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- Travel Roll Organizers with Detachable Pouches
- Christmas Selfless Sewing & End of 2016 Road Trip
- Three Verity Hacks: Maxi Skirt, Crop Top & Button Tab Cowl
- Maker Versions of Verity – Round 1
- Floral Micro Cord Alder Shirtdress
- SBA for Verity Bodice (or Any Gathered Bodice)
- Verity Plus Size Range XL-8X Now Available
- Purple Plaid Archer Button Up Shirt
- Two Plaid Shirts From Thrifted Dress
- Verity Re-launch & Peter Pan Collar Add-on
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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 this year. 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 very pleased with how they turned out. The design is pretty similar to a toiletry and cosmetic roll up my mom always used from Mary Kay, except the Mary Kay one is boring clear vinyl with black and pink trim. ;P
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. Continue reading
If you follow the Moxie Patterns Instagram account (@moxiepatterns) then you’ve already seen this first round of a few 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 post associated with the maker.
The Verity pattern is on sale for Cyber Monday in my Etsy shop. Use coupon code “cyber16” for 15% off. Continue reading
Today, I have a step-by-step for performing an SBA (small bust adjustment) for a gathered bodice, such as the one on the Verity pattern. I have also included a sheet with step-by-step illustrations for quick reference.
For the sake of example, let’s say we have a high bust measurement of 32″ and a full bust measurement of 33″.
The Verity pattern is drafted for a C cup (or up to a D cup due to the use of knit material). So, the pattern is drafted for at least a 3″ difference between high and full bust. So, we need to choose a size which best matches our actual high bust measurement to the corresponding assumed high bust measurement. That means 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. Since our actual full bust measurement is 33″ and not 35″, we need to remove 2″ across the front bodice by performing a small bust adjustment 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.
Step 1: Hold the pattern piece up 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.
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.
Some notes about the pattern:
– All sizes are graded out from a sample block (size 4X) that was 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 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.
Now that fall weather is finally making an appearance, I am excited to wear this dress more again. The colors are very fall appropriate and it’s easy to put together layered outfits with this color mix.
I made this dress using the Jennifer Lauren Vintage Bronte pattern. I just shortened the shirt into a bodice and added the skirt from my Verity pattern.
Moving right along through the unblogged garments…I’ve got another dress to share that I made last year. I made it around my birthday last August, so it fits a bit loose on me now, but not enough to bother me. I always wear belts anyway.
This dress is one of my favorite dresses, especially since it can easily go from season to season. I wore it with tights, cardigans and boots in the fall and winter.
The material was a thrift store find. It’s a rayon blend of some kind. The wheat block print is reminiscent of a fabric from the ’40s. Continue reading
Yes, I definitely have a problem. And yes, when observing my color addiction, people have been known to reference Marie’s purple everywhere in Breaking Bad.
Here is a terrible photo of my wacky kitchen. As you can see, I have little blue accents everywhere. ;P Whatever… The color makes me happy, so why fight it?
Also, gotta love those wacky ’70s scallop cabinets in combination with that ugly tile, right? Ha! Just so much going on in there. It’s also extremely dark in the kitchen, because it’s pretty closed off from any natural lighting. Anyway, one day the kitchen will be reinvigorated, but for now I’ll just enjoy its “retro” (although, probably not in a good way, in this case) charm.
Anyway, this chalkboard shelf…decoration…thing in my kitchen was an upcycle from a thrifted item. I think I bought it for about $2.