All posts tagged: The Monthly Stitch

Happy Birthday, Sis! (a.k.a. Montlake Tee & Sweater Repair)

My sister’s birthday was a few days ago, so I wanted to share a quick couple of things I finished up for her… First up, my latest take on the Montlake Tee! I used the same fabrics from my last tester version, but added some color blocking because A) I thought it would look cool… and B) I didn’t have enough fabric for sleeves in the main color :/ But I couldn’t resist using up the rest of this fabric because I just love it so much! :D I wanted to print a copy of the final version of the pattern anyway, so before I threw my old one out, I figured I would play around with some color blocking! I chopped a little off of the top of each pattern piece, then taped them together and created a new piece, and added seam allowances to all respective edges…    Then I did this: Ooops… :/ Tried that one again… :) I used this pocket pattern, but cut on the inner edges to make it a little …

An unannounced look into my sewing room…

Warning: This is not a neat and tidy look into my sewing room like last time. No, this is what you may find if you stop by my house unannounced and ask to see the guest room. :/ To be fair… I’d say it’s about 50-50. There’s a 50% chance you will walk in with it looking nice and neat. I feel very uninspired when it’s messy, so I do clean up typically before I start a new project (or if I know I’m going to have visitors). But then there’s the other 50% of the time when you may find it looking something like this… This is what happens when I’m looking for a pattern that I know I have cut out somewhere but can’t find (hint: this particular time I was looking for my Foxglove Tank pattern – previously used here – for my latest project that’s currently hanging there on Charlotte waiting to be photographed). :/ I have “most” of my cut patterns in a binder… but then there is also the stack …

Shorts Weekend! | Grainline Maritime Shorts & Jalie Board Shorts

The only pair of shorts I’ve made up till now were cheater shorts… they were a refashion from a pair of pants and they didn’t end up fitting all that well. :/ This past weekend, I finally got around to trying shorts again – times two! First up – Maritime shorts for me! I’m been wanting to try this pattern for a while. It’s such a simple style that fits perfectly into my wardrobe. I went all gung ho believing the fit was going to be great with no alterations and cut out two pairs at once. Probably not the best idea… but apparently I enjoy learning the hard way. I cut one out of a stretch twill and I had just enough to eeek out a second pair from my leftover Ginger Jeans denim. Well, almost enough; I filled in with  some shower curtain fabric (also used here, here, and here) for the back of the waistband and one of the pockets. SO the fit… I cut a straight 6. But, just like when …

Introducing Charlotte & The Foxglove Duo!

Doesn’t it sound like it could be a band!? :) Charlotte and the Foxglove Duo… LIVE at the Apollo! So today was very exciting. I was finishing up my Foxglove tanks this morning and guess what the post man dropped off!??! :D Meet Charlotte. She is my slightly early birthday gift from Danny and I love her already! She is the Dritz Twin Fit adjustable dress form, size small. She got her name right out of the box. I said ‘ooo what should I name her’ and Danny said ‘you should name her Charlotte’. Aaaand DONE! Don’t ask me where he comes up with this stuff. But I think it’s perfect. It’s such a nice name. Like Charlotte York or Charlotte, North Carolina (a place I’ve never been, but in my head it’s very beautiful). So I thought it only fitting to have Charlotte help me take photos of my Foxglove tanks! I wanted to make a few of these anyway, so it was good timing for the TMS Indie Pattern Month One Pattern Two …