Seaforth Pants by Hey June Handmade

Friday, July 3, 2020

Seaforth Pants and Biscayne Blouse by Hey June

Timing was everything for this pattern test with Hey June Handmade. I couldn't help but speed through my Seaforth Pants tester version, so I could photograph them by the sea.

Seaforth Pants and Biscayne Blouse by Hey June

This is the wide leg elastic pants pattern I've always hoped for without fully realizing it. There are just enough details to take the style from pajama pants to daytime or even evening pants. All without loosing any of the comfort. 

Seaforth Pants by Hey June

There is another view for the Seaforth Pattern two! View B includes the same front and back pockets, but features a slimmer leg with elastic at the ankle. It makes the perfect woven jogger look.

Seaforth Pants by Hey June

The zipper welt pockets steal the show. Using a metal zipper gives the perfect finish. I found matching brass eyelets for the drawstring in my stash too. The brass zippers come in a huge variety of colors from Wawak. I used the triple stitch on my machine to make the topstitching a bit more dramatic, a little trick I learned from Melissa.

Seaforth Pants by Hey June

Linen blends were highly recommended for the Seaforth Pattern, so I used Robert Kaufman Essex Yarn Dyed Linen in black. The peach Biscayne Blouse I made last year completed the vacation look, relaxed yet put together.

Seaforth Pants by Hey June

I made a size 10 in the waist slimmed down to a 6 just below the hip. Other adjustments include reducing the rise 1/2", plus an additional 1/2" in the front only, and lengthening the leg by 1 1/4".

The Seaforth pattern by Hey June is on sale through today, so be sure to grab a copy. I can't wait to make a View B!
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Hathaway Tank and Tillery Skirt

Thursday, July 2, 2020

There's a new woven tank pattern in town! Take a look at the Hathaway Tank by Blank Slate Patterns. This easy to sew pattern will be a staple in summer, but works equally well for layering in the cooler months.

The Hathaway Tank pattern features a scoop or V neckline with bias bound neck and armholes. My favorite part is that it only takes 1 yard of 60" wide fabric for sizes up to a large. I've used a mystery poly rayon blend that my great aunt must have saved from an old skirt. 

The scoop neck tank pattern required only two pattern pieces with an optional pocket. The v-neck tank version has an additional pattern piece for cutting the bias at the V. The only adjustments I made to the Hathaway Tank pattern were for adding length, 1/4" at the shoulder and 1/2" at the lengthen/shorten line. This tank is so fast to sew that I've already made 3. Keep watch over on Instagram for more.

I've paired my Hathaway with the Tillery Skirt by Blank Slate Patterns. This is my second Tillery, and you can find the first Tillery Skirt here. This time I added the front pockets. The fabric is a coral stretch denim from Joann Fabrics. Skirts and dresses are some of my favorite things to wear in the summer!
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Esma Top Hacked to Dress

Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Most days during this shelter in place situation, I am dressed in my workout gear which is great for ensuring I get my workouts in. Some days it does seem to improve my mood when I put on makeup and fix my hair though. Finishing this Esma Top to dress hack was a great excuse to dress up even for a couple hours. The Esma Top by Blank Slate Patterns is great basic, easy fit pattern to have in your stash.

Check out the original Esma top makes here. I hacked the Esma top into a dress once already simply by adding length. This time I opted for more of a babydoll dress look with a gathered skirt. 

I wanted this dress to be a bit higher waisted, so I determined the bodice length from top of shoulder to 1" above my natural waist would be 17" including seam allowances (1/2" at shoulder and 1/2" at waist). I simply cut the top front and back pattern piece off with a straight line to create the new bodice pattern piece. 

Next, I determined the length and width of the skirt rectangles. I wanted the finished dress to be 36" long, so I started with 36" + 1" shoulder seam allowance + 1/2" hem allowance = 37.5". From there 37.5" - 17" bodice length = 20.5". Add in the seam allowance at the waist for 20.5" + 1" = 21.5". My skirt height needed to be 21.5". For the skirt width, I measured the flat width of the bodice. For a flat width of 19", use 19" + 1" seam allowance = 20". To allow for gathers I used 1.5 times this width, so 20" x 1.5 = 30". To complete the dress, I cut two rectangles 21.5"h x 30"w, stitched the side seams RST to create a tube, gathered the top of the tube, and attached it to the bodice. The final step was creating a 1/4" hem.

This is such a simple way to create a v-neck babydoll dress, since the most difficult part, the bodice fitting, is already done for you. When you have a great base like the Esma Top, the pattern hacks are endless. I used a linen from Joann's that I purchased last summer. I'd love to see this dress style in rayon challis too.

Verbena Dress by Blank Slate Patterns

Thursday, March 12, 2020

The Verbena Dress and Peplum Top is here! Let me introduce you to this latest sewing pattern from Blank Slate Patterns.

The Verbena sewing pattern comes with a dress and peplum top view. 

More features include:
  • Scoop or V neckline
  • Snug fit through shoulders, bust, waist, and sleeves
  • Invisible elastic reinforcement at the slightly above-waist seam
  • Short, elbow, 3/4, and long set-in sleeve options
  • For light- to medium-weight knit fabrics with four-way stretch only (DBP or cotton/spandex recommended)
  • Sizes:  Women's XXS-3X (bust 30-53")
The most unique aspect of the Verbena pattern is the tiered style. While there are plenty of tiered dresses on the market, Verbena starts with a 3/4 circle skirt upper tier that minimizes bulk at the waistline. The lower tier connects with a ruffle that adds to the interest of the dress.

I sewed the Verbena Dress with a scoop neck and elbow length sleeves using a rayon spandex knit from Joann. This fabric grew on me a bit, so I would suggest hanging the dress overnight and checking the hemline before actually sewing the hem if you use this type of fabric.

As far as personal adjustments go, I added 1 1/4" to the bodice for my height. The waist seam is designed to hit 1" above the natural waist. The pattern includes detailed instructions for taking your measurements and adjusting the bodice to get the placement just right. I ended up cutting off some inches off the bottom tier to even out my hem as I indicated above and have the length at just above my knee. 

The pattern includes 5 main pattern pieces depending on your neckline style, and you can opt to cut the bottom tier rectangles using an additional pattern piece or a cutting chart. The peplum portion comes together very quickly. The bottom tier to create the dress requires a bit more time as you are gathering and attaching a very long section of fabric. 

The Verbena Dress and Peplum Top is on sale for 20% off until Friday 3/13. Be sure to grab it now!

Zipper Heart Pocket Monroe Turtleneck

Friday, March 6, 2020

Two days before Valentine's Day, I saw someone at my bible study wearing this sweater. I determined to make one for Valentine's Day, as one does. Am I right?!? Nothing like a last minute sewing project.

My friend had said she received the heart sweater as a gift last year, so I didn't think I would actually be able to find the inspiration image, but my google search was successful. It is currently on sale at Neiman Marcus for $180 down from $245. Yikes! 

I wanted to mimic the slightly boxy, dropped shoulder style. I knew the Monroe Turtlneck pattern I had just made would be the perfect starting point. With only 4 pattern pieces, it is a breeze to sew. 

Of course the hack took a bit more effort. First, I color blocked the sleeves. Next, I scooped out the neckline and swapped the turtleneck for a neck band. Finally, I reduced the style ease in the body of the Monroe Turtleneck pattern from the size 2 to a size 1. Sizing down would have made the sleeves too short and tight. Reducing the style ease made for a loose, not too boxy fit. Adriana wrote a great article differentiating the types of ease. Be sure to check it out!

The olive sweater knit fabric came from a warehouse in Dallas. I followed Melissa's helpful tips for sewing with sweater knits with great results. 

The star of the show is of course the heart zipper pocket. While it is fully functional, I'm not sure I would really use it for storage. The pocket might come in handy for a lone key or stick of gum. Let me know if you would like to see a full tutorial on this zipper heart pocket. Basically, I used two heart shaped pieces of woven fabric. After attaching the exposed zipper to one, I sewed the hearts right sides together and turned it right side out through the zipper opening. I reinforced the wrong side of the sweater knit where I would attach the heart, and topstitched around the edge to secure the pocket to the sweater. Even with the hacks, the heart sweater came together in just enough time for me to wear it to classroom parties on Valentine's Day. I call that a success!

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