Hello again! As expected, grad school’s been taking up most of my time lately, so my poor blog’s been a little neglected. I’ve still been sewing though, and I have a small backlog of projects waiting to be blogged, hopefully over winter break!
I made (and photographed) this tank back in September. It’s a free pattern by Australian designer In the Folds, downloadable at the Peppermint Magazine sewing school site. As soon as I saw it on Instagram I was really into it, even though I’m usually not a ruffle person. I think the shape and proportions of this pattern are really cute and modern.
I whipped one up in a lightweight cotton from my stash, and I’m really pleased with how it turned out. It’s a fun piece to wear!
Even though it’s a free pattern, the instructions are excellent. It was really a joy to sew – all the pieces fit together so perfectly. I was especially impressed by how well the V-neck bias binding turned out.
You can’t see it too well on mine, but there are shoulder panel pieces that would be great for color-blocking. Maybe on my next version!
The only thing I would change next time is to add just a bit more length. I feel like it’s a little too short to wear with my mid-rise jeans. I’m wearing it here with my high-waisted Gingers.
I’ve been eager to try another In the Folds pattern, and ever since the Acton Dress was released recently I’ve had my eye on it! I imagine the wrap skirt version would be fantastic for holiday parties, and I think I have the perfect stash fabric to go with it…
I’d been wanting to try out the Lady Skater dress pattern by Kitschy Coo for a while, so I was excited to see it was included in the first Perfect Pattern Parcel released a couple weeks ago.
I plan to sew up a dress version as well, but for this make I re-drafted the skirt piece into a peplum using this tutorial, For some reason my peplum came to really long points at the sides, but it was easy enough to fix – I just used my rotary cutter to adjust the curve, taking off about three inches at each side.
I bought this really lovely, lightweight jersey at The Common Thread during the Austin Fabric Shop Hop a few weeks ago. The Shop Hop was a lot of fun, and I found out about some fabric stores that I didn’t even know existed! My husband went along with me too, and chose a couple fabrics for shirts that you’ll be seeing soon.
I’m still totally in love with my serger. So quick, so easy, so professional-looking. This shirt only took a few hours to make, even including drafting the peplum piece.
I found that attaching the collar band while the shirt was still flat (as per directions) was a lot easier than adding it after both the shoulder seams were sewn, which is the way I’d always done it before. Same thing with the sleeves and sleeve bands. Sewing in flat always seems to work better for me.
I’m planning on lengthening the bodice into a t-shirt and sewing up a few more of these for summer! I can definitely understand why this pattern’s so popular now.
How many Lady Skater’s have you sewn? Leave me a link to them in the comments – I’d love to see what you all have come up with!