A Little Black Blazer

A Little Black Blazer | happy together
We are still on the hunt for our next house. I thought looking for a house to rent was tiring, but looking for one to buy is a bit more because we really want to find one that fits our needs. I haven’t been in the craft room too often lately, but I did have the opportunity to receive some fabric c/o Organic Cotton Plus to sew with. I chose to try out a hemp fabric this time and make something for myself.

Simple Blazer to Sew | happy together
Before my fabric even came in the mail I had a pattern picked out. I found this Linen Blazer pattern on Burdastyle and knew the hemp fabric would be similar to the linen that the pattern called for. I also wanted a lightweight and simple/modern blazer and this pattern fit the bill.

Dyeing Hemp Fabric from Organic Cotton Plus | happy together
I ordered the plain weave barley hemp fabric because my computer screen gave it a mustardy color. When it arrived it was more of a khaki though. While it was not a bad color, it did not look good next to my skin tone so I decided to dye it. I went to the closest store that carried dye and could only find this kind in the color black. I washed the fabric first and then dyed it. It worked really well. I really liked how the hemp fabric got softer and softer after each wash and it was easy to sew with.

Inside of Black Blazer | happy together
I didn’t follow the pattern directions completely (as usual haha). I opted out of adding a complete lining and just did it around the neck and front sides. It worked out beautifully and I felt so accomplished when I was done with it. I like the simple lines, which made for a very easy sew. A few years ago I would have been intimidated to try and sew a blazer. So if you feel that way I suggest trying one like this that doesn’t have an intricate collar and pockets. It would be easy to modify for different body types as well. If I was to make it again, I might add darts in the back. This has inspired me to sew for myself some more once life gets more settled. It truly is a great feeling to be able to make exactly what you want, especially when you cannot find it in a store.

-Jess

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A Tulle Skirt Per Request

A Tulle Skirt | happy together
I used my sewing machine a little bit recently. One of the things I made was this tulle skirt for miss E. She’s always asking for skirts and dresses and wanted a fun skirt to go with this shirt.

Shades of Pink Tulle Skirt | happy together
I tried a new technique by sewing the fabrics directly onto a wide elastic band at the waist. It didn’t go so well, but this little girl is still happy. And I learned some new things.

Tulle Skirt | happy together
I might redo with the waist and I will definitely revisit the whole skirt sewing directly onto the elastic thing. I probably should have looked up how to do that first, but I always learn from my mistakes :) Hopefully next time I will be successful. Any tips?

-jess

A Top with Ukrainian Heritage

A Top with Ukrainian Heritage | happy together
My mother-in-law’s mother-in-law was from the Ukraine and was a sewer. She left behind a few pieces of her embroidery work when she passed from this earth and my mother-in-law had kept them tucked away for some years. We went up to Virginia to visit family last summer and I inherited those special pieces along with some other sewing notions. I love embroidery work and this was extra special since it was made by my daughter’s great grandmother. I knew that I wanted to create something special using those pieces. This little top for miss E was the first to be made.

A Top with Ukrainian Heritage | happy together
The embroidered piece was really small, so I wanted to show case it. I placed it at the top of a linen fabric to let it pop. I based the top’s shape on another top that miss E has and kept it very simple. I did make it a little too large (she was napping and I just went on sewing instead of waiting….) but I fixed it by taking it in on the sides and holding it in place with embroidery thread. I like the little accent it adds.

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I happened to have the pre-made blue ruffles in my stash. They matched perfectly and were easy to add on as straps.

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This girl has grown some since I first made this and it looks like I might need to extend the top a little. We have been having some warm days so I know we will still get plenty of use out of it before she completely outgrows it. -Jess

 

A Handmade Christmas Dress

A Handmade Christmas Dress | happy together
In the midst of the business that happens this month, I was able to make one of my daughter’s a Christmas dress. I really tried to do both, but the outfit I sewed up for miss J just wasn’t fitting quite right and I decided it would take a lot more time to fix the issues than I could afford. Miss E got a little dress though (and don’t worry, I will get one done for miss J too, just maybe closer to Christmas).

A Handmade Christmas Dress | happy together
I used my As You Like It Dress pattern to make the dress. I am currently working on revising that pattern and should have it back in the shop by the end of January. I used a lovely embroidered pillow case to create a front apron on it. I actually have one more pillowcase like this and plan to create a dress to sell using it. A goal for next year is to create more one of a kind clothing pieces to stick in my shop every now and again…but that is another story ;) I also used some vintage lace trim my mom had given me for the straps. The red fabric was gifted from a friend as she had used it for some birthday party decor and no longer needed it and I found the gingham at Hancock Fabrics. It all looks so precious together!

A Handmade Christmas Dress | happy together
She wore the dress for the Christmas pictures I took of the girls. Here are other outfit details: Miss E- sweater/GapKids, Tights/Old Navy, Boots/Walmart; Miss J- Shirt and Hat/GapKids, Skirt and Leggings/Old Navy, Boots/Walmart. We ended up retaking these pictures because the first time did not go well! haha But we visited our adopted Louisiana family’s home and they did much better with the lovely distractions of fruit trees and a luscious garden to check out. Has anyone else made their littles an outfit for this month?

-Jess

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Anthropologie Style Refashion: The Cassia Scoopneck DIY

Anthropologie Style Refashion: The Cassia Scoopneck DIY | happy together
One of my most favorite sewing projects are refashions. It’s fun to just sit down and alter something already made. It doesn’t usually take as long compared to making an item from scratch and it’s satisfying to add a little more “you” to clothing. We all know how much I adore Anthropologie, so I went there for inspiration first. I found the Cassia Scoopneck and decided it would be fun to replicate in my own way. I mainly focused on the back, but there are a few other details you could add to a shirt to look even more like theirs (like the ruched sleeves and the added lace details to the front bottom corner).

Anthropologie Style Refashion: The Cassia Scoopneck DIY | happy together
I originally had a shirt that looked more like the Anthro one. It was dark blue with small white stripes. Unfortunately I went to cut it and accidentally cut the front instead of the back! That made me so sad. That shirt will be made into something else though. I tried to find a shirt thrifting, with no luck, but came across this cute boat neck striped shirt at Walmart. They had it with mustard yellow stripes as well. My friend also gave meĀ  a perfect vintage curtain for the back and I used buttons, knit fabric, and lace from my stash. This shirt would have cost me nothing at all if it wasn’t for my accident, but it ended up costing me $7.44 to make versus the $68 the Anthro one costs.

Anthropologie Style Refashion: The Cassia Scoopneck DIY | happy together
You can see the before and after of the shirt above. Just little details that take this shirt to a whole new level. This is what you will need to made your own refashion:

  • Knit shirt of choice
  • Lace fabric
  • Lining fabric (I just used a knit fabric so I wouldn’t have to sew a bottom seam and it wouldn’t unravel)
  • Lace trim of choice
  • 5 buttons
  • Small piece of ribbon for button loop (or can make a loop simply from embroidery thread)
  • Pins
  • Needle for hand sewing
  • Embroidery Thread
  • Appropriate sewing needle (for knit fabric) and sewing machine with notions
  • Scissors
  • Iron
  • Optional: Ruler or Measuring tape

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