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1  Pretty embroidered eyelet skirt with lining in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by debycoles on: June 22, 2013 01:02:18 PM
I've been using my custom skirt pattern today to make another basic skirt for the summer. I've used it before to make skirts for work -plain, dark etc but living in the Caribbean - I wanted something light and colourful. Bring on the latest skirt from this pattern a beautiful soft green eyelet with shimmery embroidery and gemstones!



As soon as I saw this fabric I knew it would be perfect to make one of these easy skirts.  In the previous version I had added a waistband, but this eyelet fabric had little holes so I knew it had to be lined.  I added a nude colored pongee lining and made it without a waistband.  Voila an easy lined pencil skirt!



Its not only pretty, but it the fit is fantastic and it feels so nice to wear.  Ive always liked wearing a lined skirt, I like the way it feels expensive, and the lining also seems to prevent the skirt from creasing so much too.  And I also think it will prevent some of the stretching out that I sometimes get in the back of a skirt from spending so much time sat on my behind.

You can see more pictures and read more about this skirt, and the instructions for making your own custom fit skirt pattern on my site at http://so-sew-easy.com/easy-lined-pencil-skirt/
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2  Very Easy Wrap Top - pattern review in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by debycoles on: June 14, 2013 06:42:22 AM
Ive been continuing to develop my love for Sewing with Knits as Ive been taking the excellent Craftsy course online.  This week I made a Very Easy Vogue wrap over top from pattern Vogue V8390.



Its a wrap over top, with sleeve options.  And I used a really lovely soft chocolate brown knit fabric from Girl Charlee.  Although the fabric was only $5 a yard, its very nice quality, soft and thick with a good stretch and recovers beautifully with no rippling.  But because it is so lovely and thick, it really wasnt a good choice for this top.  Not because of the fabric, but because the pattern was rather over the top.

The pattern asks that you cut each side of the wrap over front twice, and sew them together, so you really end up with 4 layers of fabric on the front, and this makes it very heavy, very thick, especially across the tummy area, and very warm!  Something I really didnt want here in Cayman where it rarely drops below 80 degrees.

And because of the 4 layers of fabric, the gathered areas are very very thick.



Looking at it from the gathered side, everything looks good.  The top is very nicely cut and the neckline doesnt gape at all, it fits high enough to be comfortable and low enough to be interesting.  And the scooped front is a nice touch.  The shoulders have little gathers too and the sleeves are a perfect length for covering that upper arm chubbiness.  Its really very flattering.

However look at it from the other side and its not quite so good.



On this side, there are two layers of fabric gathered from the panel that wraps underneath, and then sewn into the side seam.  And that makes the smooth side seam not so smooth its very thick and puckered because of the gathers inside.  I dont really see why the inside panel needs to be gathered it would have fitted better if it was smooth.  And with the doubling up of fabric, there were 4 pieces of jersey in this side seam.

However I do really like this top but if I were to make it again I think I would make the following alterations.

  • The front panels really dont need to be doubled up.  I would only cut one and turn over a narrow hem.
  • The inside panel doesnt need to be gathered where it meets the side seam.  I would reduce its height and sew it into the seam without gathering.
  • Sew a smaller size to take into account less fabric in front and get a smoother fit.
  • Maybe reduce the length at the front a little to make it more hip length.

If you would like a nice and easy wrap top, I can certainly recommend the Vogue V8390, but with the modifications.

You can read more about this project, my progress on the Sewing with Knits course and my other sewing at http://so-sew-easy.com/vogue-v8390/
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3  Double layer chiffon blouse in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by debycoles on: June 07, 2013 04:06:27 PM
This was my first attempt at drafting my own pattern.  I live in the lovely Cayman Islands and you can't buy sewing patterns here, so when I want to sew I often make it up as I go along. 
There is also not much choice when it comes to fabric, so my first try at this blouse was from some flowery chiffon in the remnant bin that was supposed to be sheer curtains I'm sure!




But I loved this so much that I went out and bought my first ever piece of fabric off the bolt.  Its a lovely embroidered chiffon with little sparkles and its perfect for when you want that subtle mix of casual and comfy but pretty at the same time.



If you would like to know how to draft your own pattern and make the blouse, I have a tutorial here - http://so-sew-easy.com/double-layer-chiffon-blouse-pattern-and-tutorial/
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4  Easy Summer Dress with link to free pattern in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by debycoles on: May 26, 2013 02:44:52 PM
I'm new to the site - hello everyone.  And posting my first project here today.
I sew over at So Sew Easy and am quite new, sewing only since the end of last year, but I like to make up my own patterns and share them with my blog readers.  This is the latest - an easy summer dress in a knit fabric.




It has a lined and ruched front bodice, and empire waistline and a flattering fit over the hips.  There are several different options for straps or you can wear it strapless too because it has elastic in the top back. The pattern is available to download for free in small, medium and large and I've included some instructions on how to increase or decrease the size too.  I've got a full photo step by step tutorial on my site.



I'd love to know what you all think!  Thanks for looking,  Deby at So Sew Easy.

Read about this project and get the pattern and tutorial at http://so-sew-easy.com/easy-dress-pattern-for-summer/
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