Did you see the big announcement this morning? You do know how much I love a good sewing contest. If you haven't seen, Patterns for Pi...
It might be hard to believe, but this has been one of my hardest tours yet! Why? Sewing for my kids was easy. Picking from this color pa...
It might be hard to believe, but this has been one of my hardest tours yet! Why? Sewing for my kids was easy. Picking from this color palette for me was hard. Aside from Pink Yarrow, I didn't really love these colors. Where's the black, gray and navy? What about purple?! No doubt, I love this pink color, but I wasn't sold on the others.
chevron fabric in the Simply Ti Fabric Shop. OMG. Yes, it has pink yarrow. But it also has hazelnut AND primrose. Could it be? Did I find my perfect fabric? And the answer is of course yes!
I know a lot of people are afraid of rayon spandex. So let me point out 2 really important things.
#1- The Simply By Ti Rayon Spandex is a heavier weight than the typical Rayon Spandex. So it isn't as tough to sew.
#2- Our Rayon Spandex isn't sheer like other rayon spandex. For reference, I am wearing a BLACK, LACE bra under this romper with gray undies. You can't see them. Not even a little. :)
Next I had to decide what to sew with this beauty.
I've been considering the romper trend for a long time. Possibly so long that it is no longer cool. Did I miss a style trend? I wouldn't be surprised.
I already owned the Winter Wear Designs Riviera Romper, but I had never sewn it, so I used that for my first muslin. I realized the dolman top option was going to require a LOT of fitting, and I'm too busy for that. So instead, I mashed the Made For Mermaids Mama Claire onto the bottoms. PERFECTION. The best part about that is that I can also make a cross front romper too! And I won't need the tie on the neckline either.
To achieve this look, I slimmed the legs of the romper by 1". My skinny legs can't handle all of that extra fabric.
I mashed the upper body of the Mama Claire with the lower bodice portion of the Riviera Romper. I also scooped out the back to match the Riviera. I slimmed the front bodice to be identical to the back width. This gave me a little less "poof" around the waist.
This sewed up fast and aside from having to press the neckline binding, was relatively painless (curse you iron). And most importantly, COMFY. Rompers are so comfy.
Ready to follow along on another great blog tour? We've got inspiration for you every weekday for the entire month of March. I can't wait to see how others are interpreting this color palette.
Wednesday, March 1st Sewing By Ti, Hazelnut Handmade
2nd Crafty Like a Rox
3rd Sewing By Ti
Monday, March 6th Tenille's Thread
7th Harper + Lu
8th Creamer and Chaos
9th Sewingly, Michelle
10th Sewing By Ti
Monday, March 13th EYMM
14th Harper + Lu
15th Sprouting Jube Jube
16th Very Blissful
17th Doodle Number 5
Monday, March 20th Ma Moose
21st On Wednesdays We Sew
22nd Robynne and the Bobbin
23rd Crafty Like a Rox
24th Sewing By Ti
Monday, March 27th Rebel and Malice
28th Lulu & Celeste
29th Robynne and the Bobbin
30th Anne-Mari Sews
31st Margarita on the Ross
After my first attempt with the corset for the Breaking Ground Tour, I knew I had to try again. So this time, I tried Lekala Pattern...
After my first attempt with the corset for the Breaking Ground Tour, I knew I had to try again.
So this time, I tried Lekala Patterns. Lekala Patterns is a custom pattern company. You give them your measurements and they draft the pattern for you. They use height, full bust, underbust, waist, hip and full hip to draft your pattern.
I actually attempted one of their free patterns a while ago without any success. BUT, I was willing to try again. Especially since they had a few corset patterns to pick from.
I used Corset Pattern 5359 to start with. Inputted my measurements, Height 61". Bust 39". Underbust 32". Waist 31". Hip 38.5". Full hip 39.5. There is the option to make a few adjustments, like waist height, but your options are low, regular or high, which are obviously not precise adjustments. They do have pictures that give you a general idea, but without knowing what their "regular" lengths were I did not adjust any of these at all.
If I've said it once, I've said it a million times. I'm a woman with a big bust. So you can't make me a top pattern based off of my full bust. My body doesn't work that way. Unfortunately, this method uses your full bust to get your shoulder widths. <sigh>. Needless to say, shoulder fit=bad.
AND, fitting the shoulders on a pattern is WAY harder than fixing the bust. But I attempted it anyway.
On the other side of that, from the bust down, widths are perfection. And this is by far the best princess seam I've ever had for my bust.
Here's the problems I've run into.
#1- The bust point is about 1" too low. I have a large bust. My bust point is not normally too high if you adjust for my shorter stature. Supposedly this was supposed to adjust for my height, but it sure doesn't feel like it.
#2- As part of the bust point being too low, the armscyes are HUGE. This is meant to be lined, but I think it would be better to finish the armscyes with bias tape. It would give not only the shoulder more width, but it would save me from having to extend out the entire armscye.
#3- The overall side seam is short. I extended this out 2" and did not hem the bottom. That reaches my high hip now. The line drawings give the impression that the bodice is longer than the natural waist.
#4- The neckline is VERY low. Again, I think using bias on the neckline would add the extra width without having to extend it out myself.
If you're looking for instructions, this is NOT the place for you. There were only 10 steps to the instructions for this pattern. They weren't full sentences and there definitely were NOT photos to walk you along. On the plus side, you can see the instructions BEFORE you buy the pattern.
I had hoped this pattern would include the placement for the eyelet holes, but just like it didn't tell you what size eyelets to buy, or how much fabric or cord you need, you're sort of on your own there. That wasn't life threatening or anything.
Even though my experience wasn't perfect, I still think I might give Lekala another try. Why?
#1- this did save me a crap ton of time on shortening the waist and blending sizes.
#2- no FBA. This is the biggest time spent for me on patterns.
#3- instant gratification.
But, this won't become a new favorite of mine for everyday. Mostly because my measurements change frequently, and you only get 1 size. So yes for a special occasion item, but no for everyday unless your measurements are very stable.
You might be thinking the Breaking Ground Tour left me with a whole lot of failure, and you'd be right. But I'm still super glad I joined and tried something new. At the very least, I indulged my love for the laced corset look and now that I've got this pattern fitted mostly properly, I'm ready to #makeallthecorsets. Plus, I've learned a lot along the way!
Anne-Mari Sews, Tales of a Tester, Sewing By Ti, Musings of A Seamstress, Harper + Lu, Sewing A La Carte, Sprouting Jube Jube, Lulu & Celeste
As you may already know, I'm on a mission to find balance in my clothes. Vertical, horizontal all around balance. Knowing that balance p...
And this week, I've spent a LOT of time thinking about faces, necks and necklines. For today's post only, I'm talking first about neckline shapes.
What got me here? My Sisboom Angie. It seems to be the reason I do anything these days.
So here are my two Angies, side by side. The black one has a low deep scoop. My bust looks small. The blue one has a scoop that is 2" higher. My bust looks more balanced. It also looks like I could go even higher with my neckline.
What is this trickery? Last year, I was all about the super low necklines. It was the only thing that balanced my bust on my wide shoulders. Ironically, my bust is currently 2" larger, as is my overbust. How can it be bigger, yet look smaller?!
Now, I wish I was about to tell you the secret to all of your neckline troubles. Sadly, I can't. You see so far I have found so many different theories and they don't agree!
School one, choose your necklines based on your face.
I liked this youtube video to help me pick my face shape. It uses math. You know how much I love math. :)
Inside out style has this blog post on picking necklines.
According to this method I have an oval face (at least I think I do, if I'm wrong, PLEASE TELL ME!). Based on an oval face, I should wear rounded necklines. That means scoop, jewel and crew necklines. Is that flattering for me? My experience says they aren't unflattering. At no point does this method take any consideration into the rest of the body shape. They also mention soft v-necks rather than sharp ones. AND, they say ANYONE can wear a cowl. Hmm, I think that's a bit more complicated than just saying anyone can wear a cowl. There's a huge difference between a big chunky cowl and a thin lightweight one.
School two, choose your necklines based on your body shape.