Friday, December 29, 2017

New Year's Resolutions: 2018 Make Nine

Last year my New Year's resolutions were to be more gentle with myself (less self-criticism, more self-love) and to stop eating beef—one resolution for helping myself, one resolution for helping the world, however minimally. I like having aspirational, attainable goals, and I'm getting better about not being hard on myself if it doesn't work out perfectly, ie I've eaten beef on 7 occasions in 2017, which is still pretty darn good!

This year my New Year's resolutions are to take last year's a step further: actively and enthusiastically love myself, and stop using disposable plastic straws and silverware.

Sewing is a way for me to love the world and love myself. It helps me be a more responsible consumer, understand how geometry and inspiration create art in the form of fashion, and pour love into everything I make and wear.

My 2018 Make Nine list is inspired by the first goal. I chose pieces to challenge my skills and help me grow as a sewist, and pieces to throw on whenever I need that physical manifestation of my confidence. 

Here's what I'm hoping to sew in 2018:

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Friday, December 22, 2017

Sewing a Circle Skirt (Free Tutorial!)

One of my besties ("A") has bought into my mission to build an intentional, sustainable wardrobe and asked me to teach her to sew. I tried not to be TOO eager when I jumped at the chance. 😉  A wanted something she could wear in an office environment, as she's finding that her professional wear wardrobe doesn't really fit her personal style anymore.

We started with tea towels (tutorial here) to get her familiar with using a machine before jumping into a more complicated project. We discussed a couple beginner-friendly skirts and decided that a simple circle skirt is totally her style while also being very forgiving of potential newbie sewist mistakes.

Sunday, December 10, 2017

DIY Tea Towels

I have a lovely friend who also just finished up her Masters and is job searching, and she asked me to teach her to sew in order to make a couple "power outfit" pieces to make her feel both badass and totally herself for interviews. That's exactly why I love making my own clothes: there's a power to being able to make something from nothing, and that something is made exactly the way (uh-huh, uh-huh) I like it.

But before jumping into power pieces, I wanted to do a quick and easy project to get her comfortable using a machine and used to the process of pressing, pinning, sewing (washing, rinsing, and repeating).

Enter: tea towels. Perfect for sewists who have just returned from living abroad and who have nothing that adults should have (like kitchen linens) and equally perfect for sewists who have an enormous stash that needs busting. I fit both categories and thought it would be a great way to get her comfy and take a few more pieces of fabric out of my seemingly endless stash.

Friday, December 1, 2017

Simplicity D0746 Tank Top

A couple weeks ago I posted about making View C (capri leggings) from Simplicity D0746, and this weekend I followed it up with View D, a really cute gathered camisole tank top.

This project was MUCH harder than I anticipated. It's been awhile since I've worked with knits, and I was surprisingly "out of shape." I'm also still very new to elastic and it kind of kicked my ass. That being said, I made this in the dreamiest bamboo knit from Hart's and I hope I get better with knits because I want everything I own to be bamboo knit—stupid comfortable, eco-friendly fabrics? Count me allllll the way in.