Monday, April 10, 2017

Archer Shirt in Tencel Denim

I've been working my way through the popular Grainline patterns (still have to blog my Morris Blazer that I made last fall) and I am very happy to have finished my first Archer button up shirt. While I have made collared shirts for Leo and A.J., I haven't made one for myself before.

I sewed a size 6 with no alterations. I measured a size 8 in the bust but I knew it was a loose fitting style so I went ahead and crossed my fingers that the size 6 would work, and it does. As a side note, I am definitely interested in trying Liesl + Co's new Classic Shirt Pattern, since it comes with a range of cup sizes... I love to avoid doing full bust adjustments.

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Les Fleurs Toddler Backpack

Lottie's been going to a fantastic preschool a few mornings a week since April, so she is long overdue for her own backpack! She doesn't usually see the big kids getting on the bus, but a snow delay this week left her in tears for one of her own. The timing was perfect because I had just cut this one that I've had on my to-do pile for months.

This is Made By Rae's Toddler Backpack, which I also made for Louisa and Leo.

I used Cotton and Steel fabric from the beloved Rifle Paper Co.'s Les Fleurs line (rosa floral canvas in natural), and Rashida Coleman-Hale's Mochi line (canvas in scattered pink). Both are a cotton-linen blend and a little bit lightweight, so I interfaced everything with a medium/heavy weight interfacing.

The lining is also from the Les Fleurs line, Bon Voyage Periwinkle. I liked the travel theme inside because the kids have been using these bags for road trip supplies well beyond toddlerhood. I put her name and my phone number inside with some iron-on transfer printer paper.

The only alteration to the pattern was to add an exterior slip pocket on one side and an elastic pocket on the other.