Thursday, June 28, 2018

Easy pattern marking #butterick6567

I am making Butterick #6567 and I got the easiest/accurate and fastest way to mark those circles, using carbon tracing paper and a (chop)stick. #easysewing

Sunday, June 24, 2018

Carmen skirt and new YouTube videos!

I feel like this month was the skirt month for me, I made three and I have at least two planned. 
Today I want to talk about the latest pattern from Designer Stitch Patterns , the Carmen Skirt.
The description on the Designer Stitch website is perfect :

 The Carmen is all about being SASSY, FLIRTY and SEXY !!!

The length of the Carmen gives you the opportunity to wear it for all seasons – Short and Flirty for the warmer months and Long and Flouncy for the cooler months.

The styling of the Carmen gives the impression of a wrap skirt – but with the clever front seam construction it retains its modesty and stays fully closed at the front.

When I took the pictures it was really windy outside, not the perfect weather for pictures but perfect to illustrate how windproof this is.

I made my skirt in a cotton sateen with a bit of stretch. Because the wrong side of the fabric is showing on the flounce  I searched for a fabric with two nice sides but could not find anything I liked in my stash. I did find a piece of cotton eyelet and decided to face my flounce.

Long story short, if you want to do this, you need to remember to cut mirror images of your flounce pieces. I forgot that and ruined a big piece of my eyelet. I think this is a great idea, you also finish the edge of the flounce, so no hemming and it gives also a bit body and structure on the flounce.

The pattern, while it looks a bit complicated it is really easy, for some people, the most challenging part it might be the invisible zipper on the back, but the instructions are included.

The patterns come with 3 waist options and two length options. I think it will be great made in a drapey wool and worn with boots for the fall/winter time.


I did a little video review also on YouTube!

...and here is the "action" video!

I love this pattern and I am definitely going to make the longer option too.

The pattern is for a few days on sale . 

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Thursday, June 21, 2018

Extra Sharp Pencil Skirt-Liesl+co

I think this is the first pencil skirt I ever sew...not this one but this pattern . This denim version is the second one from the Pencil Skirt pattern by Liesl+co. 

I made a size 4 in a thin cotton to test the fit. Also, when I am sewing new things to me, making a muslin helps me also to practice , in this case making the walking vent. The only change I made was to take 0.6cm ( 1/4")  from the vertical seams of the front panel only.

The fabric is a stretch denim. I made a few samples trying to distress the fabric but I didn`t really like the look. So I just went with topstitching the seams.

The pattern has also a longer version and I want to try that too. Maybe also a lined version. On YouTube I found a very good tutorial on how to add/sew a lining on a skirt/dress with a walking vent. I found it very clear .

I added a bit of a detail on the waist facing:), a trim on the edge. I also mitered the corners of the vent, I like the look better than just folding the hem .

The only thing I don`t like is that this fabric refuses to get ironed, also in wrinkles pretty bed, but the skirt fits perfect so I am going to wear it a and call it , crushed denim skirt :))

...and here is the skirt in "action"

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Patrones Magazine 386, my picks !

Just arrived in the mailbox. The new Patrones Magazine , issue 386. I think I am going to stop getting nervous that I don`t have the time to sew all the patterns I want and just enjoy what I see and think that it will be nice to sew them when I will have the time:) 

Such a shame that the Sapnish version of Patrones doesn`t give the technical drawings overview,  the German and Dutch and I think the Russian version they all have that.

A lot of nice patterns in this issue! Enjoy!

Sunday, June 17, 2018

Crystal Cove Cami-Itch to Stitch new pattern

A new pattern from Itch to Stitch , the Crystal Cove cami, very easy to make, cup sizing a nice back detail and uses just a bit of fabric!

I made two versions, with very little changes. I made a muslin in size 4C and based on the muslin fit I lifted the whole dart by 1cm. The fabric for the black/pink version is a crepe rayon with just a bit of stretch, the drape is perfect for this pattern.

The neckline is finished with facings and because I did not want to get my pieces too much out of shape, I fused a piece of fabric and from that, I cut my facings, much more stable and easy to handle.

This blue version was actually the first one I made, this one is also 4 cm shorter than the black/pink version. I used french seams for both versions. The seam allowance on this patterns is 1.25cm (1/2") and making the french seams with such a small SA can be tricky but it worked. First 0.6cm and the second stitching just over the 0.6cm . I always press the seam open and that makes a big difference to get that seam exactly on the edge.

This version is made in rayon, also very drapey and perfect for this pattern.
And a small video of the two versions.

Conclusion: great wardrobe staple, perfect for using small yardage of fabrics and heaving the cup sizing is always a plus for me. 

Denim Skirt - Knipmode Skirt , more pictures of it here on Flickr 

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Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Aestiva Vest from Wearologie

I know it is supposed to be summer and hot and the weather was quite nice but this one is for the chill days.  This is a new pattern from a new sewing patterns company to me, Wearologie. The Aestiva Vest ! 

Sleeveless vest, with two length options, collar option, and full lining. 
I love the piping around the waist and the pockets. I had some faux leather piping from another project and it was perfect for this project. How great are the deep pockets on this thing! I am always anxious about sewing with patterns from companies I don`t know but this time all was good. Great instructions!

The fabric is beautiful boucle type, with a bit of sparkle, very lovely. I bought it years ago with a long coat in my mind and this project is kind of perfect for it. I lined the whole vest with acetate lining. 

Arghh, I hate this pictures, do you see the hem ?? The horror!! It is fixed now :)

In the waist, due the construction is a tunnel where I can "thread' a belt in, very smart idea! 
I definitely recommend Wearologie, in fact, I bought their Prism dress pattern and can`t wait to make it !

And the Aestiva in "action" !

Sunday, June 3, 2018

Nottingham Tops -Itch to Stitch pattern

A short time ago Itch to Stitch released a new pattern, the Nottingham top.
From their website 
A top with a twist on the front, relaxed fit, and three sleeve options.

I made my both versions in a viscose rayon, with a nice drape and good stretch.
I think the elbow short sleeve is perfect for my abstract prints.  I saw some pretty nice floral prints and solids Nottingham tops with the butterfly sleeve, I think that sleeve is perfect for florals or solids, so romantic.

I made the tops in size 6 for the shoulders/sleeve/bust and blending to the waist and down to a size 4.
The only change I made was to make a swayback adjustment, by 1.5cm

Maybe it looks a bit complicated but really is just an illusion :)), this top is easy to make, as easy as a basic t-shirt.

The tops in "action"

and the second one :)

Pattern black jeans: Liana Jeans from Itch to Stitch 

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