Still working on my Indie Patterns…

And I am sooo enjoying it!  This time I am using a pattern from Skinny Bitch Curvy  Chick, the Tonic 2 – with a few modifications.

Tonic 2, photo from SBCC

I have made the sleeves shorter for the summer and have made the hemline shorter in the front and longer in the back (like a mullet?).

Nice dress! Thanks, I made it!!

I found a material with a snake skin pattern on it.  When I purchased it I had in mind to use the nice mellow solid blue (wrong) side, but after turning it this way and that I decided to go with the snake skinned side.

This definitely was an easy pattern: front, back and sleeves, then a few long strips for the self made bias tape around the neck, sleeves and hem – not something instructed in the pattern, but something else I decided to try.  It was easy to sew with my sewing machine using a ball point needle and a long narrow zig zag stitch, holding the fabric taut as I sewed.

I used the blue (wrong) side for the bias tape, sewed it all on (blue side to snake skinned side) and then folded it over to the inside and pinned it so I could sew it again with my blind hem foot.   This foot sewed the bias tape down, travelling in the ditch on the right side of the fabric, completely invisible.

image     Blind hem foot


My Tonic 2 turned out great and it is so comfortable to wear!

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All for a grand total of $ 7.50 for the fabric plus thread – the PDF pattern was free!



Happy sewing!

13 thoughts on “Still working on my Indie Patterns…

  1. That’s really well made 🙂 I like the fabric too

    1. Thank you! I sure was lucky with the material!

  2. That is so COOL! First off, blue is a favorite colour, I love solid fabrics that have a pattern in the fabric. I appreciate the picture of the blind hem foot. I’ve read about this sewing foot but I’m a person who needs pictures to help understand. I will try using this sewing foot now I see how it is used on my next sewing project. Thank you.

    1. Thank you! I love blue too – as you can probably tell! I prefer seeing pictures/diagrams too, instead of just words. Hopefully my pictures are good enough – I’m working on it!

  3. If I buy this pattern will I look like the lovely long torso-ed person in your first photo? All kidding aside it’s a great top. Well done kiddo.

    1. Thank you! (No one is going to look like the lovely long torso-ed person in the first photo because she is a MODEL!)

      1. What???? My hopes are dashed!

  4. Cute! That is a cool idea to use your blind hem foot for binding. I might try that!

    1. Thanks! I love making the job easier!

  5. I love the fabric. The Tonic 2 looks functional and comfortable. 🙂

    1. It is. Depending on the fabric, you could dress it up a bit or dress it down a bit!

  6. Oooh! Discovering so many great indie patterns from these blogs. Glad to see the blind hem foot in action – I may need to see if I have one of these. The top looks really sharp!

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