Mammoth Flannel and Upcycle Scarf

Mammoth Flannel Scarf

In the Northwest, flowers are starting to bloom, but it’s still winter. Sad but true. We still need to stay cozy and warm. The Mammoth Flannel Scarf was made using 1/2 yard of Robert Kaufman Mammoth Flannel and a soft old T-shirt with just the right shades of gray.

Robert Kaufman Mammoth Flannel

Cut the T-shirt off under the arms or at desired width. Cut the flannel to the same width plus 2 inches for the hem. Stitch a half inch hem on the top and bottom of the flannel. Top stitch the T-shirt fabric to the flannel leaving the edges raw..

Flannel Infinity Scarf

For a deconstructed look, leave the side seams on the T-shirt and leave the selvedge edge on the flannel. The flannel will fray a bit and the knit will roll without a hem but that just adds to the look. The scarf can get quite bulky so I did not add a twist.

The total length of my scarf measures 88 inches. At this length it can be worn double or triple looped. The T-shirt knit complements the soft flannel to make a warm and cozy scarf you can snuggle into.

Happy sewing!
~Diana

Archer Button Up by Grainline Studio

Archer Button Up, Oh how I love thee!!! I count 4 ways so far. My latest in Mammoth Flannel Plaid, 2 using Chambray Union and one in Studio RK London Calling.

Archer Button Up in Mammoth Flannel

I would have to say the Archer Button Up by Grainline Studio is by far the most rewarding garment pattern to make. Yes, it’s a bit technical but each step leaves me feeling like I accomplished a magical feat. Each time, I make the Archer, I rely on the Grainline Studio Sew Along to get me through. Jen’s instructions are broken up into manageable sections that are easy to follow.

The plaid stripes are easy to aligned using Jen’s tutorial online. The center placket was cut on a slight bias for added interest. Truthfully – You don’t have to match those pesky stripes. Pocket? I may have been lazy that day. I’ll go back to add a pocket or two.

I added quite a bit to the length on this Archer. My goal was to wear it with leggings or skinny jeans which means I needed more of a tunic length.

Wish I had cut the yoke on the bias as well. I saw Jen’s tip after I finished sewing up the Archer. Next time…

The Mammoth Flannel is warm, comfy and super soft. At 6.4 oz per square yard it’s a bit heavier than the the 3.8 Chambray Union. Interfacing was used only on the cuffs. I felt they needed just a little added structure for folding the cuffs up.

To get the fit I like, here are the changes I continue to make to the pattern.
1 – Start with size 16 pattern, for bust measurement of 44 inches.
2 – Lengthen the hem line about 2 inches or more for tunic length.
3 – reduce the bulk in the sleeve by cutting the size 12 cuff and grade the sleeves down to match. (The armhole of the sleeve was left at the size of the shirt, size 16. I just tapered it down to a size 12 at the cuff.)

From Instagram #momselfie

I originally blogged about the Archer Button Up at Pink Chalk Studio. And for more info on the other two here is the link.

Happy New Year!
~Diana

 

Fold over Clutch by Michelle Patterns

I had fun making the Michelle Patterns Fold Over Clutch to take to Quilt Market this fall. The style is simple and holds just the essentials. Mochi Linen from Moda was just the right weight for the exterior. I love the construction which allows for a fun feature fabric to be the accent down the center of the bag.

A light fusible interfacing was added to the interior fabric from Cotton + Steel XOXO in Chartreuse. The sassy pop of color in the zipper and lining plays well off the gray. FYI – An iPhone 4s fits perfectly in the exterior pocket.

I love the size and shape of the bag. I may tend to over stuff a small bag so, if I were to make it again I would add an inch to the height. The strap was added by cutting a 3 inch wide strip of Mochi, fold each side into the center then over again. Tabs were placed just above the line of the snap on the pocket. My strap is 49 inches long.

There are 2 sizes in the Fold Over Clutch. I chose the large size which measures 9.5″ x 10.5″ x 2″. I would definitely make this bag again. I’m quite pleased with how it turned out!

Happy sewing!
~Diana