Diamonds and Ruffles Scout Tee + instructions

The Fall semester is finally over! That means time to sew and watch TV! To celebrate the end of finals, I made this lovely scout tee Friday. I wore to out on Saturday to see The Hobbit and already know I’ll be wearing it a lot more. Skip to the bottom of the post for instructions.

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Fabric is from Grandma’s stash. It’s definitely cotton, but has a really cool soft/slick texture to it as well. It’s a really crisp white with subtle little diamonds that catch the light.

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What I really love about this shirt is that it’s really loose and comfy, but can be worn casually or dressed up. I need to hand sew some tiny belt loops on the waistline so the skinny belt will stay up without having to wear it too tight.

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This is a really easy modification to do, although making the ruffles even takes foreverrr. I have a love hate relationship with ruffles. Here are the steps I took:

1. Slash the pattern at the “shorten/lengthen” line and then cut out fabric as usual (just leave off the bottom part you cut off).

2. Sew the shoulders, bias neckline, sides, and sleeves as usual. I used 1/4″ double fold bias tape and used a slipstitch to hand sew it to the inside of the garment.

3. Cut out two long rectangles for the ruffle. The length of my two rectangles were about 40″ each (from selvage to selvage for each rectangle.” Make them smaller or larger depending on your shirt size and how full you want the ruffle. The height of the rectangle should be how much length you want to add to the shirt + seam allowance (I did 1/2″ at the top and 3/4″ for the folded hem). Make the rectangles really long, and you have a tunic or dress

4. Sew two lines of basting along the top of each rectangle 1/4″ and 3/4″ away from the edge. You’ll be sewing between these lines in a minute. Or use whatever method of gathering you want. Basting just means use the longest straight stitch on your machine.

5. Sew the rectangles right sides together so you have a tube and press seams open.

6. Gather the rectangles by pulling both thread tails and evenly redistributing the ruffles. This may take a while. Keep doing this until the rectangle is the same length as the edge of the shirt.

7. Match side seams and pin the gathered rectangles to the shirt edge, right sides together.Use as many pins as necessary. Keep fussing with those ruffles and get them evenly distributed! No one likes ripping out stitches later.

8. Using a straight stitch, sew the top and bottom together with 1/2″ seam allowance.

9. Pull out the basting. Finish the seam with a zig zag stitch, serger, or your preferred method. You could also sew a skinny piece of elastic onto the seam at this point if you want the shirt to be fitted at the waist.

10. Roll the bottom edge under twice, press, and hem.

TA-DA!

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Sunny yellow peplum skirt and a vintage purse

Long time, no see!

I’ve been pretty busy with school and work and filling out various applications for study abroad, but I promise I haven’t quit making things. I’ve been doing quite a bit of knitting since it’s easy to carry and I can do a few rows at a time versus dragging out the sewing machine and having a big cleanup afterwards. But today I want to show you this skirt!

Sunny yellow peplum skirt. Salme patterns. full view. Handmade by ConniyaCute, ya? The pattern is from Salme Patterns. The fabric is a sturdy mid-weight I got from my Grandma’s fabric stash this summer. If you make this skirt, be very careful about cutting it out! I did not look at the layout diagram carefully before cutting and ended up having to redo the peplum after I’d already spent the time pressing and sewing the darts. And for some crazy reason I cut the back piece of the skirt on the fold and then realized that the zipper was supposed to go back there. But everything worked out and it fits perfectly despite the omittance of seam allowance.

Sunny yellow peplum skirt. Salme patterns. Closeup 1. Handmade by ConniyaI added the cute little bow just for the pictures– it’s actually a hair clip I picked up for 25 cents at an antique store in Berea, KY this weekend. Speaking of which…

Vintage 60s Koret gold metal basket handbag with leather interior. With handmade yellow peplum skirt by Conniya.Isn’t this bag adorable?! It’s cloudy and blue outside, so the photo doesn’t do it justice. It’s a vintage Koret handbag made out of metal that looks like a basket! I got it at Something Olde antique shop in Berea. The owner is a really cool lady- if you’re ever in Berea you should stop by! I love the purse, but I think I might post it on my Etsy store. If I actually used it, it’d probably end up getting banged around ๐Ÿ˜ฆ So shinnnyyyy.

Sunny yellow peplum skirt. Salme patterns. Vintage Koret 60s gold metal basket handbag. Handmade by ConniyaBut back to the skirt! The pattern is really easy and fit me perfectly. The only adjustment I made was to use an invisible zipper and I made the hem an ince or two longer than what was called for. I think it’d be fun to experiment with different patterns and textures. Maybe mix up the peplum fabric and skirt fabric?

Mitered corner on peplum skirt. Salme patterns. Handmade by Conniya.And check out these mitered corners! They look pretty good if I do say so myself ๐Ÿ™‚

And here are a couple of hiking pictures I took on my long weekend off:

Conniya Pinnacles View 3Pinnacles View 1Have a great week!

Jessica shorts #2 with pocket embroidery

Here are my second pair of Jessica shorts! The first pair I made had to be taken in some, so I cut the same size and used french seams on this pair.

And in case you hadn’t heard, I was a featured maker on Kollabora this week! After seeing my first pair of Jessica’s they contacted me about this, and I was super excited! You can see it HERE.

4 White Jessica shorts with black pocket embroidery (Schnittchen Patterns) handmade by Conniya.

This is the same fabric as the white skirt I made earlier this summer. The fabric is semi-sheer, so I hemmed the short by hand using a slipstich. I’m wearing white leggings under them here, but earlier this week I wore them with short black leggings that had a lace hem, which is cuter I think. I should have lined the shorts, but by the time I decided this was the better option, I really didn’t want to go back and unpick all those french seams. I think these will be fine with long leggings as the weather gets colder.

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I decided to add some cute pocket details since the shorts are one solid color. I drew the scallops with a water soluble marker and ruler. I used backstitches and french knots.

3 White Jessica shorts with black pocket embroidery (Schnittchen Patterns) handmade by Conniya.
2 White Jessica shorts with black pocket embroidery (Schnittchen Patterns) handmade by Conniya.

And here’s an awkward looking picture of the back.6 White Jessica shorts with black pocket embroidery (Schnittchen Patterns). Handmade by Conniya.Next up is some knitting and a pair of Lisa pants! And homework :/

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 ๐Ÿ˜›

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!

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 ๐Ÿ™‚

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 ๐Ÿ˜›ย 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!

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The dreamiest skirt

A few weeks ago, I was up late at night sitting in front of the sewing machine thinking, “What can I make next?” I couldn’t stop thinking about these two pictures that I had pinned on Pinterest. I don’t know the source of the first picture, but the second is from Peter Som’s Spring 2012 collection.

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Here’s what I came up with! This creamy white, drape-y, gorgeous skirt!Long white flow skirt_front view, Handmade by Conniya

Whenever I put it on I just want to smile and do this:

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Don’t you wish everything in your closet made you want to do that?! Anyway, let’s talk about the construction. There are four triangular panels, the waist is interfaced, and it closes in the back with an invisible zipper and a hand sewn hook & bar.Back view_Long flowy white skirt. handmade by Conniya

However, there are several technical issues with the skirt. First, I just estimated the triangle dimensions that I cut out because having a full circle skirt of this length would be a ridiculous amount of fabric. Second, I did not cut out accurate triangles because the fabric i was cutting into was SUPER long which meant ironing would take forever and I would end up standing on half of it while I ironed the other half. Third, I totally wasn’t thinking about the grainline— some of the panels were cut on the bias and some weren’t! D: OMG so embarrassing, guys. I blame it on being tired ๐Ÿ˜›
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As a result, you can see that the seams are a little wonky. Btw, those are all french seams. Ooh-la-la!

These issues made hemming it evenly really difficult. SHOUTOUT TO GRANDMA!!! I took it down to her house for advice and she ended up sitting on a little stool with a ruler and measuring the hem distance from the ground while I stood still in the skirt. And then she cut and pressed the hem so I could finish sewing it on my machine. And I also hijacked my grandparents’ computer and signed them up to follow this blog (Are you reading this, Grandpa? Be sure to show Grandma these pictures!)

Side view_long flowy white skirt. Handmade by ConniyaDespite a few mistakes, I am absolutely in love with this skirt. It’s a bit fancy for everyday but I think I will wear it anyway because fashion is about what makes you happy and confident, not what people in central and eastern Kentucky think about what you wear!

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!