Too 90s, a lot of UFOs, and the first day of school

I’ve recently given myself a resolution to finish all of my UFOs after reading Lauren’s post (of the Lladybird blog) on how she sews so fast. UFO stands for unfinished object. I have way too many of these. They not only bug me, but they take up space. Confession: I have an entire duffel bag camped out on the folding chair in my tiny living space just for UFOs. It’s kind of like how lots of people have a junk drawer; once it’s there you don’t question why you have so many things sitting around. Ah- I can feel you judging me! I promise it’s not a big bag 😛

I have promised myself I will not start a new project until every one of those UFOs is complete. So here’s the first completed project!
90s shirt. Handmade by Conniya

This shirt is McCall’s 4702. I picked it up for 10 cents at my favorite charity thrift shop when I was home this summer. It was printed in 1990.

vintage mccalls patternIt’s boxy and cropped, which is the style steer towards too much. But I’m not crazy about the shirt. I didn’t realize until I got to the part of the instructions that said to sew in shoulder pads that this pattern called for shoulder pads. I guess I just thought the models on the cover had really straight and tall shoulders? Haha- oh well! I obviously left the pads out of mine, so the shoulder seams sit slightly off of my shoulders.

Back view. Front closeup. 90s shirt. Handmade by ConniyaThe sleeves are just SO big. I haven’t decided whether I absolutely hate it yet or not. What do you think?

The back of the shirt also features a “design feature” (aka mistake). The back piece was cut on the fold, but I didn’t look closely before I cut. There was a chunk missing out of the fabric that I didn’t notice. I had one fabric scrap that was just barely big enough to cut out half of the back piece. Hello unwanted center seam!

Front closeup. 90s shirt. Handmade by ConniyaThis was my first time sewing a collar, and I really liked it! The instructions were a bit confusing, but I figured it out and it totally makes sense now. I want to start making more professional/fitted types of garments. I have yet to find a good looking trouser pattern, but I recently heard about this cool new line of indie patterns called Named. I’ve got my eye on the Tyler shirt.

Side view of 90s shirt. Handmade by Conniya.I’m kind of covering it up with my arm, but there’s a cool curved side split on each side of the shirt.

In other news, today was the first day of school. I actually only had one class, environmental economics, but then I also went to work. Here are some of my textbooks this semester. I still need to get my intro to managerial accounting textbook and statistics textbook as well as online access codes for 3 classes. So don’t expect me to keep up my current rate of sewing once school really gets underway!

textbooksAnd don’t forget to check out my Etsy store–> the link is in the sidebar to the right. I’ve got a few more finished pieces that will be added soon as well as some more UFOs, so stay posted!

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Schnittchen Patterns Jessica Shorts #1

I’ve been patiently waiting for a sew along or sewing competition to participate in, and Kollabora is hosting a little competition with Schnittchen Patterns! Kollabora users can choose to sew either the Jessica Shorts or Katja shirt. I’ve been wanting to make some longer, casual shorts so I chose the Jessica pattern. This is also my first time sewing pockets! The pattern is only $5 for a digital download on Schnitten’s Etsy page.

Here’s my first pair using a cotton print I got at Hancock Fabrics yesterday (you don’t want to know the customer service nightmare I went through to get this ha). This is not the pair I’m entering into the competition though! Those are currently in the works 🙂

Jessica Shorts_Schnittchen patterns. Handmade by ConniyaFirst of all, these were really big. I ended up taking in all the seams in by 1 cm more than was called for. The size plus the blue flower print made me feel like I was wearing men’s swimming trunks :/ Still not sure how much wear I will get out of these, but I think they look better in context with the hot pink shirt and baseball cap. They aren’t the most slimming shorts.

Closeup_Jessica Shorts_Schnittchen patterns. Handmade by ConniyaAnd here’s what it looks like with the shirt tucked in:

Jessica Shorts_Schnittchen patterns. Tucked in. Handmade by Conniya

Here’s how they’re supposed to look. The instructions are a bit confusing because they’re translated from German, but the photo tutorial (in German) online was helpful and this is an easy pattern. I also recommend having enough ink in your printer that you can read the directions and symbols when you print your pdf pattern 😛 I really want to try the Lisa pants. They also have more patterns on their website here, so hopefully those will be available in English soon!

jessica shorts picture

Laurel Dress #2: Blue paisley linen with front pockets

This Laurel dress went twice as fast as the first one for several reasons. First, this is linen instead of slippery rayon. Second, I didn’t make an underlining so there was less cutting and basting. Third, because I’ve made this before!

P.S. I made the headband too. Yay DAISIESSSSS!

Blue paisley printed Laurel Dress_ front view Handmade by Conniya

Now let’s talk about the good and the bad.

Good: I wasn’t super crazy about this print when it was on the bolt, but I am crazy in love with it now. It’s really bright and I love the contrast in it. Because this fabric is easy to work with, I got the hem exactly like I wanted it

Bad: The neckline is too big because I adjusted it a little too much and forgot to staystitch. If I’m not careful, the top gets all lopsided and tries to hang off one shoulder.
Blue paisley printed Laurel Dress with front pockets. Handmade by Conniya

These pockets are awesome! They’re almost invisible because of the busy print. They are just big enough for my iPhone. I think the dress would look good with a belt, but I didn’t pack one (I’m only home for 3 weeks). Or maybe I could make one with some leftover fabric? We’ll see.
Blue paisley printed Laurel Dress_ sleeve and neckline. Handmade by Conniya

The sleeves seem longer in this version…What is going on around here?! The dress feels bigger all around actually, probably because the linen isn’t drapey like rayon. I took in each side of the skirt 3/4″ and it’s still a bit loose I think. Not sure what I’ll do on the next version of this dress. I think I’ll make a shirt version next. I want to do something drastic to change it up though…hmmm.Blue paisley printed Laurel Dress with pockets_ back view. Handmade by ConniyaIn this view you can see the gap at the neck. I hand sewed a hook and eye at the top but it came undone after literally running around the grandparents’ house in the wind, looking for a place to snap pictures.

I’ve been super busy at the sewing machine– I can’t wait to share them all. I might share a few sneak peeks on Instagram, so watch out!

Vertical striped seersucker skirt with hi-low hem

You know when you have those spur of the moment urges to just make something but have no specific plan? Well this skirt is a result of one of those times. Usually things like this end up wonky, but I’m quite happy with how my skirt turned out!

Front view (2) of seersucker hi low skirt. Handmade by ConniyaThe fabric is cotton seersucker– white with blue stripes. A comfy and cool alternative to shorts for summertime. The waist is encased elastic, and there is a light gray polyester/cotton underlining that is a bit shorter than the hem.

Close front view of seersucker skirt. Conniya

It’s hard to tell in most of these pictures, but the hem is actually raised in the front and lowered in the back. I simply traced a curve for the front and flipped it upside down for the back.

DSC01184Close side view of seersucker skirt with hi low hem. Handmade by Conniya

Originally, there was going to be a matching sleeveless top with red bias binding and horizontal stripes…I made a few too many mistakes, so I’ve thrown it into  my “I’m-tired-of-messing-with-you pile” to take another look at in the future. Full side view of seersucker blue and white striped  hi low skirt by Conniya.

Instead I’ve thrown on this super comfy and so flattering t-shirt. I’m seriously in love with this shirt. It was on clearance + my boyfriend’s employee discount, so it was a super deal! I want to trace a pattern off of it sometime so I can make more.

Seersucker skirt. Handmade by Conniya

I love how poofy it is! So girly and fun ❤Seersucker skirt in blue and white. Handmade by Conniya

And here’s a funny picture when I was pushing the hair off my face and look kind of like a ballerina.Seersucker skirt. Funny ballerina pose. Conniya

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. It is a beginner level pattern, and costs $6.50 to download. I used this navy ponte knit from JoAnn’s  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 😛

 

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

1 tote, 2 purses, and flowers for all

The dreaded finals week is over, so now I get to catch up on some of things I’ve been working on 🙂

I got some fabric at JoAnn’s in Lexington a couple of weeks ago. I’m used to going to the Richmond Hobby Lobby or Walmart, so being in JoAnn’s for the first time was amazing! So many things. And the red knit fabric there on the bottom was on sale 🙂

Fabric from JoAnn's

With summer coming up (and just for the convenience of it), I wanted a couple of totes that were big enough for a binder because I hate getting sweaty from wearing a backpack.

blue pastoral scenes handmade tote. by ConniyaThis was pretty simple to make. I used almost exactly one half yard of fabric. I’m thinking about making a little pouch with the leftover strip. Thinking back, I should have added a pocket on the inside. Oh well!
inside blue tote. by Conniya

You’ll see these flowers again soon for another project I’m planning.handmade pastoral scenes tote with flowers and bow. by Conniya

This purse was made from a clearance tablecloth I picked up at Walmart one night. I bought it specifically for the purpose of practicing making purses. Making this was a lot easier than I thought it was going to be.
round purse front view. by ConniyaInstead of using the yellow/gray fabric pictured at the top to make a tote, I think I’m going to make another round purse. I think a zipper would be the best option for the top (it’ll be my first time sewing on a zipper!).

round purse side view. by Conniya

The technique I wanted to practice on this rectangle purse were the teardrop-shaped sides.
rectangle purse side view. by Conniya

The front is pretty boring though. I think this could be pretty cute if the front flap were in the shape of a heart, or maybe had a scalloped edge.
rectangle purse. by ConniyaThe split handles were actually a product of laziness that I ended up really liking. I was trying to finish the purse so I could go to bed and didn’t feel like sewing a strap, so I used the extra edges of the tablecloth I had cut off earlier. Since it was so thin I folded the “string” in half and sewed them together in the center.rectangle purse straps. by Conniya

I’m looking forward to making the final versions of one or both of these purses with some nicer fabric soon. I would LOVE some floral fabric.

Btw, I won $505 at bingo last weekend! 5 was from a pulltab and 500 from the last “coverall” bingo game. I told you guys I was lucky! Remember all these things I won last year? I wish I could go crazy and spend it all on fabric, but alas! I’ve got other things to pay for. Some of which will show up on this blog 🙂

See ya!