I don’t know if it’s the summer or what, but I feel like lately I’ve been doing so many repairs on my family’s jeans collections.
I love that a quick fix can save a pair of well-loved jeans from the donate pile or scrap bin.
There are lots of great resources out there to learn mending techniques and get inspiration, but these two books are my favorites. If you haven’t tried mending your own clothes yet, I suggest starting here. (These are not affiliate links; I just love these books!)
You may have noticed I’ve been posting a lot the last couple of weeks. I’ve finished a lot of projects recently and am trying to catch up on writing my posts!
For years, I’ve been wanting to spend some focused time learning how to sew garments really well. I decided a great place to start would be sewing some cute vintage-style clothes for my daughter from the Gertie Sews Vintage Casual guidebook by Gretchen Hirsch.
I love how this book lays out so much information in a way that is totally understandable before giving you some amazing patterns that can be adapted and adjusted to fit your style.
My first pattern from the book was the Short and Chic A-line skirt. Honestly, this one was really just about me getting to play with my serger settings! I had this fabric on hand, and although the heavy weight wouldn’t be my first pick for a short skirt, I think it’ll look really cute in fall with some dark tights.
Next up was the Flared Shorts. I kept the pockets in the pattern because who doesn’t love pockets?! This black pair was my test run.
Once we had the pattern as we wanted it, I told my daughter the yardage she would need to buy if she found fabric she liked. Well, she works at a craft store that sells fabric, so it took her all of a day before she came home with this adorable blue and white stripe with embroidered flowers.
I really love this book and now that I’ve made a few garments for my daughter, I think I’ll venture into making some things for myself. My goal is to get a pattern drafted for a perfect-fit cigarette pant. My husband is also already asking for dress shirts, so I’ll have lots of things to keep me busy!