Print, Pattern, Sew: December 2015 #2

Print, Pattern, Sew: December 2015 by Jen Hewett. One-color block print on Robert Kaufman's Essex linen-cotton blend. Sewing pattern is Christine Haynes' Anya Skirt.

December

One-color block print on a linen-cotton blend.

Garment pattern: Christine Haynes’ Anya Skirt

Fabric: Robert Kaufman’s Essex

For a long time, my bio said that I spent my free time trying to “sew the perfect circle skirt,” but I’ve since removed that because I’VE FINALLY SEWN THE PERFECT CIRCLE SKIRT! Or, rather, I’ve found the perfect circle skirt pattern, Christine Haynes’ Anya Skirt.

Print, Pattern, Sew: December 2015 by Jen Hewett. One-color block print on Robert Kaufman's Essex linen-cotton blend. Sewing pattern is Christine Haynes' Anya Skirt.

The pattern is really simple, and Christine’s instructions are so clear and easy to follow (I FINALLY successfully sewed an invisible zipper, thanks to Christine). However, one of the caveats of this pattern is, that because of the way the fabric is cut – perpendicular, rather than parallel, to the selvage – it’s not suitable for directional prints. But I persisted, and designed a print that works with the drape of the pattern.

Print, Pattern, Sew: December 2015 by Jen Hewett. One-color block print on Robert Kaufman's Essex linen-cotton blend. Sewing pattern is Christine Haynes' Anya Skirt.

First, I created a design that had a lot of movement in it, almost mimicking the drape of the fabric. Then I printed my design perpendicular to the selvage, again, so the drape and print work together. The result is a culmination of all that I’ve learned in this project – not just printing and sewing skills, but also a real understanding of how drape and design must work with each other when designing fashion fabric. Although a simple pattern with a one-color print, the work and planning that went into this skirt make it the perfect garment to end this project with.

Print, Pattern, Sew: December 2015 by Jen Hewett. One-color block print on Robert Kaufman's Essex linen-cotton blend. Sewing pattern is Christine Haynes' Anya Skirt.

This is my final Print, Pattern, Sew: 2015 garment. A lot of people have asked me what my 2016 project will be. While I have plans to teach more, write, work on licensing, travel, and further develop my fine art practice, I don’t have a regular (i.e. weekly or monthly) 2016 project. Honestly, I’m thrilled to be taking a year (or more) off from these big projects. I learned a lot from Print, Pattern, Sew, but it was an incredibly time- and labor-intensive project; I’m ready to put hours and effort into something else.

That said, I do have a lot planned for this year, so I hope you’ll continue to follow along!

 

Print, Pattern, Sew: December 2015 #1

Print, Pattern Sew: December 2015 by Jen Hewett. One-color block print on cotton lawn. Garment pattern is self-drafted.  Print, Pattern Sew: December 2015 by Jen Hewett. One-color block print on cotton lawn. Garment pattern is self-drafted.

Print, Pattern Sew: December 2015 by Jen Hewett. One-color block print on cotton lawn. Garment pattern is self-drafted.

December

One-color block print on cotton lawn.

Garment pattern: Self-drafted

Fabric: Robert Kaufman Cambridge Lawn

Ink: Permaset Aqua and Blick

This garment is a bit of a cheat, because I re-used a block from October, printing it in a slightly different direction, and then I sewed the fabric into the simplest garment – an unstructured, sleeveless blouse – possible. I figure I’m allowed one cheat; this project has been a very time- and labor-intensive one. In any case, I love the way this turned out and am wearing it right now.

I honestly didn’t think that I’d get all twelve garments done; I’ve been slammed since October, and making time for this project, on top of everything else I’ve been working on, has been tough. But I did it! I’ll share the final garment, as well as my thoughts on this project, in a few hours.

Oh, and Happy New Year! I wish you a 2016 filled with color and pattern and light.

Print, Pattern, Sew: November 2015

Print, Pattern Sew: November 2015 by Jen Hewett. One-color block print on linen. Garment pattern is from Lotta Jansdotter's book Everyday Style.

Print, Pattern Sew: November 2015 by Jen Hewett. One-color block print on linen. Garment pattern is from Lotta Jansdotter's book Everyday Style.

One-color block print on linen.

Garment pattern: Pilvi Jacket from Lotta Jansdotter’s book Everyday Style

Fabric: Linen (brand unknown) from The Fabric Store

Ink: Permaset Aqua

Print, Pattern Sew: November 2015 by Jen Hewett. One-color block print on linen. Garment pattern is from Lotta Jansdotter's book Everyday Style.

I had a couple of yards of fuchsia linen leftover from a bias-cut dress I’d made for a wedding last month, a block from last year’s 52 Weeks of Printmaking project that I really wanted to reuse, and Lotta Jansdotter’s new book, Everyday Style. It seemed only natural that I’d put the three together and whip up this month’s (okay, November’s) garment.

When my friend came over to take these photos, I joked that this outfit was “peak Jen.” It has it all – fuchsia jacket, striped shirt, full skirt, patterned tights, pointy-toed flats. I like to think it all works somehow (though my mom will probably have a very different opinion).

I highly recommend this book and this pattern. I’ve already bought fabric to make gray wool flannel and denim versions of this jacket. Next time around, I’ll lengthen the jacket by two inches and might try using Hong Kong seams to make the jacket look a bit more finished.  But I need to get through the rest of this year before I can get back to sewing for pleasure.

Happy December, friends! I’ll have two more garments this month, and then I’ll put this 2015 to rest.

 

Print, Pattern, Sew: October 2015

Print, Pattern, Sew: October 2015 by Jen Hewett. One-color block print on Robert Kaufman's Essex linen-cotton blend. Sewing pattern is from the Merchant and Mills Workbook.

Print, Pattern, Sew: October 2015 by Jen Hewett. One-color block print on Robert Kaufman's Essex linen-cotton blend. Sewing pattern is from the Merchant and Mills Workbook.

October

One-color block print on a linen-cotton blend.

Garment pattern: Merchant and Mills’ Heron Wrap Top (from the Merchant and Mills Workbook)

Fabric: Robert Kaufman’s Essex

Ink: Blick

A friend posted a link to photos of Dries Van Noten’s Spring 2016 Collection, and I was floored by the gorgeous fabrics throughout the collection. A recurrent design, which looks a bit like wings, stuck with me. I thought I’d try to create something similar for my latest Print, Pattern, Sew garment.

Print, Pattern, Sew: October 2015 by Jen Hewett. One-color block print on Robert Kaufman's Essex linen-cotton blend. Sewing pattern is from the Merchant and Mills Workbook.

The fabric I printed for this garment looked okay on its own, but it really came to life once I sewed the garment. Something about the bias print on a wrap jacket just works.

I don’t think any of my photos do this top justice – I took the photos at the last minute, and didn’t look at myself in the mirror first. Oh well. Real life, friends. You’ll have to trust me when I say that the top looks gorgeous on.

Speaking of real life, you may notice that I’m calling this my October garment, and yet it’s November. Life has been crazy lately (more on that over the next few weeks). I’m a bit behind; I haven’t done my September garment yet, so I’ll try to do two more this month. We’ll see. I will have twelve garments by the end of the year, though. I committed to this project and I’m going to see it through.

Until the next garment!