it's my turn to play with the basic bodice pattern. This is what I have come up with – the Colour Pop tunic. It has a contrasting facing (the “Pop” bit) and some sleeves with some inverted pleats at the shoulder. I’ll show you how to draft and sew both of these features in today’s tutorial.
I am still so happily amazed at the variety of permutations and combinations you can make with a good basic pattern. If you haven’t checked out Caroline’s Modern Vintage top you can find it here
. We have used the same bodice pattern to make both of these tops.Watch out next week for our Basic A line dress round up and tutorials from both Caroline and I
. We'll show you how to vary this pattern to make two very different dressesIf you would like to make your own Colour Pop Tunic grab your basic bodice pattern and click on the Read More button to find out how
Have you got your bodice pattern ready? Today we're going to use it make this...
If you need some more information about bodice patterns, have a look here
This tutorial has quite a lot of assumed knowledge - it's not for the complete beginner but for someone who feels reasonably confident with the basics of sewing and wants to experiment with their basic patterns a little more.
Through this tutorial I hope that you come to understand a few things about pattern alteration -
- Pattern alteration is not an exact science - there is a lot of tweaking involved. For that reason, don't use your favourite/ most expensive material the first time you make up an altered pattern. Ask me how I know!
- Know what the seam allowance is on your basic pattern is and keep it consistent with any pieces that you draft.
- Bias tape is your best friend! It's so much easier to use and so much more flexible than drafting facings and gives you a lovely finish.
- Gathered sleeves are very forgiving and perfect for the beginner.
- Most things are fixable! See how the placket in the picture is a bit wonky? It's because I made the buttonholes too big. A few stitches on the end of each button hole and voila - a placket that sits much better!
If you'd like to see how I took a basic bodice pattern and made it into the modern vintage top then just click read more.
Oh... and before you start sewing - don't forget we have a giveaway
on at the moment. If you'd like to enter, the odds are definitely in your favour!
Finally! We're both really excited to start our very first series - Beyond the Basics. Our aim is to show you how, with a few basic shapes, you can create a multiplicity of garments. You can make exactly what you want!
What do all of the gorgeous girls tops below have in common? The all start with a basic pattern. Look at all of the things that you can do once you have a bodice pattern!
Click on each image for its source
It's hard to believe that all of these tops are based on one shape, isn't it?
So, to start at the very beginning, what does a bodice pattern look like?
Just like this! (Apologies for the weird colouring... it's the result of a green cutting board and trying to take a pre-dawn photo...)
Where can you get one?
There are lots of tutorials to show you how you can draft your own using a pre-made garment.
Jess at Craftiness is not optional has one here
is another one from icandyhandmade. You also find that many patterns that you've purchased (you know - the stash in the back of your cupboard!) will be based on a bodice too. You just need to have a look for the pattern shapes above.
This week we're going to show you two amazing things that you can do with a bodice patterns so make sure that you've got your pattern ready to go.
Phew... this post is way longer than I intended. If you've read this far, you definitely deserve a giveaway!
If you'd like your very own copy of 'Getting the Most From Your Sewing Machine' and a yard each of Miss Mod by Chelsea Anderson and Tea Garden by Dena Designs, then leave us a comment. You've got until midnight on Sunday February 26th to enter and we're happy to send internationally.
Good luck and see you all later this week for a tutorial!
I'm not normally much of a costume maker, but a recent invitation to an Alice in Wonderland party took my fancy. Lizzy and Mart were both invited and elected to go as Alice and the White Rabbit (respectively!) After trying to convince Lizzy that she didn't want a horrible Disney-esque costume (who designs those truly horrible things????) I set about making a blue and white dress and apron and a vest and pocket watch.
The finished products looked like this...
Every one looks pretty happy in the photos, but I have some questions...
a)is it bad if your daughter looks disappointed when you present her with a handmade costume because it's not slippery and shiny and looks like the one in the shop?
b)Should I have made her a shiny blue one even if I really, really, really hate that kind of thing?
c)At four, should she get a say in these kind of things?
d)How much say do you give your kids in what they wear?
I'd really love to hear your ideas...
Despite a bit of drama as we addressed the above issues, we all had a great time. I do have one more question though... If your kids get invited to a themed party, is there an expectation that they dress up? The only reason that I ask is that my kids were the only ones in fancy dress. I kind of felt a bit like a Toddlers and Tiara's mum and we could have avoided the aforementioned drama. Anyways...
Somedays I really, really, really need a parenting manual!
PS - We're starting our Beyond the Basics series tomorrow. It's going to be a huge week with a fabric giveaway, a round up and two tutorials. Drop in and let us know what you think!
The final week for Project Run and Play... phew!
I don't really have a 'signature look' but I do know what I like to sew...
I like lines that are clean and crisp. I don't like things that are super glittery or sparkly and though I don't mind the odd ruffle, I do think that less is more when it comes to them. Before I finished this project I would have said that I don't like things that are too matchy...matchy... (hmmm.. is there a real word for that?) but I did use matching covered buttons on this project and I think that they work.
I do like little details like covered buttons and bound hems...
Most of my projects seem to involve full skirts and bows so I had to throw both of those in for good measure...
and to finish off a little bit of running stitch around the collar to match the gorgeous colours in the skirt.
I like the finished product. I do think that signature looks should make some kind of grand statement and this ensemble certainly doesn't do that. I haven't dyed any fabric, tatted any lace or spun any wool for it. But you know what? It's wearable and for me, that's what my signature look is all about!
I have to say the piecing of the star was so much easier than I expected and fitting the white squares and triangles so much harder than I expected. I must ask Mum how she does it. I just made it up!! More and more I am working out with patchwork - there is an easier technique. I just didn't know it this time.
I think it is lonely and needs some friends.I was thinking about playing with this collection of fantastic stars and making a red and white star sample quilt
. I'll keep you posted.
PS I know... I'm still playing
But I promise I am working on our great blog series Beyond The Basics
. Caroline has got me on a timetable so the play has got to stop!!