Happy Independence Day

Hello, friends! It has been a long while since I have been active on this poor neglected blog, but I have still been sewing (as if that is a surprise).  I finally photographed a bunch of makes to share with you over the next couple of weeks. Here are a few of them.


I won’t bore you with details of my absence, other than to say that I was low on time and energy due to my job and some health struggles. The good new is, I’ve been taking steps to improve my health and my body is steadily healing. I am feeling more motivated than ever to share and interact with the lovely online sewing community. I have missed blogging and keeping up with everyone, and I have some exciting things on the horizon.

Anyway, since it’s Independence Day here in the US, it’s the perfect day to share an outfit with red, white and blue in it.

Deer&Doe Anemone skirt made from vintage napkins

I made this skirt and crop top combo two years ago for the 4th of July.


The skirt pattern is the Deer & Doe Anemone skirt.


The material was actually a partial set of vintage napkins that I found in a thrift store several years ago.



I made the crop top from a large unworn knit shirt that was in my to-be-reconstructed bin.


The outfit has a bit of a retro vibe, and it’s perfect for a picnic or just lounging around on a warm summer day.


A Cuda ear made an appearance in the bottom right corner of the photo above. If you follow me on Instagram or Twitter, then you know that we got a super sweet German Shepherd a little over two years ago. His name is Cuda, and he is best buds with Newton.


Speaking of Newton, he says, “hi!”

Not much more to say about the outfit, but I’ll have more project posts coming soon. I also have a vegetable garden this year, so I’ll share some photos of that in the home & garden section of the blog, as well as some photos of progress on our Maryland house (yes, we’re still working on it) and some other fun DIY home decor projects I’ve done over the past couple of years.

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Houndstooth Peter Pan Collar Verity

Today, I bring you a dress that has been staple of my winter wardrobe. Well, when I say it has been a staple, I mean it’s the only dress I’ve been willing to wear when I actually think about wearing a dress (which, if I’m being honest, has been maybe three times in the last month). It has been downright frigid, for what feels like a year, and all I want to do is wear pants, a sweater and a huge coat.

I’m sure I say this every year, but I am so ready for spring. I am decidedly a dress kind of gal, so I haven’t felt like myself lately. I will have a personal party when I have the opportunity to shed those cumbersome winter layers and don a dress without suffering from hypothermia. I think I’ll have an understanding of what it’s like for a butterfly when it emerges from its cocoon.

Anyway, moving on!

IMG_9672This is another garment that I finished many months ago. It’s finally getting the moment of fame it deserves.

IMG_9671I used the Verity pattern, with some changes. First, the skirt has less flare. Since I only had a small section of the houndstooth fabric, I redrafted the skirt to fit the amount of fabric that I had.

IMG_9678I also drafted a fun little peter pan collar because, let’s face it, I’m obsessed with peter pan collars. Deal with it! 😉

IMG_9691I plan to either create a tutorial for drafting a peter pan collar for Verity or offer a pattern piece. So, those of you who have the Verity pattern will have another collar option to choose from.


I was having a lot of trouble getting the remote to work that day, so you’ll have to forgive its overt presence in some of the photos.

Both of the fabrics that I used for the dress were thrift store finds. While I can’t remember how much each of the cuts were, I’m sure this dress was less than $3 to make.

IMG_9674As you may have deduced from the pictures, the materials are not ideally paired. One is a lightweight knit and the other is a double-knit. I was aware of the material differences before I made the dress, but I’m stubborn, and I forced the union anyway. The weight of the skirt does pull the top of the dress down a bit. Aside from that, the combination was a success, as far as I’m concerned. It’s like an oddly matched couple; strange at first, but somehow it works.



IMG_9681Oh yeah, I should probably address the purple cardigan. Unfortunately, I did not make it. When my mom and sister were visiting me last November, we found that one and a white one on clearance at Anthropology. The cardigans are totally my style and the exact length that I normally prefer. They also have some pretty details, and I have a feeling they’ll last me a good long while. You’ll definitely be seeing them in heavy rotation for the spring.

IMG_9670Well, there you have it: a winter wardrobe sort-of-staple. Now, if only spring would hurry up, so I can shed the coats and sweatshirts and feel like myself again. Is anyone else feeling the winter doldrums?

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White Lace Shirt & Orange Corduroy Skirt

Many months after the first teaser, I finally have some pictures of my white lace shirt to share.


I’ve worn this shirt several times with my orange corduroy skirt that I finished around the same time. So, I decided to include that skirt in this post as well.


Both of these garments were made back in November. The shirt was made from a self-drafted pattern. It’s a variation of the same pattern that I used to make this dress and this dress and shirt.

Despite what the gaping between buttons would lead you to believe, the fit of the shirt is actually not bad. I really should have used more buttons. However, I only had 6 of those pearly buttons, and they were the only buttons that matched. I’ve been working on using the supplies that I have rather than buying new supplies.


One of the snags visible above was in the material before I made the shirt. I bought the lace at a thrift store, so I can’t complain. The other snag is from an unfortunate fingernail incident. Oh, the woes of working with and wearing lace.

After looking through these pictures, I also noticed that the collar is a bit uneven. I’m not sure if it really is that lopsided, or if it just needed a good pressing. I suspect the latter. No matter what, I still like the shirt, even with the snags and the shoddy collar. 😉


I added an underlining behind the lace for the plackets and the collar because those areas needed more structure. I used a bias tape (made from the underlining material) to finish the neckline.


The sleeve are my favorite thing about this shirt. Only one short edge of this fabric had that scalloped border. Lucky for me, it was the perfect amount for the sleeves.



I have worn this shirt several times untucked, with jeans and a cardigan. I realize that it looks strange untucked with this skirt, but I didn’t feel like changing into my jeans. 😉


The skirt was made from a self-drafted a-line skirt with inseam pockets. It’s like a Kelly skirt without the pleats and with inseam pockets instead of front hip pockets.


My current favorite way to wear this skirt is with this vintage sweater that I found at a thrift store.





Well, I feel better now that I’ve finally posted about some new garments. I can’t believe it has been over three months since my last post about a sewing project. Yikes!

I’ll admit to feeling a bit guilty about not posting. However, when blogging weighs on me too much or starts to feel like a chore, I’ve learned that usually means it’s time to set it aside for a while. I’m sure some of you can relate. 🙂

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Belated Happy New Year

A belated Happy New Year to everyone! I hope you had a lovely end of the year and that the new year finds you well.

What a busy and unusual couple of months this has been. I should have mentioned in my last post that I’d be on a bit of a hiatus, since I knew I’d probably be missing ’round these parts for a while. I’m aware that some of you probably couldn’t care less, but here’s a rundown of what we’ve been up to anyway. 😉

Hangin’ with my mom & youngest sister

At the beginning of November, my mom and my youngest sister came to Maryland to visit me. We did a lot of chatting and hanging out around the house, but we did go out and do a few things as well.

I took them to walk around in Olde Town, Alexandria. Unfortunately it was a wet and drizzly day, but we still had fun. That same day, my sister got to ride the metro for the first time (I told her the novelty wears off pretty quickly, once you’ve done it a few times). Since she is a teenage girl, she also requested that we go to a nice mall, so I took her to the mall in Pentagon City.

My mom really wanted to go to Mount Vernon while they were out here, so I took them there. That was definitely my favorite activity that we did together because I love museums and historical sites.

Laurie's Instagram collage of the day at Mount Vernon

My sister’s Instagram collage of the day at Mount Vernon

It was great to just hang out with a few members of my family for a few days, since I don’t get to see them as often as I’d like to.

Me, baby sis' and Newton just chillin'

Me, baby sis’ and Newton. Just chillin’.


Originally, we were supposed to hold Thanksgiving with my husband’s family at our finished house last year, but that didn’t work out. We had the meal at my in-laws’ house instead, but I still got to decorate the table. 🙂 I didn’t get any good pictures, and the computer I have with me doesn’t have any programs in which I can edit pictures, but these give you an idea of what it was like.

IMG_9516I made two table runners since the table was so long (this way I’ll have two that I can use on table of a normal length). One side of the runners is blue and the other side is brown, with a lace strip on both sides. It’ll be nice to have two different colors to choose from in the future.

IMG_9519I also made a pumpkin centerpiece and little, fabric pumpkin place cards.

IMG_9517It was simple, but festive.

December happenings: moving & planning

Up until the beginning of December, my husband and I were working on our house in preparation for moving. I didn’t mention any details about the move in my last post because I didn’t know how soon we’d be moving.

Anyway, we’re now in the process of moving to Tennessee to be closer to my husband’s family. My sisters-in law and their husbands live in the Nashville area, and my husband’s parents are moving to the area in a few years. I’m very excited about this move, especially because this will be our last move for the foreseeable future. Let’s not forget that I may even get to hang out with the amazing Lauren, from time to time–if she’s up for it, that is. :-}

Since my last post (more than two months ago), we have traveled back and forth between Maryland and Tennessee to set up my husband’s new shop. I’ll post pictures of the shop and the office once we’ve finished setting it up.

Luckily, I brought some of my sewing tools with me and I have a little temporary spot in the office of the shop. I have sewn a few things since we’ve been here, including these little potholders that I made for my sister-in-law’s birthday.

IMG_9662IMG_9665Oh by the way, I cut and dyed my hair red last month.:-D

Representing my husband's business in my pink BC polo

Representing my husband’s business in my pink BC polo

I’ve wanted to go red since last Christmas, and now I finally did it.

2014, So Far

Back to our current living/moving situation…We’re staying with one of my sisters-in-law and her husband. They have been extremely gracious, and we are very appreciative of their taking us in as temporary roommates. Alex and I are looking for a house, and I am working on getting a job here (Wish me luck!). For all intents and purposes, we’ve moved to Nashville. However, we will have to make a couple more quick trips back and forth between Maryland and Tennessee to get the house finished and listed and to move all of our belongings.

After what turned into an unplanned, two month blogging sabbatical, I’m itching to get back to it. I’m excited to catch up on other bloggers’ makes and share a few things of my own. I’m looking forward to the new year with anticipation, and I’m excited about all the possibilities ahead. Now, it’s time to focus, get my butt into gear and make things happen! 😀

Here’s to a new year filled with joy, hope and the thrill of possibilities!

Our traditional Christmas Eve picture

Our traditional Christmas Eve picture

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Plaid Shirt, Plaid Dress & a Pity Party

My, my, it has certainly been quiet around here for the past month or so. I’ve been fighting with chronic sinusitis for several months (since mid-July). It’s easy to take things like smell and taste for granted until both of those senses are removed from your life for months. It was especially difficult to get past the constant nagging fatigue and general feeling of being ill with no way to resolve it (Since it isn’t a bacterial infection, antibiotics are a waste of time and money, and you can only take Sudafed and other sinus meds for so long before they start doing more harm than good). Despite the post title and the tone of this paragraph, I’m not fishing for pity, just letting y’all know what’s been up in my corner of the world.

A couple of weeks ago I started having energy again, and we’ve made a lot of progress on our house renovation. We’ve picked up our pace on the renovation because we only plan on staying here in Southern Maryland until early next spring. Having deadlines to motivate us has been helpful. My momma and my youngest sister are coming for a visit in a week, and we’re having family and friends over for Thanksgiving. Luckily, we’ve had the help of my in-laws the past few weekends. I’ll tell you more about all of that in a renovation update soon.

Since my brain was a bit foggy for about a month and I’ve worked almost exclusively on house stuff the past couple of weeks, I haven’t made the progress I was hoping on pattern related tasks. Verity extended sizes are still on the way though, as well as a free pattern. Hopefully, I’ll have a sew-a-long for Verity soon. I guess I got a bit ahead of myself and with the changes to the renovation timeline, things are just moving a bit slower than I’d planned.

I did make some progress here and there with some sewing for the fall, as my fall & winter wardrobe is seriously lacking. That’s what today’s post is really about (I know, I know, I buried the lead). This top and dress were made using an altered version of the same pattern as the dress in my last post.

IMG_9156Since I was testing my different versions of this pattern, I used thrift store materials with limited yardage. That’s why the plaids of the skirt aren’t ideally matched at the sides or the bodice/skirt seam.  The horizontal plaid lines on the front of the skirt are not, however, crooked as the picture below would suggest. I guess one side of the waist seam got caught up under the belt. My biggest concern was that the plaids on the bodice matched on each side, especially along the darts. Nobody likes crooked boobs. ;-D


The dress fabric seems to be a rayon blend of some sort, and the shirt fabric is cotton.

IMG_9183This dress version of the pattern has an extended placket. It’s more fitted at the waist and omits the elastic of the first version.



My side bodice darts are a little wonky. I’ve adjusted them down now on the pattern, so they actually point toward the apex of the bust. As you can see, the front bust darts also needed to be adjusted for future versions because they end about an inch too high.





I really prefer wearing this dress with a cardigan to break up the plaid a bit.

IMG_9401The shirt was made using my first draft of the fitted button down shirt. I just drafted a peplum option at the same time as the standard button-down shirt.


I really need to tack the cuffs down all the way around.

IMG_9196I gave the shirt short sleeves because I tend to wear cardigans in the fall and winter anyway. This way I can wear it in the spring to.

IMG_9168The dress was made after some adjustments to the armscye of the pattern, but the fabric that I used stretched out. 🙁 The sleeves are really way too loose for my liking, so I’ll probably take those in.

IMG_9330The shirt has snaps rather than buttons for closure.

IMG_9192IMG_9205I tried to put snaps on the dress too, but the snaps weren’t having it. Apparently my placket was too thick. Needless to say, I was VERY upset when I had some holes to fix after my attempt at snaps. I definitely threw a tantrum: stomping, and fist shaking, and all.

IMG_9375IMG_9427Let me tell you, this dress is so stinkin’ comfy! Paired with tights and a cardigan, it doesn’t get any better for fall weather wear.


I’ve got a couple of variations of the Verity pattern coming up soon. One version has a peter pan collar. I’ll also have some tips about adjusting the split collar depending on the fabric you use (the body and stretch of a fabric really affects the look of the split collar).

I promise, I will take pictures of my lacy top and the skirt I reconstructed to go with it. I also have one more top and an orange corduroy skirt to show you.

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Grey Tie-Neck Button-Up Dress

I really NEED more fall clothing, so I’ve been pushing myself to get some clothing done since the weather is a changin’. I’ve really been lacking in the button-up shirt and dress department, and I want so more clothes that are “fall appropriate” in color, etc. Anyway, I decided a couple of weeks ago that it was about time that I drafted myself a button-up pattern with several different variations that I could use to make myself pieces for my fall wardrobe.

IMG_9279This dress was actually the first thing that I drafted a couple of weeks ago.

IMG_9221My sister actually asked me to make a very similar dress for her, so I figured I may as well draft it in my size first and test everything out. 😉 The dress I’m making for her will have pockets on the bodice and a regular collar. This is the picture she sent me.

IMG_20130810_182704I first planned for my dress to have a regular collar, but I decided pretty last minute to extend the collar into ties.


IMG_9232IMG_9292The fabric is a lightweight rayon material. The color was really difficult to capture, but it is such a lovely shade of grey.

IMG_9229It’s unfortunate that the dress is wrinkly in the photos, but I have to say it’s not bad for a full day of wear pre-photos.


IMG_9297IMG_9244IMG_9282IMG_9281IMG_9269IMG_9230This is definitely my new favorite dress. It’s perfect for layering with a cardigan and tights when the weather cools off.


Here are some detail shots.

IMG_9214IMG_9218I just love edge stitching!

IMG_9216The inside…

IMG_9212After drafting this pattern, I drafted a pattern for a similar dress with a non-elasticated waist. That version will have sleeves. I added darts at the waist in the front and back. I’m working on making this dress from a plaid material.

I also drafted a peplum to make a little button-up shirt. That shirt was actually the first item I made from this set of patterns, but I’m going to show that in another post.

I then traced the pattern and extended the bodice into a full-length shirt, and drafted a collar with a collar stand and a flat peter pan collar to mix and match with the pattern.

Since I like necklines to be a bit lower when there’s a peter pan collar, I decided to draft another shirt pattern with a lower neckline, as well. I just finished a lace shirt using that pattern, because of Zoe‘s comment in my last post. I’ve wanted a lace shirt for a while anyway, and that gave me the push to finally just make one.

Here's a little preview :)

Here’s a little preview 🙂

Due to my feeling really icky for several weeks and having no desire to take photos of finished garments, the list of things that I need to post about has reached ridiculous proportions. So, I’m going to skip over posting some makes from the summer and just move on to fall garments. I’ve got some variations of the Verity pattern to share soon, as well.

Things may be a bit slower than usual around these parts, as I will be spending a lot more time working on our house this next month. We have some pretty lofty goals and deadlines to meet on that front. I will still be popping in once in a while though. I hope everyone is enjoying the advent of fall.

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Dotty Flared Wrap Skirt

Boy, do I have some finished project posts to catch up on. We’ll start with this fun knit wrap skirt.

IMG_8667Yep, I made a wrap skirt…with huge dots on it…and I LOVE it! I’m sure some of you will think both me and the skirt are dotty, and you’d be right! I’m a crazier person than some people believe. I just do a good job of hiding it most of the time.

Now that I’m looking at these pictures it almost looks like something Ms. Frizzle would wear. Haha! Frankly, that realization changes nothing; if anything, it adds more appeal to the skirt. 😉 Side Question: What type of Magic School Bus adventure/occasion would Mrs. Frizzle wear giant polka dots for?

Anyway, some days I like to wear things that are a bit out of my comfort zone, and this certainly fits that description.

IMG_9072I actually finished this skirt back in July.


I can’t believe you can see my slip sticking out of my waistband in every single one of these pictures. Ugh! Oh well!

I used a knit fabric that I found at a thrift store for less than $1 a while back. There was some serious yardage of this stuff. I’ve barely made a dent in it, and I made a flared wrap skirt. Whoa!

IMG_8664Since I already had Tilly’s Miette wrap skirt pattern, I decided to just alter it to make a flared skirt. I really wanted a skirt that would work with knit fabric and allow it to drape and move.

To make it a flared skirt, I slashed and spread in two places on the skirt pieces. Since the skirt pattern was already A-line, I thought it would be overkill to slash and spread along more than two lines. It’s always best to slash and spread along at least two lines to ensure better distribution of the flare, but the amount of lines you slash and spread really depends on the pattern you start with and the amount of flare you want to add.

I marked lines beginning an equal distance from the center of the waist of the pattern pieces. I made sure the lines met the hemline in places equally spaced apart along the hemline. I cut from the hemline up the line as close to the waistline as possible without cutting the pattern piece apart.

IMG_20130731_102918_448Then, I pinned the center front in place and spread the pieces apart until I achieved the flare that I was looking for. If you want to add flare to a skirt, this is the way to do it. NEVER just add to the sides of the pattern pieces. You’ll end up with a skirt that doesn’t hang right. You want the skirt flare to be distributed evenly all the way around the hemline. Plus the waist needs to have a curve that echoes the hemline.

I traced around the pattern once I had it spread to achieve the flare I was looking for.

IMG_20130728_213945_844Once it was traced, I removed the old pattern and “trued” all the lines. I also made sure that the bottom, outer corner (along the side seam) was a 90 degree angle.

I gave the back piece the same flare and shape as the front piece (slashed and spread the same amount).

IMG_20130731_102119_688This is important because otherwise I would’ve end up with a different hem front to back. I lined the new front and back skirt pieces together along the sides seams to check that the hemlines met each other evenly. I also added the new grainline to my new flared skirt pattern. To do this, I lined up the old pattern piece on the new pattern piece and lined the side seam section with the center piece, aligning the grainline.

IMG_20130731_102918_448Then, transferred the line to my new pattern piece.

IMG_20130731_102931_173I also added some inseam pockets, because some days I just want to wear something with pockets. I don’t always like inseam pockets because they tend to add bulk to my hips, but I felt like this skirt really needed them, for some reason.

IMG_8686I drafted a pocket bag and marked the placement on the side seam of the skirt pieces. Basically, I just used the notch that was already at the side seam of the original pattern as the marking for the top of the pocket.

Adding the pocket was simple, but I neglected to take pictures of it. :/ If anyone is interested, I’ll happily figure out a way to squeeze a tutorial in at some point.


Please disregard my merwitch hair in this picture. 😛



IMG_8666I don’t know why, but green is my favorite color to pair with this skirt.


IMG_9070So, it was like 90 degrees and beyond humid when I took the photos with this long sleeved shirt on (View C of the Verity pattern). You can probably tell from the horrendous wrinkle situation going down with those sleeves. They were sticking to me like a glue trap. Eeewww! I think I really was melting. The things I do for the sake of the ol’ blog. 😉

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Assemble PDF Patterns with Contact Paper

Today I’d like to share a trick for making PDF pattern assembly easier.

Two words: contact paper.

Instead of laying out pages and taping them together, worrying that you’ve made the pieces crooked, try lining up and sticking your pieces to contact paper. I’m sure there are some of you out there who already use this method, but I thought I’d share it anyway.

Something I really like about this method is that you can peel and re-stick if you make a mistake. An added bonus to the use of contact paper is that your patterns are more durable. I would advise using pattern weights when cutting fabric out, as putting pins through the contact paper will cause them to be sticky.

Here are some ways that you can go about assembling a PDF pattern with contact paper.

Assemble the tiled pages

Cut pages out along the frame lines and smooth the pages onto the contact paper, aligning the frame lines.

Cut your pattern pieces out.

It’s that simple!

Skip cutting out the tiled pages

If you’re especially brave and confident in your computer skills, you can forgo cutting out the tiled pages by printing directly from the copy shop version. Once you’ve done this, you can simply line up the 8.5×11 pages (just make sure to keep them in the correct order).

Here’s how to do it:

Open the copy shop size PDF, and select print.

Choose your printer, and select “Tile pages”. Select 8.5×10 paper size (or whatever paper size you’re working with) and change the overlap to 0.

Print the first page first, so you can measure the test square before printing the rest of the pattern.

If your printer won’t let you print borderless or very close to the edge of the page, then this is not an advisable method for you to use because you may lose markings or pattern edges in the borders.

Skip lining up every page

If you’ll permit me, I’m going to be so bold as to suggest cutting out around the pattern pieces first and lining up the pattern lines, rather than matching up all of the pages. I only suggest this because I have managed it successfully myself with several PDF patterns. DO NOT do this if you are not very confident in your ability to keep everything organized and match the pieces. If you mix things up, I suppose it’s not the end of the world, just a waste of time and paper. 😉

Below are some pictures of some pieces I put together using this method. I cut roughly around the pattern pieces and lined them up on the contact paper.

IMG_8724You can see that my printer didn’t let me print very far into the borders, so I ended up with a few missing markings on some of the pieces. If you have the same problem with your printer, I’d advise against this method, unless you are very confident in your ability to do without a few markings.

IMG_8723Here are the pieces all cut out.

IMG_9087I love how stiff they feel, because I know that means they’ll last forever. I also really like the way that the contact paper makes them so smooth on the bottom; it makes it much easier to maneuver them around on the material, and it protects the material from getting snagged, etc.

Anyway, I hope that some of you will find this a useful tip. Although, I have no doubt there are probably some of you smarty pants out there who already do this. 🙂

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Verity Knit Dress and Shirt Pattern Now Available

The day is finally here! It’s time to introduce the Verity dress and shirt pattern to the world. I guess I was off by about a week for the estimated release. What can I say? Sometimes I set goals for myself that are a bit too lofty.

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Everything had to be just right. I had to add more details, double and triple (and quadruple ;)) check measurements and instructions, and work out a few more kinks than I originally anticipated. Things will run much smoother in the future now that I’ve worked out my process.

You can purchase the pattern here through Paypal.

The pattern is also available on Craftsy and Etsy.

The pattern and instructions come in PDF form. You will receive two PDF’s of the pattern: a tiled version (Letter/A4 format) and copy shop version (36×80 for large format printers).

Sample pattern page

Sample pattern page

The instruction document provides cutting layouts, detailed assembly instructions with photos, short and sweet versions of instructions for experienced sewers, sewing tips and suggestions, a detailed pattern measurement breakdown and metric conversions of the measurement chart.

Sample of instructions

Sample of instructions

This pattern is designed for moderate stretch knits. However, you may find that you will be able to use other knits with slightly less stretch. While it is recommended for knits with 25%-35% stretch, really, you can get away with using knits that have 20% stretch. The samples were made using two jersey knits of different weights and a pique knit (the 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.

Just to give you an indication of the sizing for this pattern, I’ll tell you the sizes that I cut. My measurements are 35.5″ bust, 26.5″ waist, and 39″ mid hip. I cut size S at the bust and hips and XS at the waist (I prefer my waistline to be very defined). That gives you an idea of how insignificant the hip measurement really is, unless you don’t like fitted shirts.  The pattern is drafted for a C-D pattern cup size (3″-4″ difference between high and full bust).

Here are some more pictures of Views A, B and C as real garments for you to peruse.

View A

 View B

View C

There are several other versions which I hope to share soon, as well as tutorials for other pattern variations.

Sizes XL-8X will be available soon.

I’ll be back in a day or so with a tip for assembling PDF patterns.

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My Louisa Coat in Threads Magazine

I’m just poppin’ in real quick with some more fun news that I neglected to share last week. Last Thursday, I received my copy of the current issue of Threads.

IMG_8738I love Threads magazine, and the current issue has a lot of cool ideas in it (heirloom buttons, I will make you soon). Anyway, this issue was even more exciting than usual to look through, because guess what! My Louisa coat is featured in the Reader’s Closet section!

IMG_8739Woohoo!! It just so happens that I received my copy of the magazine on my birthday last week. How perfect is that?

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