weekend links

May 19, 2017   /   byLiesl Gibson  / Categories :  Feeds

Hello friends!

How well do you know your personal style? I sewed something this week that’s pretty far outside of my own style, and S and I have been giggling about it ever since. It’s cute, and I did a nice job sewing it, but it’s just not me. I’ll show it to you soon, I promise. I thought it was worth it to try to push outside my comfort zone, but it’s unlikely that I’ll wear it. Instead, I’ll probably give it to a friend who I think it would suit much better than me.

Weekend Links

What is it about it that makes me so uncomfortable? Truthfully, it’s the color and print. I picked a floral print, which I just never wear, mostly to show you what it would look like since everyone has their own style and I’m happy to design and sew outside of my own style as well. So I tried, but I think I’ll stick with what I feel good in. I’ll be curious to hear what you think when you see it.

Instagram Picks

Aren’t you happy it’s spring? Here are two Instagram images that caught my eye this week.

#oliverands and #lieslandco on Instagram
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Pinterest Picks

I’ve been thinking a lot about hand stitching lately, so this week’s Pinterest picks are all within the hand stitching and embroidery realm. I’m particularly fascinated by this fabric, below left, which has been embellished to create a rough textured fabric. I think it’s fantastic! A much simpler, more traditional technique is used on the blouse below right.

hand stitching inspiration
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And then there’s the basic running stitch and all the ways it can be used. In dense parallel rows it creates wonderful texture.

hand stitching inspiration
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Of course there’s also the more botanical-oriented

hand stitching inspiration
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I love the strong contrast of light on dark here. The smocking is so simple and impactful, and the colorful traditional Czech embroidery is something I love.

hand stitching inspiration
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And then, of course, there is the beauty of sashiko.

hand stitching inspiration
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And both of these embroideries nearly cover the surface, which I find to be especially interesting since they’re nearly creating a fabric of their own.

hand stitching inspiration
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Weekend Reading

We have so much fun stuff planned for you next week! I’ll be here with another addition to our Ask Me series, a little more sewing I’ve been doing, and we’ll be featuring some really great projects from the Building Block Dress book that I think will give you some inspiration as well. Rachel’s been busy! Plus, we have a special guest dropping by next Friday for the weekend links post. Hurry back, and have a great weekend.

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Hot Patterns DISASTER – Weekender Cargo Pants

I don’t enjoy writing bad reviews. In fact, I would much rather just pretend nothing happened and never write about this. But then, I would feel bad about other people buying this pattern. I had such high hopes. I love the casual styling, I love the topstitching, the pockets are fun, I love the pockets that form the belt casing. It could have been a great pattern. I would have enjoyed the topstitching and the pockets. Alas, it was not meant to be.



First, the crotch height is um, high. Like, the highest draft I’ve ever seen. This almost reached to the bottom of my bra. I don’t understand it. At all. How can the draft be this high? Can you see the faint white chalk marks where the rear pockets go? The pocket flap would start on my back!!
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Look, you can actually see the bottom of my black and white sports bra. The top of the pants go way above my ribs. And the seam allowances are 3/8” on this pattern. Even if you took that into account, the height on these is crazy.
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So then I had an ah-ha moment. Maybe it’s NOT the pattern. Maybe I need to make a larger size? And pull them down more?? Maybe my hips are not letting the fabric settle down where it should be? So I loosened the pins holding the CF together and ended up with the weirdest low, pointy crotch ever. No, it’s not me. It’s definitely the pattern. When it is pulled up to rib-ville, the crotch curve actually fits okay. At least, it really felt like that is where it is supposed to be.
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On the plus side, I used crappy muslin fabric and didn’t spend too much time on this.
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Anyone want to buy a pattern? I won’t be using it. I bought it because I love my Jalie Vanessa pants (which I’m wearing right now) and thought these might be similar. Hahahhahahahahhaa. Maybe, instead, I will add the details I like (the pieced and topstitched legs and the large pockets) to my Jalie pants instead. They never let me down. The Hot Patterns tally is 1 for 2 now. I have one more pattern to try out. Oh, and I did email Hot Patterns last week about the missing pattern piece on my HP t-shirt. No response. It’s been a week.

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