Sew Fashionble 06/06/16

Welcome to Sew Fashionable: A weekly showcase of my favorite sewing and fashion posts across the blogosphere.

This week I plan to cut into some very nice fabric…but first I need to get some hairbow making out of my system. These are some custom bigalicious 8″ bows I made over the weekend. Fingers crossed, I should be able to get some more listings in the shop this week.

8" Custom Hair Bow Set: Your choice of colors

Let’s see what everyone has been making!

Style

Helen’s Lanari Dress and View A of her soon to be released culottes pattern.

This shirtdress sewn by Heather

Carolyn made a gorgeous jersey lingerie set

Naomi’s Esme Cardigan at The Monthly Stitch

Learn

4 ways to sew a curved hem, video tutorial by Charlotte Kan

How to pivot a dart at In The Folds

Shop

Micro Duoplex in all the colors! Bra kits at Bravo Bellas

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Liola Patterns Ella Top

Almost a year ago to date, I finished my first Ella Top. It never made the blog, but I do have photographic proof via my Instagram

Liola Patterns Ella Top

 

Ella Top from Liola Patterns in peach skin fabric from Girl Charlee, 2015

I brightened the photo above for clarity. The fit was almost perfect without modifications (except length)…almost. I ended up giving it away because it was a little tight across the bust. I have wanted a simple woven tank forever but I always feel like my girls will break the shirt. 

Liola Patterns Ella Top

I recently made another Ella Top but sadly, I’ve forgotten what adjustments I made. I remember that I added some swing to the side seams and changed the hem a bit. 

Liola Patterns Ella Top with knit back

Using a knit fabric for the back alleviated the need for an FBA. I didn’t use the dart placements, mostly because I forgot to mark them. I pinned myself in the mirror and sewed. The busy print makes it difficult to see the dart, but it’s doing what it’s supposed to, like a good little dart should. I think the print placement on this top is even sort of minimizing, in a good way.

Liola Patterns Ella Top

I love the fit, although I wish I hadn’t swung the side seams out. It might have caused some fabric pooling in back. I think I’ll make another Ella Top with no adjustments. The knit fabric in back seems to cure the snug bust. 

Liola Patterns Ella Top

 

Coincidentally, my second Ella Top was also made with peach skin fabric from Girl Charlee. I love the lightweight drape and the opaqueness of this fabric. It’s perfect for sweaty summers. 

Liola Patterns Ella Top

I barely eeked out enough bias to finish the neckline and armcyes. This pattern is a quick sew, making the bias tape took longer than making the top.

Liola Patterns Ella Top

I love the contrasting back yoke and pleats. Had to get a shot of my favorite part!

Liola Patterns Ella Top

 

Liola Patterns Ella Top in peach skin fabric from Girl Charlee 

 

 

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Sew Fashionable 05/30/16

Welcome to Sew Fashionable: A weekly showcase of my favorite sewing and fashion posts across the blogosphere.

We spent some time at the lake this weekend, and I’m a day late publishing this post! Summer is my favorite season. Relaxed schedules and lazy weekends just do it for me. It’s hard to keep up with blogging this time of year!

Sew Fashionable: Weekly Series at SewsNBows

Let’s see what everyone was up to last week.

Style

Lori’s maxi dress looks so comfortable.

Meg’s Amber Trousers make me want to dress nice. #Goals

Ajaire out-glamps us all in this jumpsuit.

An off-shoulder top and denim skirt at Very Purple Person

A classic top with bell sleeves at These Days.

I need this Sallie Jumpsuit at Crafting A Rainbow!

Learn

Make a narrow knit binding video tutorial from Thread Faction

How to sew a handkerchief hem by Megan Nielson http://blog.megannielsen.com/2016/05/sew-handkerchief-hem-knit-fabric/

Sew a proper panty gusset at BraMakers Supply http://bramakers.blogspot.com/2016/05/perfect-panty-gusset-burrito-style.html

Tips for working with scallopped lace at Merckwaerdigh

Shop

Free sewing pattern from Red Heels: Budapest Panties in multiple sizes.

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Sewing Panty Elastic

I’ve been practicing sewing panty elastic, and I can see lots of improvement!

Improving My Technique: Sewing Panty Elastic

A while back, I slapped together some undies, mostly just to use up fabric scraps. As I was sewing that last batch, I came across this post at Emerald Erin: 3 Ways To Sew Panty Elastic. I decided to slow down and try each technique for my next round. So here’s the more carefully sewn, but not yet perfect set of Scrundlewear panties.

Sewing Panty Elastic (Scrundlewear Pattern)

I made this pair first. I’ve brightened the photos so you can see stitches better. I changed my machine settings to a wider stitch, which looks a little nicer I think. I didn’t get close enough to my picot lace edge though.

Sewing Panty Elastic

For the next pair, I changed my speed settings to reeeaally slow.

Sewing Panty Elastic

I added this cute side seam detail:

Panty Elastic: Side Seam Picot Lace Detail

And I got a lot closer to the edge of the lace, where it just peeks out. Should the zig zag stitches be closer to the edge of the fabric? Because that would be a really WIDE stitch…

Sewing Panty Elastic (leg opening)

Sewing Panty Elastic: joining seams

I’m not satisfied with my elastic joint at the waistband here.

Sewing Panty Elastic

My fold-over elastic joints look awesome though. You can’t even see them, I’m so happy!

Sewing Panty Elastic: Fold Over Elastic

In store bought panties, the stitches aren’t so short. These have tons of stretch, so I’m not sure if it’s wrong. What do you guys think? I still have lots to learn about sewing panty elastic.

Sewing Panty Elastic

Have a great Memorial Day weekend!

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Sew Fashionable 05/23/16

Welcome to Sew Fashionable: A weekly showcase of my favorite sewing and fashion posts across the blogosphere.

Child portrait

School’s out! This weekend was the end of school dance hosted by the FFA. My kid danced like nobody was watching, and I loved it. Could my child be any more beautiful? Be still my heart.

Not a lot on the sewing front; I have several WIPs that need binding or hemming. I dislike having multiple projects in progress; time to clear up the sewing queue!

Sew Fashionable: Weekly Series at SewsNBows

Let’s see what everyone was up to last week.

Style

I love this dress from Diary of a Sewing Fanatic, especially paired with a cardigan.

Blogless Anna hacked the Briar Tee and used a cool tool!

You’ll want this cute Wiksten Tank at A Happy Stitch.

Here’s a Nani Iro tank using the new Grainline pattern, by Fancy Tiger Crafts

Anna Zoe made 2 awesome pairs of Hampshire Trousers.

Helena from Gray All Day absolutely wows in her dress.

Learn

A couture sewing method from Itch To Stitch: help your garment hang beautifully without rising up.

Head slapper! How to ensure that your thread spool and bobbin thread run out at the same time.

Read about a Supreme Court case that could potentially change copyright laws for fashion design in the U.S.

Shop

The new open back pullover pattern from GreenStyle.

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