Hello there, we’re back again with Project Sew It’s April Challenge: Dress. (Project Sew It is a monthly inspirational sewing challenge created by Celina of Petit a Petit and Family.) Aria and Audrey both sewed up a garment for this month’s challenge. But not a dress.
We’ve given ourselves amnesty on the given garment theme for the month of April because both of us needed a different garment than a dress in our wardrobes. And frankly, we’re both a little scared of sewing up dresses. But later in the year there is another dress challenge, so we’ll see how we do then!
Audrey’s Amnesty April Santa Fe Top
The Santa Fe top by Hey June Handmade is one of my current favorite patterns. I made 2 of these tops and wore them the first 4 months of my pregnancy almost exclusively! And now in my postpartum body, I’m in my super comfortable, almost flattering, lovable Santa Fe tops again. So I decided to give the 2 I made last fall a little help by sewing up another. This time I sewed up view F with the adorable contrast sleeve inserts.
I made just a few changes due to personal preference. First of all, I went down 1 size. I do feel my other Sante Fe Tops are a little on the big side even thought the pattern is intended to get a loose fit. And secondly, the fabric I was using has a huge stretch, and sizing down is a good idea. I raised the neckline in the front by 1 inch. And I also made a neck band rather than a neck binding, just for fun. I also lengthened the sleeves out to the length of the largest size.
The chocolate swirl fabric is a brushed poly, which is all the current rage in the sewing community for good reason! This is a little different than the double brushed poly I used for my Mountain Pose Pants, and my machine really struggled to sew the side seams where it was 2 layers of the brushed poly together. Where the sleeve fabric and the brushed poly fabric are sewn together, my machine did fine. If I had a serger, I’m sure it could handle brushed poly fabric just fine, or at least that’s what I’m telling myself because I don’t have one!
You can find the chocolate swirl fabric at Girl Charlee. The solid brown is from JoAnn Fabrics, I was leery of matching the shade of brown on a computer screen, so took the fabric in hand to the store to match. Which led to several other fabric purchases…oops! Anyway I absolutely LOVE this Santa Fe top, and no one can see the inside where it looks like the bobbin threw up on my fabric because apparently my machine was sick of sewing this brushed poly! I also left it unhemmed so as not to give my sewing machine a worse case of the flu, or whatever was it’s problem!
Aria’s Amnesty April Seattle Skater Skirt
After Allegra no longer wanted or needed the Seattle Skater Skirt Mom made for her she passed it down to me, and I left it in the closet and forgot about it because it was too big in the hips! I recently discovered that it fit me though, and have been wearing it a lot (because POCKETS!), so when this month’s challenge came, because I really don’t wear dresses, or like to wear them that much, I decided a skirt was what I needed most, and I picked the Seattle Skater Skirt. First because it was easy, second because it was a circle, and third because it has pockets!
As I was looking at the sizes, fabric choices, etc. I discovered that the Seattle skirt can be made with a woven fabric! (Funny the things you can learn when you read stuff properly…) Of course you still have to use knit fabric for the waistband. I went with this nice fabric that has purple embroidered flowers on it from our stash! It happens to match the top I made for the February challenge perfectly!
This skirt was super fun to make, and the only change I had to make was to adjust the circle to a little less than a circle because I wanted to add length to the skirt (I’m almost as tall as Mom now!) and the fabric wasn’t wide enough to make a full circle. So it’s about 2 inches short of a full circle, still very full, and longer too. It still has a nice spin to it though.
Anyway, I had a lot of fun making this Seattle Skater Skirt, it went really fast, and I didn’t have to unpick anything! I plan on wearing this a lot, and I’m happy to have a new addition to my wardrobe.
We’ll see you later for next month’s Project Sew It. We’ll just say we are excited about the theme and won’t be taking another amnesty month!
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