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Blank Slate Oceanside Pants

I made this version of the Blank Slate Oceanside Pants last year just after my daughter was born and just thought they were just okay.  While they made it into my top 5 misses from last year, I found them recently and decided I’d been unfair to them and the pattern.  It’s pretty typical for me to hate things I’ve managed to make directly postpartum (shocker that my mind would be otherwise occupied in that time! :D).  So, in fairness to the process and these pants that really are quite nice to wear in the heat of summer, here’s the Blank Slate Oceanside Pants in a nice herringbone linen.

Blank Slate Oceanside Pants

Pattern details

Oceanside Pants Sewing Pattern - Drawstring Waist Pants by Blank Slate Patterns

This pattern is a great loose fitting pant with a drawstring/elastic combination waist.  The pattern has just one piece (minus pockets and drawstring) which is a good and bad thing.  It’s good because one piece pants are super fast and easy to sew.   The bad thing about one piece pants is that they can be a little trickier to alter without the help of the side seam that joins the front and back pieces together on regular pants.

The thing that drew me to this pattern are the cute patch pockets.  They have a little corner on each of them that folds down to fasten with a button.  It’s an adorable little casual detail.

Blank Slate Oceanside Pants

Fitting

As I said, without that side seam, it can be a little trickier to fit these pants.  I have a flat backside, and I always take about 1/2″ wedge just under the back crotch that tapers to nothing at the side seam.  This really helps get rid of some of that excess fabric that I always have hanging off me in RTW pants.

Blank Slate Oceanside Pants

To do this alteration without a side seam, draw an imaginary vertical line where the side seam would approximately be.  Draw a horizontal line just under the back crotch to the “side seam”.  Slash the horizontal line to the “side seam”.  Fold up the needed amount, tapering to zero at the imaginary side seam.

Flat seat alteration on a one piece pant

I didn’t do anything else for fit other than shorten the length a bit.

An easier drawstring

Does anyone else use a drawstring threader?

Easy Threader Flexible Needle Drawstring replacement and craft tool by schaller

I love these things.  When I was a kid, my Mom taught me to thread elastic through casings with a safety pin.  Of course, having done this yourselves, you know that when you do this, you not only hurt your fingers half the time, but it’s cumbersome and slow.  You just might lose the elastic in the process too.  You pass a drawstring threader through the whole casing, then attach your drawstring and pull it back through in one move.  It’s such a time saver.  The drawstring on these pants has fabric ends with an elastic middle.  The casing is really narrow, so even with the drawstring threader, it’s really tough to pull the fabric/elastic combo through evenly.

I learned on the back cutout dresses that it’s easier to thread the elastic through first, then sew on the drawstring ends.  This way, you won’t have to pull the drawstring ends through the whole casing, and the elastic will be where it’s supposed to be.

Retie it dear.

So I had a terrible time of these pants falling off of me.  As the day goes on, they droop and loosen and it’s just a bit fussy and not a look I’d like to wear out.  I don’t really like having to retie drawstrings, especially out in public, but it goes with the territory.  I’m either really lazy or just prefer more fitted styles!

Berry linen no more

This linen had been in my stash for years.  It used to be a berry color.  Berry colors are really far outside of my palette, so I personally avoid wearing them.  Still, this fabric has a great hand and a beautiful herringbone pattern, so I held onto it.  In the end, I bleached it and then ran it through the wash with Rit Color Remover.  The resulting color is this nice wheat color that is surprisingly in my palette.

Cool and breezy

These have been really great pants thus far for summer.  The linen is breathable, and the loose fit provides for enough movement to help fight sticky hot legs syndrome.  Thanks to Andie for pushing me to give these pants another try!  I know she’s been having some great success with her versions, and the turquoise is AMAZING.

Have you had a pattern you made up and came to like a long time after you made it?

Like most sewists out there I think, I often peruse RTW sites for sewing inspiration.  Usually, the things I like gather dust on my Pinterest.  Once in a while, I see something and I jump to make it pronto.  Such was the case with this Italian Featherweight Cashmere Fringe Cardigan from J Crew.  It has colorblocking, it’s got fringe, and it’s got mitered corners.  Mister Rogers was all about the zip cardigan; this is me in cardigan form right here:

J crew cashmere fringe cardigan:

Fringe Trim Cardigan knockoff

For my fringe trim cardigan knockoff, I started with 2 sweaters.  The main body is an aqua acrylic blend sweater, and the white is from a Banana Republic nylon/cashmere blend sweater with some dobby dots on the body of the sweater.

Itch to Stitch Lisbon

I snapped up a copy of Itch to Stitch’s Lisbon Cardigan.  The inspiration sweater is really just a basic cardigan if you take away the fringed trim.  The Lisbon is a great match for this project; it’s a fantastic basic cardigan with a lot of room for any additional details you’d want to add.

For fit, I compared the pattern to my TNT t-shirt.  The size was pretty similar, but the back was a little wide.  I folded out 1/2″ from the width at CB for a better fit.  I also shortened the sleeves by 1 1/4″. My arms belong to a violinist, not a violist!

I eliminated bulk from the neck binding and the hem by using the original white sweater’s ribbing. Each piece is half the width of the pattern piece plus a seam allowance. The finished look is not only less bulky, but has more of a look of a sweater since the finished edges of the original ribbing are used. All of the seams are stitched down internally either by machine or by hand for a flat look that you might get from a sweater you actually knitted yourself.

 

Creating the look

To create colorblocked fringe with this pattern, I sewed 1.5″ strips of the cotton and linen together and sewed them to the main body of the cardigan. On the inspiration cardigan, the trim is applied by what looks like some specialized machine. It almost looks like a coverstitch, but I don’t think that’s quite right. Lacking a coverstitch, then I stitched the trim with rows of a narrow zigzag. Each edge is free from the hem band and the button placket, and the corners are mitered.

After sewing, I fringed the linen with a fine needle.  After that, I threw the cardigan in the wash to fluff up the raw edges of the cotton which are almost too fine to fringe.  Once the sweater was out of the wash, I trimmed the loose threads and applied some Fray Block.  Fray Block is great stuff to apply to fringed projects once you get them frayed where you want them to be.  After it’s applied, it dries clear and the edges are protected from further fraying and it won’t wash out.  I used Fray Block on my embroidered silk jeans, and I use it on everything I fringe now because the silk has held up so well with the Fray Block.

Sewing buttonholes on a knit

The only thing that might give you pause with this pattern is having to sew buttonholes on a knit.  Never fear buttonholes on a knit!  First, the pattern helps you out by using a nice wide placket.  I notice that sometimes my buttonhole foot will get caught on really narrow or bulky bands.  The placket for the Lisbon is a nice width.  Also, the seam is far away from the buttonhole area, so there’s less chance of the foot getting stuck during stitching.

The pattern also includes a piece for the interfacing that you add to the placket.  With the interfacing in place, I don’t think you’ll have any issue with the buttonholes.  It’s common for me to have to rip out 1 or 2 buttonholes on a cardigan, but I sewed all of these top to bottom without a hitch.

Wardrobe Sudoku progress!

This is item #4 for Wardrobe Sudoku.  It joins the denim skirt, hummingbird tee, and reverse applique drop pocket cardigan.  On the sewing end, I’m working on item #8 today: a pair of espadrilles.

fringe trim cardigan

 

reverse applique drop pocket cardigan

I’m still sewing furiously to get everything done for Patternreview’s Wardrobe Sudoku contest, and today, I’m introducing you to item #3.  Here’s my reverse applique drop pocket cardigan.  There’s a lot of work here, so let’s get to it!

Reverse applique drop pocket cardigan

reverse applique drop pocket cardigan

The pattern

Jalie’s Drop Pocket Cardigan is a pattern that I made a few years ago and kind of shrugged off.  My fabric choice was not terribly interesting, and as such, I never wore my version.  I recently found it among my sweaters and have been wearing it around the house a lot.  It really is a comfortable sweater, and it’s a great choice for an extra layer when I’m playing violin because it adds warmth without inhibiting movement.

The pattern is a perfect vehicle for reverse applique because the front pieces are made from a double layer that folds back on itself towards the side seams to create the pocket.

Leaf motif

reverse applique drop pocket cardigan

When the mood strikes, I occasionally sit and sketch flowers and leaves and other things that I might want to use for blockprints.  In my small catalog, I had a rather large leaf that I thought might make a good reverse applique pattern.

reverse applique drop pocket cardigan

First I traced 2 copies of the fronts of the cardigan onto soil separator cloth.  Next, I taped my leaf pattern to a window and traced copies of the leaf all over one of the fronts.  After flipping the pattern, I traced the first front onto the second one so that they would be identical.

Hand embroidery vs. machine embroidery

My fabric choice for the cardigan is a heathered blue poly sweater knit leftover from the fall version of this dress.  I had just enough for the fronts and backs and some sleeve cuffs, but not enough to line the fronts.  To line the fronts and for the sleeves, I used a dusty blue ITY cut from a RTW top.  The two fabrics contrast each other just enough for a tone on tone effect.  They were made for each other!  Next I had to decide if I was going to use machine embroidery or hand embroidery.

reverse applique drop pocket cardigan

I traced a small sample with two leaf motifs.  One is stitched out with hand stitches and embroidery thread, and the other with my machine.  If I had used a triple straight stitch like I did with the hummingbird tee, I might have chosen the machine route.  I do think the stretch of the fabric would have made a mess of machine stitches.  In the end, the hand embroidery was the clear winner.  The texture of the thread makes the leaf pop out and is a better contrast against the very smooth fabrics than machine thread is.

Prepping for the reverse applique

Before starting, I sewed the cardigan up until the pockets were constructed.  At this stage of the pattern, the sleeves are sewn to the back and fronts, the only thing missing are the side seams.  This leaves the fronts free for any kind of embellishment.

I took my traced copies of the fronts and hand basted them to the fronts around each leaf motif so that they would stay put while I was stitching.  The soil separator proved to be a good stabilizer for this fabric which is rather drapey.

Slow sewing

reverse applique drop pocket cardigan

Reverse applique is not a fast sport.  It’s a lot of slow, repetitive work.  Working with ivory embroidery floss, I began the work of backstitching around all 26 motifs.  I did all of this over 2 weeks a little bit at a time when I thought about it.  The bulk of it I did on a couple of weekend days while watching way more TV than is prudent.  After watching both series of Grantchester (beautiful costume work), some Doc Martin, Audrey Hepburn’s Sabrina (Givenchy was a genius!), McClintock and probably more that I’m forgetting, I powered through the stitching.

After the motifs were stitched, I pulled off the soil separator.  A hand needle perforates the soil separator well enough that you can pull it right off with little fuss.  With embroidery scissors, I cut around the inside of the leaves to expose the second layer of fabric (hence reverse applique).

Because of how the pockets are created, the lining fabric becomes the outside part of the pocket.  I like how the motifs change from the main body to the pocket with the applique.

reverse applique drop pocket cardigan

This is my first large scale venture with reverse applique, and it won’t be my last.  I’m especially encouraged to try this technique again after Bianca wrote about Terial Magic.  A wash out stabilizer that turns the knit into something as stable as a woven, this stuff would make much easier work of the reverse applique process!

What about you?  Have you ever done any reverse applique?

 

hummingbird tee

I’m probably out of my mind, but I’m attempting the Wardrobe Sudoku contest at PR this month.  It’s a tall order to make 10 items in 2 months, but as I started work, all of my plans kept falling in a similar color palette.  The writing and photography aspect of this will be the toughest.  Getting in 10 individual reviews plus a composite review plus my own writing here is no small task.  Yet, on the sewing end, I’m putting the finishing touches on item #6.  That’s not too bad for the better part of 4 weeks to go.  My first two items are this hummingbird tee and Burda denim skirt.

Shop update Winter 2016

I’ve been working on making more items for SEWN Denver, this time with a more winter focus.  Before I get to those, I have 2 of my skirts listed in my freshly updated Etsy shop.  Each are $47 plus shipping.  Items will ship in a USPS Priority small flat rate box.  I’ll be adding more items to my Etsy shop.  Watch for updates here and on my Instagram.

 

Ric Rac pocket floral skirt

Waist: 29.5, Hip: 36.5″

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Ric Rac pocket floral skirt

Waist: 29.5, Hip: 36.5″

 

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Green piped pockets floral skirt

Waist: 29.5, Hip: 36.5″

On to the new collection!

Winter collection dresses

For these dresses, I was looking for deeper colors and warmer fabrics with the classic silhouettes that I love.  Here we go:

Black and grey animal print velvet dress

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With princess seams, turtleneck, and a nice swishy skater skirt, this is a great dress for holiday parties.  This is my favorite dress from the collection by far!  The velvet is so cozy to wear, yet it looks so elegant.

There is an invisible zip in the turtleneck, so it fits closely, but will easily slip over your head.  There’s silver buttons on the shoulder that pick up the cool sheen of the velvet, though I wasn’t able to get them in pictures given my limited photo time yesterday [insert sad face here].

Bust: 32″ Waist: 29″

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Blue and green animal print colorblocked dress

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This dress started its life as a taupe/grey dress.  The print was great, but the overall color was a bit dull.  After a quick bath in Rit Dye More, the rayon/poly/spandex now is a pretty green blue.  The contrast princess seam panels and sleeves are from an olive cotton/spandex turtleneck.  This dress also has an invisible zip in the turtleneck.

Bust: 35″, Waist: 32″

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Brown suiting dress with large floral applique

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This dress started as a 3 piece suit.  I used the pants for the bodice and the skirt for the skirt.  It is fully lined.

My favorite bit is the floral applique. I highlighted the lines of the flowers with contrast magenta stitching.  The silk belt hangs from thread loops on the side seams for a little pop of color.

Bust: 35″, Waist: 30″, Hips: 36.5″

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Plaid Sweater Knit Dress

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This sweater knit was so nice to work with.  It’s a nice thick polyester stable sweater knit.  If I had had more yardage to work with, it would have made a beautiful long cardigan.  As such, I think it worked up well into this kind of 60s inspired silhouette.  I think it will pair well with tights and boots.

Bust :38″, Waist: 33″

Dresses are $68.  All of these dresses are now at SEWN Denver.  The store is at 18 South Broadway, Denver, CO 80209
The store phone number is 303.832.1493

 
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Perhaps I’m a glutton for punishment with sewing for contests.  Next on the docket for me is Patternreview’s One Pattern Many Looks Contest.  The goal of the contest is to make one view of a pattern multiple times (at least 2), making each variant look different.  Simple changes like altering hem lengths or the shape of a neckline are allowed, but big changes that require pattern drafting skills are not.  If it changes the structure of a garment, it’s a no go.  So, I could add a seam for the purpose of colorblocking because the shape of the garment remains the same, but I couldn’t convert a dart into a princess seam.

I’ve been thinking a lot in terms like this since making all of my t-shirts for SEWN, so I jumped at the chance to do this contest.  I’m using the Patternreview Lillian Top in the dress view for all of my 4 variations.

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baby booties

This is a bit of a bits and bobs sort of post.  Since the Fabric Mart contest, I’ve been sewing some random things.  All of these have been UFOs, badly needed items, or just projects I’ve meant to do but haven’t gotten around to yet.  Fall seems to tarry still here (it’s been in the 70s for weeks!  Spring in fall.), so moving on to cold weather sewing is just not happening.  Now is apparently a great time for sewing completely arbitrary things.  Top of the list are these baby booties for my baby girl and others.

Maggie’s Stay on Baby Booties

baby booties

My daughter is a master ninja when it comes to escaping from socks.  No foot covering of any kind is safe.  This child will rip them off in 3.5 seconds every time.  And she loves chewing on her toes as much as she loves ripping off socks.  With the colder weather coming (maybe?), I had to find a solution for keeping her feet warm.

The lovely Deborah of GBSB fame posted her makes of Maggie’s Stay-on Baby Booties from Beautiful Pie Shop on Instagram some time ago, and I took note.  The name of the pattern alone seemed a personal challenge for my toe-eater.

baby booties

People.  I love this pattern.  Baby R does gnaw on these, but she doesn’t fight against them.  Whether it’s the security of the KAM snaps or the feel of the soft fleece against her toes, she really likes these and she lets them be.  The inside snugs against baby feet with 1/8″ elastic that goes through a casing.  It allows for a custom fit which might be why they stay on.  Baby booties are generally one size and of materials that have no elastic-like recovery.

KAM snaps are the best!

This is my first time using KAM snaps, and I was pleasantly surprised.  First, it’s hard to not love the cute shapes like butterflies and stars and hearts.  The pliers are really easy to use too.  They’re SO much easier to use than the Snap Source setters that I’ve used for years.  The Snap Source setters require some brute force with a hammer, and there’s a good chance the snap won’t be aligned properly, leaving you to rip it out, damage your fabric, and repeat the Anvil Chorus.

baby booties

So I made a lot.  The 3-6 month size really only requires scraps.  My second son has a friend with a baby sister who is just a couple weeks younger than my daughter.  I made her a pair from this lilac floral print that I blockprinted with stripey hearts.

Beautiful Pie Shop has an adult size version of this pattern, and I’m totally nabbing it up for myself.  The boot style just looks so cozy and warm!

Random projects!

Sewing room upholstery

sewing room upholstery

Other than that, my husband and I did some quick upholstering of the sewing room chairs.  After spray paint and more of the fabric from the couch (plus contrast canvas backs), things are looking good in the sewing room.  The new foam that I added to the chairs also makes them way more comfortable and supportive too!

Car blankets

car blankets

These quick blankets have been sitting on my sewing room cart for a year and a half.  I originally meant them to be a Mom and son project when I was writing for UpCraftClub.  My oldest did sew 95% of his (the blue and green), but then we sewed down the corner of the pocket to the rest of the blanket and never got around to ripping out the mistake.  We made them from napkins.  There’s just one layer all sewn together with an added pocket with a velcro tab to hold a book or a stuffed animal.  car blankets

The one in browns has some blockprinting on it that I did with pink school erasers like I did with these leggings.

The seams don’t line up because the napkins were of various sizes.  I could have re-cut them to be the same size, but I didn’t bother.  Since I intended these as projects for the boys to sew themselves, I wanted it to be super easy.  Instead, the finished edges of the napkins are sewn together, pressed open and topstitched flat on the right side.

car blankets

They’re lightweight enough for summer blankets on car trips in the summer, but still hefty enough to be cozy.  The boys are also using them for fort building.

Opera nerd embroidery

I finished and framed this embroidery that I had mentioned ages ago, but I never got around to posting the results.  If you remember, I changed the color scheme of the original kit to match my own color palette and that of my sewing room better.  I’m not 100% sold on my color choices, but it’s WAY better than the 70s version.

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original kit colors

If you understand the opera reference that I added, you get major nerd points.  And if you get the opera reference without the aid of Google, well, we clearly have lots in common!

There’s Cora Leggings and a Watson bra in the works too, but those will get their own posts I reckon.

What are your favorite random projects?

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Last week, I mentioned some of the items I’ve made for SEWN Denver, and here is my collection of Elizabeth Made This T-shirts that are at SEWN Denver right now.  There’s a lot of mixed textiles in this collection.  True to my aesthetic of “artistic apparel”, the tees feature upcycled goods and vintage bits of fabric.  They’re all a great choice for unique fall tees.

T-shirts are $46.  Details and sizes are below.  If you’re visiting Denver, or if you live here, SEWN is located just a few blocks south of Fancy Tiger on 18 South Broadway, Denver, CO 80209.  The shop’s number is 303.832.1493 if you want to ask any questions.

The Collection!

Elizabeth Made This t-shirts

Navy and riverside tee with flame cheetah trim

Bust: 30″, Hem: 34″

 

Elizabeth Made This t-shirts

Blockprinted pinking shears red raglan tee

Bust: 34″, Hem: 39″

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Navy stripe toile leaf applique tee

Bust: 34″, Hem: 40″

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Elizabeth Made This t-shirts

Deep purple mustard lace tee

Bust: 36″, Hem: 40″

 

Elizabeth Made This t-shirts

Elizabeth Made This t-shirts

Mixed blues and brown floral applique tee

Bust: 31″, Hem: 36″

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Purple and taupe tee with gold applique

Bust: 37″, Hem: 42″

Elizabeth Made This t-shirts

Orange stripe floral applique tee

Bust: 37″, Hem: 42″

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Purple beaded and embroidered tee with navy racing stripe sleeves

Bust: 30″, Hem: 34″

Elizabeth Made This t-shirts

Purples, navy stripe and floral applique tee

Bust: 30″, Hem: 34

Let’s keep the conversation going!  Check out my sewing dreams and inspiration on Pinterest, and keep up to date on my projects on Instagram and Facebook.

 

applique trench coat

Vote here for my trench coat!

When the trench coat challenge this week for the a couple of things ran through my mind.  First, I thought about how much I love making jackets, then about how much work a jacket is, but mostly that I wasn’t expecting to make another trench coat so soon after my Jeanius Trench.  The upside is that I could start work immediately because my pattern had already been fitted and cut before.  An applique trench coat was in the works!

Vintage Vera Applique Trench Coat

One of the things that Fabric Mart wanted to see in the trench coats this week was our personal style.  My own style is a bit eclectic.  As a sewist, I love modern Euro patterns with lots of detail, but I also love embellishment techniques.  I grew up going to antique stores with my Mom.  We always called it (and still do) treasure hunting.  Because of her I have a serious appreciation for lace, other vintage textiles and accessories.

As an adult, I’ve become a collector of vintage table linens kind of for a really specific reason.  I’m a serious baker, and I often make strudel for my very German family.  I’m the 5th generation of strudel makers in my family, and one thing you need to make strudel is a proper tablecloth to stretch the dough out on.  One thing I noticed is that vintage tablecloths hold the flour better because of their slightly looser weaves.  Vintage tablecloth = better strudel–who knew?  Once I started collecting tablecloths, napkins soon followed.  I love the bright colors and funky prints of old table linens.  My Mom jokes that she often wears prints that look like wallpaper.  And I’m guilty quite literally of wearing the tablecloth.

One of my favorite linens designers is Vera Neumann.  She was a gifted painter who had the smart business sense to put her paintings on household linens and scarves and tablecloths en masse to make a decent living as an artist.  I love her sense of color and her bold illustrative mid century style.  If I see Vera, I snatch it up!  I had always intended to use these particular Vera linen napkins in a garment, but I didn’t really know exactly how to do so.

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One of my favorite tablecloths!

When it came to the challenge, it became clear that I’d add the flowers from the napkins to my trench coat.  This trench coat represents my love for super detailed sewing and vintage linens.  It’s pretty much exactly what I wanted to sew.

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Refashion Runway: Buttons

This week’s Refashion Runway theme is buttons.  I came up with this button yoyo wristlet.

The challenge of using buttons in refashioning proved to be more challenging than I initially thought it would be.  My original plan was to add buttons to a plain yellow cardigan I wear a lot or to make some kind of jewelry.  Ultimately, I decided that both of these would yield something that was more visually heavy than I was going for.

Buttons and yoyos

I’ve written before that I made a series of twin sized yoyo quilts before I had my machine.  I’ve always loved the texture of them and how the fabric is transformed when it is distorted into that little gathered circle.  So when I have off bits of fabric and time to spend hand sewing, I often make a few yoyos.  It’s my substitute for knitting or crocheting.

When I was thinking about this challenge, I had too many ideas.  I decided to go down to my sewing room and just look for materials.  I saw a jar of yoyos next to all my buttons, and I remembered that I had always wanted to make a little wristlet from yoyos.

Color!

These particular yoyos are made from a sample of Marimekko linen that I bought to see if I would like it as curtains.  Because I decided against the fabric as curtains, I felt no sting as I cut it up.  Out came my Olfa circle cutter and I got to work cutting and making yoyos.

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The linen’s vivid yellow and muted gray mixes well with the yellow, gold, and ochre buttons.  When you join yoyos together, there are naturally spaces between them.  You have a choice to back them, or leave them open.  As a purse, they really need a backing.  I pulled out this turquoise faille skirt.  I never wore it much after I made it since it was really just a kind of practice garment, so it was fair game for refashioning.

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I love the yellow against the turquoise.  It’s all daffodils and spring up in here.  The faille has the nicest hand and sews up so well.

Construction

I joined the yoyos together in 6 rows of 5.  Some face up, and some show the backside of each yoyo.  I hand stitched down the matrix to the faille with small backstitches around each yoyo.  It sounds like a lot of work, but it actually went quickly.  Because of all my practice at it, I’m really a fast hand sewist when it comes to yoyos.

After that, I cut around the yoyos, leaving a good border of faille so that the yoyos wouldn’t get caught in the seams of the bag.  I made a quick handle and a loop.  The loop and handle are joined with a metal ring salvaged from an old curtain I refashioned into an apron years ago.

The bag itself is just a simple zipper bag.  I added some heft to the faille by basting it to a scrap of canvas.  The lining is a bit of random cotton, and the handle/loop assembly is sandwiched in the side seam.

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Button sewing

Sewing on buttons is one of those tasks that I think most people don’t think about.  Usually the thought is: 4 holes, X shape, how fast can I sew on these buttons because I’m so over this project and want to wear my project.  But really, there’s a lot more possibility beyond the X.  These are some of my favorite variations for wearable garments:

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The arrow is probably my favorite.

For some button inspiration, I looked to this image from one of my Pinterest boards:

There are so many ways to sew on a button when making craft projects!:

On a bag, you can explore some of these stitches.  You can easily stitch on the outer edges of the buttons because there’s no need to leave the edges free so they can go in and out of buttonholes.   It’s a bit of decorative work that’s just satisfying to work on.

This yoyo wristlet ended up being the kind of quick fun project that started out with few expectations and became a study in materials and possibilities.

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Do you work on projects and just let your materials guide your plan?

 

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