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
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)
To no one’s surprise, I finished up a Spring Showers jacket for Emily soon after I made Natalie’s. It did, however, take me way too long to get some finished pictures of it! Taking the finished pictures is a big deal for me. It’s more than a record of what I made, and often, the only thing I have left after the coat has been outgrown and passed down. I’m not one to hang on to too many sentimental things (our house was build in the 40s with the smallest amount of storage space), but this is my favorite way to remember projects and my kids at this exact moment in time. You might even remember I made this exact coat for Emily four years ago. She loved it so much. It got worn every Spring and Fall for all those years and finally was outgrown. It lasted so long! And I love seeing it now, worn and hopefully will get worn some more by my niece. That really ends up being the best part of sewing for me. Making useful things and seeing the joy they bring to my family.
Once Emily and I determined that her former jacket was indeed too small to last one more season, we got to work deciding on fabrics. I think I sort of half way tried to get her to pick a different color, but blue has always been her favorite and I knew that it was the perfect wearing fabric for this jacket. I thought it might be less exciting to make this coat almost exactly as before, but it really was fun to sew. I think because I knew it was something she was going to love, that it made it really enjoyable to make and finish. This time around she chose a tiny rainbow print for the lining from Leah Duncan’s newest fabric collection from Cloud9 Fabrics, No Place Like Home. It’s kind of funny how both Natalie and Emily’s coat had linings from that collection, the colors are perfect with the twill exteriors and my girls just love her designs, too.
I added a couple inches in length the the body of the coat and sleeves. I knew that we really liked having the sleeves cuffed, and Emily being on the taller side of the size range, I knew that having it a little longer to last a season or two longer wouldn’t hurt. I made sure to have her try on the exterior of the coat before I finished the lining just in case we had to make any adjustments, but it went smoothly without a hitch and I think the fit is perfect.
The finishing details were the drawstring cord and leather pieces. Again, same as last time around, but fun to see come together in the finished project. I did have so much for sewing up these jackets for my girls! They’re definitely a favorite.
Pattern: Spring Showers Jacket by Elegance & Elephants
Fabric: Robert Kaufman Hampton Twill in Pacific, The Clouds are Far Behind (No Place Like Home collection) by Leah Duncan for Cloud9 Fabrics