Thursday, November 8, 2018

Mabel

Fall is finally upon us.  For me that means cowl necks and cardigans!

5oo4 just released a new cowl neck top.  I knew I was going to love it because the 5oo4 Nancy Raglan cowl is one of my favorites too (blog post).

This is the new Mabel pattern. I has an optional ruffle finish, neckband or cowl.  


The pattern is from 5oo4 and I've become a big fan.  The full bust adjustment is a separate pattern piece built right in. This saves me so much time!

Here's the optional ruffle finish.

The ruffled skirt is gathered.  I've found my favorite way to gather is using my sewing machine on high tension.





Both versions were made with double brushed poly from Elevated Fashion Fabrics and cowls using sweater knit from Sincerely Rylee scrap packs!








Here's some other 5oo4 Patterns I've made and blogged about:
http://www.kittymakesit.com/search/label/5oo4


Nancy Raglan with flounce sleeves
Eleanor Cardigan

Nancy Raglan
Knot Your Average Dress
Virginia

Roxanne






















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Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Autumn Sweater


What's more versatile than a sweater pattern that can also be a cardigan?   The Halla Autumn Sweater can do that!  It can be a hoodie, a cocoon cardigan, a short sleeve dolman like mine, a long sleeve with or without cuffs or even during the sewalong you'll see it as an off the shoulder sweater!

I made the simplest variation, a dolman sweater, short sleeve with banded arms, neck and waist.  In no time I had a new sweater to wear to work the next day and show off my pretty sweater knit fabric from So Sew English. 



I find Halla patterns to be super versatile with lots of options for different views, but my favorite aspect is the rulers on the pattern pieces that show you how to grade. It makes it much faster than comparing the size charts and deciding what sizes you're between. For example, there's a ruler right at the waist line so you can grade the waist in (or out) to exactly your measurements.

I'm also a little obsessed with some Halla Favorites - see my other blogs.

http://www.kittymakesit.com/search/label/Halla

Hey Babie
Madeleine

Halla blog posts
Also check out my other Cardigan pattern finds!
http://www.kittymakesit.com/search/label/Cardigan 

Darlin' Cardigan

Eleanor Cardigan

Cardigan Love

Copeland


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Copeland


Fall for me is all about different cardigans over my favorite summer dresses.  This one is especially different.

The Copeland Cardi (named after a famous ballet dancer) has a tie front option or a ballet-wrap option which I made. The ballet wrap goes around the back and ties on the side. I made the waist length but there is also an empire (cropped length).

I used a sweater knit from Girl Charlee that is extra stretchy and a little bit glittery.



I'm wearing the Copeland over my Love Notion's Willow Wrap Dress.  (See related blog entry)

Blog Entry


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Also check out my other Cardigan pattern finds!

Darlin' Cardigan

Eleanor Cardigan

Cardigan Love

Darlin' Cardigan

I can't help it, I just love duster cardigans in the fall.  It looks like you're wearing work clothes but feels like you're still in your bathrobe.  

The fabric I used is also super soft. It's a brushed hacci (sweater knit) from Sincerely Rylee.

I also like how it disguises a too tight dress right after Thanksgiving. 

This is the Darlin Cardigan from Ragamuffin Patterns.  There's a matching pattern for girls, the Lil Darlin Cardigan.  Both are part of the Anniversary/5k giveaway.  There's a code within the Ragamuffin Facebook group that will make one of them free during the release sale. 

I especially like the neckline of this pattern.  The high back neck makes it lay well and look polished.



I made the Duster length without color blocking, but be sure to check out the other gallery photos because the pattern includes color blocking lines for the back and bottom of the front that can really change up the look.  Note the high-low hem also.



I'm wearing the Darlin' Cardigan over my EAM To the Point Dress - Blog entry found here: http://www.kittymakesit.com/2018/11/to-point.html

To The Point


Also check out my other Cardigan pattern finds!
http://www.kittymakesit.com/search/label/Cardigan 


Eleanor Cardigan

Cardigan Love

Copeland

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Sunday, November 4, 2018

Lively


George and Ginger has gone over the top again and we all love it!

After getting back from her runway show at New York Fashion week, Kristi is making a winter collection for us!  The first pattern is the Lively top/dress.

It has a lined bodice, gathered skirt, huge bell sleeves and attractive gathered features on the bodice front and back.  It really looks so intricate, but it's surprisingly easy!

Here's my by the book version in a Sincerely Rylee sweater knit from a Zebra box.  Bodice lining and sleeves from solid double brushed poly from The Fab Clique.



I couldn't wait to make another but I wanted to change things up a bit. 

I switched out the gathered skirt for a circle skirt and added a cuff to the sleeve.

The dress is made from double brushed poly from JoAnns. I used a piece of complimenting olive rayon spandex for the cuffs and yoke pieces. It was in a scrap pack from Sincerely Rylee.


Hack Details

I always start with the circle skirt when I'm cutting my fabric because it's easier to cut with the clean edges.  Circle skirts are cut on the double fold and there's no side seams to sew up. It will come out all one piece, with just a hole in the top for your waist.

You can make your own by taking your wait size, diving by four, drawing and circle and expanding that out by the length you need.  You can also do what I did which was reach over on my side table where the circle skirt piece from my last make was still sitting there.  I just keep this piece handy now.  I've altered the pattern piece to the length I like, so it's perfect.  Since I know it fits my waist size, I know it fits any dress that hits at the waist.


Then I added cuffs.  Again, I just happened to have cuffs on my table, so I lengthened them because I wanted a more prominent cuff.  Had I not happened to have a piece at the ready, I would measure my wrist, divide by 2 and then measure the height I want them to hit and double that.
Cut all the other pieces per the pattern and prepare (do the bodice as per the pattern).

Then I gathered both the top and the bottom of my sleeves to make it easier to attach to the cuff.  My favorite gathering method is to turn the tension up on my sewing machine, hold tight to my threads and just sew a line right along the edge of the fabric. This automatically ruffles the fabric for me.  I just leave long threads at the beginning and the end in case I need to spread it out more to attach. (Check out my equipment post for more about my machines)


Here is my bell after I have gathered and I'm just about to attach to the top sleeve.

I also chose to top stitch everywhere I attached gathers for a really top notch look. This is the bell and top sleeve seam.

The next little change I made was to include elastic at the waist. Because of the weight of the skirt, I wanted to give the bodice extra support.  I cut elastic to the width of the bodice plus room for over lap and then attached it in the seam when I attached the skirt.  You may need to stretch a little bit but be sure to do so evenly.  Otherwise you'll get some pull lines (I unfortunately was moving too fast and got a few).  I used 3/8" elastic.



Then I attach the cuffs, hem and ta-da!  Big dramatic sleeves that don't get in the way at work!









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