Friday, May 22, 2015

Stylearc Ivy Knit Top

New square shape T-shirt with design lines

Made a color-blocked top from 2 fabrics - polka dot jersey (doesn't have much stretch) and black rayon knit.

Size: 16
Alterations: raised neckline at front and sides 3/4 inch. shortened back 1 1/2"

Sleeve can be shortened and the front can be lowered.  Very comfortable to wear.

Monday, May 18, 2015

SB328 Tonic 2

Tonic 2Made 2 Tonic 2 tees. It is a free pattern from SBCB. The fit is great.  The only change made was to shorten the sleeve to elbow length.

Size: 1X
Alteration:  shortened sleeve 11.5 inches.


Neckline can be raised in front about 3/4 in

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Perfect Size Reversible Lunchtime Pouch

Saw this bag reviewed on Mia's Creations.  This is a PDF pattern by Projects by Jane.  Since Mia had a coupon for this bag, I thought I would try this designer. I really liked the round bottom and I needed a lunch bag, and thought it would be perfect for my salad container.  Bought the pattern and made it.  As you see, it was a bit too small.

So I decided to resize it by adjusting the size in the Print option.  Jane even has a tutorial on her blog on how to resize the templates.  Printer was out of ink, and there was no extra cartridge.  So I decided to go back to the old math formula.  Since I knew what  finished diameter I needed, I just plugged it into this formula (had to google it since I could not remember it)

Circumference = pi multiplied by diameter 

It worked!

The round bottom:

I also like the way casing is made.  It's a bit different from other drawstring bags in that the ties are right at the top without a border/ flange.

I used a quilting cotton for the fabric.  I interfaced the exterior bottom with a fusible fleece and the lining bottom with a medium weight woven fusible called Presto.  The only problem I had was when sewing the bottom, there were puckers, so I resewed it at 1/4 inch (6mm) seam allowance instead of the 3/8 inch.  

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Dolman Sleeve Top - MariaDenmark Olivia Oversize Top

MariaDenmark  105-Olivia

Made two tops from Maria Denmark's pdf Dolman sleeve pattern.

Pattern:  MariaDenmark 105-Olivia

Fabric: rayon/polyester mix light knit

Alterations: shortened sleeve 2"; shortened body 2".  The bottom band was too big, so wrapped fabric snugly around waist/hip area and used that as the band length.  Neckline was too low, so raised it about 2".

Conclusion:   A very comfortable loose top.  

Raglan Top - Kwik Sew 2874

Pattern: Kwik Sew 2874
Fabric:  cotton interlock - black body with mint sleeves
Alternations: sleeve shortened  3.25", added 2" to body Size: XL
Conclusion:  a bit tight around abdomen area, add 2" for next time

Monday, May 19, 2014

Top - Ottobre 2-2007

Made this top from the Ottobre magazine.

Fabric:  Unknown - I suspect it is a poly-cotton blend.
Pattern: Ottobre 2-2007 - Pattern #2
Alternations: sleeve shortened 1", ribbing - widened from 1 1/2" to 2".
Size: 50
Conclusion:  drag lines around bust, have to do a forward shoulder adjustment for next one.  Overall, quite pleased with the fit.

Sunday, January 13, 2013