Saturday, February 17, 2018

Patterns On Repeat

I'm getting behind again on reviews and wanted to get these posted.

After making the B6427 tee from the black cotton lycra, I decided I didn't like it enough for garments but it would be fine for loungewear. And I was already wearing my other B6031 nighties as often as possible...so I made two more!



The first was made with the same lace as the grey one. I had enough for the bust lace but nothing else. I added 1/2" to account for not using the lace and just sewed that seam. I cut the bottom straight and skipped the lower lace. With the grey fabric, it was SO easy to make straps from self-fabric!! For this fabric?! Oh my gosh. It drove me mad. I think I tried 3 or 4 times before quitting. I had some old straps from a long-gone strapless bra that I used.



For the all black version I had 2" black lace (the pattern calls for 1 1/2") so it's a little bit more exposed.




I used a pretty elastic lace on back and made straps using rayon challis an packaged bra slides/rings. It worked out great.


I ADORE the lace on the hem!!! I admit, the two with lace hems are my favorites <3


These have been in heavy rotation and I cannot say I won't revisit this pattern again sometime in the future. Someone mentioned a navy one and now I'm pretty sure I'll make another one if I find a nice navy knit. I have yards and yards of white lace. Some people expressed interest in a sew along so if I remake the pattern, I'll revisit the idea.

The other repeat was a black pair of S8424 leggings from the same fabric. I'd decided to do something using HTV and the Cricut. When making transfers, you have to remember to mirror the design. So I cut both leg designs mirrored. Well...pants legs are ALREADY mirrored! I only needed to mirror one. DOH!! And then, when doing the waistband, I had the unit ready to go, and installed it "backward". The stitching for the elastic is on the outside. DOH!!

I went back into Design Space and created this "Oops!" iron-on. LOL!!!! :)



No other changes were made. I REALLY like this leggings pattern!

Last, but certainly not least; on repeat is Burda mag 1/2018 sweatshirt but for my daughter, not me. 

When I made my M7688 sweatshirt, she wanted a mustard one and I ordered this fabric from Cali Fabrics. Well, this stuff is THICK. There was no way it would be made into that top. As mentioned in my review post, I had been hiding my Burda hoodie from her and one day she saw it, freaked out, and begged for one.

I got it started and my mojo went on hiatus. Plus, I didn't care for the zipper when it came (Wawak). The fabric was difficult to handle; it did not press well at all and cutting was tough on my hands so I spread it out over quite a period of time. And then I forgot she didn't want the bias binding on the hem. But I forgot to add hem allowance. And as mentioned, shortening metal zippers is a no for me. I stewed for DAYS over what to do with that hem. And then I had an ER-visit as I had a bout of vertigo (I've experienced dizziness but never THAT! It was scary!!) so more days passed. At the same time, my pants for wearing to the premier of Black Panther were sitting as well. I knew I had to finish those by Friday and decided to knock the sweatshirt first. Luckily, I found my mojo!

Lightbulb moment...self binding! The fabric wouldn't have liked being quadrupled so I basically cut a strip, serged it to the edge, turned it inside and topstitched. IT WORKED PERFECTLY! 



I also remembered to widen the pocket. I slashed and spread and added an inch. If you make this, MAKE THIS ADJUSTMENT!!!! Her pockets are so much more usable than mine.

Daughter is slim and has a short torso and LONG limbs. I knew the straight size would work but we'd have to lengthen those sleeves. And since I wished I had another inch, I added 2" to hers; 1.5" about mid-sleeve (she's long shoulder to elbow and elbow to wrist). I also added 1/2" at the hem and made the cuffs about 1/2" longer than called for in Burda's instructions.

Sleeve on me :) It is *perfect* on her!

For my version, I used a size 40. For hers I used a size 36 and graded the neck/shoulder to a 38. This worked out so well.  I bought natural twill tape which really played well with the zipper color. YAY!!

I didn't bother trying to do the hood seam the 'right way' this time either...it's fine.

And, as thick as the fabric is, the doubled fabric for the hem was fine. Go figure. 


After all the fussiness, I finished and was really impressed by it! And she LOVES it. She wore it to school Friday and said she got lots of compliments.

Hopefully, since my mojo has returned, and I don't have to work Monday, I can get going on a Clare coat muslin. I'm running out of time to get that sewn *in* February.

17 comments:

  1. Your sewing on that sweatshirt looks amazing and so do your other makes. Glad you are feeling better and will be interested on your take on the Clare coat pattern as I have it too and plan to make one this spring.

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    1. Thank you!

      I realized I was a bit hesitant because I've read about issues with the armhole and the Nettie was unwearable for me. After making some tweaks I still didn't like version 2. I will just have to muslin. And I have a Burda backup for my black wool coating if this pattern doesn't work for me.

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  2. I love the mustard sweatshirt, it looks great!!! I know your daughter will be wearing it a lot!

    The nighties were definitely worth repeating. It must feel good to reach for something both comfy and beautiful at the same time.

    Sorry to hear about the ER visit. I am glad you are doing better, and your sew-jo is back in full effect!

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  3. Beautiful! Love the nighties and the hoodie! Just this week I was making my son 3 fleece sweatshirts when "I" remembered that he did not want ribbing on the bottom of his either! OY! (slapping forehead!) Of course I cut out ribbing for it because I forgot! I did remember to add length to the body! (phew!) The fleece did not want a roll over hem- too stretchy and I don't have a serger. So I used up 30 year old bias tape sewn along the bottom, to pull over for a nice hem! Kids! Why are they so fussy?

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    1. Thank you!

      Well good thing you added the length! And how fun to be able to use some vintage trim!

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  4. I just love lounge wear which I usually get into right after dinner...before JEOPARDY comes on....love the leggings! Great makes

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    1. Thank you! I also change into loungewear pretty much immediately once I get home!

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  5. Love the sweatshirt! That fabric and color is fabulous; no wonder she loves it! I keep telling my self I need jammies but it just keeps getting moved back. Your nighties are so pretty.

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  6. Super cute sweatshirt--you make me want to make it! I love your nighties too. I am constantly stumbling across this pattern in my stash and wish I could make it for sleep, but it's too cold here at night for no sleeves. Before I know it, I start planning a long-sleeved nightgown in my head... and pretty soon we're into super-practical territory, not at all fun or pretty. I've got to just make some camis and get it out of my system!

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    1. Thank you!! Can't beat practical sewing though! And ooh, yes, the cami view would be a great compromise.

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  7. I really like the lace hem on the nightie. I think you need a navy one!!!

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  8. Everything is so beautifully done! I am going to have to review some YouTube videos on using the Cricut...because I really don’t know much about ti at all! (I know, shameful right? LOL!

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  9. Love the sweatshirt! Mustard is one of my favorite colors. I'm sure your daughter will get a lot of wear out of it. The nighties are so beautiful. I'm glad you're feeling better.

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  10. I love reading about repeat makes. It sometimes gets me to go check out a pattern I might have missed. That orange hoodie is fantastic! I love everything about it!

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