Tamarack Jacket in Maker Maker fabric

Hello there friends! It’s been ages since I’ve posted, but I’m sewing away and will hopefully have more to share soon! I set a goal this year to sew one item for myself each month to build my handmade wardrobe, and so far I’m doing well! I have yet to share my Lark tee from January (soon if I can manage to photograph it!) and today I’m sharing the Tamarack Jacket I made in February.

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This pattern has been on my mental “to sew” list since it was released, but the release of the Maker Maker fabrics by Sarah Golden gave me the kick in the pants to get it made. I first became acquainted with Sarah through Kid’s Clothes Week a couple years back and have followed along her sewing and artistic journey via Instagram ever since. She’s an amazing artist and I love seeing her work unfold. I rooted for her to sell her hand printed fabrics, so seeing her designs produced by Andover is a dream come true! Sarah was kind enough to send me these fabrics to play with- thank you Sarah! You can see the whole collection here, although the colors look a little off. Better yet, check out Sarah’s Instagram to see more (and go ahead and follow her because you want this beauty in your feed). The whole collection is a medium weight cotton linen blend that will be awesome for a variety of projects.

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I used Village in Blue for the outside of my Tamarack jacket. I love that although its a busy print it reads as more of a neutral due to the subdued palette. It is a perfect basic that isn’t too basic, you know what I mean? I tend toward simple classic silhouettes, but elevating it with a fun fabric that still coordinates with my wardrobe is a home run.

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I used Pink Lines for the interior fabric. It’s such a fun contrast and definitely gives the jacket some personality! Cotton and linen both get better with wear, so I’m excited to see how this jacket wears through next year and beyond.

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The Tamarack Jacket is a simple quilted jacket with welt pockets, curved hem, and bound edges. If you’ve made the Blue Ridge Dress, you shouldn’t be surprised to hear that I LOVE BIAS BINDING. I enjoy doing it and I love the way it looks! Its a totally underrated finish in my book. Since each piece of the Tamarack is quilted before assembling the jacket it gives lots of opportunity for bias binding- and I took every chance I could! I bound all interior seams aside from the sleeves where it added too much bulk. Even the pockets are bias bound. Because if I have to sew slow (because I have three kids and my sewing time is limited) I may as well take my time with finishes so I can really be satisfied with what I make.

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Pattern: Tamarack Jacket by Grainline Studio

Fabric: Village in Blue and Lines in Pink from the Maker Maker line by Sarah Golden (you can purchase it on Imagine Gnats!)

Size: 4 at shoulders/bust graded to 6 at hips

My measurements: in inches below

Upper bust-33.5

Bust-37

Waist- 31

Hip- 39.5

 

Mods: 

-added a zipper to view A in place of hook and eye

-bias bound seam allowances

-handmade the binding using this method

-Blended from size 4 to 6. My measurements put me in the size 8/10 range, but after making a muslin I found it to be too big so I checked the finished measurement chart and chose my size from there. My narrow shoulders and ribcage frequently require a smaller size than my bust says I should choose, and since there was plenty of ease still I chose a size 4 blended to 6.

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This jacket is already getting lots of wear! Our temperate virginia winters mean I’m regularly switching between a heavy coat and this lighter weight one- you know, until our end-of-february seventy degree weather hit. It has just enough structure to hide the fact that I’m not wearing a bra for school drop-off most mornings, so in that regard this jacket is the savior of my mornings!

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What do you think, is this a style you would wear?

 

Thanks for reading!

Sewing Block Party with Petit a Petit Patterns

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You know that feeling of being in high school and finally being invited to the cool kid’s party? Me either 😉 but I imagine it’s a little like being asked to participate in the Sewing Block Party- all my favorite bloggers and sewists are sewing Petit a Petit patterns and sharing this month. It’s going to be (and already is!) loaded with inspirational kid sewing featuring Celina’s fantastic patterns. These ladies have mad skills and impeccable style, so I’m humbled and grateful to be invited along for the ride! If you like sewing or kids clothes (and I’m guessing you do if you’re here…) then don’t miss the links to the other bloggers at the bottom of this post! There’s also a GIVEAWAY of a copy of ALL Petit a Petit patterns, linked at the bottom as well. In the mean time, you can use promo code BLOCKPARTY in the Petit a Petit shop for 20% off all patterns. Phew, what a party, right?! Continue reading

Sewing for Christmas: Little Cub

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As you may be able to tell from my flurry of recent posts, things have changed a bit around here since I wrote this post venting my creative frustration. With the radical change in our schedule (kids starting school) and a baby who sometimes naps, I’m actually getting a decent amount of sewing time, and even time to blog about it! This couldn’t come at a better time, because I’m gearing up for holiday sewing. I’m not usually one to start my Christmas sewing any time before December 1st, not for any reason other than lack of planning and laziness. Well, maybe transitioning to three kids has taught me that it takes some major planning to accomplish things, but I got one gift made before October 1st! Handmade gifts are in the works for my older two girls, but this sweet little doll for little Lucy is done and ready for wrapping! Continue reading

Caroline’s Pre K Ania Tunic

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Can you even handle that cute little girl wearing a giant backpack? Caroline started preschool recently and naturally needed a new outfit for the first day since her sister got one for kindergarten. In true middle child fashion, I’m just now posting about it even though she started two weeks ago. Don’t worry- we made a big deal about it for her that day!

If you feel like you’ve seen this already, it’s probably because I’ve made 2 other Ania tunics recently (here and here)- or maybe because I used this same fabric to make myself a shirt (here). Since I’m finally getting back to my sewing groove (hooray!) I’m making the most of it by sewing the same patterns several times. Is this less exciting for you? Maybe, but it means I spend less time taping and tracing patterns together, and also I get quicker each time I sew, so this is allowing my recent flurry of sewing activity. I don’t have any more Ania tunics planned, but I do have more of this gorgeous floral lawn, so you haven’t seen the last of it yet! Continue reading