poppy patch shirt

One of my goals for this summer was to get more comfortable sewing with knits, and to finish projects I’ve had on my mind. I bought this blue shirt a few years ago because it was on sale and I loved the color; unfortunately it was very very cropped and I always felt uncomfortable wearing it. I envisioned adding some length to the shirt with a band of colored knit.

When I set out to actually alter the shirt, I discovered that I didn’t have enough blue knit fabric. I ended up adding some white knit fabric instead. It looked fine, though a little too reminiscent of the Argentinian flag. On Instagram, I came across a poppy patch from the shop Gravel & Gold that I absolutely coveted. I thought it would look perfect on this shirt, in the middle of the white square. The patch was also $5 and the shipping was an absurd $13. So, I used the patch as an inspiration and made my own.

I haven’t embroidered in a long time, and it felt amazing to do so again. I spent a very relaxing morning stitching this patch, then glueing it onto the shirt. I really really love the result. I think it adds something *extra* to the shirt and I especially love the poppy motif, which reminds me of my home. The end result did not look like what I had first imagined in my mind, which is just part of the beauty of creating and improvising.

open wide pouches

currently really enjoying simple projects that don’t make my tired, done-with-testing brain work very hard. i love how these open wide pouches (free pattern by noodlehead) come together so quickly, and also double as a storage bin!

i’ve been making a lot of these pouches lately because they fit with the BUST MY STASH CHALLENGE i am currently in the middle of. i have lots of plastic zippers that i need to use, and the open wide pouch is a great use. i think my favourite one is the pouch made out of an old embroidery panel i’ve had lying around. it’s inspired by melissa wastney and issue 5 of makingzine, and i love the design so much! it’s perfect for beginners like me and looks amazing 🙂