Amanda is a Hamilton, ON based watercolour painter, sewing instructor, knitter, mother, and generally crafty person!

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Last Day of Winter & Some Freshly Sewn Clothes

Last Day of Winter & Some Freshly Sewn Clothes

Awww, Finn thinks you look so beautiful today. 

Awww, Finn thinks you look so beautiful today. 

Tomorrow is the first day of spring. I am so excited! I know we have all felt this way, but it's been such a brutal year. I have basically stopped leaving the house, and mostly just spend my time napping and sewing. As you will see, because I have a bunch of projects to show you this week!

I made myself a black Jersey dress, because they are comfortable and perfect for when I am home hanging with Finn. I made the pattern myself, and the fabric is a Black Organic Cotton Jersey from Needlework. The fabric feels great on me, but it was kind of a jerk to sew with, it kept curling up at the edges, like all thin Jersey knits do. 

I made another Archer Shirt. Pattern from Grainline Studios, tomato soup coloured shot cotton from Needlework, and buttons from Nova Sewing. This fabric is gorgeous but it pilled a lot in the pre-wash. I am hoping that most of the pilling was from loose fibers and maybe that will happen less in future washes because my seams will all be finished. It also wrinkles fairly easily, which I think means it will be more of a casual shirt than I had expected.

Also, if you follow me on twitter, you will know that I attached a shirt collar inside out one evening. That would be this one, and no I did not fix it. Ain't nobody got time for that. 

On the plus side, I worked out some of the fitting kinks from my first Archer. This time I raised the shoulder a bit, and made the entire top in a 14, grading out to an 18 at the hips. It fits much more closely, which is great. 

I need to trim my button hole threads... please ignore the explosion of threads behind each button. 

I need to trim my button hole threads... please ignore the explosion of threads behind each button. 

The buttons are so awesome, kind of a powder finish super dark brown. I also bought them in a navy tinge, because they are just excellent. This shot also shows you the awesomeness of this shot cotton! Shot cotton is  a cotton where one of the threads is another colour from the main colour of the shirt. So in this case, a deep red which pops out as the light shifts. It's also an excellent weight for a shirt like this, much lighter than a quilting cotton. 

I love it muchly.

This is a Martha Negley print, and a Colette Laurel pattern. I made it a while back as practice/a shop sample so I could teach a Laurel class at Needlework. But it's mine now! To be honest, I am not sure this is the most flattering shape on me. I tend to prefer more details and shaping. Also, although I madly love this print, it's not the MOST practical choice I have made, in terms of pairing it with the rest of my wardrobe. I do still wear it often, but mostly at home with jeans. It makes me grin to look down and see the peaches. This is definitely a super happy shirt. 

I need to do a post about sewing shirts for Jay, but it's kind of going to be long, so I will save that for a few days. 

I also bought fabric for another Archer -- an aqua flannel check for wearing at the cottage. And also a navy polyester with peach hearts on it that I have NO idea what to do with (maxi skirt?), and also a rust coloured double knit that will probably be a maxi dress. 

Part of me wonders if I am sewing too much, but the other part of me knows that I am making up for lost time, and things will naturally slow down. It's nice to feel inspired and want to make things, so I am just going to go with it!

 

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