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Blank Slate Patterns has re-released the Catalina Dress pattern!  I got to work on testing some of the updates to the pattern.   This pattern works with woven and knit fabrics(!), has a tank or cap sleeve bodice and button placket bodice option with three lengths.

For my version, I made the tank bodice with a maxi skirt, and I think it can look pretty dressy this way:

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I love maxi-dresses in summer.  They can be dressed up or down.

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And there are pockets!

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I’ve been wanting to sew up a Rivage Raglan dress for quite a while now!  The style reminds me of a particular dress made by a multi-level marketing company.  I love the style, but I wanted more choice in my fabrics.  I think this is a perfect fit!

This first dress (of many, I hope!) was made as a muslin, and I love how it turned out.  I used the last bits of a floral knit (see more HERE and HERE!) and supplemented with a black-and-white striped knit.  I’m usually not so adventurous in my mixing of patterns, but I really love how this turned out!

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Here I’m wearing it with leggings (it was a chilly day!) but I think it’s going to be super cute without leggings, too.

And I’m particularly pleased with how the neckline binding turned out!

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In February, I had another opportunity to test a pattern for Blank Slate Patterns— this time it was for joggers!

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Of all the garments I’ve sewn, I have done the least with pants.  I learned so much from fitting these!  The pattern includes a really helpful guide to getting the fit just right for your body–words and pictures that help diagnose and correct common fitting issues.   Even though my end result was this cute calf-length pair, I started with a muslin that was just shorts-length to make all of my adjustments before making my final pair.

 

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The Skye joggers are super comfortable!  Mine are made from some medium knit, and I think they would be great in French terry and ponte, as well.

 

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Striped long cardigan

A long, long time ago,
I can still remember…

(Okay, sorry.  It just popped into my head as I started this post…
…because I intended to do this project a very long time ago.)

Way back in 2013, when I was making our Peter Pan family costume (which, in fact, did not include Peter Pan himself…), I bought 1.25 yd of this chevron knit fabric for $6.10 on clearance at JoAnn while I was buying the material for Husband’s Captain Hook coat.   (That day I also bought the fabric for my pink striped maxi skirt!)

All along, I had this fabric earmarked for this cute and easy-to-sew cardigan freebie pattern from iCandy Handmade.  But it literally took me until last fall, when I was preparing for my mini-retreat with my cousin, to print the pattern and cut this thing out.  And *then*, I didn’t even get it finished in 2017!  I finally finished it on January 3, 2018.

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I decided to lengthen the cardigan, which meant that I needed to buy some more fabric for cuffs and the collar/binding.  I spent $2.65 in November 2017 for 1/2 yd of soft black knit (wish I’d written down exactly what it was!), and sewed this up in random bits of time over the course of a couple of weeks.  Let me emphasize that this was not a difficult pattern! I was just prioritizing everything else above it!  Haha.

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In the end, I love how this turned out.  I think it’s going to be really versatile and a great layer for several seasons of the year.  Maybe someday, I’ll make another.   Hopefully it won’t take me this long the next time 😉

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So… funny story about the fabric for Husband’s Star Wars pajamas

Somehow I did some very poor addition and the first cut of fabric I purchased for his pajamas was only enough for either the shirt or the pants, but not both…and with a significant amount left over after making either one of those pieces.  There was enough left to make pajama pants for the kids, so I had the bright idea that they could have coordinating jammies with Daddy!  And then I sort of felt left out, so I purchased even more fabric so that I could also have coordinating pajamas!

The kids’ pajamas are made with the Blank Slate Snuggle PJs pattern.  I actually had a hard time finding just the right navy blue knit fabric for the tops… and in the end, I found just the right color in some men’s Hanes T-shirts!  I bought three 4XL shirts and cut them up for the new PJ shirts for the three of us.  I also added white piping at the cuffs of the pants so that they’d match Daddy’s pajamas!  The shirts are trimmed with white knit fabric to mimic the white piping.

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For my pajamas, I modified the pajama pants pattern from Simplicity 1504, and I made myself a Blank Slate Texana Tank with a placket made of the same Star Wars fabric.  It should have buttons, and it *will* have buttons in the near future, but I didn’ t have matching buttons on hand!  I finished these three sets of pajamas on December 23, and I didn’t want to make a trip to the store to get more in time!

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And so in the end, our whole family has coordinating pajamas!  I am pretty excited about this, and there’s a very high chance that we will have more matching jammies in the future!

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Last year, I promised to make my beloved Husband some pajamas for Christmas… except I didn’t get to them until this year!  Right before Thanksgiving, I completed this set for him.

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I used Simplicity 1504 (shirt, pants) and lengthened the pants by several inches.  In future incarnations, I’ll also lengthen the sleeves for him.  In the end, I was impressed with how nice the pajamas look, but I will say that the pattern itself is terribly written.  There were a number of missing markings on the pieces, and the directions themselves were only so-so.

There is piping on the shirt and on the pant cuffs, and I’m pretty proud of how it came out– this is only the second time I’ve used piping, and the first on a garment!

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I love this Star Wars fabric, and I wanted to do do as much pattern-matching as I could.  The ships are level across the pant legs, and I was happy that I could highlight an X-Wing on the shirt pocket…

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…and a happy coincidence resulted in the ships lining up all the way down the back of the shirt and pants!

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Once upon a time (back in October 2015), I sewed a royal family of costumes for us, and my queen’s gown was selected as the winner for BurdaStyle’s costume contest that year.  As my prize, I was allowed to select three kits from their online store, which resulted in a LOT of patterns!  From the very beginning, I was fascinated by this hooded cowl tunic, and I’ve wanted to make it for literally years now.

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In July 2016, I spent $12.38 to purchase grey knit for the project, prewashed it, and then I prioritized other things.  For over a year.

A few weekends ago, at the end of October 2017, I went on a lovely mini-retreat with my cousin, wherein we rented an AirBnB, trucked our sewing machines and supplies to meet in the middle for about 36 hours of sewing, talking, sewing, eating, and more sewing (there was sleep in there, too!) . But more about that later.  In preparation for the weekend, I gathered many of my to-do list projects and got them ready for sewing.  This was one of them: I pieced the pattern together, traced the seam allowances, and cut everything out.

And then I didn’t work on it that weekend.

But that was ok!  I did other things, and this tunic was still cut out, ready, and waiting.  So in the couple of weeks after the sewing weekend, it was “easy” to actually assemble it.

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It wasn’t as easy as all that, though.  I have to admit that the sparse instructions were a little too sparse for me.  It helped to look at photos from a woman who’d posted about the construction to give me a visual.  I also struggled with matching the shoulder seams properly– perhaps I didn’t add the seam allowances correctly??  I finessed them into place, and they seem to have worked out okay in the end…but I still prefer to have the cowl cover them up…

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The hem length was just right for me– I’ve styled it here with a pair of leggings, and I ended up shortening the sleeves by over 2″ (which was a good thing, since getting the pattern onto the fabric was a very tight squeeze!).

The cowl is big enough to be worn as a hood!  I don’t know when I would actually wear it up over my head, but I enjoy the thought, haha!

 

The dress itself is super-comfy, and I think it’s fairly flattering.  The large cowl needs to be arranged “just-so” to ensure that there isn’t unsightly sagging in the front.  Overall, I’m very pleased with this dress.  I am definitely a dress-lover, so to have another cool/cold weather dress is fantastic.

 

 

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