You saw all of that prep work. Well, now I have actual clothing. Quite a bit, actually. I still have a few items to sew up, but I knocked out a ton of them. We’ll start with my favorites.
This is the Linden Sweatshirt from Grainline Studio made using a double/reversible knit from Joann’s. I am 100% in love with it. I also made a blue one for my friend for her birthday. I am going to make a lot more of these using a bunch of different weights of knits. I made the smallest size and it’s a bit baggy, but I kind of like that. I may take a larger seam allowance and see if that helps next time.
This is the Morris Blazer from Grainline Studio (their patterns are superb) with some Girl Charlee knit and faux leather. This could not have turned out better. It looks so professional. I have worn it multiple times and get tons of compliments on it each time. I’m going to be making a lot more of these in every color and combinations and print that I can think of. I made a Size 2 and I have already traced off the Size 0. The Size 2 gives this a slouchy look, which is totally OK, but I’m going to try something I little more fitted.
The cuffs were not part of the pattern. I added those. In fact, the sleeves were kind of short so I’ll probably continue to add cuffs or lengthen the sleeves. I actually end up pushing my sleeves up to my elbows anyway, so a slightly short sleeve probably wouldn’t have mattered.
This has a roll over collar and I love how it looks. Everybody loves this fabric, too, because it almost gives the blazer a pleated look.
Grainline does an excellent job of professional finishes for their garments. The facing around the bottom of this jacket really helps it out. The instructions weren’t hard to follow either. I’m just super impressed with it and I love wearing it.
Next up is the Boyfriend V-Neck from Patterns for Pirates made with a soft jersey knit from Joann’s. I made a medium and I’m glad I did. I don’t like my t-shirts tight. I could take in a bit and probably get by with a small, but I’m glad I made a medium. The v-neck instructions were great. I would recommend sewing the neckband on with your sewing maching and going back and serging. I just serged and it was a little fiddly. I ended having to topstitch around th neckband to keep it perfectly flat.
I did the cuffed version and I love it. I think it gives it a more professional finish. I also made this the tunic version because I like long t-shirts that I can wear over tights. I had a little bit of trouble with the tab when I was sewing it on to the sleeve. My sewing machine was not liking the three layers of knit at all. I was getting pretty frustrated and I finally gave up and just let it go even though it’s not perfect. Luckily, the tab covers it anyway.
I’ll probably be making more of these, too. I’m starting to really love Patterns for Pirates and so is my mom.
And speaking of Patterns for Pirates, this is the Free Spirit Tank in another Joann’s fabric. This tank is awesome. I may lengthen mine a bit next time becaues I like this a little longer, but this is great. I can’t remember what size I made. I think it was the small. It fits really well. If I used a less stretchy knit, I’d probably go up to a medium just for the bust.
I made the racerback option which is super cute. The thing that takes this longest on this pattern is all of the binding, but it’s not too terrible. I will definitely be making more of these and I can definitely see it making a really great workout tank. Patterns for Pirates just released a leggings pattern that I’m really anxious to try because I’ve been very very disappointed with the leggings patterns that I’ve purchased. I don’t know how women wear leggings with a tiny piece of elastic at the top that cuts into your stomach. Ugh!
And another Pattern for Pirates creation: The Women’s Raglan. This is very similar to the Linden. I think they are pretty much interchangeable. This one is a little more fitted, which is good. I used a sweatshirt fleece in coral…it probaby looks orange in the picture, but it’s more coral. I like it without the hem band, too.
The best thing about Patterns for Pirates is there are so many options for each pattern. For example, this one has the little triangle you can add at the neckline. I made the bands and the triangle in the wrong side of the fabric, which I think adds some awesome interest. This is a super warm shirt and I can’t wait to wear it this winter. I’ll probably be making more of these, too!
This is the Sailor Top from Fancy Tiger. I can’t remember which size I made, but I should have gone up one size. It’s a little tight in the shoulers, although there is plenty of room everywhere else. That probably means I’ll have to do some modifying if I go up a size. I’m not super thrilled about that, but its not terrible. This pattern looks really awesome on a lot of people, but I don’t think it’s super flattering for me. I was impressed with the pattern and how easily it went together, but still not my thing. I also hate gathering with a passion. I’d rather hem or bind (crazy, I know) than gather. Anyway, I will probably make a least one more of these, but I can’t imagine it become a staple in my life. I do really like how Fancy Tiger did the facing for the sleeves and collar. The only change I made was that I serged the edge of the collar facing instead of turning it under. It’s the inside of the garment and I don’t really care if the raw edge is showing as long as it’s serged. My mom did it by turning it under and she said she’ll never do that again and just do what I did. It’s just easier and still gives it a professional finish. I used a wonderful French linen for this.
So those are the patterns that turned out really well and I plan to make more. But not everything was a success. For example, I trashed the Sloan Leggings I was working on. I used my measurements and the size was incredibly off. I had to take so much in that it was skewing the waistline, so I just scrapped them. I’m sure I could go back and trace another size and be fine, but I’m kind of over it. I don’t think the band would have hit high enough for me anway, so I would have had to make additional modifications. From what I’ve seen from the 1,000 people that post every day about the Patterns for Pirates leggings, they will work a lot better. I’m excited about them.
So I’m only showing you part of this project. I’m super unhappy about how it finished. These are the Simple Skinny Jeans from Sew Liberated made using a Robert Kaufman stretch denim. The actual pattern goes together incredibly well, but I’m just super unimpressed with the waistband. These can’t really be called jeans. They are leggings/jeggings. In fact, they wanted me to add a fold over band. They feel like maternity jeans. I did a regular leggings waistband becaues foldover reminds me of yoga pants. That makes it a little better, but it still looks like and reminds me of maternity pants. Ugh.
I like the back pockets and the faux front pockets and fly. That’s fine by me, but I would prefer a better waistband. I’m not at the point where I really want to figure that out. I’d rather buy a different pattern…or just buy my jeans from Banana Republic when they are on sale. But it was a good experiment and I’ll probably wear them occasionally since nobody will be able to see the waistband.
This is the Mesa “dress” from one of the Seamwork issues and I used a Girl Charlee knit. This is supposed to be a mini dress, but that’s complete bullshit unless you have a 2″ torso. This barely covers my ass cheeks. I have tunics that are longer than it. Of course, I could lengthen it and solve the problem, but it’s kind of annoying that I’d have to do that. I can’t remember what size I traced…I’m pretty sure the smallest. This fits really well, but I’m not a really big fan of fitted items, so I would go up a size if I made this again. The boat neck is cool, but it’s hard to get the neck band to lay nicely. I’m not really a fan of that.
The slits in the side looks nice from the outside, but I’m not a fan of how unprofessionally they are finished on the inside. I could make some modifications and make them more professional, but it’s kind of annoying.
That’s it. With only one complete failure, I’m pretty dang happy with this lot. I broke this up with some quilting, so you’ll hear about that next time.