On the 4th day of Christmas, WWD gave to me…a free Split Hem Tee. This is a past freebie you may have missed with a new hack. There’s also a kids version for your mini me! I love the version I sewed last year and decided I needed a warm sweater version.
I was so anxious to start, that I didn’t do all the double checking I needed to for my hack. I pulled out my pattern and went straight to the cutting! Don’t be like me! Haha! I forgot to do some alterations for my thick sweater knit. The sleeves needed a little more room and the length needed an inch or two extra to wear with leggings, but my sweater is super warm with a huge snuggly cowl neck added on. It was easy because Suzanne did a cowl neck hack onto the Magnolia pattern and wrote a blog post about it. I just used her measurements for the cowl piece and instructions! Find her blog post here. Just remember if you have thick fabric and don’t want a big cowl, to shorten your piece.
February is the month of love. What better time to sew something just for me? 😆Who am I kidding? I sew for me all the time, which meant I needed to sew something really special!
My husband will be retiring this summer from his job as an Air Force Junior ROTC instructor. He reminded me three weeks ago that the military ball was coming up, so I thought I should make a gown for our last appearance. The ball is similar to prom, but a bit classier. It’s the high school version of a ball, so the only adults are instructors and their wives (not as fun as the real thing, and definitely no alcohol)! The thought of sewing a dress had been in the back of my mind for a few months, but there were other priorities and it didn’t get sewn. The pattern and fabric were already in my stash, so I knew immediately it would be the Crop Dress. My problem was that my fabric is a border print which doesn’t work with a circle skirt. Luckily Suzanne of Winter Wear Designs likes pattern hacks, so I used the top half of the pattern and made a pleated skirt to attach to the waistband.
The top of the dress is a tank requiring knit fabric. Mine is a metallic with not enough stretch for the bands. I ended up binding, rather than banding the armscyes, but still wasn’t completely happy with how it looked. For the neckline I sewed 1/4” lingerie elastic to the edge, then turning it to the inside and coverstitching. That worked like a charm!
For the overlay (or crop top) part of the dress, I chose a scalloped edge stretch lace with nice drape that came from Walmart a while back. It was surprisingly easy to work with just using my sewing machine. After trying the 3/4 sleeves and having trouble with the fit being too small on my shoulders, I cut the cap sleeves instead, but slashed and spread the pattern piece to add fullness for more room. The antique looking button came from an estate sale last summer where I bought a storage box full. Isn’t it perfect for my dress?
The skirt fabric is a thin knit (maybe stretch crepe) that looks a bit like woven with silver embroidery and a slight vertical stretch. I found it at a thrift store and loved it so much, it had to come home with me! Getting the border print as close to my hem as possible without being too short to hem was a real challenge! I picked out so many stitches and sewed the waistband to the skirt at least 15 times! (Not even kidding)! I kept trimming from the top of the skirt until I’d taken off half of the waistband and about 2 1/2” of skirt. There must be an easier way to do this and I vow to find a tutorial before tackling something like this again! The hem has yet to be done, but I had to get the pictures while I could. (Feeling sick for several days put me way behind in all my sewing). Then too many kinks in this project, had me finishing at the eleventh hour! The ball is Friday night so I must go hem my gown! See you next time!
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Don’t miss any of the inspiring stops along the tour:
We are recently back from vacation in Michigan where we have family. I missed my sewing machines terribly while we were gone; but I sewed a couple of little projects while there. One on my mom’s Janome Magnolia and one on my brother in law’s Morse (a race car looking machine from the 50’s). Anyway, when we got home, I still hadn’t decided which pattern to sew up for the tour. After I chose the Trendy Tank, it was easy to choose fabric (unheard of for me) and I sewed them up in no time!
This lime green print was actually the second piece I sewed after getting my lacy black “dress” done. I thought, oh, I could wear this out as a little black dress if there was a slip. But alas, it’s the length of a swim coverup and too short for me to wear out anywhere. It’s jersey with FOE for the neck and arm bands. Note for me and you – FOE is not equal to bands from fabric! The arms are too tight so I won’t even be able to wear it until I unpick it and put longer elastic on them. It was pretty easy to apply since I used 1″ FOE.
Here is my swim coverup with both pieces layered. I started with the black stretch lace that I bought last year or maybe two years ago from Walmart. Since I’m short, the pattern only used 5/8 yard because it has a double border and is very wide. When I printed the pattern, I made sure to include a couple of sizes up. I wanted to make sure there would be enough room to layer it over a swim suit. The lines of the tank pattern were lengthened to make it short dress length. I didn’t want it to end up too long because I was not going to be hemming the beautiful scalloped edge. I ended up cutting size 6 for the black lace, then a size 4 for the lime print. Everything worked out great except for the arm bands out of FOE. Best of all for you is…the pattern is free if you are a member of the Facebook group! I’ve added a link below.
Here is the coverup with two different styles of swim bottom underneath. So I ended up with a 3 in 1, or 4 in 1 if I decide to wear the black lace on it’s own as a sexy nightgown. Haha!
Have you put off sewing jeans? I sure did for a long long time. Not any more though! In the last few years, I’ve gotten better with fitting, pants included. I originally won a pattern from Winter Wear Designs a few years ago before ever trying one. I chose the Real Deal Jeans because I didn’t have a jeans pattern and had never sewn them before. It was quite a while before I got my courage up to try them. I made denim shorts for my trial pair with bright pink topstitching. You can see them in this blog post. And guess what! They weren’t that hard to fit and I wear them All The Time! It’s been time for a new pair for many months, so I jumped at the chance for a blog tour and a deadline to get them sewn! Living in Phoenix, I wear more shorts and Capris than I do jeans since we have so many months of hot weather. I thought I would make the Capri length this time but hen I remembered this piece of stretch twill that I found at a thrift store. I’ve been wanting to use it since last summer so this is what I chose. I needed to make bottoms to match this rtw tank that has been in my closet not getting enough wear.
I used two spools of regular thread rather than topstitching thread for the first time. It worked out wonderfully. I didn’t have any of the usual problems I have with topstitching! I think it turned out pretty with the matching thread.
Just for reference, I cut my shorts longer than the 5″ cut line that is on the pattern. I think I cut about 9″, but then shortened to be about 7 1/2″ inseam.
I had a bit more trouble with the fitting this time. I should know that I need to add the waistband to check fit by now and I didn’t do that. I ended up picking out seams, even topstitching to adjust the bubbles I was getting at the top of the back rise! This is not my favorite way to install a zipper, but it does look good in the end. I am very happy with my new shorts and look forward to wearing them (and that neglected tank)!
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A few weeks back, I was one of the testers for this top. Suzanne made a lot of tweaks to the pattern to get it just right. My first two tops are from testing. I love the different sleeve options.
I started with the tulip sleeve since I didn’t have enough of the fabric for my wearable muslin. I didn’t realize it was folded up into the blouse when I got the pictures done so you can’t see how pretty the tulip sleeves are.
The next one I did is the cap sleeve which I love the shape of. I really like the tie dyed eyelet fabric for this blouse too. I’m wearing my Real Deal Jean Shorts in the pictures. They fit awesome so I wear them a lot in the summer!
But my favorite, this pink embroidered cotton/poly (I think) has been waiting for just the right blouse pattern. Every blouse I’ve sewn in the past 18 months or so wanted this fabric. But these gorgeous flowers needed simple lines and minimal pieces. I knew the Classic Shell was it the moment I saw the pattern. I just had to wait until the fit was perfected. And here it is… I did the longer sleeves to make the most of the pretty fabric. What do you think; does it work?
All three of these fabrics are from my massive stash. The pink is probably decades old! Yay for stashbusting!
The Omega Top is on sale during the blog tour. Be sure to get your copy! I would have loved to sew the Omega for the tour, but didn’t have the extra time to print and tape a new pattern. The tour schedule is below. Look at all the lovely blouses!