… and it’s the last of it!

Last week I made a lovely dress out of my Tower print fabric, here.  I purchased enough for a dress and a top so I was determined to get a dress and a top out of it, even if I made an error cutting out the directional print on one of the skirt pieces last week!

This is one of my favourite patterns for piecing tops together.  I also have had success with the “By Hand London – Polly Top” and the “Teach Me Fashion – Two Tone Singlet“.  

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Nice dress! Thanks, I made it!! goes to Mexico!

My sister was lucky enough to win a trip to an all-inclusive resort in the Mayan Riviera for two and I was able to jump in and go when her husband was unable!

So begins the adventure.  There was a lot of time spent eating at the resort’s various fabulous restaurants, walking the grounds and beaches, lying by the pool, watching the outdoor entertainment and movies, etc.  I have been posting photos frequently on Instagram of our trip and our mascot “Jerry the Minion”.

My me-made swimsuit and cover-up blogged about previously were the most used garments in my suitcase.  I was quite surprised the stitches and fabric of my me-made swimsuit didn’t fall apart while I did my laps in the pool!

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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!

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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