August Roundup and Overview

August has been very up and down. My sew-jo was either nonexistent or flowing pretty freely for short bursts.

First up: Sewing for the shop:

I had a handful of orders for the shop this month. A cute silky cream and grey bra with white power mesh. A high waist pantie and bra set in black power mesh and blue floral fabric with picot elastic. A blue sequined mermaid bra with a white base. A red velvet bodysuit with underwire. Another of the black with blue floral high waist panties. I also finished a pair of panties with floral and black mesh for the shop to match the newer bra I listed out of the same purple and black floral with black lace and mesh.

I’m hoping I get a good amount of orders in September, because money and keeping busy is always nice.

Sewing: Capsule!

I managed to sew a whole 2, count ’em, TWO, items for my capsule this month. Both happened to be black, made from sweater knits (the same sweater knit to be exact), layering pieces, cardigans, and patterns from seamwork mag…. ¬†First up is the Oslo Cardigan, which is a loose fitting tunic length cardigan with a shawl collar and optional button closure (That I omitted for this one). And the second, and my most recent finish is the Wembley Cardigan. It’s an asymmetrical cropped cardigan. The back is shorter than the front pieces, which end in a diagonal point in the front, which looks really nice and is great for tying the front of the cardigan if you’d like something a little more figure hugging.

Knitting:

I managed to finish a hat and a SWEATER. My first real sweater, and it isn’t even for me. This sweater will be a Christmas present for my Fiance, it’s the Drangey Pullover by Stephen West. The hat is the Tied Knots Hat by Justyna Lorkowska knit out of Knit Picks Hawthorne Sport in the Aurora Borealis colorway. This hat pattern is so gorgeous, I will definitely be making another in the future. As for this one, I think it will be going into my Christmas gift pile, as it’s just not screaming “me”, you know?

So, I did manage to get a lot done, just not as much as I would have hoped. But given the depressive funk I’ve been trapped in for most of the month, I did a damn good job at powering through and making things anyway.

So Here’s to hoping for a great September Sew-Jo!

Plans for Planning

This week has been relatively productive. I managed to finish a few things that I’ve been meaning to get to for a while now.

First up: refashioned panties. A while ago I was helping the fiance’s mother clean out some old clothes from the attic. We both went through them and donated some and stored the rest back in the attic. I was allowed to have free reign over things I wanted to wear or wanted to re-purpose for the fabric. I picked a small pile of things and finally got around to starting the re-purposing. I made 2 different styles of panties (along with the thong from last week) out of a pair of pants that were 100% rayon. The fabric was practically new, aside from some holes in the bottom where it looks like the unlucky owner leaned/sat on something that ripped little holes in it. So it had a lot of potential for undies.

I went with a standard bikini brief cut (slightly more coverage) and a slightly higher cut leg bikini style (slightly less coverage), and black cotton jersey for the lining and a black stretch lace on both.

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I haven’t started on any of the other items yet, but I’m still figuring out plans for some of them.

I also managed to bang out a new Grainline Studios Linden shirt. I used a stable knit that is a mystery blend as I got it from a church destash. I’m pretty sure it is some sort of wool blend, based on the feel of it, but I can’t be sure. Anyway, I chose short sleeves because I didn’t have enough fabric for long sleeves, but I actually like the short sleeves on this one. I also didn’t use a neck band or bottom band, but just folded them under and stitched them in place. AND the best part? I lengthened it and made it a high low split hem! I really like how this detail came out.

I sized up on this one to be sure it would fit nicely, since the fabric has little to no stretch. I don’t think I necessarily needed to size up, now that it’s all finished, but I like things a little over sized anyway, so I’m totally fine with how loose fitting it came out.

I have a few more linden sweatshirts planned for the fall. I will also do an in depth review of the pattern in the near future, so stay tuned for that!

After all this sewing for me, I did do a little work for the shop too. I finished an order of one pair of sheer white mesh undies. Nothing too exciting there, but it’s a very popular item in my shop.

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The new item for the shop that I hinted at last week? Yeah, I finished that too, and it came out just as I imagined it. It’s made from a beautiful black and purple and pink floral print crepe double knit. It’s a pretty stable knit with some stretch (maybe 10%) but it’s perfect for bras. I also used black power mesh, black scallop lace, and black elastics, straps, and findings. I love it!

I plan to make a whole line that matches that bra, but it’s been stormy out so my blood pressure has been too low to sit at my sewing machine or to stand and cut things out. I’m hoping to get at least a pair of matching underwear finished by next week, if not a couple matching pairs.

I’ve been making good progress on knitting my fiance’s Christmas Sweater (The Drangey Pullover by Stephen West). I’m already finished with the yoke and halfway done with the body! I’ve also started on a child sweater (the flax sweater by tin can knits) for my cousins 6th birthday later this month. I may be a little ambitious with that deadline, but if anything I can give it to him for Christmas.

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Other than that I’ve been starting on my plans for my fall capsule wardrobe. It looks like I’ll be making a lot of layering pieces mainly. I have plans for at least 4 cardigans (and maybe 2 different styles of blazers). I’m also hoping to get a few pairs of leggings and pants finished. I desperately need to replace some of my rtw leggings as they’re ready to fall apart from being worn and washed so many times. However, I’m on a fabric buying ban and only using stash fabric due to having student loan debts dumped on me after I was told they were taken care of, as well as saving for my wedding, and wedding dress.

Speaking of my wedding dress, have a mentioned that I’m planning on making it myself from scratch? Yeah, I may be a little crazy, but I’m also very determined. So right now I’m looking at lace and lace appliques online and trying to gauge how much I should set aside for the materials of the dress. I’m also sketching up some of the lace appliques, trying to figure out placement ideas and if they’d work well with other appliques I’ve found. Here’s a little sneak peek of that (I’ve got plenty more started):

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Have you started on your fall wardrobe plans yet? What’s the “hole” in your fall wardrobe that you’ll need to be making first? Mine is definitely cardigans!

Trudging Through the Slump

Due to my health being all over the place, I’ve been in a bit of a sewing slump. But I’ve been working through it, getting orders done and working on a few small things.

I finished a bra that I had made with a modified version of my standard pattern for myself. This one is more of a plunge style and I narrowed the bridge a bit. But I forgot to add a little bit of width to the sides from taking width out of the bridge and also to account for the not so stretchy stretch lace that I used for the full bra. So it’s a little too snug for me to wear; I can get it on, but it’s not comfortable at all especially since I like a slightly looser band. Plus I used the underwires I had sitting in my drawer since I first started making bras for myself and before I really gauged which wire size was right for me and my shape. So the underwire is a size 30, which should fit the size 30 B bra (which is my size) but I need a 32 wire because my breast root is a bit wider than a 30 wire accounts for.

 

So all in all, I have a pretty new bra that I made in an evening, but can’t wear it. Oh well. It’s up in the shop but I’m not very hopefully of it selling due to the tiny size that it is.

I also whipped up a quick little thong as a model to show to a potential customer. It’s pretty cute and I hadn’t actually made one with the fold over elastic for the shop, it’s mainly been either stretch lace edging or picot underwear elastic. But I like the look and will be making more for the shop in the near future.

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Other than that, I have finished 2 orders: a classic Harley Quinn bra and a Slave Leia bra. I also managed to finish a pair of socks, which I might have talked about last week (using Badwolfgirlstudios yarn in the mermish colorway) but I have a picture this time! They’re gloriously soft and I can’t wait to wear them. I’ve been doing too many messy things (like baking) to feel comfortable wearing these and not ruining them. Hopefully I’ll be able to wear them soon though!

I finished the bright blue circle skirt that I’ve had cut out for a few weeks now. I can’t wait to get to making the top that I’d like to pair with it.

I finally got around to washing and blocking the socks I made for my fiance, which I had knit quite a while before we got engaged. Haha oops, but the good thing is that they’re ready for him to wear now. And while I was at it, I washed and blocked my Tennessee souvenir shawl, so now the lace is more open and the picot bind off is actually visible. I can’t wait to wear it in the fall! I love the color of it.

New cast on! I started a big project for my fiance for Christmas. I’d been thinking about it for a while and bought all the yarn for it, so I finally got around to purchasing the pattern and casting on. It’s so exciting and I hope he loves it! I’m making the Drangey Pullover by Stephen West in a dark navy that looks almost black for the main color and a bright turquoise blue for the contrast. It’s a little hard to photograph at this point because it’s grown considerably and is now bunched up on the needles. But I’m nearly done with the yoke part, so I’m assuming the progress on it will slow down quite a bit as it turns to just solid dark colored yarn.

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I’m in a bit of a bra making mood, so I may whip up a few new ones this week. I have quite a bit of fabric in my stash to choose from and I’ve definitely got my eye on one in particular. I’ll give you a little hint: it’ll be floral and lace with rich colors.

What projects are you most looking forward to working on next?

MMMay17 Week 3 recap

This week was a little bit of a fail for me made may. Mainly because of my mental state. I did wear me made undies or bra everyday though. So that’s something I guess.

Today I grabbed for my woven hemlock tee, but I’m not a fan of the fit on me. It’s just a bit too tent like on me and I should have just finished the armhole seams with a zigzag stitch instead of doing a french seam, as the seam is a bit too bulky and sits oddly. So I took it off and swapped for my seafoam vneck plantain tee. I’m also wearing a me made bra today.

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Now for the recap:

Monday: only me made undies

Tuesday: Me made undies and bra with a periwinkle purple linden sweatshirt and rtw leggings.

Wednesday: Black and white polka dot sweetheart halter neck dress.

Thursday: me made bra. I attempted to wear a me made shirt (burda styles wrap front blouse in magenta chiffon), but wore it for a couple minutes tops and then switched to a rtw baggy tshirt and leggings.

Friday: Me made undies. rtw leggings and tshirt

Saturday: me made bra and undies and my marled blue sweater long sleeve plantain tee with rtw leggings

Sunday: me made bra, seafoam vneck plantain tee with rtw leggings and undies.

Overall, not terrible, especially given the circumstances. Hopefully this next week will be better. I’m thinking I’ll be wearing more dresses next week, but don’t take my word on it.

Things I’ve finished in the past week:

I finished 2 slave leia bras, 3 pairs of undies, and a nude mesh bra I’ll be finishing tonight (I just need to sew the clasps on and then sew the underwire in) So it was a pretty productive week for the shop.

I also finished my linden sweatshirt, moneta crop top, and woven hemlock sweatshirt. I also finished knitting the body of a sweater I’ve been working on (so not exactly a finished object, but it was a big deal and a big part of the project that’s not finished)

I have 2 more bras and a pair of undies to finish for the shop this week, and I have a new thong design I’d like to finish and add to the shop this week as well.

Sewing plans:

Cutting out another linden sweatshirt, cutting out some shorty peg leg leggings (testing some adjustments to the pattern), taping together the Mia Jeans pdf from the sew over it city break capsule ebook (and washing some fabric for it), work on knitting my souvenir socks and shawl that I started.

All in all I’ll be keeping myself busy over the next week. What are your sewing and knitting plans for the next week?

Day 17 & 18 of mmmay17: a ball of anxiety

So I forgot to post yesterday, even though I did wear me made. Or rather, I was so busy shaking with anxiety and pacing that I didn’t have time to post. Oh well, what can a girl do?

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Another sweetheart halter neck dress. This was the first one I made, it was a sort of wearable muslin. It has some issues, but I still love it and definitely need to pick up more polka dot fabric. The waist was a little too bit for the skirt, so there are some puckers and bunching there (That were fixed in later versions). I had to take in the sides, and on later versions I raised the bust line a bit as the apex on this one sits a bit low on me (not surprising, I am petite after all). I also had to gather the center front a little as it was gaping and not sitting against my chest at all, the gathers helped a lot. The skirt on this one is longer than the other 2 I’ve made, which I like, it gives it a very classy vintage feel for me.

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Overall I love this dress and everyone else seems to as well, people can’t seem to take their eyes off it/me when I’m wearing it. This is obviously a tried and true pattern for me, I’ll most likely be wearing my other version of it over the weekend, given that the weather stays nice and warm.

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For today, I put on an outfit, and pretty much immediately switched out to a baggy tshirt, so I kind of failed on the me made outfit today. I tried, but I’m just too exhausted and my anxiety is too high for me to be in anything but super comfy baggy clothes. The shirt is a burda styles pattern.

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I’m not sure what’s going on with my mental health, other than it’s not good right now. I think the road trip did a lot more damage than I anticipated and now I’m dealing with the consequences and after effect of it all. I am trying and I am getting orders worked on and done and shipped out, but it’s very difficult. I’ve been in a lot of pain because all my muscles are extra tense from the anxiety and I’ve been tensing my jaw and grinding my teeth CONSTANTLY, I have to consciously unclench and stop grinding my teeth every. five. minutes. So there’s that.

I’ve also been working on my knitting to help keep my calm. I finished the body of the sweater I’ve been working on since around February. It’s a top down raglan, so I need to pick up the stitches from the waste yarn on the sleeves and knit those now, and then it’s finished! I haven’t tried it on at all yet, so I have no idea if it will fit yet. I know it’ll be more fitted than I originally anticipated and wanted, but I don’t think it’ll be too bad, it should still be comfy and wearable. I’m using Loops and Threads brand Woolike yarn in the Mauve colorway. It’s an acrylic nylon blend from Micheal’s and it’s a burgundy-berry color. I didn’t want to invest a lot of money in a sweater since I didn’t know if I’d like knitting sweaters or if I’d even finish it, so I didn’t want to waste the money on it if it didn’t work out. I definitely think I’ll be upgrading to something a bit more pricey (probably only cascade or something inexpensive like that). I’m using the Pretty Mallory pattern by Vera Sanon (It’s a free Cascade pattern)

And I caked up some of the Tennessee Souvenir yarn and cast on a pair of socks for that.

That’s all for today. Hopefully I’ll have some interesting things to show you this weekend!