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Sunday, June 21, 2015

KZJO'Studio Grace Cardigan and Charlotte Tunic Pattern Test

I tested 2 patterns recently for KZJO'Studio.  I tested the Grace Cardigan and the Charlotte Tunic.
Both will be available for purchase beginning on June 23 at kzjostudio All new patterns will be on sale for 15% off through June 30th.

The Grace can be purchased at grace-summer-cardigan for $7.20
The Charlotte can be purchased at charlotte-tunic for $8.50

First I sewed the Grace Tunic - just because it was an easier pattern.

As always - I checked my square first.


Then I proceeded to tape my pattern together and cut out my size. I did both one after another since this can be a time consuming step cutting pages and taping them together.


Next I cut out all of my pieces.


The fabric I am using I purchased at C&C Fabrics (www.candcfabrics.com) in the Dallas Fashion District off of their $2/yard table. It's a soft pink knit with a taupe colored velvet dots all over.


The first step was to lay out the pieces, back and front, matching the shoulders and sides. Pin them together and sew. I made a small mistake here - I was only supposed to sew the shoulder seams and I sewed the shoulder seams and the sides - Oops.


I took my sleeve pattern piece and made sure to mark my notches to identify which part of the sleeve went to the front.


Then I sewed the sleeves together.


And I put the sleeves inside the top and sewed the sleeves on. Even though I goofed - they went in perfect.


Now to hem. The pattern gave various options and I decided to do a rolled hem. I figured it would be best for this fabric.


And It was done. It was a super quick and easy sew. I plan to make many more of these.

Next on my table was the Charlotte Tunic. This is not your ordinary tunic - this one has style and a splash of sexy. Here are my pieces cut out. This one also called for 1/2" wide double fold bias tape or you could make your own. I purchased this fabric from Super Textiles (No website, but the physical address is - 2667 Perth Street Dallas, TX 75220). This fabric was $4/yard and is a very nice and satiny. My fabric was not very big - I bought what was left, so I did not have enough to make my own bias tape and decided to use a brown.


First I sewed the back yoke.


Trimmed the excess.


Now iron the seam to one side.


Then fold right sides together again, and mark 3/4" from the edge.


Now sew the sides from the marked line to the bottom open end.


Turn right side out and press. Now mark it again 3/4" down from the top.


And stitch along the marked line


Yoke is done.


Now match the yoke open bottom with the notched on the back bodice. My yoke ended up being slightly narrower than the notches. Not sure why. So I just centered my yoke between them and sewed it on.


Next I serged the side seams. I think this was the only step of the entire pattern that I could use my serger on. All other steps were best suited for a traditional sewing machine.


Then it was time to add the bias tape to the bodice. I pinned it on before I sewed it to make sure it was even.


After sewing, I clipped the excess seam.


Then It was folded under and sewn into place.


This is what it looks like on the inside.


Now for the neck and neck bands. They were done the same way - but you also edge stitched the bias tape to make the neck bands.


Inside of the neck line.


Now to tuck the neck bands into the 3/4" opening on the back yoke. Sorry - I forgot to take a photo. Use a safety pin to hold them in and try the top on to check the band length - adjust if necessary - then sew them into place.

Last step is to hem the tunic. I ironed the hem then sewed it. I was tempted to do a rolled hem, but felt this tunic was a little too dressy for that and it needed a more refined finish.


Here are photos of me wearing the Grace cardigan.




Here I am in the Charlotte Tunic.




And here I am wearing them together.



I definitely see myself making more of these. The Grace Cardigan is so easy and quick. I think I can make one in under an hour. The Charlotte Tunic is a little more complicate, but still a fairly easy sew. It does take some time to get it looking polished, I think it can be completed in under 2 hours.

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

5 out of 4 Patterns - The Adventure Skort

I was selected to test the Adventure Skort from 5 out of 4 Patterns. Their patterns can be purchased at 5outof4.com The Adventure Skort is available now and is on sale for $7.95! Here is the direct link to the pattern Adventure Skort



I'm usually not a skirt or short wearing person, but I really liked these. I signed up to make the long version - No one needs to see my legs above the knee - Ugly! But I'm planning on making a few short pairs out of swim fabric to wear in the pool.



Like all PDF patterns - first I checked the square. It was good.


I made 2 pairs - different pattern versions since they were adjusting the fit and making changes. The yellow pair was the first version I made, and the feather print was the second version I made.  I am not sure where I got the yellow from - its thick and have a great 4 way stretch. The feather one I bougth recently off a remnant table in the Dallas Fabric District for $2/yard. I still have 2 yards left. This pattern took about 1.5 yards.



Here are all my pieces cut out and ready to go.





The first step in the pattern is to make the shorts. First you sew the inseam of each leg.







Then you add a gusset. You sew it on one side first.






Then sew the other side on matching the widest peak of the gusset with the inseam of the shorts.






Then you hem the legs.


Then you make the skirt - which is the trickier part. First you sew the side seams together. This photo shows them laid out.


Then you sew the outside flat edge to finish it, then hem all the way around.


Now you prepare the waistband.


And then you put the shorts inside the skirt and pin the waistband on and sew it all together. And you are done.

Here I am in the yellow pair.





Here I am in the feather pair. I made a little boo boo on this pair. When putting the skirt together, I thought I had the top flap cut in reverse so I cut out a second one to mirror it. When in fact it was the ottom flap I had cut out wrong. So my flap is going the wrong direction in this pair - but I guess it doesn't really matter.




So when I have some free time, I'm making a swim pair in the shorter length.