Embroidered Moon Shirt

I started this shirt about two years ago. It was one of those crazy ideas — hey, this would look so pretty if I  hand embroidered the fabric for the cuffs and collar! Yes, a great idea. But soon after I started, it became very clear that it was going to be one of those projects. Yep, the ones you get a little bit into before you realize how tedious an idea it really was. Do I really want to wrestle with this stupid thread and needle, or would I rather go do those dishes I’ve really been meaning to get to. Organize the sock drawer, yeah, that definitely needs to happen!

Okay, well, I’m not sure I ever organized my sock drawer, and many many sinks full of dishes were washed, but I eventually finally finished this project. There are plenty of projects I’ve dropped and never picked up again, but I was too excited to actually wear this shirt to let it moulder on the “in progress” pile forever.

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I am so glad I powered through and finished this shirt. It is everything I hoped it would be. The pattern is the Archer Button Up shirt by Grainline Stuido, and I used Sprout Patterns printed fabric to make life easier. The shirt uses two designs from Spoonflower fabric, poly crepe de chine, by designer Marketa Stengl. You can see why I was inspired to add embroidery to these gorgeous designs, I wanted to add a bit of depth and texture to the lovely embroidery inspired designs.

I got the effect by doing a simple straight stitch over top of the drawn design in sulky silver thread. Given that the fabric is so fine and drapey, I interfaced the cuff and collars. I love the texture it adds to the garment, and just that little subtle something special. I love that using Sprout Patterns takes out the irritating parts of sewing, leaving me more time to add unique design details.

Sprout Patterns Blouse

This blouse was another excellent project I completed from Sprout Patterns.

The biscanye blouse is a simple and elegant pattern. The collar and placket add a touch of interest and detail, without too much complication. The instructions were very simple to follow, and easy to get a clean nice result. I left out the welt pocket this time around, but I love the option to add it in.

I reviewed this pattern here: Hey June Handmade Biscayne Blouse ★★★★

The fabric is spoonflower’s poly crepe de chine, which is always one of my favorites. It has such a light flowy drape, but still a crisp hand. The fabric was designed by scrummy things, and is unique and colorful without being quite as far “weird” as I frequently like to go.

This blouse is comfortable and flattering, and perfect for the office, or can be dressed up for a night out. It turned out great, and I’m definitely a fan!

Cotton Lawn Peplum Blouse

Spoonflower has a new fabric, that I’m actually really excited about. Its perfect for apparel projects. They made a video, and I made a blouse!

The fabric is, obviously, our new Cotton Lawn Ultra, and was designed by Chantale Pare. The pattern is the Colette Hawthorn, and was easy and fun to use. The photos were taken by the lovely Caroline Okun of Brains Are Pretty. (I know, its crazy what my sewing looks like when a professional photographer does it, instead of me with a cellphone on my back porch.)

I wrote a review of this pattern here: Colette Hawthorn Dress ★★★★

Colette Hawthorn Dress ★★★★

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This was the first shirt dress pattern I’ve ever used. It was fairly easy to follow, and certainly satisfying to complete. It does suffer from the usual colette problem where I seriously have to adjust the bust darts, because I believe she drafts her patterns for a larger than usual bust size. But its an easy adjustment to make at this point. I will say that I have some trouble with the way the collar lines up, and depending on the fabric you choose you should definitely skip the interfacing. Maybe its just because I’m a sloppy sewist, but both times I’ve used this pattern thus far, I’ve had trouble lining up the waist seam-line across the buttons. One side always turns up a millimeter or two higher than the other.

However, Colette’s instructions are excellent, and definitely great for a beginner. I’ve been too lazy to actually put a button placket in either version of this pattern that I’ve tried, but once I do I know that her directions will make it clear and easy.

I’ve completely both the peplum blouse version of this pattern, and the dress, and both turned out excellent.

You can see the peplum version of this pattern here: Cotton Lawn Peplum Blouse

Here are some images of the dress version:

 

Floral Shirt

This was a quick fun little project. I picked out the pattern because I love boat neck shirts, they’re wonderfully flattering on me. I also really like the detail of gap line in the back.

It was made from butterick pattern 5497. The only thing that made it tricky is that I found the underbust seam really tight on me, and it was definitely tighter in the torso than I’m usually comfortable with. I plan on making this shirt again, except perhaps following the pattern for shirt A, and I’ll definitely go up a size from what I normally use.

The shirt is made out of spoonflower fabric designed by Locamode. I’m actually wearing the shirt in the final picture, which we used for myMeet Spoonflower Interview, taken by Stephen Frasier.

I wrote a review for this pattern here: Butterick Blouse B5497 ★★★★

Butterick Blouse B5497 ★★★★

7lineartThis pattern is very easy, and pretty flexible. Both shirts I’ve made with it are very flattering and have gotten multiple compliments.

The first time I tried it, I made version B and actually totally missed that it was supposed to be made out of a stretch fabric. This means that its actually quite difficult to get on, but once on it wears just fine.

When I did version A, on the other hand, I used a very soft loose knit, which feels great. But the V-neck is a little too deep for me, and is slightly near-exposing.

With a couple of tweaks, this blouse pattern works great. And the details in the back are always what people point out as lovely.

I used this pattern to create this shirt: Floral Shirt