It’s not a UFO, I was just waiting on the buttons.

when your sewing project has to be put down for a little while.

Have you ever “failed” at a sewing project? Sometimes your project comes together all at once. You find a pattern then the perfect fabric (not your muslin but final garment fabric) then notions are easily procured. Sometimes it’s user error, sometimes its poor pattern fitting, this time it was a notions fail.

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I’m still not sure how to “Summer” style this top but it’s going to be great in the winter

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Bespoke Jalie Stretch Jeans

How I made stretch pull on jeans out of one of a kind ice dyed fabric.

I ice dyed some Cone Mills Denim natural color with a 20% stretch for these jeans you can read all about it here. Since I was essentially cutting into a piece of art, I made the fit  version out of black denim also with 20% stretch from JoAnns. The quality in the two different denims was VERY noticeable.

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The Cindy Swim Suit by BurdaStyle

The Cindy Swim Suit by BurdaStyle or my peek a boo suit

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I made this swim suit long before I started blogging my sewing adventures so I have no photographic evidence, I’m pretty sure it was while I was still operating RitualBath, so blogging was natural bath and beauty related. However this swimsuit showed up in my inbox this morning and I wanted to write it a quick love note.

The Cindy from BurdaStyle, when that website was my only outlet for pdf on demand sewing patterns. Oh how far we have come my indies! First off I did have to grade this a bit as I was a size 16-18 at the time. I made it in a gorgeous burgundy swim lycra from JoAnn’s because I didn’t know any better at the time. Before I go into the problem areas and how I think they can be fixed let me just say, I felt SMOKIN HOT in this swim suit.

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Shorts with a full belly adjustment

How I adjusted a pattern for my full belly and made them hang better. I also trouble shoot and stash bust thru my fabrics and notions.

I have a few pairs of the Colette patterns Iris Shorts and I kept making them because I  altered the pattern for a full tummy making them comfortable and a quick sew. I will say that the front pocket placement isn’t the most flattering for anyone with a bit of a full Continue reading “Shorts with a full belly adjustment”

Silk, Shibori and pattern hacking

How I made a difference in dye value work in a finished garment.

I love silk noil or raw silk. I first found it when I was working at JoAnne’s Fabrics and I bought the entire bolt of tan 45”. I made wonderful wide leg drawstring pants out of it and a tank top. It had a great drape and being silk it just wore really well. It does have a bit of a Continue reading “Silk, Shibori and pattern hacking”

Making Bras, how I learned to be more precise

My beginning experience of making my own bras with PDF and paper patterns by independent designers.

So a while back the Watson bra and panty pattern came out. Or as I should call it my gate way drug into lingerie sewing. Since then it’s been:

“oh stretch lace!” “I need gold rings and sliders” or “I should really buy this five yards of sheer tricot in tan, I can use it lining laces”.

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View Ridge tank

Pattern testing a cute tank top in woven cotton by Straight Stitch Design

I have had the pleasure again of being a pattern tester for Straight Stitch Designs and worked on a size 20 of the upcoming View Ridge top. A cute tank with (optional) ruffles, yolk and shoulder details and a key hole in the back. 

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