Eight Flashback Skinny tees later, I can decidedly say I have changed my tune. One thing that hooked me on this pattern is the fit. If you are looking for a fitted tee pattern, this one can't be beat. (If you're looking for a looser, more sweater-like fit, I love the Mini Briar, especially in a cozy, sweater-y knit.)
I assumed I would find it boring to make something so simple over and over again. But it turns out, I actually find it relaxing and rewarding. They come together quickly, which is always so satisfying.
I also enjoy the mindless element of sewing tees, where I can plug in to a podcast and some music and relax, without having to think too much about how it will all come together.
Last time I mentioned how much I enjoy using my serger to sew knits. I wrote about how my hems and seams had been popping when using my sewing machine alone for construction, especially when using a double needle. Now I only use my sewing machine to baste my seams in place (prior to serging them) and then later to sew the hem. I wanted to elaborate on that a bit more.
After lots of fiddling with various stitches, I'm having success using a very narrow stretch (zigzag) stitch at the hemline. It works effectively (no popped hems) and still looks professional. I haven't been as happy with the look of this stitch at the neckline, though, so I've since opted out of topstitching my necklines. I only use my serger.
It has worked out great! I made these tshirts over a month ago now and they have washed and worn beautifully.
I made another pair of the Ash Pants. This time in a linen-cotton blend from my stash. I've been sewing a lot from my stash recently which has been great. But unfortunately, I can often no longer remember where I purchased these fabrics or even what lines they are from!
I also made another pair of Brindille and Twig bloomers for Hazel.
I do remember the details on this one : it's a Kaufman union chambray (geometric) which I ordered from the Imagine Gnats shop.
I love this chambray! It's lightweight and has a floaty quality to it that works so well with bloomers. I also made a pair of Ash pants for Iris in this material, but she was busy building a fort in the forest while I was taking these photos and I didn't get a single good shot of her in them.
Hazel has recently learned several phrases which she uses frequently and with gusto. 1. No! 2. Hrumph! 3. I do it!
It's funny how such a tiny person can possess such a strong will and so much determination!
Jude hung most of our Christmas lights this year. Inside, he hung them in three rooms (I posted a video here to IG) and he even did most of our outdoor lights as well, except for the roof line. He did an amazing job and they look beautiful! It was such a blessing to us!
We say Jude is like Elf, ready to spread Christmas cheer whenever he can. :D
I try to keep this picture in my mind's eye when Hazel insists, yet again, on doing it herself. Someday this will pay off. Taking a deep breath helps, too! :)