Posted in Projects on Sunday the 22nd July 2018 by Vicki Ormerod
Sew… when I saw this medium blue Stretch Denim Fabric the first thing that jumped into my head was Ginger jeans! Being medium weight I thought they would make a perfect pair of jeans for the summer months. I had visions of them cut off at ankle length with a pale coloured top stitching. However with the weather being beautiful and sunny and warm I decided I wanted a quick make as it’s too hot to sit and sew for hours. Plus I still need to work on the fit of the Gingers and I was not in the mood to be in and out of jeans getting it right. I decided to make a pair of shorts instead. I always seem to struggle finding the perfect pair of shorts, they are either way too short like teeny tiny, or too long and a bit mumsy for what I’m looking for.
Whilst downloading the In The Folds Peppermint Magazine Jumpsuit pattern I came across the Pattern Runway Spring Shorts. These looks like the kind of shorts I wanted in my summer wardrobe. They have an elasticated paper bag waist with drawstring detail and most important of all front side pockets. Oh and what makes these shorts even more amazing is that the pattern is free!
The pattern requires light weight to medium fabrics with a drape. The denim is medium weight and does have a slight drape. I was happy that the fabric would give a more structured pair of shorts. The fabric is lovely and soft and isn’t stiff so I knew the shorts would be really comfortable to wear.
When it came to making up the shorts the pattern didn’t quite go up to my size. Because I wanted the gathered paper bag look I worked out the difference between the largest waist measurement and my waist measurement and divided the difference between four. I then added this amount to the front and back short pieces. As the shorts are a simple shape I added this to the centre of the pieces, avoiding any details, and re drew the curve. Due to the waist being gathered you could make in the largest size if your measurements don’t differ too much but it would mean the shorts wouldn’t be as gathered. I wanted them to be gathered as shown in the finished photos so I increased my pattern pieces.
The shorts come together really quick and are simple to make. The instructions are quite basic but there are diagrams so they are easy to follow. A perfect pattern for beginners. The denim is lovely to work with. I did use a denim needle but as it’s not really thick and stiff you could probably get away with using a regular size needle. Just do a test on a scrap of fabric first. The pocket construction is different to what I’ve come across before but it was such a simple and effective method that I’m definitely going to try and adapt this into future sewing patterns.
Everyone on Instagram seems to be experimenting with the decorative stitches on their sewing machine so I thought I would give it a go. My machine isn’t the fanciest so I only had a few options to choose from. Even though the stitches didn’t jump out as being super decorative and fancy the one I picked has given a really nice pretty finish. To me if looks like little leaves. I decided to use the stitching around the pocket edges and to top stitch around the hems. Before sewing I checked on a scrap of fabric which direction the leaves went in to make sure that both sides matched. If you were feeling even more creative you could hand embroidery some little flowers between the leaves at random intervals and shade in some of the leaves.
I’m really happy with the look or the shorts and they are so comfy. I just need to remember to wear a fitted top tucked into them otherwise they could be very unflattering! The pattern mentions adding a cord which I will do but was in such a hurry to wear them that I haven’t got round to adding one yet!
This fabric is perfect for summer shorts and would definitely be suitable for a nice pair of jeans for the warmer weather. I’m hoping with my scraps I have enough for a little summer dress that I’m going to try out some more of my decorative stitches. It’s such a quick and easy way to add some detail to your makes to make them stand out even more.
Thanks for reading,
Georgina @ sewinthegarden
Posted in Projects on Sunday the 22nd July 2018 by Vicki Ormerod
My first ever blog post for Minerva Crafts so I should play it safe, right?
I picked out a Fabric
I’ve never sewn with as I fell in love with the colour, although it was hard to choose from the others available. It’s reduced to £4.99 a metre, I needed 5 metres so I could match up the ruffles.
I also wanted to make something I had never tried before and the fabric made me think of Carrie Bradshaw from ‘Sex in the City’.
I picked the pattern ‘Destiny’ dress by @sewladilavintage which I find out much later in my make isn’t suitable for stretched fabric. The ruffles stretched out across the grain and I encountered a problem. In the end, I felt defeated as although I had previously tried and tested the top in a cotton lawn, it just wouldn’t work in this fabric.
Not every make goes to plan and you learn so much from your mistakes. I was ready to ring up saying “I’ve messed up” and that way no one need know! I spoke to my 20 year old son who said “don’t, I’m sure you can solve this one!” (Role reversal in action) he was right, I did!
I added my trusted and tested flora dress top @byhandlondon that matched up perfectly with the skirt and this is the result!
To combat the movement in the fabric I pinned the seams together (fabric and lining), sewed with the lining on the top slightly pushing the ruffles of the main fabric to go back into the original shape.
The skirt had made up beautifully, due to the weight. It feels amazingly swishy!
I added 4 inches to the front as un like Sarah Jessica Parker, I don’t like my knees.
The skirt is made from 7 panels so to ensure I got the pattern placement I cut the front section first. Lined up then cut and sewn the two side sections the same for side and middle back. I used interfacing to reinforce the fabric for the zip, once it was in place I removed the excess as you could see it through the fabric.
I commissioned a flower crown from @flowerjunky as I could visualise this with this dress. Any excuse to get the chance to wear one?
My supportive Leggylad who isn’t a photographer managed to get these pictures as the sun was going down.
Here I paired it with my favourite #sewingkempton jacket @pierandplacement patterns using another amazing fabric from Minerva Crafts
It’s an amazing pattern. The instructions are clear, I am a big fan of all Caroline’s patterns. It may be an idea to make separates if you want an overall look or add a contrasting fabric if using this fabric it definitely needs lining here I opted for a silver grey, I love the contrast.
With the prom and wedding seasons approaching it is a great pattern for both.
Thank you Minerva for this opportunity I’ve learnt so much!
Posted in Product Reviews on Saturday the 21st July 2018 by Vicki Ormerod
Just like sewing wovens, sewing knits can be a smooth experience or a complete disaster. In contrast to working with stable fabrics, with jersey it’s much easier to achieve a good fit thanks to forgiving qualities that it provides. Most of the problems can occur during the sewing process itself and that’s why Wendy Ward’s new book
is a must-read for anyone who wants to sew stretchy garments.
Wendy Ward is known to be a sewing expert so any book which was written by her can be recommended to those who want to improve their sewing skills. I’m not a complete beginner when it comes to sewing knits, yet I still found lots of valuable advice. The book covers literally everything, from picking the right fabric to cutting it and sewing your garment. It goes into smallest possible details of preparing and prewashing your fabric, finding the right and wrong side, etc. And it’s not too much since all of those tiny pieces form a puzzle of a successful jersey project. For example, it has quite a lot of information on how to pick the right fabric and what are the differences between different knits. Not only that, it guides you through the process of choosing the right stitch for each one.
As for projects, the book contains 6 patterns with plenty of options to choose from. You can sew 20 different dresses, trousers, skirt and cardigans. The patterns overlap and are printed on both sides of the paper, but it’s very easy to spot the right piece thanks to the different colours of each project’s lines.
Since the information in the book is valuable for literally anyone who wants to sew with knitted fabrics, the projects themselves are absolutely perfect for those of us who love a casual style. I can see myself sewing almost all of the projects (paired with some cute jersey prints) for lounging around the house, but I wanted to start with something that can be worn for other occasions as well. More specifically, I wanted a dress, but Peak one seemed to be too baggy for my taste and Longshaw wasn’t my style either. So I ended up choosing Winnats tank since it’s the most fitted one and pairing it with a simple gathered skirt.
It was a very easy hack. I picked the right size of the pattern based on my bust measurement which was absolutely true to my size. I also combined my pattern size with the smallest one by drawing a smooth line from bust to waist. This little trick allowed me to have a more fitted bodice. I stabilized the shoulder seams and neckline with some tape. It’s an important step that is so often underestimated. It prevents your seams from stretching and losing their shape. The sewing process was absolutely easy. I was a bit worried when I first tried it on with no facings - the neckline and armholes were gaping a lot. But it all took perfect shape as soon as the facings were installed, which required a lot of easing in! Since the top part of my dress wasn’t completely close fitting, I had to assemble it together with the skirt and then gather both layers with the cotton elastic. I must say that my elastic stretched out during sewing quite a lot, but it still does the job of making the dress sit at the waist.
The fabric I’ve chosen is a beautiful viscose and cotton blend single Jersey Fabric
. It’s mainly viscose, which gives it a lovely drape and softness. I absolutely fell in love with the print so even though there was a lot to choose from in Minerva Crafts’ jersey section, I couldn’t resist this floral one. Viscose jersey is a bit trickier to work with comparing to cotton, but it’s absolutely possible to master this process with tips from Wendy’s book. For example, I used a basting method before attaching neck- and armbands. I must say I wasn’t 100% happy with how they look though and I had to do some unpicking and reattaching, but it must be due to the amount of stretch this fabric has. I also used a triple step zig zag stitch to hem my dress and it’s still difficult to believe that I never came across this genius tip before! I used to use regular zig-zag or stretch stitch for that before and both of them are nothing comparing to the smooth and flat effect a triple zig-zag stitch gives.
Talking about how much I like the book and fabric, it’s not a surprise I loved the dress too. It’s a nice casual piece of wardrobe that’s very comfortable and soft, yet it still looks quite special thanks to the bright print. A dress like this can be worn during the hottest summer days, but an added jacket can transform it into a more versatile garment. I used to have a couple of similar RTW dresses and I was living in them during hot months. They were appropriate for work, grocery shopping, walking, plane and train travelling and so much more. My Winnats dress already proved to be such a versatile piece of wardrobe too.
Since I absolutely loved working on my project from Wendy Ward’s book, I can easily see myself sewing some of the other projects. I definitely want to try Peak T-shirt as a loungewear piece for winter (possibly in some cute cat print cotton jersey) and Monsal trousers for the same purpose.
Wendy Ward’s book is a great publication for anyone who wants to master their sewing skills. It was a pleasure for me to be a part of this blog tour and I can highly recommend “A Beginner's Guide to Sewing with Knitted Fabrics” to seamstresses that love the unique comfort that only jersey garments can give.
Thanks for reading,
Posted in Projects on Friday the 20th July 2018 by Vicki Ormerod
I made shoes! I finally fulfilled a
childhood ambition and made a pair of espadrilles for my daughter
using this Espadrilles Kit from Minerva. The fabric kit come
pre-printed with the main and lining fabric pieces to make
espadrilles for kids (sizes infant 8.5 to adult 2.5), plus a copy of
the pattern and instructions. Along with this, you also need to buy
the Prym Children's Espadrilles Soles in the right size and Prym Espadrilles Creative Yarn.
This was a great little project that I
thoroughly enjoyed making. The fabric included is lovely, and just
the right weight and combination for espadrilles. There are lots of
colour combinations to choose from. I love the little ‘handmade’
labels included with them too. It was nice a straightforward make,
although the instructions included are quite basic. When you’re
cutting out the pattern make sure you add your seam allowance. It
would be very easy to cut them without realising that.
You cut 8 pieces
from the fabric – 2 fronts and 2 backs in both main and lining
fabric. You join them together on the sewing machine (rights sides
together and them turn out) before pinning and hand sewing them to
the soles using satin stitch in the creative yarn (back front, then
front piece). It includes instructions on how to do that stitch if
you’re not sure. You need to try them on before stitching up the
sides. Easy as that!
The only aspect I found tricky was the
hand sewing, mainly because I used a tapestry needle and it was tough
getting it through the sole. Next time I think I’ll invest in a Prym Espadrilles Tool Kit for perfect espadrilles.
I was really pleased with the final
result, and so was the recipient! She’s a shoe size 13.5 and I went
for a 13-1 sole, so they’re still a little on the big side. She’ll
need to grow into them! They were so much easier than I thought they
would be. Having the pattern and the instructions means making
another pair in a different fabric will be really easy. I’m also
eyeing up the adult soles to make myself a pair. Navy linen with
Happy summer sewing!
Posted in Projects on Friday the 20th July 2018 by Vicki Ormerod
Wrap dresses are one of my favorite things to make because they are feminine, figure flattering, and relatively easy to make. For me, they also signify the start of spring and letting go of the constant wearing of pants and leggings. You know it is a wrap for the winter season when wrap dresses are an option in your closet. So when I received this gorgeous Scuba Fabric
from Minerva Crafts, I knew exactly what to make! This was my first time using scuba fabric for any project so I was a little nervous but I have no worries now. I loved working with it and cannot believe it took this long to try it.
This gorgeous fabric is a Gingham Check Print Scuba Stretch Jersey Fabric. It is a heavy weight fabric and comes in various colors such as blue, pink, yellow, and black. My choice is the classic black and white gingham version. I prewashed it to allow shrinkage. I always wash my clothes on the ‘tap cold’ option so I did exactly that and threw it in the dryer for about twenty minutes. I have made other items with knit fabrics but this was my first time working with a scuba fabric. It will definitely not be my last as it was such a hassle free fabric to handle; no wrinkles, no fray, nada!
I believe Vogue 9251
was a great choice for this gingham print. This wrap dress pattern has different sleeve and length variations. I made a few modifications to my version. I shortened the sleeves and the skirt length. I prefer most of my dresses to be slightly above my knee as I feel it is more flattering for my height. The skirt pattern is more of a high low skirt but I decided to even out the hem for both the front and back skirts.
This fabric is so versatile that I could honestly make anything with it and it would still be no hassle to work with. I used my serger for almost the entire project, which is another plus for me. I am very happy with how this turned out. The weight of the fabric is perfect for dresses.
Black and white is my favorite color combination so it was not a struggle to style this dress. There are so many ways to style wrap dresses but for this photo shoot, I decided to go with classic brown heels. I also paired it with a light cascading coat I made a couple of years ago. Wearing only handmade items and feeling the sun on my face was such a beautiful feeling. I headed for brunch right after the shoot and received so many compliments.
Are you crazy about wrap dresses as I am? I suspect they will be my go-to item again this spring and summer.
Sylvia from The Ravel Out
Posted in Projects on Thursday the 19th July 2018 by Vicki Ormerod
I have fancied playing with Sheer Fabric for a while so was thrilled to get a chance to review this check beauty. It has a real Lois Vuitton vibe to it and a touch of the 60's. When the fabric arrived my twins were enthralled, it was worn as some kind of costume for a full afternoon before making it into the sewing room!
I was going to make a pussy bow blouse but then saw a picture of Papercut Patterns Kobe Top and thought it might work well with a sheer like this.
I haven't worked with sheer fabric before and expected it to be shifty but the satin squares are a heavier weight which seemed to make it behave while cutting.
The same difference in texture though did give me a bit of an issue with the sewing machine. I decided to do French seams, but the change every couple of inches from satin to thin chiffon made it really challenging to keep the stitching straight. My seam allowances are a bit all over the place as a result!
The hems were tricky for the same reason, at one point I got so hot and flustered trying to keep the hem stitching straight on the sheer bits that I had to take my clothes off....(on the off chance that my neighbours are reading, apologies but I can't promise it won't happen again, it's what happens when crafting goes bad.)
It is worth noting that this fabric doesn't mind pressing so as bad as things looked after hemming a good steam, (over a press cloth obviously, this is a poly/viscose and I am not completely reckless) and they now look presentable enough to wear.
The pattern has a beautiful detail at the back which looks awesome but had me scratching my head and waving my seam ripper...in the end I found a tutorial on the papercut patterns blog which helped to a point, but I won't lie, I probably need a new seam ripper it took so many goes. (The fabric was a trooper, didn't seem to mind the endless stitching and ripping!) I top stitched my shoulder seam to stop the back neckline binding poking out, otherwise I don't think it would lie neatly.
On the positive side look how that back dips down! It is absolutely joyful to wear, I love the serious at the front, party at the back thing it has going on...makes me feel a bit dressed up without actually having to make much effort!
This fabric is perfect for this kind of simple top or blouse and I still have a pussy bow blouse on my list. I am so glad I was brave enough to try working with it but it has really thrown up some gaps in my sewing skills, practice makes perfect eh?
Thanks for reading, apologies again to my neighbours, and may the sewing god's keep all of your seams straight x
Posted in Projects on Thursday the 19th July 2018 by Vicki Ormerod
When I saw the beautiful Crepe Fabric
with the green foxes on navy I immediately thought: this would be perfect for a new Vogue V9253
dress! And if I may say so myself - the combo of fabric and sewing pattern makes anyone a “foxy lady” - literally. ;-)
I´ve made the pattern last summer for the first time and have since made another in a bottle green velvet - I can honestly say, it works well in a light airy fabric like this Fox crepe fabric but also in a heavier one, as long as it has a nice drape.
The crepe fabric is really soft to the touch and is very good to sew with. What I really like is that it does not wrinkle - it´s perfect for a dress, kimono or blouse to pack for travel without worrying how to get it smooth after it comes out of the suitcase. Yet it´s ok to be ironed during sewing - no need to worry.
I finished all edges with my overlock - the fabric does not fray extremely, but I find it cleaner and better to work with. I also used a matching green thread, so it´s a nice pop of color on the inside. Just be sure to keep the tension light enough to not stretch the fabric.
This crepe fabric also comes in a blue on peach color combo and I am already contemplating if I should get it as well, because I am so impressed with this one.
When I first made this pattern, I was really afraid it was going to be too difficult, as I had never sewn a Vogue pattern before, but the instructions are very clear and it really is an “Easy” dress to make. I saw so many great posts with this pattern on social media, that I had to give it a try.
I actually did not have to make any real changes to the pattern other than using the “short” length for me as “long” length, because I am only 1,60m - plus heels ;-) For me, the size “S” fits perfectly, no changes needed.
The dress is a semi-fitted, deep V Kimono style dress with a self-tie. It has a back zipper opening and very deep pockets (Yeah!).
You'll need about 2,50m of fabric for the dress - depending on width of your fabric, but if you´re using a fabric with a directional pattern like I did with the Foxes crepe, add about 50cm extra to that.
One thing I did when making this particular version of the dress is a minor change, but does make a difference - I shortened the V by overlapping the front parts a bit and sewed along the original seamline of the top to keep them in place. It´s an option if you feel like you would like to make a more “moderate” version of the dress.
I really love the deep pockets of the dress. It´s one thing I would add to any dress anyways, but even better if they're already included in the pattern. They are invisible and do not add any bulk to the silhouette!
This pattern comes as a printed pattern only, so I used my favorite tool to trace it: Swedish Tracing Paper
. I honestly believe it is the best you can use - it´s light, durable, you can actually sew a muslin with it, it rolls up, folds up, you can iron it - it´s just the perfect sewing tool. If you haven´t tried it - go get some with your fabric! It will become your go-to tool, I am sure.
I will be making more dresses after this pattern before the summer is over - so many pretty fabric options are calling for it :-)
Posted in Projects on Wednesday the 18th July 2018 by Vicki Ormerod
The UK heatwave this Summer has made every day feel like holiday (apart from the small inconvenience of going to work!). Our main Summer holiday abroad is at the end of the Summer, and the good weather here has made me start planning my holiday wardrobe sooner that I would have done otherwise. I was drawn to this tropical print Crepe Fabric
as soon as I saw it. The bright colours are perfect for warm evenings and cocktails. I knew it would work well as a maxi dress, but I couldn't decide on the right pattern, until Simply Sewing magazine came through my door which included the Lola maxi dress pattern. I had to grade between two sizes in this pattern, as my waist measurements (as always) were a size larger than my other measurements.
I opted to go with the 'cold-shoulder' version. This isn't a style I would normally wear, but I keep seeing it everywhere this Summer, and thought it would be fun to give it a go. This fabric has a really nice drape, and as such it is slightly more challenging to cut, especially the large pieces required for the skirt on this pattern. Using lots of pins helped! This has slightly more structure than some crepe fabrics, which makes it really nice to sew with. My sewing machine has automatic tension, which coped really well with this fabric. Constructing the bodice and sleeves took the most time on this pattern, and the sleeves took a bit of thinking about, as I'm so used to traditional set-in sleeves. I found the straps and facing quite tricky with this fabric, as the facing kept rolling up at the front, despite stitching in the ditch at the shoulder seams. I hand sewed a few invisible stitches to keep the facing down around the front of the neckline, which did the trick.
Making and attaching the skirt was fairly straightforward, but involved a lot of sewing due to the sheer volume of it. I used a bright pink invisible zip down the back to match the pink on the flowers, as I couldn't find an orange one in the right shade. As always, with a fabric that has some drape, inserting the zip was a bit challenging (I usually go back to the instructions in 'Love at First Stitch' by Tilly Walnes every time I have to insert one, as they are the clearest explanation I have found). I'm really pleased I went with the bright pink, as it looks great from the inside of the garment, and the zip pull co-ordinates with the fabric design. I didn't pattern match along the back seam, which I regret slightly - I think it looks OK as it is, but pattern'matching could have given a more professional finish.
I chose to machine-hem the bottom of the skirt, rather than hand-sew as I would do normally, due to the volume of the skirt. This worked fine, and isn't really too noticeable when wearing, mainly due to the fabric design.
I'm really pleased with the overall fit of this dress, with minimal adjustments after grading between pattern sizes. The fabric was perfect for this pattern - although much brighter than I often choose, it is a really good match, and the tropical flower design is perfect for long Summer evenings sipping a cocktail by the beach. Unfortunately, as I'm not yet on holiday, my photos are in my back garden - although I am sipping on a cocktail, a delicious frozen watermelon daquiri!
Thanks for reading,
Posted in Projects on Wednesday the 18th July 2018 by Vicki Ormerod
Hello everyone. It’s me, Sophie from sopbac.com
again with a new blog post for you guys. This time I got to try out the new John Kaldor spring/summer collection. John Kaldor has so much amazingly quality and beautifully printed fabrics that made it really hard to choose only one to test. In the end, I choose to go with this floral Peachskin Fabric
in the colour black. This made me all excited for the upcoming warmer months!
The peachskin fabric is so beautifully drapey fabric that works perfectly for the spring and summer months. I made my wedding dress out of the Trieste Peachskin Fabric
in ivory, and it was so easy to work with and felt incredibly soft even though it was drapey. So of course, I wanted to have more dresses made out of this type of fabric. For this project, I needed three meters of this fabric The width of the fabric was 1,45 m (58 inches).
To pair with the fabric I choose to go with the Sew Over It Eve Dress Pattern
I have been wanted to make for a while. It seems like all the stores and all of the social media (read: Instagram) is all about the wrap dress this spring/summer and I want to get in on the fun too! So this Eve wrap dress was perfect to make right about now.
To make this wrap dress I only needed 1,5 m of cotton stay tape (I just used cotton bias binding, and it worked out fine) in addition to the fabric. To make the dress better suit me, I morphed the two variations together. I took the floaty sleeve from version 1 and paired it with the straight hem of version 2. I had to shorten the hem by 12 cm (short people problems) to make it fit me better. I also added side seam pockets, of course.
I celebrated my 28th birthday in warm, sunny, tights and cardigan-free Riga, Latvia, with my husband in April where these pictures were taken. Our hotel had a walking tour map of all the important tourist attractions in Old Town. We walked the tour and was supposed to take pictures during the walk, but we were so taken by all the beautiful sights that we forgot most of it. Oops.
I really love this fabric and the combination of the fabric and pattern. The John Kaldor Spring and Summer Collection
has so much beautiful fabric that you should really go take a look for your next project. I am totally in love with the wrap dress and plan to make more. It is such an easy make and fitting problems becomes a minimum because you can always loosen the knot! That is perfect for summer parties with food involved! What do you think about the wrap dress that is floating around everywhere nowadays?
I hope you got some inspirations from my blog post. And if you want to come say hello over on my blog
Posted in Projects on Tuesday the 17th July 2018 by Vicki Ormerod
According to Harper’s Bazaar, CR Fashion Book and a vast number of other fashion trend experts the Kimono is it - completely on trend.
I knew this and was mulling it over in my mind when I received my latest project supplies from Minerva, what to make??? I rummaged through my pattern stash, pattern Look Books, Social Media, etc. and it was my dear, sweet sister-in-law Cheri who made my mind up!! She loved the Kimono top pattern in my vast number of options available. The what I would make is decided!
But what about the how? Sure I could make the basic style, no added interest or flair - or I could jazz it up, maybe mash-up another pattern with it again???
My final decision was to add flair at the cuffs and bottom hemline. I have already committed to using a contrasting fabric for the sash, but I now feel like that same contrasting fabric could add interest at the cuffs and the bottom hemline....
I am drawn to scallop edges right now, can’t really explain why I’m drawn to them but I am. I use a quilting ruler to outline scallops along the edge of the fabric - making the scallops even and consistent. And usually stitch their edges with a decorative stitch to finish them off.
My final look was pattern 6438, with Minerva’s floral cotton Poplin Fabric
and a contrasting fabric.
This floral fabric has so many colors in it, the coordination opportunities are almost endless!! I like the hand of a quality poplin fabric such as this, because it has a strength, a firmness that screams quality, while it’s still a bit soft and feels very lovely to the touch - so I’m assured of its wearability and comfort no matter what design I choose.
This would pare well with almost anything - jeans, skirt, slacks, shorts, dress, etc.
As I began my making journey on this project using a multi-size pattern; I first had to trace the pattern pieces onto alternate pattern material/paper because it would be a real shame to cut the original pattern in the package, hence losing all the other size options.
During this tracing period, I also work with Croquis to plan out my design ideas. Sometimes drawing, sometimes tracing from pattern piece pictures, sometimes laying over the Croquis a cut out of pattern pieces or sections of multiple patterns, until I find the look that I’m content with. I use an online tool called My Body Model
, where I maintain measurements for everyone that I sew for and am able to create personal coquis to suit their individual sizing. This way when I test out designs, I have a more realistic feel as to whether the look would compliment their body or not.
I’ve made my final design choices, nothing extreme just a little cuff and bottom hem flair for interest. I live in a different area from my sister-in-law, but shared a finished picture with her. Her response was “Wow, that’s so pretty!” I think I did alright for her.