A White Hot Tank From Hot Patterns!

I made this “tank” from a cotton eyelet material that’s pretty lightweight. I put tank in quotes because it’s not what you would typically think of as a tank top. This pattern is for woven material so it’s an interesting take on that style of top. There are variations on the bottom of the tank so for this, I chose the flounce.

Now the problem is that because the fabric is thin combined with the way the top is constructed, I did not like the look of having a partial facing showing through the front and back.

So, rather than take it apart and start over, I just extended the facings.

I did this for both front and back which solved the problem. I might add that this wouldn’t be necessary with a heavier (not see-thru) fabric. I also raised the neckline on this (as I usually do).

But this is a comfortable, versatile top that can be worn into early Fall depending on your fabric choice (and location). In the pictures above I’m wearing the top with these jeans I made a few months ago (best jeans ever!).

That’s all for now.

Enjoy!

DIY Skirt – No Pattern Needed

For this project, I used the Dritz Soft Waistband Elastic in this blue color along with the fabric I had bought from Hobby Lobby. This was my first time doing this, so it took some effort to get it (mostly) the way I wanted it. I basically cut two rectangles the width and length I wanted (keeping in mind seam allowances) and stitched them together. I did add in-seam pockets that I simply drafted from another pattern.

 

The waistband elastic is cut about 2″ smaller than the waist for a snug, but comfortable fit. That could, of course, be changed if this was something you decided to do for yourself.

The waistband is attached wrong side to wrong side. I suggest basting this first to keep your sewing straight (I didn’t do this and I wish I had). It is sewn from the right side of the fabric, then flipped up and top stitched down (twice) to keep it in place.

 

This could be made as a circle skirt as well, but that would eliminate the pockets. I really wanted to include those in the skirt so for me, this was the best and easiest option.

*There may be affiliate links included in this post. 

Bra making hints and help

One of the things that I’ve done quite a bit of lately is making my own bras. It’s one of those things I wanted to do ever since I saw an article in Threads magazine on the subject several years ago. This particular post focuses on the two that I’ve had the most success with, and those are 1) Orange Lingerie Marlborough bra and 2) Pin Up Girls Linda and Classic bra.

 

 

 

For the most part, bra sewing is pretty easy. You’ll be using a 1/4″ seam allowance no matter what pattern you use, so it’s important to make sure that you do maintain that amount throughout your sewing. Stitching a little bit off can result in the bra not fitting properly.

Above: Marlborough bras (Orange Lingerie) floral is unlined; pink is padded

 

 

Above:Pin-up Girls bras both unlined, Green is the”Classic”; floral is the”Linda”

 

There are plenty of resources out there on how to measure yourself, so I won’t go into that here. I will say to follow the pattern instructions when it comes to how to measure for the best fit. And just like garment sewing, forget about your RTW size because it could be different. So, just be open to that.

I found that it’s best to have all of your supplies ready (underwires, channeling, bows, hook/eye, etc.) cut and in a bag so they’re easily available before you begin. Getting those supplies is the hardest part since you can’t go into a regular fabric store and buy everything you need, so pre-planning is important. I have bought bra kits and bra foam from different resources. I have also purchased fabric from fabric.com [insert link] that is great for this.

Sometimes it’s hard to tell right-side from wrong-side depending on the fabric being used. So, I use stickers on the right side consistently until I have enough sewn to make it clear what’s right from wrong.

Also, it’s very important to make sure you have a right and left side cut and sewn. I can’t tell you how many times when I first started doing this that I had sewn the cups together, only to discover that I had two right sides! The only way to fix that mistake is to remove all the stitches and do it over again. But don’t get discouraged. Just like anything else, it takes some practice to get your stitching even and to get both left and right sides even. But the great this is, once you find the pattern (or patterns) you like, you can add bra foam (adds better coverage/modesty to the bra depending on the fabric) or use a variety of different fabrics to really have your own customized bra collection.

 

 

 

 

Most important follow the directions and have some fun! Making your own lingerie doesn’t take much fabric (or too much time) so if you have all of your supplies, you can do this in a few hours.

Here are a few of the places I’ve used to purchase my fabric and supplies: (*I am a fabric.com affiliate)

Material:

https://www.fabric.com/buy/0342347/stretch-charmeuse-satin-dark-fuchsia

https://tailormadeshop.com/

Patterns:

https://www.orange-lingerie.com/

http://www.sweetcupsbrasupply.com/

I have bought channeling, underwires and foam from different sources.

Lastly, really think about the look and feel you want. I like more full coverage so these patterns have worked for me. I also like the support they provide. Bralettes don’t offer much support, but they are cute and quick to make so keep that in mind. I also like the coverage that foam provides so this is good for T-shirt bras. And just like garment sewing, make a muslin first. You could save yourself a lot of heartache!

I hope all this information is helpful. So many sewists say they want to make there own bras/lingerie and never get to it. I was that way for years. Now that I feel much more confident about it, I keep trying new materials in combination with foam, without foam, color combinations, etc.

Have fun and happy sewing!

OOP Simplicity Dress 3773

Years ago when this pattern first came out, I made this top. I kept the pattern since it was always one of those things I liked. Well, fast forward 8 years or so and I decided the dress would be a great make for summer. The only thing is that since my size has changed, I needed to retrace the pattern, making it larger. So I did that as best I could and for the most part, it turned out well.

I could have (should have) made the bust area a bit bigger. The main objective was to increase this from a size 14 to 16. All in all, it’s very close to that.

This is made with a light-weight cotton gingham that is lined with a butter yellow batiste. The material is very thin and there definitely needed to be something to line this dress. Since I don’t often wear slips, I figured the best this was to make a lining.

If you have this pattern, I would say that it’s a very easy dress/top to make. I have also made the capris which have become a staple item in my wardrobe.

Until next time, I wish you all Sewlimitless possibilities…

Morgan Boyfriend Jeans

I have to say that I have made several pairs of jeans in the past using different patterns. This is the first time I was able to use a pattern pretty much right from the start with little to no alterations. Woo hoo! Once I got the sizing right, this pattern worked great.

As many of you are aware, “boyfriend” jeans have a more relaxed fit. Because of that, this pattern is sized for non-stretch denim. It’s also important to note that even non-stretch denim will stretch with wear.

What I used for these was just a medium weight, white denim. The only thing I changed with this particular pattern is I used a zipper, rather than the button fly front that the pattern calls for. I suggest using a 7″ zipper for this. That length seems to work best without being too short or having to be cut and made shorter.

This PDF pattern from Closet Case Patterns is definitely a keeper!

Easter dress with New Look 6000

Every year I at least try to make myself something new to wear for Easter. Well, this year, I actually got it done.

This is View E of the pattern. I was drawn to this pattern by the retro vibe of the style. This view, without the collar, has more of a boat-neck design. The material is stretch cotton. Although I can see it will get a bit wrinkly when I sit, I really like that melon color! This is one of very few solid color items I have in my wardrobe.

For the sleeve, I used these small, clear buttons I had.

This is a really nice dress that’s feminine without being fussy. It’s got very clean lines. The only thing I miss are pockets, but to add them would take away from the simplicity of the design I think.

So tell me, what’s on your sewing table this time of year?

#JeansChallenge Done!

During the month of March I participated in the jean-making challenge over in the #SewMuchTalentFBgroup. Since I had been thinking of making myself another pair of jeans anyway, I figured this was the perfect time to get it done. I used Vogue 8774 for this pair with some slight modifications.

The finished product came out pretty good, although there are some changes I would like to make. For example, the fly is on the “wrong side” for me. I’m right-handed and would have the zipper open on the other side. And although I did make a muslin to check the fit beforehand, I did quite a bit of downsizing to get the fit like I wanted.

But I have to admit this process is fun for me. I know that so many people are scared to even try to make a pair of pants, but it’s really not as frustrating as you might imagine (or it doesn’t have to be). Jeans are a bit more difficult/ time-consuming because there’s more pieces (usually) and they fit close to the body.

I’m currently working on another pair of jeans using a different pattern. I’ll let you know how that goes. Until then… Let me know what you all are up to. I’d love to hear from you!

 

 

 

Fun Skirt with Vogue 8295

I rarely make something from I fabric that’s just for fun – just because I love the fabric. I did this time! I bought this material last year and knew it would be perfect for some kind of skirt.

This is a stretch pima cotton. And I love that the print goes both directions so you can cut either way.

I used V8295 which is a full skirt (almost a circle skirt) made with only 2 pieces (waistband and skirt).

I used an invisible zipper for closure on this. The only thing that’s missing, in my opinion, are pockets. I may figure out a way to add those next time!

I encourage you to make something FUN for yourself for spring or summer (or anytime).

Life is short. Have fun sewing!

#Workoutgear Challenge Outfits

For the month of February,  I’ve been working on pieces for a work out gear challenge that’s been started by the #sewmuchtalentFBgroup (any of you PeriCrafters are familiar with this). Making my own work out clothes has been on my radar for a while and I think this was the push I needed to get it done! I had made some things last year (click here) that I still wear, but I wanted more. And I had plenty of patterns to choose from.

So, I used B6295 to make these leggings.

The top, which I altered to have a hi-lo hem, is the Style Arc “Alannah” T-shirt.

For spring/summer, I made the New Look 6285 (S0547) top (it has two sets of pattern numbers) and I altered Simplicity 8268 joggers to make the shorts.

For anyone interested in the leggings, the pattern is great and easy, but I think it does run a bit large. Next time I’ll take out some of the “extra” in the pattern. I actually cut these down after putting them together. But, the side pockets are great!

I don’t think I’ve reviewed any of these patterns yet, so I’ll have to get on it soon!

Better Than Basic Black

When going through my closet a few weeks ago, I noticed that I didn’t have a black dress. I’m trying to focus this year on making/getting some basics that I can always use. I’m usually the person that realizes I need a dress for something, but I don’t have it. So, I’m trying to remedy that this year.

I made this M6886 knit dress from a black ponte knit I had in my fabric stash.

 

I’ve had this pattern for years (that seems to be a recurring theme this year as well). Everyone seems to love it and I had never bothered to make it.This  is View E with long sleeves. 


It is a great, easy pattern! I do plan on making more of these with sleeve variations. 


I actually did have some trouble making the V-neck on this. It’s been a long time since I’ve done one and I just couldn’t get it right. So after about 5 tries, I finally got it, but that’s something I now know I need to practice so that I can get it to lay flat and without stretching out the neck. The directions are pretty clear, I just wasn’t getting it at first.

Many of you have this pattern and have tried it, so you know it’s a favorite. And it was just selected as one of 2016’s best on Pattern Review

So, that’s all for now. I am on a mission to make more basics and staple pieces this year, as well as use as much of my fabric stash as I can. The journey continues…