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HotPatterns: Plain & Simple T

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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.

Kwik Sew 6358

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img_4320Another rendition of KS 6358, which I am finding very comfortable to wear these days.

I made one pattern hack this time ’round and doubled the front, so instead of their being a turn-under facing at the neckline, it is self-lined throughout.  This has proved to be a very nice modification.

I also changed the way I sew it, using a taco roll / hidden shirt yoke method to attach the front and back together.  This gives a clean finish on the inside.  I have no idea why I didn’t think of this the first time I made it, but there you go.  Sometimes one’s skills take a while to return.  Maybe they’re like mojo?

The fabric is part of the Nicole Miller line carried by Joann’s.  I picked it up during one of their 50% off sales and used an additional coupon.  That’s about the only time I purchase the Nicole Miller fabric.

 

New Look: 6343

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img_4393First off, the sleeves on this are not red.  They are a very, very hot pink.  Not quite neon, but close.

Secondly, I consider this one of my more mojo-less makes.  I like the ponte fabric of the body well enough – kind of retro.  The pink sleeves were an attempt to get out of my comfort zone.

In this case, I should have stayed there, and not been so adventurous.

6343_env_frontOddly, the pattern actually fit pretty well.  It’s just not speaking to me.  I wore it once, with leggings.  Right now it’s in the “what to do” pile.  Do I keep it, and refashion the ponte into something else?  Or donate it?

I liked the pattern, which fit well enough.  The cut in sleeves are a different take on a classic T-shirt look.  Different enough, but not over the top.  But, am I likely to make it again?  No idea.

A resounding Meh…

Style Arc: Avery

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img_4323I’ve finally discovered a style and size in leggings that I like to wear.  Not too tight, not too short.  A veritable Goldilocks size, if you will.  Of course, that meant I had to make some longer tops to go with them.

Enter the recent Style Arc sale at Amazon, and as fruits of that sale, their Avery pattern.  It’s a great mash-up of knit on top and woven on the bottom.  That makes fitting the bust and shoulder area much easier.  The lower part is woven, and meant to waft gently about the torso.  Again, not much to fit.

I used the last of a Nicole Miller knit on top, and some lovely sand-washed rayon on the bottom.  Do you know what the problem is with sand-washed rayon?  It is an absolute cat fur magnet!  And in our household, it’s always the feline who is oppositely colored to what you’re wearing that wants to be held.  We should buy stock in lint rollers, I’m tellin’ ya.

Avery comes with the option of putting an exposed zipper in the back.  Since I used a knit, there was no reason to.  There are also supposed to be wide hem facings.  Again, I omitted these in favor of a baby hem at the bottom.

I did cut the hem facings out and try them, but I seem to always have issues.  They never go in smoothly, and when they’re stitched down per instructions, they stick out like duck tails fore and aft.  Obviously I’m doing something wrong (too much interfacing?  Not enough?), but will leave that to another rendition to solve.

Avery.  Leggings.  Boots.  Oh My!

Style Arc: Issy

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img_4295Colder weather is here, and that means time for long sleeves.  Not yet cold enough for sweaters, but certainly sleeves.

To that end, I present the Style Arc Issy top.

I agree, making it in a stripe does create a certain visual vibration.

The pattern was on sale in the Style Arc Amazon shop several months back.  While it looks crazy complicated (ruching! pleats! cowl!) it is actually pretty simple.  There are only 8 match points to get all this extravagance.  Who’d have thought to tuck in part of the neck pleating into the armhole seam?  Pretty cool!

issy-topStyle Arc and I have a love/hate relationship with their sizing, so I wasn’t at all sure this would fit, but it does!  I love it when a muslin becomes wearable rather than a wadder.  On their more recent releases, they tell you what the ease difference is between sizes, which helps tremendously.

I will make one change on the next one, which will be leveling out the bottom.  The pattern calls for it to be canted to the right, but my figure isn’t canted-bottom friendly.  Certain parts should not be accented.

Hot Patterns: Plain & Simple

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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.

Yum!

Tangled Jammies

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img_4206Not to be confused with tangoing in your jammies.  Which I am sure would be a wonderful way to start the day.

A drifting bunch of ginko leaves on a T-shirt, with a pair of lounging pants to go with.

Each leaf has a different tangle in it, with shading and a background color of bright teal.  Different sizes too, but you can see that.

So, what makes these jammies?  Once I finished the tangles, I realized the T-shirt was too thin, well, too thin for me to be wearing in public.  And I needed jammies.

The bottoms are morphed from Jalie 926, a very old pattern long out of print.  The fabric a nice ponte knit, which hasn’t yet (keep your fingers crossed) pilled in the wash!

As we start to transition to cooler weather, these should see a lot of wear.  In fact, I’m wearing them now.  What’s that?  Doesn’t everyone blog in their jammies?