So I snapped up Wiksten‘s linen earlier this Spring and totally blew the fact that I didn’t get enough for the first project I had in mind (the Wiksten Shift Dress/Top). I wasn’t too mad though, because I knew I could figure out something else to make instead. It’s such a beautiful color and nice drape for a summer garment so you can’t really go wrong. About a month ago, I had been seeing a few warmer climate sewists already sewing up tanks, which really gets the creative juices flowing when we’re still a bit cooler for a few more weeks. Surprisingly I felt the urge to jump in and get started even with other projects looming!
I always love Rae’s patterns, and the Gemma Tank had been high on my list for quite some time. It ended up being the perfect amount for a Gemma so I got to work! I love that this project takes hardly any time at all. Yet it still produces a beautiful tank that’ll be perfect for summer (and hopefully help get rid of my farmer’s tan a bit). I’m also really excited about keeping it around for fall and winter to layer under some cardigans (maybe I’ll even make one!). An added bonus is if you’re a Creativebug member, this tank is one of the classes you can take, taught by Rae herself! I love that. I’ve had a membership for maybe three years now and it’s such a great way to try something new or break out of a rut!
I started out without any changes to the pattern. I was really cruising along and finished, but then decided to wanted to take in the side seams a bit and then shorten it a smidge because I don’t think I’ll be tucking it in at all. I think the changes ended up being just right and am really happy with it.
Pattern: Gemma Tank by Made by Rae, video (which also includes the pattern) on Creativebug here.
Fabric: Wiksten Linen Fabric (peacock blue)
I made this Crescent Tote as one of my first samples before the pattern was published in Making Magazine’s No.6 issue. I always love using Ellen’s (Ellen Luckett Baker) beautiful fabrics. The designs, colors, and weight of the canvas fabric is my favorite for bag making. They’re popular, too! Most collections of hers sell out relatively quickly, so if you see one you like be sure to snap it up. I usually buy one yard and that covers what I need for *most* projects. If I’m making a large tote I might do a yard and half. 🙂
I’m so glad to see lots of Crescent Totes popping up! It’s a fun and relatively quick project. I definitely plan on trying to focus on quicker projects. I know I like them because they’re satisfying to make, especially if you don’t have lots of time to sew. They’re great for an afternoon of sewing, or breaking into two small sewing sessions. When I can I enjoy cutting and prepping in on session and then maybe the following day sewing things up! Do you like to sew that way? Or an all-in-one shot? I used to be in the latter category, but that lead to many late nights of sewing. Not complaining about that though, it satisfied my urge to make even when my kids were super little.
So I think this sample might be one I’m keeping for myself! It’s such a nice size for knitting projects, which has me thinking, what project to start on next?!?
Hope you’re enjoying this early part of summer (at least for those of you in the Northern Hemisphere). Have a great weekend! Oh, and if you finished a Crescent Tote (formerly named the Making Bag in the magazine issue) tag me on Instagram (@noodlehead531). I always love seeing what you make! So many fun fabric combinations to oogle over.
I have one more sample to show off (it’s been an interesting balance between some secret sewing and all the other stuff life brings), but I’m excited to share them soon!
Pattern: Crescent Tote
Fabric: Brushstrokes (Paint Collection) by Ellen Luckett Baker for Kokka Fabrics
My daughter, Natalie, turned 13 this week. It seemed like such a big thing for her to turn 13! A teenager! I can hardly believe it. She was only 3 years old when I started this blog if you can believe that. She had a great day of celebrating. We had such a fun day. When I had asked her what she wanted for her birthday, she requested a dress amongst a few other things. I waited until the last minute and ended up staying up late sewing the night before her birthday, but I got it done!
She had specifically requested the Southport Dress by True Bias. I had made Emily one a few years ago and now Natalie wanted one, too. Size wise it was a bit of hard time figuring out what to do. She’s out of the size range for the Mini Southport and a bit too small for the adult Southport. I spent a lot of time trying to figure out which way would be best, sizing the mini up or sizing the regular adult size down. After looking at the style lines and details, I figured the adult version would be harder to modify to fit her. So I sized up the Mini Southport and crossed my fingers it would fit! Luckily it is fairly straightforward, so I did a quick baste fitting after school to double check and it worked! I was so relieved.
I usually don’t sew at night much anymore if I can help it. It’s funny how things change! That’s the only time I used to sew. I felt a little rushed, so the buttonholes could have turned out a little better, but you can’t really see them when it’s buttoned. I hung it in her room right after I finished it, so she woke up to it on her birthday. It was really rewarding to see her wear it, plus she looks so pretty in it! I’m glad she picked the Printmaking lawn by Lizzy House for it. It’s the perfect summer dress!
Pattern: Mini Southport Dress by True Bias (sized up to approximately a size 14)
Fabric: Printmaking lawn by Lizzy House for Andover Fabrics