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Pattern Hack – Simplicity 8135 Review

 

 

I have a co-workers that is ALWAYS making me think outside the box when it comes to designing.
Every time I design something for her – It’s a chance to learn a new technique or play with new fabric.  She has such an amazing , creative style – so it’s always an adventure trying to figure out how to make HER vision come to life!

This is the inspiration photo she showed me:

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This is my rendition :

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In order to get this look – I only used the Back Yoke and the bottom portion of the bodice.  If i used the side piece that came with it – it would have been too much frill on the sides.

I made a test top in a similar fabric – and i’m So glad that I did! I intended on using the “side piece” but because I made a “muslin” this time – I realized that it wasn’t needed. Saved myself a lot of time and sewing!!

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The Trimming came from Fabric.com

I normally hate doing muslins but when it comes to sewing for others – its almost ALWAYS a MUST – Specifically when working on a new style or with new fabric. Styles can look drastically different depending upon the fabric that you use- so it’s always good to use a fabric that is the same or very similar to the fabric you plan to use for your project.

 

The shorts review is coming up next 🙂 I used a NewLook pattern. Stay tuned!

 

Pattern Description:

I made view A for a client.

These super Easy-to-Sew pieces sized XS to XL feature a tunic with contrast yoke and side bands and skirt with trim hem or contrast band in three lengths

Pattern Sizing:

XS – XL

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?

I think had I made it according to their instructions it would have looked exactly like the photo.

Were the instructions easy to follow?

Extremely easy pattern. Very few pieces.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?

There wasn’t anything that I disliked. I did like the fact that it had so few pieces and was so simple.

Fabric Used:

100 % Polyester from Joanns.com — Link to fabric Here

Similar Trim from Fabric.com found HERE

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:

I only used the back yoke and the main bodice piece (that is both for the front and back).  I did NOT use the side piece, because for the look I was going for – it wasn’t needed.

I also made the front lower piece shorter than the back lower piece for a High – Low hem effect.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?

If this style is requested again. Surely!

Conclusion:

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Summer Maxi Dress Mccalls 6744

Quick post, this maxi was so easy and effortless to make !

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Pattern Description:
Pullover dresses have bodice variations, elasticized (seamed) waist, and narrow hem. A and B: fitted bodice. C and D: mock wrap, very loose-fitting bodice with elasticized shoulders.
Pattern Sizing:
XS-XXL
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Absolutely!! I used the top from view B and the skirt from view C.

Were the instructions easy to follow?
They were very easy to follow!!! And very QUICK!
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
I loved how there wasn’t many pieces included in this pattern, so it made for a really quick and easy project. Instant gratification with this pattern.
Fabric Used:
I used a polyester blend that had some stretch.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
Instead of hemming, I simply lined the bodice of the pattern. Of course this added additional time to a “quick” project but it was so worth it to me. I love linings!! I even love understitching lol. It looks so much more professional than a narrow hem to me.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
Absolutely! I plan to sew it again in a beautiful cheetah print and a couple of solid colors as well!

Conclusion:
If you are looking for a really easy to follow BEGINNER pattern , THIS is definitely the pattern for you!!

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Closet Case Files : The Nettie Pattern

I have finally decided to review one of the many PDFS patterns I have purchased in my short time sewing ! I must say I am beginning to love them a lot more than than commercial patterns ! (You know Mccalls, Simplicity Butterick etc). 

I love that I have the ability to print them out at FedEx, which means sturdier paper ! I love that many of the styles are up to date and the pattern sizing is usually aligned with RTW(ready to wear) unlike the previously mentioned companies.



This pattern is pretty quick and easy to make. I really enjoyed designing this style dress. I decided to go with the low back and the Scoop neck. I plan on making this dress again as well as the body suit version 😍😍 I’m so excited about spring !

Pattern purchased here Closet Case Files

Pattern Description:  The Nettie is a quick and easy to make wardrobe staple. Close fitting with high cut arms, she can be made into a knit dress OR a bodysuit. This pattern is infinitely customizable with a choice of 3 sleeve lengths, 2 neckline and 3 back variations


Pattern Sizing: 

SIZES :
2-18 (size chart)

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Absolutely !


Were the instructions easy to follow? Very easy to follow. i made the body suit when I first began sewing over a year ago. So it is definitely great for a newbie(which I still am lol) 😊

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? I loved everything about this pattern!! I really love the fact that one pattern can give you so many different looks ! 

Fabric Used: Scuba Knit from fabric.com 

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: It fit perfectly. I didn’t need to adjust a thing 😍🙌 I plan to make quite a few of these in different styles.


Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? Absolutely 😀

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Made to measure patterns- #MINDBLOWN

BOOTSTRAP FASHION 56959    Scuba Knit Crop Top
BOOTSTRAP FASHION 56959
Scuba Knit Crop Top

I’m not sure WHY i’m so late to hop on to this bandwagon, but i’m here and i’m not going anywhere!! Made to measure patterns are truly the way to go whenever possible!  The company I decided to go with is called BOOTSTRAP FASHION

The way it works:

(Per their website www.bootstrapfashion.com)

Step 1: Select A Pattern
Choose a pattern design from our collection. Our pattern collection is runway inspired and designs vary from vintage to contemporary to couture.
Step 2: Measure
Measure yourself, your fit model or your client.
Step 3: Submit Your Measurements
Enter your measurements for each pattern, or create an account and save your measurements to use on multiple patterns.
Step 4: Print Pattern
After you complete your purchase, the pattern will arrive to your email box within 15-30 minutes. Print and assemble patterns; or import into Pattern Making CAD or Adobe Illustrator for further customization.

They have a ton of designs to choose from and they have them categorized by fabric type and Women(includes tops, blouses, bottoms, lingerie etc)

One thing that I love about their many many patterns is that you can add your own style to them. You can take them and design them as you like, but many you will love just the way they are 🙂 !

I printed out the 36″ PDF format so that I could take it to Fedex and have them print it out on their Plotter (a really big printer).  You can print it out at home, you will just need to assemble the pattern together. Which is fine and thats what I normally do.  But I honestly prefer to just have it printed out lol. I email it to fedex and tell them how many i want and pick them up ! They’re ready when I get there 🙂 I printed out two www.bootstrapfashion.com patterns yesterday and it cost 10.00 🙂 It’s .75 per square foot I think, so the price will vary depending on the size of your project. I printed out tops yesterday so they didn’t take up a lot of room 🙂

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BOOTSTRAP FASHION 56959 ,                       Pattern Printed at FEDEX

Below is my review of their lovely 56959 Which is a crop top.

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BOOTSTRAP FASHION 56959 , LINE DRAWING

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BOOTSTRAP FASHION 56959

BOOTSTRAP FASHION 56959

Continue reading Made to measure patterns- #MINDBLOWN

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Neoprene ! I’m #Sold

Neoprene has been on the scene a lot in the recent years ! Many famous designers have been using Neoprene (fabric used to make scuba wet suits) on the run way and it’s been gorgeous !

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It’s a little tricky to find and when you do find it ,you will PAY ! Lol this fabric was 24.99 at mood fabrics. The solid colors at mood fabrics are only 19.99 per yard. I decided to go with the printed because it seems that this is a first for Mood Fabrics. They usually only carry solid colors and finally have a print available and it’s already almost sold out after less than a month ! I will add the link below.

I will do a proper Review with better photos when I get my fabric.com shipment on monday. So stay tuned for my Girl Charlee, Mood, and Fabric.Com fabric haul video.

Abstract Print Neoprene Fabric

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Channeling Tracee Ellis ROSS

I absolutely love when inspiration hits! I begin sewing and something magical takes place!

About a year ago I was inspired by the fabulous Tracee Ellis Ross wearing a blue cowl hooded dress.  It was GORGEOUS!

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I was unsure how to tackle it at the time although it’s a very easy dress to make. When I came across this beautiful inspiration I had only been sewing maybe a month.  Sooooo yea,  albeit simple, your girl couldn’t understand how to execute it lol.

I used McCalls Pattern M7020 and for the dress I used a pattern I drafted myself for simple dresses. But you could totally use M6886, just use the sleeves and front and back peices and the Hood piece from M7020!
That’s why I’m so proud of myself and in love with this dress. This is something I wanted create and I did it. #GoMe

What do you guys think? Did I Nail It?

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Refashioning Thrift Store Finds

Today’s post is about recycling/refashinoing a Thrift Store T-Shirt.  I found this shirt about 2 weeks ago at one of my local thrift stores. It’s a size XL I think but I fell in LOVE with the pattern and just KNEW i could do something with it!! This shirt only cost me 3.00!!!!!!!  What a steal!! I think the shirt was beautiful before I decided to cut it up, it would have been cute with a belt, Oh well though! lol.  On to the photos…

I used MCCALLS Pattern M6791 ! I was going to freestyle the dress with no pattern, but since it’s sooo cold here in Atlanta, I really wanted sleeves.  As a new sewer, drafting sleeves is not something thats easy for me.  I attempted once and it didn’t come out so well. I understand them a LOT more now, and I think I will tackle them one day down the line with NO pattern!!

Any who, I only used the front piece and the sleeve.  I cut the front piece a little below the waist and I plan to use this as a base for all of my dresses since I can always change up the neckline easily.

*** YOU CAN USE ANY BODICE/TOP PATTERN YOU LIKE***

Oh, Also by the way, I add interfacing to all of my patterns that I plan to reuse A LOT!!!  This makes them super duper sturdy.  I know you can retrace them onto sturdier paper , but that takes wayyy to much time to me, and this is so much neater and QUICK lol.

To make this dress I simply placed my pattern onto my t-shirt and I added length and added my hip measurements then cut out the dress.  I used scrap leather that I had lying around for the sleeves.

This was my end result 🙂

Please let me know if you would like a video tutorial 🙂 Thanks for reading!