I’m back for the Watcha Wearin’ January tour with yet another Grainline make. What can I say? I love Grainline patterns!
I bought the Lark Tee when it released in 2015 and sewed up a great sparkly grey V-neck that you may recall from here. Then I cut another top, and like the sewing magpie that I am, was promptly distracted by another shiny new project.
Happy 2017 everyone! Today I’m popping in as part of Tibeca’s Watcha Wearin’ January blog tour with a new make and maybe some style inspiration for the new year. I’ll be participating every Friday this month, showing off how I wear some of my handmades in my day-to-day life.
Today I’m showing off the new Penny Raglan that I made last month. While my love for the Penny Raglan has already been documented, I haven’t pulled out the pattern since summer. But I had leftovers from N’s velvet Christmas dress and wanted to make something for me, so when my eyes landed on my Penny pattern, I knew it was a match made in heaven!
If you’ve ever read my blog, it should be no surprise that I love loose, oversized garments, particularly those in bamboo jersey. And this Penny Raglan (which I originally featured as a Cali & Co contributing blogger) is one of my all-time favorite flowy patterns.
I was such a tease on Monday, wasn’t I? So sorry about that! but I am back here today with all the nitty gritty on my Grainline Willow Tank.
I’ll just start off by saying that with Willow and me it was love at first sight, and it only got better with time. The Willow Tank replaces the Tiny Pocket Tank, which was Grainline’s very first pattern. I had the Tiny Pocket Tank too, and I always appreciated that it had a bust dart, but the fit was never quite right on me, and I never really took the time to get it just right.
Laundry…ugh. Who wants to do laundry, when it’s just as easy to make something new??
Okay, so I’m mostly kidding. Even though laundry is a real pain, I still do it. But it’s kind of the ongoing joke in the sewing world that if you don’t have any clean clothes, there’s no need to cut into sewing time when you could just make yourself something to wear in the same amount of time. Thus, the Make Laundry tour was born!
A number of us crazy folks accepted the challenge to make a garment in the time it would take us to do a load of laundry, thus obviating the need for laundry that day.
Can you tell that I’ve had cold-weather clothes on the mind?
Actually, I had a little bit of foresight this year and managed to sew ahead of the cold season. That means I’m actually wearing handmade clothes most days!
This is another pair of shirts that I originally made for another purpose — the pink and black flannel debuted over on the Sew the Show blog back in October, and the black and white gingham was part of my Where to Wear blog tour outfit.
As you can see, I’ve been stocking up on cold weather makes lately. This is a top that I originally posted over on the Sew the Show blog as my Gilmore-Girls inspired make. Lorelei Gilmore wears a sweatshirt just like this one in an episode, except that hers was navy with a pink heart. I would have loved to use navy and pink for this, but I didn’t have the right fabric, so green and cream it was!
I won’t go on too much here. This is the Grainline Linden sweatshirt. Just my 587,394th one. Okay, that’s a slight exaggeration 🙂 I think this makes number 9. Still, definitely a TNT pattern!
I know I’ve been a bit MIA lately — I’ve been spending a lovely 4 days on a sewing weekend with my girlfriend-wives and it has been heavenly. I love my family very much but sometimes Mama needs a break! We’ve spent the last four days sewing and drinking and sewing while drinking. It was exactly what I needed!
But today I’m here as part of the Where to Wear tour showing off some office wear that I made!
I am a full-time attorney and I work in a fairly conservative law office but I know many people don’t.
So I decided to do two looks — a more formal look that fits right in at a conservative law office as well as a “casual Friday” look that would be great for a more casual office as well!
Before we take another look at one of my all-time favorite patterns (shameless Grainline fangirl here), I just wanted to let y’all know that I have more great tips over on the Sew the Show blog today! Several of you have expressed interest in seeing how I do a forward sloping shoulder adjustment, which is one of my typical adjustments. Well, I did a photo tutorial walking you through the whole process! Find it here.
And now back to our regularly scheduled programming 🙂
I have officially crossed over into the category of Grainline groupie. I’m not ashamed of this fact. With amazing patterns like Linden, Scout, and the Tiny Pocket Tank, Grainline deserves the praise.
So naturally when Jen released her newest pattern, the Lark Tee, I hopped right on that bandwagon too! I purchased Lark almost as soon as it popped up in my Instagram feed and started working on my first top that evening.