Style Arc Josie Hoodie

Sunday, July 9, 2017

I finally got some photos yesterday so at last I can blog one of my most worn items this winter.

This is another really nice pattern from Style Arc.  The funnel neck and curved hemline elevate this from your basic hoodie, the only drawback for me is the lack of pockets - I keep looking for somewhere to tuck my hands!


This is a basic raglan top with a hood.  The darts on the shoulders provide a really nice fit and I really like the funnel neck, it's just that little bit warmer than a regular hoodie.  I also really like the finish that the facing on the hoodie and hem provide.


This is a straight size 14.  My only changes were to leave off the draw cord on the bottom and switch out the sleeve hems for ribbed cuffs.  With the ribbed cuffs the sleeves are the perfect length for me. They add an extra couple of inches of length to the sleeve so that's something to keep in mind if you're a little taller.


I've made this up using loop back sweatshirt fabric from Spotlight.  It's all poly but feels really nice and they had matching ribbing so that was a bonus.  The only downside to this fabric was cutting it out.  My scissors did not like this fabric at all.  It was so hard to cut that I ended up with blisters on my fingers and it felt like my scissors were totally blunt.  As a bit of an indication I cut double layers of heavy duty denim after this and it was so easy - like a hot knife through butter.  I know this fabric was pretty popular, lots of bloggers posted it on IG so I'm curious to hear if anyone else experienced this too.

I managed to finish my black Ginger jeans yesterday and I'm halfway through my Dotty blouse so hopefully I'll have more to show soon, of course I have about 100 other things that I want to make too but I'm trying to stick to my list!

July Plans

Monday, July 3, 2017

I really want to blog my Style Arc Josie hoodie but I haven't had a chance to take photos, either the weather hasn't cooperated or it has been in the wash, so it's a planning post.  Hoodie coming soon!

My usual style is to make a list a mile long, that's not particularly realistic, and then get frustrated when I don't get it all done.  Crazy, right?  This month I'm going for something a little more realistic, just three things.

Style Arc Dotty Blouse 
This one's already cut out and ready to go.  I actually cut it out last month but then my mojo evaporated and I didn't sew a stitch.  I'm using a really beautiful ivory crepe like fabric from Darn Cheap Fabric.  I'm taking a risk here, the fabric is 100% poly - which I normally stay clear of - but this feels really lush so I'm giving it a go.


Vogue 9204 blouse
I've been feeling so cold at work lately so more long sleeve tops are an absolute necessity.  This top looks really versatile and I have a gorgeous green viscose from Darn Cheap Fabrics picked out for this one.  I'm planning on making view B.

Ginger Jeans
My love for this pattern has no bounds.  I've lost count of how many times I've made it, and despite wanting a black pair of skinny jeans for months, I held off on sewing these up because I thought I should try something different.  Then I realised I was being silly - this pattern works for me so I'm making it happen.  These are already half sewn up.


This denim also came from Darn Cheap Fabrics.  I purchased all three fabrics (and a piece of lace I hope to use soon) back in May when my mum, sister and I had a shopping trip on my birthday weekend.  I've indulged in a little fabric retail therapy to kick start my mojo so I'll be really happy to see these plans become a reality and the fabric move out of my stash and into my wardrobe.

Finlayson sweater - a new winter favourite

Thursday, June 8, 2017

After sewing all those pretty laces I needed a change of pace.  I had planned on giving this to Wade for his birthday but just didn't get it done in time.  Given how often he's worn it since it was finished I think it's a winner even if I was finished later than planned.


You've probably worked out that this is the Finlayson Sweater from Thread Theory.  This is the second version I've made for Wade and I've made myself one too!  



This version is made up in a really nice merino fleece from The Fabric Store (Wade wanted something warm).  It's obviously the hooded version, which I've lined in nice soft grey knit.  Wade was happy with the hood - plenty of room and it stays on your head.


I've made Wade a large and the only adjustment I made was to trim 1 inch off the sleeve length and to reduce the seam allowance on the cuff as the fleece doesn't have a huge amount of stretch.
This is another easy sew.  The collar/hood is the only tricky bit but it's really not that bad.  The corners on mine always look gently rounded rather than nice and sharp but I like the way it looks so it's not an issue for me.


Wade does look like a bit of a criminal with the hood up but I thought I should lead with those.  He'd just decided to cut his hair ridiculously short and his bare head is almost glowing in the pictures with the hood down :)

I highly recommend this pattern.  It's great to wear (I made a size medium with no mods for me) sews up quickly and will be a real winter staple, in fact I'm kind of surprised how often I reach for mine.

I'm not sure what my next project will be but with the long weekend coming up I'm planning on spending a good chunk of time in my sewing room.

Miss Montgomery

Friday, June 2, 2017

Does anyone else always over estimate what they can achieve?  I knew I would have almost no sewing time in May and yet I still thought I'd get more done - not sure when I thought I'd be sewing!  I did get manage to sew up some more undies and ticked another item off my #2017makenine list so not too bad I suppose.


These are the Orange Lingerie Montgomery Briefs.  I've made up five pairs in a range of different fabrics. 


The pink lace and mesh version would be the prettiest pair, but the comfiest are the grey microfibre.  I've also made up two pairs using a beautiful soft lining fabric paired with different laces.  I only had matching lingerie/picot elastic for the black pair (and I didn't want to buy any more supplies) so I used fold over elastic instead and I'm pretty happy with the way these turned out.  I'm even happier that these were all made up using items in my stash.  How awesome is the elastic on the black microfibre pair - love it.


The design of these is really similar to my all time favourite RTW style (Elle McPherson lingerie from a few years back) and overall I'm pretty pleased with the way these turned out.  Some days you just want a bit more coverage and these don't leave a line under your clothes.
 

My underwear drawer is looking pretty gorgeous right now so I might take a break from making undies for a while.  It's only the second day of winter but I have been absolutely freezing at work so I think it's time to make up some warm pieces for work.

Lingerie love - Bella knickers

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

There's just something special about new knickers, they always make you feel good!


This is the Bella pattern from Evie la Luve (coincidentally all the lace and elastics used for these undies also came from Hannah's shop - great service and postage was quite quick too).


With four pattern pieces and fold over elastic for the waistband these come together so quickly, the slowest part was changing the thread over on my machines.

I actually made a test pair in a nice lace (you can see them here), wore them the next day, came home and immediately cut out these pairs.  There was only supposed to be three pairs but I accidentally cut two identical pieces instead of two opposite pieces in the lavender, so now I have a double up.


Pastel colours aren't usually my thing, but they're so pretty I'm glad I just went with it.  These are comfy and a gorgeous addition to my underwear drawer.  As a bonus I can put a big tick next to something on my #2017makenine list, my May project list and I'm living my Me Made May pledge.  I still get such a buzz from creating things that I love and wear like crazy!

May Plans and Me Made May

Monday, May 1, 2017

I'm really happy with the way my plans for April helped me make the most of my sewing time so I thought I'd do it again for May.

We have a lot of commitments in May so no weekend sewing time.  It's also the annual Me Made May challenge which I want to participate in, but don't want to feel pressured to take a photo every day or try to churn out new items just so that I have something new to share.

images via Tailor Made Shop
I'm generally wearing at least one item I've made every day, and it's just as likely that I've made my entire outfit so that's not such a challenge anymore.  Lingerie making has been on my to do list for a couple of years so I thought this was the perfect time to give it a go.  New undies can be sewn up pretty quickly and I'm told bras don't really take that long either.  I know I have a steep learning curve ahead of me but I'm excited to get started.

images via Evie la Luve
To get things started I purchased some bra kits from Tailor Made Shop (she has the most beautiful kits).  Top of my list is the Orange Lingerie Montgomery Briefs (check out Norma's Instagram feed for pure lingerie beauty).  I'm also really keen to try the Evie la Luve Esme and Bella undies.  The Watson Set is still something I'd like to sew up and I have a really lovely kit from Blackbird Fabrics that I want to use - time to stop stashing and start sewing.

So here's my pledge for Me Made May:
 'I, Robyn of Sew Love Red, sign up as a participant of Me-Made-May '17. I endeavour to wear at least two pieces of me made underwear each week and sew one new bra for the duration of May 2017'

I certainly won't be posting modeled photos of my pledge items but I will share the finished items.  Are you playing along?  

Tessuti Sydney Jacket

Friday, April 28, 2017

Have you ever looked at a pattern and thought 'that's not for me', then you see so many awesome versions you think you should give it a go?  When you finally make it up you LOVE it and wonder why you ever doubted the pattern?  Well, that's me and the Sydney jacket.


The Tessuti Patterns Sydney Jacket was hugely popular a couple of years ago.  I made one up last year (never blogged) and really liked it, but didn't use the recommended fabric (I used a double faced wool that frays) and almost immediately regretted it.  Not this time!


During the Christmas sales I bought this beautiful boiled wool from Tessuti.  I cut this out late in March but it was still warm so it sat patiently waiting in a corner of my sewing room.  I had a bit of excess energy after getting home from my daughter's netball game late one night this week and decided to start this.  Maybe two hours later and this was finished!  It's a seriously quick sew that makes a big impact.


My version is a straight medium and I've left off the pockets.  I know that I won't use them in this type of jacket and that seriously sped up how quick this was to make.  The overlapped seams aren't hard and with no hems this is such a simple, relaxing sew.


So the Sydney Jacket is totally me after all.  I'm sewing up patterns that I love but maybe thought weren't for me and I'm having fun with it!

Megan Nielsen Rowan Bodysuit

Monday, April 17, 2017

I pulled out my credit card as soon as I saw the latest releases from Megan Nielsen, I loved them both and the new packaging is so pretty!


The Rowan bodysuit was also one of my planned projects for April so I'm really happy to be able to tick it off my list and best of all I really, really like it.


I'm not certain what height MN patterns are drafted for (I think it's 5'5") which is a long way short of my 6'.  I've made this in a size L and added an extra 3 inches through the body and 1.5 inches to the sleeve length.  I also blended out to the XL at the waist as I'm pretty straight up and down.


I'm not dropping my pants so you'll have to take my word for it when I say that it fits really well around the bum too, not too tight but still has good coverage.


I'm too self conscious about my stomach to wear the bodysuit as I've shown it in these pictures, in all likelihood I'll layer it up under other shirts and jumpers, but I love it.  I've used a beautifully soft merino that I purchased from Tessuti a year or two ago.

I'm so happy that I've used one of the lovely fabrics in my stash, tried a new pattern and ticked a project off my sewing list.  I feel like I'm winning at the moment!

April Sewing Plans

Sunday, April 9, 2017

I've got a few days off over Easter and wanted to make the most of the extra time in my sewing room.

I have a massive wish list of things that I want to make but figured if I could focus on just a handful of items I'd be more likely to get them done!
 
So here's five things that I'm hoping to sew up over the rest of April:


First up is a new skirt for work.  It's Vogue 1170, a Rachel Comey pattern from a few years back.  It's no longer listed on Vogue's website but you can pick it up on Etsy or Ebay easily enough.  I'm planning on making it up in a beautiful Italian wool that I bought at Tessuti several years ago.  

The Birkin Flares are one of my #2017makenine picks and something that I've been wanting to make for a couple of years.  These will be a great addition to my weekend wardrobe and will likely make an appearance for casual Friday at work too.

I fell hard for this beautiful viscose poplin from Blackbird Fabrics and all I could think of was making the Grainline Archer shirt.  Also, I need tops for work so this seems like a winner.



Next up I'm planning to make Vogue 1460 in a gorgeous denim coloured merino jersey from The Fabric Store.  A warm, cosy winter work dress.

My last planned make is Megan Nielsen's Rowan body suit - colour and style as per the picture below.  I layer all my clothes in winter so I think this will be a winner.

Picture via

If I'm crazy productive my two bonus projects will be a Tessuti Sydney jacket in a gorgeous charcoal marle boiled wool and a pair of navy stretch cotton Ginger (jeans) pants.  I'm pretty excited by all these projects so I hope I can them all sewn up.

Style Arc Halle Skirt

Monday, April 3, 2017

So I blinked and March was gone, this year feels like it is absolutely flying.

These days I don't have big chunks of dedicated sewing time.  I had some great suggestions in the comments about ways to use short periods of time effectively, so that's what I've been trying to do.  It's also about changing my own mind set - I've always thought I couldn't achieve much in 5 minutes so I just didn't start. Now I just get suck in and use those few minutes to sew a seam or two, change threads on the machine, get the next step sorted etc.  It has given me a little burst of energy and I love seeing what I can achieve at the end of the week.


Today's post is about two such projects.  The skirt is the Style Arc Halle skirt.  I received it as a free pattern and wasn't sure whether I really liked it or not.  Let me say that I now love it!  The asymmetric front wrap is lovely and it's not too revealing when you sit down either.


I went up a size and made this as a straight size 14 in a lovely rayon blend double knit from Spotlight.  I haven't added any length and really like where it hits on me.  The waist isn't as neat as I'd like, so I think I'll probably cut the elastic off and run the sides in a little more but other than that I wouldn't change a thing.


The top is the Tessuti Frankie dress/top.  I've been loving the look of the Closet Case Patterns Ebony tee but thought it was close enough to Frankie that I didn't need to buy another pattern.  I've made this in a medium with an extra 1 3/4 inches added to the sleeve length and 2 inches added to the top length above the waist.  I've used the most amazing fabric, it's modal or bamboo, with a beautiful weight and drape.  This is going to become a strong favourite this winter.

Magic!

Monday, February 20, 2017

It's official.  The True Bias Ogden Cami is magic!  I haven't seen a version I don't like.  It's gorgeous as drafted but there are so many ways you can alter it to make it your own.  And it's about the easiest thing ever to sew.


I fell in love with this printed rayon at Spotlight and knew that I'd found the perfect fabric for my first (yes there will be more) Ogden Cami.


Because the fabric is a little bit sheer I did a full lining instead of just the partial lining included but other than that this is straight off the PDF.  Next time I think I'll add about an inch to the length to give myself options with the hem.  I've finished this version with a baby hem because I didn't want to lose any length so it would be nice to be able to adjust that slightly next time.


When I bought this pattern I also bought the Southport Dress, Colfax dress and the Sutton blouse and now I'm really keen to get them sewn up.  I was really impressed with the drafting and instructions and the final fit.  I have no idea what's next in my sewing queue - I want to make all the things!


The real deal

Saturday, February 11, 2017

The lazy days of summer are over, life has kicked back into full swing and just like that my sewing time has vanished!

I'm hoping I can find 20 minutes a day just so I feel like I'm making progress.  So far I've managed an hour in the last two weeks so I've got some work to do!


But this post isn't about my lack of sewing time, it's a short and sweet update about the 'real' versions of Jalie 2564.


I've made three matching singlets and ladyshorts using Art Gallery cotton/elastin and I've got to say that this fabric feels fabulous, it's soft with great stretch and recovery.  The designs aren't ones that I'd wear as outerwear but I love them for pyjamas.


I made a couple of minor tweaks to these versions.  I added an inch to the length at the hem and shaved about a quarter of an inch off the side seams at the bust only.  I'm really happy with the way these have turned out.  Unfortunately the hot pink fold over elastic I used on one version is really poor quality and doesn't stretch and support the way it should.  I really need to replace it but...I'd much rather make something new!

I feel like I have sewing ADD at the moment - I keep starting projects and then moving on to the next thing.  Time to finish them off so that I can actually wear them.

Trial run - Jalie 2564

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Why is it that everything feels like it wears out at exactly the same time?  My sleepwear of choice is a singlet top/camisole with built in shelf bra and a pair of boyleg shorts.  When I went to replace my well worn PJs I discovered that a single tank top was over $30 which felt like a ridiculous amount for what it is.  You know the feeling - you know you could make it for less than it costs and choose whatever colours/patterns you like (irrespective of whether you actually have the time or energy to do it).


Being the great procrastinator that I am I put off doing anything for another 12 months and my pjs were disgusting - the elastic had completely gone, they were all stretched out of shape and you could see through the fabric.  So. Bad.


Enter Jalie 2564 (I couldn't find it listed on Jalie's website) which I bought years ago in anticipation of making my own singlet tops.  For my trial run I used a foil print stretch cotton from Spotlight and fold over elastic from Etsy.  I was tossing up what colour elastic to use but in the end I figured anything Mickey Mouse needed a touch of red.

I wasn't happy with my initial application of the fold over elastic - it made the neckline look really baggy so I ripped it out and followed this tutorial from Emerald Erin and it worked a charm.


To finish the set I sewed up a pair of the Cloth Habit Rosy Ladyshorts.  Couldn't be happier with them and I'm so glad that I fussy cut Mickey.  One of my girls even asked for a pair so I must have done something right!


After sleep testing these my only adjustment would be to add about another inch in length to the singlet top/camisole.  I bought some beautiful cotton/elastin Art Gallery Fabrics  for the real deal, hopefully I get a chance to post about them later this week.

Trying the trend - Style Arc Adeline dress

Monday, January 16, 2017

Despite it's popularity I'd stayed away from the Style Arc Adeline dress fearing that the cocoon shape wouldn't be very flattering on me.



While I'm not convinced this is my best look I do really like this dress.  So many of the versions I have seen have been made from a beautiful linen and I chose to make this from a lovely rayon crepe that I bought online from The Fabric Store.  It was so nice to work with and is a dream to wear, especially on really hot days.  It gives the dress a lot of movement and it kind of feels like it's just floating around me.


I made a straight size 14 and I'm pretty happy with the way it fits.  I'm 6 foot tall (183cm) so keep that in mind when considering the length on you.  I forgot to remove the centre back seam but it's really not necessary.


I really like the V neck - it's not too low and the facing finishes it beautifully.  I also really like the slightly shaped high/low hem, which was something that I was unsure about when I was cutting it out.  I'm glad I left it as is.


The only complaint I have with this dress is that, on me, it tends to slip backwards on my shoulders so the front rides up and the neck sits too high.

I haven't heard anyone else have the same problem so it might be the fabric I've used or maybe it's just the shape of my shoulders!  Either way it's not a deal breaker and I'm sure that this dress will get plenty of wear.  This is a great dress that comes together really quickly and I have to say that I really like the construction methods that Style Arc use.


#2017makenine

Thursday, January 5, 2017

I'm not on Instagram but love the idea of nominating nine items that you want to make in 2017 so I'm playing along here.

All photos used in the collage above are via the individual pattern companies.
I've loved the Sophie Swimsuit pattern since it was released and wanted to have a pair made up for our recent trip to Byron Bay - I ran out of time but hope to get these made up soon.

I don't know if flares will be popular again this winter but I still love them and plan to make the Birkin Flares from Baste and Gather.  In winter I live in denim so being able to play with a different silhouette will be great.

The Cascade Duffle Coat has been on my to sew list since it was released.  I have all my supplies but I bought the PDF pattern and I just can't bring myself to stick that many pages together!  I've just bought the paper pattern so hopefully this gets made before winter rolls around again.

The Ruby top/dress is another pattern that has been on my radar for ages.  I really want to make both the top and dress variations - I think they'll be really versatile additions to my wardrobe.

The Blaire shirt from Style Arc is a departure from I normally wear but it has been calling my name since it was released.  I'm going to make this in white linen but I love the version my sister just made in a gorgeous rayon.

Number 6 isn't a pattern, it's a gorgeous pieces of fabric.  I couldn't resist the beautiful city lights silk crepe de chine from Tessuti Fabrics but I've been too scared to cut into it in case I stuff it up.  Time to get over it - there's always more beautiful fabric!

Everybody wants beautiful undies and I want to add the Montgomery briefs from Orange Lingerie and the Bella and Esme undies from Evie la Luve to my collection.

I feel like this is a really achievable selection.  There's a nice mix of quick makes and more detailed projects and I know I'll feel pretty awesome if I manage to get all these made up.

So do you Instagram?  I'm tempted to sign up but all the comments about the new algorithms have made me wary.  Are you on Instagram and do you like it?