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!

My little assassin

The girl has been reading the Sarah Maas series where the lead character is basically an assassin, though she becomes a leader.  (I think…she tends to get wordy and unfocused when she explains it all).

This year she wanted to be an assassin in going to the Renaissance Festival and for Halloween.  That works fine for me, but I had limited time.  I purchased a few types of black pleather and got to work on a costume for her.  I ended up sewing most of the day on Saturday, so we could make the last day of the festival on Sunday.

First up were pleather pants.  I could have cut them up to look more like patched leather pants (since leather hides are not sold by yardage, and have to be pieced), but…I was lazy.  I widened the 5 out of 4 leggings I use for her, since pleather generally doesn’t stretch as much, and used black supplex for the waistband for comfort.

The top is a mystery knit of some kind that I purchased many years back.  I added a strip of pleather to the front and at the neckband.  Unfortunately, the neckband did not play well with the vest, so I ended up cutting it down on the fly before leaving for the festival.  Oh well, I made the top first, so I didn’t think of how the two would work together.  This is the best picture I have of it right now…it’s lost somewhere in Mt. Laundry.

Next, I drafted a vest, and made it have a hood.  I knew she would likely want a hood.  Assassins have hoods to hide their features, don’t you know?

It was a little too small when I gave it the final fitting (urggggg!), so I added a square of fabric in between the two and had it all snap up together.  Still worked and looked neat, so we’ll just call it a spontaneous design feature. 😉

The corset is a larger version of the one I made last year for her.  I just added an inch to all the pieces, on top of doing some cut outs with a mesh fabric.  I didn’t add the boning, just to make it more comfortable to wear.  I still did all the top-stitching, though.  That is the most time consuming part of them.

I also made some simple gauntlets out of vegetable tanned leather.  I had to dye it black and I just punched holes in and added lacing.  She made it about half the day, and then wanted them off since they were hard leather and not overly comfortable to wear.

The accessories were from her Ciri costume last year.  I made a cape for it last year at Halloween for a little added warmth (it was needed at the festival, since it was a rainy, dreary day).  I also had made the belt and pouches for that cosplay costume, so they became used as accessories for this one.


The kids both got some nice compliments on their outfits during the day, which is always fun. We enjoyed several shows, some artisans at work, food and drink. We just had to wait out a small storm in a beer tent, which was not really a hardship. 😉

The day before was a beautiful, sunny fall day, and apparently overflowing with people.  It was one of their highest attendance days ever.  I will take the rain and mud over that much humanity!  We barely had to stand in line for anything.  Always pick the crappy day over the nice day, I say. 😉

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!

Denim dress

I have been meaning to make a cute little denim dress for my girl for some time now.  This fabric was purchased a good year ago, and is a lightweight denim woven fabric.  As with most things these days, I needed an impetus to spur me into action in getting it done.  This year’s family photo was the push for this to get completed.

I drafted the dress to be a fitted top with buttons down the front.  It has a full circle skirt on the front and back, with the added bonus of pockets!

The slant pockets were a bit of a pain to put in the full circle skirt on the front.  Next time I do a skirt like this, I will do pockets in the side seam.

The inside has some unfinished seams that I stitched down.  When  putting this together, it was very on the fly, and making it up as I go.  I normally like things to be more finished on the inside.

I made the placket with seven small buttons and one large one at the waist.  The rest of the placket is stitched down.

I used the opposite side of the fabric for the contrast.  I also left them un-hemmed, hoping they will get frayed and fun looking.

It is quite twirly and fun to wear.  The color is more like the flat lays of the dress.  We had a storm rolling in, so the color was a bit darkish.

Now hopefully she will actually wear it!

Joggers are not actually for jogging

As the Girl’s gym teacher learned when he was trying to talk her into joining the track team.  He was pushing hard, too.

“Uh, yeah, no…running isn’t really my thing.”

You can, though, still look cute in them.

These are the Rumba Joggers from Rogue Patterns, set to release tomorrow.  They come in a huge size range (0-30), and she worked really hard to make sure it fit across the different body size spectrums.

I made them out of the Electric Lime supplex from Zenith & Quasar fabrics.  You need a pretty stretchy fabric for the waist, so make sure you pick that one wisely.

They were quick to sew up (about 1.5hrs including pattern taping to finishing).

The top is one I drafted, and need to revisit where it crosses in the front.  A few inches lower would make her more comfortable.  This is from Z&Q, too, and is a brushed poly print.

It looks like pictures before school are going to have to wait until spring again.  The sun was barely over the horizon, so the pictures are soft and grainy.  She gets on the bus in the 7am timeframe, so we are losing light now.

I’m not ready for the dark days of winter!  But winter is coming…yes, I went there. 😉


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.




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!





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!