Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Zenith and Quasar - Vote Like a Girl!

Zenith and Quasar is always offering some unique prints that inform and teach. This round is no different. It's Vote Like a Girl and highlights 9 Suffragettes who changed the world and helped earn women around the right to vote. This Preorder is open through the end of August.

The Suffragettes featured are:
Sojourner Truth
Elizabeth Cady Stanton
Susan B. Anthony 
Victoria Woodhull 
Kate Sheppard 
Emmeline Pankhurst 
Ida B. Wells 
Louise McKinney 
Sophia Duleep Singh

Many colors of this panel are offered. The panels are a fat half on a yard with the other fat half being a solid color or striped for the suffrage flag panels.

But my favorite was the the panel based on the Suffrage flag. The Green/Purple was popular in Britain and Gold/Purple was popular in the US, although there was a lot of crossover of both and some solid colored flags as well. 

You can see examples of items used to promote the movement here - https://www.nwhm.org/online-exhibits/votesforwomen/gallery_1.html

There are also these panels

And here is a lineup of all the solid colored panels and prints.

I chose the Suffrage flag print and the green photo collage print. I also have the flower print that I need to sew.

Here is the top I made.

This is the Piko top from Everything Your Mama Made. I'll have a full blog soon of all the options from this pattern. It's really great, easy, and fast.

Aurorable Designs Textile Company

Aurorable Designs Textile Company is a new custom knit group.

Here is information on their fabric from their Facebook Page

Fabric Content:
95/5 Cotton/Spandex (Lycra)
4 way stretch
220+ GSM
59-60 inches wide including the selvage

They are based out of Hawaii and the first round has some Hawaiian themed prints. I was sent a fat half of the coral Hula Girls and the Hibiscus Coordinate. The prints are $15yard.

The colors are rich and vivid. The designs are very detailed and pretty. The hula girl is super cute with freckles across her cheeks.

Since it's still nice and hot here, I decided to make a sleeveless top with these and made the Koerbs Brothers Stitch Designs Hello Hi Lo Top. I've made several of these, but this was my first one without sleeves. I even made the keyhole back on this one.

The yellow bands are the 12 oz cotton lycra from Made Whimsy.

I tried to get photos initially on a day when it was sprinkling. hey didn't come out how I like, but the storms that came through had knocked one of my Canna Lillies down so I took the flower as a prop.

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Lyrically Mused Fabrics - Science Print and Panel

Lyrically Mused is a fairly new custom knit group. The owner, Constance, is based out of Vidor, Texas. This is my first experience sewing a strike off for Lyrically Mused. Lyrically Mused Fabrics digitally prints on a 95% cotton/5%spandex 220-240 GSM knit with 4-way stretch.

I am so thrilled that I got to sew up a really cool science print and panel. It's so hard to find cool science fabrics. These fabric are available for preorder through August 22 and can be ordered HERE.  

I was sent 2 childs panels, an adult panel, and a fat half of the science print. The child's panels are approximately 18" by 18" and the adult panels are 28" by 36" (fat half).

For one child's panel, I made the Duck Butt Designs Panel Pocket Tee. This was the first time I had made the Panel Pocket Tee.

I just love the quote on this panel.

The stars on the back are from Fabric Stache. They are currently on sale for $12.50/yard and can be found HERE.

The solid Navy cotton lycra for the sleeves is from Made Whimsy.  I love their solids since they are 12 oz and only $7/yard. You can buy it HERE.

With the other panel and the rest of the science print, I made the Duck Butt Designs Treasure Pocket Tee.

I think all these science related images on the main print are super cool. I love that there are so many colors which makes it easy to find something to coordinate with it.

Since I ran out of the Lyrically Mused science print, I had to use some equally awesome "Science is Cool" print from Zenith & Quasar fabric.

For my adult panel - I decided to keep on the Duck Butt Designs band wagon and made the Really Awesome Women's Raglan - aka RAWR.

For my shirt, I used the Nebulous print from Zenith & Quasar as the sleeves and for the back. This print is still available for purchase at retail HERE. Zenith & Quasar prints designs on a super soft brushed poly base. The design is based off a Hubble Telescope image and information on the image can be found HERE.

This is only 1 of 4 panels offered by Lyrically mused. Here are the others.

The pre-order closes on August 22nd.

Sunday, August 7, 2016

5 out of 4 Free Lounge Pants!

I make my son a few pairs of pajamas every year. It was finally time for me to make him some new ones. I asked him if he wanted me to make the new ones just like his old ones. He told me no - he wanted some with pockets. Pockets? Who needs pockets in their pajama pants? Well apparently the few store bought ones he has, all have pockets and he said he likes pockets.

No too long ago, I had seen a free lounge pants pattern on the 5 out of 4 Patterns website. I went to check it out and lo and behold - it had pockets! Get the free lounge pants pattern Here.
The pattern is unisex and has sizes by waist and hip measurement. There are 2 rises with the lower rise intended for women.

I printed the pattern and it went together perfectly. Then I had to tackle the problem of cutting the fabric out. My cutting table is about 40 inches long an these pants took the entire length with no room for me to maneuver my rotary cutter and my cutting mat is only 36". So I resorted to cutting these out on the floor. The next day my butt and legs were so sore. I discovered muscles I didn't know I had.

I have to admit that I didn't even read the instructions on how to make the lounge pants. I've made enough pants to know how to put them together, and I tend to add a few extra steps.

First I sewed the pocket piece onto the pants. This Circuit print is from Zenith and Quasar. This was from the original run and has a flaw. It was recently re-run on a super soft brushed poly and retail will be available soon. On a side note the name Zenith and Quasar was inspired by a show - The IT Crowd. You can find it on Netflix and it's hilarious.

Then I sewed the front leg to the back leg going around the outside of the pocket.

Then I sewed the crotch seams

And the rear seams.

My son's store bought pajama pants always seem to have failures of the crotch and butt area, To combat this, I use my cover stitch to topstitch this seam reinforcing it.

Now I sew the inseams.

Then I folded the top down an inch and sewed the end down using my coverstitch - leaving a gap for elastic. I added the elastic and coverstitched the opening closed. I actually did 2 rows of coverstitch because I missed the edge of the fabric the first time around. I mis-measured my fold.

And I added a tag so my son would know which was the front and back.

I then hemmed the legs using my coversitich, and I was done!

Here is the inside of the pocket on this pair. The pants are made with a computer code design that I purchased last year from Wanderlust Fabrics. The pockets are a bamboo lycra from Kimmy Snabric. If you have a computer geek in your family you will know that Alienware computers are big with computer geeks. So it makes perfect sense for aliens to be the pockets - trust me.

Here is a finished pair. I'll have to see if I can convince my child to model them. But first I need to make the tops that match.

Sunday, July 31, 2016

New Horizons Bali Blouse Full Back Hack

I loved testing the Bali Blouse for New Horizons. I loved the design and the fit. The open back is a unique feature and great for the summer. But I wanted to wear the Bali in the fall. I thought it would be so cute with a woven top with a knit bottom for the cooler weather - with a solid back.

So I decided to give a full back version a try. It's really easy.

You do everything the same for the top - except change the back piece.

Fold your fabric in half. Place the back piece on the fabric with the opening near the folded edge. I did mine with just a 0.5" gap from the fabric edge. I lined up the top of the piece to the edge of my fabric and made sure the grain line was straight on the pattern piece to the fabric.

This is what it looked like cut out.

I then marked on the fabric the line where the two piece would have overlapped - This would be where I would gather the fabric. This ended up not being a wide enough gathering area and I drew another mark 1" further out on both sides.

On the back bodice yoke I measured the center point and marked it - then marked a spot 2" to each side of the center. I gathered the back piece between the marks I made above and matched them up between the marks I made on the yoke.

Here is what one of my full back hacks looked like.

The sleeves and the yoke are knit - This is the Verse from Star Dust Textile company. It is currently at preorder (Actually it goes up on August 1st).

The body of the top is a lightweight poly jersey from Super Textiles in Dallas. I think I paid $3/yard for it. The color is beautiful and it's so soft.

You can see it a little here.

Full back!

I made another with the fabric in my photos demonstrating how to cut the full back - but I haven't worn it to take photos yet. I made that one sleeveless (another pattern hack).  I'll be sure to add them soon.

KZJO Studio - Plum

I always love testing for Kaysie at KZJO Studio. Her patterns are well drafted and go together perfectly. I tested the Plum awhile back and had plans to make another version in July when the Plum was the Pattern of the Month. And before I knew it - it was the last day of July.

Today is the last day to get the Plum on sale for $6.50. This versatile top is great on it's own or perfect to wear under a jacket. The neck line scoops slightly lower in the back. You can make the Plum in 1 piece or 2 (with a seam at the shoulders). The pattern is intended for light weight wovens, but could be made easily with a knit.

I decided to make mine with 2 pieces. The first step was to sew the front and back together across the shoulders with a French seam. You make a French seam by first sewing the two piece together with wrong sides together.

You then iron the seam to one side and turn the top wrong sides out. You then Sew the pieces together again enclosing the raw edge from the first seam.

Now make the bias binding for the neckline.

Sew the bias binding on and leave a tail to join with the end once you go almost all the way around.

Join the ends and finish attaching the binding.

You fold the binding in half and fold it to the inside, press, and stitch along the edge.

Then hem the sleeves using a rolled hem. Then sew the sides together and hem the bottom.

Here I am in my Plum.

I bought this fabric at Golden D'or during an inventory sale for 99 cents a yard. It's a lightweight silky fabric - feels like a poly blend.

Here you can see the slightly scooped back.

This is such a cute and simple top to make. The hardest part is the rolled hem - if you don't have a rolled hem foot. I was planning on just hemming my next one with a lace trim.