I have quite the growing collection of woven fabrics, but for years I almost exclusively sewed with knits. I never felt completely confident in my fabric knowledge and that kept me from really exploring more woven garment patterns. Now that I have a better handle on picking the fabrics that are more appropriate for the garment, I have a new love of woven garments.
Last week I was looking for a quick morning project and decided to find a pattern that would be perfect for this rayon chambray from Indiesew. Unfortunately this fabric is already sold out, but this black and white crepe would be amazing for this pattern. After scanning through my pattern collection I came across the Seamwork Loretta and knew it was the perfect choice.
When I celebrated my first businessiversary in 2015 I compiled a HUGE blog tour highlighting some pretty fantastic bloggers. If you weren’t around then, I highly recommend going back and checking it out. So much inspiration. Full Collections of Posts Here
The theme of the blog tour was Remix the Stitch, where the bloggers took one of my patterns and remixed it any way they wanted. The end result was a huge collection of pattern hacks, so many I never would have thought of.
I have been DEEP in pattern testing Eastlake this week, learning more about full bust adjustments and waist darts than I ever realized possible, and totally forgot to post about my Sew the Year May plans. So I am remedying that today.
May is bogged down with Me Made May and this pattern test so I am going to focus on basics for myself, something I don’t sew nearly enough.
It is no secret that my life is a funny combination of pattern designer and momming. Basically I am all over the map and need basics I can grab for when I am running out the door to dance/gymnastics/preschool or just doing work on the computer.
You guys, why in the world do I not sew for Sophie more often. Abby of Sew Much Ado really knocked it out of the park with the Sullivan dress. I can’t believe how ridiculously adorable this dress is on my girl.
I have to be honest I am a little jealous of this dress, I might need to find a way to hack another dress to look like this. I will probably look like a 6 year old girl but…
If you remember from my April Sew the Year post I mentioned that Benny got the best pair of grey cord pants from my mom. As soon as I saw them I couldn’t get woven mini hudson pants by True Bias out of my mind. I knew my guy would look adorable in a pair of twill pants so that is just what I did.
Shortly after I released the View Ridge pattern last year I sewed up one in knit. It was everything I had hoped it would be, but then I never shared it with all of you. I wear it often and thought I would finally sew one up for you for March Sew the Year and share. Make sure to read all the way through because I have a fun pattern bundle to share as well.
One of the elements of the new Bryant pattern that I didn’t expect is the wide range of looks you can get simply by the fabric you choose. So today I wanted to show you how the pattern looks depending on your fabric choices.
Each of the tops I will be showing you was made with the exact same pattern pieces. This will be even more apparent tomorrow when I share the tester roundup with you. I actually have a few more tops that never got photographed, simply because the rain in Seattle the last few weeks has been insane. I will make sure to add them to this blog post as soon as I photograph them.
My newest pattern Bryant, is a dolman sleeve top that is cut on the bias. One of the common questions that came up in the testing was on the best way to cut out a pattern like this on the bias.
The two most important things to remember when working with knit cut on the bias is to handle it as little as possible and STAYSTITCH the neckline and facing. Absolutely in no way should you skip this step, trust me I did it with one of my tops and the neckline was so stretched out I couldn’t get the facing to fit.
Bryant is a knit dolman top with a boatneck and two sleeve options. Whether you decide to make the short sleeve cuffed version or long sleeve, you have the perfect pattern to transition you through the seasons.
This pattern is a little different from your average dolman top, it’s cut on the bias! By cutting your top on the bias you are not only getting the chance to play with fun prints but you get a level of added drape you wouldn’t normally have.