I’ve done some serious sewing while at retreats lately. I had a retreat at my place and then while I was at the Crafty Weekender retreat, I knocked out some apparel items for myself and then I came home and made some sweaters for #Hashtag since it’s starting to get cold. The poor baby has been waking me up in the middle of the night so I’ll let him under the covers so he can snuggle with me. I really enjoy the snuggling, but not the getting woken up part. Haha.
The first apparel item that I worked on during the Crafty Weekender retreat was the Oakride Blouse. I’m going to be brutally honest here. I totally LOVE wearing this blouse. It fits so perfectly and the rayon drapes so well and it feels so awesome. I think I look awesome in it. I love wearing it. But I hated making it and I hate how it’s finished. I want to be kind because I know people love Sewaholic patterns, but I’m less than impressed. I searched online for some guidance for some parts and wasn’t able to find much there either. First, there aren’t any pictures. If I want to make a pattern that doesn’t have pictures or illustrations, I’ll buy the $2 pattern from the large pattern companies. I feel that indie pattern companies should include more. I pay more; I should get more. And not only were there no pictures, but the instructions weren’t great. I know this probably isn’t considered a beginner pattern and I don’t consider myself a beginner, but there were parts I struggled with and had to read a few times and play around with the actual garment to figure out. Again, if I wanted to struggle with instructions, I’d buy a Burda pattern. I pay money for indie patterns so I don’t have to do weird interpretations. Finally, the last thing I hate is the finishes. The instructions don’t have you finish this well. I feel like it’s homemade. I want my apparel items to feel like ready to wear clothes. I want them to have those finishes. This felt amateur. I could take the time to modify the instructions to make it finish how I wanted, but I’ll say this again and again, I shouldn’t have to for a $14 pattern. I could see doing that for a $2 pattern. So I want to make this again because I love wearing it, but I probably won’t because I didn’t enjoy making it. In fact, I hated making it. I have one more Sewaholic pattern I’m going to try out (Minoru) and if I don’t like that one, I won’t be supporting them anymore and I certainly won’t be recommending them to anyone.
I made another raglan and this time I added a hood, kangaroo pocket, and thumb holes. It’s loud, but I think it will be perfect for working out this winter. This fabric is also from LDG Showroom and it is soooooo soft on the inside. It will be super warm if I go running or walking outside. Plus, it will look great with leggings. This fabric is not the easiest to work with so some things aren’t perfect, but it was a good experience. I’ll definitely do the hood, pocket, and thumb holes again, but I’ll use a more stable knit. I made this during a sewing weekend with Amy and my friend Coo. I also made my Halloween quilt that weekend.
The Pumpkin Spice Dolman from Patterns for Pirates is my favorite shirt pattern ever. EVER. I’m serious. I could wear one of these every day. And I almost do. I made this plain black one specifically to wear with my leopard leggings. Doesn’t it look awesome? I lengthened it just a bit so it would totally cover my bum. I’m very conscious about my bum being covered. This is the same Robert Kaufman knit that I used on the skull shirt. I made this during the Crafty Weekended retreat.
Isn’t this one fabulous? The stripes kill me. The mustard kills me. I totally love it. It’s a sweater knit that I purchased from Girl Charlee. It’s super comfy and I love the look. I couldn’t be happier. Also, these shirts go together soooo quickly. That’s why I have so many and why I was able to make so many in one weekend even while sewing and visiting with friends.
I didn’t have enough fabric to make a long sleeved one, so I added some pleather. This sweater knit is from LDG Showroom. It’s also very comfortable and I love the colors. The pleater sucked to worked with. I think I’m done working with pleather. My sewing machine doesn’t like it. My serger hates it. I’ve tried the needle. I’ve tried the foot. I’ve messed with tension. I’ve changed thread. I’ve messed with it enough. I love the look, but I hate the process. It will have to be a pretty special thing for me to work with pleather again. I love this shirt, though, so I guess it was worth it this time. I think this was the second project I worked on during the weekend retreat with Amy and Coo.