Knit Scout Tee with contrasting pocket and sleeves

I’ve been on a roll since I got my sewing machine last December. I’ve only been sewing for about 6 months and look at all the things I’ve made! I would love love love to participate in Me-Made May next year, which is when you’re supposed to wear only clothes you’ve made yourself for the entire month. I’m still a looong way away from being able to do that, but I think it’s possible. Being able to make my own clothes is so empowering, and refashioning thrift clothes is a great way to save money and reuse what might otherwise be thrown away. Now, onto the post!

This is the Scout Woven Tee pattern from grainline studio.Β It is a beginner level pattern, and costs $6.50 to download. I used this navy ponte knit from JoAnn’s Β that I already had on hand, but I’m looking forward to making this in other types of materials and different colors.

Front view of knit scout tee with geometric striped pocket and sleeve binding. Conniya

I drew up the pocket pattern from scratch, and cut up an old Billabong tube dress for the contrasting fabric. I love the pattern and color scheme of the fabric, but I just never wore the dress much.Side view of knit scout tee with contrasting pocket and sleeve bindings. Conniya

I was in between sizes, so I just went with the larger one. It’s meant to be loose fitting, but I think I will go with the smaller size next time.

Closeup view of ponte knit scout tee in navy blue. Conniya

This is the second time I’ve had to use easing to sew on a short sleeve. I simply cannot get it to look right! As a result, these sleeves have a bit of a gather, but not so much that I can’t deal with it.
Knit scout tee with contrasting pocket and sleeve binding. ConniyaAnd here’s this picture, because it’s funny πŸ˜›


In other news, I got an A in my intro to financial accounting class today!


Sewing Projects Catch-up: pencil skirt, maxi skirt, and thrifted dress

It’s taken so long for me to get pictures of some of these projects that I’ve resorted to self-taken iPhone pictures :/ Sorry about the quality

This first one was one of those huge, old-lady maxi dresses you see a ton of in thrift shops.

Before version of thrift store dress. Conniya

The dress has two side seams and one seam running down the back. I took in the side seams and shortened it, not bothering with bust darts because I was fine with having a loose fitting top. In order to make the neck and shoulder area to fit, I also had to take in the top of the back seam.
Full length view. Thrifted and altered dress. Conniya

I really like the neutral palette. This pattern is similar to the one on my favorite romper that is too big for me now, so I’ll think of it as a replacement πŸ™‚Torso. Conniyacloseup of neckline. ConniyaThis pencil skirt is made from some charcoal gray ponte knit I got at JoAnn’s. I absolutely love it! I have some in light gray and navy as well, but haven’t decided what to do with it yet.

Front view of ponte knit pencil skirt in charcoal gray. Conniya

I based the pattern off of another pencil skirt, but made this one a tad bit longer. I wore this skirt to an interview yesterday.ponte knit pencil skirt in charcoal gray. Conniya

I love this outfit! I picked this adorable pink crop top up in the mall on clearance. It’s pretty cheap, but I figure I can cut it up and make my own replicas whenever I’m done with this one. This skirt started out with an elastic waistband (in February), but I didn’t like how it looked. I ripped out all the old stitches and made a new waistband and inserted a zipper. This was the first time I’ve done any gathering before. It’s not very even, so I’m thinking about ripping out the stitches and redoing it. I have leftovers from this fabric so I might experiment with different lengths in the future.

Full length. Pink crop top and white eyelet cotton maxi skirt with side split. Conniya

I swear I measured everything, but the waistband ended up being a little tighter than I would have preferred. It’s very high waisted now, but it’s still a good length.White maxi skirt with split. Waistband closeup. Conniya



Thought I’d throw in a little extra here! I dyed this white t-shirt purple ombre last summer. My brother dyed one for himself too.
purple and white ombre shirt. Conniya

Big plans coming soon! And I’m still working on my Laurel dress πŸ˜€ Stay tuned.

Quick practice version of the Laurel dress

I couldn’t resist; I finally ordered PDF version of the Laurel Dress pattern from Colette Patterns.

Pattern preparation

Here is the quick version I made yesterday. This is a size 2, and it looks like it will fit fine.

Test version of Laurel DressI’m so excited to make this dress! I will have to go fabric shopping soon. I have no clue what kind of color scheme/pattern I want. Hopefully I will find something cool in the limited selection offered in Richmond.


I’ve got several projects I STILLL haven’t been able to get pictures of, so keep an eye out! Hopefully the sun will come out tomorrow, and I can get some of that done.

Some of my favorite Etsy clothing shops

Until I get around to taking some decent photos of recent projects, here are links to some of my favorite Etsy clothing shops. My ABSOLUTE favorites right now would be the last two.

lapetitanina owned by Marina Palovaara

Simple and gorgeous

Unique Pink Kimono Dress - Boho style dress for women - one size fit's XS - M - summer dresses Womens skirt and blouse in red viscose summer day dress sleeves chic tea length a line skirt and top boho clothes Women's Summer Dress with pockets - Yellow Day dress knee length - made to order



mrspomeranz owned by Dasha Pomeranzev

So ladylike!

Aquamarine blue woolen dress with red detachable collar by Mrs Pomeranz Beige Woolen Dress by Mrs Pomeranz Custom Made Shirtwaist Cotton Dress by Mrs Pomeranz MARIA - shirtwaist dress made of woolen shawl by Mrs Pomeranz


Cat prints + boxy and cute? Yes, please.

Black Cat Curved Hem Tank Black Cat Dress Floral Tie-Front Crop Tank Painted Box Dress

Isabel Knowles

Love the retro feel. The red dress makes me think Joan Holloway a little.

The 'Florance' Floral Liberty Print Dress With Empire Waistline and Bow Detail Poppy Red Organic Cotton Denim Shift Dress with Embroidered Collar


All the comfy knits in one place, with attitude. Reminds me a little of NastyGal

BABOOSHKA Contour Crop Top BABOOSHKA Dropcrotch Leggings SUMMER ESSENTIAL SALE Babooshka Vent-Tee Maxi Dress


camilliatune owned by Tracy

I always see Chinese and Japanese women pulling off these simple, really loose-fitting styles. HOW DO THEY DO IT? I tend to look like a big ugly tent.

Long Cocktail Dress  Linen dress  Orange Bridesmaid DressLong Linen Dress in Pink   Max SundressWhite Dress Wedding maxi linen dress


OurLittleDaisy owned by Mia Green

SO in love with that romper.

Irregular Pants Women Pants Black Pants Long Pants Sexy Pants Woman Dress Peach Heart Collar Simple Sundress Summer Dress Linen Dress Woman Jumpsuit One Pieces Cotton Denim Jumpsuits Free Style Jumpsuit Women Dress Cotton Denim Dress Spring Dresses Art Nouveau DressApartmentOfMeAPOM owned by Kate Brook

<3<3<3 Obsessed with this adorable house print. And those dresses are just perfect<3<3<3 I also think the model is absolutely gorgeous. I want my hair to look like hers every day.

Hand drawn House Printed Shirt Mio My Mio Midi Dress The Astrid Dress Villa Kula Leggings Hand drawn house print

Norwegian Wood owned by Angie Johnson

Plenty of graphics and prints. They have amazing necklaces and earrings too with lots of fringies and stuff. AND super sweet lingerie.

chiffon overskirt belt chiffon ruffle peplum Egret A line Mini Dress   Black Bamboo Jersey with Digitally printed Organic cotton jersey geometric onesie High Waist Fold Shorts in black tencel Maxi Skirt   Black Bamboo Jersey and Black MeshHigh Waist Ellen Basic Panties   Black Bamboo and Branches Jersey



Old dress, new hem

Here’s another thrifted dress I bought this spring. This dress fit me perfectly, but it was originally floor length. I love long dresses and skirts, but this one just looked like a dowdy gardener’s dress on me. So the only alteration I did on this was to hem it πŸ™‚ Easy peasy!

Bottom of dress. Conniya

This little silk bag is at least five years old. I ordered it from Baba Studio via Etsy. Since then, the store has grown and they offer lots of gorgeous bags and clutches as well as tarot cards and perfume. Check it out here.Thrifted, altered dress. Conniya Top of dress. Conniya