Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Another Ebony Shirt

 I really like the way this one turned out. I shorten this one 2 inches.
Still on a roll doing T-Shirts. Will have some more pictures soon.

Saturday, September 28, 2019

More T-Shirts

 Now that I know how I have to change the pattern to fit me, I am busy using the patterns that I have and using up the knits for shirts that are in my stash. I am do for some new shirt now anyway.

 I like the style of this one. I will probably go back and do a different neckline next time.
 I really like this one. This is the tunic the length that the pattern calls for.

 This one I had to cut off four inches at the bottom because I ran out of fabric. I also had trouble deciding what was the right side and realized that I had chosen the wrong side to be outside. I had already sewn most of it and didn't feel like ripping it out, so just did everything with the serger and on the outside. I like the different look it gave the shirt. Our mistakes can be a good thing.
 I like the raglan sleeve on this one. The shirt is really comfortable.

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Another T-Shirt

 This is my third t-shirt in working on coming up a good fit. I had to adjust the darts a little more and shorten the length.  I think I have it as close as I am going to get it. This fabric was a fun one. I hand painted on silk this design. Then sent it into Spoonflower and had it printed on a organic cotton jersey knit. The fabric on the print side is somewhat stiff, but the part that is next to the skin is soft. It has nice stretch, so I could accomplish the neck band.

Thursday, August 29, 2019

McCalls6964 T-Shirt

 I decided to see if I could get a basic T-Shirt to fit right. I used this pattern. I used view B. This is one of Patti's patterns, so the adjustment lines are on the pattern. It makes it easier to take on this project.  She also explains how to adjust the pattern. I used a size sixteen with my 40 1/2" bust measurement.
 I did the neck binding like the pattern said and it turned out with gaps. Next time I will do the way that works for me.
It looks like I can let it out a little more through the hip area.
 I bought Patti Palmers most recent update on her fitting book.
 I tried the bust adjustment by adding a 1". It made the dart a little big so next time I will shift some of the dart to the armhole. I also lowered the bust dart too low and will raise it on the next one. I also made the dart too long and will make about 2 1/2" from the apex.
I also did the adjustment for a wider sleeve of 1 1/2". The sleeve was still too tight, so I let out the side seams 3/4" on both the sleeve and bodice. I will be making another shirt with the changes and see how it looks.

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Sewing Workshop Cottage Shirt

 I enjoyed using my South African fabric to make this shirt. It is a short shirt and has openings on the sides, so you have to wear a shirt under it. I put on a tank top and it worked well.
 The lime green fabric was waxed South African fabric and all 100% cotton hand dyed. Their fabric is very high quality.


Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Sewing Workshop Tremont Jacket

 I made this jacket from Raw silk and then trimmed it with some wax African cotton I got on my trip to South Africa. I had to draft my own pattern pieces to put on the trim and pockets.
 I made a small. It is a little fitted in the waist. I had a knit tunic shirt that I had dyed and made some time ago and it matched the colors of the trim. It also hung down below the jacket to add a little color.
 I like this jacket and would make it again.

Wednesday, March 27, 2019

StudioKat Designs-Purse&Porta-Pockets

 Truly enjoyed making this purse. The directions are very good and the online tutorial is very helpful.
 On the front and back of the purse I used one of my ice dyed fabrics.
 This purse has so many pockets and zippers that I thought it would work really well for a day pack for my South Africa trip, which I leave for this Saturday.
 This will be a great organizer for any of my purses. Just use the ones that fit and you will be able to find that thing in the bottom of your purse.