Colette Patterns Aster in Dotted Kaufman Chambray

Colette AsterI purchased the Aster pattern  by Colette Patterns the moment they released it into the universe back in 2015.  That image of the woman with the wide brimmed hat and crisp blue chambray button-up sold me. I could not get over the cuffed sleeves and the curved hem. If I had it my way, I would live in button-up shirts. Plus, V-necks are just magic when put on tiny torsos like mine.

Since this shirt was destined to be paired with black skinny jeans and Vans sneakers, casual chambray was the only option. I got this fabric from Fabric.com and I love it! The color! Oye! A perfect soft wine fabric dotted with baby white spots that are positively small and not too girly. The texture! So crispy fresh with a little give. You know, cool denim without looking like a denim shirt. We’ll call chambray the tender denim.

Colette Aster

The instructions were wonderful. I didn’t really need to use the sewalong, although I had them in front of me just in case. You never know when something might look weird.

Two problems with construction.

  1. BIAS TAPE. For whatever reason, the bias tape was really small. Like, I’ve never made it that small before so finding the right size stumped me. I cut down bias tape from already purchased tape to 3/4″ and that seemed to workout.
  2. THE CUFF. I worked on that cuff origami for seriously four hours. There was something about how you wrap it around or whatever that blew my mind. Thank you to everyone who posted pictures of your Asters because I zoomed in and stared at your sleeves for what seemed like days.

Everything else was fine. Even the neckline! I thought the neckline instructions were pretty straight forward. The only thing I really messed up I somehow made the shirt uneven in the front. Who cares though!

Another thing I learned in this project is how to store your interfacing. Let’s just say I totally forgot about where I stuffed my pile of interfacing, and had to reach for the parchment paper to carefully iron it out. Yeah. It’s nicely rolled up in a cardboard tube now. Thanks, Internet.

Colette AsterNow lets talk fit. I changed nothing. HEAR THAT WORLD?! Sewed up a straight size 0. I didn’t even shorten it. For a moment when putting the sleeves together I thought my tiny arm wouldn’t fit through the even tinier hole, but everything worked out just peachy.

Two things I don’t like:

  1. I don’t like is how it stays puffed out. Now, I know it’s because of the stiffer fabric. And I have washed it a few times so it’s softened up quite a bit. As a matter of fact, I hated the top until I washed it twice.
  2. The neckline. Guys, it doesn’t lay flat. I too thought mine would be different, but here I am with a neckline that doesn’t quite lay on my shoulders.

Things I LOVE:

  1. The overall fit is great! It has the most forgiving amount of ease without looking dumpy.
  2. The neckline and hem make this shirt.
  3. The cuffed sleeves are adorable and a great length.

Colette Aster

Colette Patterns Aster is a great pattern if you can figure out the cuffs and I think well worth the effort. I want to make it again in white rayon challis or in a navy rayon poplin. The front pleated version looks like a dressier version and would be super cute in a drapier fabric as well….like black silk. Ugh. With gold jewelry. Stop. It.

Not sure what to make next…I’m printing a pattern out as I’m typing right now, but not sure if I’m ready to commit to it yet. Happy sewing!! Thanks for reading!

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Clipboard Wall Art

Clipboard Wall Art

January, the time when people scramble to get their lives together and organize everything. I have a solution for you: GET CLIPBOARDS. Not only do they look good, but they also serve a function.

The problem started when the bare walls in my living room began driving me nuts. I was on the lookout for some type of mood board or inspiration wall that didn’t involve cork board. Sometimes I think cork board can go from functional cute to really effen cheap Bed Bath and Beyond wall decor at light speed. My wall needed something that illuminates my sources of inspiration, but also doesn’t look like elementary school Brenna pasted stuff on the wall. Enter the oh-so-multitasking clipboard.

This wall art not only brightens up my room, BUT it also holds my WIP’s, future patterns, along with scraps of fabric and other pieces of life that I want to see everyday to keep me moving. I’m pretty pumped that I found these in the dollar bins at Target. Gold is my new color/choice of metal right now. Shiny gold everything. Try and stop me.

Clipboard Wall Art

The clean lines, the grid pattern, and the shiny metal clips on my wall command organization. I want to clip everything under those tabs. To harness them in place, I used one Command strip per clipboard so I don’t have to worry about holes in the wall and I can move these guys around in case I want to add more (I want to add more).

I was just thinking how I could up my organization and motivation and then Beth from Sew DIY busted out this free download for your sewing journal. I could totally print out a page a month and post it on my wall….I’M. SO. PUMPED.

Sears Kenmore 1430

In the best news, my macheen is back!! Her timing belt was busted AND her tension was off!  UGH Just look at her now. All beaming and ready to sew. Unfortunately, it’s the busy season at my job so I’m down right exhausted after work and my numero uno rule in sewing is NEVER SEW WHEN TIRED. I’ve made too many mistakes to just jump right into a project when I should be jumping in bed.

Fashion Sketch Inari tee dressFashion Sketch Linden Sweater

I’ve been sketching up some patterns I want to work on. These aren’t winter appropriate outfits, but these silhouettes are just speaking to me right now. I have the jewelry for them so I MUST sew them up and wear them. I drew up this short sleeve Linden Sweatshirt last year,  but couldn’t find the right fabric. This year I WILL find the right fabric. The Inari Tee Dress will be sewn up in some black fabric and paired with this gold plate necklace that I got for Christmas. It just goes to show I need to start making my lists of things to make this year.

HAPPY 2017 everyone! I can’t wait to see everyone’s makes this year! Here’s to finally getting our list’s up and running!

 

 

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