Thoughts on Teaching

I completely forgot to say anything – bad Sunni! – but I’m teaching at Sewing Summit again this year. Actually, I’ve been pretty low key about everything this fall (more like everything this year). I found that last fall/winter I kind of OD-ed on conferences and well just sewing stuff in general. Wow. I kind of actually didn’t want to see a sewing machine for a little while. Just needed a break after so much. It was overwhelming and a little exhausting. I remember wanting to write about it so much but forced myself not to because I had a lot of negative things to say about a lot of things. I’m glad I didn’t because I really hate being negative. Yuck. Anyway, let’s forget about that, shall we? I thought I would capture a few photos before I toted my Sewing Summit class goods to the conference.

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I’m teaching a class on fitting and I have a pretty good feeling about it this year. I totally get vibes with teaching and I’m getting a good vibe this time around. Having taught this class in several different forms at Yellow Bird Fabrics, I feel pretty good about my stance on what I have prepared and the information I’ll be doling out. The thing with fitting – as many of you, no doubt, know – is that its such a big process. The other thing that I find with sewing people – like me and you – is that many don’t know or don’t realize how many resources are available to them as regards fitting and really, that’s what this class is going to be about. I feel that I have a wealth of knowledge about this subject and its one that I love to talk about and share with others. I went a little overboard with my materials this year. I put together fancy folders with little dresses that I glued onto the covers – cute non? There’s several handouts and a few basic supplies for some adjustments and alterations we’ll be doing in class too. I felt like a regular school teacher putting this stuff together! Only thing missing is crayons!

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I also thought I would give a few thoughts on teaching since I’ve been making a pretty big dent in that field over the past couple of years. I never actually thought I would be a sewing teacher, but find that I love – absolutely love – to talk sewing with people. I don’t know that I feel so much like a teacher, but rather a connoisseur of all things apparel sewing related and when I get with other people who are excited about sewing, its really really cool. I just feel like we’re having a discussion more or less and I find that I have a lot to contribute to that discussion and that just gets me all sorts of jazzed. All in all, I enjoy teaching quite a bit, though I still have desires in other sewing related directions which I’m planning to expand on and share with you all in good time. So, here’s to the joy of sewing!

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Do you teach sewing? Do you enjoy it?

  • Robyn - I love to teach sewing. Especially to children. I get a kick out of their little creative minds and also when I see that their minds are figuring out how the processes are all coming together. The icing on the cake is of course, the pride on their faces when they have completed their projects. :-) ReplyCancel

  • johanna@projects by me - I teach, but I don’t teach sewing. And I enjoy teaching a lot. In French class (which I teach) I always ask “Ca va?” The students answer “Ca va. Et toi?” And I always smile and say “Ca va bien!” and the other day they asked me if I’m actually that happy every time we have French. And Yes! I am happy every time. I guess it comes down to sharing knowledge about something you like, like with you and sewing. Though it would be interesting to teach sewing, which I also like a lot!
    Happy summit! :) ReplyCancel

  • Toby Wollin - Teaching sewing classes is something that I have been chewing over for a while. There is a huge part of me that believes that although there are a lot of resources out there on the internet, there are folks out there who just need to have someone actually physically there to say encouraging things, show them specific things and so on. But there is also a part of me that is afraid that I’m not…good…enough. And I’m not sure why exactly – I’ve made scads of different stuff – wool topcoats, snow suits, soft furnishings, knit stuff of all sorts, skirts, jackets and so on. But are these items perfect? Do they look as if they came ‘off the peg’? No. So I don’t move forward and I keep kicking myself that even if I’m not perfect, I could help people, but I’m frankly too scared.ReplyCancel

  • Jean Rudolph - I opened a home-based sewing business last year called Threads Become Stitches. Having been a special education teacher with a Masters +30 in education and a degree in Clinical Psychology, I know how to teach. What is different about teaching sewing is the transformation you see in people who are really invested in learning. I bought a new IMac computer recently and the sales associate I worked with at the Apple Store loved designing dresses (her sketches were beautiful) but knew nothing about sewing. She started lessons with me and has a complete new outlook on her future. She was in a college major she really didn’t enjoy, but I convinced her that a Bachelor’s degree in her field should be completed – then go on to design school. Her self-confidence has blossomed, and I know she has found her passion. There is a term called “flow,” which occurs when we are engaged in a process that is what we are meant to do. Three hours can seem like minutes. If this has happened to you when you sew or do anything else you love, you MUST pursue it for optimal enjoyment and self-actualization!ReplyCancel

  • lisa g - i’ve thought of trying to teach sewing classes, there’s even a co-op craft studio nearby me, but i keep not taking that step because i always feel that there’s so much i don’t know yet! i think it would be great fun though, so hopefully one day i’ll give it a shot.ReplyCancel

  • Amanda - I’ve never taught sewing formally, but in highschool I helped friends make simple skirts and I’ve worked with my (then kindergarten aged) son to learn some machine basics. I used to enjoy teaching knitting classes a lot. But, it was a hobby and I eventually ran out of time for it. I think being prepared and supplying handouts (and in some cases the materials) as part of the class really helps everyone get on board with the lesson and can generate a lot of excitement and reduce that overwhelmed feeling that beginners can have.

    I’ve been a long time reader (infrequent commenter) on your blog and have watched for you to teach near me…or enough advance notice of your Salt Lake City classes to possibly make a vacation of it. I’d love to be able to come out and make something in a long weekend.ReplyCancel

  • AnaJan - Isn’t it amazing how, even though we all might be passionate about sewing, we’re enjoying different aspects of it? For example, I love pattern drafting, and anything construction wise. Fitting is not my favorite topic, even though I try to do it the best I can.
    I tried teaching sewing, but again, I prefer teaching pattern drafting. That side of sewing is where my talent stands out, I believe.ReplyCancel

  • Maddie - I’m a corporate gal right now, but it is a dream of mine to one day teach. I hope that when/if that day comes, I’m as prepared with pretty folders and such just like you!ReplyCancel

  • Ellen - I am proud to say that I taught Family & Consumer Science (Home Ec) for over 30 years. Sadly, this subject is no longer offered in most school systems. I consider myself very fortunate to have had such a wonderful career teaching a subject that I loved and teaching students that I loved as well. Recently retired, I miss having that “kid fix” and the classroom environment, but have started a blog to perhaps channel some of that teaching energy!ReplyCancel

  • misty - I’m going to teach my first sew class tomorrow, I’m a little nervous. It’s on sewing and fitting jeans, hopefully it will be a small class.ReplyCancel

  • Jodie - I am going to start teaching a young lady next Thursday. I have been sewing for over 40 years. I started when I was 7 years old in 4-H but didn’t really start making all my clothes until I was about 16. I have sewn and make just about everything you can name.
    I am nervous about teaching because I read an article about how you need to have samples, overhead displays, or posters etc. This is a one on one class that will be ongoing so I am not sure how much I really need. I have a book of knowledge in my head, I hope I can just teach the way teaching is suppose to be done. I believe in starting with the basics of machine and a fabric store field trip. Any suggestions you might have for me I would welcome. Thanks for your post. I love your blog.ReplyCancel

  • Karen - I’d love to teach sewing. My “backup plan” was always to teach at a community college but I ended up being a mostly-stay-at-home mom and helping out a little bit with the family business. Now the kids are grown and I have a lot of free time on my hands to brush up on my sewing skills. I guess it’s time to follow my dreams, wherever they may lead!ReplyCancel

  • Lucy - I love teaching sewing. Children are especially enthusiastic and daring with sewing and are so much fun to teach. I’ve been running summer sewing camps for 13 years. My adult classes seem to be harder to make arrangements for. When I do have adult classes, many of the moms focus on curtains or baby sewing and not sewing for themselves. Basically I love it all.ReplyCancel

  • Jane - I live in New Zealand and I own and operate my own sewing school called Sew Know How. It will be 5 years old in November! I was a nurse but gave up work to be an at home Mum, when the kids started school I wanted to do something but still be at home, so my lovely husband gave up half of our garage for me! Anyway I teach 5 adult classes a week and 12 kids classes (8yrs to teens). About 80 students all up each week! It is the BEST job. I have found that sewing is a journey, not just the end result. I teach home sewers and help them unravel the mysteries of commercial patterns and get a perfect fit. I also teach some pattern making and encourage creativity. We have a fashion show at the end of every year so students can show off what they have made. If you would like to see some of my students work visit my facebook page http://www.facebook.com/sewknowhow
    I encourage any of you who are hesitating to teach to just go for it! It is a learning journey teaching too but very rewarding.
    Oh and Sunni, your blog is just great. Thank you for sharing all you do! You inspire me!ReplyCancel

  • Burke - I think teaching unfortunately opens you up to criticism. I took your Craftsy course on zippers and thought it was wonderful (been sewing for 2 years) but there were comments re. your methods and that there are easier ways to do them. I’m assuming none of the commenters had ever taken the time and energy to make a free course like you did, so it was a bit annoying. The point of the course was to showcase a new method, and I have to say my zippers have never looked neater! I think you have a lot of courage to teach and more power to you for stepping up and doing so to encourage others to enjoy the fine art of sewing!ReplyCancel

  • Hanne - I teach sewing to both children and adults and I must say: teaching sewing to children for me feels to most rewarding. They usually are very open to learn new things.
    I also love talking sewing with other people that are as enthusiastic about it as I am. I feel like I can talk about it for days!ReplyCancel

  • CarmencitaB - I’m not a teacher, but I’ll show any kid who shows interest how to operate a machine and how to sew. I cannot get enough of their glowing faces when they actually make something (usually a bag). This is how I learned, going to my neighbor and making a skirt, and I love to pass on the information.
    One kid, Morgane, who came to learn a couple of years ago, just got into the L’Ecole de la Chambre Syndicale de la Haute Couture de Paris and I am just so proud!
    She’ll be the one teaching next, I can’t wait!ReplyCancel

  • Carolyn - I don’t teach sewing, but I do teach in my work-related field. I feel the same way as you though – it’s so rewarding to be able to contribute to a conversation that you happen to know a lot about. Plus I love talking to others who are genuinely interested in my field – it gets me all jazzed up, as you said. :) Best of luck at Sewing Summit, and hope you have a better experience this year!ReplyCancel

  • Stephanie - I wish I was going this year! It seems like a great line-up.

    I’m really, really shy and could never see myself teaching. One-on-one? Sure. Big room of people? Instant sweaty palms! Ha ha.ReplyCancel

  • PendleStitches - I’m planning my first ever sewing class this autumn. I’m part exhilarated, part terrified. I think once I’ve got everything in place I’ll feel a little calmer.ReplyCancel

  • Beth - I just taught my first sewing classes this past summer, to both children and adults. It has been a blast, but as a full time teacher I knew that I would love it. It is, however, very different from my day job. Teaching students who are excited about what they’re learning makes all the difference, I think!ReplyCancel

  • Becky T - About a year ago, my job with the federal government was in precarious straits with all the looming cuts and I was all set to cash in my savings and start a fabric shop/sewing school in my little town. Where I live, you have to travel 20 miles for the nearest elastic. I’m not a professional seamstress by any shape or form, but I wanted to work with the 4H, Scouts, & local school to have classes from sewing crafts for the younger set, to alterations, repairs, home dec. There’s so much more to sewing than just garment construction, which I’m not very good at BTW. I believe every youngster should at least know how to sew on a button or repair a hem, and you’d be surprised how many of them do not have the slightest idea. I wanted a small shop in the front and a larger classroom in the back – free coffee, ladies can stop by to visit or mend a hem, inspiration galore, etc. Believe me, I was THERE. And then my job was firmed up, hubs refused to support the dream (right now), and I sighed and tucked the dream away for after I retire in 15 years. Oh well, wasn’t meant to be (today).ReplyCancel

  • Karla - Thanks for teaching, Sunni! Your class was (not surprisingly) GREAT! You’re a very talented teacher!ReplyCancel

  • Lynn - Sunni your class was fantastic and the cut out dresses on the folder were so cute. I was the crazy person and came up to you after class and said hi. I took a lot of great classes at sewing summit but yours was the one that made me want to go home immediately and measure myself and my patterns and get sewing! Thank you for being so inspiring and taking the time to explain everything in a thoughtful manner. I wish I lived on Utah soon could take more of your classes. I think teaching a class at a conference is so hard because you have a large class and a huge variety of skill levels. I’m not a teacher but really admire you for teaching despite all the hard bits.ReplyCancel

  • Jodi - The folders where such a nice touch and your ribbon trick for measuring pretty much blew my mind!!!!!!

    Sadly, I missed your talk about underarm gussets, because my son was having a meltdown. Is there anywhere I can read up about it?

    Thank you for teaching and I hope my son wasn’t too much trouble.
    Signed,
    The lady with the babyReplyCancel

  • Jennifer @ Workroom Social - I love talking all things sewing too!! Maybe one day I’ll get out west and we can talk shop. Can’t wait to hear about all the new fun sewing projects you’ve got in the works. I’m sure it’s all going to be awesome.ReplyCancel

  • tanya - i wish i could go to your class!..i have been wanting to teach sewing to others but dont know where to start?ReplyCancel

  • Sylvia - Are you going to be offering a download for those that couldn’t get into your class at sewing summit? Do you still teach at Yellow Bird? Thanks.ReplyCancel

  • Shawn Schumacher - Sunni your class was great. I can’t wait to get started using some of your advice. I already went out and got some of the tools to make it easier and just need to find the time to start a new pattern.

    I am teaching my first class in sewing this next weekend. I look forward to it.ReplyCancel

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It’s very very rare that I buy clothing from the mall or store anymore. If I do get a shopping bug then I’m prone to thrift rather than anything else and lately the thrift store has been really picked over. Meh…. I was on my way home from the thrift store after finding nothing but a couple of belts (sigh) and spotted a consignment shop that I had long wanted to go into and never had. I thought the next best thing to the thrift was consignment and boy I was surprised at how much nicer it was than I had even thought. Consignment, of course, is carefully curated and so it was that I entered this pretty fabulous consignment shop not too far from where I live. I was amazed at what they had. Never had I seen such beautiful second hand offerings.

Then I spotted this jacket. Then I tried it on and it was then that I knew that someone would literally have to cut me out of the jacket in order to get me to give it up. This is a Rebecca Taylor jacket and seriously, the only thing I know about designer names is that I’ve seen Rebecca’s name on a couple of Vogue patterns before. Ha. I’ve not been on the up and up with designer clothing for a long time. It’s out of my financial reach, quite frankly. But sometimes, when chance comes along, its best to grab it up and roll yourself up in it and shout hip hip hooray…..

This jacket is, quite literally, perfect. It’s loverly. And I wanted to show it all to you because I thought you might find it interesting from a sewing standpoint. The really unique thing about this jacket is that its 100% silk, through and through. To boot, its quilted. I don’t know about you, but whenever I think of a quilted jacket, I think “quilty” and that involves something crazy like patchwork. And you know, for a jacket, I don’t know that quilty is so great, or at least I never thought it could be so great or so incredibly sophisticated. So anyway, yeah, this jacket is quilted. Quilted silk. Crazy right?

The sleeves are lined in silk and at the sleeve vent (if you will) there is a zipper. Additionally, at the sleeve cap there is a curious addition which gives this jacket the half look of a moto jacket style. But then there’s the peplum which gives it a crossover into riding jacket territory. Personally, I find it gorgeous and it doesn’t help at all that its amazingly comfortable. The inside has some hong kong finished seams which only add to the overall beauty. Its seriously exquisite and quite candidly I find this amazing because what I had previous thought before was high end RTW (ready-to-wear) was really not what is high end RTW. I mean I’ve felt that I had some nice RTW items that did cost me quite a bit back in the day, but I’ve never come across a silk jacket. Especially one that was lined in silk too. Usually linings are polyester or acetate which is so awfully sad, but true.

I read an article in one of the more recent Threads mags that talked about picking the right fabric for the right pattern. The article was really well done and right at the beginning, the author stated something to the effect of “there really is not bad fabric, only inappropriate fabric choices for specific patterns.” Though I do have to state that I think polyester double knit is a really bad fabric and I have yet to hear of or think of a good application for this fabric, I do think that statement holds true. But what about when you are completely surprised by the fabric choice of a particular garment? This jacket is one of those instances, and yet thoroughly well executed.

Anyway, spiffy right? What do you think? Have you ever thought that a jacket could be made of out quilted silk? It kind gives room to the imagination as regards sewing and creating your own silk jacket. I mean I never would have thunk, which is the whole reason why I wanted y’all to see it. You know, from sewer to sewer, just giving you ideas. Thoughts, anyone?

  • Elaine - That is one gorgeous jacket. I wish you could magically send us all one in our sizes. All silk, Hong Kong seams, & gorgeous material. WOW!!! Thank you for the post.ReplyCancel

  • Isabel - Is this your jacket on Lauren Conrad? Looks like it. What a find!

    http://www.starstyle.com/seventeen-march-2010-sp45271.htmlReplyCancel

  • Carlee - It’s beautiful, but I’d love to see it on, just to get a better idea of how it fits.ReplyCancel

  • Ruth - Fabulous jacket. Wow… Isabel’s link lists it on sale for $255, down from $450, and it’s no longer available. Great find!ReplyCancel

  • DeAnna - Lovely jacket. I just love it.ReplyCancel

  • zilredloh - This is such a gorgeous jacket, Sunni. Thanks for sharing. (The insides look like art.)ReplyCancel

  • colleen - That is an amazing find. It is so gorgeous and I’d love to see it on you, soon! What inspires me is to learn and use Hong Kong seams. I just made an Anna dress from Kaufman Brussels Washer Linen (ridiculous name for what is basically linen/cotton) and the dress is so beautiful outside but inside is a NIGHTMARE. Since it isn’t lined, it calls for fancy seamwork.

    Your jacket is beautiful. I would sleep in it.ReplyCancel

  • Terri Gardner - I have never seen a quilted silk before. But, I love the inside finishing-this jacket is going to be a joy to wear. I love consignment shops. The prices are a bit more but the quality is always great.ReplyCancel

  • Norma Gordon - Great Jacket, I used to find some great clothes in Dallas at consignment stores. I enjoy your e-mails very much. They are factual and fun at the same time.
    I think you should work on creating a similar project to share with us. You are very talented and I know we could learn a lot.
    Thanks NormaReplyCancel

  • Gaild - That is just stunning – I’m so glad you went ahead and bought it! I really appreciate the close-up shots too – so inspiring!ReplyCancel

  • Rachel - Wowzers, that is lovely. I bet it feels luxurious against the skin. It could be totally worn dressed up or down too, star buy I’d the season (year?) I’d say. Enjoy it! :-)
    Thanks for sharing too, always nice too see good craftsmanship and pretty things.ReplyCancel

  • Erin || Sewbon.com - Gah! How cute is this?! I louvre!ReplyCancel

  • true bias - its so gorgeous! i have a little crush on quilted fabric all of the sudden.ReplyCancel

  • Bella - Total Score! Wowza. I am seriously thinking how fun it would be to make something similar, dying my own silk to get there.ReplyCancel

  • Carol - Hey, I was wondering if you could give the name of the consignment shop you acquired this beauty at? I live in SLC and would love to check it out.ReplyCancel

  • Claire (iwanttobeaturtle) - The title says it all – this is a great score. It is such a beautiful jacket and I loved reading about it. The inside is very pretty too! And as it’s made of silk, it must be wonderful to wear.ReplyCancel

  • Melanie - This is an unusual piece, beautifully made. Silk, quilting, quilted jackets. That’s very Asian to me, specifically Chinese. I can recall seeing lots of photos of Chinese peasants in quilted jackets, usually of a more boxy shape. So it’s a westernised silhouette, but the fabric choice isn’t so random when you think about it from an Asian perspective. Love how all these references get rolled in together in good design!ReplyCancel

  • Pohutukawa - Just gorgeous! You lucky thing what a great findReplyCancel

  • Gail - One of the things that puts a brake on my buying impulse is the poor workmanship – even in top designer labels. I love the fact that your jacket has bound seams. Its a cut above!ReplyCancel

  • Jennifer - It is really pretty. I love to see RTW that is not all synthetic disposable clothing,It was interesting to see the hong kong finish and I was surprised that a quilted jacket could look so refined.
    Thanks for sharing.ReplyCancel

  • ZoSews - Wow, those seams are stunning!!! Love.ReplyCancel

  • Veronica Darling - I’ve never seen anything like it! I bet it looks gorgeous on you!ReplyCancel

  • Sue - I am a real fan of consignment shops – I have sold all my “corporate” clothes in one and then bought heaps of clothes and jewellery as well. This jacket is absolutely gorgeous in every sense of the word.ReplyCancel

  • crystalpleats - Its an amazing jacket and the quilting is such a neat feature.ReplyCancel

  • Stephanie - It’s gorgeous! What a great find. I can’t believe it’s 100% silk. More and more I look at designer labels only to find the garment is polyester or some blend. And for outrageous prices! It’s really lovely.ReplyCancel

  • Margaret - Don’t make the mistake of confusing quilting with patchwork. Quilting is layers of fabric, usually with a center layer of padding/batting/something warm sandwiched between two layers of fabric, held together with lines of stitching. (If it’s just tacked together, that’s not a quilt.)

    One (or both) of those outer layers of fabric can be made up of pieces sewn together; that’s often called patchwork or piecework.

    Wholecloth quilts are just that: not patchwork but a single piece.

    And older wholecloth quilts, especially French ones made for the upper classes, are often silk.

    That said, it’s a gorgeous jacket and a wonderful find!ReplyCancel

  • Tasha - Goodness, what a great find!! I was sucked in right at the first picture. Interestingly quilted garments are something that I’ve seen very few times. The only example I have in my wardrobe is perhaps an almost-as-surprisingly-unique vintage quilted robe that’s rayon! Not only that, it’s reversible: quilted on one side, plain on the other. It kind of is something that still boggles my mind when I think about it.

    Thanks for sharing this lovely piece, now when do we get to see it modeled? ;) ReplyCancel

  • Sewing Princess - Sunni, that’s a great jacket. I love those Hong Kong seam finishes. But the real reason I was writing you is to say: I love the new blog design. I must admit I normally read your posts via Feedly…but today I popped over to send your princess seam tutorial link and I saw this beauty. So clean, so stylish. Would you mind telling me what fonts you used for header/banner? Congratulations again!ReplyCancel

  • Siri Andersen - That jacket is fabulous! And what luxury :)
    I totally get what you mean about quilty… Whenever I hear “quilted jacket”, my mind goes “No!”. But I might have been wrong! This certainly changes my view on the matter :) ReplyCancel

  • Sarah Sinclair - I can’t see the sleeve cap “curious addition” that you reference. Can you post another picture?ReplyCancel

  • Reyna Lay - Wow. This jacket is pretty awesome. We are making jackets in design class and I think these hong kng finishes would be awesome instead of lining it. I’m kind of in love, and a tad jealous. Great find!

    Reyna
    http://www.mysewinghabit.blogspot.comReplyCancel

  • Sara - So beautiful! Especially those Hong Kong finished seams. I’ve honestly thought a lot lately about making a silk Victoria Blazer because I have the most beautiful fabric (although not the skills at this point). This just makes me want to make one more! And maybe try a quilted jacket? Great find!ReplyCancel

  • lsaspacey - Quilted jackets were very popular for evening in the 1940′s. Now if they were silk or not I guess depended on what country you lived in, what time of the war, and how rich your were, but many of the big-sholdered evening jackets were quilted in luxurious looking fabrics.ReplyCancel

Off the Beaten Path

I decided just the other day that I wanted to join in the Fall for Cotton Sewing Challenge, hosted by Rochelle and Tasha. This is an interesting challenge for me because for about a year now, I’ve been creating a wardrobe that doesn’t really involve a lot of vintage style. I love vintage, don’t get me wrong, but at the same time its hard for me to not feel like I’m in costume when I wear vintage get-up. For me, the 70s and 80s are where its at. Keeping that in mind and the idea of my Everyday Wardrobe, I searched my pattern stash for a suitable “Sunni” pattern. Amidst a few of my grandma’s old patterns I found one. Vogue 2902.

Pierre Balmain anyone? The pattern isn’t dated, but I’m pretty sure this is a pattern from the 70s. We’ve got the illustrated model in that popular mustard color and she’s wearing platforms (a throw back to the 40s, you know) to boot. Its a pretty lovely pattern and from what I can tell, it was made by my grandma though maybe for a daughter because someone chopped off a lot of length from the skirt. Someone likes em short!!

Anyway, pattern’s traced and I’m about to mock up a muslin. The other challenge and possibly even more challenging part about Fall for Cotton is actually using 100% cotton fabric. I searched through the stash and though I have several great possible fabric options for this pattern, none were 100% cotton. So I went in search of some suitable cottons and found this army green cotton flannel. I’ve wanted a flannel dress for some time now. I’m excited to say that this will not only be everyday wearable, but also warm! Yesss! I freeze to death when it starts getting cold and so looking in the closet and actually seeing something warm to put on will be a win.

Any of you doing Fall for Cotton? What are your thoughts on vintage? Do a we need a little 70s resurgence here or what? Happy Weekend Everyone!

  • Jenny - I can’t wait to see how this dress turns out. I actually have a few really cute (to me at least) 70′s patterns but I haven’t made them up yet. I may have to share the photos of those patterns – they are pretty neat. Maybe this could be the start of a new theme?? I think Tilly was working on a 70′s pattern recently?ReplyCancel

  • Doris - Sunni, nothing is as classy as the older Vintage patterns! Ooh la la! Luv them! You and Gretchen…………so cool clever young’ens! Keep them coming. DorisReplyCancel

  • Sally {thequirkypeach} - Love this idea – that pattern is great! Love that it came from your grandma’s stash!!! :) ReplyCancel

  • Diane @ Vintage Zest - I hadn’t hear of the challenge. I’m going to head over and check it out and see if I can join!ReplyCancel

  • Alice - I love 70s patterns and am all for a resurgence! That flannel dress looks so cozy! I’ve been thinking of flannel dresses all august, I might have to make one now that it’s almost fall.ReplyCancel

  • Evie - I have felt a strangely forceful attraction to 70s fashion as of late. Palazzo pants are only one of the greatest inventions ever. And the 70s and 80s are technically vintage now, so really you’re right on the money for the challenge!ReplyCancel

  • kathy - I love 70′s vintage! Of course, I am of that era so to me it is not that old.. HeHeHe.. I am also participating in Sewing for Cotton challenge, making something for my daughter, and I was so sure that she would select the late 60′s early 70′s style, but much to my surprise she has found a 1958 dress to fall in love with. Can’t wait to see your dress completed! I love flannel and with the winter right around the corner it will be the perfect dress.ReplyCancel

  • Joanne - Ooh! I love that green! I’m excited to see how it turns out! I’m doing Fall for Cotton, too, and I try to walk a fine line with vintage sewing. I love vintage clothing and patterns, but aim for a “classic” look rather than “vintage”. I picked a modern pattern with vintage fabric.
    And I think the 70′s are growing on me.ReplyCancel

  • Serac - Oh, that will be gorgeous! I love the idea of a flannel dress, but living in Texas it just wouldn’t be terribly practical. I might wear it once a year if I went somewhere cold. Beautiful color though, should look wonderful on you.ReplyCancel

  • LLBB - Ooh, awesome fabric! Love the strong lines. It might look cool with the placket thing in navy. Have fun with the sewalong!ReplyCancel

  • Ayana - I’m totally into the 70s look right now, and I think the fabric is great!ReplyCancel

  • Julia at Home on 129 Acres - Great pattern. I love that you’re sewing it in a flannel. That will be a very comfortable, wearable dress. A green dress is on my fall sewing list too!ReplyCancel

  • Katrina - I love the color of fabric that you have chosen — it will look very nice with your hair. Can’t wait to see the finished project!ReplyCancel

  • Emily - Love the colour! I have an irrational fear of flannel, so looking forward to seeing the finished dress.ReplyCancel

  • Karen Helm - That is a beautiful pattern, like so many from the 1970s. I loved sewing from them then (when I was in my 20s!) and now! I look forward to seeing your green dress.ReplyCancel

  • Mainelydad - I think that’s a great pattern. Very classy. I’m sure you’ll amaze us all with your rendition.ReplyCancel

  • Annanic - It’s so nice to see I’m not the only one who loves 70′s fashion. It seems like most people prefer the 50′s but for me it’s all about the late 60′s through the 70′s. that pattern is great and it will be so cozy in that flannel!ReplyCancel

  • Virginia - I do think vintage later than the 50s isn’t getting the recognition it deserves, but maybe it’ll come in to fashion later? I’m kind of in love with 60s/70s clothing at the moment (as well as steampunk, which makes an interesting combination).ReplyCancel

  • Rochelle New - I’ so happy to have you join us, Sunni! I love that you’re making a 70′s dress, and in a gorgeous color flannel no less! I also love that you’re embracing this as a challenge and thinking outside the box with your fabric and pattern choice :) That’s the spirit!

    I can’t wait to see your finished dress. xoReplyCancel

  • Susan Partlan - You wear vintage styles very well. I always enjoy seeing your fabric choices and styling details. Creative!ReplyCancel

  • Carolyn - I also just recently found out about the Fall into Cotton sewalong and am hoping to join up – provided I can figure out a pattern + fabric in my stash combo that I’d be excited about. My problem isn’t having 100% cotton fabrics, but ones that work for fall. My cottons are mostly spring/summer-oriented. If it had been a Fall for Wool sewalong I’d be set! I start gravitating away from cotton and towards wool this time of year. I’m very curious to see how your dress turns out, cotton flannel is not something I’ve associated with regular clothing before, but if it works it seems like a great and cozy notion!ReplyCancel

  • Carlee - A flannel dress is so simple, it’s brilliant!!!!!! Great idea!ReplyCancel

  • Gail - I can see a very cool dress in this. Just add an edgy belt and shoes.ReplyCancel

  • Tasha - OOH, flannel dress! That’s awesome! I’m embarrassed to admit I read this post on my phone when we were on vacation then forgot to come back to comment. But that “OOH flannel dress!” was the first thing I thought of then, too. lol I think it seems like a GREAT match with that pattern, which is totally you. Fun and vintage, but still completely works for the modern, everyday wardrobe you’ve been cultivating. And cozy and perfect for fall in that fabric. I can’t wait to see the result!ReplyCancel

  • Taryn - Hello to everyone that loves this blog as much as I do – Craftsy (where we all know Sunni has a great free course) is having its own “Blogger Awards” in various categories and I thought readers might like to vote for this awesome blog.

    Voting literally took me about 20 seconds and you may not even need to be registered at Craftsy..

    http://www.craftsy.com/blog/2013/10/announcing-craftsy-blogger-awards/

    Lets help this blog get some more credit that it deserves!!ReplyCancel

Tyleretta

This is another Tyler shirt. Compared to jackets (and I’ve been on a jacket kick for sometime) shirts whip up in no time, so you get a double whammy this week! As I was going along I made some spontaneous changes to the pattern. This is a silk print crepe de chine from Yellow Bird Fabrics. Its so gorgeous I think and its one of those types of colorways that goes with just about everything. Its unbelievably comfortable too. It’s been sometime since I owned a silk shirt and this one is just amazingly wonderful to wear. Chic – check, simple to wear and care – check, goes with everything – check! By the way, I have no qualms when it comes to cleaning my own garments the only exception being coats and tailored jackets.

Again, the print camouflages the raglan sleeve, but its there. I opted not to add the collar, just the collar stand resulting in a mandarin collar shirt. I like this option quite a bit for a silk shirt because otherwise the collar ends up flopping about like a fish out of water. I hate that. Additionally, I chopped off the sleeve length, widened the cuffs and just raised the cuff treatment to my elbow instead of my wrist. Kind of a poet style sleeve. Ended up looking rather marvelous with the fabric choice if I do say so myself. All in all, no major changes really. I did do pink buttons though. As I’ve stated several times, my stash is overflowing and since this fabric was in the stash and so were the buttons, I went for it.

I also made the skirt here and excuse me if I say that red is really hard to photograph. I know this thing looks photoshopped, but it ain’t. Its quite electric red. Not quite that electric in real life, but I’ll admit it is a bright orangey red. I made the skirt at the beginning of summer and just haven’t put it up here on the blog yet. Its Kwik Sew 3278 – a simple a-line skirt with welt pockets. The whole reason I bought the pattern was for the welt pockets because being a connoisseur of such details, I find it interesting to see how pockets measure up against each other, you know for science and all that. This pattern was worth it for the welts. They were breezy to construct. Additionally, you’ll notice that I left out the button down center front. I did this because first I didn’t want to mess with the buttons and second because button up skirts can tend to show more skin than feels comfortable. I mean you can wear a slip but well, you know. I just didn’t want to bother with it. Actually were I to do it with the buttons, I would make it a faux button front that is stitched closed and include a side or back zip. The skirt is made from some cotton/linen blend from Yellow Bird as well (can I say, I’m apart of the Yellow Bird Sewing Network???) and its fully lined in rayon lining. Pretty straight forward really, but its an easy piece to wear. So easy.

Actually I made two of these skirts with a 3rd cut out and ready to sew too. They are kind of a below the natural waist style and since the pattern didn’t include a contoured waistband, I ended up having to alter that a bit to get it to be contoured. End result is really comfortable and easy to wear. I also like the fact that this skirt isn’t really really a-line or not enough a-line. Its just right. Really, such a great pattern with that tweaking of the waistband.

Last thing, but I wanted to point out that my entire outfit is completely Everyday Wardrobe friendly. Again, this is very important to me as you know because I’ve been down that road of making too many dresses that go with high heeled shoes. Dresses aren’t bad at all, but I’m very careful about making dresses that are more casual or can be worn with flats now because I’ve gotten rid of nearly all of my heels. I still have a couple of pairs but they are for special occasions. I know I need to do more posts on the Everyday Wardrobe, but this idea has completely revolutionized my life and my closet. I actually have items to grab now for everyday wear that look great. So refreshing!

I still think I need one more Tyler shirt. Maybe two. I still have several cuts of Liberty I could potentially choose from and I think I do need a solid colored one too, just to show off the raglan. Are you a Tyler convert yet?

  • Stevie - Oh I love that shirt! Clever idea with the mandarin collar. Does the raglan help with the arm movement? I find that shirts with conventional set in sleeves can sometimes restrict my arm movement. That fabric was a perfect choice! xReplyCancel

  • Carlee - That print is absolutely stunning!!! Love the changes to the top. I do prefer a 3/4 sleeve myself, otherwise I’m just rolling my sleeves up. Nice basic skirt as well. I’d love to see the top paired with a bright yellow skirt!ReplyCancel

  • Sam - I love the way you’ve done the collar on this shirt. I keep seeing so many great shirt patterns around, but I hate collars, so this would be the perfect solution.ReplyCancel

  • Tatiana - I loved the Tyler shirt, I want to try a shirt with raglan sleeves, but the idea of getting a pdf pattern AND have to trace it, is putting me off… The reason why I buy pdf patterns is because I absolutely hate to trace patterns, ha! I might buy this pattern anyway, then just print it several times to cut the pieces separately… but is such a waste of paper, I know I feel guilty about it…ReplyCancel

  • LinB - I love that bright red against your pale skin! Both of them glow. And the blouse should be a real workhorse in your wardrobe, too ( a pinto? Hard to tell if the print is just splotches of gray, or if it’s a giant botanical). I, too, often opt to go with only a collar stand. In my case, it’s out of laziness — a few less steps to perform if I leave off the collar. Collar stand-only also visually lengthens my short, fat neck.ReplyCancel

  • Lori - The print of your Tyler blouse is stunning and I love the changes you made to make it work for you and the fabric. Fabulous skirt, too, you have me heading to check out several links. I like your idea about everyday wardrobe, as I have dresses that tend to go unworn. Thanks for all the inspiration.ReplyCancel

  • Kelly - This shirt is so special, I love the print and can hardly imagine how beautiful it is in silk! Thanks for introducing this pattern company! They have such a cool look – I don’t know if I’m stylish enough for these – but I love to see a real alternative to the vintage look that has permeated home sewing.ReplyCancel

  • delamija - Very, very nice outfit! love the shirt!!! so elegant and yet so wearable. I am curious on how you drafted the contourde waistband for the skirt. Any chance you could share that with us? thank you :) ReplyCancel

  • Elizabeth - Love this blouse. That fabric is TDF!ReplyCancel

  • blacklabel - both the blouse & skirt are beautiful…but that blouse *faint* gorgeous.ReplyCancel

  • Gail - Awesome outfit. Just perfect!ReplyCancel

  • karen - I usually don’t comment ,and I don’t have my own blog to push, but you are such a good sewing resource, please,please don’t do another Liberty print shirt ! I’d like to see your techniques for an eye pleasing match up on a raglan or dolman sleeve plaid jacket or coat , or how about a shirt in chiffon for a change ? And then you can show how to make a great cami for underneath it as well …..How about the basics made in more unconventional fabrics , there’s all these sweatshirts shapes out there made in sheers , in wovens , and in meshes , how about one of them for technique ? I don’t think there are many fabrics these days that are excluded from a daily wardrobe when I am seeing sequins and studs on everyday wear . Please experiment a little ,okay ?ReplyCancel

  • Michelle - Thank you for the skirt recommendation! I just wrote a post whining about my own inability to find the motivation to sew daily wear wardrobe pieces; though, I find myself wishing that I had more in my closet. It’s nice to see which patterns are working for other sewers and also to see them used as outfit components in combination with sewn garments.ReplyCancel

  • lisa g - i love this outfit! the fabric on the blouse is beautiful, and no doubt will easily go with many things. i certainly appreciate useful garments in great fabrics to make everyday dressing a little fun! if i hadn’t already fallen for the grainline archer i would definitely give this a try. then again, your versions of the tyler are making me think i should branch out a little… the raglan sleeve certainly has me curious!ReplyCancel

  • Emily - I absolutely love this blouse! The silk de chine is beautiful & I really think the pink buttons make it perfect.

    Seriously tempted to try the Tyler after seeing yours.ReplyCancel

  • Kerri - Oh love this shirt. It’s just fab.

    I kind of liked the last one you made but this one tipped me into the wanting to have a go at it camp.ReplyCancel

  • EmSewCrazy - I’m loving this shirt. The colors and contrast buttons are amazing. That skirt is pretty awesome too. I might have to take a look at this pattern. I really like the raglan sleeves.ReplyCancel

  • Ayana - I love this outfit, but especially the blouse! It actually reminds me of a silk blouse, cream background with a purple design similar to this fabric, that my mom had handmade for me in China way back in about 1989. I still have it, but can’t wear it any more. Now that I sew, you’ve given me the idea of trying to re-create it!ReplyCancel

  • Serac - Love the pink buttons. I almost never think about doing fun things with buttons on my clothes, but you have given me some great ideas for the future.ReplyCancel

  • Sally {thequirkypeach} - Love this entire outfit!!! And I definitely need to start using the term “colorway” more often :) ReplyCancel

  • Jenny - You’ve totally converted me with your collarless version- this is definitely something I would wear! I’ve never sewn anything with a collar stand so I didn’t realise that it could double as a Mandarin collar. That doubled with the raglan sleeves (also a big fan) means Tyler has got my attention!!ReplyCancel

  • Jenny - Yep, this has totally converted me! I’m not much of a collared shirt kinda gal, but this is definitely something I’d wear. I’ve never sewn a collar with a stand before so I didn’t realise that you could also use it for a Mandarin collar. That, coupled with the raglan sleeves (also a big fan) mean Tyler has got my attention!!

    And double win that it gets the Everyday Wardrobe seal of approval :) ReplyCancel

  • Bec Stitches - That shirt is gorgeous, I love it!ReplyCancel

  • Sue @ A Colourful Canvas - Oooh, I love the pattern on this shirt, the sleeve length, and the stand up mandarin collar. Just popped in for my first visit via Project Sewn, and have added myself to your fan base on bloglovin’. I’ve got some fun plaid in my stash and will be referring back to your working with plaid posts. Thanks bunches.

    PS Shoes do really make the outfit, don’t they…thinking about the post with the sea of shoes around that cute blue dress.ReplyCancel

  • beki - Ooooo, I love this version of the shirt! Absolutely gorgeous :) ReplyCancel

  • Erica - This shirt actually made me squeal! So great.ReplyCancel

  • Kieran - You have sold me on the Tyler! I love the Archer shirt pattern, and I was thinking one shirt pattern was enough, but then I was all like, raglan sleeves? More sleek fitting? Two Marvellous versions made by Sunni? Sold.ReplyCancel

  • Named Patterns | Apricot Adventure - […] Ever since Rachel at House of Pinheiro introduced me to Named patterns, I have spent HOURS drooling over their patterns (find Rachel’s post here). I waited to buy any of these beautiful patterns until I saw other bloggers versions to get some more information about how well drafted the patterns were and how informative the instructions are. But now that I’ve seen some beautiful garments made, I couldn’t help myself and purchased 3 patterns. (See Jolies bobines Aydan dress & Lane slip, Novita’s Jamie jeans, and Sunni’s TWO Tyler shirts: here and here). […]ReplyCancel

  • Martha - I love your adorable style. I search in vain for sewing blogs where the style suits me as well as the blogger.
    Thanks for the inspiration!ReplyCancel

  • Claire (iwanttobeaturtle) - I can’t figure our which one I like best! The outfit is wonderful. I’m not a huge fan of collars on shirts but yours is great! It isn’t a big as many I see. It’s now on my to try list.ReplyCancel

  • Hanne - I love your outfit! The print of your shirt is gorgeous and I love that type of electric red!ReplyCancel

  • Michelle - Sunni I would love to make the coat pattern from Named. Was just peeking in the latest InStyle and this boxy coat with a colorblocked bottom would be pretty cool. InStyle featured houndstooth bottom panel and camel main. Was really cute.ReplyCancel

  • Ginger - Wow, this looks so different from your previous version! This pattern looks so versatile! I love the skirt, too– it’s a great shape, and the red is amazing!ReplyCancel

  • Cyndi - I love, love the outfit but truly the skirt has won me over. Both the color and shape are wonderful everyday wardrobe choices for me! Would you consider a post on how you created the waistband?

    The Tyler is tempting, mainly cause it looks great on you! I’ve never done an FBA on a raglan sleeved top but I’m thinking the battle is on!ReplyCancel

  • Tina Spear - Sunni, you talked a bit about how the construction of the welt pockets was great on this skirt patter. Is there a way you could either show pictures of the steps the instructions gave for these welt pockets so I could see what the difference is between your skirt pattern and one I have. That way I will be able to see if it is worth it to go buy another pattern just for the welt pocket instructions. I am currently learning how to make welt pockets and love to see different ways of insertion.ReplyCancel

  • Nishi - I LOVE this skirt and the shirt is absolutely to die for! I’ve not seen the pattern before (I really need to investigate Named patterns, it seems…!), but I will certainly be looking out for it now!ReplyCancel

  • crystalpleats - I love your entire outfit. The Tyler shirt is beautiful in a print, too, and I love the bright red skirt. It had me going through the Kwik Sew drawer at Joann the other day, although they didn’t have it in stock.ReplyCancel

  • Carolyn - Sunni, this entire outfit looks fabulous on you! I love it!! It’s such a sophisticated look, while still being casual enough for everyday wear, as you mentioned. I need more pieces like this in my own closet… better get crackin’!ReplyCancel

  • Ayida - Love your version of this blouse! I’m currently working on my own Tyler blouse, I didn’t even think that using just the collar stand would have such a nice mandarin look. I’m kind of obsessed with Named at the moment, so looking forward to seeing your next few Tylers :) ReplyCancel

  • Gail - I love simple blouses, especially for work. Your fabric choices are also spot on!ReplyCancel

  • Ricki - I really appreciate the way you taught a tricky task with easy description and illustrative demonstration. I have been looking for something like this for so long, but I finally find it on your blog. Your help meant a lot to me thank you dear.ReplyCancel

T is for Tyler

So have y’all heard about Named Patterns? There are so many indie pattern companies now (its so awesome, dontcha think?) and this company is one of the most recent. They sell PDF patterns – something that you all know that I actually kind of loathe, but by the same token, their pattern offerings are rather amazing. Anyway, Named first caught my eye from Rachel over at House of Pinheiro. Immediately, I snatched up 3 of their patterns (this coat, this tee and of course, the Tyler shirt).

This is the Tyler shirt from Named’s current offerings. I love it. The raglan sleeve thing is what drew me to the pattern in the first place (though its hard to tell from my printed version).  Then there’s the little cuffs and collar too. I love little things like this instead of the always oversized details from the big 4. I love a good raglan sleeve on really, just about anything and so I decided to take the plunge and make it up first. I made up a muslin. I made my usual broad back adjustment – I can’t wait for the day when I don’t make this dumb alteration. I had to add a good 4 inches back there. Seriously this is actually pretty normal for me. I also shortened the sleeves an inch. Next time around I’m also going to raise the armhole as its a little too low for ultimate comfort. This is definitely not going to be the only version I make (already have a silk print cut out!!). These alterations all resulted in the most comfortable button up shirt I have yet made or ever owned. It’s simply delightful to wear!

The pattern itself is quite well drafted. Especially the sleeve. Usually on a raglan sleeve I experience some wrinkles that point upward toward the tip of the shoulder. This is normal (I’ve read that in several places) and I usually don’t do anything to adjust it, but on this pattern, there is no fitting wrinkles (for me) in the sleeve at all. Beautiful sleeve draft. All the pieces went together without a hitch and it wasn’t too difficult to trace the pattern off after putting the PDF sheets together. They only sell two sizes at a time which is actually kind of a godsend considering how crazy some patterns can be to trace. The only thing that I would say would make it even easier is to leave out the seamlines – all patterns include a 3/8″ seam allowance.

I ended up extending those 3/8″ seam allowances to 5/8″ seam allowances in the body of the shirt because I wanted to do flat felled seams. Made all the more awesome by this rather amazing Liberty print that I picked up some time ago at lowpricefabrics.com (my go to for Liberty’s as they have the best price around for them). It’s got an asian theme and I love the color combo. Liberty’s get me every time. I love these fabrics. However, I confess that I didn’t take the time to print match. I can be bothered with plaid matching, but print matching is something else entirely. I hail those who have the patience for such things. Seriously, all hail. To be honest, print matching can be kind of hit or miss with me. Sometimes I can definitely tell when someone went to the trouble of print matching and other times, I just think, why? Why torture yourself? Especially when I would never have been able to tell unless you told me. Still, I can see its value, I guess. While we’re on it, you can probably see there is a big difference in a print for this particular pattern than a solid, like the original has. I love both for their difference, but this pattern totally works both ways. Great pattern for both prints and solids.

Additionally I paired my Liberty with a scrap I had for the inner collar stand, sleeve placket and inner cuff. Speaking of, I used my own sleeve placket. I don’t bother with trying to do it a different way because this one works like a dream every time. Its the one from this Thread’s article.

I decided on snaps here in lieu of buttons. I love me some snaps people. I can like rip out of my shirt now! Yessss! Plus, I used the Snap Setter, and if you’re still in the dark ages and putting on snaps with that rotten Dritz plier, let me enlighten you. These things really work, they ain’t too hard to use and I have yet to break any of the pearl snaps. Win. Worth it. Plus they have every color of snap and snap type under the sun. What’s not to love here?

This pattern is not for beginners. And actually, now that we’re talking about that, just so you are aware, while the pattern comes with instructions, it does not come with illustrations. I’m totally cool with that. I would rather have an excellently drafted pattern than sewing instructions any day. I have a much different way of a constructing a button up shirt – more in line with David Coffin’s excellent book on the subject – than any pattern instructions I’ve ever seen really offer. Speaking of, I also really really like this book on sewing shirts too.

Now for the PDF thing. This pattern was actually brilliantly put together for PDF printout. The pattern pieces are all overlapped on top of each other (like a Burda Mag) and since you really have to trace off these types of patterns anyway, this is really really awesome. Yet, since there are only two sizes, the pattern lines were easy to see and everything worked out pretty much like a piece of cake. I’m totally sold. Pattern makers take a cue!!!! I only had to print out 12 pages. This compared with something like 75 for a jacket from Burda Style that I did once. So dumb!

I’m seriously, seriously loving the semi androgynous look of this new pattern company. While I love many of the cuter, more ladylike patterns that many of the other indie’s offer, I admit that I have to be pretty careful with stuff like that. I just look really weird in some of  those styles. So, I did have some misgivings about this small size of the collar and cuffs here. But since the style is a bit more masculine-ish, it totally rocked my world. Named – you’ve got my attention. Love. at. first. stitch.

  • Suzie - Such a fab shirt Sunni! The fabric is fantastic and the style suits you so well.
    I love the contrasting placket etc and the red studs, such cute details (which I always love about your makes!).
    Can’t wait to see how your other Named makes turn out – beautiful no doubt :) ReplyCancel

  • Isabel - I am intrigued by your comment about looking forward to the day when you do NOT need to do a broad back adjustment. Could you explain a little more. I recently made a dress that fit perfectly in the front in a size 12, but wouldn’t come close to zipping in the back. I thought about just cutting a 16 back and using darts to make it fit at the shoulders. I believe I read a post of yours about broad back adjustment. And yes, used to swim a lot.

    Also, I used your free zipper class to learn how to do a good invisible zipper insertion and will be referring to it again when I want to do one with a lining. Thanks!ReplyCancel

  • Carlee - Love it! I could use me some button up shirts for work. I’ll add it to the (never ending) list.ReplyCancel

  • Tilly - Love this! This pattern is on my sewing wish list and your version is lovely.ReplyCancel

  • Tiffany - Very nice shirt! I love the print and your earings match so nicely.ReplyCancel

  • PendleStitches - Eep! These are lovely. As is your shirt. Love the colours on you.
    I’ve just been asked to make a cape for a friend and have emailed her the link to the Avery Cape. Gorgeous. Thanks for the heads up!ReplyCancel

  • Sally {thequirkypeach} - This Tyler shirt is ROCKING! That print is so great, and I love the snaps :) I haven’t ordered any patterns from Named yet, but the three you ordered were my top three favorites!!! Can’t wait to see what you do with that Andy coat ;) ReplyCancel

  • Lori - Love this blouse and thanks for the link to the placket tutorial. Heading over to the website to see what I need to buy for new patterns.ReplyCancel

  • Ann - Looks lovely! I have a question…did you have any problem printing out the pattern on 8 1/2 x 11 paper? I saw on the website that they’re offered on A4 paper only. I’m in the US, like you, so I emailed them to ask about it but the email bounced back to me. I have my eye on the Charley Tux pants…I don’t have anything like them.

    Thanks!ReplyCancel

  • Gjeometry - I just heard about Named patterns from Rachel’s site, as well. I love their designs, they are very strong and bold, and not 50s looking at all. Something exciting and new for the sewing world. I like this blouse and I look forward to seeing the other two patterns you sew up.ReplyCancel

  • Stevie - Gorgeous shirt Sunni! Thank you for that in depth review of Named. I was in two minds about ordering some. I adore the designs but wasn’t sure if they were worth investing in. I think I’ll have to indulge now. I adore the fabric too. Gotta love Liberty!ReplyCancel

  • Wanett - I LOVE seeing this all made up!! I would love one of every pattern they have available!!

    I was lucky enough to win Rachel’s giveaway. I almost choose Tyler, but went with the Jamie Jeans. I was little surprised by the lack of illustrations, but I’ve never made pants before. I might has chosen differently had I known.ReplyCancel

  • Debora - Love your shirt! It is on my wishlist too! I’m looking forward to your dress, I really want to make it but I’m unsure about fabric choice.
    I really like al the vintage/ 50′s stuff going on at the Indie patterncompagnies but look better in designs like the one Named makes!ReplyCancel

  • crystalpleats - I LOVE all the details and information you have given about this pattern. Things like calling attention to the smaller scale collar and cuffs as opposed to the Big 4. You are so right on that account. I think this new company has a really cool, clean vibe to its patterns. I really like the contrast fabric you have added, too. Keep the great pattern reviews coming!ReplyCancel

  • houseofpinheiro - Wowwww this is stunning and chic…ReplyCancel

  • Sassy T - I absolutely love this shirt on you, the fabric is amazing. Your new web page is fantastic too. https://www.facebook.com/SassySewingBeesReplyCancel

  • Maddie - Wow! What a shirt. I love the print but even more, I love your detailed description. I must get me one of those snap setters!ReplyCancel

  • Mainelydad - Fabulous shirt! There really is an art to making a shirt, and you’ve totally knocked this one out of the park. Thanks also for the link to lowpricefabrics.com. Even guys love Liberty, and their offerings are totally splurge worthy.ReplyCancel

  • Fabric Tragic - I’m so glad you posted this! I’ve got the Tyler shirt on my to-do list and its great to read a little on its construction. Thanks so much!ReplyCancel

  • Kate - Great shirt and so glad to know they do overlapping pattern pieces. Agree about the Snapsetter, I love mine!ReplyCancel

  • Marie - I fell in love with Tyler, the minute I saw the pattern too and it’s great to see such a beautiful version made up. I may have to bump it up my list as it’s such a versatile item to make!ReplyCancel

  • Thewallinna - This is a great shirt! The print goes well with your hair and character :) I’ve just finished their Aydan dress and I like it. But, unlike you, I was quite disappointed with the pattern layout :( If I had to choose, I’d rather print 35 pages than trace the pattern. Anyway, there is always somebody who’ll be ranting :) ReplyCancel

  • Nikki h - I use that placket from that threads article too! It really does work every time. I’ve been eyeing that shirt making book for some time, I think it’ll be my next purchase.
    The shirt is adorable. Thanks for all of the tips and sites you linked here. Your posts are always informative.ReplyCancel

  • melissa - Love the shirt! I fell hard for their jeans pattern, just waiting for some mad cash to splurge! I’m totally confused at why you trace off your downloaded patterns though – and I trace pretty much everything. My reasons for tracing are that patterns are expensive and I want to preserve a clean copy, but with digital patterns, the clean copy is the pdf. So can you talk through why you like to trace them again? I’m genuinely baffled. (Though I get here that these pdfs are laid on top of each other, like Burda, so you HAVE to tape then print – Manequim does this too but I personally think it’s the worst of both worlds. I don’t mind tracing and I don’t mind taping, but don’t make me do both!!)ReplyCancel

  • Sunni - @Isabel – I’ll try to put together some posts about broad back. There are many fixes, many I’ve tried and many have success. Its just aggravating! I wish there were patterns designed just for me without me having to design them!!!!

    @Ann – Actually yes. I had to purchase a4 paper online in order to print out the patterns. So I contacted the ladies at Named and told them about this issue and they told me that they were going to correct that so that the patterns could be printed on both a4 and us 8.5 x 11. I didn’t mention that part because of this. I think they just might not have known yet when they debuted their patterns, which is totally fine.

    @Wanett – I’m loving the Jamie Jeans too. I’ll admit I was surprised too at the lack of illustrations especially because the patterns were a tad pricey for pdfs, but I’m OK with it I guess. Kind of like Burda Style Patterns, yet their patterns are only $5.40….

    @Mainleydad – So glad you found your way to lowpricefabrics.com! I think you would look smashing in any Liberty!!

    @Thewallinna – You’re right. I can see both sides, but admit that I like to only print out these patterns one time trace them off and then roll them up and out of the way.

    @melissa – I always trace them off because I hate having the tape from taping multiple sheets of paper together stick to anything else and also because I always have to make fitting alterations and using stiff printer paper just makes it harder. Ugggh! Also, I find its hard to cut out the pattern from the fabric because its hard to pin through the printer paper. I’m being totally snobby about it too!!! Additionally, I’ve almost always had to reprint this or that and so instead I just print off all of those pdf pages once, put it all together and treat it just like an envelope pattern – trace it off without harming the original. This way I only have to print off the pages once. I just keep pdf patterns rolled up in a corner at one side of my studio. I used to print out and cut out my size and such, but then I also found the patterns hard to store and reuse when I had folded them up into an envelope. I can’t iron them back out because of the tape and many of the taped intersections just become weak. I’m ranting, but this is a major reason why I would much rather purchase an envelope pattern over a pdf any day. But there’s so many great pdfs!!! Can’t help myself!ReplyCancel

  • Jennifer @ Workroom Social - Shirt looks great! I can’t wait to try some of the Named patterns myself. I like that the looks are a little less casual than some others currently on the market. Can’t wait to see the other patterns you make!ReplyCancel

  • Trang - Love this shirt! I just bought the Andy coat and I’m so sad thet there is no illustration in the intrusion. Please do a sew along for the coat, will you?ReplyCancel

  • Lesley - Excellent pattern line and not a retro vibe in sight – yay!
    I too am blessed with broad shoulders, I like to think of my body shape as athletic, definitely good for sabre toothed tiger wrangling! I recently viewed a video on Threads about shoulder adjustments and noted that I don’t have a forward shoulder so much as a protruding shoulder bone which makes all my shirts pull diagonally. The great thing about this pattern is possibly that having a raglan seam, the bias has give and the bone pulling issue is no longer a problem?ReplyCancel

  • Ann - Hi, Sunni, thanks for the advice about the paper. I just ordered some…if anyone reading this is based in NYC and wants to share, I’m going to have plenty extra!ReplyCancel

  • Rochelle New - Holy Moly that fabric is just AMAZING!!! I super love it. I’ll have to check out that pattern company, they sound really neat. Don’t you just love the sewing community even more for that reason? Stumbling on to new awesome things? It’s the best.

    p.s. I’m still loving your pixie cut! You’re gorgeous.ReplyCancel

  • Lady Mellilah - This shirt looks soooo comfortable. Easy and casual and very fun with that print!ReplyCancel

  • Llbb - Sunni I think we are style buddies! I love menswear inspired pieces that are still feminine. Love this, loooove a good raglan sleeve, would love to try Jamie jeans, generally hate PDFs :).ReplyCancel

  • Ginger - Wow, this is fabulous! I love it! Your fabric choice is so perfect! I’ve got to get the Snap Setter– the Dritz pliers brought on more tears, cursing, and general bad toddler behavior than any other sewing situation I’ve faced to date!ReplyCancel

  • Gail - The skirt is a great shape. But the fabric is utterly awesome!!!ReplyCancel

  • Eva - I love the fabric you used and the pattern is nice too.ReplyCancel

  • Bela S - So glad to see a pattern company that is not another 50s housewife revival!ReplyCancel

  • Sally - It is really beautiful! I love your shirt, it is really chic and your second version is also amazing. I think I will try these patterns even if I think it is a little bit too expensive for a pdf pattern without explanation with pictures. Thanks also for the links of the books witch seem to be very interesting!ReplyCancel

  • jane - Hi Suuni, I have a broad back too! How do you make your adjustment? My book says just to add a bit in across the centre of the back but if I am making a dress this makes the skirt bit too wide. I’d love to hear your viewsReplyCancel