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!

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!

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. 😉

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!

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!

Romeo Raglan dress

Another pattern test from Rogue Pattern company.  This one is a loose fitting, wide neckline raglan dress with a handkerchief hem.  It is very comfortable!

Romeo Raglan Dress

I had some focusing issues…excuse the slightly blurry pictures!

I made mine with a stretch French terry fabric that has a nice drape.

I felt like I was wearing my pajamas at work.

I think if you have an actual waistline, it would also work to be belted to give it a bit more structure.  I, however, do not so I will be wearing it like this. 🙂

One thing to note, is that the neckline needs to have a fabric with a good amount of stretch, so it will lay correctly.  It might be best to baste it on first and then serge if it lays correctly.  This is just a problem with wider necklines.  Too little stretch and they get floppy…too much recovery and they stand up.  I did end up lengthening my pattern piece by 2″ on the fold.  I think it would have only needed an extra 1″ on the fold based on this fabrics’ stretch and recovery.  I will probably take it off and do that, but haven’t quite gotten to that yet.

The pattern is being released today for $4 (regular price is $9).  If you are looking for a comfy, loose fitting dress, snatch this one up. 🙂

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. 😉