Since my Fall sewing plans post a lot has happened, unfortunately it has not been sewing. One of those things included moving into a new place, this has given me a more spacious studio to work in so I can’t complain. So now my Fall sewing plans have been put off for so long they are starting to look more like Winter/ Early Spring sewing plans. Now it is just a matter of getting myself and my family back into a regular routine. Find time to sew has always been a challenge for me but with this latest move and other plans in action I’m hoping this will change.
I did manage to successfully draft a knit sloper for my t-shirts. It took quite a bit of redrafts, much head scratching, a few pouting sessions, and much tweaking to get it the way I wanted, but it was worth it and I am happy with it. Now the only left to do is to design it for my t-shirt, but that will have to wait for now.
Next up bottoms, I won’t go into any details about this just yet. I will say I am planning on making something much easier to draft. Once I am done I plan to go ahead and finish up my t-shirt and using both patterns to create a few mix and match wardrobe pieces, so keep and eye out.
Until next time, happy sewing…
P.S. Look out for a photo tour of the new studio soon.
Are you in on the Instagram fun #sewphotohop . I only found out a few days ago, so I was a bit late, but joined in any way and I have been enjoying the experience. The goal is to post a pic according the day’s theme for August, here are a few of my own photos
In my last post I talked about drafting and sewing all of my knit tops for my Fall wardrobe but I thought it would be nice to list a few ready made sewing patterns that I would love to sew right now. Some of these I have sewn in the past and some are just ones I have been eyeing for quite a while and one is new to me but I’m just lovin it. So if you’re looking to sew some nice and easy knit tops I hope this list helps.
In no particular order
Sewaholic Renfrew– This pattern has been on my radar screen for along time but due to me living abroad I wasn’t able to get it cheaply and at the time I was still prefering preprinted patterns.
Grainline Studio Hemlock– I love a nice slouchy t-shirt and as a bonus it can be made in a woven also.
Simplicity 2345- This was one of my favorites patterns. The top is part of a wardrobe but it was just the top I had sewn. I added sleeves to mine from another simplicity pattern.
BurdaStyle 02/2009-108- Even though I only made one it was one of my favorite and has lasted me 6 six years and still going strong for me
Grainline Studio Scout (Woven)- Even though this is a pattern for a woven top I have seen it in a knit and it is nice and I want my own copy.
Union St. Tee- This pattern is new to me but all I hear and see is raving reviews and pictures that are just as nice. So this is one pattern I would love to try.
Sew U Home Stretch (book)- What is not to like it is a book about sewing knits, comes along with three patterns and shows how to make a whole wardrobe of knit tops and dresses.
Alabama Studio Design T-shirt (book)- I have to admit that when I first saw this book a few years ago I judged it based on its cover and I wasn’t impressed so I never bothered to look into it. Fast forward to this past spring and my kids bought it as surprise gift, and let me tell you, that saying never judge a book by its cover, it is so true. I mean talk about my jaw dropping to the floor, let’s just say with detail she puts into those garments I want everything.
Grainline Studio Linden Sweatshirt- As you can see by now I really like Grainline Studio patterns, again this is just another style I really like.
New Look 6735- Just a classic t-shirt that seems to sew up nicely for everyone. Plain and simple it is a classic.
So first up are some knit tops aka tees aka t-shirts. Since I plan to sew about 9 of these I’m thinking 3 different styles with about 3 each. I won’t be using any ready made patterns, instead I’ll be drafting my own. I know this will just add time to my plans but for some reason I just really enjoy making my own.
Now when it comes to styles I know I want a boatneck top, and two different cowls. I’ll then change them up using two different hem and sleeve lengths. So stay tuned up next drafting.