Sewing Indie–Pattern Hacking a Running Top For the Volume-Lover

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Sewing Indie–Pattern Hacking a Running Top For the Volume-Lover

Getting in just under the wire, here’s my go at a pattern hack from our beloved indie pattern makers: A running top with the wonderful Y-back from Fehr Trade’s XYT top, but with the drapiness and volume that I prefer. As a woman of prodigious hips and glutes, I find running tops with negative ease have the tendency to shimmy up my torso, revealing my little pot belly to the neighborhood. Not my favorite look!

However, I loved Melissa’s design and instructions for the XYT top, so I’ve known ever since the first (very failed) muslin that I wanted to mix it up with a more capacious body design.

Enter the Dixie DIY Summer Concert T, from Perfect Pattern Parcel #1. I sewed this up a couple of weeks ago, and while I’m not quite sure how to style it (it feels a bit young for my grown up life), I DO find it incredibly comfortable, and keep wearing it around the house.

Me Made May featured the Summer Concert Tee a few times!

Me Made May featured the Summer Concert Tee a few times!

Well, life has definitely been a little busy lately, with the early arrival of my new nephew last Friday, and a quick flight down to Los Angeles for the weekend. So I am basically posting my muslin for this mashup tonight, to make it in under the deadline, and looking forward to tweaking a bit and making more version of this in more fun fabrics.

The first thing I did to create this mashup top was to bring together the back pattern piece from the Summer Concert T (which I just love–the swing, the length!) and the front pattern piece of the XYT:

XYT on top of the Summer Concert Tee

XYT on top of the Summer Concert Tee

Traced the Summer Concert T up to the armpit and the XYT, uh, strap and boob area.

Tracing the two pieces

Tracing the two pieces

I didn’t initially connect the two pieces, but put my knit sloper down for comparison to determine where to draw the . . . um, side-boob. Seriously, there have to be words for this stuff, right? It’s not the armscye, but just below it.

Lined up the top of the strap with the shoulder of my knit sloper for comparison

Lined up the top of the strap with the shoulder of my knit sloper for comparison

I picked a point between the two armscye ends (yeah, that’s what I’ll call them!) and drew a line down to the Summer Concert Tee side seam from there. Smoothed out the armscye a bit.

Then it was time to create the back pattern piece. Well, that was simple*, as the basis for the back of the XYT top is pretty much a cut-off version of the front pattern piece. I traced and then drew a line across. (*As you’ll see, I need to revisit this pattern piece, as it came out voluminous in a way I’m not sure I like.)

Drawing the line across for the back pattern piece

Drawing the line across for the back pattern piece

I had gotten a really cheap and really large technical T for the very purpose of muslining running gear, and I cut that into its various parts. Placing the pattern piece over it, I realized I had to lose a little of that side-swing. Knowing the Summer Concert Tee is REALLY voluminous, I reckoned that wouldn’t hurt.

Folded out a little width on the side seam to fit on the fabric I had available.

Folded out a little width on the side seam to fit on the fabric I had available.

I was even able to cut the Y from the same shirt! In the future I look forward to using non-technical (but awesome) scraps for this piece.

Y-section of the top

Y-section of the top

I constructed the top pretty much per Melissa’s instructions, though since I wasn’t including a self-bra I chose to use a softer, simpler edge finishing. I simply turned and coverstitched the edges.

Pinning the edges of the neckline

Pinning the edges of the neckline

I coverstiched right over my coverstitching to secure the Y-piece to the shirt back.

Pinning the Y-piece for coverstitching on

Pinning the Y-piece for coverstitching on

When all the edges were hemmed, I tried the thing on. And it’s SO comfy! However, I am not really sure whether I got it right. I have a very relaxed shirt at this moment, but I’m not sure whether I’d prefer it if the back were snug to my body. What do you think?

Sorry for the grainy photo--this is the unamended back view

Sorry for the grainy photo–this is the unamended back view

This is the view of what the top would look like with the side seams taken in (they are pinned).

This is the view of what the top would look like with the side seams taken in (they are pinned).

I will try running in this top and then see how it feels. I kind of like the very loose back, but I may try with some color- (or pattern-) blocking elements in the Y piece and a snug band at the upper back, with the main back piece gathered in. I think this is going to be great fun!

Let's have fun with this!

Let’s have fun with this!

 

Pyjama Dresses

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Pyjama Dresses

Since my goal in sewing is to make clothes I really want to wear every day, I’ve been sewing a LOT of knits. Some of this is just practical, as for example the Style Arc Nina cardigans that I have (one acrylic sweaterknit and one merino doubleknit) are workhorses that I wear all the time. Here’s one Me Made May selfie of me in one of them:

It's hard to see, but this is one of the Ninas--I wear them ALL the time.

It’s hard to see, but this is one of the Ninas–I wear them ALL the time.

And some of it is because I love walking around the world looking put together but feeling like I’m wearing pyjamas!

I have two pyjama dresses to share with you today, one which I made up in April, and one that I schemed and dreamed and lusted to sew up for weeks while stuck finishing my homework for the moulage* class I took at the local community college this spring. I finally made that up this past weekend.

(*The moulage, or “French pattern” is a kind of skin-tight sloper drafted to measure, from which one can draft a sloper, a jacket sloper, a knit sloper, etc. I took the class from Lynda Maynard at Canada Community College, with Cindy and a bunch of other wonderful ladies–and a gent! It was fantastic, even if I did spend 15 hours trying to get my sleeve and my sloper to kiss and make up.)

The first I’ll call the Easter Egg dress, and it came to life because of a confluence of events:

  1. I wanted to make another Craftsy Weekender dress for its pyjama-esque qualities
  2. I had fallen in love with Seamster Patterns’ new Rose Hip Tights pattern and found an amazing fabric for them
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Seamster Patterns Rose Hip Tights

3. I found some Robert Kaufman cotton/spandex jersey in colors that would coordinate with the tights.

Next thing you know, this fabulous outfit was born!

Easter Egg Dress, Tights and Ocelittle

Easter Egg Dress, Tights and Ocelittle

Easter Egg Dress in the wild, Me Made May 2014

Easter Egg Dress in the wild, Me Made May 2014

This next one started as a twinkle in Heather B’s . . . pyjamas. What can I say? I learned from her pyjama sewing (and then Katiediddiehopper’s fantastic Trifecta tops and more) about the existence of Lillestoff. Otherwise known as the cutest prints on earth on organic cotton jersey—Oh my goodness I love this stuff.

Since Night Foxes seems to be all sewed up in this world, I chose my second favorite print, World of Knights, and ordered enough for a Kitschy Coo Lady Skater. Which I purchased as part of the Perfect Pattern Parcel #1. What could be better? It just took a while before I could attend to making the dress up, as I had homework to finish (gardblangin’ sleeve!). Thank goodness, however, said homework helped me do my very first flat pattern adjustments for a great fitting experience. W00t for me! It’s actually been a really great sewing month or two for me.

Just in case you’re interested, here’s what I did with the moulage and the tracing from Kitschy Coo’s pattern:

Figure out how to line up the two pieces for comparison (center line, of course, and inside shoulder points)

Comparing Moulage and Pattern Piece

Comparing Moulage and Pattern Piece

See that I would need to take a LOT of length out of the bodice to get the waist to my natural waist

Overlapping at "Lengthen/Shorten" line

Overlapping at “Lengthen/Shorten” line

Make up a muslin (not pictured)
Check the half-hip circumference against my own half-hip measurement and decide I wanted just a skosh more swing to the skirt to skim over my prodigious hips, then
Slash and spread the skirt piece by the needed 1/8”

Slash and Spread!

Slash and Spread!

Draw in the curve for the extended hem.

Fix the Curve!

Fix the Curve!

After muslining the bodice I added a bit of length back in, but as it happens I think I’ll want to take it up about ¼” next time. But it’s still pretty great, and it’s my first time really comparing a pattern piece to good measurements and succeeding in making proper adjustments.

That’s pretty much the whole story. I used ¼” clear elastic for the first time, having used knit stay tape on knit shoulder seams in the past. This pattern calls for elastic on the waistline as well, which seemed wise, so I anted up and used the real thing. It worked just fine, even though I skipped straight to attaching it while serging the seams. I also set the neckband in the round as I like that finish better. I’m very pleased with my coverstitching, which is getting ever better as I get used to my newish Babylock, and I’m pleased as punch with the dress.

Knights in a Garden!

Knights in a Garden!

Aren’t you?

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The best thing is, this one won’t get worn to work! All my other pajama dresses are work-appropriate (in my line of work, software development, the dress code isn’t too formal), and I love that now I have a super-happy dress just for leisure time!

Woo hoo! You really like me!

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Sorry, I couldn’t resist quoting Sally Field’s famously odd and endearing reaction to winning her second Oscar. It’s really lovely to have someone let me know they appreciate my struggling little blog.

Thanks to Karen of Blinky Sews for the Liesbter Blog award! I really appreciate it! Like Karen, I was given this award once before, and didn’t have the wherewithal to accept it properly at the time (sewing a wedding dress and planning a wedding are quite a thing!). So thanks also to Ashley of Craft Sanctuary for recognizing me too.

The Liebster award, as I understand it, is meant to convey enjoyment and to help us all discover more small blogs like mine, with fewer than x (200? 500?) followers. To be frank, I have no idea how to determine how many followers I have, because WordPress followers have to get my posts in their email (something I would never do, as I get enough clutter in my email already), Bloglovin is just not a platform that I enjoy, and I mainly use an RSS feed, which reports how many people are following a blog through that reader specifically. So I shall do my best in finding other small blogs that meet the criteria.

Here are my 5 favorite small/new blogs:

CSews: Chuleenan makes dresses with great care, hats I could never in a million years wear, which look wonderful on her, and runs the Bay Area Sewists’ Meetup! I’m really looking forward to finally meeting her at our June meetup, if my sister’s baby comes at a complementary time!

Custom Style: Brooke may very well have over 500 followers on all aggregators, but she’s only got 100+ on Feedly, and I think you should know about her if you don’t already. She is a costumer by trade and I have learned so much from her already. We’ve been twitter and Instagram friends for a few months, and this wonderful gal actually put together a 12-IG tutorial on how she marks and sews darts when I asked, because her darts were so beautiful. She has a ton to share with the sewing sphere, and I feel lucky to ‘know’ her!

Sally Bee Makes: Sally is a young woman with a sewing talent and an adorable daughter named Faith, for whom she also sews. I like Sally’s enthusiasm for life, careful sewing, and really, Faith is freakin’ adorable. I’m so grateful that Sally sews for her and quotes her to the twittersphere.

Pelly Melly Patterns: Jane is not only a charmer, but she has taken pattern cutting courses, sewn for years, and last year she decided to grace us all with her knowledge. She does a crack job of showing how to do FBAs (full bust adjustments), beyond the basics (like sometimes you’ll want to add a dart, make sure not to add length to a piece until after you’ve done the FBA, etc.) and her clothes are just lovely, including knitted projects. Do go check her out!

The Finished Garment: Shannon sews for her very lucky kids, makes great use of quilting cottons (how about those Koi pants??), and has assembled some wonderful lists of Canadian resources, including indie pattern designers—how appropriate for Sewing Indie Month? He photography is great, and I have to admit, looking at these blogs is giving me serious blog and camera envy!

Now, Karen kindly supplied me with questions to answer for you, plus I am supposed to add some “random facts.” here goes!

1. Why did you start a sewing blog? –I started sewing in earnest three years ago and learned so much from the blogs out there that I wanted to participate. Turns out I haven’t yet found my stride as a blogger, but I’m getting SO much fun and connection from twitter and IG these days that it’s helping me warm up my blogging muscles.

2. Do you have a favorite sewing tip? –This week it’s got to be GET A NEW SEAM RIPPER! I can’t believe how much better my experience is after replacing my . . . 7 year old one? The new ripper cuts through threads like they are made of morning dew, or something more logical that’s also no likely to be hard to cut through.

3. What is your favorite sewing notion? –Hmmm, not sure. Thread was the first thing that came to mind, since I have a spool rack now and it looks so pretty on my sewing center shelf. I’ll go with that, and not over think it.

4. What is your dream sewing machine(s) if money was no object? –I should some day go try one of the nutty Berninas at the dealer where I have bought my sensible Babylocks. Maybe I’d love to have one of them. And to be honest, I use my dream sewing machine all the time—this January I splurged on the Babylock Evolution and I LOVE THAT THING. I have tried to figure out how to make out with it, but it’s got too many pointy bits. And I’m a married woman. But if it were possible and appropriate, I would. ;-)

5. What super power would you like to have? –I’m a flying girl. Although I notice that this isn’t the usual “Flying vs. Invisibility” question so I will think a little bigger and say teleportation/tessering. If I could travel instantaneously I could live where I want, work where I do, hang out with friends around the world, and yes, life would be awesome!

6. What is your dream job? –I think I have it. I work as a product manager for an enterprise (read: big businesses use it) software company, and I love that I get to combine organizational, communication and negotiation skills in many tasks every day. It’s creative, it doesn’t get boring, and my only real complaint is that I have so many meetings that it’s hard to find time to make good on all my “action items!”

7. Where would you like to visit? (Where are you from?) –I’m ready to go back and visit the UK for real. I got robbed in London when I was 19 (not in person, thank goodness; my backpack was stolen from the hostel while I was out for the day), and I am eager to go back and tramp all over with my smart husband, who tells me amazing things whenever we go to museums or historical sites (He reads a LOT.). I’m from Los Angeles, live south of San Francisco, and I’ve lived in New York City, Berlin and Vienna too.

8. Do you have a favorite pattern or item to sew? –I sew a lot of knits. I am just about full up on t-shirts now, but not quite done making what I call “pajama dresses” (more on this later in the week). I have really gotten my skills in order for the knit garment, and I like that. It’s about time to turn my focus to excellent woven garments, I think! I hope the next favorite will be skirts—I could use some!

9. What do you like to do when you are not sewing? –Running! We’re training for a half marathon this year. And cooking, reading sewing blogs, and . . . I’ll admit it, we watch a fair amount of TV. Excellent TV, however, served fresh off the DVD or Netflix, sand commercials.

10. What is your favorite food? I hope that in my lifetime I can have a vat-grown beef hamburger, because I really miss cheeseburgers! I am really glad to be a vegetarian for many reasons (pretty, sweet cows!) but I sure did love a good cheeseburger in my meat eating days. Now I think it’s probably really fine pizza, like they have at Pauline’s in San Francisco.

Whew! You’d think I like writing and communicating, or something.

Random facts:

  • I am a dual German and American citizen.
  • I owned my first house before I was 25. It was in Staten Island and treated me very well.
  • I married very young, at 22. I thank my stars that I got out of that one at 30.
  • I met the love of my life on OK Cupid. Don’t underestimate the power of a great algorithm, folks!
  • I am a very slow sewer! I can’t even begin to believe the speed of some of the ladies and gents out in our blogosphere!

And with that, I am almost done. Chuleenan, Brooke, Sally, Jane and Shannon, if you choose to play along with this favorites game (Liebster means “favorite” in German), please nominate 5-11 little blogs like ours, tell us 5 things about yourself, and answer the following 10 questions, so we can learn more about you (with thanks to Karen for all the questions I’m cribbing here):

1. Why did you start a sewing blog?
2. What’s your proudest sewing achievement?
3. What crazy-expensive fabric would you sew with if money were no object?
4. What sewing task would you happily never do again, if fairies would do it for you?
5. What super power would you like to have?
6. What is your dream job?
7. Where are you from?
8. Do you have a favorite pattern or item to sew?
9. What do you like to do when you are not sewing?
10. Who taught you to sew?

Thanks again, so very much, Karen! This has been a blast!

Deer & Doe Plantain + SoZoBlog Vest = Awesome Tops from Free Patterns!

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Well, this was meant to be posted in February–you know, Sew Grateful Week? Ah well, life gets away with us! It took me literally 6 weeks to manage to send my Sew Grateful giveaway winners their booty. I would feel bad, but you know what? Our town has ONE post office open on Saturday, and it’s only open until 1PM. So sue me. It took a long time, but the packages are on their way!

And I did sew the heck out of two fabulous free patterns in February. #1 is one I’ve had the fabric and traced-off pattern for for over a year, but was waiting for lingerie elastic: the SoZoBlog Free Vest Pattern! It’s simple, but perfect!

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It gave me the opportunity to try the elastic application foot on my new serger, and that worked a treat! Now, if I could only get my coverstitch binder to work as well. I need LOTS more practice with that.

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I sewed it up to go with my first Deer & Doe Plantain shirt, of a lovely soft purple slub tissue jersey from Fabric Outlet in SF. Sadly, this one shrank again a couple of times after sewing, though I had pre-treated the fabric, but at least it’s still wearable, if not precisely drapey!

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After the purple Plantain was so successful, I made up a kind-of colorblocked one from scraps of another project–to be blogged in a couple of days–and a third from scraps of a StyleArc Nina Cardigan. For the second two I decided I wanted a little more swing in the hips, so I added a bit of width right down the center front a back, like so:

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Maybe not the best idea, as at least in the drapier bamboo jersey it’s a little pronounced at the front. I thing next time I may slash-and spread in the middle of the pattern piece so as to gain more distributed width. Or, given that my running is starting to have a desirable effect on my waistline, I may not top it up on width at the hips at all next time. And there WILL be a next time! I love this pattern!

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So, better late than never. Here they are, 4 wonderful tops from generously offered free patterns. And yes, Zoe, I did buy you a coffee today when I was reminded as I put in the link above. :-)

Have a beautiful week, beautifuls!

Sweat’n’Sew—Spring 5k in Wild Espresso “Capris”

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PB Jam Muslin

As y’all may have seen, I decided to participate in Melissa’s Spring Race Challenge this year. Having already muslined her PB Jam leggings and made my first (rather stymied) attempt to muslin the XYT Top, I was enthusiastic about sewing my own running gear. AND I’m really going for it this year with my running, really training, really getting faster, and working up to a half marathon in November. So this challenge was a perfect one for me!

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That’s me with the “Hotmail Box!”

I wound up wearing something else in my race, a little local 5k held at the Microsoft campus in Mountain View. I was on an indie pattern kick in

Seamster Rose Hip Tights

Seamster Rose Hip Tights

February, and I downloaded Cake Patterns’ Espresso leggings pattern as well as Seamster Patterns’ Rose Hip Tights, thinking this crazywonderful swimsuit fabric I had picked up at Fabric Outlet during one of their 40% off sales would be awesome for both of them. And being really impatient to try new things, I traced out the Espresso (based on my measurements) and cut the fabric at knee to make shorter (duh) pants for running in warmer weather, which we have most of the time here.

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Key Pocket!

I did add a key pocket inside the back waist, which given my swayback is a great place for me to store things. I learned that it’s great for keys, but not my ID, which tried very hard to slide up and out of my leggings while we were racing! I guess I’ll have to develop a zippered pocket. :-)

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New waistband for the PB Jams

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After this run I knew the rise was waaaay too long. Thanks, lengthwise stretch!

I also found that after running in these the first time that the stretch of the fabric is more lengthwise than across the grain, so unpicked the waistband, cut it down, and sewed it back together. This seems to be a theme for me, as it happened with my PB Jams as well. However with those I didn’t have the heart to unpick, so I cut off the waistband and fashioned a new one in the manner of my favorite store-bought running leggings: a two-piece shaped waistband with the elastic sewn in the top. It works better with my, shall we say prodigious curves?

Anyhow, now all I need are nude-colored wicking undies, and I can wear these capris all through the summer! For now, I get to wear them once a laundry cycle, as I have only one pair of skivvies that don’t shine through them like a beacon. Oh well, not all fabric choices can be practical. ;-)

Fehr Trade Spring Race Challenge

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Hi all!

I have an impossible backlog of blog photos to take, and hope I will have laundry, husband and weather aligned tomorrow to do so, but in the mean time, know this:

I’m in taking part in the Fehr Trade Spring Race ChallengeFehr Trade Spring Race Challenge

I’ll be running a 5k on April 5th, wearing some me-sewn running gear and learning for the first time in over a decade what my 5k time is. This is a great kick in the pants for me, as I’m aiming for a November half marathon, and therefore it’s time to start getting a sense of my race speeds. I’ve been getting speedier (for me) in training, so I hope that I can break 30 minutes in the 5k race. Yes, I’m that slow. But I don’t care! I love running in our beautiful California environment, and if I’m slow, it’s just that much more enjoyment. ;-)

We’ll see what I have ready to wear at that time, as my Fehr Trade PBJam Leggings are too warm already for most days, but I will at least have some (as yet unblogged) running SewingCake Espresso capris, and hopefully a Fehr Trade XYT Top to show off!

Sew Grateful Catch-Up and Giveaway Winner

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What a fun, busy, BUSY week I had last week! I work very closely every day with a supervisor who is based in the Washington DC area (as well as software engineers who are based in Shanghai and Bangalore), and my “boss” (he is my boss, but we work very collaboratively) was in town last week. It always makes for a very busy week.

This means that I only got ONE Sew Grateful post up, but hey, at least it was a giveaway! And today I’m happy to announce the two winners:

For Set #1, without covers, our random number generator chose Maryall, of http://maryall.wordpress.com/.

Three funky, funky patterns!

Three funky, funky patterns!

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For Set #2, with covers, our random number generator chose Alison of http://heavenlyhandmades.blogspot.co.uk/

Two lovely patterns with plastic covers!

Two lovely patterns with plastic covers!

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I’ll send you both emails momentarily to get mailing addresses. And I even already have padded envelopes! There’s hope that I may send the packages in March. ;-) Seriously, though, why does the post office have to be so dang inconvenient for working people??

I did actually plan two other Sew Grateful posts, but I’m having serious blog photo backups. I have a free pattern project post–the fabulous Deer & Doe Plantain pattern has come off my serger not one, not two, but THREE times this past month.

Who’s Got the Funk? SewTigerSew’s Sew Grateful Giveaway

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Three funky, funky patterns!

Three funky, funky patterns!

Two lovely patterns with plastic covers!

Two lovely patterns with plastic covers!

Today in honor of Sew Grateful Week I’d like to offer two lots of vintage patterns, one with plastic covers and one without. (I had no idea how to split these up, so covers it was!) Click each picture for a larger, more detailed view.

These came to me through a super-fun swap in 2011 at Mena’s (of Sew Weekly and TypePad fame) place, and I have made up two and found both to be awkward for me. They just didn’t fit the way I’m used to things fitting, and I had to realize that I’m just used to modern ease, etc. I think it’s time they moved on to new homes.

To enter, leave a comment telling me which lot you’d like to win and which pattern you think you might actually make up. I’ll be happy to ship worldwide, so please enter from anywhere! I’ll use a random number thingie, assuming more than two people leave comments. ;-)

Update: I’m keeping this giveaway open through Friday, February 28th, so please feel free to enter throughout the week!

Serger Basics Class

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On Saturday I went to the local Babylock dealer, Eddie’s Quilting Bee, for a class on how to best use my new machine. It was a fun change of pace to get up early and get to the store, a wee bit dressed up in one of my me-made dresses. ;-)

It was a pretty basic class, as I’d already been using the serger, and had one before this one for 8 years, but I learned a couple of key things that would have taken a long time to get around to learning on my own. I am SO chagrined to say that one of my major complaints of late about the old machine would have been solved just by using one of those handy plastic over the thread cones! Sigh. When using slippery thread, it’s key to keep the strand from dipping down and catching on the bottom of the cone on the way back up. Seriously, I felt so silly for not thinking of/remembering that.

We sewed a bunch of samples and I had a ball taking notes right on my fabric squares! I found my favorite settings for a nice rolled hem, and now I’m itching to make napkins for everyone! I got to discuss how to best use my new coverhem binder, though we didn’t go over that in class, and I think I’m in for a LOT of practicing before I use it to finish my XYT top. (I’m thinking this first go I will just do elastic as Melissa suggests.)

Most fun of all, probably, was teaching the teacher something! I showed her Debbie Cook’s great technique for finishing a coverhem in the round. So all this blog-reading does do a person good after all, it seems, aside from making me want to buy more fabric and patterns!

All in all, it wasn’t the complex techniques class I look forward to (they have those every couple of months), but it was fun to spend the day sewing with other ladies, talking about sewing, and being out for an activity for which I am usually at home. The store offers “serger club” classes, the next couple of which are somewhat elementary for me, but I may just go and have fun anyhow! This month’s is a pyjama project, and I owe my dear husband a new pair of PJ pants, so maybe I’ll go and sew those up while the others do the assigned ladies’ pattern. ;-)

Between this and my class at Canada College starting next month (French Pattern Drafting with Linda Maynard), I’m enjoying combining sewing and socializing in real space as well as online!

To Heck with Waiting for Better Pictures: The Craftsy Weekender Dress

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After we settled from moving a second time in 3 months, I had some time off from work for the holidays. Thank heavens! I needed it. We got almost completely settled in the new (upstairs) apartment within a week, and then hosted my mom and stepdad for Christmas and my 40th birthday, and after that, I was SO happy to spend all day reading your blogs, rest, run, and SEW!

IMG_5577I thought the Craftsy Weekender Dress, October’s sewalong, would be a nice little project to get my sewjo back. And it was! Simple, easy to fit—I just graded out a tiny bit so that the skirt would skim my hips more lightly—and my serger was working nicely at the time.

I especially liked how they had us do the empire waist embellishment—just sewed it in the front underbust seam like a binding, and when the side seams were sewn up, it was stabilized plenty so as not to flap up, though it’s only sewn on top, and not on the bottom of the band of red fabric.IMG_5579

You can see from the back view that yes, I could use a swayback adjustment. I guess I’ll have to learn how to do that when there’s no waist seam. This would be an improvement for my t-shirt patterns, neither of which I would yet call TNT!

All in all, I like this pattern, and I think I may re-make it. It’s very easy to wear, fits nicely, and the half-length sleeves are just perfect for my office.

So, here’s to developing a bit of a rhythm for this blogging thing. I’m trying to take the attitude of “Done is better than perfect.” What do you think? Is this worth a read?