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
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!
We are very excited to be participating in the Sew Mama Sew Giveaway Day. We love giving things away and having new visitors to our blog. But if I am really honest, I need your help...Someone needs to benefit from my total lack of organisation and you may be the lucky one!Every year I make my girls Christmas dresses
. This year I decided to pretend that I was a carefully planning, highly organised person and bought this lovely collection to make Pippa her dress in October:
- The O and S Family Reunion Dress Pattern in size 5-12
- 1.4 m ( a little over 1.5 yards) of this sweet fabric called Sevenberry
- A contrasting piece of shot cotton (sorry, I am not sure of the colour name or manufacturer)
I brought my little package home very excited and promptly lost it. I spent the next 6 weeks trying to find it - I pulled out the cupboard under the stairs several times, checked under my bed, checked in the kid's cupboards, in the toy boxes and the shoebox. I have to admit when I need to do a quick tidy up, these are all common places where I shove things. I even thought to look in my sewing room, but no matter how hard I searched, I could not find it anywhere.
I tried to convince myself that maybe I had lost it before I even got home, but deep down inside I knew - it was somewhere in the chaotic black hole I call my home.
I finally gave up, re-bought the pattern and fabric and made dresses for both Pippa and Madeleine.
I think you know the rest of the story...
Once the dresses were complete, I found the original pattern and fabric tucked into my... hat box.
So, one lucky Sew Mama Sew reader will reap the benefits of my disorganised life. The winner of our giveaway will receive the pattern and fabric. There is enough fabric to make a size 5 (or possibly a size 6 dress) or the shirt version in any size. I love O and S patterns. Every time I use one I learn a new skill. The Family Reunion pattern is no different. I will use the techniques I learned making these dresses to put on all my facings in the future - such a great way to give a lovely finish.
So to participate in this giveaway, you need to help me out.
I must get my life more organised and I have decided that 2012 will be the year to do it.
Please leave a comment with some advice about how you keep your life organised so I can benefit from your wisdom. It could be a tip about cleaning, diaries, weekly planners, storage ideas or even a link to a tutorial - anything that you think will help me get my act together.
The giveaway will be open until December 16 at 5 p.m. PST. A comment will be chosen at random and that lucky person will be the winner. We are happy to post internationally. Please make sure you leave an email address so we can contact you.
Thanks so much for all your help and good luck!
Maryanne (the disorganised one) and Caroline
This giveaway is now closed. We will be backlater today to announce the winner!