Black and white and a little dressy

Back in the summer I made my girl a dress that I thought would work for her choir concerts this year.  Nope!  The girl needed a black bottoms and white top for her choir concert, so back to the sewing machine I went.

She said she wanted a “flowy” top and I got to choose the type of bottom.  I decided on a cape top and fitted pencil skirt with a flounce.

These two pieces were actually fairly easy to draft up and make.  I got it done in about two nights.

I thought the top turned out pretty cute.

She didn’t like it.  She was not a fan of the cape, and she wanted it not fitted at all, like this:

So…next time it will be a different top.  For now…she had to wear this.  Poor thing. 😉

At least she loves the skirt!

Pretty purple jacket

Here is my last sample piece for the current round open at Fabric Anthropology (whew!  I made 5 this time!).  This is the purple watercolor and it is another very pretty color.  The watercolor feature makes it have some pretty gradients going throughout the print.

I drafted up this jacket and sewed it in about 6 hours.  It went pretty well, only a little time with the seam ripper.

Here are the pattern pieces and it all cut out.  I used the purple french terry, a black scuba suede and a black ponte (last two I bought from Joann’s Fabrics).   

When coming up with ideas and drafting patterns, I generally spend a little time on Pinterest to try to figure out the details I want to include.  This jacket is what sparked this design.  I have a collection of fun clothing details on there that helps give me some inspiration when I go to draft.

The front inside panel is one big pocket.  The back has a facing for the top piece, so that seam across the back is enclosed  I sewed the little belt down to the middle of the back so it wouldn’t flop around at all.

To finish off her outfit, I made a pair of Jalie Eleonore’s with the black scuba suede and a tank top to go underneath out of an Affordable Fabrics and More print I purchased last year.

Now, I finally have some time to work on that choir concert outfit she needs in about a week!

The watercolor solids pre-order closes on November 15, so if you would like it at the reduced prices, don’t delay!

Pink and black

I love how this turned out!  I am a big fan of pink and black together, so when I got this pink watercolor french terry to sew up I knew what I wanted to make.

This is the pre-order from Fabric Anthropology that closes on November 15.  I paired it with a ponte I got at Joann’s and the top is bamboo lycra from Nature’s Fabrics.

I used the Domi sweatpants from Sofilantjes for the bottoms.  I only had a yard of the pink, so I had to block it up a bit for her height.  I used pretty much every bit of the pink between the top and the scrappy stripes.  I cut long strips 2″ wide and sewed them all together, then topstitched.  Next, I cut out the pattern pieces.  This was a lot easier than cutting up the pattern pieces and doing the strips that way.

I was going for a fun dancey-vibe with the pants with the moto-like look at the knee area, a zippered pocket and a htv design.

I added one of my drawings on with HTV.  The cut file and jpg is in the Google drive folder linked on my sidebar.

The top has a crossover in the front.  I actually ran out of the band length, so it kind of stops in the middle underneath.  Luckily no one can see it. 🙂  When putting together this pattern, you have to partially attach the band to the piece that goes on top, sew up the side seams and then finish attaching the band.  I first attached it all with a zigzag stitch, serged, then topstiched it.   The cuffs on the shirt fold over, kind of like a petal sleeve.  I didn’t really get a good shot of them.

Now…I need to draft a really fun jacket…hopefully it turns out. 🙂

City stripes

I love the fact that I am at a place in my sewing that I can have an idea and be able to draft patterns to what I want.  This doesn’t always mean the execution is easy, though!  This jacket was a huge pain the butt, and took most of a day, but I love it.

I was going for cool jacket vibe here.

These were most of the pieces (just missing the pockets):

The fabrics I used here were:

Fabric Anthropology – Red City Stripes (currently on Pre-Order until November 15).

Nature’s Fabrics – Black Bamboo Stretch Fleece 300gsm

Nature’s Fabrics – Dark Shadow Bamboo Stretch Fleece 300gsm

All these fabrics were fantastic to work with.  I received the FA sample for free, but purchased the sweatshirt fleece fabrics.  I used brushed poly for the FA fabric, but I think their French terry would have worked great, too.  I think having BP in the back panel that gets cinched in worked very nicely since it has more drape to it.  The FA brushed poly is nice and thick, so it worked well to mix it with sweatshirt fleece.

This how you know what the heck you are doing with sewing.  Sewing these points in fabric has gotten much easier now that I figured out how to do it.

The back has a faux leather with some eyelets I put in it them.  The eyelet setter has some crappy reviews, but it was easy to figure out and use.  Not sure why someone would need instructions.  I used black elastic in the cinching so it would be comfy to wear.

I widened out the back in order to have a nice body to it when cinching it up.  The top yoke helped to keep the extra width corralled.

The hood and the front middle sections are fully lined and enclosed.  It looks pretty good on the inside.  The hood has five pieces to it.  My biggest angst was figuring out how the heck I had to put on the hood.  Oh, and the fact that I ran out of Wondertape in putting in the zipper.

All in all, I absolutely love how this turned out!  Check out the links for the fabrics if you like them.  It is so hard to find good sweatshirt fleece, and this fleece feels fantastic.  I also just love the FA brushed poly.

My next sewing projects are going to include a few more watercolors from FA when I get them in the mail (girl is getting more fun stuff), and I also need to make a black and white choir outfit for her, too.  I’ve got a great idea for it, and I think she will look very pretty in it.  More drafting ahead!

Blues

The girl is on a blue kick recently, so far be it from me to not buy tons of fabric in those colors!

I had already purchased this Cascade Supplex from Zenith & Quasar when I volunteered to sew up this sample fabric for the current Fabric Anthropology round.  They look pretty perfect together!

The print file on the website looks more turqoisey-blue, but the cotton lycra is more of a royal blue mix with a little light purple.  It was hard to photograph, but trust me…very pretty.

I decided to make another Foliis Jacket from Sofilantjes, since she wears the other one I made her this fall all the time.  Might as well make some leggings to match, along with a top underneath, too, right?

This will be another tip of don’t-do-what-I-did.  I forgot to make sure the zipper was even all the way to the top before sewing it up.  This is especially needed on knits that stretch.  Yep…doesn’t match at the top by about an inch. *facepalm*

I wanted to jazz up the jacket a little, so I added an HTV design to it.  I drew three birds and then used the warp tool to make them different sizes and such.  Then placed a bunch all together and a few separately.  I put three down one side of the leggings and two smaller ones up on her shoulder.

The back wing design I drew a month or so ago.  Glad I got to use it finally!

Summary

Fabrics:

Blue Watercolor from Fabric Anthropology (Pre-order)

Cascade Blue Supplex from Zenith & Quasar (hurry…not much left in stock)

White Bamboo Spandex Jersey from Nature’s Fabrics

Patterns:

Foliis Jacket, with modified collar instead of hood

Shenanigans Leggings, with modified formed waistband

Self-drafted Top

Anti-heroes

The boy doesn’t get much sewing done for himself lately, since he basically just wears t-shirts, a hoodie, and athletic pants.  Not super exciting for mama to sew.

When this new pre-order round came up at Fabric Anthropology, I knew he would love to get Venom sewed up for him!  This pre-order is full of anti-heroes (Venom, Deadpool, Spawn, Raven and Ash from The Evil Dead), along with some great coordinates and watercolor solids.

I have a few more prints to sew up from this round.  I just need my sewing room back, as it is currently occupied for a few days as a guest room.

I used the Bram Raglan by Wardrobe by Me, and I lengthened the arms a little bit, which I didn’t need to do.  It is PLENTY long on him.  He said it was fine, though.

I added the slash marks on the one arm, just to add a little something fun to the shirt.  I just cut the black to size and sewed some long enclosed slashes to the red fabric underneath.  I opened them up with a scissors (carefully) and then trimmed off the excess red fabric underneath.

I also color blocked the bottom.

The color of the print does veer more towards purple.  The watercolor coordinating fabric is more grey by itself (not sure why it looks so purple here), but together with this print I think brings out the purple aspects to it.  They look more grey/black on the print file, and they may print that way on brushed poly and French terry.  Natural fibers tend to take color differently.  This is cotton lycra, so a higher natural fiber content.  If you join the group you will see them sewn up by others.

The pre-order is open until November 10!

 

Wanderer

I love it when a plan comes together!  I have been drawn towards greens and love Lord of the Rings prints.  Plus it kind of makes my hair look super bright!

The cardigan here is made from Leaf Modal Spandex Jersey from Nature’s Fabrics. Disclosure: They sent me this fabric for free, but all opinions are my own.

I wanted to try one of their fabrics that I hadn’t purchased previously, but also one that had a nice drape to it.  The modal was recommended to me, and it worked really nicely for the cardigan.  There is a lot of fabric in the skirt part and it needs to have a nice fall to it.  The modal isn’t super thick, so I wouldn’t say this is a warm fabric.  As a layer with my top it worked really well, though.  It would be nice for fall and spring cardigans…it was in the 30’s for these pictures, so not quite the right temps!

Movement!

The cardigan is my own pattern draft that I made last year.  I love the skirt part and it is fun to wear!

The top is a modified Sneha from Wardrobe by Me and the leggings are my own draft.

The Lord of the Ring Fabrics are from Affordable Fabrics & More.  I purchased these on the pre-order, but I think she will be opening up for retail soon.

If you are looking for some really nice solids, I would recommend Nature’s Fabrics.  I love the bamboo spandex jersey, which I used for the rest of the top.  It is SUPER comfy to wear, and also has a nice drape.  Not quite as good as the modal, but still nice.

Now, I have some strikes in the washing machine and not much time to sew.  Everything comes in waves, I swear!

Slash Tunic

This was a new test for George & Ginger Pattern Company, where she extended the sizes on the bottom and top of her size range.  She added tween sizes (12 & 14) and sizes in the upper range (goes up to size 26/5X).

The Slash Tunic by George & Ginger Patterns

This was my first version out of a ponte that didn’t quite stretch enough.  I made the tunic length, long sleeve in a size 12 chest graded to 14 hip.  I didn’t do any shorten/lengthen adjustments on it.  It was too tight in the underarms, so make sure you choose a fabric with enough stretch.  I should have known better, since I made myself an outfit with this before.  This is going to be headed out to someone else…maybe one of her friends!

The pants were the Jalie Eleonore’s that also didn’t have enough stretch.  I need to add to the rise and add some length for the next version.

This next one is out of a poly lycra from The Worth Collection.  It was a fabric from the local fabric warehouse.  It has plenty of stretch with a nice brushed interior.

This one is a straight size 14 with the 3/4 length arm and tunic length.  You have to make sure when you are doing the hem on the slit that you are not pulling it at all.  This can make it offset and uneven.  If you have a really stretchy fabric, I would suggest a thin line of iron on interfacing to hold its shape.

The pants she is wearing are from her assassin costume I made.  Figured she could still wear the pants before she grows out of them.  The fabric is a pleather on a scuba type base, so they are comfy.

I also added HTV to this top on the upper arms and middle front.

When I sit down and create the designs in Photoshop, I try to take the measurements of the pattern and make one that will fit within the seam allowance.  Doesn’t always work, but I think this one worked out pretty well.  I have to layer the cut for the front since it is longer than my 12″ cutting mat and 15″ heat press pad.

All the designs I use are ones I drew.  I have tons of them.  My computer is in the family room, so I will sometimes just draw while watching tv with the family.  Once the design is done (I usually just draw one side, so it is even), I will mirror it, finish it up and then create a brush with it in Photoshop.  When you make them into brushes, you can then use any color and size and it is easier to create designs from them.

Once I have the .jpg file the way I like it, I bring it into the Silhouette software, trace it, an make any additional size changes I need.  Then, I just cut it out, weed it and put it on my fabric, usually before construction.  It is easier to put it on then.  I also bought myself a heat press this summer.  Oh boy, does that make application sooooo much easier.  I’ll be using HTV a lot more now that I can easily and quickly put it on.

I will get the files (.jpg and .studio) into the Google drive folder (link in the sidebar) at some point…hopefully tonight.

This top is currently on a release sale for $6.75.  Click on over to get it, if it is something you need in your closet!

Finally a black purse

In early 2017 I had made a black purse that I loved.  After going back home for a benefit (whereby I made two other purses for it) I was offered some moola for my black purse.  I knew she really wanted it and would ask me again for it, so I sold it to her.

Well, I finally made a replacement one.

This is a pattern I have developed and still need to tweak a bit.  One of these days I will do a tutorial on it.  It definitely takes a good 6 hours to make it.  I usually try to do all the interfacing and gluing and then leave it for the night and work on it the next day.

This is a regular lambskin and a perforated lambskin with gunmetal hardware.

I forget the fabric line for the interior and I used pretty much all of the 1/2 yard of fabric that I had for it.

I have a zipper on the inside, two interior pockets and an outside pocket on each side (fits a phone).

It also has some feet on the bottom, but I forgot to take pictures of that.  This is on my list to do a pattern and tutorial for it.  One of these days I will get my stuff together on that!

A little bit of sass…

I’m pretty sure this photo explains the little bit of sass…

This is a pretty cute little panel that is up at Rockerbye on pre-order.  This round is full of horses, llamas, some jungle creatures and cute coordinates.   The pre-order starts today at Rockerbye.

The size of the panel here is a child’s panel, and it was a little small for a 12 wide sizing.  I would have opted for a bigger size, but I made it work!  I added some overlays on the front and back and extended the bottom with some split bands.

I made her a pair of straight leg leggings to go with the top.  They will be super comfy to wear, since it is a nice thick ponte with lycra.

I also added some fun roses and leaves to the top to give it that western flair (files in my Google drive folder on the sidebar).

I drafted the top, and just kind of winged the overlays.  They have raw edges, and I did a double line of lightning bolt stitching to attach them.

They have some cute coordinates that go with this print, in addition to some other forest and farm animals. Go check it out if this interests you!