Project Sew It – February

La Folie - Project Sew It - February - Waterfall Raglan

This month on Project Sew It the theme is blouses so Yep I made another Waterfall! 😀 I know what you’re thinking this blog is turning into the Waterfall Raglan versions blog hahahah sorry but this pattern won my heart and I told I would have to copy the beautiful woven version that Toya made (here) so here we go. Last week Chalk and Notch had a blog tour for this pattern and some other woven versions showed up like this stunning dress from Nicole (here), be sure to check the tour posts because they’re filled with super inspiring versions.

La Folie - Project Sew It - February - Waterfall Raglan

For my take on it I choose a beautiful light crepe fabric that came in the London Sew Social “goodie bag”, courtesy of The Sweet Mercerie. It’s a bit “see through” but I think it works perfectly for blouses, just see these beautiful ones from Eva and Trine.

To make this I used the same size as for my knit versions (size 6), I knew I’d be ok since the pattern has enough ease on the bodice pieces. The sleeve would be ok for me on the bicep area too, since mine measures closer to a size 4, but since its designed to be a fitted sleeve around the forearm I changed it a bit. Basically I added 2cm to each side at the wrist area and redrafted the sleeve from the bicep area down. I’m pretty sure this must be a totally lazy/don’t copy what I’ve done method, but I’m here to tell the truth so that’s how I did it hahaha Please don’t hate me sewing masters!! 😉 I also removed the hem allowance for the sleeve and finished it with a narrow hem.

La Folie - Project Sew It - February - Waterfall Raglan

After finishing the neckline with bias bound in the same fabric, it started to funnel a bit so there was some unpicking involved and some free style cutting to get it to a point that made me happy. After that I didn’t have more fabric to finish it in woven so I decided to use navy rib matching some parts of the fabric. 😀 I know you keep seeing this neckline finish from me, but I love it so and I’m excused because I did try to make it all in woven!! heheheh

La Folie - Project Sew It - February - Waterfall Raglan

It took me a long time to cut all the pieces on my fabric because I din’t have enough which lets face it keep happening around here LOL, in the end I had to make the front ruffle shorter by a few cm, I think it was about 8 cm but I’m not sure anymore, sorry. The good surprise was that this fabric was a breeze to cut and much easier to sew than I expected, so its definitely a great one to start with if you want to move from up your game a notch.

La Folie - Project Sew It - February - Waterfall Raglan

I’m super in Love with it and I can definitely say its one of the prettiest things in my closet right now. ❤ I have to make more hahaha But next time I’ll probably copy Celina’s version (here), its so GOOD! LOVE IT ❤

You can get the Waterfall Raglan here; the lovely swallows crepe I used here and you can join us on project sew it here.

La Folie - Project Sew It - February - Waterfall Raglan

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My own stripes

La Folie - A Sunny Spot - Stripes Top

I’m not sure how to start this post but here goes. 😀 You see, a few weeks ago I decided to play a bit with the idea of designing my own custom prints in fabric. And though my skills on the matter are limited I couldn’t help myself. I came up with a series of coordinates, pretty basic designs and colors, but thing is they were exactly what I wanted. After sharing the idea in IG and FB and seeing people being so supportive I went ahead and ordered them at Spoonflower.

La Folie - A Sunny Spot - Stripes Top

Since I wasn’t absolutely sure if the prints would end up like I wanted, I choose a less expensive fabric, their Kona Cotton Ultra for these stripes. It basically feels like a quilting cotton and as soon as I laid eyes on it I knew it was perfect pairing to this pattern from one of the A Sunny Spot books.

La Folie - A Sunny Spot - Stripes Top

It is pattern #02 from Girls Simple Clothes, in size 110cm with 120cm length. You can see other projects from this book in a post from last year (here). The only changes I made were to the neckline finish and ruffle. After redrafting the neckline curve to be a bit wider I added a band in rib knit from Nosh, in a color that paired beautifully with the main fabric. Somethings are meant to be.

La Folie - A Sunny Spot - Stripes Top

The ruffle is supposed to be cut on fold but I decided to change that and finish it with a zigzag stitch, I think this particular one is kind of an overlock stitch. The idea was to cut the excess fabric close to the stitches, but I became fond of how it looked when the fabric started to fray so I left it.

La Folie - A Sunny Spot - Stripes Top

La Folie - A Sunny Spot - Stripes Top

I always like to think that my style is happy and fun at least when it comes to the kids clothes, and I think this top really conveys that (I’m such a cliché hahaha). It feels amazing to look at the fabric and think I designed it too, even as basic as a striped fabric is. Even better was to see M’s face when I showed her the top, she was so so happy with it. ❤ Totally worth it!

La Folie - A Sunny Spot - Stripes Top

Some of you asked if I would be making these available at Spoonflower. I’m not sure yet. I have been considering it but it seems a bit complicated so I’m a bit on the fence, I would definitely love to be able to sell them so I’ll keep you posted on that.

La Folie - A Sunny Spot - Stripes Top

Ok I just had to brag about perfect stripe matching! hahaha It could be better pressed though… ahem… But still… stripes match thats what counts! hehehe

La Folie - A Sunny Spot - Stripes Top

I won’t lie, I feel a bit proud of this. LOL I wish I could order tons of yards of my own prints hahaha I would love to have these stripes in jersey naturally, you know me, nothing makes me happier than sewing knits. Although I’m not sure I would have striped matched so perfectly if this was jersey! heheheh 😉

La Folie - A Sunny Spot - Stripes Top

This book is a really great buy, it has many projects I want to make and all the A Sunny Spot patterns I tried so far are perfect. I bought my copy here, and you can read a review of the book here.

La Folie - A Sunny Spot - Stripes Top

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Project Sew It – January

La Folie - Project Sew It - January

My Project Sew It goal last year was to sew one item of clothing for myself each month. Yep, you guessed right, I totally failed… This year I have the same goal but I’ll try to do better hehehe. Celina added optional themes to each month this year and I decided to embrace them to make it even more fun. If you don’t know Project Sew it you can check out Celina’s post announcing it last year (here). Everything happens in our FB group but I’ll do my best to keep my makings up to date here no the blog; I share pretty much every item I sew on IG but I’m a bit more lazy to get them here… ahem 😉

La Folie - Project Sew It - January

This months’ theme was Sweaters and since my sweater knit stash is currently pretty limited it was almost a no brainer to choose this lovely light grey wool sweater knit (actually I’m not really sure on the contents of this, it feels like it might have a bit of acrylic but I may be wrong).

I had just a small amount of the fabric so trust me when I say I used pretty much every single bit of it to make this Hemlock Tee. Was it a hard decision, what to sew this month? (You might be tempted to ask) Nope hahaha The pattern was right there, cut and ready looking at me hahah and I already knew it would probably work in this fabric… Me as usual… hahahah I did dream of making this one here for a while but laziness (Gosh I use this word to describe myself so many times, whats wrong with me? hahahah) and the fact I don’t have much feedback on their patterns won. But I may be giving it a try because I really love the design.

La Folie - Project Sew It - January

I made two minor changes to the pattern. For the neckline, and since I only had a tiny strip of fabric left (not even wide enough for a band), I sewed it on the neckline right sides together as close to the edge as possible, turned over to the wrong side of the fabric and stitched it in place with a zigzag stitch (don’t forget pressing, yeah I’m a good girl now heheh). I usually prefer finishing stretch seams with a double needle but lately it hasn’t been working; I bought a new one, good thread, all the usual things I do to make it work and still nothing, so I decided to keep it cool and just go with the flow… 😉 I do like the result so all good.

La Folie - Project Sew It - January

I had limited amount of fabric has I said before so I had to cut the sleeves shorter and add cuffs, I’m really pleased with how it turned out though. I also cut the front and back bodice pieces 10 cm shorter, the same I did on my first take on this pattern which became one of my favorite sweaters since I made it (you can see it here).

The Hemlock Tee is a free pattern by Grainline Studio and you can get more details on how to get it here. It only comes in one size but I know for a fact it works great on many different body types, just check this post here. Don’t forget to check out Project Sew It FB group, it’s a super fun and full of inspiration, best part: you’re totally free to set your own Project Sew It goal.

Thank you sweet Andreia for finding this cozy lovely fabric for me, you’re the best! ❤

La Folie - Project Sew It - January

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