Today I’ll show you how to tie a nice bow on the Musubu dress (or any other dress with a bow). Tying a bow when you’re looking at it from above can take some attempts to get it right. Follow the steps below and you”ll get it right the first time!
This year on my birthday I was surprised with a book I didn’t even know was coming out – Pattern Magic 3. I have the other three books, 1,2 and Stretch Fabrics, and as you know I’m fascinated by them. A few years back I attempted to make something from the books each month, but I didn’t get further than May. I still long to go back to this project, the pattern manipulation is just mind boggling and really gives you a totally different perspective on what you can do with a flat piece of paper/fabric. For now, I’ll stick to discussing this new addition to the series. Enjoy!
So! First pattern magic post in a long time. I wanted to start simple and potentially wearable so I chose Studio faro’s Drape Back Tee. Studio Faro’s approach is not much different than the Pattern Magic books: a short explanation of how to manipulate the pattern, minimal measurements and no construction methods explained. This makes it more of an adventure I think, you just have to eyeball most of the measurements, make up your own construction order and then hope for the best. Fun!
Sewing the hood of the Jasper may not be the most difficult step of the construction process, but I do think some steps benefit from real garment photo’s. Plus I have some tips to share that make it easier to achieve a neat end result. So if you prefer a big hood over the collar, follow these steps and you’ll have one in no-time!
Today I want to show you a very simple trick especially for all the nursing moms out there. It’s not easy to find clothing that is warm and nursing friendly in the winter and that is not a giant sweater. I have those too, but I’m always annoyed by all the fabric bunching when I hike them up. Plus, my girl likes to pull on my clothing while nursing so I keep pulling it back up and out of her face. The best thing would be a sweater that has easy access through the front so you don’t have all that fabric. The Jasper is perfect for this as I’ll show you below!
The Jasper instructions already provide a clue to what sort of fabric is best suited for this pattern. The Jasper is a structured sweatshirt, not a sloppy one so it’s important to choose the right fabric. In this post I want to elaborate on what fabric qualities you’re looking for, and where to find them.
To wear, sweater knits are my favourite for sweaters and cardigans. You get the look of a hand knit sweater, but you don’t actually have to knit it. And they come in so many varieties, fine or bulky, all acrylic, cotton or wool content, some even knit in a beautiful lace pattern or cables. They differ from jersey because they are usually knit more loosely and with thicker yarn. The variety of styles you can make is demonstrated in the Opal Cardigan sample garments, they are all knits but differ greatly in style. You can read more on picking the right fabric for your look here. Now, let’s focus on how to sew with sweater knits.