Life Lately v.03

LIfe Lately v.03 | Grainline Studio

Things have been moving at quite a clip behind the scenes lately which has left me with less than ample time for coming up with blog posts. I feel like there are so many things I need to fill you in on or that I want to talk about so I figured I’d give you the Cliff’s Notes version for now in the form of another Life Lately post and potentially expand on these ideas at a later date. As with all of these posts, the images are pulled from my Instagram account (@grainlinestudio) where I try to post daily with what we’re up to.

In all this scurrying around I did take a day off last week to sew an Archer (not pictured), two Lindens and a raglan tee from my personal pattern collection, and just in time for Me Made May! I’ve got a few more ideas for things I feel like I *need* to get sewn before May 1st – you know how that goes – so hopefully I have a free minute or two to squeeze those in! I’m getting excited about my second Me Made May, I definitely filled in some wardrobe gaps over the past 12 months. Will you be participating this year?

LIfe Lately v.03 | Grainline Studio

Recently I’ve noticed two real workhorses in my wardrobe. If you know me in real life you know I have a bit of a uniform, I’m not sure how much of that comes across via the internet, but I’m sure you’ve noticed at least a bit. I’ve made three of these oversized raglan tees now and they’re hands down my new go-to favorite for when I’m working. I don’t like things restricting my arm movements at all when I’m working so this is perfect. As the seasons change – spring is finally here!! – I’ve been wearing my Bellows cardigan almost every day as the coat-sweater I intended it to be. I knew I would love this sweater before I started knitting it, but I didn’t realize how quickly it would become an everyday garment!

LIfe Lately v.03 | Grainline Studio

While we’re on the subject of wardrobes, I downloaded the Into-Mind Wardrobe Workbook last week on a whim after seeing it mentioned more than a few places recently. I’ve enjoyed Anuschka’s posts for a while but never thought I was the wardrobe workbook type and after perusing it I actually still don’t think I am. The workbook looks pretty amazing, super thorough and covers basically every aspect of building a wardrobe in depth, but it’s also a bit of a time commitment and I don’t really feel like I have that much of a wardrobe ‘problem’. Since reading through it I’ve been noticing more similarities in the things around me though, for instance, my outfit, bags, couch, new fabric, and plant, as well as my filing cabinet and its contents all coordinate. Ha!

LIfe Lately v.03 | Grainline Studio

You may remember that sweater I’ve been working on for the Sunday Sweater KAL? The one where I knit the front, back, and one sleeve, decided I was knitting too dense of a fabric, ripped everything out, and went up two needle sizes. Ooph!! Well, I’m now finished with the new front and back and will be starting on the sleeves this week just as soon as I adjust the math for my new gauge. I’m so excited, I can’t wait to finish this thing up!

LIfe Lately v.03 | Grainline Studio

And last but not least Kendra and I have been working like crazy on patterns. The next release is at the printer and we should be getting them in the next two weeks. The first is the printed version of the Moss skirt and the second is that long awaited Morris blazer! A lot of people have asked about the fabric on the Morris, I’ve drafted it for use with both stretch wovens and stable knits. Think stretch wool, ponte, etc. More on these soon though!

23 replies on “Life Lately v.03

  • Rebecca

    Yay for the Morris!! So excited to get started on one! I definitely feel like I wear the same colours, and now I have kids I find we (accidentally) match a lot because I pick the same colours for them!! Oops…

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  • gilliancrafts

    So you are telling me I can stop flipping through big 4 catelogues to look for a cute pattern to make a ponte blazer with? Hallelujah!!!!

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  • Cyndi Shepard

    I’m excited for the release of the Morris as well. Can we expect a pattern for the raglan tee sometime in the future? I think that would quickly become one of my wardrobe staples.

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  • tinygoldenpins

    I can’t wait for the Morris! I keep buying jacket patterns and then chickening out of making them because I worry the instructions will be impossible, i.e., Gerard by Republique du Chiffon. But, I have to say, Jen, that I so trust everything you do. I have made about 25 Scouts in all sorts of variations and have made quite a few Archers and Lindens, too. So…we’re waitnig!

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  • Kelly

    What she said ^ Also- I’ve been pondering my wardrobe a lot and I’ve finally accepted that I will NEVER have time to make all the things, so I would love to settle on a bit of a “uniform” where I have less but everything can sort of mix and match.

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  • gingermakes

    Can’t wait for Morris! And YES to the daily uniform- it’s just so much easier to get dressed when you know what to wear and things go together! My cool weather garments are almost entirely grey, navy, or black and white, and even my hat, scarf, purse, boots, and sneakers match, so it just makes things EASY. All about the color-coordinating wardrobe! I don’t really need a workbook to tell me that, but more power to the folks that enjoy that sort of thing! 🙂

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  • jen

    I’m very excited for my first Me Made May this year – and I have to say that my success with your Scout Tee pattern is my go-to daily uniform. 🙂

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  • Thea

    I will be counting the days until Morris, and clearing out the decks so I can start it immediately. Hope in between the busyness you find some more you-sewingtime though, much as I want the new pattern now now now! 🙂

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  • Elizabeth

    Yeah for the morris blazer! I can see that being a great wardrobe staple plus as others have said I trust your pattern drafting and instructions. I am returning to work after almost 7 years away and can see that blazer in my future!!

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  • Melissa

    I can’t wait for Me Made May to start on Friday! I decided I was going to do 3 days where I wear only me made (step up from last year when I did 3 days, but only one piece had to be made). Then I realized I’m really lacking in tops! Whoops! Bought some knits yesterday and have a date with my serger this weekend.

    The Morris blazer is really cute! When it first came out, I admired it, but didn’t think it was my style. But then I started thinking about pairing it with a band tee, skinny jeans and converse. I think that would be amazing.

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