This is one of my all-time favorite patterns. You may have seen this version and this version (just the pants on this last link) in previous posts…. And I have another tunic cut out and ready to go right now! It’s a staple pattern, one that every sewist with a *little* should have. If you have a boy and a girl (like I do), you’ll find yourself reaching for this pattern twice as often.
The pattern (pictured above) is called Banyan and is by Figgy’s Patterns - also one of my favorite pattern companies. It features a tunic or tee option and a shorts or pants option. Take the class here at the Finch, and learn to make either a girl’s tunic or boy’s t-shirt- your choice (you’ll easily be able to make the other choice after you’ve made either one)! You’ll learn to read a pattern and gain the confidence needed knits get busy with knit fabrics! This is a Beginner class. Come join us! See the dates and details right here! I also sell the pattern here at the shop! Contact me to purchase it (it will be on the shopping site soon)!
Get your spot for Friday Night Sew-cial now! Let me know if you want to come be sew-cial on May 10th and/or May 17th. Click here for more details. And also, here’s a little something I made for Finn (isn’t … Continue reading →
How about a summer quilt?! This one starts this coming Thursday- just in time for a June finish (or sign up for the day-time classes in June). Picnics, lazy days at the local winery, a fresh accent for a favorite room, or the handmade gift … Continue reading →
I was super excited to be included in the Colette Patterns Laurel Sewing Contest. I made a couple versions of the Laurel myself, and they are among my favorite self-sewn items in my closet. Folks, I gotta’ say, this is a pattern you need. I know, you have a million that you haven’t even sewn yet. Well, you need a million and one. This pattern is a staple, and it’s a wonderful pattern to customize. So here’s what I did:
This one was my first try- I changed the neckline. I made the front a little lower, and I scooped out the back. I really love a low back. I used this voile fabric, and I really loved how it turned out. The other fabulous thing about this pattern is that it is a great vehicle for showcasing fabric.
Have I mentioned that I hate being my own model?! :/ sigh.
This version is done with fabric I’ve been saving for something special. It’s a double gauze by Nani Iro. This time, I didn’t add sleeves. The fabric is super lightweight, so it was a great opportunity to make this a summer top. Also, the pattern only includes darts in the back for contouring at the waist, but overall, it’s not a fitted shirt. I think this makes it even more of a summer staple. I cut the shirt at the pattern’s waist line and added a self-drafted bias peplum. I’m in love with peplums, these days, and the Laurel was a great opportunity to make my own.
Oh, and let’s talk about the chevron-ish effect- I did this by cutting the shirt and peplum on the bias. This may be one of my favorite modifications. I could have matched it up a little better, but I had a small amount of fabric to work with, so I’m happy with it the way it is.
Wanna make your own? Buy the pattern here, or take the class (click the link to see more details)! Our first session will be on Monday. Can’t make the dates? Let me know, and we’ll find a date that works!
So I’m barely making the cut off for Kids Clothes Week tonight. In a nutshell, KCW is a quarterly challenge meant to inspire all of us to sew for one hour a day for that week. It’s a super cool idea- … Continue reading →
Friday night sew-cials will be starting again on in one week (May 3rd). Here’s how it works: ~ Hours are from 6-10pm (or so). ~ Come any time. ~ Stay as long as you like. ~ Email, convo, or message … Continue reading →
We’ve had a busy couple of weeks over here at the Finch. Our Grand Opening Sip and See went swimmingly this past Saturday. I had the priviledge of meeting some new people and seeing some “old” friends. It was fantastic to … Continue reading →
I am so excited to announce that I’ll be having a Sip + See to show off my swoon-worthy sewing space. See for yourself this Saturday, April 20th from noon to 4pm. Come anytime. Oh, and I’ll be doing a … Continue reading →
When we lived in Virginia Beach, every year I said that I wanted to see the Cherry Blossoms in DC. But we never went. And then we moved to Oregon. And now we’re back. So we went last weekend… Unfortunately, … Continue reading →