A Tale of Four Tees – #2

Today I have for you my #2 Tee for Patternreview’s August TNT Tee Contest.  I have used the very same pattern as my #1 Tee posted here, Butterick B5988, view B.  This time my fabric is a 96% polyester, 4% spandex ITY knit and it feels very comfy!

Nice dress!  Thanks, I made it!!

Nice dress! Thanks, I made it!!

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Reading Sewing Blogs is Good for my Health!

or “A Tale of Four Tees – #1”

Again we are well into another month and I am well into another challenge.  This month it is PatternReview’s turn.  I have signed up for their TNT (tried and true) Tee Contest. I am to use one pattern and make four Tee shirts out knit fabrics.  I can alter my pattern any way I like but I am to use the same Tee shirt pattern for the base.

I am going to make my Tee #1 sleeveless and I am shifting the front and back bodice pieces 1.5 inches off the centre fold of my fabric at the neckline, so that I can gather the neck and hopefully get a sort of drapey/flowing feel to the Tee.

This is my original Tee shirt pattern, Butterick B5988, view B is my inspiration.

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First indecision, then certainty!

It’s time to show you my finished dress that I started posting about here!  I missed the deadline for The Monthly Stitch, but I was able to enter my dress in Patternreview’s Pattern Stash contest.  Don’t you just love sewing under pressure?

I used an old pattern from my stash – Butterick B4598.  I cannot find it on the Butterick website, it must be old.  I chose the view with the round neckline and the short sleeves, then I took more liberties with the pattern (surprise, surprise).  I didn’t have any linen in my stash so I used a black and white Barcelona (95% polyester and 5% spandex) and a black Ponte de Roma (72% polyester and 28% rayon).  The polyester/rayon didn’t have as much stretch as the polyester/spandex, but they looked well together.

I have gotten into the habit of writing down the name, fabric content and cleaning instructions when I buy fabric.  After spending almost all my life roaming through fabric stores and dragging my hand over the material to decide what I wanted, I am not comfortable with buying on-line.  It’s very difficult to touch the fabric on-line!  So, if I have an idea what a Ponte de Roma (72% polyester and 28% rayon) feels and hangs like because I have bought it before and still have a sample and notes on it, I will be happy to buy something similar on-line in the future!

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The Button that took three days to sew on…

and I don’t even have a good reason why it took so long!  Life just got in the way, I guess.  But this skirt sat for three days waiting for one button.  I suppose this is one reason why we have UFO’s (un finished objects).

I downloaded the PDF pattern from Dixie DIY – the Striped A Line Skirt pattern.  It was pretty easy to put together.  Here are some of the pieces for the skirt.

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Nice dress! Thanks, I made it!!

I had a light blue denim made of 70% Cotton 28% Polyester 2% Spandex. It’s comfortable, not stiff, and has a bit of stretch.  I bought top stitching thread and a light weight zipper and then decided I wanted the thread lighter weight and the zipper to be a heavier jeans zipper.

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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.

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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?).

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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.

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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!

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NEEXXTT!

Happy sewing!

Indie Pattern Month and a 2nd “New to Me”

Ok it’s a re-run. Is it still a New-to-me if I have made it already?  I don’t care!  I just wanted to show you how much I really like this pattern from Teach Me Fashion, the two tone singlet!

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This material was a polyester but it is so silky.  It was even a little slippery to handle.  I thought it would be perfect to use French seams.  For those of you not familiar with French seams, you first sew the seams together wrong but then they turn out soooo right, like this…

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Then you fold the seam over, iron it…

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And sew it again…

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You end up with this…  (Never mind the double stitching here, I was being extra cautious!)

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And this…

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I love it!

I have read that sometimes sewist do this process exactly opposite, leaving the seam allowance “bump” on the outside to make a decorative seam.  I will have to try that some day.

And remember, there are four corners on this top, first sew all your corners to reinforce them, clip to the sewing, and then sew your two pieces together in a 90 degree angle.

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Oops! Before I forget, here is the rear view of my new top!

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I have run out of weekends in The Monthly Stitch’s Indie Pattern month, but I haven’t run out of Indie Patterns!  Two more to come, one from Dixie DIY and one from Skinny Bitch Curvy Chick!

So… Stay tuned!

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I’m baaaack!

I promised to return with the finished dress.  The Orange Extravaganza I blogged about here.

Well it is done.  For a moment we thought that it would not be worn to my friend’s daughter’s grade 8 “graduation”, due to the teacher’s strike.  No teachers, no school, no  grade 8 “graduation” ceremony.  Now I don’t want to get into that here, but good news!  The parents banded together to go ahead with their children’s graduation without the teachers and the school.  They have a neighbourhood park lined up, are renting chairs, getting BBQ’s ready, getting food, desserts, and drinks – even corsages! – and all by donation from a dozen or so companies and stores.  So her grade 8 graduation is back on!

Three cheers for the parents and those who donated!

I was unable to get a photo of her daughter wearing the dress, but I did get a photo of the dress before I handed it over.  Hopefully, her mother will let me have a photo of her daughter wearing her dress, new shoes, new white shrug, corsage and fancy hairdo!  I bet she will look lovely!  I hope the orange colour of this knit fabric comes through correctly here.  (Sorry, I was too lazy to adjust Dolly to fit the dress, but then it doesn’t have to fit Dolly!)

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Happy sewing!

Indie Pattern Month and a “New-to-Me”

Some of us already know it is Indie Pattern Month at the Monthly Stitch, and for those who don’t… Well… It is!

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This week’s challenge is “New-to-Me” – you have to sew up something using a pattern from an independent pattern maker, but it has to be a maker you have never tried before.

I have had the “Teach Me Fashion” two tone singlet PDF pattern on my mind for a while now – the possibilities with the colour blocking are endless!  You can find the pattern here.

This PDF pattern has a whopping twelve pages (pfttt) and was the easiest I have ever seen to print off and assemble and cut out.

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Two Tone Singlet, photo from Teach Me Fashion

I purchased this beautiful blue and black print and a plain black for the two different colour blocks.

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My fabric was a 100% polyester, so I wasn’t sure if it would be suitable for this pattern as it looks like the model (doesn’t she have beautiful blond hair) is wearing more of a silk fabric. We shall see…

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The Red Top – as easy as pie!

May has been “Sew Stretchy” Month and I am enjoying sewing these knit tops.  This one is Butterick B5645 sewn with a 96% polyester 4% spandex.

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I love patterns that give you a few variations.

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I have a wild red, white, and black paisley print and a solid black for the sleeves.  The pattern is traced out and I am ready to go.

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Sew the right sides together!

It is lovely seeing the hot weather come, even if a day of showers is thrown in every now and again!  Guess that is why everything is so green here!  Oh, haha, speaking of “green”…

Let me show you my “May Monthly Stitch” knit top.  I broke the rules with this one.  Shame.  I used Simplicity 2892,  6 made easy tops, view D.  I have used it before, last time I made view A (twice).  I really like this pattern.  Oh, what rule did I break?  The pattern does NOT say for “KNITS”!  I think the fashion police are headed my way, but then again, when do I ever follow instructions to the letter?

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