Monday, April 24, 2017

Tanks, Shorts, Top, Leggings


So, I don’t always sew Patterns for Pirates… but I do sew them a lot. Here's a few of my recent makes.

These patterns are the Essential Tank, the Palazzo Pants (as shorts), and the PegLegs.  I must say I love all these patterns.

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Essential Tank is the perfect tank.  It is fitted at the bust but then has this nice flare toward the hips.  Pear-shaped gals rejoice - this is a hip friendly pattern.  There is a perfect amount of looseness over the stomach and hips so that I’m totally comfortable.  I made this for pajamas but it would work for out of the house too.

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Size: L sloping out to an XL at the hips.  This is exactly my measurements. P4P patterns give you a ton of options.  I used Shirt Length, Straight Hem, Knit Tee Binding, and Straight Straps.  They also offer dress, tunic, and maxi length as well as curved hem or back slit, and racer back straps.  I plan on making many more.

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Fabric: super soft double brushed polyester.  If you haven’t tried dbp you are truly missing out – it is heavenly soft.  I know fabric.com has some but I purchased this from knitpop sometime in Oct or Nov. It was from an auction box so it was $5.70 a yard.  I used 1 yard of the Black for the tank.  The trim is green plaid double brushed polyester from knitpop as well.

Palazzo Pants:
Size L at the waist to XL hips down.  I also scooped out 1/2” from the back butt curve. They are a little bit loose on me so I would size down next time. 
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Fabric: Green Plaid Double brushed Polyester from Knitpop in Oct or Nov.  $5.70 for the 1 yard. Waistband is the black double brushed poly from knitpop as well.

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PegLegs:  These are my favorite peglegs so far.  I’ve only made 3 pair but these are so fun!  I made them quite awhile ago and never had anything to wear on top with them.  I really didn’t think to pair it with my essential tank of the same fabric but when I did these pictures I finally realized they went together.  And I love them together!  However, I already made a different top to go with them.
 
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Size: 1XL.  Double brushed poly is so soft and I didn't want them to be too tight; normally I sew these pegs in an XL but sized up and I’m glad I did, they are perfect. 

Fabric: Green Plaid Double brushed Polyester from Knitpop in Oct or Nov.  $5.70 for the 1 yard.

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Laundry Day Tee by Love Notions
I made is tee to go with my plaid pegs.  I’m glad I did, it is super comfortable and loose but not too loose. The pattern is free if you join their Facebook group.

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Size: M for shoulders and bust, L for waist to hip.  I ended up taking an additional 1/2” off each side by the bust.  I think I would size down next time to a S for shoulders to bust and M for waist to hip. 

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Fabric:  This is a mystery fabric I got in a mystery scrap box from Knitpop.  It was a yard and a half and I paid about $5 for it? I would guess, I’m not totally sure here.  It’s brushed on one side and slightly shiny on the other.  I would guess it’s a form of polyester.   It feels good and wears well. 

I’m almost caught up with posting my backlog of makes.  (almost).

Happy Sewing!
Kristin

Thursday, April 13, 2017

A Quilt for K

 I started a quilt for Miss K last year.  I’ve never quilted before.  It doesn’t really interest me the way sewing clothing does.  I prefer instant gratification and quilts take for-ev-er.

So I started K’s quilt in February of 2016.  I finished the top quite fast and was so pleased with myself.  And then the top sat and sat and sat.  Miss K begged me to finish it, then harassed me, and finally pleaded with me. 

So this year March I decided to finish it. 

*It has to hang sideways on the clothes line to fit*
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*The Quilt pattern is free on RileyBlakeDesigns.com; This one is called “Free To Dream” by Lori Whitlock.  When I started the quilt Miss K had a queen bed.  By the time I went to finish it she had a twin bed so I decided to leave off the borders to make the quilt smaller.

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*There are some of my favorite fabrics in this quilt by Riley Blake.  I have parts of “Saltwater” in here “Modern Minis,” “Vintage Market,” and “Little Red Riding Hood.” Tasha Noel is one of my favorite fabric designers.

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*I decided on a simple diagonal quilted pattern*  The backing fabric matches her walls perfectly! And it wasn't even planned!

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I love how it turned out.  Miss K loves it to pieces which makes it even better. 

I still find quilting boring and time consuming; however I love the end result.  I’ve already started another quilt for the Living room.  Let’s hope it takes me less than a year to complete!

Happy Sewing!
Kristin