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.

 

Hearts and sparkles

This is a transition piece for summer into fall.  The fabrics on these came from a round opening at Moonbeam Fabrics.

Rockabily Sparkles

I wasn’t sure what to do with this fun sparkle print, so I just kept it simple.  I knew she would wear this outfit a bunch, since it is just a fun, easy outfit.

The top is free from Orange Daisy Patterns.

The bottoms are Domi pants from Sofilantjes.   I cut them between the lowest line and the second lowest line.

There are some cute Rockabilly fabrics in this round.  The Sketchy Hearts were going to be on the pre-order, but she decided against it for now.

The pre-order round is open now and closes on September 21.  Go check it out!

A choral dress in Golden Oak

The lovely things about sewing up samples, is that you get to see all the pretties ahead of time.  The other lovely thing is you get seasonal fabrics WAY  ahead of time and have to sew them up!  So you are done EARLY!

Golden Oak by Fabric Anthropology

This is part of the holiday fabric line at Fabric Anthropology.  She has some pretty non-traditional takes on holiday fabrics (zombie Grinch), but she also has some very pretty holiday fabrics.  I loved this Golden Oak with it printed to appear as if it has gold foil.

The fabric is a comfy cotton lycra.  I just needed to decide on a dress to make her from the yard of fabric I received.  I like Pinterest to get ideas on details for drafting clothes.  There are a lot of details on structured outfits that you can use for knits.  Sometimes you do need to interface them, though.

This was my initial drawing for the dress.

I wanted the black to break up the lines a bit.  I didn’t end up having enough fabric for the arms, so I used black on them and an overlay at the ends of the arms.  I had to piece the front, so I did a full lining so all the seams wouldn’t rub.

I added a zipper in the back, since I wasn’t sure if it would be too tight around the waist with all the seams.  Turns out I really didn’t need it.  The stripes ended up a little bit off for some reason.  Some of them are fine and some are off, which is probably due to the stripes being a little uneven as they go across the print.

Now she has a pretty dress to wear to her choir concerts this year…and over the holidays!

The pre-order on this round is open until September 9th.

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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Black cats and plaid

A few groups have rounds opening this week, so I was super busy again making clothes for my little fashionista.  I decided to focus on fall items, since we will be winding up summer here pretty soon.

This fabric is from the Horror/Plaid round at RP Custom fabrics and will start running on August 20.

We love cats here!

I drafted this top for this fabric, and was fairly happy with how it all fit together.  I got just a fat half of each fabric, so I had to make it work for those sizes.  I didn’t have much plaid fabric left at all and only a little bit of the cats.  I like the lines on this dress, so I took it as inspiration for the lines on this tunic top.

I should have done a different construction order.  Next time it will be easier to make it since I did it the hard way and put the skirt part on last.  I should have done the full front and back and then sewed them up at the sides.

The sides are a little bunchy.

Overall, though…pretty dang cute!

Since there were black cats, we need to have one of our black cats in on the photo shoot.  He was less than cooperative.

But then we got a few once he settled down.

This pre-order is full of plaids (I’ve got another fun one to sew up!), Halloween and few Christmas prints.  Go check it out!

A little early for Christmas, but still cute!

The winter print round is open at Zenith & Quasar fabric, and there are some really cute prints.  I am a big fan of the reindeer print. 🙂

I thought I would make a little jacket with this one, and so I made the Foliis by Sofilantjes.

I used the print in a different way with this and was able to place it for one side of the front and still get a full front and back out of the panel.

I used the print for the inside of the hood (since that will show the most), and also the bands on the arms and waist.

The yellow is a print from last year from Zenith & Quasar.  It matched really well.

The top is one I made a few years ago, and she said it didn’t fit well.  I guess I will need to whip up a white shirt to wear underneath.

The skort and leggings are the 5 out of 4 Shenanigans Skort.  The only modification is making the length between knee and mid-rise.

I don’t think this totally screams Christmas!!! so I think she is good to wear this over the winter.

Pre-order is open until August 31, so go look at these fun winter prints!

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!

Free summer tank top

This was a pattern test for a summer tank top for Orange Daisy Patterns.  I liked the coverage, and the fact that she can actually wear this to school.  It seems like a lot of summer tops are not geared towards school aged kids and schools clothing standards.  Strappy tops and open backs are usually a no-no.

This one has nice shoulder coverage and isn’t skin tight on her.  She really liked the fit of it.

This first one is before the armscye was raised on this size 14 long.  The second one is higher, so it hides her bra. 🙂

This is a lightweight knit in a tiger camo.  Tigers need to hide in the woods apparently.

This second one is from a lightweight jersey.  Very comfy and soft fabric.  The v-neckline went together nicely.

She is short on summer outfits, so I added a skort to this top.  The feather fabric is a pre-order at Fabric Anthropology and this is double brushed poly.  I added fold over elastic to the edge to lengthen it a bit.  I got less than a fat half of this fabric, so I was stretching it as it was!

It is a little heavy for summer as this is a nice heavy brushed fabric, but I figured it wouldn’t be too hot since the flounces weren’t right next to her skin.

Join the Orange Daisy Patterns Facebook group to get the free tank top pattern!

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Color wheel

Yes, indeed.  I do have more fabric from the Fun Rounds!

Arcoiris at RP Custom Fabrics

This is the color wheel print, and I decided to make a skort and top with a flounce for the girl.  This were really easy to cut with the circular lines in the prints.  I used two  25″ rounds for the skirt and one 12″ round for the top.

I cut the flounce 3 levels, and then connected them all together.  I didn’t use the inner most circle.  I’ll save those for a rainy day.  I think they will work well for some flounce sleeves.

The patterns were self-drafted.  The skirt is just a simple A-line skirt with a doubled up waistband.  I attached the flounce all at once in one continuous line.  The top is a basic tank top, though I had to add some to the top under the flounce.  The panels were too short for her.  There is a watercolor music sheet underneath the flounce.

The watercolor music fabric is from Affordable Fabrics and More, and I purchased it last year.  I don’t think any is currently in stock.  I used a panel for the front and one for the back and then the sheet music for the upper part of the top and the waistband.

I was pretty “fly by the seat of my pants” in putting the flounce on the skort.

Which is why it is uneven.

I’m okay with that, though.

It is a skort, so it has shorts underneath.  She is pretty active, so any skirt I make her is going to have some shorts underneath.

I’m pretty sure the Arcoiris fabric will go with anything, but if you have a watercolor type print…it definitely will.  I love this combo so much!

The pre-order is open until August 15th.