Monday, March 27, 2017

Pink Tierras Joggers with zippered ankles ( with a photo tutorial)

The Tierras Joggers from Itch to Stitch patterns, ahh, I could make a hundred of them! Well, I am a little exaggerating but I did make 4 this month so that shows how much I like this pattern. I used to have another pattern for this kind of pants, the Casual trousers from one of the Sewing bee books. But actually, I was not completely happy with that pattern as the rise was really high on me and there was a little too much fabric around my hips. I was planning to get it right for my body one day, but now I have this pattern and I am so very happy with it.

All my thoughts about the pattern I wrote in this post a few weeks ago.

During testing, I saw on the internet, some joggers with zippers at the ankles and I really wanted to try to make some.
Adding the zipper was easy but I wanted also to add elastic and that I had to figure out. In the end that was pretty easy. On Itch to Stitch`s blog, you can find a photo tutorial on how to add zippers to the Tierra's joggers.

This is not my "to go" color, but I think it will be great for spring and summer and the weight and drape were perfect for the metal zippers. I hope I can make a few more of this pants, as the summers are not really hot here and these are so easy to wear.

I love the gold zippers on this pink! Such an easy way to add a little extra.

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Style Arc Courtney Top

This pattern was high on my wish(sew) list , the Courtney top from Style Arc . The perfect top, relaxed fit but still flattering , easy to make and to wear. I bought the PDF on their Etsy store and I went with size 10. This is designed for knits or wovens. I made it in a polyester , love the color of this fabric. I like the fit but I think as it is now this will fit better made in a knit fabric and for the next one in woven I will make a FBA, just a little.

I made no changes to the pattern. I had some problem with the neck band, it was too wide and not laying flat against my body so   I treated as  one fold bias and turned to the inside and topstitched 

I really like the shape at the hem.

I have a few more fabrics ready for this top and I want to make one also in a knit fabric to see what will be the difference in fit. Anyway, this is a winner for me!

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Newport top- Itch to stitch new pattern

I do sew other patterns than Itch to Stitch, but for this time, again a new PDF pattern from Itch to stitch. This is the Newport top, a pattern made for knit fabrics. It has a boxy silhouette, relaxed fit with high low hem. Wide boat neckline with envelope fold shoulders. The pattern comes with two sleeve options,3/4 flute and regular long. The size range is 00-20 and I made mine in size 6.

Depending on the fabric choice you will get a very different look. This blue version is made with jacquard jersey, very soft and with a nice drape. I made another version in a more stiff knit fabric and the difference is easy to see on the drape at the hem.

I think I like it more with the drapey fabric.

The neckline is finished with facings, that later are stitched in place, you can use for this decorative stitches, contrasting thread or a cover machine. I went with a regular stitch and matching thread as my fabric has the jacquard structure and I want it to keep it simple. The fabric is from a local fabric store "DroomStoffen" from Almere.

I really like the neckline of this top! This is a really easy to sew pattern, after attaching the facings with the regular sewing machine, I sew the rest on my serger in a few minutes. 

The Newport top is on sale at the Itch to Stitch pattern shop  

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Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Tierras Joggers-pattern tested

This is my new favorite pants pattern, I made three of them in a week or so and I have at least two more in the near future. The pattern is the latest from Itch to Stitch Patterns, the Tierras joggers  . These pants are like wearing pj`s all the time but not looking like you forgot to put your street clothes on.
With elastic and drawstring at the waist, deep functional pockets and low rise, that can be lengthed ( instructions included). The legs are tapered for a slim look and there is an option to add elastic to the hem.

This version is made in a drapey poly with elastic at the hem. I lengthen the rise 4cm at the front and  2 cm at the back and shortened the legs by 3cm .Love the deep pockets! I never had a pair of pants with elastic at the hem so I wanted to try to see how I like them, and I love them! 

This version has the same rise as the first one but it is made in a very soft viscose. This fabric is so soft and drapey, perfect for this pattern. This time I made the hem without the elastic and added a drawstring made from the same fabric. Itch to Stitch has also a tutorial about how to make a fabric drawstring. Actually, there are a lot of tutorials on their blog to help you with different techniques on their patterns.

Can`t wait for better weather to enjoy wearing these!
The Tierras Joggers PDF pattern is now on sale for a limited time!

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Knipmode dress #19 2/2015

This is my first item for the #Knipmodechallenge2017, I am a little behind as I should make every month at least one pattern from the KnipMode magazines I have ( and I have a lot plus a subscription).

The pattern is from issue 2/2015, dress #19, also as  PDF pattern here. It has a beautiful square neckline, no side seams, the princess seams goes to the side and also it has pockets! All kind of interesting elements. In the magazine, the dress is much shorter. I added 7cm to the length ( just under the pockets). Also, I did not use a zipper as the neckline is wide enough for my head and the style is pretty wide so no need for the zipper.

The dress in the magazine is lined but my fabric was not requiring a lining so I just took the facings from top  20 that is actually the dress pattern made in a top. 

The fabric is a stretch pique, I just love it! The structure is nice, the print is nice, the color I bought 2,5m more in case I wanted to make something else with it. After I measured the pattern, I decided to go with size 34, even if in the Knipmode size chart I am more 38/36. That was a good call. I had to take off 1.5cm from the shoulder wide, that is a standard for me. Overall my muslin was fitting nice except the armholes, way too low. To fix that I used this video from Threads .Not only you see how to adjust the armhole but also how to adjust the sleeve to fit in the new armhole.

The back is simple, a little boxy but not too, for me anyway. The dress is very comfy and I think is going to be great in the spring and the summer... we don`t get really hot summer days here.

The square line is a new one for me but I really like it. I am very pleased with the dress and happy I got to make this pattern.