Aurora Tank

I’ve subscribed to Seamwork Mag for a few months now but haven’t had a chance to make anything yet. Finally got around to putting the Aurora tank together and wow, was super easy and quick! I used a rayon jersey so could have been quicker…but overall I see more in my future as summer running tanks. I have a cute cat print on an easier to work with knit I plan to make next. It’s such a flattering design. If anyone is interested in subscribing to Seamwork Mag, if you use my code you can get half off your first month! Just click this link, :). A subscription is pretty awesome, each issue has great articles and for only $6/month (with my link the first one is only $3!) you get 2 patterns, and you can pick any of the patterns from the start of Seamwork, not just that month’s patterns. And you can cancel anytime and keep your patterns. I think I am about 3 months in, ;).
Back to the review, ;). Per reading other posts I was more of a medium on the chart but decided to cut out inbetween a medium and large size. Turned out great but a tad wide in the shoulders so I think I’ll just do a straight medium next time.

It’s only 3 pattern pieces, the front, back, and yoke which you cut two of. So the hardest part is attaching the yoke to the front straps, which really wasn’t difficult except for the fact my fabric was slippery and didn’t want to cooperate with me. Love rayon jersey for running shirts though. It has a nice, lightweight feel, :). My measurements are 40″ bust, 31″ waist, 42″ hips. And nope, no need for a full bust adjustment with this one!

 


Unfortunately with the busy pattern you can’t see the cute pleat detail I the upper back under the yoke.


Definitely making more!

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Gertie’s Halter Top

Going along with my Vintage pledge to make more vintagey items and try some more of Gertie’s patterns. I went ahead and tried my hand at her Halter Top in her book Gertie Sews Vintage Casual.

I had some trouble sorting out how to fit the bra cups portion of this top. I ended up splitting the bottom cup in 2 and adding about 2″ in my attempt at a full bust adjustment. It’s still not perfect but overall pretty good. I made the size 10 from her book using some Gertie floral fabric of course! It had some stretch so I opted to not put in a zipper and with the shirring on the sides I didn’t need one, :). Sorting out the fitting of the cups took me about 5 trials, but the rest of the tank was pretty easy and had it together in a few hours. Love my serger!

I decided to make mine a tank instead of a halter by adding about 4″ to each strap. Finding the correct placement was a little tricky but not too bad. I plan to just wear a strapless bra with it anyway.

I had just enough fabric left over from making my pencil skirt posted here but not enough for the cup lining so I used some dark blue Bemberg lining for the cup lining and used sew in fleece instead of iron on. Looks pretty good. The instructions were easy to follow and due to the nature of the fabric fraying I serged all of the seams.

inside top

Look at those beautiful seams and all of that shirring!!! The shirring actually went along pretty quick since I didn’t start and end each row individually as per her instructions.

serged seams

Still working on getting the placement of the straps but I think it looks pretty good and is perfect for summer! Looks great with my new Ginger Flares, ;).

tank

Future Projects

I posted previously about all these patterns I have, well now I have some fabrics:

  

There have been so many beautiful creations online from this Gertie Butterick 6019 pattern.

 

This navy blue white floral fabric I picked up at Textile Fabrics Store‘s current sale will be a perfect spring/summer dress! They are having a close out sale on all fabrics 1 yard or more 50% off until they close their location in Nashville in June.

Then I discovered Gertie has a blog on how to add an underwire built in bra to this dress. Looks like I may need to dismantle an old bra, ;). Her tutorial on adding underwire can be found here. And her run down of the pattern with many other links here. Looks amazing!

  

 

  

And plans for two of these Butterick shirts. Both in view A but using long sleeves for the white and the length B sleeves for the plaid with added pockets of course. I loved Lladybird’s versions here, she’s made this a few times and every one looks amazing!

I’m still working on Simplicity 2860 pants, almost finished! I’ve added some pockets and just have the waistband and hems left. Never could quite get the back fit perfected. I think I’ll use size 14 average with some crotch depth and length corrections instead of the size 16 curvy. Crotch depth and length were good, maybe even a little short but the hips were much too wide for the size for me, I took them in a good inch overall and the back darts lay funny and just too much fabric across for me. One dart would be better I think.

  

I’ve done so much research on pants making and thus far none of the advice helped fix the baggy back pants issue. If any one has any advice for my future pair I’d appreciate it!

 

Cheapest of the Cheap

I’m not sure if I’ll make the top 50 for the annual Tennessean’a Ms. Cheap’s Cheapest of the Cheap contest but submitted my idea anyway.

Been making a lot of my own workout gear of late because 1) workout clothes are EXPENSIVE! and 2) custom always fits better.

I’ve made 4 pair of leggings so far and have enough leftover fabric to make matching shorts or even swim suits.

And my awesome super cheap armband with a POCKET!!!! 🙂

Definitely lots more planned in the future for shirts, etc.

Here is my submission of links and sources gathered from lots of research:

To source my fabric I keep an eye on sales and coupons. Jo-Ann’s always has a nice selection and if you are on their email list always a coupon plus coupons in their mobile app. I’ve made several pairs for under $10 including the fabric, elastic, and thread. Other low-cost sources are the onlinefabricstore.net and fabric.com who send out daily emails with whatever fabric is 10% off that day, hartsfabrics.com also has a mailing list. Or if you want the good stuff spandexbyyard.com and any of the other places located on this list by Fehr Trade: http://www.fehrtrade.com/article/748/where-to-buy-exercise-fabric-a-global-list. This is a great guide to deciding which fabrics are best: https://www.seamworkmag.com/issues/2015/01/a-guide-to-activewear-fabrics. You can sign up for the McCall Pattern Company email list to be notified of their many sales on patterns, always a nice selection of athletic apparel patterns. Part of my foray into making my own clothes has been due in large part to making quality fitted items for a fraction of the cost they would be in store. With all the sales and options out there, making one’s own athletic apparel is definitely a savings! Also checking out thrift stores has some great options.

Free Patterns:

Leggings: http://so-sew-easy.com/leggings-pattern-tutorial/

Armband: http://www.maidenjane.com/2012/08/diy-ipod-armband-case-with-window-tutorial.html/; http://shop.fehrtrade.com/collections/frontpage/products/running-armband-pocket; https://jaeboyd.wordpress.com/2015/03/24/trials-of-creating-my-own-iphone-armband/

T-shirt: http://www.randomlyhappyblog.com/2013/05/how-to-sew-make-your-own-t-shirt-pattern.html

Shorts: http://mellysews.com/2013/07/bias-trimmed-shorts-for-women-with-free-pattern.html

Sports bra: http://www.autostraddle.com/make-a-thing-sports-bra-and-wireless-lace-bra-227855/

Underwear: http://clothhabit.com/free-pattern-rosy-ladyshorts/; http://www.makebra.com/free-hipster-pattern/

Yoga pants: http://sweet-verbena.blogspot.com/2012/02/yoga-pants-tutorial.html,

Yoga mat bag: http://www.amybutlerdesign.com/pdfs/NigellaYogaBag.pdf

Patterns Sites: http://www.jocole.net/catalog/; http://www.simplicity.com/; http://www.jalie.com/; http://mccallpattern.mccall.com/;  http://kwiksew.mccall.com/; http://shop.fehrtrade.com/; http://papercutpatterns.com/; https://www.etsy.com/

Enjoy!

McCall Long Dress Shirt 6124



Decided to finally make  McCall 6124. I purchased several colors and yards of broadcloth through onlinefabricstore.net, the one used for this long shirt is this blue broadcloth. The plan is to make 2 short sleeved versions of length A/B, 1 long-sleeved version of length A/B, and a length E using sleeves A/C.

My first attempt was using length E with sleeves A/C, figured I can shorten the pattern as I go instead of trying to make a short one first and long one later. This first shirt was using size 16 and I added a 1″ full bust adjustment. My measurements are 39-31-42 for reference. I discovered this shirt is on the looser side which is fine since I plan to wear this tunic/dress with a belt but for the shorter ones I’ll make some fitting adjustments. I also discovered the size 16 was a bit big and will adjust the pattern down to a size 14 for the bust/waist. I’ve discovered with most McCall patterns they tend to be on the larger side. I’m also using non-stretch fabrics so ease is definitely needed. 

The first tricky part for me was the front facing. The instructions weren’t super clear on the folding/flipping part, I figured it out after a few tries before sewing. As can be seen in the montage below I sewed the facing to the front piece as instructed then sewed the bottom edge, then flipped it right side out and pressed it edge stitching the bottom as instructed.



Overall I’m happy with how it turned out, the FBA turned out really well, only the second one I’ve done and first time on a princess seam. This tutorial by Vogue was great. The only other thing I would do differently aside from sizing down to a 14 (I took most seams in throughout the shirt) would be to mark the button placements first without the pattern. Using the pattern markings you can see there is a slight gap in the fullest part of my bust.





I love the long length option, :). Also the cuffs instructions were a little tricky for the last step, didn’t realize they were supposed to be rolled up at first, haha. The shoulders are a little low but I attribute this partly to using a size too big.

And a few more detailed pics using my Dritz Body Double: