Back on track – and a hipster in the making…

I know I am supposed to be sewing a skirt – but my heart just isn’t in it. I had a really busy few weeks. And when I finally had some time to sew a few days ago, I was just really not inspired to pick it up and finish it. Which is really not like me – I don’t have a bunch of WIPs laying around. In fact – I don’t have any. Well – no I have one. A skirt….

So I decided to sew something for my son to jump start my sewing mojo again! I have been tearing pictures out of the kids catalogues that come to my door – Tea Collection (LOVE!!), J. Crew Kids, Lands End, Mini Boden – you get the idea. Planning some fall clothes for my son. Especially because kids clothing week didn’t go as planned either. Oh well. Better late than never!

So I decided to sew up a shirt for my son. I looked through my fabric stash and decided to make him a basic shirt. I choose a brown knit with some contrasting tan ribbing and pulled out the Hipster Henley  pattern by Melly Sews. I am a big fan of her patterns – they are easy to adjust and make your own. I had made this pattern once before – so I knew it fit my son and I made some changes to the pattern. It is, after all, a Blank Slate – ready for your interpretation!


The Hipster Henley – Blank Slate Patterns – Melly Sews



For my version of the hipster Henley I choose a brown knit jersey that I got from I purchased one yard, and at 58″ wide, I have gotten two shirts out of it. Not bad! The tan rib knit is from my stash, and I don’t remember where I purchased it.

My version of the Hipster Henley


I really wanted this to be a long sleeve shirt – but alas, only enough fabric for short sleeves – and I was pretty set on this fabric combo

Changes to the pattern are as follows:

– Instead of squaring the neck ribbing at the placket – I curved it down. I like the way it lays on the neck that way. I found the squared neck finish gapped and just didn’t behave on the first one that I made.

– I added a ribbed band to the short sleeves – a “ringer Henley” If you want to get technical, I suppose…

– I left off the pocket

– I squared off the bottom hem of the shirt, in the pattern its curved.


curved neck band and ribbing detail on sleeve




I also took time to serge and then topstitch key seams like the neckline, shoulder, armhole and sleeve cuff. I am a huge believer in proper finishes. They really make the difference in the end in how the garment looks and wears. I topstitched 1/4 inch away from sewn seams, catching the serging as I sewed.

On another sewing note – this time around, when making the placket I was not shy in trimming down the seams so that the placket didn’t end up really thick and hard to topstitch. I was actually pretty aggressive at trimming the seams and used some Steam-a-Seam to help me hold the layers in place while I sewed them. They are not perfect – but they are MUCH better than the first one that I did. There was just so much flipping fabric in the first version that it was almost impossible to sew through the layers in a neat and orderly manner.

Have you all heard of Steam-a-Seam?  I am a pretty traditional sewer, I don’t use a lot of fancy notions – BUT this stuff is awesome!!! It is marketed towards quilters, but I use it for tricky situations where I don’t want the pinch of a pin. Inserting zippers – no pins!! And in making this placket I was able to trim the seams down, apply the steam a seam and flip the placket over and everything stays put! Love it!


So that’s how I got my sewing mojo back. I do need to get going on that skirt – The Super Online Sewing Match is already on its third challenge, and I am not even done with my first..

Hopefully some good news on that front next time.


Do any of you have works in progress lying around waiting to finish? How do you feel if you aren’t caring for what you are doing? Do you give yourself permission to put it down? Or do you plow on?

Happy Sewing!