Hot Patterns Classix Nouveau Peasant

We all know that sometimes fabric just has to age, like a fine wine.  Other times the fabric is owned by a lazy person, like moi, who couldn’t decide what to do with it.

After a year of it sitting on the cutting table, and having a certain relative enter the sewing room, give it a pat, and exclaim what a lovely print it was, the light bulb finally went off, and I had a “Eureka!” moment.  There was a little over 5 yards of this print, and it’s 60 inches wide, more than enough to stitch up something as a holiday gift, and still have something left over.

The Classix Nouveau Peasant Blouse had already been somewhat fitted to the recipient, so it would be a matter of simple sewing!

Based on the first top (not blogged about) I took out some of the width of the patterns, and also enlarged the neck band by 1/4 inch in width.  This helped the neckline lay closer to the body.  I also block fused interfacing to the neckband fabric before cutting it out.

That’s one of the things about challis – it has a mind of it’s own once it’s cut, and I wanted that neckband to hold it’s shape.  The bulk of the seams were serged, and a baby hem added to the bottom.

The blouse was well received; an unexpected wardrobe addition.


HotPatterns: Riviera Cote D’Azure Too

There was enough of the brushed knit left over from Vogue 8597 to make one more top.  Imagine that!

This one is the sleeveless version of the HotPatterns Riviera Cote D’Azure top.

Since I’ve made this one a couple times, the sewing was relatively simple.  Only real tweaks were adjusting the v neck so it wasn’t too low and lay flat.  But then, I always have to do that on this top.

It will be a while (as in next year Spring) before this top is worn, but that’s OK.  I’ll have something new to look forward to when the weather warms up.

Hot Patterns: Tailored T

Yes, tis true, the weather is getting cooler here.  That said, this top was made a while back and is just now percolating to the top of the blog.

This is my fitting muslin, if you will, made from some lovely brushed poly knit.  Let me tell you, this fabric feels soooo wonderful – both to the hand and to the bod.

About the pattern:  overall, I like it, though on me it does run big.  And as a friend said to me “A t-shirt with darts?  You have darts?”  Yes, there are small fitting darts.

The yellow side part does not have a seam, so it joins front to back.  Not the best way to fit things, hence there’s a seam straight down the middle of both the front and back to make the top wearable.  I took in an inch with each one.

Rather than try a baby hem on the sleeves, I doubled them up with the yellow, so they are heavier, and the yellow pokes out the bottom.

Future changes?  I may take some width out of the sides as well, and work on the dart placement.  It’s not quite right, though with a knit the pointies are not obvious.  Or maybe remove it all together, as I am not so well endowed as to need darts.

While the top is currently out of rotation (see comment on weather above) it will get a lot of use next year.

HotPatterns: Plain & Simple T

img_4404This top is an exercise in perseverance.

It’s my standard T pattern, the Hot Patterns Plain & Simple T, made with the boat neck option.

But that’s not how it started life.  Oh no!  It was supposed to be something quite different!  That being an asymmetrically hemmed tunic.

I mean, a tunic.  A long top. How hard could it be?  Well, as you can tell, more difficult that I expected.  I used the basic T pattern for the top, the widened the bottom, thinking that’s all I needed to do.  Nope!

This fabric is clingier, which meant that rather than skimming the lumps & bumps, it snugged tight, showing off everything we women of a certain age don’t want shown.

I put it aside.  Waited.  Waited.  Waited.  There was no way to add more width at the bottom.  The fabric was going to stretch how it stretched; couldn’t do anything about that.  In the end, I lopped off the length, took in the sides a bit more and now have a top.

I’m glad I kept at it.  It’s a nice t-shirt.  I still have tunics tinkering in the back of my mind.

Hot Patterns: Plain & Simple

img_4207It’s amazing how many T-shirts one can make from 2 yards of wide fabric.

I think this knit was 54 or 58 inches wide, and it’s yielded two (count ’em, Two) long sleeve tops.

Granted, they aren’t fancy, ruched, gathered and oddly patterned LS tops, but they’re tops all the same, and will get a lot of wear.

Not much to be said about the sewing of this one.  It’s my TnT Hot Patterns Plain & Simple T with the boat neck option. I have the older pattern, not the newer Redux version, though I’m sure they are pretty much the same.  There’s turquoise binding on the neck for some winter pop!  3/4 length sleeves, so I don’t risk dunking things into my coffee.



IMG_4040Even though it’s currently a little warm to wear this, I stitched it up anyway.

These navy and white fabrics made my eyes vibrate!

Two different stripes using the same colors, combined with my TnT Hot Patterns Plain & Simple T pattern; add to that a Sunday afternoon and voilá.

Instant gratification!

Unfortunately it seems this pattern is now out of print.  There are several others at the HP site that would work up just as nicely.  Perhaps even better!

Scuba Dooba

IMG_3998The online sewing community has been all abuzz about scuba fabric.  Something new and different, that’s finally migrated from Ready to Wear to yardage.

I picked some up when it was on sale at Girl Charlee fabrics.

As it’s name sounds, scuba is similar to neoprene, except much thinner and better suited to garments and accessories (think laptop cases).

Having several wetsuits from our more liquid hobbies hanging in the closet, I was intrigued by this new arrival.  Never having seen scuba in Ready to Wear, I can’t say if my fabric is excellent, medium or poor quality.

What I can say is that it sews up easily.  It has stretch for wearing comfort, but not like a t-shirt knit.  I left the top unhemmed, as scuba doesn’t ravel.  Use a simple pattern – you don’t want a lot of intersecting seams.  Scuba builds up thickness quickly.

The verdict is still out on how it will feel in warm weather (we’re just heating up this month).  So, something new, and blue and Ready for Me to Wear.