Aloha! I'm back from a glorious week on Kauai and have quite a few projects to catch up on and share with you. I'll quickly work through the following: Friday Pattern Saguaro Set, Friday Pattern Sport Short, Merchant and Mills Bucket Hat, and True Bias Ogden Cami resize.
But first, here's a link from an old 2014 post--also written after a return from Hawaii. I had made a poorly- fitted version of the Papercut Saiph in a really pretty Hawaiian print. Eight years ago I was just learning and utterly obsessed with sewing, wanting to make absolutely everything. I still love sewing and can think of many ways in which it's enriched my life (body image, pride in ownership and accomplishment, learning new skills, an appreciation for well-made things, rejection of fast fashion ) but after eight years of thinking about and making my own clothes, I've figured out what I like and want to make and wear ...and that's mostly easy-to-wear loose linen garments. I'm not necessarily looking for sewing challenges these days. I really just want to wear clothes that help me to feel good about myself--confident and comfortable.
Looking at this old post from 8 years ago also reminds me of how much has changed in the sewing world. The size inclusivity and variety are SO much better now. And to me, Friday Pattern Company seems like they picked up on a lot of the changes that home sewists wanted to see. They offer an extensive size range (up to a 60" bust), gender-inclusive styles, both paper and digital pattern options, and video tutorials on youtube for visual learners. So yay for progress!
I did find that I had to middle-age-ify the pattern a bit with some simple adjustments. I totally don't believe in any of the body or age "rules" about dressing, but I did want to make some adjustments to avoid too much of a crop and a plunging neckline for my own comfort level. Lengthening the top and raising the neckline were both straightforward adjustments, covered on their website.
- Size XXL for both bottom and top
- Fabric: This GORGEOUS Merchant and Mills Linen. It was a bit pricey but totally worth it as it feels wonderful. (I made a wearable muslin of the top with scraps to work out the fitting first.)
- Much like the Zadie jumpsuit, this pattern positively affects how I feel about my body. I don't know if it's as simple as the long line of continuous color or making an X shape by highlighting the waist...but I feel super sassy and confident when I wear it.
Friday Pattern Company also has a cute and free (or pay what you like) shorts pattern if you would like to give them a try. I made a pair, along with an Ogden cami, for a matching sleep set.
- Size XXL for the shorts. Cute and comfy pattern and a great scrap buster since you can use contrasting bias.
- I used a stretchy gauze for the white bias trim, which was a mistake. Next time, I'll make sure to use a stable woven. Also, I don't like bias sewing instructions where you sew in one pass, catching all three layers. I'm going to try a different method on the next go.
- The Ogden cami is too large. I sewed up a size 20 in the new curvy block. I'll size down next time to a 16 and do an FBA. As is, though, it's totally fine to sleep in.
Last project: I made a couple of sunhats, using the Free Merchant and Mills bucket hat pattern.
- Size Medium.
- The striped version (right side) is made with the wide brim that M&M added later. I found it to be a bit too broad (felt like I was giving Blossom vibes).
- The solid-colored version is the regular bucket, BUT I added 1 inch to the brim because I wanted a bit more sun protection.
- Constructing the hats was fun--especially sewing in a continuous round for the brim.
So that's all my pre-vacation sewing projects. Thanks for reading! Hope you have fun projects planned and you're staying healthy and happy. Aloha!