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Polka Dot Trevi Top in Double Gauze

Little Polka Dot Trevi Top || a happy stitch

I pretty much know, at this point, that any pattern made by Adrianna from Hey June Handmade is going to fit me and look amazing on first try.  Check out my Cheyenne blouse, Sanibel rompers, Lane Raglan hoodie, and  leggings for proof. So, I was jubilant when she asked me to pattern test her latest creation, the Trevi Top and Dress. I went with a double gauze fabric from my stash to make this polka dot Trevi top.  I am thrilled with the results, as expected.

Little Polka Dot Trevi Top || a happy stitch

The pattern for this simple, drape-y top has just enough detail of construction to be interesting and flattering.  The tall neckline and high cut at the shoulders combine with a button placket on the back. To be honest, it’s not a style I would normally get into but I trust Adrianna so much that I agree to test for her and I am glad I did because it worked out.

Little Polka Dot Trevi Top || a happy stitch

Little Polka Dot Trevi Top || a happy stitch

Isn’t the button placket such a perfect detail? It always amazes me how much a button placket takes a simple shirt to the next level.  Now that I am comfortable with the buttonhole maker function on my sewing machine, I’m way less intimidated by buttonhole making. In fact, I kind of look forward to it because it’s really so simple but looks impressive. If you haven’t played around with the buttonhole function on your machine, I have to encourage you to take an afternoon and conquer it. You won’t regret it!

Little Polka Dot Trevi Top || a happy stitch

A bit of nitty-gritty on this top. After looking at the size chart, I decided to grade the top from a size 6 at the top to a size 12 at the hips. I know, super dramatic!! I have really sizable (juicy and lovable) hips and I’ve found it’s better to just embrace the difference and account for it rather than be disappointed when something doesn’t fit. The thing is, however, this top has a lot of ease at the hips and I really overdid it. I mean, I still like how this top looks but it just doesn’t need to be quite so flowy. I also think, with this style, the size 6 was a tiny bit too small at my chest.  There is a first time for everything, right? It’s not tight enough to be constricting, though, so it’s all good.

Little Polka Dot Trevi Top || a happy stitch

The fabric is a double gauze, as I mentioned. I got it two years ago in Portland at Bolt. It’s a lovely print from Kokka, designed by Ellen Luckett Baker. It made for a very comfortable and sweet but not overly sweet little top.

Little Polka Dot Trevi Top || a happy stitch

An Olive and Pink Everyday Blouse

An Olive and Pink Everyday Blouse || sewn by a happy stitch

I made myself an olive and pink everyday blouse, y’all.  And, it’s ticking all the happy boxes.

Tremendously wearable but not at all boring. Check!  Comfortable but not frumpy. Check! Full of elegant but not-at-all fussy details. Check! Fulfills my commitment to make a blouse for Project Sew It.  Check!    Awesome addition to my handmade closet. Check! Check! check!

I’ve been crushing on this pattern since it came out. The Everyday Blouse was released through UpCraft Club and designed by Rachel, the Brazilian designer and endlessly talented sewist behind House of Pinhiero. (more…)

Alice Top in Batiste

Alice Top in Batiste (Leah Duncan fabric from Cloud 9 fabrics) :: A Happy Stitch

A few weeks (possibly months? Dunno. Time doesn’t make sense anymore.)…whatever, let’s say “a while back” to be safe. The point is, I stopped in at Cloud 9 Fabrics to drop off some sample products I had sewn for them and Michelle was wearing an amazing Alice Top in batiste fabric. We got talking about it and pretty soon I needed to make one too.  It looked so good on her and I couldn’t resist the simple but unusual design of this low-key top. (more…)

Sewing with Sweater Knit Fabric

When I first started sewing I was terrified to sew with fabrics other than basic quilting cotton.  But the truth is, sewing garments in woven cotton fabric is really limiting, especially since most of us wear knit fabric for day to day wear.  My love of sewing garments….really my whole mission to make my own clothing, increased triple-fold when I conquered my fears of sewing with a variety of textiles. As soon as you can sew rayons, jersey knits, sweater knits, silks and cotton lawn with confidence, you can make just about anything!   I realized yesterday while I was writing about the cardigan for my mom that sewing with sweater knit fabric is one of those substrates that can be intimidating.

But, it doesn’t have to be! In the spirit of encouraging others to stitch up a more adventurous wardrobe I decided to share my simple tricks for sewing with sweater knit fabric. Let’s make it easy and not at all intimidating, shall we? (more…)

Color-Blocked Julia Cardigan in Sweater Knit (for my Mom)

Color-Blocked Julia Cardigan | a happy stitch

Hey look! It’s my mom! Isn’t she the cutest, most beautiful person? She was visiting us from Minnesota this weekend and we decided to go out for a fancy-ish dinner but she had nothing  to wear.  I grabbed this color-blocked Julia cardigan (literally pulled it fresh off my sewing table) and I soon as she put it on I knew it belonged to her. I hadn’t even worn once it myself but it was obvious it was fated to be hers. She just looks great in it, don’t you think? Honestly, meant to be. (more…)

Boho-Style Cape

Boho-Style Cape _ sewn by a happy stitch

What a strange time to be a maker. As so many of us are, I’m devastated by current events. The world feels threatening and unsettled and there are about eleventy billion people my heart is trying to scramble around to embrace, protect, shield. But, even as my emotions scramble, everything keeps shifting beneath my feet and I’m exhausted just trying to keep up with my Facebook feed. I’ve come back dozens of times to realize that what re-energizes and restores me is making things.  My time behind the sewing machine is where I can construct something real and solid and certain. I’ve long joked that sewing is my therapy and that has officially stopped being a joke. The process feels vital and at the same time the results feel frivolous. It’s an odd juxtaposition.  I guess this is a long way of saying that I made a boho-style cape and it’s not going to save the world but it got me through a tough time. Ha!

Ooh boy. (more…)

Casual but Elegant. My Tallinn Sweatshirt

It’s no secret that I am a fan of Hey June patterns. I use her patterns to make so much of my wardrobe, i.e. the cheyennesloan leggings, the lane raglan, it’s all on standby in my closet.  So, when I was asked to be a pattern tester for her latest women’s pattern, the Tallinn Sweater, I jumped on the chance.  And, I’m so happy I did because now I have this casual but elegant Tallin sweatshirt. (more…)

Look at You, 2016.

Look At You 2016! Handmade Clothing of 2016 by A Happy Stitch

Happy New Year everybody! The book is officially closed on 2016 and personally, I was getting worried that damn door was never gonna shut. I know there are battles ahead in 2017 but it feels refreshing to be on the other side.  I’m feeling optimistic and ready. Our family had a lovely, restorative winter break complete with waterpark adventures, puzzles, family time and so many games! (Friends with elementary-aged children, do yourself a favor and pick up the game Catan Junior.* It’s such a fun game for everyone!)

Looking back on 2016, I feel proud.  Guys, I did it. I stuck to my continuing goal of buying no new clothing for a second year. That is two straight years of only making or buying secondhand clothes. My Nothing New Project is going strong with no end in sight.  And, honestly, this has become a bigger focus of my attention that I will be talking about a lot more this year. (more…)

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