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.