Saturday, 22 June 2019

Ebony Tee for Maternity

Now that I finally have some energy, I'm really excited to sew some maternity wear that I can hopefully continue to wear post-maternity. The Ebony Tee by Closet Case Patterns is popular both for people sewing for a bump and those not, so I thought I would give it a try. This was my first Closet Case Patterns pattern, and I was eager to discover what all the hype was about. I'm not going to lie, I was a bit skeptical. As soon as I put on the first burgundy shirt I made, it all made sense. I don't know what's so magical about it, but I'm sold.

I started off by making one in some leftover burgundy bamboo knit that I had. There is a seam down the back that is not in the pattern so that I could fit it on the fabric I had, and it's a length between the crop and dress versions of the non-raglan versions, and it's got the view B neckline and sleeve length. I love the length that it ended up being - long enough to wear as a tunic with leggings casually, and still a good shirt length to wear with jeans. Postpartum I will likely most often wear it with black jeans, for now it's good with maternity jeans because it's long enough to cover the elastic waist. I made this in a straight size 14, and I'm happy with the shoulder fit so I will likely continue with this size forever. Also, I didn't take any pictures of this because I kept forgetting, or it was in the laundry.

After my success with the first, I decided to take the plunge and cut into the royal blue bamboo knit that I bought ages ago but was too afraid to cut into. This is the dress length (View A) plus 2 inches with the view B neckline and sleeve length, and it also has a seam down the back because that was the only way I could figure out how to cut it out with the 2m of fabric I had. I've barely taken it off since I made it and keep making people feel how lovely the fabric is. For now I really like the length of the sleeves, but we will see how I feel about it once I no longer have a furnace inside me. Generally I prefer sleeveless or full length sleeves, but I have a feeling elbow length might now make the list.

I made an exact copy of the blue on in my purple bamboo from Mood Fabrics in New York, and I also love it. I know that it is now a matter of time before I buy the Kalle Shirt Dress from Closet Case as well. And probably the Ginger Jeans. Also, look at my beautiful rhododendron! I tried out the tripod and self timer for these photos, next I need to get a remote and figure out how to upload photos in a better resolution.


Pattern: Ebony Tee by Closet Case Patterns
Material: Bamboo knit from Fabricville <3
Modifications: Cut a straight 14 and added some length for the blue dress
Learning: I'm so happy with the neckline on these, turns out basting first really does make a difference! I also learned I like elbow length sleeves, who knew?

Sunday, 16 June 2019

Pony Tank Dress

My goal when sewing maternity dresses is to use patterns that aren't maternity but will still fit all the way through. The are obviously exceptions, but this is not one of them. I picked up the Pony Tank when it first came out and was free to newsletter subscribers, but only now got around to making any. I wasn't terribly worried about fit, because it's such a loose-fitting garment, so I jumped right in.

First up is a mint-coloured rayon slinky knit, the same fabric that I used for one of my Durango tanks. I'm pretty sure when I loaded up on these knits they were buy 1m, get 2 free, so I got 2m of 3 different colours to make shirts for my husband and stuff for me. He got 2 shirts (a purple and a green one) and I got 2 tanks and a dress. Not bad for $20 worth of fabric.

Moving on to the dress. This was my first time making a v-neck, and the instructions walking me through it were excellent. The fabric is a little sheer, which isn't the end of the world but will require me to make intelligent undergarment decisions. It also doesn't have a lot of body, so the neckline is a little lower than it would otherwise be, and so are the armholes. That doesn't matter to me, and I expect this will especially get a lot of wear around the house this summer when it's hot and I feel like I'm the size of a house.

The second one I made is out of a lovely vintage floral that I picked up at Mood fabrics when I was in New York this past February. A note about Mood Fabrics: it's as amazing as it seems on Project Runway. The longer I have this dress, the more I love it. I will admit that I waffled on what pattern to use for this fabric, because it is very precious to me (I don't intend to go back to NY anytime soon), but ultimately went with the Pony Tank Dress to best showcase the print and because it will likely always fit. It isn't as swingy as it's supposed to be because it's a directional print and I only had 1.5yds of fabric (silly Americans and getting their fabric in yards instead of metres).

I don't have plans for any more of these dresses in the near future, but I think this will be a frequent pattern for future knits and quick wins.


Pattern: Pony Tank by Chalk and Notch
Material: Rayon/spandex lightweight knit and Mood Fabrics Floral Knit
Modifications: None at all!
Learning: First v-neck and happy with it!

Thursday, 30 May 2019

Durango Tank

I wrote this post a year ago, but never took pictures. Now I have made 2 more Durango tanks, so I'll throw in pictures of all 3! They still fit at 30 weeks pregnant, but barely!

I really don't know what magic Adrianna from Hey June Patterns has that makes her patterns so amazing, I just know that somehow her drafting is magic. When this pattern first came out I wasn't super interested in it - I generally like lower-cut tank tops, and I had one that I liked in the lago tank. As versions started popping up I changed my tune - somehow it just works on everyone. I also have starting getting annoyed at how frequently my bra straps end up showing.

To be honest, there is not much to be said about this pattern - I made a straight size 14 based on my high bust, and it fits perfectly. I am thrilled that I didn't have to do any adjustments to the armsythe or shoulders, and that I didn't need to grade out at the hips. I didn't even add length! This is one of the first out of the package patterns that I've made without alterations.

I used some left over fabric from a dress I sewed for my cousin to make this, just in case it didn't turn out well. I have already gone out and bought this same fabric in 3 more colours to make myself more. It's a rayon/spandex blend called "slinky knit" that cost me less than $5/m, and I'm curious as to how long it will last. It is really comfortable to wear when it's hot out, and I am going to exercise in it to see how well it works for that. (Note: Not the best for exercising)


Pattern: Free Durango Tank from Hey June Patterns
Material: Rayon/spandex lightweight knit
Modifications: None at all! Added 2 inches to the purple and mint ones to cover my bump better.
Learning: The way the arm binding is attached is awesome.

Thursday, 23 May 2019

Ogden Cami Adventure

Note: I wrote this last summer and didn't get pictures that I liked for it, so I took a bunch on the mannequin since none of them fit me right now. I gave the purple one mentioned away, so there's no picture of it.

I have wanted this pattern since the first time I saw it. I held off buying it because I have a lot of other patterns I want to make, but when it went on sale late last year I finally decided to purchase it. I have a lot of versions that I want to make, and first up is a beautiful purple discount fabric.

Firstly, my first version doesn't actually fit me. It's my own fault - I should have measured myself more recently to ensure I got the right size, but what's done is done. It does fit the dress form very nicely. I picked up this lovely crepe-like purple fabric for $4/m, and am a little sad that I didn't get a garment I can wear out of it. The whole pattern came together beautifully, and I love how it looks. I thought about buying the same fabric to make a size up, but then I came across another lovely fabric that I liked just as much to use.

Version #2 is also from the discount fabric sections. It's a beautiful teal colour with a lovely drape, and it is surprisingly soft. This was measured at the right size for my bust, but it still doesn't fit super well. I can make it work if I wear the right bra, but I might just give it away. A little background: I have been boxing a few times a week since October (I wrote this last June), and have put on some muscle in my chest, shoulders and back. As a result, some clothing is fitting very poorly. In this case, the bust is the right size, but it's too tight on my chest above my bust. As a result, for my next one, I sized up to a 12 for the straps and above the bust, sized down to a 10 for the bust, and an 8 for the waist.

Version #3 I wanted to make from some leftover gold fabric from an earlier project, but I didn't have enough left for a full cami out of it. I barely squeezed the front piece and straps out of it, made the back and back lining out of some leftover teal fabric, then used leftover purple fabric for the front lining. I accidentally made the straps a bit too long, meaning it's a little more low-cut than I am comfortable with, so it's good for New Years Even or date nights, just not necessarily church (which is where I debuted it, oops). I have gotten a lot of compliments on this shirt already, from the one Sunday I wore it, and it fits!

Version #4 is the fit that I am using going forward, and cranked out in a couple of hours. I love the graphic red print, the length, the drape, everything. This is also from the discount fabric bin, and I have no idea what kind of fabric it is, but it feels lovely and soft. I was clearly in a super red mood when I bought this fabric because I also bought a wine-coloured fabric for another Ogden (pictured further above), and a red jersey and matching lace for a dress (which I used to make a Charleston dress to wear to my sister-in-law's wedding).


PatternOgden Cami by True Bias
Material: All sorts of discount wovens - no more than $4/m
Modifications: Size 12 straps and upper bust, size 10 bust, size 8 waist, added 1.5 inches in length
Learning: I love the technique used for attaching the straps! I want to try a future iteration with tied straps at the shoulders, and a dress version.