Tag Archive: linen

Completed: The Kalle Shirtdress

I’ve still got a few more summer projects that I haven’t shared yet, so bear with me here! Although, to be fair – we should be well within the throes of summer heat for at least the next month here (yes, it did warm up again!). I made this dress a couple of months ago, […]

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Hadley Top from Grainline Studio in White Linen

Hadley Top + Morgan Jeans // Closet Case PatternsNext up in my series, “A million things I have sewn and not yet blogged”: the Hadley Top by Grainline

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The Village Haberdashery & Hampstead Heath

Yesterday was Ella’s 5th birthday – so what better way to celebrate than with a trip to see Annie at The Village Haberdashery, with Ella wearing her High Five Kerchief? Sounded like a good idea to me! This was my first … Continue reading

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Ditto

I’ve found another favourite trouser pattern to add to my list.  I liked the cropped wide trousers from the May 2017 edition immediately and dived into the stash almost straight away to find something suitable to cut up!  I went ahead and traced the 44 & 42 anyway. (44 for the waist, grading to the … Continue reading “Ditto”

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Summer Sewing! The Flint Pants from Megan Nielsen

Flint Pants by Megan Nielsen in linen // Closet Case PatternsHave you ever experienced sewing fate? You know when you have a very specific vision in mind for something you’d

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Hook, Line & Sinker

I’ve really fallen for this pattern.  It’s been made in three different fabrics so far and I love each & every (very different) one.  The pattern is  culottes 104 from the February 2017 Burdastyle magazine.  Made late last month for Daughter No2 to take on her holiday to Madeira, she chose a linen viscose blend … Continue reading “Hook, Line & Sinker”

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Top 5 Best Fabrics For Hot Weather

Anyone out there sweltering? Me, too! Here’s a quick run down of the fabrics I love to sew for summer. Needless to say, they’re all natural. Silk The above Deep V Tunic top from DIY Couture’s No Patterns Needed book … Continue reading

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Garden Jacket with Simplicity 8298

I set out to sew a simple jacket I could wear outside this spring while I’m gardening. I wanted to look granny chic. True to form, I turned a simple jacket into something quite complicated and now I don’t want to get it dirty nor do I want to wear it in the garden.

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Completed: Linen Archer Button-Up

Does anyone remember my first linen Archer shirt, and the disaster that it was? Like, I don’t even think I wore that thing out in public one time. I’m pretty sure it went straight to Goodwill, where a less discerning eye was hopefully excited to find it. Hopefully. Well, I always said I’d revisit this […]

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Two summer shirtdresses: M6891

I was definitely not kidding when I said I tend to sew up a pattern twice!  Since I made this two dresses just days apart, I thought I would post them together 🙂

The pattern is McCall’s M6891.  It’s a good, classic shirtdress style with a convertible collar and pockets.  I love the full skirt, waistline seam, and ungathered back (why do designers do that??). Since it’s a Palmer and

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The Farrow Dress by Grainline Studio in Kaufman Metallic Linen

Farrow Dress by Grainline Studio // Kaufman Essex Metallic Linen // Handmade by Closet Case PatternsHeavens alive I love a shift dress, especially when they boast cool details or an interesting architectural silhouette. The latest

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Tutorial: Super-easy two-tone infinity scarf

Who says you can’t wear linen in the winter?  Using some amazing linen knit fabric from Britex, I sewed up a beautiful and warm color-blocked infinity scarf, perfect for the colder months.  For my version, I chose two different colors–turquoise and navy–but this tutorial would work equally well if you wanted to go with a single color of fabric.   Here’s what to do.

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A New Pinafore and the Joy of Finding Eggs

I’ll never forgot how excited my kids were on the day they discovered one of our chickens had finally laid an egg.  After months of waiting, it actually happened!

A friend told me later that each of our chicken’s eggs would continue to bring joy. I wasn’t so sure.  I assumed the kids would get used to it after a few weeks, that it would lose its luster.

I’m both surprised and happy to report that I was wrong.  So far, six months later, all five of our kids still love finding eggs!  Just this morning Indigo walked in with a smile on her face, cupping an egg in her hands and said, “Mom, it’s still warm!  It’s the best feeling, especially on a cold day!”

Our three youngest girls are particularly thrilled about finding eggs.  They go out several times a day to peek inside the coop to check for new ones.  And when they find one – every time – they exclaim, “An egg! An egg!”

 This enthusiasm combined with eager little hands has resulted in our fair share of broken eggs!

 no eggs this time!

While I was taking these photos,  Iris discovered an egg in one of our flower pots.  We have six chickens, but only average about 2 eggs a day.  We’re pretty sure based on the color of the eggs we are getting (and more importantly, not getting) that two of our chickens are laying outside of our coop. However outside of finding an occasional egg here or there, we have yet to discover where those places might be.

While the ongoing Easter egg hunt brings its own kind of excitement, for practical purposes, it would be pretty awesome if they all laid their eggs in their coop.  😀

I made Iris another vintage McCall’s (6673) pinafore and another Flashback Skinny tee.  This time I made the pinafore in Kaufman’s Brussels Washer Linen, which is a linen-rayon blend and so very lovely.  And I paired it with a Kaufman knit – Speckle in Natural.

a pocket for her egg!  🙂

Last time I blogged about this pinafore pattern, I mentioned that Iris took a particular liking to it.  I wasn’t sure if she liked the floral fabric or if she just liked pinafores.

It turns out, it’s the latter.  She loves this one just as much as the last one.  She wore it for at least three days in a row! And I let her because Dan, Jude and I came down with a terrible upper respiratory infection last weekend.  It felt like it could be influenza with fevers, chills, aches and a terrible cough but the flu test was negative.

Jude missed performing in his children’s chorus winter concert at our city’s performing arts center.  He was so disappointed.  Dan and I were too sick to attend to see Indigo in the performance.   It has been one of the highlights of our holiday season each year and we were so sad to miss it. Indigo said she had a great time singing, but then got teary afterward and said it just wasn’t the same without us there. 💔

We hadn’t been sick like that in years, though, so I am grateful for that, even if the timing was pretty awful.

It reminded me to share some delicious and easy chicken soup recipes that we love.  First, this slow cooker chicken tortilla soup has been a fall staple around here.  I use one chipotle pepper (two are delicious but make it too spicy for my kids), fewer tomatoes, and add 1/2 tsp of smoked paprika.  My kids love it, too!

Then we discovered this chicken-gnocchi soup recipe while we were sick.   Everyone loved it and we didn’t have any left over.  We used butter instead of olive oil and left out the spinach because we didn’t have any.   It was the ultimate comfort food.

I hope your December has been happy and healthy!  Have you discovered any good recipes lately?

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Ash Pants, Bloomers, and Two Flashback Skinny Tees

I never envisioned myself as a person who would enjoy sewing basics.  When the Flashback Skinny tee made its debut several years ago, I remember wondering why I would ever want to sew a tshirt. They are readily available for purchase, whereas the …

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The Dark Side

An attempt to turn dark thoughts into light thoughts. A work in progress, like my sewing.

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The Dark Side

An attempt to turn dark thoughts into light thoughts. A work in progress, like my sewing.

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Mini Tania Culottes for Miss Tarikua

Last winter, Megan Nielsen asked if I wanted to review her children’s patterns.  I made five mini briar tops and three mini virgina leggings.  Needless to say, I was a fan! 😛  I was eager to try the mini tania pattern as well.Like her o…

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Miss Gloria and the Swinging Vines: Papercut Sway Dress

Good afternoon, kittens! This weekend was filled with Hitchcock movies, turning plums into plum cakes, and a fair bit of sewing. After a summer of illness and calamity, we’re reveling in the change of seasons. Well, metaphorically anyhow. It’s still decidedly summer around here. To quote Stella from Rear Window, “You’d think the rain would’ve cooled things down. All it did was make the heat wet.”
My fall sewing list is as long as my arm, but each piece is more impractical than the last. Stevie Nicks dresses and pink wool coats are exciting, sure, but I can’t wear them until November! So, I’m instituting a rule: for every impractical garment I sew, the next piece needs to be wearable immediately. After giving Butterick 5878 a spin (a swishy, long-sleeved Stevie dress yet to be blogged), it was time for something practical. Namely, that green linen tent dress I mused over a few weeks ago. 
This is the Papercut Sway Dress again, made up in a medium-weight emerald green linen from Mood Fabrics. When this fabric first arrived, it was stiff with sizing and scratchy against the skin. Rather dreadful prospects for a garment. However, I took the brilliant Carolyn’s advice about sewing with linen and washed it not once, but three times. This fully relaxed the linen fibers, washed away the sizing, and produced a soft, draping dream of a fabric. 
This method also protects somewhat against the worst of linen’s wrinkles. There are still enough for character, of course, but I can definitely tell a difference between using this method and just single pre-washing. I can wear this dress all day and not look a complete mess, two hours in. 
I ordered two yards of this linen, which isn’t quite enough for the pattern. Some creative cutting and adding a front yoke as a “design detail” sorted things out. I also changed a few things from my first version. The Full Bust Adjustment, with its angled dart at the side seam, remains, as does the fantastic all-in-one facing to finish the neckline and armscye. However, I sloped the hemline for a subtle high-low effect, giving the dress a little more swish. The waist tie is also twice as wide, which helps cinch in the heavier fabric. If you’d like more pattern construction details, check out my first Sway Dress review, which goes in depth about that process. 
Let’s talk about actually sewing with linen though, shall we? Linen is one of my favorite substrates to wear. Perhaps I’ve watched Romancing the Stone or The African Queen one too many times, but wearing linen makes me feel both glamorous and ready to swing from a vine, should the situation call for it. However, it can be a bear to sew with. The loose weave grows as you handle the fabric, causing curves to stretch and seams to warp. It will also relax around your body, with wear, so fitted garments require planning ahead for bagging out and drooping. 
There’s a fantastic article from Threads on sewing with linen, including guidance about seam finishes, linings, and pre-washing. Cobbling together advice from that article and a few others, I changed my process for better accommodate linen’s idiosyncrasies. The facing for this dress is made with a coordinating green bamboo voile, which has a hand and structure like silk organza. That gives more support where the linen needs it: around the curves of the neckline and armscyes, plus along the shoulder seam, which carries most of the dress’s weight. There’s fusible interfacing around the neckline to stabilize it and twill tape in the shoulder seam itself, for further support. I also stay-stitched every possible curve, immediately after cutting my pattern pieces out, to prevent warp. 
In the Sway Dress instructions, we’re told to let the dress hang for twenty-four hours, before hemming. This lets the bias parts of the skirt drop with gravity, so the hem won’t be a dodgy, up-and-down affair after a day of wearing. With linen, this step is even more important. I let it hang for two whole days, to ensure everything dropped fully. This fabric has such a loose weave that the bias portions dropped over six inches at each side seam. Yikes! This is how that slight high-low hem came into being. I figured that I was going to spend an eon evening the hem anyhow, so why not make it more interesting? Thank heavens for dress forms, y’all. 
Voila! A totally practical emerald green tent dress. This really is perfect for end-of-summer Texas wardrobe blues. Sure, I’d rather be hauling out sweaters and tights, but this billowy, bright dress makes me smile every time I wear it. The extra wide waist tie mimics a fit-and-flare silhouette well, but the linen skims every curve and dances around the body. It’s ideal for running errands on muggy days and dressing up for casual summer dates. Also, if I could source it in every substrate, I would probably wear this color every day. Emerald cashmere coat, I will have you, eventually!

Now, I’m going to plot my next impractical project and possibly bake a loaf of challah. I’ve been re-watching old seasons of The Great British Bake Off lately and they’re giving me delusions of kitchen grandeur. We’ve had way too many clafoutis-related emergency grocery store trips, lately. Sam even had to talk me out of making île flottante at midnight, earlier this week. Maybe a bit of frivolous sewing will curb such whimsy elsewhere? One can hope. 

Disclaimer: The fabric for this project was provided to me free of charge, as part of my membership in the Mood Sewing Network. However, I picked it out and all opinions are my own. 

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SUMMER STAPLE // SELF DRAFTED LINEN SHIRT DRESS

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Adventures in drafting // linen dragons

This top completely unintentionally reminds me of Daenerys from Game of Thrones. I originally set out to copycat this top from Urban Outfitters and decided to use the leftover linen from my Mystery Fabric Contest dress. Somehow I ended up with a cute summery top that totally looks like something Khaleesi would wear if she were […]

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Thrifty Thursday/We Could All Use a Better Night’s Rest

Earlier this week, I shared with you that my husband and I hosted a student this past week. One of her priorities was to learn how to sew. Now all of us who have been sewing for quite some time, or even, not so long, we all know that truly learning to …

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Thrifty Thursday/We Could All Use a Better Night’s Rest

Earlier this week, I shared with you that my husband and I hosted a student this past week. One of her priorities was to learn how to sew. Now all of us who have been sewing for quite some time, or even, not so long, we all know that truly learning to …

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Adventures in patterndrafting // mystery fabric contest

My school hosts a mystery fabric contest every year. This year participants received a bundle of mystery fabric, each one marked only with a number and the general color scheme of the fabric inside. You have from October to April to put together a garment using at least 50% of each piece of fabric included. Some […]

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OAL2016: My Finished Outfit!

What up, everyone! It’s practically the end of the July – two days left to go! – which means one thing ’round these parts… The Outfit-Along is nearly over! I’ve had a lot of fun with the pieces this year – both making and wearing them! – and I’m excited to finally show you guys […]

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Linen Yarn, Milk Paint and Great Business Links!

I got such an overwhelmingly positive response to the Yarn & Craft Newsletter last week… thank you so much, everyone! You’re too sweet! What I’m up to I just recorded…

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Tutorial: Insertion lace along the hem band

Okay, now for how I sewed insertion lace around the bottom (check out my previous Tutorial, for how to sew lace on a curved seam, such as those princess seams above).  The hem band of the Hayden top is a folded, bias cut piece.  To insert the lace within that seam, I first sewed the lace directly onto the bottom of the blouse, using the edge of the blouse as a guideline.  In the image below, I

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Tutorial: Insertion lace on a curved seam

If you’re arriving here from Britex, welcome!

I’m so excited to share my method for inserting lace into a curved seam (such as a princess seam)!  I used this dusty peach handkerchief-weight linen and floral ivory insertion lace, though there are many, many options for both linens and laces both online and in-store!

After seeing one of the cover shots for the Hayden pattern, and making a

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Japanese mini-muumuu

This is not my most flattering garment; instead, it is all about the fabric.  I selected this linen (Nani Iro Nuance) ages ago and loved the painterly print–it looks hand made.  The best way to showcase the large and rather subtle print was with a garment with as few seams as possible.  And since the fabric is Japanese, it is only fitting that I found the right pattern in one of my many

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Sewing For My New Apartment!

All right, y’all, time for something different – another round of HOME SEWING PROJECTS (heh heh heh!). No wait, come back! I promise it’s at least somewhat interesting! So, as I’ve mentioned repeatedly – I moved this month! Yay! From a basement apartment in the middle of the woods, to a second floor apartment with […]

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