A simple sew is so satisfying. Especially when I’ve had this fabric sitting around for a couple of years. It definitely makes me more brave to just jump into a project. I’ve been meaning to make a Linden for so long. I love a raglan sleeve so much! They usually fit me quite well, and knits always seem to get worn most in my closet. I’m glad I finally bit the bullet and sewed it up!
I would definitely recommend this pattern to anyone who is new to knits. It’s really only a few seams to sew, so it’s one factor you don’t have to worry much about time/construction wise. Instead you can focus on fit and fabric, which is always fun, right!? I think one of my goals for garment sewing is to get better at fit issues. Drafting a pattern to fit myself is one thing, but trying to diagnose issues with other patterns on my own body is not my strong suit. If you are interested in drafting your own patterns I’d highly recommend Cal Patch’s book Design-It-Yourself Clothes (which I own) or even her class on Creativebug called Pattern Drafting. I think I plan on getting a few fit books from the library and see if I can develop some better skills in that area.
So this of course is such a cozy project for this time of year. I’ve already worn it quite happily a few times with no complaints. It washed up super nice and I’m so happy with it. Also, I should note that I tried out Eloflex from Coats and Clark on the topstitching. I really like it! I picked up a couple spools at Stitch Supply Co. the other day. It’s perfect for those seams, so if you like to sew with knits, I’d suggest trying to find some and try it out! I think that means it’s almost time to make another. Orrrrr, I’ve been really wanting to make Hey June’s Halifax Hoodie pattern, too. Hmmm, lots of choices, I just need to jump in and start.
Pattern: Linden Sweatshirt by Grainline Studio
Fabric: Cotton French Terry Melange from Fancy Tiger Crafts
* this post contains an affiliate link to Cal’s class on Creativebug, if you do purchase the class or monthly membership I get a tiny percentage. I am a member of Creativebug and I really can say it’s an invaluable resource for me and my kids.
I’ve finally settled into my Halloween costume making rhythm. It was actually pretty pleasurable this year compared to years in the past. I think what bugs me the most about costumes is that they’re mostly temporary. Sure, we can use them for dress up and maybe some other random occasion or event, but other than that it’s just the one day. I don’t love knowing that something I spend hours making will hardly see the light of day. I’d rather make something more useful, but I think this year seemed like the perfect balance. Maybe I’ve finally hit my groove!
Emily has been asking for at least a month to be a bee for Halloween. I can’t think of anything much cuter so I agreed to make the costume as you probably already guessed. In my usual fashion I waited until just about the last-minute to go shopping for supplies and get to work. I’m really happy with how smoothly things came together (maybe I’m getting better at this costume thing after all) and Emily is over the moon excited. She really wanted to hang out and help which was fun for me. I got to explain a few things along the way and she thought it was all pretty magical. She also got to witness me messing up and ripping stitches, too. I think this little formula I’ve come up with for the strawberry costume and now bee costume has been great. It’s fleece which is super forgiving, warm (which is a must in Wisconsin), and inexpensive. Win win win.
So for $15 bucks and a couple of hours work, here’s my little bee. She’s so happy being a poufy little happy bumblebee!
Today is the official release of the newest issue of Making magazine. It definitely carries a special place in my heart, and makes me so happy to be a small part of it all. Even though I don’t have a project included in this issue (next issue I do!), I couldn’t resist grabbing a few for my shop – in the process, keeping one for myself. I’m so glad I did, too.
Carrie has put together another amazing line up of gorgeous projects. And I hear ya if you’re not into knitting, but again, this issue has so many great sewing projects!!! Seriously, you have to check it out. There’s a bento bag, apron, kimono jacket (from my friend Jenny Gordy of Wiksten), embroidery, recipes and a couple really great articles to read.
As soon as I got mine cracked open, I got straight to work on the Pathway Pillow designed by none other than Amber Corcoran of Fancy Tiger Crafts. I was immediately drawn to the texture of the pillow and intrigued by its construction. Turns out it was a home run! Not only is the piecing interesting, but it’s easily adaptable for whatever size pillow or even a quilt. I dug through my pillow form stash (yes, that’s a thing) and pulled out this 12×24″ form. I always love a long pillow.
I used Essex in black and Flax with a splash of a blue denim from Kokka leftover from this project. I chose to put in an invisible zip instead of the envelope back, just personal preference especially for this size pillow. Long and narrow means getting squished out of shape all the time in this house, so invisible zip it is!
I was so excited about how this turned out. I looove making pillows and have really had to restrain myself from making a million and then having nowhere to sit. I’m glad this one feels right at home.
Pattern: Pathway Pillow by Amber Corcoran available in Making issue no. 4/LINES (
I have a few copies available in my shop) Here’s a full list of stockists in case you still need to pick up a copy!
Fabric: Essex (black and Flax) by Robert Kaufman Fabrics
Invisible zip: Zipit on etsy