Travel Roll Organizers with Detachable Pouches

These are my new favorite non-clothing items that I’ve ever made!

I made these travel roll ups for my sister-in-law’s and her husband’s birthdays in December.

I hadn’t made either of them anything yet over the past several years, so I knew I wanted to make them something. My sister-in-law travels a lot for work, but they travel together fairly often, as well. Hence, the idea for a travel organizer.

I am pleased with how they turned out. The design (with the velcro detachable triangular pouches) is just like the toiletry and cosmetic roll up my mom always used from Mary Kay, except the Mary Kay one is boring clear vinyl with black trim. ;P

I’ve seen other travel organizers out there, but they’re usually made with quilting cotton, which can give them an “old lady” vibe. I knew the organizer could be made more “hip” with the right materials. So, I found some nice imitation leathers and medium weight cotton blends for the linings.

Basically every piece of this is interfaced, except for the pouch linings. I stitched the linings and outer pouches separately, so they have a nice, professional finish on the inside (no raw edges or zipper tape showing). This meant that they did require a small bit of hand stitching for the lining at either end of the zipper. Hand stitching is my least favorite thing to do, so these were certainly made with love. ;P

I contemplated adding a handle, but I decided that most of the time a travel roll like this would be inside a suitcase anyway, and then immediately hung up or rolled out.

I already received a couple requests for these roll ups since posting on Instagram, and I added custom listings for these in my Etsy shop (smaller size, larger size) a few weeks back.  I have two other imitation leather options: a textured grey with purplish-blue tint and a very dark teal. I’m considering adding an extra-large option for the girl or guy who travels with everything but the kitchen sink. 😉

They are temporarily 10% off, with coupon code 10OFF. So, if you’re interested or know someone who might be interested, now is a great time to place an order.

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Christmas Selfless Sewing & End of 2016 Road Trip

I’m behind in the blogging queue, but I’m popping in to finally share some selfless sewing from Christmas, as well as some details about our road trip to visit my family. For those who are not interested in the road trip, it’s at the end, so it’s easy to skip. 😉

Selfless Sewing

First, here’s some selfless sewing that I did last month in preparation for our Christmas trip to visit my family.

I made my sisters and my mom different infinity scarves.

Several of them are basically just big tubes, with panels of lace for a nice variation in texture. As you can see from the photos, they can be styled in different ways.

One of the scarves that I gave my mom has a braided section. I made scarves of a similar style for Brittany and her boyfriend’s sister.

To give you a taste of my youngest sister’s “youngest child complex,” she told me that she deserves this caption for the above photo, “this is my baby sister – she is a princess.” ;P She certainly gets treated like a princess by most of us. I guess, such is the “burden” of the baby of the family (insert snicker).

I also made them each a garment.

For my mom and my sister Heather, I made hi-low tops.

A couple of years back, I made a Deer & Doe Plantain, which I altered to have a hi-low hem (unblogged, see below).

So, I used that pattern as a basis for grading up and creating the patterns for their shirts. I made sure they were 3.5 inches longer than my pattern, but I should have lengthened them a couple more inches, as both my mom and Heather have very long torsos. However, I think they look fine with a shirt under them (which is actually how I used to wear mine).

For Laurie, I finally made the dress that I told her I would make over three years ago, that I mentioned in this post. The saddest part is that it was cut out and laying in my UFO pile for at least two years. 😮

For Brittany I made a slouchy cowl top based on a top that she had on her wishlist. I used one of my self-drafted basic v-neck patterns as a starting point and graded to create a pattern for her size.

The cowl is just a folded rectangle, that crosses over in the front.  The short edge of the rectangles were slightly gathered to create a bit more drape at the front of the cowl.

I technically re-gifted a handmade item to my dad, but it was literally only worn once by my husband. The fit was just too slim for his taste. It fits my dad pretty well, and I know he’ll wear it.

My sister Ashley was staying here in Nashville for a few months and helping me with a few projects, while she continued her job search. So, Ashley got an extra special gift. I gave her a box full of some fabric from my stash that she’d been eyeballing while she was out here. It was hard for me to part with it, but she had a specific project to use it for. So I figured it’d be better to give the material to her than to let it languish in my stash indefinitely. I will certainly share a photo when her project is finished. I also gave her some vintage clothing from my stash that I thought she might like, as well as a dress that she actually made for a show when she was staying out here (she helped me out by sewing up a couple of my designs in preparation for a market in October).

Road Trip & Christmas with my Family

I was so blessed to have the opportunity to drive out and visit with my family at Christmas. We had THE BEST time.

My parents moved from California to an area just outside of Las Vegas at the beginning of last year. They have a nice little place in a community with a man-made lake and a nice view of the mountains.

All four of my sisters, my grandparents, and one sister’s boyfriend and his sister were there. It was wonderful to see everyone together.

Luckily, two of my sisters are living in Vegas, and they are renting a house together not far from where my parents’ place is, so we had plenty of space.

On Christmas Eve, We went to a candlelight service and spent the rest of the evening enjoying each other’s company and waiting for one more sister to arrive.

For Christmas morning, we had the opportunity for to serve the homeless at a park in Vegas. Alex contacted a couple of ministries about a month ahead of time to find an opportunity for us to serve on Christmas. It was a very special way to start our Christmas that put us out of our comfort zones and made us focus on others.

So, that morning, Alex and I got up early and made breakfast for everyone. Then, we went out and served as a family.

Yep, that about sums it up. How I feel in the morning meets that first cup of coffee. 😛

Upon returning, we opened stockings, and each of the “kids” got a nerf gun and some extra ammo. Then, while we were opening gifts, my dad opened a gift from my mom, which just so happened to be a tommy gun with about 40 nerf bullets. :O He started firing into the room, and thus began an epic nerf battle over the next couple of days (with a few cease-fires mixed in).

Honestly, it was the best way to get some exercise. I’m astonished that we didn’t break anything in the house. I learned that I’m great at stockpiling and hiding ammo caches, and I’m basically an expert sniper with a nerf gun. ;P

I also learned that Alex is an adorable elf, but I still shot him point-blank a couple of times. Haha!

My sister, Brittany, made a Christmas pinata. Unusual, but awesome. We are all adults now, but we can still do silly activities and have fun together.

I had to share a pic of Ashley in her favorite coat that she made a couple years back. So cute! <3

We also celebrated my mom’s 50th birthday with a surprise party, while we were all there.

It was a late ’60s themed party to correspond with the time of her birth. We all even dressed up in outfits that had a late ’60s flair. Brittany and Laurie were more hippie-ish. Ashley and I made our outfits, which were decidedly more Mod. We helped Heather find a Mod-ish dress at a thrift store when we got there.

Amazingly, my mom happened to fit the theme perfectly with her attire as well, as she wore her most boho outfit.

When the party was over (when the non-family guests went home), my sister’s and I played Twister (because it fit the theme of the late ’60s) and had a dance party. Twister was a lot more difficult than we remembered it being, mostly because it’s almost impossible with a bunch of adult bodies. :*D

Being the most petite out of the sisters, I was, inevitably, the victor. Hail, Queen of Twister!

On our last night in Las Vegas, we went downtown to watch the dancing water at Bellagio and walk around Caesar’s Palace.

When we left Las Vegas, we drove to California to spend some time with Alex’s grandma.

He makes a face like this almost every time I attempt to take a picture of him on road trips.

We love visiting with Alex’s grandma and playing games with her. She is so much fun to be around, and she always insists on cooking up wonderful food.

Then, we stopped through Tuscon to visit his aunt. I always enjoy staying at her house.

She has a unique adobe house that is full of plants. <3 #plantgoals

She also has an awesome wall of books in her dining room.

We often talk about books, and she always suggests books or gives me books to borrow.

I really miss the West side of the country. The different landscapes and the wide open sky are beautiful.

Now that I have been out of the Southern California desert for almost a decade, I have really grown to appreciate it. It has a beauty of its own , and the Joshua trees are unique and striking.

Well, if you made it through that post, congratulations!

That is by no means the end of my recent spate of selfless sewing. I also sewed up a few birthday presents over the past couple of months, which I’ll be sure to share in an upcoming post.

Have you done any selfless sewing or crafting recently? Is it rare for you or is it a regular occurrence?

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Three Verity Hacks: Maxi Skirt, Crop Top & Button Tab Cowl

Looking for more ways to get use out of the Verity pattern? Well, you’re in luck, because I have a few extra ideas for you today.

I have been really into high-waisted skirts and crop tops over the past year, and I particularly like midi and maxi length skirts with crop tops. Why? They make me look tall and long-legged! Something this 5’0″ gal with a long lower torso usually only dreams about. I have to laugh, because conventional fashion advice that I always received told me that as a short woman I should avoid these skirt lengths. Good thing I don’t care about arbitrary fashion rules anymore.  ;P

Verity Maxi or Midi Skirt

The first hack is for a turning the Verity skirt into a midi or maxi length skirt.

To create the maxi skirt, I traced the outline of the original skirt.

Then, I measured from the center waistline of the original skirt down the tracing paper to the skirt length I wanted.

Once I had the new hemline location marked, I placed the original pattern’s hem at the marking and traced the pattern piece along the hemline and side seam.

I then measured from the side of the waistline, between the two traced side seams, and down to the same total length as the center front of the skirt.

Next, I drew the new side seam, and measured from waistline to hemline at several intervals, marking and ensuring that the total length throughout the entire skirt was the same as the center front of the skirt.

I connected my hemline markings to create the new hemline.

Et, voila, the skirt piece was ready.

I wanted to create a sleek, no waistband finish on the outside of the skirt. So, I cut the waistband that comes with the Verity pattern slightly smaller and sewed it like a facing to the waist of the skirt.

 

I also added a strip of elastic below the understitch line…

and stitched the bottom of the facing to the skirt at the side seams to ensure that the waistband doesn’t roll out. If you want some extra facing security, you can handstitch in a few other spots.

If you like the look of a waistband, you could add one. Simply sew up the side seams of the waistband, fold it in half (wrong sides together), and stitch the raw edges to the waist of the skirt. For a snugger waistband, insert elastic inside the folded waistband (see the cowl crop below).

Can’t resist the urge to twirl when wearing a long flared skirt

Verity Crop Top

This crop top is the easiest hack ever. It features omitted sleeve bands and a waistband that is simply hemmed along the bottom. Both the sleeves and the waistband hem were done with a blind hem to match the bottom of the skirt.

I wanted these two pieces to look as smooth and sleek as possible. You could choose to sew standard topstitched hems or twin-needle hems.

I also want to point out the importance of testing your material before cutting out your neckband for the cowl-less version of Verity. Since all materials have different amounts of stretch, they may require some changes to band lengths, especially around the neckline.

In this case, I should have removed some material from the neckband length to mitigate the dreaded bacon neck. After these pictures were taken, I had to take the neckband off and create a new neckband that was 3/4″ shorter in length. Sometimes it requires a LOT of stretching to make the neckband fit, but if you are diligent, you can hopefully avoid bacon neckband.

Verity Cowl Crop Top with Button Tab 

This top features a cowl with a fun little button tab feature, and the waistband is folded and elasticated.

To achieve this waistband, simply sew the side seams of the Verity waistband, fold the piece in half and stitch the folded band to the bodice, leaving an opening for inserting your elastic into the casing. I used 1″ elastic for my waistband. Once you insert the elastic and stitch the ends together, just sew the rest of the waistband seam. You could also choose to simply fold the waistband in half and omit the elastic. I added it to this top for an extra-fitted waistline.

For the button tab, cut a rectangle that is about 8.5″ by 5″. Fold the rectangle in half along the long side, right sides together. (see below).

Stitch along the long side and one short side, turn right side out and press.

Once have sewn the cowl to the neckline, sew the raw short end of the cowl tab to the neckline, according to your desired placement.

Attach your neckline binding, encasing the neckline seam allowances, including the raw edges of the button tab.

Once your finished top is right side out, attach the button tab to the right side of the bodice with your covered button.

The button tab is an easy way to add a nice decorative detail.

Have fun experimenting and sewing!

If you don’t have a copy yet, the Verity pattern is available here and here.

P.S. I haven’t posted on the blog much recently because I have several ongoing projects that I can’t share about just yet (which is SO difficult). Anyway, if you ever wonder what I’m up to, I usually post to Instagram (@creativenotions & @moxiepatterns) fairly regularly. So, if you’re interested, I’d love to connect with you there.

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Maker Versions of Verity – Round 1

If you follow the Moxie Patterns Instagram account (@moxiepatterns) then you’ve already seen this first round of sewist versions of the Verity pattern. Each of them is unique and absolutely lovely. Below each photo is a link to the blog post or Instagram associated with the maker.

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Andie’s gorgeous version of Verity had everyone drooling. Here’s the link to her blog post.

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Abbey’s amazing white split cowl shirt. She made her second tester version without the hem band and with a slightly shortened bodice. Doesn’t she look beautiful?! Go check out her Instagram account.

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Shannon’s version of the Verity top with the newly released peter pan collar option is completely adorable. I also love the way that she chose to do her sleeve bands as a cuff. Go check it out on her blog.

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Tanya’s beautiful burgundy split cowl Verity. This is her second tester version, and she chose to make a gathered skirt and add a button tab at the waistband. So lovely! Check out her blog post here.

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I’m still crushing over Valerie’s green version of the Verity dress. The material and the color both look so rich. Here’s her post on Instagram.

More maker versions to be shared soon!

The Verity pattern is on sale for Cyber Monday in my Etsy shop. Use coupon code “cyber16” for 15% off.

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See you soon with a post about some hacks for the Verity pattern. 🙂

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Floral Micro Cord Alder Shirtdress

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This dress jumped the blogging cue because it’s my new favorite, and I finally took some decent photos this time around.

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The fabric was a gift that has been in my stash for years. It’s a beautiful floral micro cord. After I made my first Grainline Alder shirtdress (still unblogged, but I did share a photo on Instagram a while back), I knew it would be a great pattern to pair with this fabric for a fall dress.

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I started with the size 2 this time, based on my high bust measurement, and did an FBA to add 3″ at full bust. I did a swayback adjustment on the back bodice, and removed some of the height from the back armscye. I also shortened the bodice portion by about 1.5″, and added the length back in the skirt.

I knew that the style wouldn’t lend itself well to a fitted waist, but I did take the waist in a tad for a little more shape. I don’t mind the ease in the waist, since my adjustments made it fit quite well in the arms, shoulders and bust.

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I have a very high waist, and I recently discovered that my sister who is 5’7″ has the same waist to knee measurement as me. Our upper legs are even the same length. This lead to an observation among family members that I am essentially a similar shape to several of my sisters (who are all 5’7″ or taller, while I come in at a whopping 5’0″), but I’m just smooshed from my shoulders to my waist, and from my knees to my ankles. Ha! I’m the oldest of my five sisters, but people rarely thought that I was the oldest when we were growing up because I was so height challenged. Too bad people don’t equate height with youth once you’re out of childhood. I don’t think there’s any mistaking that I’m the oldest now. (>_<)

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Well, I have no segway from that point, so let’s just jump right back to talking about the dress…

The pockets and all the topstitching are my favorite part. I placed my buttons closer together than the pattern calls for because I tend to prefer the security of an abundance of buttons. No free peep shows ’round these parts.

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This dress ought to be perfect for fall layering, if fall ever arrives around here. However, the fabric is lightweight enough that I should still be able to wear it during warmer months, as well. I like to make garments that I can wear in different ways during different seasons.

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Now, excuse me while I collapse in a medicine-induced stupor and (hopefully) dream I’m Thumbelina and can climb this Viriginia Creeper vine into the sky. Fingers crossed I can knock this flu and ear infection out within the next couple of days. I hope everyone is enjoying their weekend!

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SBA for Verity Bodice (or Any Gathered Bodice)

sba-process-for-verityApologies for the brief radio silence. I’ve had this post planned for about a week, but I’ve been battling the flu for the past several days, and it doesn’t seem to be in a hurry to leave me in peace.

Anyway, I’ve received a few questions about small bust adjustments for the Verity bodice, so today I have a step-by-step for performing an SBA for the Verity pattern (or really any other pattern with a gathered bodice). I have also included a sheet with step-by-step illustrations for quick reference.

Verity is drafted for a C to D pattern cup size. Remember, a pattern cup size is different from a bra size. F0r example, I wear a 30F bra size, but I am only a pattern cup size D.  The pattern cup size simply refers to the difference between high bust and full bust, with each letter representing 1″ increments (A= 1″ difference, B= 2″ difference, C=3″ difference, etc).

For the sake of example, let’s say we have a high bust measurement of 32″ and a full bust measurement of 33″.

So, since Verity is drafted for a C to D pattern cup size, the pattern is drafted for at least a 3″ difference between high and full bust. We need to choose a size which best matches our actual high bust measurement to the corresponding assumed high bust measurement for the pattern. In this case, we would start with a size S. Since the full bust measurement is 35″ for this size, the assumed high bust measurement 32″ (35-3 = 32), which matches our actual high bust measurement.  Our actual full bust measurement is 33″ and not 35″, so we need to remove 2″ across the front bodice by performing an SBA on the front bodice pattern piece.

Since the 2″ must be removed across the entire bodice, and the front bodice is cut on the fold, we will be removing 1″ from our pattern piece at the full bust.

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STEP 1

Step 1: Hold the pattern piece up to yourself in the appropriate position and mark the apex of the bust. Once we have the apex marked, we can draw our lines for slashing and folding.

-Draw the first line from the bottom of the bodice piece up to the apex, parallel to the center fold line

-Draw the second line from the apex up to the armscye (about 1/3 of the way up the armscye, below the notch).

-Draw a third line from the side seam out to the apex

-Draw a fourth line across the bodice piece, about 2″ up from and parallel to the bottom of the bodice piece.

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STEP 2

Step 2: Now, we need to cut up line 1 through to the apex, and out line 2 as close to the edge of the armscye as possible without cutting into it, creating a hinge.

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STEP 3

Step 3: Next cut along line 3 from the side seam up to but not through the apex point.

Step 4

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Step 4: Fold the hinged pieces toward center front, removing 1″ at the bust. Manipulate the  hinged pieces, until the folded over edge of line 1 is parallel to the center front.

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Step 5: Now, we need to cut along line 4, and shorten the bottom center front piece to match the rotated piece.

Step 6

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Step 6:  Since we removed 1″ from the underbust when we performed the SBA, we need to add the 1″ back at the underbust, so we will have enough material for creating the bust gathers. Cut along the rest of line 4 (marked step 6 above) and move the piece out to correct the underbust measurement.

STEP 7

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Step 7: Attach a piece of paper behind the side seam segments, and draw a new side seam line. Use a curved ruler to draw the new side seam line, starting at the armscye, curving in according to your adjustments and blending out at the bottom of the bodice (see the red line in the image above. Cut along the line to create the new side seam. It may look odd now, but once you add the gathers, the side seam will be pulled in toward center front at the bottom.

Step 8: Depending on how long we need the bodice to be, we have two options to make the front and back bodice side seam lengths match up. We can lengthen the front bodice at the lengthen line, or we can shorten the back bodice piece so the side seam matches the length of the front bodice piece. This is entirely dependent on your body and length preference for the bodice.

I hope the reference sheet and step-by-step is helpful to some of you. This process can be used for any bodice with gathers under the bust. So, have fun and happy sewing!

I’ll be back soon with a recently completed selfish sewing project.

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Verity Plus Size Range XL-8X Now Available

The plus size range of the Verity pattern is now available! I received some wonderful feedback from testers, and I made some improvements that I hope will make this a pattern that people love to use and reuse. I will have a post with pictures from some lovely testers soon.

This pattern can be used to make a dress or a shirt, with sleeves or without, and it has several collar options: split cowl, regular cowl, neckband, and now a Peter Pan collar add-on. The Peter Pan collar add-on is included for free with every purchase of this pattern for a limited time. For more details and photos of the pattern variations, please see this page.

You can purchase the Verity pattern through Craftsy or my Etsy shop. You can also purchase the pattern through this page. When you click the Paypal button, there will be a drop down with the size options.

Notes about the pattern:

-This pattern is designed for use with moderate stretch knits, such as Jersey or ITY. The fabric should stretch 25-35 percent cross grain, meaning that 4 inches of material should stretch to 5 or 5.25 inches, at least. Really, you can get away with using knits that have 20% stretch too. I’ve made versions with ITY knits, jersey knits of different weights, and even pique knit (the yellow dress). The pique knit provides an example of how the garment will look with a much stiffer knit. A stiffer knit is really ideal for achieving a split cowl that stands up.

– Sizes are graded out from a sample block (size 4X) drafted specifically for a plus size figure.

– The pattern is drafted for C-D pattern cup size (3″-4″ difference between high bust and full bust) and a height of 5’6″.

– If you are between sizes, I would suggest going with the smaller size if you prefer a more fitted look.

-If you are shorter than or taller than 5’6″, you may need to shorten or lengthen the pattern pieces accordingly. However, everyone’s body is different, so you might be 5’6″ but have a short torso, for example, or 5’4″ with a long torso. There is a detailed pattern piece measurement chart included in the instructions. This should help you know what adjustments will need to be made for your height, etc. The measurement chart also includes armhole and bicep measurements. I include those measurements for ease of pattern adjustments.

-I am aware that my size chart is somewhat unusual. In the future, I will be switching to numbered sizes. Patterns will come in sizes 0-28. In the meantime, hopefully it will help some people to know that the XL-8X corresponds with numbered sizes 12-28. It is more like RTW sizing than traditional pattern sizing.

I will be working on improving the size chart for future patterns. While, I have made custom garments for women of all shapes and sizes, creating multi-size patterns in the plus range is new territory for me, but my desire is to make my designs accessible to as many woman as possible, so I am always open to suggestions and improvements.

Notes about the instructions:

-There are a lot of pages in the instructions due to the different variations. I would suggest using an electronic device for viewing the instructions, rather than printing them out. If you are a more experienced sewer, who does not need detailed step-by-step photographs, I have included “Short N’ Sweet” instructions. So, alternatively, you could simply print out those sheets.

-The instructions include a layout chart for the print-at-home version of the pattern. So, if you don’t want to print every page, you can use this grid to determine which pattern pieces are on which pages.

Notes about printing the pattern:

-The pattern has colored lines, but I print in black and white on my printer. The different colors provide varying shades of grey that help me to distinguish between the lines better. If you have a black and white only printer and you need the pattern in monochrome, please let me know. I can provide a print-at-home copy in B&W for you.

-The print-at-home PDF of the pattern is in Letter/A4** format. Each page includes frame lines and triangles for easy matching and assembly.

**The pattern comes in letter size but should work for A4, too. Page settings on printer must be changed to letter before printing, and the pages scaling must be set to “no scaling”. If that does not work try the “borderless printing” option in your print settings.**

Show me your version

I’d love to see your versions! You can email pictures to me at moxiepatterns@gmail.com, or use #veritypattern on Instagram and tag @moxiepatterns.

 

The Girls sizes 1-8 is on the way. So, for anyone who might want a corresponding mother daughter look, you’re in luck! 🙂 I still need some testers for the girls size range, so if you know someone who might be interested, please send them my way. Thanks!



Verity Pattern Options


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Purple Plaid Archer Button Up Shirt

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The fall(ish) weather means I can finally wear this shirt comfortably again. I say fall weather, but I use that term so loosely….It’s seriously still been fluctuating into the high 80s here! My Morning Glories literally just started blooming yesterday morning. Last year they were blooming at the beginning of September. :o)

Anyway, I made this shirt last fall, using some thrifted material that I found several years ago. The pattern is Grainline’s Archer.

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This shirt was a labor of love.

When I first sewed it up, I basically had to take the shirt apart and re-cut every piece, particularly in the armhole and shoulder area. I also had to take the side seams in a lot because the shirt ended up way too loose for my figure. I can handle a bit of a relaxed fit nowadays, but I looked like I was wearing a shirt meant for my husband (who is 6′ and wears a men’s L-XL) when i first finished this one.

I chose my size between my high and full bust measurement (size 4), knowing I would want it to be slightly more fitted at the top. Then, I went down to a 2 at the waist, and faded out into a size 12 at the hips (since my hips measure around 43″ and the finished garment hip measurement for size 12 is listed at 44″. I also shortened the shirt  and sleeves by 1″.

I figured I probably should have done an FBA before cutting into the fabric, but this was a muslin and I was feeling lazy. Surprisingly, it was still super loose and way too big in the armhole and shoulders (yes, that shoulder seam was sitting even further down my arm (>_<). I probably should size down significantly (my high bust measurement is in line with the 0) and do an FBA if I ever use this pattern again. I like the look of a slightly relaxed fit on the bottom of a shirt, but I can only do it if the top portion is fairly fitted.

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I didn’t like how the shirt looked on me with two pockets, so I made it with only one. I think next time I’ll make it with two smaller pockets.

If I make the shirt again, narrow back and swayback adjustments are certainly in order. Since this was more of a wearable muslin, I wasn’t too concerned about those adjustments when I made this shirt.

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I do think that I will make it again at some point in the future, since I’ve already done the work to know what adjustments need to be made to achieve a good fit.

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I took all the pictures from my recent blog posts on the same day back in July, so it was a bit of a marathon afternoon with the tripod. My husband was making faces at me near the end, and it became more and more difficult not to laugh and end up with super bizarre poses. ;P

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Two Plaid Shirts From Thrifted Dress

I’m back again with some another “catch-up” post from my hiatus. Here are two shirts that I made from a thrifted dress two Autumns ago.

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I cannot find the “before” picture of the dress that I used to make these two tops. It had a massive collar and a tie under the collar. I guess it was meant for those times when you can’t decide which neckline you like best.

It was like this dress with the sailor collar and tie, but the drop-waist pleated skirt was floor-length. There were also buttons down the back of the bodice.

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Anyway, I made a Deer and Doe Bruyere shirt solely from the skirt portion of the dress.

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I cut about a size smaller than my first Bruyere shirt. I also shortened the bodice pieces by about 1/2″ and the shirt bottom pieces by about 1.5″.  I cut the sleeves at elbow length and just finished them with a folded over band.

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I did the best I could with the plaid matching given the limited amount of material, and honestly, I was very surprised with the results.

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The other shirt was made from the bodice portion of the thrifted dresss. I took everything apart, reshaped the pieces and sewed it back together.

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The collar was a strange shape and it was very unflattering, so I removed the collar and reshaped the neckline. I left the buttons on the back bodice pieces and added a new tie at the neckline. The sleeves are much shorter and more fitted than the original sleeves.

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It’s pretty boxy, so it’s not my favorite top, but I have worn it tucked into a maxi skirt and with cardigans.

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The skirt I’m wearing in these photos is a Hummingbird that I made several years ago.

And because no post is complete without at least one photo of me being a goof…

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Au revoir!

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Verity Re-launch & Peter Pan Collar Add-on

Hey everyone! I am re-launching my Verity pattern, to include a new Peter Pan collar option, an extended size range (XL-8X), and a girls size range (1-8). I am also offering a new A0 sheet format for those outside of the US who would like to print at a copyshop. Both of the new size ranges will be released within the coming weeks, so keep a lookout.

When I first released the pattern, it was somewhat premature, and it ended up being at a somewhat inopportune time in my life, which meant that I was unable to focus time on promoting it and expanding the size range. But hey, better late than never, right? Anyway, I am excited to re-launch the pattern and I hope you enjoy it. The dress has been a staple in my wardrobe for many years now.

I will have some versions made by other sewists to share with you soon. If you have made a version of Verity over the past couple of years, I would love to see it. Please send pictures (moxiepatterns@gmail.com) or a link to your blog, so I can feature you here. Or, if you are on Instagram, tag @moxiepatterns, and use #veritypattern.

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So, let’s talk about the new collar option. The Peter Pan collar is  my new favorite collar option to add to this dress, and it would look great with the shirt, as well. For a limited time, this add-on collar option will be included with every Verity purchase for free. This offer is also available to anyone who has previously purchased the pattern (just drop me a line, and I’ll send you the collar and instructions).

As I said, I will be sharing some versions of Verity made by others soon, but in the meantime, here are a couple of examples of the dress with the Peter Pan collar option.

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This has been one of my go-to dresses, ever since I made it at the end of last summer.

My younger sister also made one in her size that looks adorable on her.

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She made the straight XS, and despite her bust measurement being closer to the size S, this dress fits her perfectly. Normally she has to do a full-bust adjustment. I’m sure you also noticed that she is significantly taller than me, but due to the amount of stretch in this material, she did not have to lengthen the bodice.  Although, if she ever makes the dress from fabric with less stretch, she would likely need to lengthen the bodice pieces a bit.

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The Peter Pan collar can be made from the same material as the rest of the dress, or you could choose to make a contrasting collar. I like to use the same material for the skirt and the collar.

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I made the version above for myself about two and a half years ago. For this version I made the collar edges meet. If you would like your collar edges to come closer to meeting at center front, as in this version, the pattern piece would just need to be extended about 1/2″ at the center back fold location.

I also made the dress below recently, using the same material for the skirt and the collar.

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And this version for a plus sample size.

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The Peter Pan collar and instruction sheet are available together as an extension pack. Again, this will be a free gift with purchase of Verity for a limited time. After that, it will be available as a $2 add-on. You will receive separate PDFs for the print-at-home collar piece and the collar instruction booklet. The collar instruction booklet includes step-by-step photographs, just like the Verity pattern instructions.

You can use this button to purchase the XXS-L pattern with the Peter Pan collar extension pack.

The pattern is also available for immediate download on Craftsy and Etsy. For more details about the pattern, please see this page.

Happy sewing!

Sizes XL-8X and girls sizes 1-8 will be released within the coming weeks. Here are the size charts for those size ranges.

XL 1X 2X 3X 4X 5X 6X 7X 8X
Body Measurements (Inches)
Bust 40 41 43 45½ 48 50 52½ 55 57½
Waist 31 33½ 36 38½ 41 43 45½ 48 49
Hip 43 45 47 49 51 53 55 57 59
Fabric Requirements (Yards)
View A
45”* 3⅝ 4 4⅛ 4⅝
60”* 3⅛ 3⅛ 3⅛ 3⅝ 3⅝
View B
45”* 3 3⅛ 3⅛ 3⅝ 3⅝
60” 2⅞ 2⅞ 2⅞ 3 3
View C
45”* 3 3⅛ 3⅛
60” 2 2⅛ 2⅝
Belt & Buttons (Optional)
60”** 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2
Finished Garment (Inches)
Bust 39¾ 40¾ 42¾ 45¼ 47¾ 49¾ 52¼ 54¾ 57¼
Waist 30 32½ 35 37½ 40 42 44½ 47 48
Hip (B & C) 42 44 46 48 50 52 54 56 58
Length(B & C) 29½ 30 30⅝ 31¼ 31⅝ 32½ 32⅞ 33½ 33⅞
Length (A) 40⅝ 41¼ 41¾ 42⅜ 42¾ 43⅜ 44 44½ 45

*Will only work if the fabric has 4-way stretch & no nap or directional print

**Can use less material if the belt is pieced, and not cut on the fold.

Note: This pattern is designed for stretch knit fabrics and is drafted with negative ease for a more fitted look. The hip measurement only matters for the shirt, and even then, a variation of a few inches larger will not matter, unless a looser, slouchy fit is preferred.

Girls Size 1-8 Measurement Chart

Size 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
Bust 20 21 22 23 24 25 26.5 28
Waist 19 1/2 20 20 1/2 21 21 1/2 22 22 1/2 23
Hips 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 29
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