Fun with Stripes: Phoenix Blouse

So I had a little fun with stripes and this pattern, the Phoenix Blouse by Adrianna of Hey June Patterns. I’ve had this super lightweight cotton voile micro stripe in my stash forever. Partly because I love it so much, it’s soft and drapey, and beautiful. The other reason, the silly part, was that I was afraid to use it and not end up liking what I made with it. It’s been on my shelf for maybe five years? Which is way too long for a fabric to wait.

As part of being on the Indiesew blogger team, a challenge I did mostly for myself, was that I sew a garment for me once a quarter. If I make more, great, but at least it was something I could hold myself accountable for. And I love sewing for me, but it does get put on the back burner for more work related sewing more often that I’d like. So I’m really thankful for being able to participate in the sewing community in this way, and I am so pumped about this Phoenix Blouse!

When I first saw Adrianna release the Phoenix pattern I wasn’t super set on it. Maybe because it was still so freezing cold here? I’m guessing that was the case. Because now that it’s been so hot and humid this summer, light weight fabrics and tank tops are all I can think about. I cut the front yoke pieces on a 30 degree angle and joined them with a seam. I had a ready to wear tank that used some of the same play with stripes and I really loved it. I also cut the back yoke with the stripe running horizontally – although I managed to not snap a pic of that. As with all Hey June patterns I’ve tried I love Adrianna’s attention to the details and finishes. All the seams are thoughtfully finished and it’s what I really look for in a pattern. I know it’ll last because the seams are all tidy.

Lastly, them tassels though. I love them. I think they add so much fun to this top, and they weren’t hard to make either. I even managed to pull one of the strings loose, but was able to pull the knot through the fabric ala quilter’s knot style and they came together swimmingly. Natalie even helped by making the tassels! Oh, and I did move the slit at the neckline up a little higher for modesty. I knew it would still slip over my tiny head, so it works for me!

I will totally be making this tank again!

Pattern: Phoenix Blouse by Hey June Patterns
Fabric: mystery micro stripe from my stash (I think it would be similar to this stripe?) or Indiesew has this beautiful linen stripe, too!


Dana Knit Jade

My friend Rae (Made by Rae) recently launched her newest pattern, Jade.  I always jump for joy when Rae has a new pattern out. It happened to come at the most perfect time – when I was sewing last minute things for quilt market. I had already sewn the Cleo skirt to wear at one of the days of the show, but needed a top to go with it. So in my usual fashion, I sewed up this Jade the night before I left town. I came super close to making a different knit top that I had already made before, but the Jade was too tempting. New shiny Jade was staring right at me. Lucky for me it was a very quick one to print, tape together, cut out and sew! It’s my favorite kind of sewing.

I love that Rae is so good about showing what she wears with her patterns and how she combines them to make beautiful outfits. Having seen the Cleo and Jade together made it such an easy choice to sew. I promise to show the Cleo Skirt once it gets closer to the Forage release date, but for now I love how my Jade top is perfect for summer, too.

So more about the Jade shirt! I chose the boat neckline and elbow length sleeves. I feel like I’m at the point where I’ve sewn a lot of knit shirts and I absolutely love the neckline on this one. The way Rae has you finish the neckline looks so pro, even when you’re just using your regular sewing machine. I happened to have a couple yards of the Dana Knit by Robert Kaufman in my stash – already washed!!! A miracle! I really love all the colors in the Dana Knits, and this Storm Blue color is divine. It feels sophisticated to put it on. I wore it all day at market and it felt like the most comfy outfit ever, secret pajamas for real. I’m making more for summer because I keep looking at the shirts at target and then realize I have so many nicer fabrics I can use and make at home. So needless to say, I need new t-shirts, and am excited to make more Jades.

Pattern: Jade by Made by Rae (boat neckline, elbow sleeve, size L)
Fabric: Dana Knit in Storm Blue by Robert Kaufman Fabrics purchased from Hawthorne Threads (not in stock, but lots of other great colors) here it is at Modern Domestic


Mustard Wool + Wax Tote

A few months back I connected with Kjerste of Wax & Wool over Instagram. I love how the creative community supports and encourages each other and connecting with Kjerste has been so nice. When I first named the tote for Making Magazine I hadn’t heard of Kjerste’s business. I had named it after the materials I used for the original sample (wool coating and waxed canvas) so it was only a matter of time before someone mentioned it and I’ve been admirer of her and her business ever since. I of course was admiring her candles and she told me she hoped to find time or a friend to sew her a Wool + Wax Tote. I know as a small business owner, sometimes personal side projects get put on hold, so I jumped at the chance to make one for her. I’m so glad I did.


After the mad dash of sample making for Quilt Market, it was a refreshing choice to sit down and make this tote. Sometimes it’s all I need to restart and get my sewing groove back in order. I sent Kjerste a few fabric ideas and she loved the mustard/charcoal and herringbone combo. She had told me she’s mostly a neutral gal, which I definitely resonate with, but that mustard is a color she liked, so this combo was one I thought would work well.

This is actually the same waxed canvas I used for the Making Backpack, but with a darker lining it somehow makes it look more mustard-y which I love. The contrast bottom is Pewter Denim and the herringbone lining (by Robert Kaufman Fabrics) is such a great stable fabric for the lining. It didn’t need any interfacing which is always a bonus in my book.

I did add a d-ring to the back handle. I’ve seen the idea around a few places and figured it would be fun to add. It’ll be nice to be able to clip a key ring to it.

Fabrics: Marigold Waxed Canvas, Pewter Denim waxed canvas from AL Frances Textiles on Etsy, lining is Herringbone Denim by Robert Kaufman Fabrics
Pattern: Wool + Wax Tote (PDF here or available in my booklet, Everyday Essentials here or check your local quilt shop)