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  • Linen pants | PRICE | $62 | OVERALL IMPRESSION | This was an experiment for me -- loose, tapered linen pants. And I love them! | MEASUREMENTS| Size small, Waist: 12.5" across, unstretched, Hips: 23", Length: 29" inseam, 38" total | CUT | These…
  • Linen dress | PRICE | $50 | OVERALL IMPRESSION | A nice, simple, easy to wear dress for summertime, and it has pockets! I got this dress in Graphite Gray, which is a nice blue-ish gray. | MEASUREMENTS| Size small, Chest: 19", Length: 34" | CUT…
  • Linen jumpsuit | PRICE | $85 | OVERALL IMPRESSION | At first, I didn't think this jumpsuit worked for me at all. I felt like the legs were cut ridiculously wide and I had it tied wrong (wrapped towards the back instead of the front) and it looke…
  • Linen top | PRICE | $50 | OVERALL IMPRESSION | I really like this piece. The Natural Gray color is one of my favorites, as you'll see (I have three pieces in this color.) It's a warm gray, more of a taupe that can read as beige in certain lights…
  • Oversized Linen Tunic | PRICE | $60 | OVERALL IMPRESSION | I'm liking this piece. It's another one I will probably warm up to more over time. I got it in Dark Platinum Gray, which is a nice medium gray color. | MEASUREMENTS| Size small, Shoulde…
  • Oversized Linen Tunic | PRICE | $58 | OVERALL IMPRESSION | I like this piece quite well. It's on the plain side, which is maybe why you don't hear the excitement in my voice. I think it might be more of a slow-burn piece that will grow on me ove…
  • Overized Linen Tunic | PRICE | $50 | OVERALL IMPRESSION | I'll start with my absolute favorite piece. I love this top. The Burgundy Red color is a nice, deep red - not as orange-y as a looks on their site. It's a nice, blue-ish, cherry red. | …
  • Looks great, awesome job! I've found the neckline can get flatter with washing and wearing. The fabric kind of settles into its lines after a while So fun to wear something you made yourself, isn't it?
  • Step 9: Try it on and enjoy your new top! Pull that top on, roll up those sleeves and enjoy the slouchy, cozy comfort. Good luck with your top and please post pictures if you decide to make one!
  • Step 8: Make the bias binding and finish the neckline So I decided to bite the bullet for this top and actually use a bias binding on the neckline. I followed this excellent tutorial from Grainline Studio. The only difference was that I made my bin…
  • Step 7: Sew sleeves to body (seam 6) This is where it gets interesting... Here's what you want to do: Turn your body piece right-side out. In other words, the seams should all be on the inside, as if you were going to wear it. Keep your sleeve pi…
  • Step 6: Sew sleeve seams and hems (seams 4 and 5) Make sure the sleeves are folded along the arm, right sides together, and sew along the arm seam. Do the same thing with the zig-zag stitch and trimming the seam allowance. Then, along the hem at t…
  • Step 5: Press and sew the bottom hem (seam 3) Again, no pictures for this step, but see Step 5 of the linen top tutorial for photos. Essentially, you want to press the bottom hem up about 1/4", then go around and press it again and sew the hem.
  • Step 4: Sew the shoulder and side seams (seams 1 and 2) Ok -- if you've never used a sewing machine before, either read the manual or get a friend to help you figure out how to thread it, fill the bobbin, and sew both a straight and zig-zag stitch.…
  • Step 3: Trace and cut your pieces Unlike the linen top, this top has four pieces instead of 2. Still, the sleeves are very simply shaped, with no set-in shoulders or anything too complicated. Here's the layout and dimensions I used for my piece. Re…
  • Step 2: Wash and dry your fabric If you use silk matka, you'll probably notice that the fabric is marked 'dry clean only' as well as not color-fast. You can definitely wash and dry it, and that will make your item machine washable in the future. As…
  • Step 1: Gather your materials Just like with the linen top tutorial, I'll start with a list of things you need. In fact, it's basically the same exact list: First off, you'll need a sewing machine. No need to buy one if you're just trying this se…
  • So happy to hear that it was helpful. I'd love to see a pic! Thanks for requesting another tutorial - I have another project I've been thinking about so I'll take some pictures along the way.
  • So I've decided to let the Harper go since it just isn't as flexible and wearable for multiple occasions. I do, however, have a black Eva and navy artist's smock on order. I may not keep both, but I wanted to give them a try. I'll update here when t…
  • So, after numerous fits and starts, lots of time spent browsing and re-browsing the site, and a few returns, canceled orders and sold items (namely the Georgias, silk Florence pants, and a silk Marlena dress), I have settled on 4 gorgeous, well-love…
  • I hadn't realized how simple this type of alteration is. I have always hemmed my own clothes. but I recently took a dress in to get altered and it was just two simple seams on the sides.
  • Cheryl - you totally should. It's so fun
  • Cheryl - that sounds lovely! Navy is one of my favorite colors lately! MadTam - those are super cute! I love Tencel as a fabric. So easy to care for and similar to silk!
  • Step 7: Press and try it on! Yay! Give your top the once over with your iron and try it on. I hope you love it! If not, here are a few other tips: Give it a wash and another press. This really does wonders to settle all the seams in place and le…
  • Step 6: Pre-sew, press, and sew the neckline This is the trickiest step, and the one where I'm breaking from the 'proper' way to sew a neckline. What you should really do is a bias binding here. I'm just lazy. Still, the necklines on my shirts lay …
  • Step 5: Press and sew the bottom and sleeve hems It's time to get that iron out. If you're using linen, go ahead and let it get nice and hot. It will put a beautiful crease in the linen. We're going to do a double-fold hem, which is just like it so…
  • Step 4: Sew the shoulder and side seams Ok -- if you've never used a sewing machine before, either read the manual or get a friend to help you figure out how to thread it, fill the bobbin, and sew both a straight and zig-zag stitch. You can practic…
  • Step 3: Trace and cut your pieces One of the great things about this top is that it is just two easy pieces. The sleeves are integrated into the body of the top so you don't have to deal with separate pieces there. Tracing and cutting your pieces …
  • Step 2: Wash and dry your fabric That's pretty self-explanatory, but can be a pretty hard step if you're excited to get started. You don't need much detergent at all, just a smidge, and go ahead and dry the fabric on high heat to get it to shrink a…
  • Step 1: Gather your materials First off, you'll need a sewing machine. No need to buy one if you're just trying this sewing thing out for the first time. See if you can borrow one from a friend, co-worker, acquaintance, etc. Many people have one s…