Julia Cardigan

I’ve been wanting to make the Julia Cardigan for awhile. I am cardigan obsessed. I have this insanely beautiful orange sweater fabric that I got just for it, but didn’t want to risk screwing it up (the fabric is out of stock), so I decided to do a test version.

I love it! I love it I love it I love it!

I wasn’t a huge fan of putting the paper pieces together for the pattern – I’m super picky about those. Every pattern-maker does it differently, and this way seemed to waste some paper/time (probably related to the size I chose), but the instructions were good, and the sewing was lightening fast. My serger and I seemed to have settled into a reasonable relationship and I even made Mike look at the inside seams for what must have seemed like forever to him.

It looks a little small, but I’m about 7 months pregnant, and I am not wasting time making things just for being pregnant, since I only plan on being pregnant for a few more months. It is unbelievably comfortable and I can’t wait to make the “real” one! In the meantime, I will totally be wearing this one every damn day.

(Mike made me pose belly-out so you could see the bottom panel on the back. I think know he just likes it when I look ridiculous.)

DISASTER PANTS. (Actually, a disaster dress)

I have been so excited about making the Pocketful of Posies dress. I saw the pattern and went crazy finding the perfect fabrics for it. 

I don’t even have any photos of it. It was a total nightmare from start to finish.

The pattern is kind of expensive, so I figured it would be well-done with good instructions.

Even piecing the paper together was horrible. And then, despite having more than enough fabric according to the required amounts listed, I ran out and had to piece things together (cut the front in two pieces, same for the back). I am neurotic when I buy fabric, especially if it’s for something specific. I had at least half a yard extra. Anyhow, I finally got all the pieces I needed and then just had a horrible time with the instructions when I went to sew. I ended up with a complete mess. 

The worst thing is that I’d like to leave some feedback on constructing paper patterns, but there’s no way to do so since I didn’t buy it off of Etsy. And she has other patterns that I’d like to try, but now I’m kind of gun-shy about purchasing them. 

Anyhow, I’m going to try it again. I think. But oof. I needed a big sewing break after that one.

Laurel Tunic

I made the Laurel Tunic, hoping it would work with a growing belly…

I love how it turned out, but I definitely almost gave up part way through. Not really the fault of the pattern – I think I was still getting to know my serger and we had an off day. It’s certainly not perfect, but not so bad that I can’t wear it. It’s very comfy and since I normally wear plainer clothes, it’s fun to delve into patterns a bit. Although I’m pretty lazy about matching. At least all the triangles are facing in the same direction!

The fabric is from the bargain bin at Girl Charlee. It was “flawed” so I bought a bit extra, just in case. Now I have a lot of fabric left over, because it was just fine! I like all the stuff I’ve gotten from there, I just hate how slow/expensive their shipping is. I don’t like to order in huge bulk, so having to pay $10 each time for just a small shipment is a little annoying. Great selection though.

Mendocino Sundress

I made the mendocino sundress using the free pattern and tutorial. The m/l size was plenty big, even with my belly getting in the way. The only trouble I had was getting the pattern to print correctly since you had to print it like a poster and there was no measurement guide anywhere. An inch square would have come in VERY handy!

The sewing was really very easy, and the dress came together quite quickly, although I feel like I wasted a bit of fabric because the length was way too long. If I made it again, (and I would!) I would raise the pockets up and shorten the original length by about a foot, which I ended up doing at the end. I need to find a good bulk option for elastic thread. This one used a lot! I’d been using Dritz, which was not super smooth and switched to Guterman, which was way smoother, but frays more easily. 

Now if my kids would stop trying to “find the baby” every time I’m wearing a dress, we’d be all set.