Sewing Stuff

Sewing Stuff

I have been meaning to share some of my sewing projects with you guys for quite some time.  I get all these ideas for tutorials and videos and (as usual) plans for blog amazingness.

However… it’s also one of those hobbies for me that when inspiration strikes, I need to do it RIGHT THEN AND THERE and forget all the planning and videos and instructions and just SEW NOW.

So that’s how that’s been going.  As with most of my ideas, I don’t fully want to commit to the work of bringing them to life.  In the blogger way, that is.

I did get around to making one simple tutorial a couple months back on my Instagram Stories (now you can find it here) and even that!  Something that usually takes me about 60-90 minutes to sew ended up taking me over 4 hours while making the video — not including the editing.  It’s just a lot of work, and I have such limited time while Stevie is at school that it feels too big.

BUT ANYWAY, I’ve mostly been working on perfecting my simple square tops and simple elastic-waist pants.  Oooooooh peak fashion!

It’s been good practice though.  My first few pieces didn’t really hold up because my construction was shotty.  Now I’m learning from my mistakes and seeing a lot of improvement.  Yay!

HAREM PANTS:
These were one of my earlier pieces.  Some very simple pants, that I made soooooooo many mistakes on.  Even one of the pockets is still sewn inside out. Oops. I’m sure I’ll fix it eventually, but I honestly don’t wear these much because I’m a little worried about them falling apart.

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OVERALL DRESS:
I’m still torn about this dress.  I think it’s a cute look, but not realistic for my life.  I have a feeling it’ll will be turned into a skirt or shorts somewhat soon. sewing, me made, ps i made this, sewing stuff, makers capsule, fall capsule, capsule wardrobe, sewing tutorial

CORDUROY PANTS:
I originally had no plans to make corduroy pants.  While perusing the store, I was just looking for some stiff cotton.  But this color was everything (and deeply discounted). So I couldn’t resist!  They came together really easily too, so I love them. sewing, me made, ps i made this, sewing stuff, makers capsule, fall capsule, capsule wardrobe, sewing tutorial

KIMONO COAT:
I’m obsessed with this color and you will find it all throughout my house.  I originally made a dress with this fabric — but I wasn’t crazy about the fit.  So I cut it right up the middle, moved the pockets and added some sleeves to make this cute, lightweight coat.
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MATCHING CULOTTES SET:
I get so many compliments on these pants.  I’m sworn to sew them for every woman in my mom’s group.  But the top… meh.  I thought it was a cute idea to be able to tie it in front or back, but when wearing in real life, it’s very cumbersome and bunches up a lot.  So I still need to figure out what to do with it. sewing, me made, ps i made this, sewing stuff, makers capsule, fall capsule, capsule wardrobe, sewing tutorial

MATCHING PANTS SET:
My fave.  Black.  Elastic waist.  Linen.  The. Easiest. Outfit. Ever.  As a romper enthusiast, I love that it looks like one, but there are no fit issues and I don’t have to get completely naked to use the bathroom.  I can pair it with any shoes or mix and match with pretty much anything else in my closet.  Yay!  The best part is that each piece only took me a little over an hour to make.  Faster than going to the store!
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MATCHING SHORTS SET:
Well, ok, we now know I love matching sets.  They can be a little juvenile, but there are just so many ways to wear them when you mix and match.  The shorts are kind of on their last leg… I didn’t realize I needed so much seam allowance when working with linen, so they’ve been fraying and I keep sewing reinforcing stitches (but they’re getting smaller and smaller as they fall apart!)  The top is easy breezy, and I wear it a lot. sewing, me made, ps i made this, sewing stuff, makers capsule, fall capsule, capsule wardrobe, sewing tutorial

OVERSIZE LINEN TOP:
This is basically the top I made in the video tutorial, but I added a pocket.  It’s so comfortable and light, it was definitely a top contender in my closet this Summer (and hot Fall).  I wish the neckline wasn’t quite so wide, but other than that, it’s a winner.
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So there ya go.  Not bad for someone who has never used a pattern, works with the “fisher-price of sewing machines” (as my husband calls it) and has learned everything she knows from YouTube!

The reality that I can’t actually wear most of these things until it cools down is only slightly more annoying than when Stevie coughs on me without covering his mouth.  What is up with that though.

Are there any of you out there who would like to see more simple sewing tutorials?

loves,
jaana

21 Comments
  1. Omg! I’m loving all the clothes you made! Girl, you’ve got skills!!!

    First of all, I love the corduroy pants. They’re perfect for fall, and I also love that color. The harem pants, matching culottes and short set are adorable too. I also LOVE linen, but I’m too low maintenance to deal with the wrinkles. Yay! So awesome.

    Shelbi

    p.s. I love the little tomato pin cushion. It reminds me of the days when my mom used to sew all my clothes. I even think my mom, grandma and aunt had the same one.

    1. That tomato pin cushion is a classic right? My mom/grandma had them too. I saw it at Joann’s and couldn’t resist! (Especially after spilling my case of pins about 13 times) 😀

  2. One more question: is the corduroy fabric stretch?

  3. I love these, especially the kimono coat! Any chance you will be posting any patterns?? 🙂

  4. SO cool! I don’t have a sewing machine (or anywhere to put one for the near future), but I used to sew a bit and you are really making me want to get back into it!I’ve been taking a pottery class and it is reminding me of the joy of making things yourself. Those are some beautiful pieces, and it is so awesome you made them.

    1. Thanks Alice! I say you go for it! 😉 At least you have a creative outlet with pottery — that sounds SO FUN to me!

  5. I agree with Susan and Karin—what pattern do you use? Those black pants are everything!

  6. I’m a quilter, and have been sewing for years. I LOVE your creativity and willingness to jump right in. This is exactly how you do it, have fun. My only advice is to get a decent sewing machine.you don’t want to fight your machine while learning to sew. Janome makes a great little affordable machine.

    1. Thank you for the recommendation! If I’m still with it after a year, I think I will highly consider upgrading my machine! 🙂

  7. But do you use a pattern?? Or do you just make it up? That’s where I get lost, I’d love to make some more trendy pieces, but I would NEED a pattern because I am the worlds worsf visionary!

  8. Love these pieces. The fit on the Cords is so so good that’s awesome for not using a pattern. Yes please to simple tutorials!

  9. Wonderful stuff! Sewing opens up do many more clothing options. Are you using patterns or self drafting?

  10. Those cord pants are so good. I’m always so impressed by your creations, and your taste is so on-point!

  11. Great stuff!!! Are you using patterns? If do, references to them? Sewing is great, and really expands options.

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