Sunday, April 8, 2018

Pattern Review: Simplicity 8557

Simplicity Pattern 8557
Lately, I have been obsessed with wearing leggings and long tunic style shirts. It's sort of the dressy version of pj pants and a tee. You can leave the house in leggings with a tunic or dress and actually look like you care. I saw Simplicity pattern 8557 as I was flipping through the pattern books on a 99 cent pattern sale day. It has 5 different garments: a dress, a tunic top with 3/4 sleeves, a sleeveless tunic top, a duster jacket, and crop pants. I made view C which is the basic 3/4 sleeve tunic style top with a back hemline that is longer than the front. The front hemline hits me at about the middle of the thigh with the back being about 2 or so inches above the knee.
The fabric I used is from Jo-Anns it's a red wine colored knit with stripes in the knit.It's a subtle texture that doesn't really show up in pictures.
For sewing I used my vintage Singer Merritlock serger and Singer 500A sewing machine with walking foot.
Total time was about 3 hours which also includes me trying to decided between to dress or the tunic. I didn't do any pattern modifications other than doing the petite adjustment fold on the pattern both on the body and on the sleeves. I choose the pattern size based on my bust measurement.
It went together really well. In the future I might serge along the hem and neckline edges before folding it into place. Even though the knit wont unravel the raw edge showing inside just looks "homemade". I kept the construction the same except for where the pattern used bias tape. I didn't have any and didn't want to go back to Jo-Anns to get some so I used some stay tape that I had instead.
I will definitely make this again in other fabrics. This pattern is pretty simple you just need to know a bit about stretch fabrics and have some basic sewing and construction skills. It's a great Sunday afternoon pattern if you are wanting to have a new item to wear on Monday.  I'm wearing my new top with some Harry Potter marauders map leggings that I made a couple weeks ago. I'm going to put together a leggings blog post soon. Sorry for a head cropped out photos I was not feeling very photogenic today.

Tunic top and harry potter themed leggings

Sunday, February 4, 2018

Doctor Who Chopsticks Quilt: in progress

The Chopsticks quilt pattern is by Jaybird Quilts and since it's been out for several years you should be able to find it at various quilt stores and online. Other than matching the points when sewing the rows this quilt sews up really quickly. You will need a large 60 degree triangle ruler though.
A few months ago *cough* last summer *cough* I finished one that I made using Asian style cotton prints and a golden yellow floral. I made the baby size quilt but it's currently hanging on a wall in my house.

finished baby size Asian themed Chopsticks quilt

A few weeks ago while cuddled up under blankets on my bed watching a BBC America Doctor Who marathon I realized I didn't have a nice warm cuddly quilt for napping and tv watching. I remembered that i had a small collection of Doctor Who fabrics in my stash. Since they are so detailed I didn't want to chop them up into bits instead I wanted to showcase them. I thought hey this would be great for chopsticks. I pulled my fabrics and the pattern out. I choose a minty green solid kona cotton for the background. I thought it was more interesting than grey or black. I'm changing the size a bit and aiming for a quilt size in between the lap quilt and the twin bed sized quilt. So far I have finished my Doctor Who center themed blocks now I am working on the ones that get the minty green centers and the Doctor themed strips.

I haven't entirely decided on the backing yet. I keep thinking that I should go with a cuddly minky fabric for the back. Then I might only use the lightest of battings if any. Or maybe I'll go with a flannel backing.