Wednesday, July 20, 2022

It's Been Awhile...

How has it been three months since I last posted here?  I didn't even realize it had been that long.  I've had so much going on!  It was a busy spring for sure - two of my kids got married within three weeks of each other,  I ended up with Covid in between the weddings and then some sort of stomach thing that lasted a whole miserable two months and then the end of school madness.   I will say that this year was probably the hardest and most stressful of my career to date.  I'm not sure why - it felt like it should have been easier than the two years previous, but whatever the case I'm so thankful it's done and hopefully next fall is a lot better!

But here I am.  Feeling so much better and we're into week three of summer break, so I'm caught up on much needed rest and feeling more relaxed than I have in months.  Summertime and the living is easy.  I've been working away in my garden, reading books that have been on my to read list for far too long, floating in the pool and getting some sewing and knitting in too.

I'm going to do a catch up post of some of the things I was working on in the months of my blogging hiatus - I sewed my dresses for both weddings and the ties for my husband and little guys (Ok, they're not little anymore - one is already a full fledged teenager and taller than me.  How did that happen?)  and I did a pattern test for Itch to Stitch* in between the weddings that I'm realizing I never shared here, along with a few other sewing projects and I picked up my knitting needles again!!  I'm so incredibly slow at knitting now, but I'm enjoying it, so that's what counts!

So, speaking of pattern testing, I recently finished another one and it's just been released today!  This is the Soller Top and Dress from Itch to Stitch and oh my goodness it was love at first sight!  The Soller features gathers at the front shoulders (achieved so simply with elastic!), a v-neck binding and grown on sleeves that are also finished with binding.  

I made the top version for testing and loved it so much I literally snipped the threads, tried it on and cut out a dress version and was wearing the dress by that afternoon.  So this is also a super speedy, quick fix kind of garment.  I need new tees in my wardrobe because most of mine are getting tattered and worn from so much use, and I'm trying to decide how many Soller tees would be an appropriate number.  

I made my tee out of an unmarked jersey remnant I picked up for a few dollars a couple of years ago at my local Fabricland.  I think it likely has some rayon or bamboo in it because it is super soft and has a drape to it.  I really, really hope I pre-washed my fabric - I usually do before I put it on the shelf, but I had a horrifying moment of thought after I cut it all out that I may not have.  Please oh please don't shrink! It's perfect the way it is!  I'm being super precious about how I care for it, because I don't want to ruin it.

The dress is just as good.  I've reached for it so many times this week already! It's just so comfy and easy to wear.  

This one is made out of The Fabric Snob's "boyfriend" wash jersey and it definitely has been pre-washed so this is a easy throw in the wash without a second thought kind of garment.  Which is a darn good thing given I practically have been living in it right now.  It's been so hot and humid the last little while it's been the perfect thing to throw on and go about my day. 

I want to talk about the yardage for a moment too.  After sewing some garments recently that took a whole lot of yardage (mother of the bride and mother of the groom dresses I'm looking at you...) it was so nice to be able to whip out a top or dress out of a small amount of fabric.  A top in my size 18 takes .8m  and the dress 1.2m!

If you want to get sewing a Soller for yourself, head on over to the Itch to Stitch site.  It's on sale for the release week too!

I'll pop back in soon again to tell you about the Lemont top that I tested and then forgot to tell you about here (although it was over on my Instagram and I did post about it in the ITS facebook group, so you may already have seen both I made.  I'll have to fill you in on the details of my wedding sewing too!

Saturday, April 02, 2022

Sew Frugal 22

Hello, hello!

I'm back on this first Saturday in April to talk about my #sewfrugal22 challenge project that I did during the month of March.  The idea behind the challenge, hosted by Frugalisama and The Sew Yorkshire Girl was that we were to use a free pattern and fabric from our stash to make something during the month of March.

I have a lot of fabric in my stash and there are certainly plenty of patterns that are free available on the internet, so I thought it would be a fun challenge. 

For my project I finally jumped on the #M7969 bandwagon. Well sort of anyways…

I apparently live under a rock and this pattern was not even remotely on my radar until it was offered up as a freebie for signing up to the Minerva newsletter. Then suddenly it was everywhere and I realized it had been for quite some time. As I said. I must live under a rock.

I figured I had THE perfect fabric in my stash for it and I was pretty sure I could squeak it out if I chose the less billowy sleeve. I bought my navy blue floral challis probably three summers ago and have been wanting to make a floaty dress with it for the longest time. So it definitely fit the parameters of the Sew Frugal challenge.  It also fit the challenge going on over on the Minerva site for #SewnWithMcCalls.  Decisions made, it was time to get sewing!

I definitely struggled with choosing a size - there is zero indication on the pattern sizing chart whether it is finished measurements or body measurements - but after reading a lot of reviews online and perusing the #M7969 hashtag on Instagram, I decided to size down from what the pattern  seemed to be suggesting.

I will say it is one heck of a lot of pages to print out (maybe 50?  I can't remember offhand) and taping it together was not my favourite thing.  In fact I really, really disliked it.  I'm not sure what exactly had me so annoyed, it just didn't feel like it was as easy to line up and tape together like some of the other indie companies I have become used to using.  I also haven't used a Big Four pattern in probably close to a decade now for myself, so I'm not used to the style of pattern instructions anymore.  

Once I got it all taped together, all was going swimmingly, or so I thought. Everything got cut out and I had started to sew up my bodice (altered slightly to raise the neckline). Then I went to start the sleeves. That’s when it all went south. I was giving my sleeve pieces a quick press before starting on my next construction step when I noticed it... There was a flaw in my fabric and no way to hide it.  Then I noticed it ran along the bottom of the sleeve too.  They were not holes really, but very obvious almost holes.  Then I looked at the other sleeve and it was worse. It had a swooping line of these frayed almost hole bits marching across the entire sleeve. (not sure if you can see them where I've circled on the photo below, but they were there and they were obnoxiously noticeable.) There was absolutely no working around it. I am sure it was not like that when I got it. Surely I would have noticed when I pre washed and ironed my fabric. The only thing I can think is that maybe the cat got at it?  I was so disappointed.  I had hoped I could order more fabric from Minerva, but alas it's no longer available.  (Not surprising given how much time has passed since I bought it)

sleeve pieces showing flawed floral fabric

So I had to regroup.  Dreams of a floaty, billowy dress dashed,  I would selvage it by making a top instead. I used one skirt piece and cut new sleeves from it. Then I cut the other skirt piece in half for a front and back peplum.

Back to the sewing machine and back on track… or so I thought. Nothing left to do but the hem, I tried it on and found that much to my horror it looked exactly like a maternity top. Eeek!!!!

Back to the drawing board. AGAIN. I skipped the cuff I was going to use and ran elastic through the sleeve hem instead to keep them from hitting an awkward spot on my arm. Then I took the skirt off, cut it down to be a straight peplum like my Helen’s Closet March top that I love so much and decided to call it a day.

Navy floral top shown loosely tucked in, with cropped Lander jeans and clogs

I’m not overly thrilled with it (mostly because it’s in my bad books for not being the dress I envisioned) but I think I will wear it. When I tried it on with my  my cropped Lander jeans and clogs I liked it quite a bit more so maybe not all is lost. Now I just need winter to go away and for me to forgive my top for not behaving. Lol!

Top shown untucked

I will definitely scope out my stash fabric to see if I can make a dress yet.  I also saw a hack for making a blouse without the wrap that seemed like a great idea too, so I want to try that as well!  

Top shown fully tucked in to cropped Lander jeans

Before I do that though, I have some more pressing matters (or projects if you will) at hand.  I absolutely need to make my dress for G's wedding at the end of the month as well as my dress for N's wedding in May.  Plus I want to get my latest Minerva Ambassador project wrapped up and start on the next one AND if there's any time left after that, I want to make a Friday Pattern Company Sagebrush for the #sewaprilblouse22 challenge being hosted by Sew Dahlia Society and Cloth Edit.  I guess if I'm going to get any of those things accomplished I'd better get off the Internet and get down to the sewing room... 

Thursday, February 03, 2022

Sibiu Top

Well, it certainly would appear things are feast or famine in terms of post on this old blog of mine.  It always seems to be the way.  You don't hear a peep from me for ages and then suddenly I'm here twice in as many weeks.  

I'm back here with some more sewing content and what do you know... it's to showcase another brand new Itch to Stitch* pattern that's just launched.  I haven't been doing as much testing lately because with everything going on I haven't felt I have the time or energy to give it the proper attention it deserves.  Every now and again though a design comes across my feed that I a) love the look of, b) have the fabric for, c) it doesn't look like it'll take me too long to sew up and d) I feel like I have the time and brain power for.

The Sibiu Top is one of those designs.  It's a simple design, but one that has a few options to make it really stand out.  I had some leftover fabric from, would you believe another Itch to Stitch test I did way back in 2015 - The Irena Top?  I have saved that red sweater knit for so long not knowing what to do with it.  As soon as I saw what the fabric requirements were I quickly ran down to the sewing room to see if I had enough and I had exactly what I needed!  (Now I'm wondering where on earth my Irena Top got to?  It's not in my closet, nor is it in my dresser drawer.  Huh.  I hope I didn't give it away at some point thinking I didn't fit it anymore.  Note to self:  You need to find your Irena!)  

Anyways - before I get too far away on my tangent let's just circle back to the Sibiu Top.  The only change I made to my size 18 was my standard 1 1/2" in length to the bodice.  However when I sewed up my top and tried it on I realized that I hadn't accounted for the amount of vertical stretch in my fabric being significantly more than the pattern called for.  I ended up taking a inch back off the bottom to bring the hem band up to the appropriate level. I love the short cuffed three quarter sleeves and the crew neckline, which is good because that was all my fabric would allow for! Top finished I decided immediately to make a second one.

For my second one I wanted to try some of the other options so this time I opted for the long cuffs and the cowl neckline.  I decided it was the perfect pattern for my latest Minerva Brand Ambassador project.  This gorgeous sparkly sweater knit was kindly gifted to me in exchange for a review that you can read over on the Minerva site under my profile!

For this one the stretch percentages are what are required by the pattern so I kept the 1 1/2" of length in the bodice and it's perfect for me.  No other changes were necessary at all.  This is such an easy top to fit given it's batwing style.

Of course I couldn't just stop with two of the views when I could make a third version!  For my third I decided to go a more casual route and make a jersey version.  I had a metre of Pointelle Jersey and a metre and a half of the Tangled Gardens from a previous custom round (unfortunately sold out by the looks of it) in bamboo jersey both bought from The Fabric Snob.  I did have to seam the centre back to make it work, as well as cut the cuffs and hem band on the lenghwise grain instead of the crosswise grain, but it was fine.  I could have been less stubborn and reversed my fabrics and had plenty to work with but I wanted just a pop of the floral in the solid.  As I said everything worked out fine, I just had to spend a bit of time figuring everything out - pattern placement tetris if you will.

I'm so happy with all three of my tops!  They're comfortable and cozy and yet another winner for my wardrobe.  You know it's a hit when I make three versions of a pattern within days.

If you'd like to get your own copy of the Sibiu Top pattern you can hop on over to the Itch to Stitch site and get it while it's on sale for the release week!

Sunday, January 30, 2022

Garden Variety

Hello and Happy New Year! I can't believe we're almost to the end of January already!  Things have been a little bit bananas lately including the weather!  We seem to be on a bit of a yo-yo string with Mother Nature these days - bitterly cold then a drastic upswing to just below freezing then plummeting once again into a deep freeze.  The boys have had a total of five weather related school closures already this month (I've had four).  And we have another storm expected to roll through early this week, so that ought to be interesting!

Garden Variety as a scarf

Despite the weather, I'm still getting out and going for my daily walks that I started doing January 1st, 2021.  I'm pretty impressed with myself that I haven't missed a single day in over a year as of yet!  On those bitterly cold days though I need to make sure I'm dressed properly, which for me is wearing ALL the wool!  I'm pretty excited to have a new source of wooly warmth to show you today!

I started the Garden Variety Wrap during a mystery knit along with Paper Daisy Creations back in the fall of 2020.  I thought it would be an easy one to finish given there was only to be four clues to knit.  I was so certain about my ability to get it done I even bought brand new wool for the project instead of digging through my stash.  

Hands holding needles and knitting in lap

I was really eager to start when clue one came out in September of 2020.  I had a bit of a false start and had to rip out my beginning,  but not to be deterred I cast on again and forged on finishing clue one a week into October.  Then I worked through clue two and started into clue three.  Then I lost all will to knit, put it aside and didn't pick it up again until after Christmas this year, when I decided I really did feel like knitting again, but couldn't really decide on what to start.  Not to mention I was starting to feel a little bit guilty about having bought all the wool and then just let it go to the wayside.

When I picked it up on December 29th I was about a third of the way through clue three.  It took me a bit to figure out where I was exactly and what I was doing but by New Years Eve I was finishing up the last rows and started out the next day with the fourth and final clue! I finished all the knitting by January 25th and was ready to weave in the few ends I hadn't woven in as I went and then block it.

Standing holding the wrap outstretched

I'm so happy that I picked it up again and finished it!  I absolutely love how it turned out - I had some misgivings as I was knitting that I might not like that the design wasn't symmetrical - sometimes I can be a bit funny about that sort of thing - but in the end it doesn't bother me at all.  I actually am quite fond of it!

Garden Variety detail shot - 1

Garden Variety details - shot 2

My wrap is huge and snuggly warm!  It's perfect as a scarf for keeping the wind off my face when I'm going for my walk, which is how I normally wear it, but it is also big enough to throw over my shoulders if I'm a bit chilly and need a little bit of an extra layer.

Garden Variety shown as a shawl

This is my second wrap/shawl pattern from Paper Daisy Creations and I have to say I'm really impressed with the way she writes her patterns.  Both this one and the Midwestern Afternoon shawl were easy to follow and fun to knit! They're both certainly easy to wear too!  I've been using my Garden Variety constantly since it finished drying and up until wearing this one, I've been wearing my Midwestern Afternoon on endless repeat this winter!

I'm tempted to knit another Paper Daisy Creations wrap - I've had Flickering Light queued for a few years now - but seeing how pleased I was to finish one work in progress, I decided before starting something new I'd pull out another wip and finish it first.  

Now I'm plugging away at Polarity by Elena Nodel.  I started this one way, way back in February of 2017 using some black alpaca fingering weight that N and A had brought back for me from their trip to Peru and a skein of brightly coloured Colinette Jitterbug in the Red Parrot colourway that a friend had gifted me a few years earlier.  I don't even have much left to do on my Polarity.  A few more "teeth" and it'll be done and I'll have a fiesta of a scarf ready to be an antidote to any grey and gloomy weather!  

Polarity Shawl knitting in progress

After that I have two sweaters also in my WIP basket - both are Untangling Knots patterns in various states of done-ness.  My Mary Mead from the December of 2018 needs the a couple more inches on the body and the sleeves and my Populuxe from earlier in the fall of 2018 only needs sleeves.  I'm not sure if I'll finish them up first or start something totally new once I'm done with Polarity though.  We'll see... I'm just so happy to be enjoying knitting again after such a long hiatus of not doing anything but the occasional gnome.  

Until next time, I hope you're staying safe and well throughout these crazy times and finding lots of things to bring you joy and happiness!

Wednesday, December 01, 2021

The Itch to Stitch Poas Jacket

 Well, it's been a bit longer than I though since I last wrote a blog post.  What can I say?  It's been a ridiculously busy fall.  I won't bore you with the details and instead am going to get right down to the point! 

I just wanted to stop in and show off the newest Itch to Stitch pattern that I was lucky to test!  It's the Poas Jacket - a cropped semi-fitted woven jacket with all the trimmings of double princess seams and lots of opportunity for topstitching.  It's in the not so new size range and includes cup sizing making fitting so much easier!

I'm so enamoured with this jacket.  I really had no business sewing a test project when I have a million and one things on my to-do list, but I love wearing my cropped denim jacket I bought about 15 years ago and thought something similar but different would be a great addition to the wardrobe.

I mentioned there is quite a bit of top stitching, which I definitely think adds that professional touch to the jacket, but it was time consuming because I had to keep changing out my threads from seaming to top stitching.  No different than making jeans but to be honest most of the the things I've sewn over the last few years have been pretty basic, so it was a bit of an adjustment to have to slow it down a bit.  Not that it's a bad thing.  I think a "hefty" project every now and again is a great way to get back to the basics of the craft.  Don't worry though - it may have made me slow down my sewing process, but it's not hard to make.  The instructions Kennis provides are, as always, top notch and easy to follow.  She breaks everything down so well.

I think spring and fall is going to see a lot of wear!  I can pair it with my jumpsuits, my dresses and my jeans.  

So I'll leave you with the link in case you want to give it a go yourself.  Click here to go to the Itch to Stitch Website for the Poas Jacket Pattern.  It's even on sale for the release week!

I've got to dash...  It's high time I get the boys and myself out the door to school and work.  

Saturday, September 11, 2021

Basic Black - The Summer Sewing Edition

So, if there's one thing that I think is fairly obvious, I normally gravitate towards bright colours.  Throw in a bold print and I'm even happier.  However, in August I suddenly seemed to gravitate towards ALL the black fabric.  So much so that I even ran out of black thread.  I never run out of black thread.  

I sewed five different garments in the month of August and three of them were black (save for the dress that had a tiny white spotty print on the black background).   What a contrast from my eye searingly bright orange tropical Charlie Caftan!

My first black garment I sewed was the Marcel Dress from Chalk and Notch.  I used a rayon challis that I have had in my stash for a few years and chose the long version of the dress.  The Marcel dress is a whole lot of dress.

Marcel Dress shown in it's full width glory

I wasn't sure actually how I felt about the sheer volume of it, so did make a waist tie in the same fabric to see if I liked it cinched in at the waist.  It's not bad, but there's something I still am unsure of.  I had a bit of gaping in the bodice that I tried to fix and made a dog's breakfast of, so now there's a bit of pulling, but I think the only way to correct it, would be to take the top of the bodice off entirely, cut a new one and reattach. Which seems like a lot of work for a dress I'm not in love with. Although I'm actually thinking of taking off the bottom section from the last tier down to see if I like it a bit better with a little less length.  It might be just the fabric too.  I think the volume would have been better suited to a brighter fabric. Or maybe it's just generally I'm suited to brighter fabric.  We'll see... maybe I'll appreciate it more next summer.  

Marcel Dress shown with a self tie cinching in the waist

My next project I sewed up was an Oasis Top from Sinclair Patterns.  It's the first women's pattern of theirs that I've made.  I did make a men's cardi for my husband last winter that both he and I were really happy with - me for the pattern drafting and sewing of it and him for the fit and the style of it.  I wasn't sure though how a women's pattern would work out.  I initially bought the Oasis to make the dress, but though making a top version first would be a good way to check out any  issues I might have.  I had none.  The top was perfect.  I didn't even add any length to it!  The great thing I've discovered about Sinclair patterns is their sizing includes petite, regular and tall.  How handy is that?!?!  Like the Everton Cardigan I'd sewn last winter, I was really impressed with the pattern drafting.  

Sinclair Patterns Oasis Top in black pointelle jersey

The Oasis top has become a go to top for me.  I made it in a pointelle knit from The Fabric Snob that I picked up at their VIP night back in June when they opened a location in the city and it's in constant rotation! (Can I just say how excited I am that they have opened that location?  It's conveniently located in the south end of the city, a short drive away from my husband's work and right on the route I take whenever we go to Costco or the zoo... although my bank account might not think it's as convenient as I do.  ha ha!)

My third project in basic black is another favourite.  Made out of The Fabric Snob's boyfriend knit in the "Robert" colourway, my Love Notions Sunday Romper is the comfiest garment I own.  If it was at all hygienic or acceptable I would never take it off (alas, it does have to get washed and I'm pretty sure people would start to look at me funny if I wore it every single day)  

Love Notions Sunday Romper in black jersey, with dolman sleeves and cropped length

I made the dolman sleeve version and used the cropped leg length and it is definitely LOVE.  With it's double v-neck design it's super easy to get in and out of, which is an extra bonus when it comes to jumpsuits.  I though it needed a little something to define the waist a bit better (or my lack of defined waistline in any case) so I made a self tie belt to go with it.  Did I mention I LOVE this outfit?  I keep toying with the idea of making a full length velour one for Christmas Eve this year.  I've had that velour in my stash for about four years now for a Christmas Dress, but maybe a Christmas Eve jumpsuit would be better?  What do we think of that? Would it be too much?  Hmmmm.  I need to ponder this more.

So those were my three garments I made in black.  With the left over scraps from my Oasis top and Sunday Romper I decided to try my hand at making some undies.  While I've sewn just about everything under the sun, that is one thing I've never bothered to make, although I keep meaning to  because I've got so many left over jersey scraps. 

I'm not going to show you them.  That just feels weird for me.  But I'll tell you that I tried out three different patterns - The Acacia from Megan Nielson,  the SoZo Undies from the So Zo What Do You Know blog and the DL21 pattern from Make Bra that is now called the Retro Panties patterns.  The first two are free patterns. Acacia requires a sign up to Megan Nielson's newsletter and So Zo has a link that you give her a donation if you'd like - did you know she also has a brand new podcast out?  It's called Check Your Thread and I've really been enjoying it so far!  The third pattern is under 5 Euros, so a pretty good bargain.  I will definitely use up my knit scraps on the Acacia and the SoZo in the future, but personally I think I'll skip the third pattern.  It a good pattern and I like the design, but for me personally I like the fit of the other two better and for a scrap buster type project I just can't be bothered to fuss with doing a lot of fit modifications.

So that brings me to the end of my month of sewing a lot of black fabric.  I'm craving all the colours and all the florals now even though I ended up with two new favourites and a sundress (that maybe just needs to wait till the heat of next summer hits for me to properly appreciate it)

School is back in session though as is tackle football for the boys.  Which means between feeling a bit run off my feet during the day and then getting home from work in time to turn around and head back out to the football field four nights a week, I've been too tired to even head into my sewing room let alone work on any projects.  So I'm not sure when I'll next stop by to talk crafty persuits with you because I think any progress is going to be slow as molasses until I get into the groove of back to school.  

Back to school bulletin board depicting paintbox and paint splatters with the caption "This year is a rainbow of possibilities"

PS:  I don't mean to sound humdrum about work.  It's exhausting to be sure, but so great to have students back in the school and back in the library.  It's crazy to me to think I've not held proper classes in the library since the 13th of March, 2020.  I hope with the vaccine/mask mandates here in our province it will help keep us in there this year!  It's been such a delight to see the wonder on the student's faces as they rediscover the library, and some discover it for the first time.  My travelling library gig last year sufficed, but this is so, so much better!  I'm excited about all the possibilities this year holds!

Saturday, August 21, 2021

A Summer of Sewing with Minerva

 First can we acknowledge that summer just flew by?  It feels like only a few days ago I was shutting the lights off in the library on the last day of June and here we are, three weeks into August already.  I have one week left of summer before I head back into the school for what I truly hope will be a better year than last year.  

Instead of dwelling on that though, I thought I'd focus on happier things.  Like sewing.  I've done loads of sewing for summer this year!  (My sewing room shows it too.  OOOH boy!  It's a complete disaster zone down there.  I really, really have to clean it up one of these days.  But I digress!  Back to happy thoughts!  ha ha!)

As I've mentioned before in previous posts, I am part of the Minerva Brand Ambassador Team.  I have been a customer of theirs for a long time.  With their selection and customer service they are definitely a go to for me so I'm honoured to be part of their ambassador team and so very grateful for the fabric they send me to work with.  Over my time being an ambassador for them I've had the opportunity to use some absolutely beautiful fabrics and these last few months have been no exception.  So I thought I'd do a quick run down of my summer of sewing with fabric provided by Minerva!  (By the way, I have more in depth individual posts complete with links to the fabrics on each project over on the Minerva site under my profile that you can find by clicking here)

So let's get down to it shall we?  First up, from back in May, was my Sonia Estep Designs Mandy dress.  This was my second time using a SED pattern - the first was the Danielle Cardi which I made for my daughter for Christmas then made three more of for myself during the winter.  I was a little nervous making a more fitted garment from a pretty new to me designer, but forged ahead knowing a knit would be pretty forgiving.  Minerva provided a beautiful Art Gallery jersey print for this project and it was both amazing to sew with and to wear.  It's so soft and luxurious and I love how the only pop of colour is the pixelated butterflies on the pale lilac background!

My next project a few weeks later was a Sew Over It Sylvia Robe in a beautiful, crisp floral cotton lawn.  I liked that there was lots of colours I could pull from to pair with tops.  (In this photo I've paired it with a viscose Ashton Top - fabric is also from Minerva that I bought during a sale and of course my well worn Lander Shorts)

For my next project I used a stretch viscose in a floral linen look print.  I have worn this dress over and over since I snipped the final threads from my sewing machine.  I love absolutely everything about it.  For this one, I used the Helen's Closet Ashton top and added some gathered tiers and waist ties.  It's cool and swishy for the hottest of days and I literally live in it.  

Since one can simply not have enough "throw on and go" t-shirt dresses (or at least I think you can't anyway) my next project was from a favourite tried and true pattern.  This is the Sew Over It Heather dress of course and I believe this makes my fifth version of it.  Let me see... I have a quilted one that was my first, a t-shirt one I did, then my third one was a ponte one - you can see that one under my Minerva profile if you scroll back a ways - oh, and yes.  There was one in between that I still need to fix pockets on and hem that I wasn't sure I liked the fabric on so I abandoned it... I should dig that one out and finish it for winter!  And then yes.  Number five is this one!  I love it's sweet dragonfly and floral print!

Ooooh!  I really like this next project, although I haven't actually really worn it yet.  I'm planning on getting oodles of use out of it when I head back to work thought.  It's in a great border print chambray.  I'd never worked with a border print before so was a bit hesitant, but I love how it turned out!  I can't wait to wear this Itch to Stitch Recoleta Dress* in a touch cooler weather!

This next project was made using a new to me fabric and new to me pattern designer.  The fabric is an Art Gallery poplin and the pattern is the Paddington Top from the Peppermint Magazine, designed by French Navy Patterns.  I've never used a Peppermint Magazine free pattern before.  I know they're very popular - you can't swing a cat on social media without bumping into a photo of the wildly popular wide strap maxi dress they have, but I had never got around to trying one of their patterns out.  I was so impressed with the pattern and instructions for this top and the fabric, being Art Gallery, is absolutely top notch!  

My last project of my sewing for summer with Minerva is one that I have been wanting to make since last summer's Instagram "Caftans and Cocktails" challenge that I never got around to partaking in.  Partly because I couldn't find Charlie Caftan worthy fabric and partly because I was too intimidated by the centre front panel from reading too many blog posts that told me how terribly hard it was to do. (For anyone out there feeling overwhelmed and intimidated here's my take on it now that I've made the pattern. Don't let it put you off.  Mine may not be 100% perfect, but I'm here to reassure you that it's not as awful as everyone makes it out to be.  My only words of advice are to take it slowly, mark your sewing lines clearly and I found using pins to be helpful.  You can do it!!)  This bright orangey coral tropical rayon challis pretty much screams "swan about it a caftan" doesn't it?  I liked how it turned out so much I've got another one in the works as a very last minute summer sew - providing I get around to it that is! LOL)

So that's been my summer sewing with Minerva!  I'll be back soon (well, I'll try anyways - I always have the best of intentions to get my blog posts done and then I seem to not have enough hours in my day for all the things I want to get done).  I've got some more summer sewing I'm hoping to show you though before we're fully back in the swing of all things fall.