Welcome to my stop on the My Favorite Things tour with Sewing by Ti! Ti left this tour fairly open-ended, with only the request that each blogger share his or her favorite sewing tool. I’ll get to that in a bit, but first I thought I’d talk just a little bit about my top 5 favorite and/or most-worn handmade items.
Many of these items are not particularly recent makes, which means that they have stood the test of time!
My all-time most worn items is one that didn’t even get its own blog post! Almost two years ago, I made a pair of low-rise, skinny Ginger Jeans in a basic navy stretch twill.
I wear these pants all. the. time. They go with everything. I can wear them for work and weekends. They’re comfortable and they fit well. These pants were a great use of time and materials.
My second most worn item has to be my sleeveless Granville shirt that I made more than two years ago now. In fact, I wore this shirt so much that I finally had to retire it!
I love the idea of button up shirts, but I really don’t like sleeves. I made this Granville without sleeves, altered it for my forward sloping shoulder and swayback and it was a perfect fit. Comfortable, flattering, and perfect for layering under a cardigan or blazer. Another sleeveless Granville (or maybe even 2) are on my fall capsule sewing list.
3. Gemma Tank
This is a make that even recent readers should recognize! The Gemma Tank was the winner on Part 1 of my woven tank head-to-head comparison (Part 2 is currently in the works!).
I really like the fit on this tank and the chambray fabric makes it uber versatile. This gets a lot of wear for both work and weekends. (And once again you can see my navy Gingers!)
My Sallie Jumpsuit is my go-to date night outfit and has been ever since I made it. It is the perfect combination of dramatic and comfy, and the navy color makes it classic.
I recently cut a few inches off the hem so that I can wear it with more than my 5-inch platform sandals, so it should get more workday wear in addition to date nights 🙂
And last but certainly not least is another pair of pants that have become a work staple — my gray Ladies Harem Pants.
Harem pants may not seem like an obvious choice for the office, but the gray rayon crepe suiting I used makes them anything but casual. They are comfortable to wear and go with most of my work attire, and consequently I wear them quite a bit.
With the exception of my Granville, which I had to retire because it was so worn out and had stains that I could no longer scrub out, each of these pieces is still in my closet! I have done a lot of purging since I made some of these pieces, but they always survive.
And now for my favorite sewing tool:
I hemmed and hawed about this one for a while. While I have a lot of sewing tools, I had a hard time identifying one that I just loved and couldn’t live without. And then it suddenly came to me:
I adore my edgestitching foot. My #10 Bernina foot was one of the best $50 I’ve ever spent on anything sewing related. It makes edgestitching and stitching in the ditch a breeze. It is also what helps me get beautiful, even topstitching on all my garments, even jeans with their highly-visible topstitching. My #1 basic foot and my #10 edgestitching foot are out at pretty much all times when I’m sewing and I routinely switch back and forth between the two.
What are your favorite sewing things?
Don’t miss the other stops on the tour:
Sunday, August 13th: Lulu & Celeste
14th: Seams Sew Lo
15th: Tales From a Southern Stitching Mom
16th: Stitching and Making
17th: Creative Counselor ***You are here.
18th: Ma Moose
19th: Kainara Stitches