I’ve started hacking the StyleArc Hope dress to make dusters & jackets.
By the time this is released, you my feed should have images of the most recent test garments I’ve made.
I’ve also self-drafted two skirts with separating zippers up the center front.
And I’ve had two sets of good interviews for possible new positions – with one having a third round coming up on Monday, Jan 31.
Beverly: I made two things that I will wear a lot!
I made a higher waist version using a tutorial on their website. I added 2 inches to the length and I left out the tie at the waist because I find that so long as I get the elastic right I just leave it tied anyway.
Great news! Sew House Seven has released their popular pattern Toaster Sweater in their new larger size band (up to 65” hip). The new release includes both size bands and if you purchased previously you can update your pattern for free. I have been waiting for this to be improved! I made the version #2, with the funnel neck and regular sleeves. I chose a size larger than my measurements because I generally like loose clothing, and I really can’t stand when warm clothes are fitted on me. It is perfect! I made it with the ponte I purchased a couple months ago.
Next up for me: Gossamer from Stokx patterns and Page from Elbe textiles – this is a dress with loads of pintucks. It’s a much different style than the ByHandLondon Marie, as the tucks go much farther down the garment, making an effect sort of like pleats for the skirt, as they tucks are released at dropped waist level.
A listener already gave an idea to me for undies: the Apostrophe My Fit Undies. – You can make them with any stretch fabric – including NO stretch at all! Like bloomers!
Sewing news: Tauko Tuesday!!! Received my new Tauko magazine in the mail. This is on its way to me as a gift from a fan.
Some patterns I like: Pants called Cargo that aren’t Cargo pants but are very similar to another very popular pants pattern that has #sewlimitedsizing
The Liza: LIZA is a 3-in-1 pattern with many possible variations.
The top is a very boxy cropped top. Skirt is high waisted and combined they make a dress.
Theme for February, the month of LOVE – #pfBondage!
Serged and folded
Why would you want to do this:
Make the insides looks as good as the outsides
Make a durable garment
Have fun with wild fabrics that you may not want to wear on the outside
You get to use the #pfBondage hashtag on one of your makes!
Good patterns for showing off seams:
Friday pattern company Ilford jacket (up to 60” chest)
Dresses are another great choice – especially for French seams. The woolfork dress I made last week has instructions for french seams, which I may do for my next one.
Another great example is to do flat-felled seams in a shirt. I did this for some shirts I made for Jim from big 4 patterns. Some good indie choices:
Cornell Shirt from Elbe textiles – comes with instructions for french seams, but you could definitely do flat felled.
Jeans – especially around the fly – could match with your pocket lining
StyleArc Hope Dress as jacket: This is also perfect for the Hope jacket hack I’ve been exploring lately; ideal for bound seams, or flat felled seams.
StokxPatterns Heldin Tasche bag : flat felled seams
Emerald by Made By Rae : Hong Kong finished seams
Hovea jacket: lined, or bound edges