More Hudson Pants

Pattern: True Bias's Hudson Pants
Fabric: French terry
Cost: $8

 It's no secret that I love the Hudson Pants pattern. I have made myself a pair, made the men's version, and even made a chambray version. If I had kids I'd have probably made them a pair.
At this rate, I've made one a year since they came out in 2014.

As pajamas, I wore my original pair regularly. Nightly. After more than two years the fabric was starting to run bare, so I decided I needed to replace them. I don't love having to remake something when I've already made a perfectly good one, but luckily this patterns is so fast and has just enough fun details to make it interesting.

The French terry I used had less stretch than my last version, which was more of a jersey knit. I was surprised that they fit a bit more snug, but I think now they look more similar to other versions I've seen online. They also loosen up after a couple of wears. 

They have already become a fast favorite. In the six months since I've made them, they've been with me to the desert, to Christmas, and countless study sessions on my couch. They are the perfect pajamas!

Me Made May Week 2

This week's Me Made May includes one very special non-me-made piece of clothing: my graduation robe! The robe itself was a horrible, hot, poorly sewn polyester thing that I borrowed from the school. No way was I going to pay $80 for THAT. But it symbolized the end of my two-year Master's degree in Public Policy from Mills College, and it was a very proud, very joyous day. The graduation itself was also one of the best I've ever attended. The speakers were phenomenal and included local elected official Lateefah Simon as well as 95-year old Betty Reid Soskin, a life-long fighter for social justice and the nation's oldest park ranger and an award recipient from President Obama. There was also confetti, mariachis, and my amazing friends and family. I am so thankful for all of the support I have received over the last few years!

And here's what I wore the rest of the time:

Hudson pajamas (to be blogged soon!) and tee
Lazo trousers with second-hand white tee and scarf
striped turtleneck, black pants (twice! lol)
Freemantle coat with second-hand striped tee and leggings
pink lace dress (made over six years ago!)
black Ginger Jeans and Tessuti Fave Top

Back to Basics

Pattern: modified McCall's 6164
Fabric: 1.5 yds jersey knit
Cost: $18

Everywhere I looked this winter, turtlenecks were back in style. I'd see them at professional events, running around town, and in ads of people snuggled up at home. At first, I resisted. I still remember wearing them in elementary school, when they were for keeping warm instead of making fashion statements. But the more I saw them, the more enticing they looked. And I did need some more not-so-basic basics. So finally, finally (now that it is almost summer) I managed to make my first one.

I took this as an opportunity to refine my t-shirt pattern block using McCall's 6164 as a base. If you click on the link, you'll see that the pattern is horribly out of date. Like early 2000s when big 80s shoulders were circling back in style sort of out of date. Literally, there are six views wth different versions of puffy shoulders. But underneath it all is a really solid basic pattern that I've found fits me really well. The indies have proliferated basic tee patterns in recent years, but once you've found one that fits you're set.

To make it a true block for me, I made a few small tweaks. First, I did a sloped shoulder adjustment, which eliminates a lot of the bunching under the underarm. There are still a few small drag lines around the bust, which I think I could eliminate by shortening the front at the side seams and stretching as I sewed, but it's just a t-shirt after all.

The other adjustment I made was a swayback adjustment. It could probably go a bit further, but it helped to eliminate most of the excessive drag lines in the back. I used this method.

Finally, I threw in some neckline variations, along with sleeve cutlines. I created separate templates for just the top of the pattern including boatneck, crewneck, and turtleneck. I also considered doing a cowl neck but I decided I don't even like cowl necks that much and it would require redrafting more of the front than I cared to do. I also threw in a piece for a ruffle at the shoulder from the original pattern just for fun.

I spent a weekend day drafting these all out, and then cut out the fabric for two turtlenecks, plus this Mandy boat tee and a Presto! popover top. I'm really excited to have this in my arsenal now, as it makes it really easy to crank out a few more tops whenever I want.

The fabric is this great ribbed knit I got at Stone Mountain. I was looking for something that wasn't a solid color but also wasn't a wild print. I'm not so in to the wild prints. It's got great recovery and has a little bit of substance to it so that it's not opaque.

After the cut-out pieces sat in a basket for a few weeks, I finally sewed this up last night and have been wearing it ever since. It is perfect for running around town, will be a good option for work and, oh yes, it is great for snuggling. This will be making it in my suitcase for our Europe trip this summer. Now to plan the rest of my vacation sewing...

Me Made May Week 1

Happy May! This year I am trying something a bit different for Me Made May. I have a lot of me-made clothes, so in past years it hasn't been too difficult to wear me-made or even entirely me-made for the month. This time, however, I just want to sit back and pay attention to what I wear. I've been reaching for whatever I usually would in my wardrobe and seeing how it matches up - to my style, to the look I want, and to whether it was made by me.

So far, the results have been interesting. In addition to me-made clothes, I have also been wearing a lot of second-hand or thrifted clothes. My friends host a lot of clothing swaps, and have found this is a great way to pick up extra items like basic tees or leggings. While I don't shop for clothes anymore, I have also found that the store-bought items that remain in my wardrobe have usually been mended or altered in some way by me. The black dress below, from Anthropologie, has been in my wardrobe for nearly a dozen years now, and benefitted from some repair at the hem and pockets.

It was also unseasonably warm this past week, so this roundup includes a lot of dresses! As usual for May, we have packed this month full of trips and celebrations and various things, so I get to show off what I'd wear camping or out with friends (why is this month always so busy?).  Below is what I wore for week 1.

Week 1 Clothes

Boyfriend jeans with second-hand shirt and scarf
Mended Anthropologie dress
Pink dress
Striped dress for work, followed by floral dress for a graduation celebration
Boyfriend jeans with another second-hand shirt and scarf
Striped sweater with tights

Rebelling Against the Skinny Jean

Pattern: modified Thread Theory's Lazo Trousers
Fabric: 1.5 yds stretch denim
Cost: $8

Lately, I've grown tired of my skinny jeans. I just want something soft, something comfy, something you can really move in. So on a whim, I sewed up these perfectly baggy jeans using one of my favorite pants patterns, the Lazo Trousers. In stretch denim they are loose and comfy and just the thing for hanging out in. 

I have made this pattern up twice before (once as pants and once as overalls), and my favorite part is how they hang in the back. No fiddling to get them to hang just right.

In the front, I did remove the pleats this time, and I'm thinking I could have taken the fabric in just a bit more.

I have big plans for these this summer. We are planning a three-month trip to Europe! I'm thinking they will be the perfect travel wear and for those countries where it doesn't get quite so hot. More details soon...

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