I’ve finally used that gorgeous crepe I’ve been hoarding, and I found the perfect pattern for it: the Roscoe Blouse. It’s a garment that will last me at least a few more weeks into my pregnancy because it has so much ease, but it’s not a maternity design so I can wear it for the summers to come, too! Read more about it on the Maternity Sewing blog.
Let’s zoom in on what fabrics are suitable for the Zircon Sweater/Dress.The recommended fabric section in the instructions lists sweater fleece, neoprene, fleece and quilted jersey. French terry’s, jacquard and interlock or double knits can also be suitable, but with these you definitely have to check the amount of stretch. My samples have been sewn with fabrics from The Sweet Mercerie, who is generously offering a 15% discount on all her French terry, neoprene and quilted fabrics! Use the code ‘ZIRCON ‘ at the checkout. I’m very excited to offer you this, Yvonne always has a great selection of hard to get fabrics like cool sweater fleece prints. Especially lucky for those in Europe because she’s based in Portugal.
What’s the longest time you’ve waited to finish a promised garment? I just gifted my dad a Denali Vest I sewed for him, TWO YEARS overdue. Yes, I’m that bad. Don’t ask me to sew something for you. Oh even worse, he didn’t even ask me, I just offered. Well anyway, it was his 65th birthday a few weeks ago, and I managed to hammer in the snaps on that same day so he could finally wear it. Fortunately he still loved it, and proceeded to brag to his co-workers about his daughter who sews, as parents do.
In this post I’d like to give you some insight in how our size chart is built up, and how we came to this range of sizes. As you might know almost every indie pattern company creates its own sizechart. Every designer does his or her research on the subject, and then chooses the sizes/size proportions he or she thinks represent the average women best. I know, there is no such thing as an average woman, but you have to draft your patterns based on something, right?
One of my last maternity makes was the Two Pegs Dress by Boho Banjo. I had never considered a Lagenlook design before, and the product photos did not seem like my style at all. But the technical drawing drew my attention, and wondered if I could make it work for me if I choose my fabrics wisely. And I’m so glad I stepped out of my comfort zone with this one! I absolutely loved this dress while pregnant. Even though it’s a summer dress, I still wore it in winter with a cardigan.
A not so Christmassy post from me today, but one that still might come in handy. I hope you’ve managed to plan some sewing time after the Christmas madness is over. I think those days until New Years are always so nice and quiet, perfect for catching up on projects. I’ll have to work on the next pattern, but it does involve sewing so I’m not complaining. If you’re planning to sew up some PDF patterns, here’s a quick work order and some helpful links. Merry Christmas and happy sewing!
The heat we’ve been having for the past month made me realise I desperately needed some summer pants. You don’t always want to wear a skirt, and all else I had were shorts and jeans. You can easily find these pants anywhere: rayon challis or a poly equivalent, an elastic waistband and narrowing toward the hems. The trouble is, I don’t like elastic waistbands, I find them very unflattering on me. I remembered my favourite summer pants from seven years back and taking elements from that I drafted a pair for myself.