Simplicity 1696 Olive Ankle Pants

Wardrobe Architect Project: Olive Ankle Pants

Next up for my Summer 2015 wardrobe project is sewing the olive ankle pants. Pattern Simplicity 1696 Amazing Fit Pants Project features front zip fly with bar tack hook closure mock welt pockets waistline facing 4-piece waistband for fitting slip-stitched hem Process notes made size 12 average fit made a fitting muslin, then took quite a bit off of the crotch/inseam on the pack piece and lowered the front waistline a little used a 100% cotton twill (no stretch) omitted front pockets omitted carriers (belt loops) finished waistband facing with serger instead of bias binding Results I’m so glad I started with a fitting muslin…

City Gym Shorts in Chambray Double Cloth

Wardrobe Architect Project: City Gym Shorts

Since it’s ultra-hot here, the next priority for my Summer 2015 wardrobe project is sewing the City Gym Shorts. Pattern City Gym Shorts from the Purl Bee Project features bias binding elastic waist Process notes made the 35–37-inch hip size used Robert Kaufman Double Cloth in chambray and plaid made the double fold bias tape by hand instead of with the 18mm bias tape maker used 1-inch knit elastic instead of braided elastic separated the double cloth and only used the plaid piece for the binding and waistband Results This is such a fun, retro pair of shorts to wear — I can definitely see…

Warm grey scoop neck tee detail

Wardrobe Architect Project: Fitted Scoop Neck Tee

For my first item in my Summer 2015 wardrobe project, I chose the fitted scoop neck tee with elbow-length sleeves. Pattern Scoop neck tee from Crafty’s Sewing with Knits: 5 Wardrobe Essentials class + banding technique from Sewing on the Edge: Finishing Techniques Project features working with slinky knit fusible tricot and stay stitching around neckline clean join on neck band twin needle topstitching Process notes made size small, with elbow-length sleeves curved in at the waistline, roughly following the Coco shaping 3/8 in. wide band of fusible tricot cut the same shape as the neckline 2 1/4 in. wide strip of fabric…

Baby Lock Elizabeth sewing machine

Sewing with my Baby Lock Elizabeth

When I was researching what sewing machine to buy, I found sewing machine reviews by users to be tremendously helpful. Hearing different experiences and perspectives really helped shape my decision, so I wanted to contribute my experience to the mix to help others in the same situation. In January 2015 I decided to buy a new sewing machine to complement my mechanical machine from the mid-80s. The old machine, a Simplicity 8220, doesn’t do an automatic buttonhole (either because the foot is broken or because of some other internal issue) and I often have tension issues with it. It’s a good…