Beans & Rice

Hello again! Let’s skip all the what-I’ve-been-doing, how’s-life preliminaries and dive right into the goods. This summer, I discovered the joys of sewing knits and it’s been AH-MAZING! From each one of Colette’s summer patterns to Deer & Doe’s free Plantain Tee (below), I’ve been sporting some super comfy handmade clothes!


deer & doe plantain tee

This tee in particular has been one of my favorite summer makes. It looks good with jeans, it looks good tucked into a skirt… I wear it as often as decency allows. I think it’s part because the tee itself is such a nice shape, but also this fabric is delightful.


gunmetal grey crepe jersey

I used a deep grey rayon/poly/spandex knit — it was sold as a crepe jersey, and it’s kind of like a thin sweater knit. It’s super drapey & breezy (and yes, a little sheer), and I think I have enough left for a 3/4 sleeve version which I need to get going on right away.

neckline detail

neckline detail

Okay, so this photo is not the best, but I am super proud of my twin needle mastery. Plus, this neckline is pretty much my Platonic ideal. (As much as I love all the Moneta collar variations, the neckline as drafted is way too high for my body — I hacked away at it a few times with mixed results, when all the while I had the perfect neckline was right under my nose all along!) It’s not the most exciting make, but it’s a solid staple in my closet. (And like rice & beans in my weekday meals, it has the potential to be jazzed up with extras: sequins or leather details, maybe; and avocado & sweet chili jam if we’re talking food.)