Coppelia Wrap: Third Try’s the Charm?

I was much happier with my second Coppelia wrap, but it definitely still needed some tweaking before I was ready to cut into my nice fabric. So I pinched and tucked to get a tighter fit on my sweater and then went to altering my paper patter. I ended up taking a few inches out of the back and I took about 1/2″ out of the top front and at the top of the sleeve, and I lengthened the waist by about an inch. I chose to use the same knit horse fabric from Girl Charlee I used for Coppelia #2, but in the blue colorway (I ended up buying this fabric in all 3 colors because I thought it was really cute and had a nice sweater feel to it).

As this was my third time making this pattern I don’t have too much to say about construction, except that I am still not entirely sure how the bottom is all supposed to come together with the neckband and waistband, but oh well, the way I have been doing it seems to be working okay.

Final results are that this third sweater is the best fit so far, but unfortunately I could still use to take out a couple inches from the back. I swear I will get this pattern just right one of these days.

 

Papercut anima pants and coppelia wrap top #3

Papercut anima pants and coppelia wrap top #3

Anima Pants #2 and 3

Since Papercut Patterns was running an anima pant competition [http://www.thepapercutcollective.com/2014/06/anima-pant-competition.html] I decided to sew up a couple more pairs of the anima pants since my first pair was really pretty boring.
For my second pair I choose the full length view again. The fabric I chose was a really purple zigzag patterned super soft merino from The Fabric Store in LA. I made the band out of a gray merino remnant that I also got at The Fabric Store. The second pair came together pretty easily, including the waistband. I serged the elastic to the top of the waistband. I used the recommended 2″ elastic in the waistband this time and it was the regular elastic instead of heavy duty elastic and this made a world of difference. It was so much easier to attach and sew the elastic. Overall I really love these sweatpants. They are super soft and comfy (I wore them on the plane trip from LA to Boston last week and they were nice and cozy).
I decided to try the crop view for my third pair of anima pants. This time I chose a white merino with some streaks of other colors running through it (also from The Fabric Store). I used a fun print for the pockets to add a fun touch to the pants. This pair, like my second pair, sewed up pretty quickly and easily. The crop length is definitely a good length.
The Anima pattern is a good comfy pant pattern that still looks cute and it turns out it was pretty easy to make. I am definitely going to make some more of these pants, maybe shorts next?
Anima pants #2

Anima pants #2

Anima pants - super soft merino

Anima pants – super soft merino

 

Crop anima pants

Crop anima pants

Fun pocket detail

Fun pocket detail

 

Sewaholic Renfrew

Renfrew

Apparently last week was my week to try my hand at t-shirts, because I finished a second one on Friday (I completed the Plantain on Tuesday). This time I used the Renfrew pattern by Sewaholic, my second Sewaholic pattern. I actually purchased the Renfrew pattern before I downloaded the Plantain pattern, but I felt like making the plantain first. The fabric I chose for my Renfrew is a polka dot ponte di roma knit from Girl Charlee. I initially bought it to try to make leggings out of, but quickly saw that it didn’t have enough stretch for that, but it seemed the perfect weight for this shirt. The fabric is very polyester-y and has a sheen and feel that I don’t love, but it did work well for this pattern and it was easy to sew.

I made view A, with View B sleeves (the scoop neck with short sleeves). I thought the pattern instructions were good and the construction wasn’t hard, it was basically the same as the Plantain except for the addition of the bands at the sleeves and hem. I sewed most of the shirt on my serger except for the stitching around the neckband, which I used my double needle for, and attaching the sleeve bands.  Issues that I ran into while sewing this pattern were:

  1. My fabric was very much polyester and I may have burned a hole in the neckband when attempting to press a seam (at least I accidentally cut out 2 neckbands) – mental note, press synthetic fibers at a low temperature;
  2. I am definitely not quite accurate with my seam allowances on the serger as one sleeve is a bit of a tight fit and the other fits perfectly;
  3. I cut out the sleevebands for view A, but made view B so had to go back and cut out the correct sleevebands – mental note pay special attention to what pieces you should be cutting when you mix and match views; and
  4. I couldn’t figure out for the life of me how attach the sleeve band to the sleeve using my serger. Does anyone have any tips on how to sew something so small and round on the serger?
Burned neckband - my iron was way too hot for this cheap polyester

Burned neckband – my iron was way too hot for this cheap polyester

Excuse the bad selfie - I just wanted to snap a quick pic of the fit (and yeah I have a poufy high waist skirt under there so it's not that flattering)

Excuse the bad selfie – I just wanted to snap a quick pic of the fit (and yeah I have a poufy high waist skirt under there so it’s not that flattering)

I am already planning to make this pattern again with a nicer fabric, maybe with the cowl neck though.

I also went fabric shopping this weekend to look for baby fabric for my forthcoming nephew and scored some really cute fabric!

My fabric haul

My fabric haul

What About Fabric Lists?

So now that I am thinking about my long “things I want to sew” list (you can see my earlier post regarding that) it occurred to me that I also make fabric lists (mental lists of all of the fabrics I want to buy). Currently on my list is:

1. Kitty Dreams in cranberry by Lizzy House (I am making a Colette Laurel dress out of it in the blue right now);

2. Glitz border print in white and mint by Michael Miller;

3. Lineage in taffy by Anna Maria Horner;

4. The new double gauze Horaguchi Kayo for Kokka fabric; and

5. I’m looking for the perfect knit for my Coco dress.

Whenever I see fabric that I like I want to buy it because I am afraid it will become impossible to find. I think my fear comes from the fact that I was desperately looking for this Disney Alice in Wonderland japanese fabric that I think might have been Kokka that was just so cute but sold out everywhere. I know it makes more sense to decide on a project and then pick out the appropriate fabric, but I am afraid to wait, plus buying fabric is so fun!

So does anyone else make fabric lists? Does anyone else buy fabric and then assume a pattern/project will come up where you can use it? or do you wait to buy fabric until you have a pattern picked out?

Fabric Shopping!

One of my favorite parts of sewing is fabric shopping and LA is really great for fabric shopping. I don’t know what I will do when I move out of LA. I live in Miracle Mile and there are two fabric stores that I can walk to. The first is Mood Fabrics (http://www.moodfabrics.com/), of Project Runway fame, only they go to Mood NY and obviously this one is the LA store. I have only been in Mood once and I have to say it was a mixed experience. The good is that they had tons of fabric of every imaginable type. There were so many bolts of beautiful fabrics (including this gorgeous pink and white checkered silk taffeta that I desperately wanted.  The bad is that the store was super confusing for a beginner, none of the staff made any effort to help, and some of the people there were downright rude. If you aren’t familiar with fabric type/content or have a question about suitability of fabric for a project I just don’t think I could recommend Mood, because I know that personally I was overwhelmed in there. I am sure that I will make it back in there eventually, but I don’t feel like I am ready yet.

The other fabric store that I can walk to is The Fabric Store (http://www.thefabricstoreusa.com/). The Fabric Store is a New Zealand based store that specializes in New Zealand merino jersey, but carries many other apparel fabrics with a focus on natural fibres. The store isn’t huge like Mood, but it is a good size and I found that they had a nice variety of fabrics with fun patterns. Additionally the staff is friendly and helpful, which made shopping there a good experience.

Lovely knits, silk, and some fun cotton prints

Lovely knits, silk, and some fun cotton prints

Another fabric store that I like that is a bit further from me is Sew LA, located in Atwater Village. Sew LA is a small sewing store with a decent sized class space towards the back (I actually discovered Sew LA when I was searching for a sewing class). The store features fabrics and supplies from small companies and independent designers. The fabric selection isn’t huge, but what they have looks like it has been carefully selected. The selection was largely prints (but super cute ones featuring foxes, cat heads, oranges) and cottons, but they also had chambrays, knits, linens, etc. Their pattern selection was also right up my alley. The shop carried patterns from some great small companies like Sewaholic, Deer and Doe, Victory, and Made by Rae. The patterns also seems to be geared towards a young hip aesthetic. The staff was young, friendly and knowledgeable. The classes offered are for projects I am actually interested in (like the Washi dress, the Colette Laurel dress, etc), the class space is decently sized and nicely laid out, and I have really enjoyed the few classes I have taken there (I’m doing a dress class right now).

patterned knits, linen, chambray and funky cotton prints

patterned knits, linen, chambray and funky cotton prints

One of the cutest fabric stores, and the first one I went to in the LA area is Momen+ in Torrance. The store specializes in Japanese fabrics and carries Kokka, Echino, NANI-IRO, Kobayashi, Kiyohara, Lecein, Michael Miller, Robert Kaufman, Amy Butler, and many more. They also carry a small selection of patterns, including Japanese patters, and notions (zippers, thread, binding tape, etc). The space is fairly small, but well laid out with fabrics separated by designer. There is even a small classroom space in the back. The staff is always really nice and I always feel welcome. They usually have a sale section, and frequently have sales too, sometimes offering 30% off all fabric, or 20 fat quarters for $20. Momen+ is great for finding cute and hard to find fabrics.
Funky Japanese fabrics including Sanrio, Joli Pomme, Lecein, Kokka, etc.

Funky Japanese fabrics including Sanrio, Joli Pomme, Lecein, Kokka, etc.

Assorted fat quarters

Assorted fat quarters

 

There are still a number of fabric stores in the area on my list that I want to check out and one of these days I hope to get up the courage to go to the fabric district in downtown LA, but I have to use up more of my fabric stash first!