Anthropologie Plaid Shirt Hack

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This is the Liola Patterns Natalie Top.  I did some pattern hacking to make it look like this top from Velvet by Graham and Spencer at Anthropologie.

Changes made

  • Added a yoke at front shoulder, rotated the darts to gathers there.
  • Shortened the sleeves to 3/4 length, added an elastic casing
  • Drafted in a curved shirttail hem

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Overall I’m quite pleased, I think I recreated the original shirt well, it fits and I feel cute in it! A sewing win.

My New Favorite Shirt- Bethouia Pattern Hack

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So I’ve got a new favorite shirt! This is my attempt to copy this shirt from FP.

Construction notes:

*rayon jersey in charcoal grey

*pattern used is Bethouia from Indie Sew

*I cut a v- neck using a favorite RTW shirt I had , I traced it onto the pattern first, then cut in my fabric.

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*double raw edge at neckline

Here’s how I did it, I cut 2 bands the length of my v-neck measured at the seamline minus 1.5 inches ( to help it curve over the shoulders and lay flat overall) one band was 1 1/4″ wide, the other 1 3/8″wide. I sewed the v seam at the end of each band at 45 degree angle. Then I machine basted for 3 ” on either side of the seamlines at center front of v neck. I then hand basted the two layers of neckline together matching center seams. I then hand basted the band’s to the shirt only at center front following the machine basting lines. I pinned at center back. Then I machine sewed all 3 layers. Finished by sering edges. Then I top stitched using a double needle and wooly nylon in my bobbin. I watched this youtube video to help with the v neck finishing.

* For the twisted sleeve bands I used this tutorial cutting a 2″ band that was the same length as the sleeve cut edges plus 1/2″ seam allowances.

*for the hem I marked and pressed Up the hem 1 1/4″ to the right side. I the cut another band 1 1/2″ wide and the length of bottom of the shirt at hemline. I had to piece it so I matched the seams to the side seams of the shirt. I laid this right sides down onto the folded hem matching the folded edge with the top of the band. I then serger using a flatlock seam around this edge. I pressed the seam down giving a double raw edge hem that’s layered. One layer is the shirts self layer, the fold caught in the flatlock seam. Here’s a pic of it finished. (The shirt body is to the right and the hem is to the left, the side seam is near the bottom of the photo.)

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Conclusion:

This is a great layering piece, I plan to wear the heck out of it. Now I want to make more! I’m searching my stash for more jersey today and making another while all the details are still fresh in my mind. I have some modeled (on me ) pics but cant seem to upload them right now, will add later when technology cooperates!

Enjoy! and Happy Sewing

 

Diana Wrap Dress

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This is my newest creation a gorgeous wrap dress in cornflower blue jersey. I was a pattern tester for the curvy version of the Diana Wrap Dress from Wardrobe By Me.  I am so pleased with how it came out. I made no changes to the pattern, this is a straight size 16. Pretty great fit, don’t you think! I used a cotton/poly jersey with 4 way stretch. The original pattern came in size 0-16 and the new curvy version comes in 14-24.

Conclusion, this is a great pattern!! I’ve already got several other versions planned. If you would like the pattern, it’s on sale this week at Wardrobe By Me,using this codeRMD2AL27L8JZ, thank you to Christina!

Completed Spring Wardrobe

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Dress above is Simplicity 3678.

This post is overdue, but I completed my spring wardrobe.  I made 4 tops, 3 skirts a dress, jeans and a cardigan. The wardrobe is mix and match, so it’s very versatile. 20160331_103020-1

My Breton top with a knit pencil skirt.

Patterns:

Top- Simplicity 8054

Skirt- Simplicity 1072

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A denim skirt with lace top.

Patterns:

Top- Gertie’s Portrait Neck Blouse

Skirt – New Look 6030

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A silk tank and floral skirt.

Patterns:

Tank- Cali Faye

Skirt – Itch to Stitch

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Cardigan and dress.

Patterns:

Dress-Simplicity 3678

Cardigan- Swoon Patterns

With these 10 pieces I can create something like 34 outfits. I am pleased with how these came out and excited that it is warm enough to wear them now! I entered these pieces in the wardrobe contest on pattern review. I didn’t win but I feel like a winner since I have this lovely new wardrobe! Thanks for stopping by to read about my sewing adventures.

Happy Sewing!

 

 

Self Drafted Boyfriend Jeans and Breton Top

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So my first outfit is done from my spring wardrobe.  I’m feeling pretty accomplished, its so nice to finish these garments and they fit and flatter me. So Win!

The top is Simplicity 8054 that I added a yoke to.  The yoke is made from separate pieces of white jersey.

Top Details:

  • Fabric from PurpleSeamstress on Facebook- cotton jersey, check her out she has great deals!!
  • Hemmed with double needle and wooly nylon in the bobbin, gives a nice stretchy hem that looks good!
  • finished on my new serger! (yay, I just love how professional that makes my garments feel!)
  • Lengthened the pattern by 3″ but cut some away

Jeans Details

  • These are version 1.0, I plan to make more, still tweaking the fit
  • I used several pairs of RTW jeans I had as reference to draft these and my measurements
  • Drafting is hard!!
  • They are a little too large in the waist, I will take the next pair in at center back and side seams and cut a smaller waistband and possibly taper the legs a bit
  • Denim stretches a lot when its worn, something one must account for when drafting
  • This is 11 oz. non-stretch denim from Joann’s Fabric
  • I used Coats and Clark denim topstitching thread and a Top stitch needle size 16, and  I broke two!  It hard to sew through multi layers of thick denim!
  • I used regular polyester thread in my bobbin
  • They have rivets and a self designed leather patch on the back for authenticity
  • I hope to develop this into a multi-size pattern and to digitize it, an eventually make it available for sale!

I will be entering this in the Pattern Review Wardrobe Contest as well as several other items.  You can check that out here. My entry is not up yet as I am still sewing my garments, but it will be up by the end of the month when the contest ends.  I have sewn 4 tops 1 bottom and 1 dress so far.  That leaves 4 more items to make.  Its going to be a sew-a-thon to get it one next week!

I’ve got lots more spring sewing planned, you can check out my planning board here on Pinterest. Thanks for stopping by and have a blessed day.  Hope you are sewing fun things too!

 

 

 

Spring Soduko 1

Spring Soduko 1

 

This is my planing board for #wardrobeinaweek.  This is the brainchild of Becca Duvale from Free Notion.  You can read more about it here.  The idea is to choose several quick and easy pieces that can mix and match and sew them up in just a week.  I doubt I will finish in a week but I plan to work as quickly as I can. It will probably be about two weeks for me. Its a good way to get a little push to complete your sewing projects and to make sure that they go together, giving you maximum options for getting dressed each day.  I have already cut out all the tops and finished sewing two of them. The denim skirt is from my winter wardrobe and will carry over nicely.  I’m off to cut cardigans and sew them up!

Blue Green Knit Dress

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So I finished my dress and got a chance to wear it yesterday. I am pleased with it but may tweak it a little before I consider it done. I had fun sewing this on my new serger. Woah,  I should have bought one years ago, what a huge time saver. It makes sewing knits soo much easier. I only used my regular machine for the hems and the basted gathering stitches.

The pattern is M 9116 which is a reissue  of Butterick 5870. Here’s a shot of the pattern envelope 20160130_145845

I made view A.

Pattern notes

Sewed a size 12 with a FBA.

I lengthen the front and back bodice by 1″, I think I may serge this off as the waistline seems a little low on me.

I used the straight hem skirt from view B, omitting the high low of view A

Sewed the hems using a twin needle and wooly nylon in the bobbin which helps keep them stretchy.

Conclusion

I love it. If I make it again I might raise the neckline, it’s a little low.

Side view

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Back view

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