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My Esme Tunic

My Esme Tunic -Striped Woven Japanese fabric | sewn by a happy stitch

A while back I made this Esme Tunic and it’s been in heavy circulation since. This is one of the most well-worn items in my handmade wardrobe. The pattern is from Lotta Jansdotter’s most recent book, Everyday Style (affiliate link), which is an inspiring, textile-filled book and probably one of my new favorites.  The fabric was purchased last year at Superbuzzy, I got it while I was at Craftcation.  They have a very impressive selection of heavy-duty Japanese fabric and this woven striped print was calling my name. I love the subtle lemon/lime green stripe. (more…)

Wrap Up :: Thoughts on a Handmade Summer Wardrobe

Thoughts on a Handmade Summer Wardrobe || a happy stitch

I have a tendency to move quickly from one thing to the next but I really wanted to be sure and do a wrap up on my handmade summer wardrobe even though it is late October.  Originally, I wanted to jot down reflections so I could have a record of the progress I made toward my goal.  But, as I started writing I realized that I am also sorting through some conflicted feelings. I started the handmade summer wardrobe idea with a deliberate plan that involved assessing my fabric stash and finding the gaps in my summer wardrobe so I could make wearable items from what I have. I set out to make three dresses, three tops, two tunics, one romper, two pairs of shorts and a cardigan.  I ended up making two rompers, three pairs of shorts, three tops, one tunic, one skirt and a cardigan. Overall, I’m thrilled I could tick off accomplishments and am proud of some strong additions to my handmade wardrobe. Most are things I will wear (the tunic and ikat top being the possible exceptions).  It’s so neat and tidy as a little plan, isn’t it?

But, sometimes we create boxes to organize things and then we resent that we are sat in a box, you know?  I guess it is the push and pull of creative limits? As it turns out, I hated my self-created limitations and often found I was reluctantly dragging myself back to stick to the plan. (more…)

City Shorts in Double Gauze

Comfy City Shorts in Double Gauze || a happy stitch

Mmmm, double gauze is like the ice cream of fabrics. It’s a double layer of soft, light, sweet goodness and I have made myself a pair of City Shorts so my skin can celebrate this fabric as much as possible.  Truthfully, these shorts are really for lounging but that is all the more reason to focus on comfort, cuteness and scrumptious fabric. (more…)

Handmade Wardrobe Basics :: Thurlow Shorts

Handmade Summer Wardrobe Basics! Thurlow Shorts in Chambray -a-happy-stitch

A good pair of shorts is at the heart of any basic summer wardrobe and I was determined to make them.  I didn’t have a solid plan when I added them to my handmade summer wardrobe plan but I knew they had to be there if I was serious about making what I will actually wear. So here it is, summer is OVER and I am thrilled to show off two pairs of thurlow shorts…one in speckled chambray and one in olive twill.  Neither pair are traffic-stopping exciting to look at but I’m positively thrilled!  It was a sewing accomplishment to be sure with a good fit, functioning zipper, fitted waistband as well as welt pockets. If only sewing skillZ COULD stop traffic, right?!

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Coral and Navy Datura Blouse

The Lovely Datura Blouse in Coral voile and Navy : An elegant sew! - a-happy-stitch_

Among the t-shirts and jeans and shorts and other standards in a closet is another, more exciting wardrobe basic…the dressy but not too dressy top.  It’s the top that does all the work for you; not requiring any extra effort from other items of clothing.  Know what I mean? You can throw it over jeans for effortless styling while running errands or put it on for a low-key date night or kid’s performance at school. It’s the “I have an everyday thing I’m going to that’s a little bit more than a mundane thing but not an exciting, over the top thing”.  It’s always been a bit of a closet unicorn for me. Easy to imagine but hard to find.

It seems, however, that my moment has come.  I have found my unicorn in this navy and coral Datura Top. This top is going to work-it-work-it for me.

The Lovely Datura Blouse in Coral voile and Navy : An elegant sew! - a-happy-stitch_

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What The Hack? An Accidental Skirt

Ikat Woven Skirt with Pockets | a happy stitch

Hello friends. I’m not exactly sure how it happened but it has been nearly a month since an update.  It was completely unintentional but it turned out to be a ridiculously busy time; I had a birthday (41!) and my sister got married.  In fact, I was the officiant at my sister’s wedding. It was a beautiful honor to marry my sister to her incredible husband but I was really nervous.  I did manage to get through the whole ceremony without too many tears. Score!  Nobody wants a blubbering officiant.  I wish my recent sewing had been as successful as my words, but no luck. Instead, I present to you this accidental skirt. (more…)

Fancy Pants Summer Romper

Sanibel Romber in Liberty (Easy Pattern Hack) | a happy stitch

There is always a little niggle in the back of my mind when I make something for the first time. Much as I love pattern hacking I mostly avoid major pattern tweaks on a first try.  I follow the rules of the pattern on my initial attempt. I do this mostly so I can discern whether an un-altered pattern will fit me as-is and to be certain the pattern makes sense.  It’s very logical but it means I forgo any alterations I want to make.  That can make me eager to stitch up a second option soon after the first. Most of the time, this doesn’t make a ton of practical sense.  Why have two different colors of the same shirt when I really only need one? You know. But, it bothers me, hence the niggle. I have these fun alteration ideas and have to walk away from that particular brain wormhole, leaving behind all these adaptations that never come to be.  The urge was too strong with the Sanibel Romper, though. I was compelled to try out a summer-y version; I couldn’t resist the wormhole so down I went. Enter, the fancy pants summer romper.  (There is also a dress version disaster but I’ll share that later because oof..of course, if you follow me on IG you may have some idea).  (more…)

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