Monthly Archives: January 2017

Christmas Selfless Sewing & End of 2016 Road Trip

I’m popping in to share some selfless sewing that I did last month in preparation for our Christmas trip to visit my family. I will also share about our end of 2016 roadtrip at the bottom of the post.

I made my sisters and my mom different infinity scarves, as well as one garment each.

For my mom and my sister Heather, I made hi-low tops. A couple years back, I made a Deer & Doe Plantain, which I altered to have a hi-low hem (unblogged). So, I used that pattern as a basis for grading up and creating the patterns for their shirts. I made sure they were 3.5 inches longer than my pattern, but I should have lengthened them a couple more inches, as both my mom and Heather have very long torsos. However, I think they look fine with a shirt under them (which is actually how I used to wear mine).

For Laurie, I finally made the dress that I told her I would make over three years ago, that I mentioned in this post. The saddest part is that it was cut out in my UFO pile for at least two years. 😮

For Brittany I made a slouchy cowl top based on a top that she had on her wishlist. I used one of my self-drafted basic v-neck patterns as a starting point and graded to create a pattern for her size.

I technically re-gifted a handmade item to my dad, but it was literally only worn once by my husband. The fit was just too slim for his taste. It fits my dad pretty well, and I know he’ll wear it.

I was so blessed to have the opportunity to drive out and visit with my family at Christmas. We had THE BEST time. Continue reading

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Three Verity Hacks: Maxi Skirt, Crop Top & Button Tab Cowl

Looking for more ways to get use out of the Verity pattern? Well, I have a few extra ideas for you today.

I have been really into high-waisted skirts and crop tops over the past year, and I particularly like midi and maxi length skirts with crop tops. Why? They make me look tall and long-legged! Something this 5’0″ gal with a long lower torso usually only dreams about. I have to laugh, because conventional fashion advice that I always received told me that as a short woman, I should avoid these skirt lengths. Good thing I don’t care about arbitrary fashion rules anymore. ;P

The first hack is for a turning the Verity skirt into a midi or maxi length.

One crop top features omitted sleevebands and a waistband that is simply hemmed along the bottom.

The second crop top features a cowl with a fun little button tab feature, and the waistband is folded and elasticated. You could also choose to simply fold the waistband and half and omit the elastic. I added it to this top for an extra-fitted waistline. Continue reading

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