Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Emerson Shorts & Southport Tank // Sewing For Women

Hey all!

When Kelly released the Emerson Crop Pant / Short pattern, I literally didn't even hesitate a second. I knew I had to have it. I'm not sure if I've ever had a pair of pleated shorts before, but somehow I knew that the shape was exactly what my hips needed. The flat front, pockets, and easy to sew and wear back elastic, all made it so great.

I've been pushing my luck with not making muslins lately... (don't worry, I haven't given up the practice!) But I felt confident with these, just by looking at the front and back curve, they looked right for my shape. And I was right. They were perfect! The only change I made was to add 1" in length to the hem length and sewed up a straight size 6. My hips measure 37.25 at the time of making these. I am 5'3", the pattern says it's drafted for a 5"5' person, but I didn't make any adjustments and the waistband hits at a very comfortable spot for me. I'm also very short waisted, so I tend to like my bottoms to hit a little higher to help avoid the oh, so awful, muffin top!

I sewed the shorts in a black linen/rayon blend from Joann's. It has a little bit of weight to it that makes it so nice for shorts and it's very soft! I want every pair of shorts to be this comfortable! If you haven't figured it out yet, they're good. Like really good. I can't wait to make a few more pairs. And also try out the crop length.

Also, if you want to know what my "mom" face looks like. Well, check it out below. I'm looking out our back patio doors at my kids fighting while playing outside. Hallelujah, Praise the Lord, school starts next week...

I decided to pair the shorts with a Southport tank hack, also a True Bias pattern and the hack from dress to tank tutorial is found here. I followed her tutorial exactly, since we are the same height. I've made this pattern 3 times now, not counting the muslin or two I made (see! I Do still make them!). I've tweaked the pattern for my shape and preferences and am loving it! The changes I've made are to size down one size, position the darts to the right spot for my body, raise the front neckline by 1 1/2", scoop out the armholes slightly, and lower the back neckline slightly.

More Mom Face. Smiles in this post may be fabricated. :) :)

I am very pleased with how this version came out. I made it in some weird chambray-like quilting cotton, also found at Joann's in the red tag section for something super cheap, like $3/yd. I bought yardddzzzz of it, so I like to use it for "practice" versions of patterns that I hope will become wearable muslins. 

I am happy with everything about this shirt, except for that tiny little bit of standing up at the neckline where it curves. Any tips? Is this just a pressing issue or should I pinch just a bit at the neckline on my paper pattern? The width and fullness of this is perfect for a shirting fabric, but I think I'd like to try to take out some fullness for drapier versions, in say rayon challis or similar substrates.

I also really love the button down detail and the shirt tail like hem for options in how to wear it! I mean... I love it untucked, tied, and I think my fave option is the front tuck.

I can't wait to wear this outfit into the fall with a cardi, too. It's my fave. All my handmades are when I make them, but this outfit. It's my fave. ;)

Patterns Used:
Emerson Shorts - size 6 - 1 inch added to length

Southport Dress, Tank Hack - size 4 - front neckline raised 1 1/2" - back neckline lowered - armsyces lowered - dart adjusted.

Shorts - black linen/rayon blend from Joann's
Tank - chambray, 100% cotton, labeled quilting cotton from Joann's

Sunday, July 31, 2016

Summer Swimwear Tour 2016 // Classic Maillot

Classic Maillot Swimsuit Pattern: Sewn by Handmade Frenzy

Have you been following along with the Summer Swimwear Tour this past week? Well, today is the last day and I'm sharing another version of the ever so adorable Classic Maillot, view E mashed with G, and H.

Since today is the last day of the tour, you'll want to make sure to check out the discount codes at the bottom of the post and take advantage of them!

Classic Maillot Swimsuit Pattern: Sewn by Handmade Frenzy

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Shorts On The Line 2016 // Clemence Shorts

Hey all! Today I'm over at Imagine Gnats blog with my thoughts on the Clemence Shorts pattern. Head on over and have a look! :)

The shirt I'm wearing is my latest version of the Lark Tee. I love this pattern so much, my count is currently up to 5! Check out my Instagram for more pics of all of them!

Thursday, June 30, 2016

Top Knot Tour // Pattern Hack

Hi all!!

I'm so happy you've stopped by to see my hacked version of the seriously cute Top Knot Romper & Dress by Chalk & Notch

Make sure to read all the way to the bottom for amazing prizes you can win!

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Lark Tee Dress // Sewing For Women

Things are running a little slow on the blog front these days. Which only means that they are running full tilt behind the scenes. That's always how it works it seems!

Anyway, I wanted to pop in and let you know about a post that I did for Rachael at Imagine Gnats a couple weeks back. I turned the fabulous Lark Tee pattern into a dress!!

It's absolutely like wearing secret pajamas, and is fun for changing up the regular tee & shorts in the summer!

Head on over to the post to read all the details about the changes I made to achieve this!

Happy Sewing!!

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Thread Faction Blog Tour // SS2016

Hi all!! Today I'm taking part in the blog tour for the brand new Thread Faction collection for girls called SS2016. It is a seriously cute collection of very functional wardrobe pieces for active little girls.

Thursday, May 26, 2016

My Sewing Space // Featured on Tilly and the Buttons

Heidi's Sewing Space // Handmade Frenzy

YOU GUYS! Have you ever wondered what my sewing space looks like? Well today you can see a bunch of photos and read ALL about the details of my work space over at Tilly and the Buttons!!

I am crazy thrilled to be allowed to take up a little space over there today, so be sure to head over and check it out!

Heidi's Sewing Space // Handmade Frenzy

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Hampshire Trousers // Sewing For Women

Hampshire Trousers: Pattern by Cali Faye Collection // Sewn by Handmade Frenzy

Yep. That's right. 


And that is the first and last time you will see me do a jump pose. But I felt like the sewing level unlocked with this project deserved it. Unflattering as it may be!

Let's move on. Truth is, the fact that I sewed pants for myself makes me feel just a little bit sassy! Lol.

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Mint Stripe Lane Raglan // Sewing For Women

Hi friends! 

Popping in again to show you another Lane Raglan I made recently. This was another one of the coordinating pieces for Aiden's big birthday bash. Yep. Seriously. We all coordinated that day. Crazy mom over here. Lol.

I'm still trying to find the perfect sizing on this pattern for me. I keep using different fabrics each time so that makes it more difficult. Ha! This one is the updated version (which I LOVE, btw). I made it in a straight medium, but because of the drapey-ness of the rayon spandex that I used, I ended up taking it in under the arms and through the bust again. I also didn't shorten this one any, just cut it straight across at the band line and then hemmed rather than adding the band. It's really quite perfect I think.

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Selfish Sewing Week // Denim Selene Skirt

Colette Selene Skirt // Selfish Sewing Week

Hi all!
Today I'm over at the Imagine Gnats blog sharing my stretch denim version of the just released skirt pattern from Colette Patterns.

It's the first of my makes for Selfish Sewing week. If you want to follow along in real time with what I'm up to this week, hop over to Instagram ;)

And don't forget to check out the whole post with all the details on how to modify this pattern to make it in a stretch fabric. (Spoiler alert: It's super easy!)

Colette Selene Skirt // Selfish Sewing Week

Happy Selfish Sewing Week!!

Monday, April 4, 2016

Easter Eleena Dress // Sewing For Girls

Eleena Dress for Easter // Sewing For Girls

This year's Easter dress was brought to Miss O by, the Eleena Dress and THIS gorgeous fabric that I was ever so fortunate enough to win in a giveaway from Brooklyn Pattern Company!

I couldn't believe my luck, especially since I just on a whim decided to enter because I saw Erin's dress and thought it was gorgeous. I wasn't completely sure what I would do if I won, but as soon as I opened the package I new it was destined to be an Easter dress for Olivia.

Eleena Dress for Easter // Sewing For Girls

I paired it with a chambray from Joann Fabrics. It is from the Famous Maker line. It's a really nice weight and great to work with and I'm a huge fan of the color. I bought the chambray with intentions of making coordinating shorts for the boys, but this was all dreamed up the week of Easter. Oops. So instead it became the inside of the pleat and a bow that I made as an accent for the dress. It is pretty perfect, I think! The boys will be getting those shorts, yet. And they will all go to church coordinating someday, heh! :)

Eleena Dress for Easter // Sewing For Girls

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Skipper Top & Clover Shorts // Sewing For Girls

Skipper Top & Clover Shorts // Sewing for girls

For the baby's first birthday party, I had the crazy notion that we ALL should have new handmade clothes to wear! Well except for my husband... I need to change the none at all lack of sewing for him.

I managed to complete 6 items of clothing for the party, with a 7th needing only a hem and a buttonhole. 

Today Miss Olivia is showing off her new clothes, of which she was quite proud!

Skipper Top & Clover Shorts // Sewing For Girls

I actually bought the fabric for both of these pieces over a year ago, thinking they would be perfect together and even with these patterns in mind! How often does that happen?? They are both from Hobby Lobby.

Skipper Top & Clover Shorts // Sewing For Girls

The shorts are my go-to pattern for her, the Clover Shorts (affiliate link) by Mouse House Creations, from the original Willow & Co collection. I even got to test them way back when. They are so good and my affection for them has certainly not changed!

Thursday, March 17, 2016

A ONE And WILD Birthday Party and Some FUN News!!

ONE And WILD Birthday Party // Handmade Frenzy

My baby is ONE!!! 

I'm really not sure how to feel about my third and probably last baby turning a year old. I'm happy and sad. But mostly happy. I'm not terribly sad to see the sleepless nights fewer and farther between, and I'm LOVING watching his little personality blossom and those first words, and we still have the first steps to look forward to. This is a fantastic place to be. Both baby and toddler. My favorite.

ONE And WILD Birthday Party // Handmade Frenzy

For his birthday party, I went with a loosely "wild" theme. Throw a few teepees, arrows, a woodland animal together and we have ourselves a party!
(The adorable little fox hanging out in the background is made my lovely friend April. She made him as a baby gift when Aiden was born, he's still a favorite and much loved friend, April!)

ONE And WILD Birthday Party // Handmade Frenzy

If you would like to see where most of the inspiration came from, you can check out my Pinterest board.

Next came the cake smash! This was actually his second cake, he got to smash one on his actual birthday and I set up a little photo shoot (with my new lens!!) with that one.