Seamwork Savannah in Silk

Yay! I’ve finally made a camisole that is almost perfect, ;). I’ve had this Seamwork Savannah on my to-make list for awhile. For anyone not currently a subscriber, you can use my referral link for half off your first month (usually $6/month, so only $3 for 2 patterns!). I love Seamwork’s patterns. Overall fairly easy and simple quick projects that look great! I have quite a few on my list but was really excited to finally get this one made ever since I had some leftover silk from previous projects.

My first attempt at making a 3″ dartless FBA failed so I decided to try again using a 4″ FBA and adding bust darts. The 3″ wasn’t enough room but the 4″ fits much better! And the darts help with the shaping. I used this tutorial. The only thing I need to change for the next one is to move the darts up about an inch and start about 1″ further to the side, but could just be partially the bra I was wearing as the fit was much better over another.

I had to take in the sides a little bit (pinched out 3/4″ darts) before finishing up my french seams. Definitely a must on a silk camisole. French seams take a little extra time but result in such a nice finish. I also used my fancy new narrow hem foot to hem the neckline and bottom before sewing everything together. On this version I opted to not use the recommended lace trim.

Then I ran into the fact that the scoop of the back was much too low for my personal tastes, so following a similar design feature on the Aurora tank on the back on my camisole and it worked out really well and I think it looks pretty great. Not sure why my skin tone is so crazy!

Overall, I am pretty happy with how my fancy new silk camisole turned out. So shiny! Love silk charmeuse.

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!

Pneuma Tank Take 2

   
Love this pattern! This is the Pneuma Tank pattern by Papercut Patterns and my second one (1st one found here). Decided to make the sports bra in a size medium this time and the tank in a size small like last time and it worked  out perfectly! I lined the sports bra with swim suit lining bought from Jo-Ann’s and the exterior is a navy blue swimsuit fabric and the tank is a rayon print, both from Fabric.com. I LOVE this print and have also made a sleeveless cowl neck shirt out of it too blogger about here.

 A close up the sports bra before I added the tank:  

As can be seen I’ve hidden all the elastic. I followed the pattern stitching it to the outside fabric first, then turning it under. During this step I added the lining simply folding up the seam allowance (the width of the elastic) and then using a twin needle to stitch the two together.
  

 A bit of a close up of the twin needle stitching. I did the bottom band twice, once on the bottom and once right at th top of the elastic to ensure it stayed in place. 
And then I ironed the elastic to give it some stretch back…too hot for the spandex and I melted it, :(. Several hours of work with a seam ripper I was able to save the elastic and lining. This thing was put together well! Each elastic is basically zig zagged and 3 piece zig tagged 2-3 times and then twin needle top stitched the bottom back and upper edges…

I made sure to tuck the tank pieces into the sports bra for a more finished look. And overcast all of the edges.

 

And the strappy back! I used fold over elastic which works really well. This tank will ever only be a yoga or Zumba tank for me though, not compressing enough for running.
  

Overall an easy make, :). And beautiful.

  

And this shot took lots of running and jumping but I managed to get a good one! I’m flying!
  

And this tank looks great with jeans for a night out too!

 

Athletic Apparel: The New Obsession

Just a heads up this is a wordy blog post about why I love sewing, :).

I have always been crafty thanks to my mom. I’ve done many forms from plastic canvas and cross stitch to papier mache and beading bracelets to sewing my own clothes and many things in between.

I’ve always known how to sew and mainly only hand stitched things here and there as sewing machines intimidated me, but then I finally bought my own Simple Singer back in 2011 and started sewing away doing small projects here and there. I didn’t really delve into anything too advanced until just a couple years ago when I moved to Nashville and started working in a call center. Thank goodness I am not longer in a call center! I have a good day job, pays the bills, uses some of my educational skills. Then in my off time I like to do a lot of things and currently my newest obsessions are all work out related: Aerial Silks, Zumba, Pound, running… And athletic apparel is EXPENSIVE!!! So I started Googling Athletic apparel and have come across some great free patterns like So Sew Easy’s leggings and also low cost PDFs like the Penuma Tank by Papercut Patterns and Running Skort by Jalie. I don’t think I’ll make my own jogging sports bras, I think VS has that down for me, ;). I think it’s so amazing I can make my own athletic apparel. And Craftsy has a huge selection of free and paid for patterns.

So when I’m not going to grad school part-time, working full-time, hanging out with the boyfriend, or running, I am sewing. People ask me how I find the time. I sew during my lunch break, right after work, for an hour or two late at night, etc. I fit it in because it makes me happy. I like the action, I like to research and sort out my next project, learn new techniques, and show it all off, :). No greater compliment than someone who has no idea you made your outfit complimenting you on it. Compliments on knownly made items is fantastic too, ;).

I started making things because I am picky and cheap, now I continue making things because I love it and it’s not always cheaper anymore now that I’ve discovered sites like Mood Fabrics, Girl Charlie, Sew Sassy, etc. There are just so many amazing patterns and books out there! As I gain confidence in my skills and Google stalking skills I am delving into creating my own patterns and more daring alterations.

Thanks all for following me through my journey!

Pneuma Tank


Was so excited to finally make this! And to try out my new remote photo clicker, ;). It was a bit of trial and error making the tank and not perfect but a good first try. The tank part was easy and the bra is as well but I was trying to add compression to the sports bra which made it tricky. The Pneuma Tank pattern from Papercut patterns can be purchased in wither PDF or mailed copy. I went with the PDf for instant gratification and easier to make different sizes. I just printed off and taped together a master copy that I use my tracing paper to make the pattern pieces. Also FYI, do not try to download on your iPhone or Kindle as I tried to do, doesn’t work! The file comes in a zip format so needs to be downloaded from a computer.

For the sports bra and capris I used this gorgeous purple slub performance polyester/spandex (87/13) blend from Jo-Ann’s. And then for the tank I used this fun black mesh knit also from Jo-Ann’s.

For the sports bra I ended up using 3 layers: 2 of the purple slub which is a 87/13 polyester/spandex blend and a sturdy inner layer of 93/7 polyester/spandex blend. The purple slub is the external fabric and lining. Using just two layers of the purple slub wasn’t giving me the compression I was looking for and didn’t have any power mesh to give that a go. I think after reading Fehr Trade’s journey in making sports bras here. The layering up on fabric was an idea I got from Clipped Curves. I think with my 34DD’s I’ll be sticking with fancy compression/encapsulation sports bras for running, but this will be great for Zumba and yoga and the low-impact stuff. The fun part was stitching the 3 layers and all the elastics together… I used a size small sports bra and took it in for added compression. Usually I wear mediums so next time I may add some height to the sports bra. I used a size medium for the tank.

The front:

And the back:

Next time I may make the tank a little longer.

And here are some pix of the tank on my body double:

Love those criss-cross straps! After research I used 5/8″ wide fold over elastic I found at my local Jo-Ann’s in lots of fun colors. I decided on pink and purple to match the fabric.


And had to capture one of the back of those pretty criss-cross straps, :). So comfy!

The pants were the same pattern I created from So Sew Easy. She has lots of great patterns. I decided to make this pair in a capri length for Spring/Summer. This is probably my 5th pair now… Might try some shorts next. I used a 2″ wide elastic waist band. So comfy!

And got to use my twin needles for great seaming! I may invest in a wider twin needle for those 1/4″ seams.

And of course some fun outdoor poses, :). Overall the tank is super comfy and looks and feels great with the capris. I definitely have plans to make a few more of these tanks, ;). Better work on some of my other projects first though! I’m thinking bikini next…

Gotta do the warrior pose.

Stretch it out.