Make it Monday // Double header

Make it Monday features two easy to sew knit tops. I’ve made both in different ways before, so this was a bit of an old friend meets new twist.

As part of a challenge for myself and to fill a void in my Summer wardrobe, I want to make a “rashy” (swim rash guard) for over my bikini. Then I ran across this floral fabric in Joann’s and thought it’d be perfect. Is it just me or is floral having a moment lately? Hubby pointed out that it is a little dark for a swim shirt as it might make me pretty hot in direct sun, wearing black and all. Ugh. I hadn’t thought of that.


But of course, I still NEEDED!! to make something from this delicious fabric. So, I made a shirt version of the Marianne Dress by Christine Haynes. An tried and true pattern. This is my fourth Marianne, but a completely different version. A shirt from View A. I will say this fabric was super slippery and I may have melted a small amount of the shoulder elastic; that’s what I get for distracted sewing. All in all, I think it’s super cute and was such a comfy top to wear to work today. I might even wear it again tomorrow… The sizing of this pattern runs true to measurements for me personally. No alterations needed. 


Marianne Top in slippery knit

Now back to the Rashy. I had the pattern all picked out: Seamwork Astoria in a cropped 3/4 sleeve combination. I made one of these when the pattern was first released, which I’m sorry to say I have yet to wear in the wild. I used too thin of a knit for the pattern; probably another good reason to NOT use the floral fabric. I used a heavier textured knit from my stash, think wetsuit. Weeellll, and there is no way I’m posting a photo of myself in this top, I also decided it would be great to size down a size to make it really swim worthy. Um, ya. That wasn’t a good idea. It is beyond too small. Ha! I think I’ve “grown” since I last made the top. Hubby was not impressed and is still urging me to just buy a rashguard already. If only I could find one that I like and fits well. This sizing of this pattern also runs true to measurements for me; just need to stick to the correct size on the next make. 


What do you think? Should I continue using this pattern for the Rashy? Just make it in the correct size next time? Hmm. Such a debate.

And for a little  weekend update, my sis Elise and I ran the Moonshine Trail 5K this past Friday night. It was straight up hill for 2 miles. They were absolutely not kidding in the description. Lots of walking! The refreshments at the top were self serve and the whole event had a great grass roots type of feel. If you get the chance to do one of the runs put on by Shasta Trail Runs, do it! I’m in the process of talking Hubby into running Clikapudi on New Years. We shall see how that turns out.


Certified Moonshiner – as if the Limoncello and Kombucha didn’t tip anyone off previously…

Also a little shout out to my dear ol’ dad, who turned 63 today! Happy Birthday Daddy!! 

Make it Monday // Seamwork Sonya

The good, the baggy, and the stripes

It’s been a good while since I mentioned my Seamwork subscription. It’s a free online magazine with a wealth of articles about fabric, travel, sewing, clothing and two easy to complete patterns in each monthly publication. While the styles are simple and straight forward, there are variations to make them more unique and challenging. Along with different styling options, often times using one of the patterns from a previous issue (their marketing department knows what they’re doing).

The magazine is great for both beginner and advanced sewists and while it is free, the patterns are not. For $6/month you can download the patterns, plus extras, or use your credits to purchase previous issue patterns or even a full blown Colette pattern from the main store. It’s really a bargain in many ways.

That being said, I haven’t been diligent in producing these garments. Sometimes the styles don’t suit me, but mostly, I’m just lured by the next “new” pattern out there. So!! I’m making an effort to look at these Seamwork patterns again and try out some new ones or revisit old ones. I also think not enough people are creating and telling about the Seamwork patterns, which is not helping the staff refine their future offerings. As the title states, this week was an adventure with the Sonya dress.


Cover of the March Issue, featuring the Sonya dres

I loved this dress the minute I saw it. The stripes and the styling. I’ve been itching to make a shift dress for a couple years and why it hasn’t happened, I’m not certain. Even though these are quick sews, I still opted to make a muslin, since incase you are unaware, Colette patterns, are set at C size bust, which usually spells a bit of baggy disaster for me. Straight out of the gates, I did a SBA; much needed. Made the size closest to my measurements and there was way TOO MUCH fabric on the back of the garment. I thought it was just me, but I did query one other Sonya maker on Instagram. Nope. It was an error on the pattern.


The Muslin. I also tried out the super cute tulip cuffs, but think they’d be better suited to a different garment. Maybe a cute short jacket. **Seamwork are you reading this??**

I ended up moving the zipper teeth to one inch (adding 3/8″ each side) in from raw edge, which coincidentally lined up perfectly with the facing. My suspicion is the facing is correct and the back piece for some strange reason is too large. Even with that adjustment the back of the shirt is still pretty baggy. Oh ya, I made it into a shirt, instead of a dress. Realizing why I haven’t made a shift dress before after the muslin make. They don’t suit my figure. Or at least this one did not.


The finished shirt. Why does my room have terrible lighting??

The shirt is so baggy, I can get it on overhead without undoing the zipper. If only I’d known, I’d have saved the time putting the zipper in….but I guess this leaves room for taking in the back darts and tightening up the fit. I have to be transparent here – we know I’m never doing that. I’m going to wear it baggy and then probably transplant the zipper at some point to a new garment.


Baggy back view. Although, I must admit this is better in photos. Maybe Clueless is right, you can only trust a polaroid.


And a curtsy. Again strange lighting. Try to ignore my glowing head. Ha! The fabric is a cotton linen blend, so within minutes it had a fair bit of wrinkles already. I don’t mind.

Overall, I still adore the style. The front and sleeves are so perfect. If I knew an easy fix for the back, I’d probably do that on the next make, but not sure when I’m going to be making the Sonya again. I’d say it is a B minus fit for me. (Might be reconsidering the rating after seeing the photos….maybe….)


I used french seams for all the possible seams. It’s pretty tidy on the inside.

*Two pattern direction issues – (1) No stay stitching on the neckline noted, which I’d highly recommend as you don’t put the facing on for a good long time and you’re bound to get the neck stretched if you don’t.  (2) No finishing of the facing raw edge. I think this was just an oversight; probably worth mentioning as it is one place that could be prone to fraying.


Aaaannnddd….it’s Monday!