It was my niece’s birthday last week, so I had fun picking out a fun and cute fabric combo for a Buckthorn Tote for her. She loves bags and zippered pouches so I had fun making this tote knowing that she’d be able to use it.
Fabric Funhouse had sent me a remnant of the beautiful Apricot Brandy color of their waxed canvas (it’s a beautiful peachy coral color) and I knew it would be so cute for making my niece’s gift. I found the cutest little happy suns print in my stash, it’s the Sunshine print by Alexia Marcelle Abegg. I couldn’t resist those cute faces!
I do love working with the waxed canvas for bags, it does, admittedly, take a little more patience than other materials. I find that it’s worth a bit of experimentation to see if you like it, too. I’m really pleased with how this particular waxed canvas works with the Buckthorn Tote (and backpack – read that post here). It was a nice break from work sewing. I’ll be able to share more about at the end of July.
Also, I have a video that I recorded a few weeks back that goes over setting the oval base (applies to the Buckthorn as well as a few of my other patterns). I’ll be sharing that in the next week or two. Do you like watching videos of sewing techniques? I’m still pretty new to knitting, so I use videos a lot, but sometimes just a quick one is all I need instead of a longer format. Do you prefer a quick (less than 4 minute) video or a longer format (10 minutes plus) that goes over in something in great detail?
I hope you all have been safe and staying healthy!
Pattern: Buckthorn Tote
Fabric: Apricot Brandy Waxed Canvas from Fabric Funhouse, lining is Sunshine from Alexia Marcelle Abegg (from her Sunshine collection with Cotton + Steel fabrics) here’s a google search, it’s an older collection so it might be harder to come by
Webbing and zipper available in my shop (you’ll need 2 yards of 1″-wide webbing and one 14″ handbag zipper).
Taking action is important to me. Black lives matter. I stand for justice for George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and the countless other Black lives that have been lost. I want to consciously take time to learn of my own biases and evaluate how I can help moving forward. I want to support Black makers and creatives. I am making a choice to stand up for what is right and I am working on acting on that. Please take time to learn from Black leaders and support Black owned businesses. Below is a small list of where you can start:
Follow along with @blkmakersmatter, this is a brand new platform which is lead by a group of Black sewists!
The Great Unlearn
Social Justice Sewing Academy
Neighborhood Fiber Co.’s Momentum Fund
We Love Lakestreet
Justice for Breonna
George Floyd Memorial Fund
Color of Change
My plan going forward:
- make a conscious effort in sharing Black creative’s work
- make a conscious effort in asking Black creatives to pattern test (and to fairly compensated them for their time and effort)
- donate (making a monthly contribution to Social Justice Sewing Academy as well as a donation to Neighborhood Fiber Co.’s Momentum Fund is where I’ve started)
- I am working on setting up a college scholarship for my community specifically for BIPOC (Black, Indigenous and People of Color) who are pursuing degrees in creative and/or business related fields, will plan to keep you posted on that
- continue to educate myself and my family, talk to friends and community members and stand up for the BIPOC community
This is how I’m beginning. I wanted to share this here to let you know where I stand. I believe in human rights, I believe that Black lives matter. This is not a checklist to move through and then forget about, but a reminder for myself of what promises I want to keep. I am still learning (and unlearning) and want to continue to learn. I do apologize for not speaking out about this sooner. I want to continue to seek out ways I can improve. I am one person, but I don’t want to sit idly by and watch without taking action.
Also, please take time to read this message explaining why it’s harmful to say “All Lives Matter”.
When I saw Rifle Paper Co. post their image of a dress shirt in their new Strawberry Fields print from their new Primavera collection on their Instagram I knew I had to make one. I quickly ordered some from my one of my local quilt shops (Stitch Supply Co.) and threw it in the wash as soon as I got it in the mail.
I’ve had the Archer shirt pattern from Grainline Studio for quite a few years and hadn’t yet made it. I’ve made the Alder Shirtdress which is sort of similar, but the Archer patiently waited for me. I typically don’t wear a lot of prints, but the strawberries were calling and it was Spring! Time to celebrate all the new growth that it brings. Also, I haven’t sewn a garment using quilting cotton for years, but this is a very soft quilting cotton and it’s perfect for this type of shirt.
I thoroughly enjoying making this shirt. I don’t think I worked on it for more than 45 minutes at a time, it was nice to space things out and really enjoy the process. So over the course of about a week and a half I finished my shirt! I asked a friend for some buttons and that was that! I did manage to sew the cuffs on the wrong way at first with the overlap/cuff buttons on the wrong way. Lucky for me that was super easy to take off the cuff and put on a new one. I’m so glad I did because even though it was a fairly insignificant mistake on my part, I knew I’d always be a little bit mad at myself if I didn’t fix it. So there you go, lesson learned! It’s great to know when to stop and fix something and when it’s okay to let it go. Of course that threshold is different for everyone. But when you know, you know!
I’m hoping to get a few wears in before it gets to hot and humid here. I’ll wear it in the fall and winter, too I hope! I think I’ll throw it in the wash, too before I first wear it. I can’t remember where I read that tip (or maybe I heard it on a Love to Sew podcast episode), but I think it makes a big difference for me. Washing a garment after its sewn, and it’ll have that more lived in feel. It makes total sense in my crazy world!
Pattern: Archer Button Up Shirt from Grainline Studio (I made a size 8, graded to 6 at the hips)
Fabric: Strawberry Fields in Blush (Primavera collection by Rifle Paper Co.) purchased from Stitch Supply Co.