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. 🙂

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!

A quick tunic dress

I made this dress before going to a concert a few weeks ago.  It was Apocalyptica plays Metallica, and we took the younguns’ with us.  It was a nice smallish concert hall, and four cellos playing rock is always interesting!  It was a late night, though, so we payed for it on Monday morning.  It was also a suuuuper busy weekend again, and I didn’t have a lot of time to make something.

Then, I wore it for our family pictures and then to work today!

I had purchased some bamboo spandex/jersey from Nature’s Fabrics which is a nice weight and very comfy.  The inside is a little bit brushed.  This color is called “Forest“.  I love it, so I went online I bought more this week (someone take my credit card away!).

I decided to make a Sneha tunic.  The modifications I made were 2″ longer on the skirt, sleeveless and I added a 24″ long cowl to the neckline.  I did a simple rectangle.

This will be good to wear with either tights or leggings and it can transition from summer to winter as a layering piece.

I wore it with some leggings I made a few years back and my cardigan from last fall.

A nice comfy outfit, where I could match up pieces made at different times.  I think I am getting this wardrobe thing down.  I tend to just make my favorite colors, so then I have other things that match it well.

Gathered cowl top

I ordered this bamboo jersey fabric from Nature’s Fabric, and expected it to be more of a true red.  It is a bit of a rusty red (more rusty than I could get the color to show here), so it wasn’t going to work for what I initially intended.  Instead, I though I would make myself a comfy fall tunic/dress.

By the way, I do love the feel of the bamboo jerseys I have ordered from them.  Such a comfy fabric.

The base of the dress is the Sneha tunic from Wardrobe by Me.  I wanted it to have two skirts, which works well with this pattern.  The bodice pattern piece is separate from the skirt pattern piece since there are multiple skirt options for this pattern.

I traced the full skirt piece out and recut one side to have an angle.  I then cut two skirts, and serged them to the bodice so each fabric had the lower edge on each side.  The fabric underneath is a thin black jersey.

Next, I added a cowl with the thin jersey.  These were the basic measurements for it…you cut two of them and serge together at the side seams.  I left the edge unhemmed.

Originally, I was just going to leave it, but it proved to be a bit sloppy.  I decided to gather it at the side seams, so it would lay at the shoulder and then just waterfall down.  You need a pretty thin and drapey knit in order for this to work right.

The jacket I am wearing here, is the Blixen Blazer that I made last spring.  It is such a nice, solid piece.  I am wearing leggings I purchased from CAbi several years ago, but I want to make another pair.  They don’t fit the best at the waist and tend to pull down.  I have to continually pull them up, so I think a me-made replacement is on the list.

The list of “to makes” is pretty long right now, so not sure when I will get to it.  Hopefully soonish!

Pattern hack – zipped cowl top

Is that a good name for it?  Not sure what to call this style.

Okay, what we have here is a tutorial for a pattern hack to get this style of top:

Instructions to hack a pattern

In order to do this hack, you need a basic long sleeve t-shirt top pattern that fits.  I used the Wardrobe by Me Basic T-shirt in a size larger than I would fit per the measurements.  I wanted it looser fitting.  I added the band at the bottom, the cowl and a facing, but otherwise, the bones of this top is just a basic long-sleeved t-shirt top.

Need –

  • Basic t-shirt pattern
  • 1.5 yards of fabric (roughly)
  • Interfacing
  • 16″ or 18″ zipper
  • Optional: Wondertape (for placing zipper)

Take out your front, back and sleeve shirt patterns, and trace a copy of them.  Figure out where it would hit just under your breasts, and mark that spot on your pattern piece.  Now make a gradual curve down to the side.  I just draw this in with a pencil first and then cut.

The diagram above shows what I did for the front and back pieces.  Make sure the cuts meet up on the sides.  The bottom band for my shirt ended up being 6″ x 18″ on the fold (both top and sides).

This next diagram shows how I used the front piece that I had cut from the pattern to draft two new pieces.

The cowl I measured the length of the neck opening on the pattern pieces (subtracting the seam allowance at the shoulder), and used that length for the length of the piece.  The width is 7.5″ wide, which can be cut on the fold OR you can use two different fabrics for the inside and outside (what I have done).

These are the majority of the pattern pieces (just missing a piece for the bottom band and front facings).

These are all the pieces cut out except the front facings.  I forgot to do those until I got to that part of construction.  I just used 2″ into each side of the front pieces for the facing pieces.  The facing is just giving you some protection from chaffing from the zipper.

Construction:

  • Sew the shoulder seams together (I sewed the bottom on the back piece first, but you can wait on that if you want).

  • If you have an inside and outside of the cowl piece, you need to sew them together along the long edge.
  • Attach the cowl to the neckline along one edge right sides together.  The inside of the cowl is going to be the one showing, so select the outside part to attach first.

  • Next add the facings to the inside edge of the cowl.  Don’t use a serger for this, just zigzag them on.

  • Add interfacing along the edges.  My interfacing was 1.5″ wide.  If you have a seam for the cowl, just go up to that seam and not over it.  I ended up cutting the interfacing there, since it affects how the seam folds over.

  • Take your zipper, and figure out where it will hit at the neckline and mark this spot.  This helps to make sure your zipper does not get skewed and offset when stitching up.

  • Place the marking at the neckline and sandwich it between the inside/outside cowl, front piece and front facing.  Clip in place, and you can check to make sure the zipper will match when zipping it up by turning it carefully to the outside and zipping up. Straight stitch the zipper.  If you want to make sure it won’t shift, use Wondertape to hold in place.  Just make sure you are placing the tape inside the seam allowance so it won’t show once stitched up.

  • Top-stitch the zipper seams.

  • Attach the inside edge of the cowl to the neckline.  You can turn the edge under, pin and top-stitch or do the burrito method (enclosing the body pieces in the cowl), leaving an opening to pull everything through to the outside.  I did the burrito method, and then still top-stitched.  It just allowed me to not have to pin as much.

  • Top-stitch the top edge of the cowl (if desired), and stitch down the front facing pieces.

  • Now we are going to attach the bottom front to the top.  I didn’t want the extra zipper teeth at the bottom to be irritating when worn, so first I stitched across the zipper.  Next, I cut off the excess zipper and pulled the teeth apart up to the stitching.  Lastly I pulled the excess teeth off with a small pliers.  When stitching the bottom to the top, I wanted to make sure it held together, so I just did a quick basting stitch to the bottom of the zipper to keep them together.
  • Mark the middle on the top and bottom pieces.  Clip them together and stitch for both the front and back.  I first stitched the front pieces on the sewing machine and then serged.  I just wanted to make sure my serger wouldn’t hit the zipper, because that causes broken needles flying to your eyeballs.

  • Top-stitch the seams, if desired (I did).
  • Attach the arms.  I color blocked them at the 3/4 sleeve line and added a few inches of extra length.
  • Sew up the side seams, matching the curves at the side, and hem the arms.

  • Sew the edges of the bottom band together.  Mark it in 1/4’s for the sides, middle front and middle back.

  • Mark the middle front and middle back on the bottom of the body pieces, and match them up on the band.  Sew the band on the shirt.

  • All done!

Let me know if anything is unclear in the tutorial.  I didn’t detail everything, as if you have a basic pattern, you should have instructions for some of it already.

The fabrics I used here are a brushed poly stripe from Fabric Anthropology, a black fleece backed poly and a quilted faux leather from Joann’s.

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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.

 

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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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!

Damask

I love damask, which really shouldn’t be a surprise since I draw it quite often!

This damask print is part of the current round open at RP Custom Fabrics and it is inspired by Breakfast at Tiffany’s.  The other prints are closer to a Tiffany blue, though.  This one seems to be closer to a turquoise color, which is still very pretty.

I know this because I got a gift at work for Christmas one year that was a silver bracelet from Tiffany’s.  I still have the box, though the bracelet was stolen when I was a dumb dumb and left it out at a hotel in Vegas.  Yep…it somehow “disappeared”.

So, this top was a bit of a challenge.  In fitting and getting the HTV vinyl on the front (nope, not a panel…that is my drawing).  The HTV was actually a different, far longer design.  I had let a piece overlap the edge of the cutting mat, and it caught and messed up the cutting.  I stopped it before it went over everything again off design, and just dealt with what was cut.  I wish there was a vinyl store that I could get things from locally, but I don’t.  This vinyl was from Expressions Vinyl.

I will try to remember to load the original cut file into the folder linked on the sidebar.  The design overlaps so it is longer.

The top was a highly hacked Sneha Tunic from Wardrobe by Me.  I basically  used the top pieces and the length of the skirt.  I should have used something more fitted, since it is a bit wide.  The skirt was longer originally, but it was not flattering at all.  I cut it to the sweet spot on my hip.

Overall, I think this turned out pretty.  I was questioning whether I would wear it when I finished it last night, but I think it works with skinny jeans.

Now I have another fabric on it’s way to me, and in the meantime I have a few dresses cut out to go to the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation for the girls for summer.  I really want to get them sewn up and on the way to them, along with a few dresses that my daughter grew out of and were barely worn.  Hopefully, I have time to get it all done this week!

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