Archive for March 2015

I Spy a Piper with a Polka-Dot Bow

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Right-o. I'll start with the obvious. Amazing Friday evening.  It did not involve going out although a couple of glasses of wine were consumed.  I had a bit of time to myself which during most weeks free time hovers at the nanosecond level.  I binged on Broadchurch while sewing.  English murder mystery -- I just couldn't resist.  Whilst I watched Hardy and Ellie methodically follow the case and the unfolding of this poor town being gutted, I worked on a UFO.  The Piper Top.  Embarrassingly, I made it through Season one (Gasp! The end!!) and finished my top.  Season two...where are you??

Experiment:
Size: XS

Material:
Blue Wave Cotton
Navy Blue Polka Dot Cotton
Cotton Interface
Light Gray Mettler Thread

Procedure:
I must admit that I cut the Piper on a whim, a very long while ago.  If I had to put a date I would say sometime in October!  The Piper came to me through a bundle sometime during the first half of 2014 – Bundle Up Sale – similar to the Pattern Parcel. I had never heard of Violette Field Threads but a quick search indicated that they specialized in children’s patterns and carried some ladies patterns, all of which I want.   Since Piper can be a dress or a top, the choice was easy.  With absolutely no curves, shift dresses do not highlight my assets, so top it was.

I did not want to cut into my precious lawn or viscose so back in October, if I can recall, I used pieces of cotton from my stash.  When trying a new pattern company I work with a slow and steady caution (dare I say like Hardy and Ellie!?!) until I know what works and what does not.  Especially with fit.  The cotton I used for the blouse is a sturdier fabric than probably recommended – after wearing the top it does require a little more drape. 


My favorite feature of this pattern is the bow on the back.  My husband’s response was “Wow!  That is a large bow!”  That is code for “Are you really going to wear that?”  Ummm, yes. Yes I will.  I opted for the lined bowed for the back of the blouse because I had no coordinating knit on hand.  I would recommend the knit bow only because I sense it would be lighter and flow easier.  The lined cotton bow is heavy and awkward. 
I love the approach to ease in the sleeve.  It yielded that puffy, whimsical sleeve cap. To be perfectly honest, mine are not even. (I should have looked closer before adding to my bodice).  But like a boss, I’ll own it.
Not one of my most favorite makes.  The directions and pattern are fab.  It just doesn't feel like me -- shocking with the bow, collar, and puffy sleeves.  Maybe the weather needs to get warmer and I need to wear it more.  We'll see...


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Seven Billion in the World Baby

Friday, March 6, 2015

...and I only wanna be with you...Its an ear worm stuck in my head.  But it is my own doing since I have been singing Mat Kearney's Billion song non-stop.  His new album came out last week -- perfect upbeat, slightly different, sing-out-loud sew music.  Northern Louisiana got more snow --yippee, I got a sew day!  Good thing because my sewjo has been pulsating and I seem to have cut so many projects.  I was also lucky enough to test a pattern from KZJOstudio.  I should disclose that I was given this pattern to test for free but I am honest kind of gal so that is reflected in my review.

Experiment:
Rosaline Shirt
View A
Size: 2

Materials:
2 yards red ponte de roma knit
Clear elastic to stabilize shoulders
Mettler Red Thread

Procedure:
A pattern that is versatile is such a score.  Kaysie designed the Rosaline to be so versatile.  It can be a dress or a top, it has two different neckline options, and a variety of sleeve options.  It is a choose-your-own-adventure kind of top.  I tested View A which is a scoop neck shirt and I opted for long sleeves with cuffs.  It has been uncharateristically cold in these parts and that probably influenced my decision.  Maybe I should be longing for spring and the warmer weather will arrive!
I went with size two based on my measurements but I should have probably gone with size zero.  The  pattern is also long so check the sleeve and shirt length.  I ended up removing two inches from the shirt so that it was at my optimal length.  The sleeves were a tad long but I don't mind -- I kind of dig the scrunchy effect.
The red was strategically chosen.   My son is on a travel baseball team (my weekend sewing is going to be limited once the season starts but hopefully, there will be fabric stores in new cities!) and their colors are navy and red.  I plan to have their logo embroidered on the shirt (if I can ever make to the sports shop -- its been one of those weeks where everything I plan seems to morph into something else at the last possible nanosecond).  Handmade team attire to cheer him on!  This pattern is designed for stable knits which is a score for the beginner who has a fear of knits (oh wait, I remember that feeling -- don't be scared!).  There are great instructions which guide you from beginning to end including the trickiest parts (attaching the neckband or setting sleeves for beginners).
So seven billion in the world and this chica is rocking the Rosaline in the ice (Hardcore, oh and it was right at freezing! What I do for blog pictures! :)  ).  I need warmer weather and a margarita.  The Rosaline and other fantastic patterns are available at Kaysie's blog/store.

In other sewing news, the lovely, funny Amanda from Wear-A-Wyatt is launching The Sewcial Studio.  She has some scrumptious fabrics and they are on sale through March 31st!  Fabric on sale -- Mr. Chemist is going to sigh. Check it out here.


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