Feathers Flights // Sewing Blog

6.23.2017

Me Made: DIY Long Cardigan with Pockets

During the month of May, I kept trying to reach for a long navy cardigan. I didn't count, but I probably thought about it more than once a week. I have made several cardigans, but I have not kept any for a long period of time because almost always the neckline ended up being wrong. I realized I'm really picky about cardigans. I want them to look like sweater material; I don't want them to look like a jersey tee or sweatshirting. Sweater fabric is hard to sew and finish the edges. This is the first one that I will keep for a long time (unless the fabric wears out really quickly).
I used the cardigan tutorial on the Hey June blog. Even though I used a tutorial, I still used the Union St Tee* as the base. In the past I have always relied on a pattern instead of all my years of working with knit fabric. Knit fabrics are tricky because each one stretches differently and returns differently. So a pattern isn't always accurate because the each fabric will behave differently. In the past my cardigan necklines have always been too tight or too loose, and it just doesn't work.
I used the tutorial, but I didn't follow it exactly. I sewed on my neckline, but it was a little too short. I knew I wouldn't wear it if I didn't fix it, so I cut it off and redid it. It was not a lot of extra work, and it was hard to do it again because I like being done. But it was important that I make things I wear and I wear things I make, so I needed to fix it.
I got this navy sweater fabric from a local home decor fabric store that has some apparel fabric in the back. They sell all their apparel fabric for $3 a yard. They might not restock their apparel fabric, so I've already made another trip to buy some more! Anyway, since they don't have their apparel fabric online, this is the closest navy sweater fabric* I could find online. 
This fabric is really lightweight sweater fabric with lots of drape. It's a beautiful fabric and has more return than most sweater fabrics I've worked with. It is wearing out a little, but it's getting a nice fuzzy look. It's so comfortable and perfect for summer, spring, and fall. I think it'll work in the winter if I'm wearing warm layers underneath.
I also made a basic fitted tee using the Union St tee pattern*. It's almost too boring to blog about because there is nothing special about it. I didn't do anything special or different with the pattern. It's just a basic fitted tee. I bought this Arizona jersey fabric* for a deal from Katie when she was selling some of her stash. It's the first time I've worked with Art Gallery fabric, and it's pretty amazing. It's high quality and comfortable. I don't think I'll ever buy it full price though. I'd rather get something else for that price.

6.20.2017

Me Made: Embroidered Marigold Peplum

Me Made: Embroidered Marigold Peplum Pattern

I have quite a story about this shirt. This shirt has actually been finished for almost two years. I finished it two summers ago right after I got pregnant with my third child. I made it for the purpose of a nursing-friendly shirt, but by the time I was finished I couldn't fit into it. I had to wait a whole year to try it on! After trying it on there were multiple things I needed to fix, but since this is back to basics June I was determined to fix them and make this shirt wearable.
Me Made: Embroidered Marigold Peplum Pattern
I used the Marigold Dress Pattern and made the peplum version. I had won it in a giveaway at some point. I think I made an x-small based on the measurements, but I literally can't remember. At the time I was looking for basically the Cheyenne Tunic*, but it (and anything like it) didn't exist yet. The Marigold is a great pattern, and I don't remember having any problems while putting it together. I don't love wearing peplums, but I do love that this one is very relaxed. And since there is a waistband seam I was able to place the embroidered border right under the waist seam. The embroidery going all the way around the waist looks really cool from the side.
Me Made: Embroidered Marigold Peplum Pattern
I ordered this embroidered fabric from fabric.com a couple of years ago. The second I saw it I fell in love with it immediately, so I ordered three yards. It isn't available anymore, but there is this blue embroidered lawn*, embroidered chambray*, and white embroidered lawn. It's really fun to get pre-embroidered fabric and place the embroidery where you want it.
I didn't plan the pattern pieces very well, and there was too much embroidery when I first finished it. I ended up taking the front panels out and replacing it with remaining white fabric. I also had a lot of problems with the sleeves.
Me Made: Embroidered Marigold Peplum Pattern
When I first finished it I either misjudged my shoulders being broad or the sleeves didn't have a high enough cap and the top of the sleeves were way too tight. It was so uncomfortable. I unpicked the sleeves slightly and added some fabric to the top. I sewed it on like a pleat which gave me more space for my shoulder, but I didn't like the look of it. So it sat in my closet for a year. Now that I've been done nursing for a couple of months I saw it hanging in my closet and decided to fix it so that I would wear it. I took the sleeves off, and used them with the added pleats to cut new sleeves out. Luckily, I had a little bit of extra fabric to cut out more sleeves that had a taller cap.
Me Made: Embroidered Marigold Peplum Pattern

6.15.2017

No-Slip Hand Towel Tutorial

No-Slip Hand Towel Tutorial
I love my kids, but they just won't hang the hand towels back up. They pull it off and leave it on the counter or floor. And my baby constantly pulls my kitchen towel off my oven. We just moved and needed new hand towels so I decided to make one that will hopefully stay on the towel rod. #fingerscrossed
No-Slip Hand Towel Tutorial
Supplies
Fat Quarter* (I used this blue scallop fabric.)
1/2" wide Snap Tape*
Sewing Supplies*

Instructions
1.  Get your fat quarter. Trim the selvage off.
No-Slip Hand Towel Tutorial
2. Fold in half longwise with right sides together. Sew the long edge together at 1/4" seam allowance. Turn right side out.
3. Press flat. Topstitch each long side.
No-Slip Hand Towel Tutorial
4. Fold the short unfinished edges over 1/4" and baste. They should go to opposite sides, one to the front and one to the back.
5. Separate the two pieces of the snap tape, and measure the length needed for the snap tape. Leave about 3/8" on each side to fold under.
No-Slip Hand Towel Tutorial
6. Pin the snap tape over the folded raw short edges. Meaning one snap tape side will be on the front and one snap tape side will be on the back.
7. Tuck the edges of the snap tape underneath to enclose the raw edges.
No-Slip Hand Towel Tutorial
9. Using a zipper foot, sew around the edge of the snap tape to secure it to the fabric. Trim your thread tails and snap your tape together. Good job!
No-Slip Hand Towel Tutorial
I love that my kids can't pull it off unless they really work at it. They usually get bored before that point!
No-Slip Hand Towel Tutorial

6.13.2017

Me Made: Ruffle Tee DIY

Me Made: Ruffle Tee DIY
I finished my second "basic with fun details for the summer" tee! I sewed a basic tee with ruffle details to really give it a showstopping look. It's a bit loose to help me cool off when it's hot and the jersey is linen based which I love. I definitely have a weakness for natural fibers and almost exclusively wear them with a little spandex thrown in.
Me Made: Ruffle Tee DIY
I won a gift certificate to Fabric Mart and used some of it to get this pale gray linen jersey. (I used the other half for charcoal rayon spandex that I used for my waterfall raglan.) The fabric is very sheer, has slubs, and has minimal stretch and return. I got two yards knowing I would probably have to double up the fabric. It has pretty good drape, but since I wanted to double the layers to combat the sheerness I knew I would lose some of the pretty drape. I decided against a drapey look because of this. I doubled up the fabric on the body and sleeve pieces and the look is semi-fitted. It's still slightly sheer, but I can wear it and feel comfortable. The fabric wasn't hard to work with. You could tell it was linen based because it had almost a scratchy or sticky quality to it and would stick to other pieces of fabric.
Me Made: Ruffle Tee DIY
I used the Union St tee pattern* and did a little pattern altering. I made a simple image so you can get the general idea of how to make it yourself.

  • Cut the front and back piece along the side front and through the shoulder.
  • Add seam allowance to both sides.
  • Sew the four separate shoulder seams together.
  • Create four ruffled pieces. I made mine 4 inches tall, folded them in half lengthwise and gathered the raw edge. Two were just smaller than the armscye length, so they wouldn't go into the side seam. The other two were really long and went from waist to waist.
  • Gather the pieces and baste them to one side of the seam that they will be in.
  • Sew the other side of the seam on (with the ruffle sandwiched in between). Finish the edges.
  • Topstitch the seam allowance away from the direction of the ruffle so that the ruffle lays flat.

Me Made: Ruffle Tee DIY

The topstitching really helps the ruffles point outwards and lay flat. I didn't have trouble with my topstitching stretching out my fabric since my fabric already has a loose hand.Me Made: Ruffle Tee DIY
There's something really special about curating a handmade wardrobe. The thought, work, and love that goes into each piece makes me really appreciate each item and how it works with other items. I will probably finish my summer items when summer ends, but that's okay. A lot of the joy comes from the process. I'm getting better at making items to last, making items that coordinate with most of my wardrobe, and not having too many items in my closet. I don't like the overwhelming feeling of having too many items in my wardrobe. I like having a small wardrobe of favorites.
Me Made: Ruffle Tee DIY
Even though this tee has been finished for a short time, I already love it. It'll be great on hot days since it's loose and made out of linen, but I will feel cool (temperature wise) and put together. The color fits in my wardrobe well, and I love reaching for it.
Me Made: Ruffle Tee DIY
hot air balloon necklace*, jeans (altered), booties*

6.09.2017

Me Made: Diagonal Ruffle Tee DIY

After doing Me Made May and figuring out the holes in my wardrobe, so I'm dedicating the month of June to sewing those items I need in my wardrobe and altering any items I won't wear unless I alter them. First, I made some basic tees with fun details to wear all summer long. I love the flared ruffle look and saw one somewhere online that I decided to copy. It's a very easy pattern hack, but you get a really interesting and fun tee.
Me Made: Diagonal Ruffle Front Tee DIY
I used some white mystery knit fabric that my sister sent me. She made a cardigan out of it a couple of years ago and just sent me the remnant which was the perfect amount to make this tee. This fabric is white with white stripes. It doesn't have a lot of stretch or recovery so I couldn't make anything very fitted. This jersey knit stripe fabric* seems the closest to what I have.
Me Made: Diagonal Ruffle Front Tee DIY
I used the Union St Tee pattern* since that's my tried and true basic tee pattern but these alterations will work with any tee pattern.

  • Trace the front piece so that it's open and not on the fold. 
  • Then draw a straight line from one side waist to the opposite arm hole. 
  • Cut it and then add seam allowance.
  • Cut out the front pieces from the fabric.
  • Measure the length of the line you just cut. Find a bowl or plate with similar measurements and trace a circle on your fabric. (Mine was slightly longer so I used the extra in my sleeve seam.)
  • Measure out 4" all the way around that circle to make a larger circle. Cut out the ruffle and cut through the circle to make one long strip.
Me Made: Diagonal Ruffle Front Tee DIY
  • Sew the ruffle in between the two front pieces and trim off any excess. 
  • Us the excess in the sleeve seam to add one more ruffle.
  • Construct the tee the way the pattern instructs.

I made a size small since my fabric didn't have a lot of stretch or recover. It's a semi-fitted tee, but it'll be very comfortable for summer since it isn't too tight and it's white.
Me Made: Diagonal Ruffle Front Tee DIY
It's a very basic tee, but I really love it and the simple details. It's going to great for hot summer days. I will feel comfortable and it's easy to wear, but I'll look like I got dressed in the morning! #momwin
Me Made: Diagonal Ruffle Front Tee DIY
I met up with Rachel from Little Fish to visit a home decor fabric store that had some apparel fabric in the back. The store had this amazing animal print fabric on the bathroom wall so we had to get a picture. Isn't it fun? And I'm having a meet up at this store and then a nearby park in a couple of weeks. Comment if you're interested, and I'll send you the info!
Me Made: Diagonal Ruffle Front Tee DIY
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