Anthropologie Plaid Shirt Hack


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


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


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.


*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.)



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


Handmade Winter Wardrobe Sudoko

Handmade Winter Wardrobe Sudoko


So I am trying to work some of my current me-made garments into a fall-winter wardrobe.  I made this suduko to create several mix and match outfits (btw- these are all rtw garments, they are just visual representatives of the items I want to make or have made).  I got this idea from the lovely blog  Free Notion.  I have been reading through her posts on planning a capsule wardrobe.  This suduko is my result.  I have made the Liola Natalie, the self drafted gingham top,  the NL 6030 as well as the NL 6395.  I a currently working on the Bethouia.  Up next, jeans! I’ve got  three pairs in that plan.  The skinny Jaime Jeans, the Birkin Flares and a self drafted boyfriend jean.  Whew, thats a lot of jean sewing! Wish me luck.
The shoes, sweaters and accessories are items I already own, I used what I have to make this work.  I don’t feel up to making my own sweaters just yet,  and handmade shoes, well maybe someday.  I like the concept! I know others have learned to make their own shoes, its something to consider 🙂

Natalie Top in Floral Rayon

20160101_140540I just finished this great top. It’s the Natalie top by Liola patterns. I purchased it at The fabric is rayon challis from Fashion Fabrics Club. I sewed a straight size large with no alterations. Fits great and I’ve worn it several times already. This was a really simple make. I am really pleased with it!

I’m really loving Indie sew these days, so many great patterns and inspiration on Instagram and their blog.  I just purchased the Bethouia top from the winter collection and its next on the cutting floor.  I m using a fabric that is very similar to the sample shown.  Its a french terry in pale turquoise from Joann’s fabric.  They seem to be getting better fabric lately! I have found several decent pieces in recent weeks there, so thanks Joanns for getting better garment fabrics!!

By Hand London Anna in Progress and Fall Sewing

While I wait for my fabric to make this dress and for my pattern to make this skirt, I started a By Hand London Anna dress.2015-10-10 17.58.37

First I looked at the sizing and decided to make the size 16 US to accommodate my 42.5″ bust measurement.  Well, it fit great in the front bust and waist, and terrible everywhere else, I had 3″ of neck gapage and needed to take in about 3″ at the center back.  20151010_175603

So I started hunting around the web and found out others had this problem as well.  Enter the awesome and super helpful post Anna Dress FBA how to, on the blog Another Little Crafty Creation.  Well I followed her instructions and I ended up using the size 10 US as my base size and adding a 3.5″ FBA.  It isn’t pretty but its looking much more promising. I plan to make another muslin using my newly drafted pattern tonight.  I will post updates when its done.1444528025569

Dress Plan- Contest!

Dress Plan


So I am taking a break from the purple blouse to make some dresses for a contest at pattern review. The contest is one pattern many looks.  I plan to make four dresses. I am almost done with the green daisy one.  It’s not exactly like the modcloth dress, its definitely inspired by it though. I am using the vintage pattern shown in the photo above, it is Mcalls 8249, from the 1950’s.

2014 One Pattern, Many Looks Contest

African Violet

African Violet
Up next in the sewing room.  A self- drafted tunic top. Using rayon in a deep purple color.   The blouse will be collarless, with a neckband instead, loose fitting and long, with a three quarter sleeve and curved hem.  This  is a transitional piece for summer/fall.
So far the front and back are drafted and cut, had to fiddle with the neckband and front placket a bit.  Next up drafting sleeves.  Still working on how to get a good sleeve, thought I might try this technique.  Looks like it will be a good method for getting the right fit. Also, this video for the actual drafting.