Feather's Flights: A Sewing Blog


Me Made: Rayon Challis Woven Tee

I finally made myself something from beginning to end (no upcycling or fitting) that isn't made out of knit. I've purchased some woven fabrics to make some clothes, but I've been slowed down by my to-do list and having three kids. Anyway, I've been wanting to step up my everyday wear. I love wearing tees for comfort and style, but I can't wear only tees and needed some nicer tops. I was looking for a good woven tee pattern, and there are a lot to choose from. I finally decided on the Dressy Talk Woven Tee Pattern. I liked the slightly longer sleeve length, the overall fit and style, the hi-lo hem, and that it comes in two different lengths.
Let's talk about the alterations. First, I used the taller size and then added a bunch of length. I added 1/2" between the neckline and the armpit, I added 1" right above the waist, and I added 1" at the high hip. Since I lengthened in the armscye I had to lengthen the sleeve cap. Then I checked the width. My bust and hips fell in the same size with my waist two sizes larger. I cut it that way, but then when I sewed it up and tried it on, the bust and waist were huge and the hips were tight. So I took in the bust and waist and let out the hips. I also let out the sleeves, they were a tad tight. I also raised the bust darts 1.5" up. All of these were easy fixes, and I'll be able to use the pattern again with just a couple of pattern alterations. Overall, it's a tad tight, but my bust will decrease when I'm done nursing in a couple of months.
I liked the pattern and love how mine turned out. I guess this is my wearable muslin, and there are a couple of things I'm going to change for the next one: fix widths around my shoulders and the body of the blouse, raise the darts, shorten the sleeve cap. I found the pattern a little confusing (there were two different styles or something, so I didn't know which one to cut out?), and no information about it in the instructions. I did my best, and luckily, my shirt turned out. If you're newer to fitting I wouldn't recommend this pattern. If you're a seasoned sewist and fitter and don't need instructions than this is a good pattern for you.
I used rayon challis for the first time. It's a DREAM fabric. It's soft and drapey but opaque. It breathes but it isn't too cold. I got this from Hancock Fabrics right before they announced their bankruptcy. I chose it because most of the colors are my favorite so I thought it would match a lot of solids. This shirts has gray/taupe, a coral/red, pink, peach, light turquoise, white, and a purple so dark it almost looks navy. I wish it was navy because navy is my black, but hopefully it'll work. 
I didn't realize when I was making it that it's not great for nursing access. It is possible to pull up the hem to nurse, but it's kind of a hassle and a little uncomfortable. So it probably won't get worn a lot until I'm done or when I'm nursing less than I am now. 
I have worn it once already though. I wore it to a smart casual work dinner with all the attorneys, associates, and wives from my husband's firm. I wore it with my gray blazer and the gray of the shirt matched perfectly with my blazer. 
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Enjoy my kids beautiful chalk artwork on the fence behind me. The chalk colors match my woven tee quite well actually!

Gap Destroyed Jeans, Womens Suede Strappy Flats in taupe (affiliate link)


Cardigan Onesie Tutorial: UPDATED

I've redone my popular cardigan onesie tutorial! The pictures needed updating (since the original is 4 years old; can you believe how much the cardigan onesie babies have grown?), and I have a cute little baby girl to photograph wearing it! I made this version way simpler so it's easier and quicker to make. (You can also try the simplest and easiest cardigan onesie.) This is a girly version, but I love that cardigan onesies work well for both boys and girls. I can't wait to pair this cardigan onesie with a little skirt and knee high socks. I also added a video to the end if you want to see some during of the tutorial!

This baby girl is an angel. She is so sweet with the cutest smile and big blue eyes!


Teaching at Pinner's Conference

Guess what? I'm teaching two sewing classes at Pinners Conference in Salt Lake City! I always feel a little intimidated to teach, but I don't get a lot of opportunities to be so I'm really excited. You can come one day, two days, or both days plus the VIP party. (You have plenty of options!) I'll be at the VIP night on Thursday so come say hi! There are tons of amazings classes and shops; it's going to be an amazing event.
WHAT: I'm teaching a sewing class about how to make the Cardigan Onesie and a sewing class about how to make a tshirt romper.
Tshirt Romper @ 4:30pm
Cardigan Onesie @ 6pm
WHERE: The Salt Palace Convention Center in SLC, UT
WHEN: November 4-5, 2016
HOW: Use the promo code "feathers" to get 10% off! You can register online at UT.pinnersconference.com/register. (The promo code only works online and not at the door.)
Disclosure: I get paid a small amount per ticket sold using my promo code.


Sewing for the Girl: Ruffled Briar Dress

This summer I made my daughter two Mini Briar dresses, one with a ruffle and one that is sleeveless. She's been wearing them all summer; they are perfect for playing and running around. I'm sharing the ruffled Briar dress here, and I'm sharing a tutorial for how to make a sleeveless mini briar over on Design Diary.
I thrifted a tunic with a ruffle at the hem a couple of years ago that I wore a lot. I wasn't wearing it as much recently, so I cut it up to make a ruffled dress for Claire. I reused the sleeve hems, cut down the neckband, and the ruffle. I made the tunic length of the Mini Briar in size 2/3. Instead of hemming I just sewed on the gathered ruffle.
The body portion is a soft, stretchy jersey. The ruffle is actually made out of silk. I can't believe I made something for my daughter from silk, but it washes really well and wasn't expensive since I thrifted it. The ruffle is one long piece underneath a shorter piece.
Since the cut of the Mini Briar is so forgiving, she will be able to wear this for another year or two as she grows. It would look great as a tunic. I love the minty color of this dress and that both the fabrics are the same color. It's so hard to do that with purchased fabrics.
Don't forget to check out the tutorial about how to make a sleeveless mini briar!


Free Printable: Confidence is Best

My sister, Sarah (she has a lettering blog, Ensign Insights), is really sweet. A couple of years ago she had to make a movie for a college class and recorded me talking about sewing and upcycling. I don't really remember much about the recording, but she hand lettered and digitized one of my quotes from that movie. A quote I don't even remember saying, but it does sound like something I would say. It is, "You look best when you're CONFIDENT not when you're trying to hide your flaws." She digitized it and made it look so pretty, and she's letting me share it as a free printable for my wonderful readers.
There's a pink version and a mint version. Both are on a white background with gray lettering and come as an 8.5"x11" printable that can be trimmed to fit an 8"x10" frame.
Mint "Confident" Free Printable
Pink "Confident" Free Printable
I have already printed the mint one and hung it right over my sewing machine to remind me what's important when I'm sewing something for myself or something for one of my kids.
Sewing has really made me see the silliness of numbers and sizes. It's important to get my measurements right so that I can get a correctly fitting garment, but it doesn't make me a nice or mean person. Measurements won't change my confidence level. If my confidence comes from a number or only my outward appearance, I am reduced to a number or my outward appearance. I am more than what is on the outside and that is what makes me confident: my skills, goals, accomplishments, along with my flaws. Those are the things I want to be remembered by, not the way I looked. I do want to portray who I am through my clothing because I feel comfortable and it's easier to get dressed in the morning, but I am still more than what I wear.
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