Today was a great day for sewing since we got a pretty good snow storm. Four to six inches of snow means is my time to hibernate in my sewing room and work on a fun project.
A couple of months ago I went to Boulder and discovered my new favorite fabric store, Elfriede's Fine Fabrics. It is a beautiful store with loads of gorgeous and high quality fabric for garment sewing. Most places around here cater to quilters so I absolutely loved this store!
Patterns are an important part of the sewing process. I love to browse through the pattern books at the fabric store and now, with technology, we can browse online too!
Lately I have been sewing a lot of indie patterns. When you purchase a pattern from an online store you now have the option to download a printed copy from some companies. This saves you time, sort of. You still need to print and assemble.
I recommend you assemble the pattern on a dining table. At first I tried using the floor and then a coffee table. That didn't work well.
Then I found my grove in assembling the pattern pages. I clear off my sewing table for the task. It's just a rectangular table I found at IKEA, but a dining table would work just fine. My sewing table measures 31" wide and 63" long just to give you an idea. But by all means use what you have!
Assemble the pages according to the pattern instructions. I line up 1 row at a time and tape each page with scotch tape. Then I add another row. Then another row until all of the pages have been taped together.
Using paper scissors cut out each pattern according to the size you decided to make.
There is usually an option to download a large printer format copy to send to your print shop. Personally I haven't printed any that way yet. I use the print and assemble method.
There are many wonderful indie pattern companies. Here are my favorite so far:
For this 2-part video sewing project I chose the Uvita Top by Itch to Stitch. It's a free download you can find here: https://itch-to-stitch.com/product/uvita-top-digital-sewing-pattern-pdf/.
This week we're focusing on the pattern and sewing preparation tips. Next week I will post the sew along video so you can see the whole process from start to finish.
This is a simple dropped shoulder pattern that requires a 2-4 way stretch knit. Do not use this pattern for a woven fabric as it just won't fit well.
The cool thing about this pattern is you have the option to buy a companion which offers a lot of options. There's an option to add patch pockets, kangaroo pocket, hood, and sleeve variations. And it's only $5! Here's the link for the add-on pattern: https://itch-to-stitch.com/product/uvita-top-add-on-digital-sewing-pattern-pdf/
SOFTWARE REQUIREMENT: You will need to use Adobe Reader to print the pattern. It's a free software program you can download. Some pattern companies allow you to print only the size you need so you don't have so many confusing sizing lines to work around. Read your pattern instructions carefully. Adobe instructions are usually included.
Make sure that you choose “Actual Size” or scale to 100% in the print dialog box. Select “Auto portrait/landscape” or “Auto Rotate and Center” under Orientation.
Here are the steps I take when I use any pattern:
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Once I made my pattern I decided to make a simple long sleeve top with a soft cowl neckline.
Here are the pattern pieces I used:
Basic sewing instructions:
All in all this top was easily created in an evening. I did serge the seams and added easy knit to the top of each shoulder. This adds stability to the shoulder seam along with a little bit of structure.
This top was super comfortable! My daughter told me it looked like something I would buy at Chico's! Wow! What a complement because I love to shop at Chico's.
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