Turkey Tracks: Me-Made-May

Turkey Tracks:  May 9, 2018


I am well on my way with garment making this year.

I probably can’t wear something I’ve made every day for the whole month of May yet, but I am not far off.  I can probably do it if I wear things multiple times.  I LOVE sewing clothing.

Looky, looky at new additions to my wardrobe:

Grainline Studio:  The Morris Blazer:  The coral knit is not very stretchy.  I’m still figuring out where I fit between a 12 and a 14, especially with tops.  And I’ve learned I do better with a 12 in a top if the knit is stretchy.  This garment fits, but only just.  So I wanted a sleeveless layering piece to go with.  I will make this adorable jacket again for the fall in a 14.

Grainline Studio:  Willow Tank top.  Pattern also extends to a dress.  I used double gauze and LOVE this top.  Will wear both pieces with either a jean or natural skirt.  Or, stretch jeans.  AND, I will be making this one again and again for this summer.  Overlaying it with a garment shirt would also be lovely.

100 Acts of Sewing Dress No. 3:

This is my second dress from this pattern.  This pattern is very…big.  Cheryl Rodriguez (my sewing teacher) and Becca Babb-Brott (see her Etsy store Sew Me A Song) have helped me to tighten it in the right places and to redraw the neckline and shorten the sleeves.  I just finished this one last night.  Our Maine spring runs cool to warm, so I can wear various types of white t-shirts beneath it.  Or throw on a pair of leggings.  The fabric is Essex Linen.

Here is a close-up of this gorgeous steel grey and cobalt blue fabric:

And you can see how pretty white sets off the fabric.  I will get a lot of summer wear out of this one for sure.  So pretty too with my Ka Ora silver bracelets–see earlier post.

I am cutting out accumulated fabrics now and will have a sewing marathon when I get home from my quilty retreat to the Franciscan Guest House for Mother’s Day weekend.



Author: louisaenright

I am passionate about whole, nutrient-dense foods, developing local markets, and strengthening communities.

6 thoughts on “Turkey Tracks: Me-Made-May”

  1. I’m thinking of making the Dress #3 so this post is helpful. I love the fabric! Where did you get it? The subtle pattern is beautiful.

    1. It is one of the Essex Linen blends. It hardly wrinkles at all when you wear it. I bought it at Fiddlehead in Belfast, Maine, but Essex Linen blends are widely available.

      1. Forgot to say also that I took A LOT of extra fabric out of this dress. It was just too big otherwise. Especially up around my shoulders. It’s easy to cut down if you need to.

  2. Thanks! I looks like there’s a subtle geometric pattern in the fabric or maybe my eyes are playing tricks on me. Anyway, it’s lovely.

  3. I’m also hoping to make dress no. 3… as my first ever garment sewing project. I would love for mine to come out looking like yours. Any specific tips?

    1. Thanks. Well it has been a while, but I wound up taking the dress in A LOT in both front and back. Also, I was not crazy about how the v-neck sewed. I’d be happier with a facing cut to that shape, etc. I do enjoy the dress though. I used an Essex linen (doesn’t wrinkle much) and love that. For a “throw it on” and “go” garment, it’s great. Good luck.

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