Wednesday, July 30, 2014

My Pinwheel Top

There is a famous designer in the lagenlook sphere who does a top called the Pinwheel top.  I bought one just before I started sewing again.  It was the most expensive top I'd ever purchased and the second most expensive article of clothing besides my wedding dress!  

I thought that anyone who could design something so nifty that I could not figure out right there deserved my money.   Plus, once I have it, I could study it much more closely.  

Which I did...

This is the resulting top!

Let me back up and show you the initial try.

This is a pique linen I snagged from a Fabric Mart sale.  It is a little heavier than usually linen because of the weave - almost more of a waffle weave than pique.

I bought it in 2 colors to do a color block dress.  I decided to try it in this top since it wasn't my favorite fabric and I didn't have anything to lose.  Even tried the color block idea at the same time.

It's OK.  I thought it a little short on the pinwheel portion.  

This fabric is a cotton voile that also came from Fabric Mart (I think).  I cut the pieces to take advantage of the striping.  It was striped at the edges, but as you went towards the center of the fabric, the stripes lessened.  It was a nifty piece of fabric and could have been any number of cool garments.

Anyway, here you can see the pinwheel parts held out.  They are extremely hard to describe as well as photograph.  Very neat in person!

The back has detailing with a below-the-waist inverted pleat, which you can totally NOT see because of the print.  

Overall it's a fun top, light and airy, and I usually get positive remarks when I wear it.  As it turns out, the original pinwheel top was merely a starting point.  Tweak here, tweak there and now neither of these tops is just like the original - they are all my design!  Perhaps I will make the pattern available for sale.  Someday : )

Happy Creating everyone!

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Linen Lovin'

You know it's summer when you start craving cream cheese & cucumber sandwiches, iced tea, and linen.

Freshly pressed linen is so inviting!  Too bad I don't have a good photo of any to show you.

Here is the top from the front.

This is a modified Sorbetto top from Colette patterns.  It is a mid-weight linen from The edging is quilting cotton and just adds a little something.  

I made this about a month ago and have been dragging my feet with photography...anyway, I vaguely remember not having enough of the linen to do the binding.  Creativity usually enters when we hit a roadblock with our plans.  

Here's the back.  Notice the nice linen defining marks on the back?!  Wrinkles!  Yes, I had worn this for the whole day before I had a photographer available.  That's OK.  This will never make it to Pinterest, but it is very wearable, comfortable and cool.

What more does one want on a hot summer day?

Happy Creating everyone!

Monday, July 14, 2014

Designing What I Want to Wear

I have found it very easy to get caught up in the sewing world and the successes of other sewists.  I see a pattern that went very well for someone, purchase the pattern, and it sits in an every collecting pile of patterns.  Why?  Well, maybe one reason is that style just isn't for me.  That is my latest discovery in this sewing journey.

Rather than sewing up everything I have in the queue, I decided to sew what I really want to wear.  The only problem is I couldn't find a pattern to match my idea.  Soooo, I drafted it from scratch.  I didn't get hung up on whether I should (should is a terrible guilt-inducing word anyway...) start with Dolly Dressform or on the drafting table.  With little thought, I just went for it where I was most familiar - on the drafting table.  

I used my sloper and made the changes I thought would work and viola!  This red linen tunic was from scraps!  The red linen is from and is Cardinal.  So it really is kind of a working muslin in the very best of ways.  When I realized I didn't have enough fabric to do the entire tunic in the red linen, I found this polyester crepe de chine from in my stash. 

In my original thought, the side panels would have ruffles.  That idea quickly faded when I realized how much ruffling that would be.  Probably too much on a tall girl like me!  So using a pattern was a natural solution for interest on the sides.  

Then since I had some of the crepe de chine left and I hate to waste good fabric...I created pants to match.

This is the first time I've had them on and they aren't too bad!  Notice I put a round of piping just below the knee to break up the pattern.  

The almost look like pajama pants.  Not really sure I'll actually wear these two together.  Perhaps with one of the other red tunics I own.  Hmmm...

Do you ever buy dreams in the form of patterns and never use them?  

Happy Creating everyone!

Friday, July 11, 2014

Now That's a Lot of Pocket

When recently looking through my 2013 Burda stack, I came across this schematic of some shorts.  They looked like nothing special from the photo, but on the line drawing you can actually see all the great details.

These are from Burda 3/2013 #126 shorts.  Can I just say LOVE THEM!?!

This was my muslin, which is wearable.  Dontcha just love that when it happens?  The fabric is some Kona solid quilting cotton.  

As I've mentioned before, I am a fan of curved waistbands as I have high hips and they seem to help greatly with the fit.  

So I made a pair out of the white stretch twill I'd been saving in my stash.  

White goes with everything summery!

Here you can see how the side seam has been moved to the back (and the front also as you can see in the green shorts if you look closely).  

Well, that's not the end of the story.  I'd had this nifty printed canvas fabric in my stash that I bought  at JoAnn's last summer.  It was the end of the bolt and I had limited yardage. 


I decided to extend the length of the shorts and make above-the-ankle pants!  I didn't have enough for full length pants and I'm glad; they are way too casual for full length pants.  And the beauty of above-the-ankle pants in the summer is you can wear heels or flats and don't have to worry with the length of the hem!  

These are so fun to wear!

Happy Creating everyone!

Friday, June 27, 2014

Cutie Patootie

Well, we have a new granddaughter coming this summer and I just couldn't help myself!  I tooled around Etsy one day looking at all the great indie patterns and this is the one I had to make!  

Its from Tie Dye Diva on Etsy.  In fact, Etsy has a host of nifty indie patterns for all kinds of sewing!  I do not get anything for recommending this, I just want to pass it along because it was so cute.
lace and fabric ruffles

all lace ruffles

The multi colored diaper cover was done from scraps and is a wearable muslin.  The white ones I did a little change to the pattern.  I waited to sew the seam at the bottom until after I had applied the bias tape and inserted the elastic.  It was much easier than trying to finagle that tiny circle opening under the sewing machine!

Have you sewn anything from a pattern you purchased on Etsy?  I'd love to hear about it!  Do share!

Happy Creating everyone!