Friday, September 30, 2016

Love Affair with Reversible Knits

Andrea has used this reversible knit and New Look 6482 to its best advantage.  I can just see Andrea wearing this dress on date night with her handsome husband!  Andrea blogs at Sew to Fit and also check out her YouTube channel for more expert fitting and sewing advice.  Thank you Andrea!

Here is a simple project that took a little thought to finalize.  In my design process, most often I draw up a design before I sew it up, in order to help me visualize the look before I use my fabrics in the final design.  If I come across a pattern that has a basic design, it becomes my canvas for designing what I want.  But let's be clear, the design doesn't take shape until I've had time to doodle around the line drawing while giving my creative juices a chance to birth something wonderful.  When I sew with a print, the print speaks to me and directs my thoughts to a design.  In the case of a wonderful solid, I am free to do whatever, or maybe even embellish. In the case of this dress was ripe for any design I could imagine.  And this is what I imagined....

The moment I laid eyes on this reversible fabric,  I bought from SM, it was destined that I would make something which would take full advantage and display both sides of the beauty it has to offer.  I just love these two sided knits.  

I love how the inset on the side is at a slight angle giving it a slight asymmetric look at the hem. As you may already realize, this is not the original pattern. It was the diving board for this design, my design process began with this pattern.  The plain front was not what got my attention for this pattern, it was the side inset.  At first I thought the inset was mirrored on the back, both being on the right side, but this one has the inset opposite on the back, with the matching inset being on the left side of the back. 

Well, this dress was such a great success!  For now, I have more two-sided fabric to buy, and more color blocked dresses to design. What's your design process? Are you creating any color blocked wonders?

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Details Made the T-Shirt

I love the details Kasey added to her T-Shirt.  The lapped shoulder and the cuff and tab on the sleeves really kick it up a notch.  Thanks Kasey!

This review is for the Seafoam Blue/ Kiwi Reversible Knit from Sew Much Fabric. I really loved the seafoam blue color, especially the soft sheen. I used it to make my usual t-shirt pattern, which truthfully started out as a Blue Ginger Doll Bonnie pattern, but quickly morphed into something completely different (doesn't it always?) 

In imitation of a lapped-shoulder boat-neck tee I already owned I created this neckline, and added a wide cuff to the sleeve. For this version I also created sleeve tabs adorned with Gold Basket Weave buttons (sold out), also from Sew Much Fabric, added a few more inches to the length and made a split seam tunic-type bottom.

The fabric was very nice to work with; it sewed well and didn’t curl when cut. It washed nicely but wanted a short stint in the dryer before hanging up to finish drying. It is a bit firmer to wear than you might expect from doing a stretch test; you might want to go up a half-size in your garment if you don’t like your clothes to be too fitted.

I got a lot of compliments on this top; everyone loved the color and wanted to know where I got it. They were of course duly impressed when I announced I had made it myself! 

Friday, September 23, 2016

Burda Style Plus Size Fall 2016

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All Styles at a Glance

Line Drawings

Simple and stylish coat for fall!  This would look fabulous in a wool plaid or a brocade.
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A classic Chanel-like jacket goes rock and roll!
Jacket #410B-Moody Tweed
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Pants #413B-Merlot Ponte Knit

This blouse in a classic white shirting fabric looks great with a pencil skirt or jeans.
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Special Occasions

It's the details at the bodice, waist and hem!
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Thursday, September 15, 2016

Burda Style 10/2016

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All Styles at a Glance

Line Drawings

Culottes with a twist-a front button panel!
Culottes #110-Vanilla White Stretch Double Cloth Wool
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Love all the details on this sheath dress
Dress #108-Elegant Navy Blue Tropical Stretch Wool

 Nice option for a T-Shirt
T-Shirt #101-White Rayon Jersey Knit

Color blocking still going strong!  This is the petite pattern.
Sheath Dress #105-Merlot Ponte Knit and Graphite Grey Ponte Knit

So cute and comfortable for weekend errands
Tunic #121A-Moroccan Print Rayon Challis-Cinnamon
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Thursday, September 01, 2016

Found: The Perfect T-Shirt!

What a great feeling to get a pattern like the classic t-shirt perfected!  Everything works-the fit, style and construction techniques.  Fabulous work Carla!!!

I’m trying to perfect making knit tops that rival the best of the better retail options.  I chose Roz’s Fractured Light Matte Jersey (Sold Out) because of the design and drape. 
McCalls 7323 

 I first made View C with some cheap knit I had in my stash.  I certainly can wear this version but I felt the bottom was a little to “round” looking.  Hubby said it looked too much like a maternity top!  That was a jolt that made me change the bottom.  I re-drew the bottom to be higher in the front and longer in the back similar to view A.  

To be certain of the front/back length, simply find the center point you want it to hit in the front and the back and then hand draw the shape.  My final pattern is perfect.  I used the retail neckline finish as I learned in the Craftsy class I mentioned in a previous post. Also, using the cover stitch machine for the sleeve and bottom hems really adds a professional finish!