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!

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!

Jersey shirt for #footballmom

Not one to shy away from fanwear for my kiddos, I happily tested this football jersey top pattern.  The test ended up being dropped due to some fit issues, so unfortunately, no pattern at this point to share.  Maybe in the future she will finish it up, but not sure if that is in the cards.

Still, I love this top, so I’m putting it up. 🙂

I made mine with a black bamboo lycra from Nature’s Fabrics, and a red jersey I purchased locally.

It is super comfy, and pretty quick to put together.  I have tested quite a few v-necklines in the last year, so now I feel like I have gotten them down!   I used the method from the Orange Daisy free top.  She has it nicely detailed in her instructions and it turns out a good finish.

I had to add a graphic, of course, so I drew this one up.  The files are located in a link on the sidebar.  I don’t know how to create more than just the .studio file and .jpg, but the .jpg should be able to be traced for other programs.

Now I’m already to cheer on my son’s team!

Blue agate

One of the reasons I love Zenith & Quasar fabrics is that she creates fabric with some great images of the world (and galaxy!) around us.  This print is created using inspiration from a blue agate.

The current round open for pre-order is called the Nature round, and is full of rocks, woods and things that grow.

I wasn’t sure what I wanted to make, but I wanted to keep the print as intact as much as possible.  I decided to draft a tunic top for my daughter to wear, and break up the print a little with a flounce.

Blue Agate print at Zenith & Quasar

She was not a fan of the flounce.

The pattern pieces look like this, though I did have to cut up the arm a bit.  I would have rather had the arms be the print, but I didn’t have enough fabric with only 1 yard to make the whole top.  I went down about 2″ from the arm to cut up the bodice.  I went straight across the back, but did a curve above the chest area for the front.  The flounce is a full circle for the front and full circle for the back, and it is hemmed.  I usually serge the circle first, which gives it a slight pucker.  This helps to hem circles.

I used a stretch woven on the flounce, since I wanted it have more body.

I figured a cotton lycra wouldn’t look as nice, though I did use cotton lycra for the arms and neckband.

The leggings are the 5 out of 4 Shenanigans leggings.  I do put elastic in the waistband, because otherwise she complains it is too loose on her.

When I finished this up, I wasn’t sure it was really “tweeny” and “middle-schooly”.  She was not a fan of the flounce, so I guess my instincts were right.  I love the print…it is so pretty, but I feel like the white maybe wasn’t the right choice to go with it for an older girl.   Moral of the story…it doesn’t always work out.   I will take out my trusty seam ripper, take out the flounce and just put a white band in between the two layers.  Simple fix that will take an hour (seam ripping serged seams is FUN!!).

She still wore it, though, since it was so comfy!

The pre-order for this fabric is open for a week only, so go check this and the rest of the nature prints!

A wardrobe staple – 4 gore black skirt

This is one of those pieces that will get worn all the time.  It is fitted at the hips and skims down to flare out above the knee.

This is a nice length for this area, since I can wear it in the winter with tights underneath and boots.  It will still show my boots, and not get in the snow.  It is just these pattern pieces, and simple construction.  Sew the sides of the waistline together, and fold in half.  Attach all the gore pieces together, and top-stitch, if desired (I didn’t do it on this one).  Attach the waist to the bottoms.  Hem. Done!

I didn’t have enough length to get all four gores out of it, so it has a seam down the back for the last gore.  It takes a good 2.5 yards of fabric for this…more if it is a directional print.

It is easy to walk around in, so just a comfy, stretchy skirt.  I made another one last week, but it was to match a top in a pattern test that will be wrapped up by next week.  It is just such a nice quick sew!

The top here is one I made many years ago, and have a tutorial on how I drafted and put it together.

Long overdue cardigan draft

I have been wanting to make this cardigan for quite awhile.

It wasn’t the color I would choose, but I loved the flounces.  This would have to be flounces and not ruffles, as the gathering would make it horrendous to sew the seams.

My plan of attack was to use the WBM basic t-shirt and carve out a neckline from the front.  I used a size larger than would fit me, so it had a little extra ease in it.  Next, cut a bunch of flounces.  Now, next time I would make it with smaller circles, so the flounces are more pronounced.  I cut one big circle and then made flounces from it.  They are just too gradual with the bigger circle to look as “flouncey”.

This was a sturdy double brushed poly, and I knew it would have enough structure to handle this. The fabric is a pre-order from Fabric Anthropology.

The fabric is called Frosted Coal.

A French terry would work well, too.  This is going to be very comfy to wear this winter over leggings.

 

Too cool for school

One of the things I like about sewing up strike-offs of fabrics is that it forces me to be more creative.  The other seamstresses are good at what they do, so just making a plain top or something isn’t trying hard enough.  I want to make something awesome with the strikes!

Awesome it is.  She’s all ready for middle school now!

Krampus Stripes by Fabric Anthropology

This is the long jacket option for the Foliis by Sofilantjes in French Terry.  The only modification I made was to make it a little less wide on the bottom and the skirt is a size 12 long, while the bodice is a 14 long.  It would have been too long for the 1 yard of fabric I had.  I also just wanted to conserve some fabric width and it seemed wide enough by shaving off a few inches from the bottom width.

The arms and hood have a quilted faux-leather fabric that has a cotton backing that I acquired at Joann’s Fabric store.  It has stretch to it, so it should be comfortable to wear. The plain black is a black ponte knit.  I used the ponte knit for the pockets.

When making these jackets with the Foliis pattern, I put the lining inside hood piece and the outside hood edge as the fabric I want to be visible.  The other pieces won’t really be visible when the hood is down.

As I had a little bit left of the fabric, I made a little top to go underneath.  This was a “pattern” of my own.  I use that term loosely as I just kind of threw it together and didn’t draft a pattern for it.  I used a pattern block of mine and moved it around to cut the pieces out.  That’s how I roll at 11pm at night.

The black on this top is a lightweight jersey.  It should be really comfy for her to wear under the jacket.

I have two more prints from this round to share. They are all different and so interesting.  See the prints on the round here.

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Packers Pride!

Go Pack Go!

Sara at RP Custom Fabrics has a new pre-order up with tartan plaids in team colors.  How awesome is that??  I love this idea and had to make up a top for me in the Green, Gold and White Tartan.

I didn’t have any matching green, so I went to the closet and grabbed an XL shirt that kept on getting put into my area.  Apparently it doesn’t fit him well, so it’s all mine!  I cut it up for the front and back, and have a really fun top.

The inspiration for the top came from Pinterest (of course), and this pin.  I took a plain top (the Wardrobe by Me Basic Builder T-shirt), and cut it up to make this top.  I will make another one and take pictures for a tutorial.  I have next week off of work, so I am hoping to get that done then.

Go check out the rest of the tartan plaids in this order.  Even if you are not interested in team specific colors, the colorways are pretty for anything really!

Tartan Plaids at RP Custom Fabrics

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Summer skirts for a cause with Michael Miller Fabrics

I recently became a Sewing Portfolio’s Ambassador, who partners with Michael Miller Fabrics.  As part of promoting the website and group, we received 3 yards of Michael Miller Fabrics current collections.  These fabrics are from the Swirly Girls line.

I knew that these fabrics would be destined for some girls at the domestic abuse shelter on Pine Ridge Reservation.  I wanted to make a nice summer/back-to-school outfit.  Since it was going to be a back to school outfit, I wanted it to be fun and comfy.  I also wanted it to fit a larger girl, as there is a lot of obesity on the reservation due to a lack of healthy eating resources.

I ended up making two size 14 outfits with a mixture of the fabrics.

Here is the first top and skirt from the fabrics, and a cotton lycra orange knit.  I hope the heat transfer vinyl stays on.  It  is a new type I haven’t tried before and it is a little hard.  It is a fun holograph, so it is thicker.  I pressed it multiple times with my heat press, so hopefully that helps it stay on.

Here is another outfit.  I didn’t have enough of the pink to do a full front and back.  I had to hack it into two pieces, so I added a lace overlay.

This shelter barely receives enough grant money to pay for the lights and minimal staff, so they rely on donations to fill out the rest.  The Sew for Kids group on Facebook or their blog is a great source to learn the current needs on the reservation.  If you feel the urge to donate (and I urge you, as summer is hard for the kids.  They often go hungry, since they aren’t in school to receive the free school lunch program.) please donate here.

Thanks to Michael Miller Fabrics for the donation of fabric for some girls in need.  I hope they will enjoy wearing them!

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A cool cat

Here is another seasonal print that is for winter.  This print is a kids panel, with a matching coordinate from Zenith & Quasar fabrics.

The panel looks like this (print yet to come):

24″ tall x 58-60″ wide cut including:

1 front panel (24″ x 20ish”)
1 back panel, solid color (24″ x 20ish”)
1 coordinate print (24″ x 20ish”)

Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to get full length arms out of the width of the coordinate, so I had to be creative.

It is also directional, so no trying one way for one side and one for the other.  I had some matching bamboo lycra that I used to fill in the sleeve heads where it was too wide for the fabric.  I created a faux double sleeve.

I added a split band to the bottom, too.

I also needed to make some matching bottoms.  We live in matchy matchy town here where pretty much everything is an outfit.  I didn’t have enough left of the bamboo lycra to get all the bottoms out of it, so we went into “cobble together” mode.

I wanted them to be a fun tween-y look as she is going into middle school this year.  I worry a little that some of the more unique outfits I have made for her will give her unwanted attention.

I used the 5 out of 4 Shenanigans skort and leggings in a size  14w and 18L.  She’s all legs here.

Next, I cut the crap out of the patterns to get the look I wanted.  I cut apart the skirt to have the leftover fabric from the top along the sides.

For the skort, here is a little mod that I made for it.  I wanted to have some gathering and ties on the side seam, so I extended it out from the middle to give it more length there, and then cut the sides apart to get in the different fabrics.

More outfits to come…I got a bunch of strike-offs to sew up.  This tends to make sure I get clothes sewed up in short order!