Shirt month

On That Sewing Blab in April, we focused on shirts – shirt making, tips, techniques and thrifting.

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I grabbed a remnant fabric from my stash and made New Look 6407, View A.

It has lots of design lines you can adjust to fit you better. I did a forward shoulder adjustment and a sway back adjustment.

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More curves means a few more adjustments, like I’ll adjust the back again for the next shirt.

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The front sits fairly well and this fabric has no stretch in it.

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There are a lot of variations within this pattern so I know I’ll use it again. Once you know how to adjust patterns to cater to your curves, sewing just gets easier.

If you can’t watch That Sewing Blab live, go to the YouTube channel to catch up on all the shirt making broadcasts we did.

Summer running tee

Last year I took part in promoting Wendy Ward’s Beginners guide to sewing with knit fabric through Minerva Crafts. This book was given to me as part of the promotion.

What I loved about this work was delving into Wendy’s book as a learner and loved how organised and thorough her book and patterns are. At the time I made up 2 patterns. This post is about using Winnats racer back tee for running.

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In my reality, there’s no such thing as a great photo at the end of a run. This pic was taken last month after a morning training run. It’s usually dark when we start running but the sun’s up by the time we get back to the gym. Hence making this tee in orange.

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The test version is in a bright lime colour. It fit fine so I made the orange version so I now have 2 glaringly bright tops to run in.

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Wendy’s instructions are easy to follow and as you can see, this top is basically overlocked in white thread. The neck and armhole bands fit firmly on me.

No complaints about the top. It’s not designed as activewear but it works perfectly for me. Again I’ve used fabric from my stash.

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I can be seen running when it’s still dark outside and that’s what matters.

Hey Elani

After working on a few Style Arc patterns, I’m used to their consistent information and instructions. I’m in Style Arc mode and I feel more confident in my sewing ability and decisions as I work through these patterns.

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Style Arc patterns are seen as difficult patterns but that’s not true. The construction details are very specific and you need to know how to treat the fabric you’re using ie finishing techniques and seams finishes are the decisions you need to decide upon before you start.

Highly structured patterns are my favourites even when they’re not on trend. With Elani, I had to work past my love of close-fitted clothes and wear something more relaxed.

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This tunic top has an extended shoulder line, in-seam pockets and shaped hemline. The shoulder shape and shaped hemline are beyond what I normally wear. But right now, I need clothes that keep me cool when I have hot flashes. It’s Easter and it still feels like Summer in Sydney.

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My test version looked like the drawing and I now want to make another 1 or 2 of these styles. 
Now that I’ve worked on a few Style Arc patterns the table of finished measurements give me the right amount of info so I can adjust the length of their patterns.

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I’ve also made a note about make a future dress length as long as it suits my height.

I used this remnant cotton fabric from Minerva Crafts. There are other remnant fabrics in my stash I’d like to try with this top. A soft viscose fabric might work or not.

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Hey the pockets are great so now to decide on the next version.

They’re everywhere

Jumpsuit have come into their own and Style Arc’s Brice knit jumpsuit is versatile and great for seasonal changes. For me, jumpsuits that give you room to move are a treasured part of my wardrobe.

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You get to choose the jumpsuit version or the knit dress version. You also get to choose either of these versions with or without sleeves.


Brice Knit Jumpsuit By Style Arc - Women's knit jumpsuit sewing pattern

Once you’ve chosen to make either the jumpsuit version or the knit dress version, then you can either add sleeves or not.

This pattern is designed to save you time and get you a new garment fast. There’s no zipper, just 2 back buttons to hop in and out of the jumpsuit/dress. I’ll be extending the back neck opening on my next version because I can just wiggle out of it.

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This pattern has a flattering waist tie that sits just below the waistline to cinch your waist. Style Arc have also added a flattering design feature where you apply a slight amount of elastic at the waist so the bodice sits comfortably against you. I used the suggested amount of elastic Style Arc lists and it’s very comfy without feeling restrictive.

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For me the real dilemma was choosing from the huge range of knit fabrics Minerva Crafts offers. It took me an hour to figure out what knit I would use for this jumpsuit. Have a look at the light-weight knits as your starting point.

The pant leg width on this pattern is roomy so I ended up choosing a floral single spun stretch jersey knit dress fabric in teal. I liked the idea of adding a teal into my existing wardrobe basics and this floral fits in quite well to my me-made wardrobe.

You can see that the print is huge. I love fabrics with large prints. They do tend to swallow me and I love that I can ‘hide’ in them.

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From the finished measurements provided on the pattern, I simply removed 6cm from the leg length to cut the perfect finished pants leg.

I did a sway back adjustment to the centre back pants seam. The other adjustment to the pants is to lower the back crotch so it doesn’t ride up where it’s not supposed to.

Sometimes you can forgo adding interfacing to knit fabric facings but this pattern has a better fitting neckline when you use an interfaced facing. The neckline didn’t’ need to be pinched out to sit flat on my chest so that’s a big tick to Style Arc.

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The only adjustment I made at the shoulders was a forward shoulder adjustment. I added tricot tape at the shoulder seams to keep the shoulder seams reinforced. Tricot tape holds the shoulder shape so they won’t sag over time.

Style Arc patterns have a lot of good information to help you adjust their patterns to fit your body shape.

Their pattern sizes start at 4 and includes up to size 30. That’s really good value if you’re just starting to build your pattern collection. Having this range of sizes also helps you grade their patterns more sharply to your shape.

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If you’re into accuracy and want to match prints, Style Arc patterns provide the stitching lines on all of their patterns. This is so valuable when your matching obvious prints and stripes. In my case this print let me get away with print matching. If the pattern print had been small, I would have enjoyed print matching using the stitching lines on Style Arc’s patterns.

I did try to place the big flower on the front and back bodices. The prints on the pant legs match so this print had a very useful repeat for my size.

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I thought it would take me ‘ages’ to make up this jumpsuit but it is very fast to make. I shouldn’t have stressed so much. Now I want to break out another Brice jumpsuit.

Thanks Minerva Crafts and Style Arc for another great jumpsuit!

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Now to get back to my sewing list!