mock up and altered the pattern again. Then I made a fourth mock up and altered the pattern again. Then I cut the pattern out of leather, flannel, and the thick black elastic.
Well, the mock ups were easy to sew because the fabric was flexible. When I tried sewing the leather since it wasn't as flexible it was way tricky to sew and maneuver. I didn't feel comfortable giving out a free pattern and tutorial that is REALLY hard to sew. The boots turned out okay, but my baby girl has super small feet so they don't stay on her feet. And she won't fit into them for a long time. I bet these boots will fit her next summer. Or even next winter. I even tried adding two darts to each side of the boot to make them stay on her feet. It didn't help much. These boots turned out to be a fail.


TUTORIAL: Adding Cuffs to Pajama Pants

I recently got some new pajama pants for myself. They were simple and basic and, unfortunately, too short. I almost always have this problem when buying ready-to-wear because I'm taller than average. I decided to add some cuffs to my pajama pants to make them look like joggers and add a couple of inches of length to make them longer. I also fixed the weird waistband and drawstring which I took pictures of too.
Pajama pants
Rib knit fabric with good recovery (my favorite is from Joanns)
Sewing Supplies
We are going to start with the waistband first. The way this waistband was sewn was a little crazy. There was a drawstring that instead of going all the way around the waist it stopped at each side seam. There was nothing along the back so the drawstring didn't work.
1. Unpick the waistband at both side seams. 
2. Unpick the drawstring and both side seams.
3. Sew a piece of elastic to one end of the drawstring. Attach a safety pin to the other end of the elastic.
4. Thread the elastic through the back of the casing.
5. Take the safety pin off the elastic and sew the end of the elastic to the other drawstring.
6. Close the waistband, and you have fixed the waistband.
1. Cut the hem off the bottom of the pants. (I tried unpicking the hem and it starting putting holes in the fabric, so I just cut it off.)
2. Cut two pieces of rib knit 5" tall and 80% of the circumference of the pants hem.
3. Sew the short edges of the rib knit together at 1/4". Fold the cuffs in half wrong sides together to enclose the seams.
4. Divide the cuffs into four sections. Divide the pants hem into four sections. Match up the four sections and pin.
5. Sew the three layers together with 1/4" seam allowance and a stretch stitch. Finish the edges.
Done! Enjoy your now longer pants! And maybe trendier too!
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