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Sewing Recap of Summer 2016

It was a crazy summer this year. All the boys were home and even though we had some supports it was hectic in Autismland. I typically don’t sew much anyway because the gardening takes over but this summer was even worse. That being said, I found three new tried and true sewing patterns that I made in multiples and wore constantly. Amazingly they needed almost nothing for pattern alterations, a win win for a curvy girl. All three are available as PDF’s.

 Leralynn Dress by BlankSlate Patterns

The top of the list was the Leralynn dress by Blankslate Patterns. I haven’t sew a lot from them, their childrens sizes are too small for my boys and the women’s section tends to need a lot of tweaks for me ( full arm and bust). But the Leralynn was spot on. I have to say the pictures in the listing did not thrill me but I saw some really cute denim versions on Instagram that made me decide to try it.

I wore these constantly this summer once it got blistering hot. I made it up in a grey linen and a couple of cottons. I have plans for a corduroy and heavier denim for fall. Easy sew and detailed instructions. As a curvy girl I can’t recommend this brand as a general rule but this dress is certainly worth a try for a stylish shift dress.

Parkside Skirt by SewCaroline

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I have three of these skirts that worked into my regular rotation for the summer in black, light denim, and grey linen. I originally bought it for the shorts version but I really am more of a skirt person so this version was a hit for me.

It was an easy pattern even if you don’t have any experience with pockets or waistbands. The directions are very clear and detailed. This is the first pattern I have sewn from this brand and I was very impressed.

This skirt won me over with its roomy pockets and wide non-roll waistband. The Parkside has a subtle A line shape with is very flattering. It looked great with pretty tops as well as summer tanks and tees.

I plan on sewing up a couple in wool, cotton twill, and heavier denim to wear with tights this winter.

Addison Top by Seamwork Magazine

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We all know about my Addison tank top addiction, and my Seamwork Magazine addiction in general. I did a full length post on this top alone last spring. I lost track of how many remnants from my stash I sewed up in this one this summer.

I made two versions with the intended rounded collar and then found I like it better as a plain V neck. I sewed this up with everything from linen and chambray to gingham and voiles. All of them came out wonderfully. It was a fast sew with only two facing pieces and no need to bias or trim out the arms and neck. This one will transition nicely to fall to wear under cardigans or a blazer as well. When you are looking to make something quick for a “I want something new for date night, PTA meeting, whatever….” this one fills the bill.

My memade wardrobe is filling out nicely. I am finding that basic pieces that I can customize and wear year round help tremendously. Fit issues always used to drive me nuts but with basic pieces I can fix the fit then customize each version to keep them new and stylish. I would recommend any of these patterns for a wardrobe capsule.

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Free Sewing Patterns

Here’s a roundup of some of the freebie basics patterns out there that I have tried. I am sure there are lots more but these I have actually sewn up.

 

Sorbetto Top  is a fabulous basic from Colette Patterns that I have made many of. It uses just a bit of fabric and is a pullover, so no fasteners. You can use purchased bias tape or make your own to coordinate for the neckline and sleeves. It’s a great summer basic top and easy to make as well.  Tons of variation on this to make as well. On the one below I did an inverted pleat. Do a search on Pinterest and you will see a gazillion variations. They also offer a super cute bloomer pattern. It’s on my list but I haven’t got to it yet. I am a subscriber to their Seamwork magazine which offers a ton of great easy to sew basics for a considerably low price.

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Hemlock Tee is a tee from Grainline with lots of options. You have to sign up for their newsletter but thats not a problem, she posts sewing tips and lots of great ideas. I made a couple of these and was impressed at how easily it came together but as a curvy girl I found the dropped arm constricting. The sizing, however, is spot on. It’s just an awkward cut for me. That being said, I throw around huge bags of dirt and 5 gallon pots so, for the average person, this one is a really nice long sleeve option as well as a nice test for their other patterns. I have made quite a few of their Linden sweatshirts and Scout woven tees, they are T and T’s for me. The Tamarack Jacket is on my sew list.

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Kirsten Kimono Tee is my all time favorite. It’s a freebie from Mariadenmark sewing patterns that fits me very well and sews up so fast I can make one to wear in the morning if I am desperate.  It nips in just enough at the waist for some definition and the shoulders are comfy without being sloppy. I did modify the neck a bit for my personal preference. This one is also available for signing up for their newsletter. I wear the Yasmin yoke skirt quite alot as well as the Just a Tank top.

 

Zoe top and Libby Skirt are both from Tessuti Fabrics. They have other freebies as well but I have sewn up these two. The Zoe is a great stashbuster for bits of lace and chiffon. Libby is a great basic a-line that looks smart in everything from quilting cottons and denim to a tweed or wool. I have several patterns from Tessuti including the Annie dress and the Alice top. I love the elegant, romantic look to most of their patterns which showcase their lovely fabrics. Definitely worth a look.

Isabella Banded Skirt is the cutest twirly skirt. I went a little crazy and made a few when it was released. It is the easiest skirt pattern ever, basically a rectangle with an elastic waist. You have to join their Facebook group to get this one. Bella sunshine designs had adorable little girl patterns which, sadly, I don’t sew for anymore but if you have little girls this one’s a must look.

Last but certainly not least is the So Sew Easy website. I have only sewed up one of their dresses and a tote bag. Debi previews a huge lot of patterns for free and sometimes starts charging for them so grab it if you like it. Her site is chock full of tutorials and inspiration as well. I didn’t find them to be horribly curvy friendly but they would certainly be fabulous for regular sizes.

Here’s a start to your basics for your wardrobe that will keep the cost down. The great thing about freebies is you can preview the designer and see if you like the sizing and shaping of their garments. I have found some of my tried and trues this way.

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My Favorite New Skirt for #handmademonth

In the pursuit of some handmade wardrobe clarity for #handmademonth, I made some decisions about the whys of the me-mades in my closet that I don’t wear as often as I would like. Because the ones that are in my closet do fit well and I like.

I think that, by far, the biggest culprit is the lack of neutral basics to go with the flowery, flowy prints and pinks in all shades that I love.

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I need some solid tops to go with my patterned skirts and some more solid bottoms to go with all those blouses.  I was also surprised that I have worn out all of my long sleeved shirts. Not a single one left.

Realistically some of those bottoms need to be denim and some of the tops need to be white or black(and long sleeved). Another basic I seem to be missing is sweaters for our brutal winters. I have pulled out six patterns that I have made and plan to make a couple of each. If I get really ambitious(not likely), I would love to have a me-made coat…….

I live in skirts and tights so I did MariaDenmark’s Yasmin Yoke Skirt first. It’s the perfect denim skirt and a great basic.

Have a piece of clothing that as soon as it comes out of the dryer goes back into rotation? This skirt will be one of mine .

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The pattern from Mariadenmark was a fast easy sew, had fitting tips included in the pattern (that never happens right?, and is a great basic to go with almost anything.

Yasmin Yoke Skirt has front pockets, which are just big enough to hold a smallish phone and a lipstick. It has a nice waistband to hold in baby belly and define your waist. I like that it can be done in two lengths, short and sporty or longer for work.

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The only detail that was not beginner is an invisible zipper. Although if you grab the invisible sewing foot for it it becomes very, very easy. Just remember to slightly pull the stitch line away from the teeth. Ask me how I know…..
I did this in a grey stretch denim. I think I need a couple more of these if I can decide on fabrics, maybe a tan cotton and of course black heavier weight denim.