{Pattern Hack} New Horizons Harbor Hoodie

Here’s my first confession of this blog post – I don’t have $150 to spend on a jacket from Anthropologie. But when I saw the Faravel Moto Jacket on Pinterest, I was inspired.  Not to find $150 to buy the jacket, but to make one for myself!  That’s one of my primary motivators for sewing – perfect fit, unique fabrics, and the ability to use expensive pieces for inspiration!

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After months of swooning over this jacket and searching for the right base pattern, I decided to give it a go with the Harbor Hoodie from New Horizons.  Find the pattern here: https://newhorizonsdesigns.com/product/harbor-hoodie/?affiliates=e00da03b685a0dd18fb6a08af0923de0 The lines and shaping of the pattern were right and I was pretty sure I could adjust the front pattern piece and add the pockets.

I’m fairly new to hacking patterns, so I wasn’t sure how successful my first attempt was going to be.  I examined line drawings of moto jackets that I found online for what the front piece should look like and added that onto the front piece of the Harbor when I traced it onto my (new from Joann on Black Friday) pattern interfacing.  I basted the pieces together to check fit and was thrilled to find that it looked pretty close to what I was going for!  I made some pocket pieces the size and shape of the ones on my inspiration jacket and figured out the placement. The only other change I made was to adjust the hem length – moto jackets seem to be a bit more cropped and hit in the mid hip area.  I actually didn’t cut that length off – I hemmed it and then folded it over to the front to make a “band” of sorts (actually more like a giant binding).  It was bulky and unfinished looking and prompted me to do a bunch of top stitching which, it turns out, really adds to the moto flair of the jacket.  

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New Horizons Harbor Hoodie Moto Hack

Here’s my second confession – I haven’t added a closure on the jacket yet.  The original has a zipper, but I wasn’t sure how well a zipper would hold on one layer of fleece.  I pondered buttons, but if I didn’t like them it would be difficult to undo. Then I got stumped on which piece goes on top (right over left or left over right).  I was prompted to read some interesting historical accounts on why women’s jackets are traditionally buttoned right over left and men’s were left over right – the most interesting had to do with a man’s necessity to draw his sword from his left hip without snagging it on his coat.  Thus I decided, I would do left over right because I’m on a bit of a “down with the patriarchy” gig right now.  I wore this coat all day and it was incredibly warm and comfortable and I think by the end of the weekend I will have a plan for how to add a closure.  

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New Horizon Harbor Hoodie Hack

Here’s my third confession – I’m going to make a few more of these.  I’m tempted to try one in stretch woven and will make my next one with a lining (as the pattern is designed for and as my inspiration picture has).  My main takeaway from this project – I’ve always loved the coziness of the Harbor Hoodie and, when you have a good base pattern to start from, amazing things can happen.  You know I’m all about versatility and options in a pattern – sometimes that can mean redrawing a few lines to create a new look.  If I can do it, you can too! Let me know if you’d be interested in a tutorial and I can try to post some pictures soon of my adjusted pattern piece and details on how I finished it.  Cheers to hacking (and staying warm)!

 

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Capsule Wardrobe Undergarments

It’s no secret that I’m a big fan of capsule wardrobe sewing.  I spend a good amount of time each season planning the colors and the pieces that I want to make to round out my closet. Plenty of people stop their capsule wardrobe at that point – and that is totally fine – buying shoes, purses/handbags, workout gear, pajamas, undergarments, and socks.  

Well, I’m a maker.  I can’t make shoes (yet), but I am making all of those other things for my capsule.  

I’d been pondering this blog post for a few months and was finally pushed to do it so I could share this amazing pattern I just tested – the Bella Bralette from Daydream Patterns.  I’ve made a few bralettes and sports bras before, but nothing that was constructed like this – in such a detailed and professional way.  

The steps were a bit confusing at first – but only because it was a new type of project for me. In truth, the instructions are very clear and accompanied by good illustrations.  There is even a blog post from the pattern designer for how to make the adjustable straps.  My point being, even if you’re new to sewing lace and bras, don’t let that stop you from buying this pattern.  It’s an amazing price and I heard there is a discount code in the Facebook group to celebrate the release.  But even without the discount, it’s an amazing deal for such a well done pattern.

Go slowly, read carefully, read it again.  I had to pull some stitches out on my first version, but it still turned out lovely.  I mean, LOVELY.  Like I could not believe I made a thing that was so beautiful.  Once I understood the construction after the first one, the second one was much easier.  I made one of each style: v-neck and plunge.  I’ve worn them all day and they are so comfortable.  Plenty supportive and no pokey underwires!  

Find the pattern here https://daydreampatterns.com/product/bella-bralette-and-cami/ref/sarahboses/

And don’t forget to go to the FaceBook page to find the discount code, here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/daydreampatterns/?ref=br_rs  

If you’re inspired now to sew up some undies with your bralette, I have two favorite patterns that I’ve sewn over and over (and wear over and over).  The Bunzies/Scrundies from Stitch Upon a Time, found here: https://stitchuponatime.com/product/bunzies-underwear/ and the No Show Thong from Greenstyle Creations, found here: https://greenstylecreations.refersion.com/l/516.91827

I imagine I will do a capsule wardrobe undergarments part two at some point, as I’ve sewn other bralettes (that are very different from this one) and a few other underwear patterns.  Maybe I’ll even do a head to head comparison of a few different patterns. There are lots out there, but none I recommend as highly as these.  

AND… before I forget – if you are looking for places to buy lace in the appropriate size to make the Bella, keep an eye on our friends at Knitpop, as they have some in stock they will be listing and have said they will try to source some more so that we can make all the pretty bralettes!

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{Pattern Review} Jennifer Lauren Handmade: Afternoon Shift Dress

Confession: Life has been a bit rough lately. I haven’t sewn as much as I like to.  I’ve certainly not been blogging the stuff I have sewn.  Hopefully things will settle down a bit and I will get back on track.  Starting with this lovely make from last month.

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I sewed up the Afternoon Shift Dress from Jennifer Lauren Handmade.  According to Jen’s website, she designs “fun modern sewing patterns that give a nod to classic vintage attire, with beautiful detail and clean drafting for a gorgeous fit. Built on form-flattering basics and using classic lines…”  I would have to agree now that I’ve made one of her patterns!

A bit about my version: I sewed the dress (there is also a blouse version), using a soft designer flannel.  I chose my size based on my bust and was in between a 14 and a 16, but closer to a 14 so I went with that size. My waist and hips fell in that size as well. There are two options for the front detail – an angled, pointy version and the curved version I went with. One could certainly pick a smaller button or one that was more monochromatic, but I liked the retro feeling of this oversize wooden button on the kimono sleeve dress. I also opted for the pockets because why the heck would I not???!!

Now, on to the review:

  1. Fit– Fit was good for me.  I feel like my photos show a bit of lines around my bust, but I don’t really see those when I look straight on in the mirror – must have been my stance for the photos!  I did not make any changes at all when I sewed up this version and I’m not sure I’d need to make any fit adjustments the next go round. I’m very pleased with how it fits.
  2. Construction– The pattern came together nicely.  Everything matched up and was clearly labeled. I did not love the method for hemming the sleeves prior to sewing up the side seams as I felt like it did cause some weird pulling under the arms. I also might add understitching for the neckline facing.  I like the softer look of not topstitching, but I feel like the facing is still flipping out a bit, even after ironing.
  3. Instructions– The instructions made sense and were easy to follow.  There were a few tricky spots, but were labeled clearly in the instructions to provide extra care in those steps.
  4. Pattern Printing– I printed the PDF pattern at home on my home printer.  It printed out well and everything lined up nicely. Though there are not layers on this patter, the sizes were labeled clearly on the pages and it was easy to follow the print chart to print only the version/options I wanted.
  5. Any other thoughts? I did not notice the lengthen/shorten line on the pattern, though it was mentioned in the instructions – it could be that I missed it, but I plan to reach out to the designer to double check.

Overall, as I said, I’m very pleased with this.  It’s easy and comfortable and finished very well.  I know I will be layering this flannel version through fall, winter, and spring, and will certainly be adding more Afternoon Shifts to my wardrobe.

Find the pattern here: Afternoon Shift Dress and Blouse

{Pattern Test} Rebecca Page Berry Pants

I’ll get my confession out of the way early in this post: I NEED PANTS.  After moving last summer from tropical South Florida back to my hometown in the mountains of Northern New Mexico, I became acutely aware of how lacking my wardrobe was for my new climate.  I was SO COLD and by the end of winter last year, I was SO tired of wearing sweats and yoga pants.

Well in advance of fall, I’ve been planning all the pants I will make so that I’m adequately prepared this season.  These pants appealed to me because I have a weakness for vintage and retro style.  They did not disappoint.

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The Berry Bubble Shorts are an existing Rebecca Page pattern that can now be made as full length pants with this add-on.  They have lovely finishes – from French seams to bias tape on inside seams.  It was so fun to take such care to make a beautiful garment from inside out.  You can find the pattern and all the details here (on sale): Berry Original and Add-On All Sizes 

I contemplated on the sizing of these pants a bit, before deciding to size down.  I think the bubble effect is cute for the shorts, but wasn’t sure I wanted the “poof” at my hips.  I did check the finished measurements and pattern pieces before picking my size – had to make sure they would fit over my hips!  But the elastic back certainly helps – and you would never guess it by looking at the pretty flat front!

I did have to take some length off at the hem since I’m 5’4″, but I didn’t actually take it off – I turned it into a wide hem to fit the retro style of these pants.  And, while, I was tempted to use denim, I opted for some mid-weight olive canvas (still kinda reminiscent of the 1940s, right???)  The button front is finished with vintage buttons too.

I think I met my two fold goal of: PANTS and a cute retro style.  These will definitely get some wear this season (and inspire me to make some vintage patterns to perfect the outfit)!

P.S. If you already have the Berry Bubble Shorts, grab the add-on only here: Berry Pants Add On

{Pattern Test} New Horizons Tami Revolution Hoodie

This pattern could not have arrived in my life at a more perfect time.  Fall weather is upon us in Northern New Mexico – the mornings are chilly and the winds are much cooler than they were a month ago.  I find myself bundled up until mid-afternoon when the sun really warms things up for a few hours.

The Tami Hoodie is one of the awesome patterns from New Horizons and it was just updated with a slimmer fit and extended sizes.  You can find it on sale right now, for only $7 until September 25th here: Tami Revolution Double Hoodie

There are three hood options – regular hood, crossover hood, or double hood.  There is a full zip option (which I did), a decorative shoulder seam zip, or a standard pull over hoodie style.  I did the regular length here, but there is also a longer length cut line on the pattern.

Don’t forget about the pockets, of course.  Kangaroo pocket (split for the full zip option) or inseam pockets.  I lined my pockets as well as my hood because I know it wont be long until I’m cold ALL THE TIME.  The purple french terry is the perfect weight – so cozy and stretchy.  I picked it up in LA in the fabric district last fall with my sweet friend, Lindsay. The blue print fabric is from a mystery pack that I got from Picadilly Textiles – it was my first order from them and I was BLOWN away by the awesome fabric in the mystery pack and the luscious weight of the cotton lycra.  I’m now officially addicted – also mostly thanks to Lindsay!

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And… because I’m me, I wanted to experiment a bit on the second version I did, so I mashed the top with my Pierside Pencil Skirt (also from New Horizons), which I wrote about here in the hopes of making a cute fall dress.  Well… what a pleasant surprise because it was easy and came out exactly as I imagined.  When I made this skirt the first time, I didn’t love having a raw unfinished edge inside this curved hem , so this time i tried some knit binding to finish it and it was fabulous.  A facing would work equally well.

I skipped the hood in favor of a cowl.  This was driven by the fact that I was short on fabric, but I also think that a cowl is an easier thing to wear on a piece of clothing that ISN’T outerwear.  I used the pattern piece for the crossover hood and chopped it off about 4 inches up – that way I knew the necklines would match perfectly.  I cut the fabric on the fold so that the top edge of the cowl would be mostly finished already.

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This awesome stripe French terry is from Knit Pop (last fall, sorry). It’s equally delicious. Have I mentioned that French terry is my all time favorite fabric?  I really could live in it. This is also my first opportunity to show off my “new to me” boots from the thrift store.  They are Born brand and were $10!  Such a score – and they fit perfectly and I’m going to wear them ALL season.  Probably with more raglan dresses like this one.

If you don’t have the Pierside Pencil skirt and want to try to recreate my mash up, grab the pattern here: Pierside Pencil Skirt

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{Made} New Horizons Bali Blouse

You know what’s awesome?  When I have a vision/plan to make something and it comes out exactly like I imagine!

I’ve long admired the Bali Blouse from New Horizons and I was excited to finally sew it up. There’s a lot of versatility in this pattern – could be a casual knit shirt or a dressy blouse in a silky woven fabric, but I was going for the boho look with this rayon crepe from Sincerely Rylee. The border print was begging to be shown off and this seemed like a great pattern for it!

There are some really nice details in this pattern.  I loved the angled front yoke more than I imagined – it’s so flattering.  I opted to finish the neckline with the fully lined yoke bodice and it is an awesome finish. The neckline lays so nicely and it was EASY!

Here’s my confession for this blog post:  Sometimes in sewing, necessity is the mother of invention.  Here’s another confession: I’m not super experienced with paying attention to prints/fabric direction/etc when I’m making stuff.  I cut one piece wrong and then didn’t have enough for my back yoke to have the big paisley print! But… because I had to, I figured it out and pieced it together and covered my seams with these scraps of crochet trim.  I know… it’s an unusual accent, but I really like it.  I think it adds to the boho flair!

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New Horizons Bali Blouse

I can’t wait to make more of these – I think it is the perfect seasonal transition piece. I’m wearing my also brand new SUAT Goldilegs in these pictures, which is my first sew in my continuing quest for perfect pants.  I will write more about them and #teampants soon. Find the blouse pattern (and all the details) here: New Horizons Bali Blouse (affiliate)

New Pattern: Rebecca Page Cerena

My (first) confession for this post is that I’m not a jumpsuit person.  I’ve been drawn to a few over the years, though.  Lucky for me (and other people on the fence about grown up rompers/jumpsuits), this pattern includes instructions for a shirt only version!

Here are the basics – the pattern can use knits or woven fabrics – one of my very favorite features in a pattern! The top is a cute halter that goes together very quickly.  There is a cute back button placket option to use with woven fabric (which is required when doing the jumpsuit). The bottoms can be made in short, capri, or full length and are meant to be fitted at the hips and widen from thighs down. As is the usual case with Rebecca Page patterns – you can get girls sizing as well as ladies sizing.  The bundled pattern covers girls size newborn to 12 years and ladies size XXS to 5XL with a free 18″ doll pattern. That’s a whole lot of sizes!

I made my top in a very lightweight sweater knit.  As it turns out, it was so lightweight it was very see-through… which, of course, I did not realize until I was completely done sewing it.  Lucky for me, it was easy to cut a panel and attach it to the inside.  The back has elastic in a casing, which needs to be adjusted a bit from person to person to ensure the proper fit (and strapless bra coverage).  I think it’s lovely now.  So here is my Cerena Top!

Being who I am, I wanted to give these pants a try.  I loved the silhouette of them, despite not wanting a jumpsuit.  So I checked the measurements and determined that I could use a nice, lightweight woven (this is a rayon crepe), skip the darts and add my favorite contoured knit waistband to make these pants.  I dig them.  Plus pockets.  What’s not to love???

Clearly I’m a fan of this – because options.  Check out all the other pictures from the Rebecca Page Brand Ambassadors – a really wide variety of looks from this pattern (and they are all super cute).  Pattern is on sale for just $7 and can be found here: Ladies Cerena Romper Pattern or Girls and Ladies Cerena Pattern Bundle for $10.50 – on sale through Monday September 4th!

All of my amazing fabric is from Sincerely Rylee (as is often the case).  There are huge sales almost every Friday night and some great pre-orders up right now too.  Check it out: Sincerely Rylee Fabric Shop

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