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Ebonys for MMM17

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I think last year was the first year I officially participated in Me Made May. After completing a month of wearing something handmade everyday, it solidified what I already knew: I need more separates in my life. I've said it fifty thousand times, but my work environment is casual. Like jeans and t-shirt causal. And if I wore a dress?? Lolololol forget about it. So this month I am going to focus on sewing some easy knit shirts and garments that can be worn to my 9-5 and I will share about them here. Technically these weren't sewn in May, but I am just getting around to posting them now. My blog, my rules, okkkkkk?

A couple of months ago I made my first Closet Case Patterns Ebony Tee in a mustardy greenish bamboo knit from Michael Levine. I guess this technically isn't the tee, it's the raglan tunic.  Moving on. I LOVE it.

Yeah, I know that I need to wear a different bra with this.

Construction wise it's super straightforward. If you've made a knit shirt before then this will be a quick and easy sewing project. It has the simplicity of a basic knit tee, but is slightly dressier, at least in my opinion. Directions are clear, diagrams are great, and I couldn't find anything confusing at all.

Shout out to that stain near my collar that I didn't notice until now.

I sewed as much as I could with my serger (God, I love that thing) and used a zig zag stitch for the top stitching and hemming. I don't know what it is, but I don't like using a twin needle and am totally fine with a zig zag. I don't like having to use two spools of thread. I don't like fiddling with the tension to try and avoid tunneling. It's not worth it (IMO), especially when I like the look of the zig zag stitch. That said, I'll probably get addicted to twin needles in a couple of weeks. Apparently, I like to declare things and then change my mind 😏

So, I needed another Ebony in my life and I made this one, as you can see. It is also  a bamboo knit from Michael Levine. I got both fabrics last year and hoarded them for the perfect unknown project, my future Ebony tops. These are going to rule when it's super hot out. My first summer sewing projects of 2017, CHECK. Now, let me go make no sense at all and work on knitting some wool socks 😹

Tres Archers


On a scale from one to ten, how sick are you of my Grainline Archer posts? Ten being really sick and one being stoked and not sick. If you answered "ten" you may want to click that little "x" in the upper corner of your browser. SORRY! I'm an Archerholic and here I am blacking out on Archers and you may not want to witness it.

Not as puffy IRL, uhkay?

The black shirt is a bit different than the others I've made so far, so I thought that I would blog about it. I did the lesser known version of this shirt, View B, the one with the little back ruffle. Cute, yeah? I think it would be even cuter in a lighter weight fabric instead of this black shirting. It was one of those online purchases from Mood Fabrics that didn't end up being exactly what I expected, but ohhhhhh well. I would love to make this again in black silk. Problem with that is that I would probably just wear it everyday because it would basically be my dream shirt.

The construction of this version is similar to the other ones I have made. There are a couple of new pattern pieces for the back, but other than that there isn't a major sewing difference when it comes to making the complete shirt. That said, I did use the sleeves, cuffs, and tower plackets from the Grainline Archer Popover Variation Pack.

I am showing the above photo for the following reasons:
1. To demonstrate how stiff this fabric is and how it is not the best for this shirt. I could prob go through a tornado and it would still look like this.
2. Because you need to know that I am clearly on Team Cat Hair Don't Care.

This checked flannel was purchased at Michael Levine in Los Angeles at some point last year. It's really soft, slightly thinner than I would like, unfortunately, and the colors are A++++. Totally worth the $5 or $6 a yard that I paid. I'm counting on this shirt to help keep me warm if there are any cold days left this year. The end of this week is supposed to be in the eighties and I am not stoked on it at all. Oh, and this is View A of the Archer pattern.

And I made this dog Archer a while ago and never took photos in it, so here you go. Another View A of the pattern sewn in Alexander Henry quilting cotton from Picking Daisies in San Luis Obispo. My BFFs daughter, Addison, liked this shirt when she saw me wearing it, so I feel v v cool 😎

I'm not going to go over the modifications that I made from the original pattern (you can read about them here) because I don't want to bore you guys. This pattern has officially moved to TNT status, so let's drink some champagne to celebrate hahaha. Cheers!

CourseHorse - Knitting Tree LA

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FACT: I do not live in Los Angeles. It may seem like I do because I've been there every other weekend for the past couple of months, but I officially reside in the San Luis Obispo/Pismo Beach area. My sister, brother in law, and niece live in Northridge and I like going over there and annoying them every chance I get.

I was recently contacted by CourseHorse, a company I was unfamiliar with, but super stoked on when I lurked their website. Let's say I'm looking for knitting classes in Los Angeles while I am bugging my family in Northridge. I can search to see what classes are available and even narrow it down by days/times available, price, location, and skill level. I view different classes from different businesses all in one place, sign up online, and go to the business to take the class in person. Rad, huh? It is such a cool idea, especially for someone who loves to learn, which is probably most people reading this right now. There aren't just knitting classes offered, you can sign up for cooking, photography, sewing, language, and a bunch of other categories. The only bummer about it is that it isn't offered in all places, just bigger cities for now. I'm crossing my fingers that it will soon be available everywhere because I want to learn how to make homemade pasta and macaroons and I would like to do it in San Luis Obispo with my friends 😜

CourseHorse offered me a class of my choice in the Los Angeles area in exchange for a blog post*. You have no idea how hard it was to decide! In the end I chose the class on Short Rows, a knitting technique I struggle with. Yes, I have watched tutorials online and read instructions on awesome websites, but I don't feel confident when I do them. For some reason picking up the wrap is hard for me and I mess it up half the time, don't ask me why, touchy subject 😉.

The class was last Saturday in Inglewood at The Knitting Tree LA. First off, WOW. Their business location was amazing. It's in a huge industrial style building with a ton of room. When you walk in the front door you see that the left side of the building is all retail with beautiful yarns everywhere. The right side of the building is a giant open room with yarn art on the walls. It quickly became less open as tables and chairs were set up to accommodate the three different classes going on. THREE classes in one room! Four classes total! The Knitting Tree is bumping, without question the busiest yarn store I have ever been to.

Amazing art done by Pat Ahern.

Close up.

Despite the fact that they were busy, the class sizes were not too big and I got plenty of attention in the Short Rows group. There were two other women in the class taught by Andy, who was so sweet, helpful, and patient even though I managed to mess up my short row swatch by picking up an extra stitch or dropping one, idk. In the small group I felt comfortable speaking up and asking questions, something I don't always do when in larger gatherings. The two hours flew by so quickly and I now officially think I have short rows AND Japanese short rows down thanks to Andy! The way I had done Japanese short rows previously was dumb and cumbersome and Andy's technique is wayyyy easier and required less thinking. Not mad about that!

What about you, are short rows your friend or foe? I think Japanese short rows are my fav now and I am looking for a pattern to put my new skills to use! I'm thinking of doing another West Knits shawl, but I'm not going to start another project until I knock out a few WIPs.

*I did receive this class for free from CourseHorse, but would have gladly paid the $30. 100% worth the experience and I plan on signing up for other classes in the future.

SBCC Gibson Blouse

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Can you guys tell that I am a fan of neutrals? 😹😹😹 All joking aside, I do love me some black clothing, but you all know by now that I'm into really bright fabrics too, right? And bright psychedelic butterfly fabric sent to me from Britex Fabrics, CHECK!!!

Have I sewn with silk crepe de chine before? I don't think I have, but now I am a fan. It was a lot easier to prep, cut, and sew in comparison to the silk chiffon I sewed with at the end of last year. Way less slippery too, which I am not complaining about. And because it wasn't super sheer I got away with serging the raw edges instead of French seams. Again, not mad about that!

The shirt is the SBCC Gibson Blouse, a pattern I bought that has been chillin on my bookshelf for a while, waiting to be used. I think I always write this when I blog about SBCC, but man, I am such a huge fan of Betsy's stuff. With most patterns that require a woven fabric I end up doing some sort of narrow shoulder adjustment paired with an FBA or grade between sizes, and sometimes I end up doing all of the above so the garment will work with my narrow shoulders. As a petite, and SBCC is geared towards petites, it is sooooo nice to not have to make these adjustments and have the sleeves fit well and not dig into my armpits or feel weird. That said, I didn't make a single fit adjustment to the pattern and I like how it turned out. And if I do need to make any shoulder adjustments in the future I am going to do it Betsy's way. She just posted an awesome tutorial that I am dying to try. Bring on the shoulder adjustments!

Construction of Gibson went pretty smoothly. I'm glad I made a wearable muslin first because it made sewing my final version straightforward. On the muslin I did do some head scratching when it came to which seam allowances to use since there are a few options, but in the end it all worked out.

Gathers, gathers, gathers. This psychedelic silk butterfly fabric may not be the best for displaying the sewing details in this garment, but I wanted to make this pattern and fabric combo happen. They're there on the bodice front, sleeves, and back of the shirt, I promise! If you'd like to see how I gather fabric then check out this post I wrote for Britex.

For the hem and sleeves I didn't follow the suggested method of folding and stitching and did a roll hem instead by following Grainline's tutorial. I think it looks a little cleaner and it actually ended up being easier to sew too.

Before I wrap this up I just want to thank everyone who commented on my last post about my Grandma. I got a lot of really sweet and thoughtful text messages, comments, messages online, and a very nice card from Sonja. We all have busy lives and the fact that so many of you took time out of your day to send me encouragement and kind words really means so much to me. Thank you, thank you, thank you. xoxox

Also, this garment has a very special meaning to me in regards to my Grandma. If you ever meet me in person and want to grab a drink I will tell you all about it.


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Rest in peace, Grandma. A patient lady, good heart, hard worker, and loving in her own way. My introduction to sewing. Intense Dodger fan for life. Dog lover and cat hater. Amazing cook. Without you my life would be so different. Thank you.

Grandma Rosie



Hi. It's February. I was debating if I should post about New Years goals for 2017 when it comes to sewing, knitting, and my personal life. Normally I don't get too personal on this blog, but since I don't have another writing outlet I will post about it all here. Because it's my blog and I do what I want 💁

Sewing and knitting goals: continue learning and have fun doing it.

That's it. I'm not going to promise that I'm going to learn specific techniques or make certain patterns. This year will be about going with the flow, making what I want when I want, and learning as I go. Short and sweet.

Personal life goals: be kind.

Recently I spent several hours with someone who is famous and she blew my mind. I could not get over how kind and engaged she was with my family and I. She was genuinely interested in talking to me and everyone else in the room and went above and beyond what I would expect of someone meeting total strangers for the first time. After she left the house I flipped through her autobiography and read about her start. When she first met new people many would freeze her out and be unfriendly on purpose because they viewed her as competition. She vowed to never do that to anyone and to treat others with kindness. It was really inspiring to meet someone who genuinely practices what she preaches. I want that. I definitely try to treat others how I want to be treated and that is something I have focused on for years, but I need to step it up and go out of my way for others. The little things can make a big difference.

My hero, Marc Ching, posted this on his website and it really spoke to me:
The greatest gift in life is giving.
My heart is dedicated to those around me. And if I learned anything from my journey back into that dark night – it is to try to be the best human being I can possibly be. We should all breathe into those around us, because that’s all it takes to change things. One breath. And giving.

When sewing and personal life collide
I'm going to work on some projects to raise money for my favorite animal rescue group, The Animal Hope and Wellness Foundation and knit some small things for others. Giving back is so important and I need to do more. Stay tuned.

Happy New Years, friends! I hope I didn't bore you to death, thanks for reading and being awesome all the time.