To catch ya up to speed, a few weeks ago, I picked up a few linens from my local Goodwill. Link to my original haul post is here. Today, I’m sharing what I made from this heavy weight navy blue curtain. This fabric felt a little too thick for a dress, but lacked the stretch that I would want in jeans/pants. Consequently, I was looking for skirts/shorts/jumpers that would transition well from winter to spring.
Anyway, suspense over because my title gives away the surprise – the Cleo Pinafore + Dungaree Dress from Tilly and the Buttons, link to the pattern here! I chose the dungaree (aka overalls here in the US) style as I’d never worked with those buckles before and clearly I’m all about ~doing~ all the things.
Alright gang – I finally understand what all the hype around this pattern. Some sewing bloggers say it’s their most used pattern ever, or the first pattern that gave them the confidence to sew! One of my favorite sewing bloggers, Rosy Pena, does an awesome job of talking about the pattern here! I tried it once — and was honestly like, meh. I didn’t love the fit, I hated doing the gathers in the skirt, and was overall underwhelmed. See my initial pattern review here!! But I’m not a quitter, y’all.
I just got back in town from a great weekend in Florida, where I had plenty of time to brainstorm ideas for what I’d like my blog to become. Huge shoutout to the coolest blogger Cat over at Ctrl + Curate for being an awesome host and for giving me some handy tips for photo taking and Lightroom editing 😍
It’s hard to believe that I’ve already had ten blog posts! I’ve seen a lot of sewing blogs that go over different sewing challenges, i.e. the #MakeNine2019 challenge or #SewMyStyle2019, and the like, but I didn’t feel like those really suited me. I’m not sure if that means I’m less of a planner, but I think this year still holds a lot of major unknowns for me and I don’t want to constrain myself to specific patterns or styles.
I will, however, set a different challenge for myself – to not just Make but to Do nine big things this year:
As a resident of the beautiful Houston, TX – the weather is constantly changing. In one weekend it can be 40 degrees + pouring rain, and 75 degrees and sunny, making planning winter outfits a little complicated. Enter – the flannel dress!
I bought the Vogue 9075 pattern with the intent to make the fun jumpsuit/culotte view. Link to the pattern is here! However, after looking at my fabric stash, I was a little wary of cutting into some of my more expensive fabrics without knowing how well this pattern would fit and what adjustments I would have to make. I had some clearance flannel shirting from Joann Fabrics (link here!) that I had bought because it was literally like $3/yard from a few weeks ago that seemed like the perfect weight/drape for a cold weather transition dress The goal was to make a dress that could easily be paired with tights and a scarf if it was chilly outside or just on its own with cute boots and a light jacket if the weather was a little kinder that day.