Monday, April 27, 2015


I made bras this weekend...

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I went through my old sad tired RTW bras and pulled notions, just sliders rings and closures and wires.  The wires I might never use.  Some of them are bent, and they are all too big for the bras I am making. A fair number of these old under garments are from days when I had bigger... cups.

sad, old, tired, ill fitting.

I never really thought about how much better I would feel with a well fitted bra! My posture changes, I am happy to wear it. Not anxious to get it off as soon as possible.

bra making round 1a (1 of 1)

So, I did a few things this weekend, and this post has a lot of pictures. I will share my dyeing experience tomorrow, but there is a preview of eggplant goodness.

bra making round 1c (1 of 1)

First up, 3 Marlborough's:

I made this muslin first to establish the size I needed.  However, this is highly wearable.  While the stitching leaves a lot to be desired, it is very comfortable. I did discover that on stretchy material I need the 34A and non stretch the 34B. This one is just Duroplex and power net. I wear a lot of light colored clothes. I realized this as I was planning all dark under garments...  I wanted a nude color for those times when I don't want people to see my underwear.
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Then I wanted to see about some mesh.  I dyed all the materials first (more tomorrow), and ended up doing the whole thing out of the power net. The crushed tulle was just too whimpy. This one was a 34B (I had things all opposite) and I ended up shortening the band, so its more like a 32B due to the stretch all around.

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I love 100% cotton material. I love jersey bras. So I wanted to see if I could make this work and still feel supported. I think it worked out pretty well! This one I did the 34A and shortened the band to make up for the stretchy material. This jersey isn't even that stretchy! It's at 25% in my opinion.

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marlborough C1 (1 of 1)

I also made another Watson. I did the less wide band this time. I also added a portion of neon lace. I would have modeled this one, but I didn't really feel comfortable showing you all my neeps. But, this is a super sexy one! It looks all warped off of me, but fits perfect. Love it.

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whew. I sewed a few other things this weekend too, but I really needed to replace what I had torn apart in my bra wardrobe. I am out of underwires, so I have an order en route, and after I do some Casa Crafty sewing for the shop, I will get back to the sewing of pretty little things. I have a bikini in mind for a trip we are taking in a couple weeks. and I would like to make a racer back with a front closure some day.

Friday, April 24, 2015

KCWC spring 2015: Banyan Raccoons

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Oh, my little man. So sweet and lovely. When I opened my recent order from Kitschy Coo, he immediately claimed the raccoons. Not that I think that's upsetting. It was intended for one of the boys when I ordered it.

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When you get a great fabric, sometimes a simple sillouhette is best.  In this case I went for my go to tee pattern for the boys: Banyan from Figgy's. I love Figgy's patterns.

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So does the Murphster! Both of the boys are growing so fast, it's crazy how much they are changing. They are getting really tall like their Daddy.  They are reading like little fiends all of a sudden as well. Both of them whipping through Roald Dahl like "nobody's business"!

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The beauty of the Banyan lies in the quickness of construction. Like all tee shirts there isn't much to putting them together. I realize now how much I love a good fast sew.  Feeling accomplished in hour or less.

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It's about time for H to get some new duds too. The rest of KCWC will be devoted to him. I do have a lot of other sewing though, so this might be it for me...

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Wednesday, April 22, 2015

wait, it's Wednesday already?

Gah! The week is flying by!
Monday my sewing trends post went up on Sew Mama Sew, be sure you check it out! I found some really great examples for this months trends of tops and bottoms. Separates are a big deal always, but I am seeing them everywhere.

While I posted yesterday about 2 pair of Mini Hudsons, Murphy loved them so much he demanded (quite sweetly) another pair!

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We again used Charley Harper Organic Knits from Birch Fabrics. I love them, they are soft, cozy and perfect for tee shirts and lounge wear.  1 yard is just enough for a pair of size 7 mini hudsons, with a little left over for accenting a tee shirt or something.

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while all these tones of green were not my choice, I am glad he is so into picking out his own clothes based on how he feels.

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The fabric is an odd shade of brown, It works, but its hard to coordinate.  So I went with a power clash that is just off in the primary zone to make it work.  So far for KCWC I have made 3 pair of mini hudsons.  1 each day... maybe I'll make something for Hawley as he is the one that needs the new clothes...

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Tuesday, April 21, 2015

wild mini hudsons x 2

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I forgot it is was Kids Clothes Week! Man, when I think back on my first Kids Clothes Week, I shake my head. I have a lot more skills now, and better fabric too! I would've made these Mini hudsons anyway, but it's nice that it coincides with Kids Clothes Week.

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We had a birthday party to go to for one of our favorite people and I thought she would love these foxy little guys. But when I asked Murphy to try them on to be sure they would fit, he refused to take them off. They are his new favorite pants.These are Mini Hudsons, in organic Charley Harper knits from Birch Fabrics.

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So I had to hurriedly whip up a new pair for the party! Because really, the fact that Murphy loved them so much I couldn't take them away. Luckily I had more Charley Harper knits in my stash. Lady bugs it is!

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In just over an hour, I had a fully completed birthday pair of Mini Hudsons!

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she liked them... a lot!

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Monday, April 20, 2015

Watson #1

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Yesterday was my 11 year wedding anniversary! It was a very mellow day unlike last year's Vegas adventure. We had a little time to ourselves.  Unfortunately the hubs is single minded right now finishing his thesis. I want him to be able to finish that with as little stress as possible, so I made fancy underpants while he worked!

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I've been seeing great Watsons all over the place, from Kollabura to Bra making forums.  I figured it was a great pattern, but I wanted to make bras that provided structure and support. A soft bra didn't seem like the right fit for my wants. Plus everyone is making them!
I haven't been able to get to my Pin up girls muslins and finish editing them to fit. While I have a Marlborough cut out, I haven't been able to sew it together yet. I'm also still learning a lot about notions and fabrics that I can manipulate to my desired bras. There is so much about fit I am working on.  I just haven't been able to give it my full attention.
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This Watson is pretty and fits awesome. I shortened the band because this lace is really sproingy without a lot of support, and its fully lined in powernet. This helps it not be see through and really provides a lot more support than I was expecting! My breasts are not very large, but they still need support. Nursing babies will do that to you.

I am going to make another Watson in something with less texture.  While this is very comfortable, it shows through almost every shirt combo I can come up with. I need some new notions too...

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Friday, April 17, 2015

Pendleton Moss

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Okay. Moss has been on my to-do list for a very long time.  I had just enough of this Pendleton wool to make my very nerdy Moss.

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I am not sure I should have done this in wool. I would like to make it again in another material. Something I can make more precise. The wool doesn't press well. And the zipper flares a little.

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It's very cozy though. I decided to add my Dr.Who Donkey Kong tee and stripey loopey cardi to drink my tea with Bob Marley and really round out my nerdy self.

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Like all Grainline patterns, Moss is very well written, precise and exact.  Putting in the zipper was a lot easier than other patterns I have tried. That's nice, because zip fly's are my downfall.  I've never sewn wool before.  Not this kind of wool. I have been wanting this beautiful print from Pendleton but I can't bring myself to spend the $84/yd. I am hoping when we move I can go to the outlet and find some good scraps.
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Allon si!