Wednesday, October 17, 2018

The Border Print Shirt Series

Shirts are my jam. I REALLY love sewing and wearing them. They've become my new "dress" and since I run a pattern into the ground...you know I'm sewing shirts with my TNT shirt pattern.

Backstory ~
I've been on a fabric buying binge. I've been using fabric to self medicate against the cares of the world. To slow down my fabric buying tendencies, I'd set myself monthly yardage limitages. Well in the last couple of weeks, I've purchased my fabric limit for October and November. The only good thing is that the purchases have totally inspired my makes for the next couple of weeks.

It started with this Rifle & Co. border print from Stylemaker Fabrics ~


...which I'm sorry to say is no longer on the website. However, this seems to be a pretty popular print so I'm sure if you google it, you can find it on another site.

Then I bought these cotton border prints from Fabric Mart ~


...as of now two of the fabrics are still on the site here and here. The other two are sold out.

With these border prints in hand, I realized I could make some really interesting shirts by manipulating the border prints. Since I own four prints a series was born. I mean the challenge of using the border prints creatively just made me salivate.  I spent a couple of days during the weekend working on cutting out these prints. 

So why this post? It will probably be a couple of weeks before these shirts make it to the blog. By then the last of the cotton border prints will be sold out, just wanted to give you an opportunity to purchase some of these fabrics yourself. Also, to let you know what I'm sewing next.

Next completed garment up on the blog is the Simplicity 8700 jacket. I've been working on it for a couple of weeks and I think it's ready for prime time now.

...as always more later!





Sunday, October 14, 2018

The First Shirt of the Fall Season

It's October and while the month kicked off with some warm late summer type weather, we all know the dark days of winter are coming. Now while I'm no longer wearing my lightweight summer clothing, it's not yet time to bundle up in the wool and cashmere.

It is shirt wearing season though...so this is my first fall shirt.  I used the close fitting version of my TNT pattern.


Some stats ~
Fabric:
100% cotton from Zooks in Lancaster, PA

Notions:
Rick Rack from Home Sew via the collection
12 4-hole 1/2" white buttons from the collection
Light Crisp Shirting Fusible Interfacing from Fashion Sewing Supply

Additional Info ~
There are no new construction techniques for this make. The difference with this one is the embellishment I added. I'm a fan of rick rack and I added it to the collar, left front button placket and in the back yoke seam. I've used it on a number of garments and think it can be used in adult garments as well as children's no problem.

While I'll make various versions of this TNT pattern this fall/winter, it will be the fabric, the embellishment and trims, I use to make each one different. I'll be documenting them here because this is my diary/record of my makes. It's a great place to keep a photo of each one. Long after they've been discarded or donated, I have a record that I made it. It's one of the things I love about my blog.

Pictures ~




I added a little rick rack to the back yoke too

Conclusion ~
This is the first one of my shirts for fall/winter.  However, I do have a few other shirt patterns I'm planning on using. I'm loving this one though, due to the fabric and color. Perfect for the weather we're having now and easy to wear.

...as always more later!









Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Vogue 7448 - Out of Print Blouse - Wearable Muslin

I found this blouse pattern in one of the online vintage pattern shops a few years ago. I was looking for a soft 80's type blouse and this one fit the bill. 


I bought it for my old corporate lifestyle to go over a skirt or pair of trousers and under a cardigan. While I liked the pattern, once that lifestyle disappeared I wasn't sure I would be able to use it. Though I wasn't ready to part with it.


Background Information ~
First a little about the pattern ~ the copyright date is 2001. The pattern description says, "Loose-fitting, above-hip length blouse (may be worn tucked in or out) has front-button closing and short sleeves. The back I'm using has a pleat into back yokes and shawl collar."

This pattern has no darts which I will admit had me a little concerned. Also, it's not as loose-fitting as the pattern envelope's picture. Finally let's not forget that kinda lowish (BurdaStyle) neckline. That's why I did something I don't normally do, I made a wearable muslin.

Supplies ~
- A poly print from the collection that has no tag so I have no idea how long it's been there
- silk organza for the interfacing
- blue & white shell buttons from the button collection

Pattern Alterations ~
To add width to the hemline on the front piece, I slit the front stitching line and added 1.75" of space there.


After making the blouse, I went back and added the insert from the bust point to the hemline. 


To the back piece I did a pivot and slide and added 4" to the hemline. I did the pivot and slide on the fabric. Then went back and added the alteration to the pattern, after I knew it worked. 


For the sleeve, I slit it up to the sleeve cap and added 1" to the bicep. Then I added 5" to the length. It was the perfect length to add a hem of 3" and then turn up a 2" cuff.

I shortened the shoulder seam by 1" for my narrower shoulders on the front and back yoke pattern pieces.

Construction ~
I constructed the blouse just like the pattern instructions stated. The only thing I didn't do was handstitch the front down, however, I did handstitch the back neckline down. 

I also added topstitching on the outer collar, down the front and around the hemline.

As I mentioned in the pattern alterations, my sleeves were cut longer than the pattern instructions and I added a 2" cuff to them. I wanted to give the blouse a sporty look with the cuffs.

A few pictures ~

Blouse shown with TNT linen pants



Conclusion ~
This is a pretty good wearable muslin. I think I still need another inch in the the abdomen and hip area for me to be comfortable wearing this as a closed front blouse. I also want to make it about 2" longer - more thigh length. This version comes across as a camp shirt. Once all of the changes were made to the pattern, I wanted to use it with a navy double silk chiffon to make the top and a pair of pants...sort of a jumpsuit look without the jumpsuit all in oneness.

I won't get to this now that the chill is settling in. I have another version of this blouse with longer sleeves and a cuff roaming around in my brain. I want to make it this fall now I have all of the fitting challenges worked out.

Me and Samantha who started Pre-K4 this September

Next up on the blog will be a new fall shirt!

...as always more later!






Sunday, October 07, 2018

A Katie for Late Summer

Or as a subtext, "Its all about the fabric!"  Now I know...I know I'm running this pattern into the ground. Seriously though it is one of the most comfortable garments I've made this season. I love it's flexibility. How it can be a top, tunic or a dress. I LOVE how it wears. It's comfortable yet stylish. I can use a variety of fabrics to make it, as evidenced by the Telio pebble crepe for this version.

Here is the latest one...


...and there will be one more made from some denim I picked up at JoAnn's of all places. I will probably retire the pattern after the denim top. Though I'm sure I will bring it out next spring to make a few more!

So let's discuss this version...

Supply List ~
3 yards of pebble polyester crepe purchased earlier this summer from fabric.com
10 1/2" white/beige buttons from the collection
Ltwt fusible interfacing from Steinlauf & Stoeller

Pattern Alterations ~
I removed all of the additions I made to the pattern by folding them up and pinning them down. I wanted to keep them for future renditions of the pattern.

Construction Changes ~
1. The hemline:
For this version because the fabric is so lightweight, I didn't want the large hembands. So I sewed them onto the hemline and then cut them the facing in half. That was folded and machine stitched down. It did add to the weight of the hemline without overpowering it.

2. Long sleeves with cuffs:
I used the sleeves from this Katie and the cuffs from my TNT shirt pattern. However, when I finished the shirt and tried it on the cuffs were really large. So I put a pleat on the cuff and sewed a button on each one. This worked like a charm and my skinny wrists no longer float inside the cuffs.

Those are the only construction changes made to this version.

A few pictures ~



These were taken at my job because I broke my rule and wore it to work before photographing. But I wanted something new to wear to our company meetings! This was me talking when we had to introduce ourselves.






Conclusion ~
Making this from a drapier poly type fabric totally changed the look and hang of the tunic. I also added long sleeves making it a colorful piece for my fall wardrobe.

Next up on the blog is a new blouse pattern I'm trying out...well actually its a vintage pattern that I've had for awhile but I love the silhouette.

One More Thing ~
Since I haven't heard from CarlaF - I pulled another number for the winner of the $100 Smugglers Daughter gift card - #30 Whitney Luckenbill!  Please contact me by Wednesday, October 10th!


...as always more later!



Friday, October 05, 2018

Final Gift Card Winner & Some Thank Yous

Even though it's October and National Sewing Month is over, I would like to thank all of the online fabric stores for supplying the gift cards this month! I'm  truly grateful that you were willing to participate in the giveaways. 


I'd also like to thank everyone who left a comment for each of the giveaways. Every comment was read and noted and I'm appreciative that you took the time to leave them.

One more note before announcing the last winner...CarlaF from Atlanta I still haven't heard from you.  If you don't contact me by tomorrow, I will pick a new winner for the Smugglers Daughter $100 gift card.

Now for the winner of the Fabric Mart gift card...


#42 - MaryEllen


Please contact me at my email address in the about me section and I will forward your information to Fabric Mart.

Again, thank you to everyone who participated.  Regular blog posts will resume on Sunday.

...as always more later!

Wednesday, October 03, 2018

It's Fall Y'all

I borrowed that title from a Draper James ad - my new RTW obsession! See I've been thinking about what I want to sew for fall because it is getting chillier here. In the last couple of years, I've bought about 15 pairs of jeans and another 10 pairs of leggings in ponte, pleather and a thicker knit.  So my bottom situation is solved...and no I probably won't be making jeans this fall/winter.

However, I'm still fascinated with shirts and blouses so I know I will be adding more of them to my wardrobe. Especially since I love the process of making a shirt.


I've also become enamored of this Nancy Zieman shirt...


I can imagine some amazing new shirts made from scraps of other shirting fabrics (I'm accumulating a collection) or by manipulating stripes and prints to get some great new shirts for fall.

There are also a few toppers on my list.  I have three patterns pulled that I want to work with and will share more as they come up in the queue. I didn't make any cardigans last fall/winter and want to add a couple to my wardrobe. There's loads of sweater fabric in the collection and I want to use some of it this year.  Also, some of my cardis are starting to look old & worn so it will be time to move them out of the wardrobe. A cardi, a shirt and jeans was last winter's go-to look.

As far as I can tell, my fall/winter sewing will be all about the separates. I have a list (a short one for a change! LOL!) that I will be working from using TNT patterns and fabric to make the pieces interesting. I even want to use some dyeing and fabric manipulation techniques this year.

Fabric In/Out Totals ~
Well September started out being a good month. I used 12 yards of fabric to make 4 garments.  I gave away 56.25 yards of fabric so my total out for the month was 68.25 yards.

Then I got an email from Fabric Mart for Premium Members and fell down that rabbit hole - 9 yards of chambray tencil showed up. Work has been challenging this month (as well as that whole Supreme Court Justice circus) and another 12 yards showed up from StyleMaker Fabrics.

This leaves me with 68.25 yards out and 21 yards in with a YTD out total of 191.25. While this number seems high, I don't really feel like I'm winning here! *LOL* Gotta remember not to stress fabric shop though it's definitely better than stress eating!

Next up ~
I feel like I've figured out who I want to be for this final stage of my working life and my sewing can now reflect that. I will be sharing a couple of garments that were finished in September next on the blog.

BTW, tomorrow is the last day to leave a comment on the last post to win the $50 gift card from Fabric Mart. If you're interested in winning some free fabric, leave a comment!

...always more later!





Sunday, September 30, 2018

NSM: Fabric Gift Card Giveaway from Fabric Mart

The final gift card giveaway for this month is from Fabric Mart...


I don't even have to tell y'all how much I love Fabric Mart...it would just be redundant. Honestly about 90% of my fabric collection is from Fabric Mart - so that's shelves and shelves of fabric I've purchased from them.

Why you may ask? 

Let me count the reasons for you:
First - reasonable prices
Second - amazing sales
Third - awesome selection of high quality fabrics
Fourth - fantastic customer service both online and instore

Is that enough for you?  Do you need more?  Okay I'm stopping there because honestly I love Fabric Mart and hopefully you do too.

A few outfits ~

My TNT shirt


The first Katie dress


A pair of wide legged pants with tuxedo stripe


A glen plaid wool vest

This is just from the last couple of months...and I'm sure there will be more before the winter is over! 

Now that the fashion show is over, I know you wanna know what the gift card offer is, right?! Well for the National Sewing Month Celebration, Fabric Mart is offering one lucky winner a $50 gift card.

How do you win this gift card?
1. You must leave a comment in the box below. Remember only comments left on this post on blogger will be acceptable for the giveaway. Comments left anywhere else will NOT be eligible.

2. You must leave the comment by Thursday, October 4th by 11:59pm EST

3. All comments must be signed - if you use "Unknown" to comment you have to leave your name or email address.

4. Fabric Mart only ships to the US, Canada and Australia - so please only leave a comment if you're eligible to have goods shipped to you.

All of these rules MUST be followed to be eligible to win the gift card. A winner will be announced on Friday, October 5th.  You will have until Wednesday, October 10th to send me an email.  If I don't hear from you by then, I will pick another winner.  Also, please refer to the rules that were stated in the initial post for National Sewing Month.

This is the last giveaway celebrating National Sewing Month. Ready, set, comment and Good Luck!




HAPPY NATIONAL SEWING MONTH!

Saturday, September 29, 2018

Winner of The Smugglers Daughter Gift Card

Folks I'm up relatively early this morning cause I have a hot project on the sewing machine!  I've pulled a winner for The Smuggler's Daughter $100 gift card. BTW, you had a one in 116 chance of winning...and that winner is:


#7 - CarlaF in Atlanta


Carla - Congratulations!  Please send me your email address or DM it to me on Instagram and I will get it to Susan at The Smuggler's Daughter.

There is one more gift card giveaway tomorrow from Fabric Mart! So check back then because the giveaway time frame is shorter this week. Sunday through Thursday with the winner announced on Friday, October 5th.


Happy National Sewing Month!




Thursday, September 27, 2018

Tomorrow is the Deadline

If you haven't entered the giveaway for the $100 gift card from Smugglers Daughter - you have one more day!  The drawing closes at 11:59pm EST tomorrow evening.

As a reminder here are the rules...

1. You must leave a comment on the original post ONLY. Remember only comments left on that post on blogger will be acceptable for the giveaway. Comments left anywhere else, such as bloglovin' will NOT be eligible.

2. You must tell me in the comments about one fabric you saw on Susan's site that you would use your gift card on.

3. All comments must be signed - if you use "Unknown" to comment you have to leave your name or email address.

4. Please leave the comment by tomorrow, September 28th by 11:59pm EST

All of the rules MUST be followed to be eligible to win the gift card. A winner will be announced on Saturday, September 29th.  You will have until Saturday, October 6th to send me an email.  If I don't hear from you by then, I will pick another winner.  Also, please refer to the additional rules that were stated in the initial post for National Sewing Month.

Good Luck!


Happy National Sewing Month!



Monday, September 24, 2018

NSM: Fabric Gift Card Giveaway from Smugglers Daughter

I've been buying fabric from Susan at Smugglers Daughter since 2014. My first experience was with a piece she generously gave me and I made this dress...


I met her in person at Sew Expo in 2016.  It was great to spend some time with her.  My next garment was this skirt...


I've bought fabric from Smugglers Daughter that I used to make scarves for Christmas gifts. I've bought denim and this amazing cut out pleather that's back on my to sew list this fall. Susan has such interesting fabrics and I always find something I just have to have on her site.

To continue our celebration of National Sewing Month, Smugglers Daughter is offering the next gift card. Susan is generously offering a $100 gift card to one lucky winner.

How do you win this gift card?
1. You must leave a comment below. Remember only comments left on this post on blogger will be acceptable for the giveaway. Comments left anywhere else will NOT be eligible.

2. You must tell me in the comments about one fabric you saw on Susan's site that you would use your gift card on.

3. All comments must be signed - if you use "Unknown" to comment you have to leave your name or email address.

4. Please leave the comment by Friday, September 28th by 11:59pm EST

All of these rules MUST be followed to be eligible to win the gift card. A winner will be announced on Saturday, September 29th.  You will have until Saturday, October 6th to send me an email.  If I don't hear from you by then, I will pick another winner.  Also, please refer to the additional rules that were stated in the initial post for National Sewing Month.

Ready, set, comment and Good Luck!



Happy National Sewing Month!



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