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Summer 2021 Sewing

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Hey everyone!  I've been missing for awhile.  Well, I knew where I was, but...


I got some things in the works right now that have been occupying my time lately.  Hopefully, by this time next month I can share.

What have I been making?

James Fisherman's Smock

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This is the James Fisherman's Smock by Ready to Sew Patterns.  I have had my eye on this pattern for SO long.  I cut a 38 and the chest measurement for the 38 was much bigger than my actual measurement.  The smock fits.  Like really FITS.  That's great and all, but I think I'm going to make the next one a size up, so really I should have gone 2 sizes up from my measurement to get a roomy fit..


I used this linen/cotton blend from Cotton and Steel.  It's kinda scratchy :(, but it was great to work with.


Making the Ingvild Coat

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Ingvild by Melilot Patterns has been on my list for quite awhile.  I bought the wool at Colorado Fabrics weeks before we learned they were shutting down.  Yes, I should have put a dress on for the photos, but I didn't.



Bag and Book Pairing - Blood Heir

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The first Bag and Book Pairing of 2021 (intentional this time).

Blood Heir by Ilona Andrews came out on the 12th of this month.  I devoured it.  I'll try not to be spoilery here, but.....?


Looking Ahead

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I have set out the same plan as last year, but I added to it a bit.  I checked through my patterns - the ones I never made - and made a list.  I have 12 patterns set to make for 2021.  Just so you know, I succeeded last year in making all 12 patterns, so I am hopeful I can repeat the success this 

January - Camden by Seamwork

February - Ingvlid Coat by Melilot

March - James by Ready to Sew

April - Beryl Bomber Dress by Named Clothing

May - Slash Tunic by George and Ginger

June - Alice Top by Tessuti

July - Everly by Seamwork

Long John Jammers For Everyone!

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Sew My Style has been a goldmine this year!  

At the beginning of October, I thought I'd make my family all matching Long John Jammers!  Silly me.  We all wanted something different.  



Long John Jammers is a pattern by Rad Patterns, and they are pretty rad and crazy easy to sew up.  Prepping the pattern took me some time though as we are all pretty short in my house.  I traced almost every size of the women's pattern onto Swedish Tracing Paper.  I ended up making a total of 7 pairs of LJJs. 


September/October Updates Plus Some Organization Ideas

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When it starts to get dark early, I do much less sewing.  This is bad every year, and every year I say I'm going to force myself through this weirdness.  It never works.  Most week nights I'm too tired to sew.  I blame the darkness, but I think it's more about back to school than the dark. 


I accomplished quite a few things this month, but it doesn't feel that way.  


Lulu Cardigan

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August Sew My Style !

(New Sewing Playlist at the bottom of this post!)

I chose to make the Lulu Cardigan.  


Lulu was crazy easy.  I really enjoyed making her.  I chose to use scraps from a pattern test I did awhile ago.  The main fabric is a polyester, fuzzy, soft sweater knit.  The cuffs and collar are a really weird, sort of ribbed knit.  I had zero issues with the printing or with the instructions.



Upcycled Kingston Jackets

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Last month, I decided to scrap my sewing plans and go for what my children wanted.  My youngest asked for a jacket she could put patches on.  We found the Kingston Jacket by Rebecca Page Patterns.  The girls wanted the add-on, so they could have fleece sleeves and a hood.  Next up, they went through ONE of the MANY boxes of old jeans I have saved and never used.  Ugh.  The girls picked and embroidery design for the back panel, and I got started.



Waffle Pants!

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Today, I finished my Sweet Potato Azuki Pants! They took forever...

I went all out.  I put in the zipper pocket, the flap pocket, the tool pocket, and the holster pocket.  It was alot.  I did make a muslin first.  I decided to make a size 40.  They are a bit too big, so next up I will be making a belt.  They are loose enough to be comfortable all the way around.  I used denim for the main fabric and a light canvas for the accents.  I wish I would have done some more embroidery work on them.


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