The weekend started off with a drastic drop in temperature (a sharp change of 20F or 13C) which resulted in my whole little family feeling rather crummy on Sunday after spending a cold windy day at the soccer fields on Saturday. Monday morning -- need I say more? In order to amp up my sewing mojo, I turned to Seamwork. The premise behind Seamwork magazine by default is to provide sewing articles but included in the subscription is a couple of patterns in each issue. The patterns are beginner friendly and usually take 3-4 hours or less -- that is from start to finish. The September issue focused on simple staples and feature a simple blouse pattern and a track pant. The Akita blouse is just one pattern piece that can be made in one hour. That is a lot of ones…the one hour part sold me.
2 yards Slate Blue Swiss-dot
Coats and Clark Blue polyester thread
Double fold bias tape
I will admit that I did not time myself. An hour is a probably accurate for an efficient seamstress. I am not the paramount of efficiency when it comes to sewing. I like to take my time and I tend to have distractions (“Mom, I’m hungry” ….” ”Annie – have you seen….?”). Akita took me a couple of hours from start to finish. Taping and cutting a pdf pattern always channels a bit of grumbling but the sewing is straightforward.
While the one pattern piece is novel, I could probably hack it down the middle and cut on the fold to minimize the amount of fabric used. I used a swiss-dot in slate blue as it was in my stash. The pattern definitely needs lightweight fabrics with drape. Meg form Cookin and Craftin made a beautiful version out of batik. I love how her sleeves turned out.
My sleeves are not nearly as fluttery, but I like the end result. If I am being critical, then here are a few complaints:
- It pulls in the shoulder area a tad. Nonetheless, it is an easy sew and you have a top within a couple of hours.
- Meg also noted that the pattern is long. While it is a tunic with side vents, I do agree that it is a little longer than I would like. Keep that in mind if you plan to sew this.
- There is also room in the waist area and it tapers out ever so slightly around the hips. I could use more cinching at the waist and flaring at the hips (That is because I have a small bust and no shape). It is a classic boxy shape. That kind of shape does not work on all body types.
I used some packaged bias tape (I admit to laziness). And finished the neckline with a decorative stitch. My machine has what seems like 100 different stitches therefore I randomly choose one to use, especially on solid color projects. It is very subtle and special. Most people will never notice but I kind of like it.
This is an unfussy top. One pattern piece!?! A good one to wear with a skirt or over jeans for errands. I want to try my hand at the Moji pant pattern. This is a rift on the track pants trend but it is drafted for wovens. I happen to like the cuffs at the bottom of the pant. That is low on my queue -- I have a Washi in the works!
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