To celebrate the re-release of the Stephanie Skirt with an improved size range and illustrated instructions, I am hosting Just Patterns’ very first sew-along! I hope that it can help beginner sewists to feel more confident and encourage more experienced makers to try new techniques. Don’t forget to grab your pattern in the shop and let’s start look at some inspiration to help you choose your fabric. I’m very happy to be collaborating with my friends Dibs, who just launched her online fabric store Selvedge and Bolts, and she is generously offering 20% a selection of fabric that would be amazing to sew Stephanie, check out the code at the bottom of this post!Read More
Sewing Tidbits is the sewing blog written since 2013 by Delphine, the co-founder of Just Patterns.
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As you may have noticed, I'm not very good when it comes to following a sew-along (hum hum, bra-making... *shame*). But this time I really want to do it!! Let's pretend I don't have a bad record in this matter...When I saw the super nice 2 pairs of shorts made by Four Square Walls, I could hear the voice of The Old Man (who is actually my boyfriend, not my dad ;-) ) complaining about the fact that this sewing hobby of mine was not bringing anything good his way... So here we go ! I already downloaded the pattern and I plan on getting one of his favorite pair of shorts to compared final measurements to pick the closest size. I hope that the fabric store will be open on thursday so I can make him choose the fabric (he's picky). Also, I had a look at the instructions and they look great!!
Starting to write this post, I just realized that I think it is the first time that I actually sew a pattern from an independent sewing pattern company. I have been obsessed with them, mostly because this is something I have been thinking about doing since I was 14, but I never was fully into the styles and if I tempted the sizings are usually to big. In particular, I remember emailing one about there smallest bust measurement (maybe you can guess with one I'm talking about...) saying that it was a pity their smallest size was so big. I got a reply saying that I should do an SBA (Small Bust Adjustment). I was very disappointed because to me it felt like they did not understand their customers. Petite and Small in measurements women are always thought to be shapeless by the "curvier" people out there. I'm probably not going to make a lot of friends here but I never thought that curves were about measurements. Leaving in 4 different countries and continent in the last 4 years, I've seen shapes and shapelessness in every size and at every age !Anyway... Maybe one day I'll write the whole body image mandatory blogpost...Going back to this pattern, I've been following Grainline Studio with a particular interest. I like a lot of things about Jen, her patterns and her designs and I was not disappointed making this one.This scout woven tee was made out of quilt cotton (GASP!) I bought 2 years ago when visiting Philadelphia. I know that a lot have been said about sewing with quilt cotton. I'm not one who would normally do it, it does not fit my wardrobe or my lifestyle. But once in a while, for a cute print, I allow myself to slip.... That same day in Philadelphia, I bought another piece of fabric that I used as soon as I was back in New York. TOTAL disaster!! I never wore it... Maybe one day I'll show it on the blog and ask for advice on what I should do with it.With all the silk things, the leather and the coat making, sometimes I forget about how enjoyable it can be to make a SIMPLE pattern in an EASY fabric. The whole thing from taping the pattern to putting the final result on Instagram took me less than 3 hours!I made size 0 with no alterations and I was extremely pleased with the instructions : concise, clear and efficient. I serged the inside to practice my serging abilities (still VERY limited, I'm embarrassed to admit...).I found the motivation to make it for the kollabora sewalong. I'm completely new to the kollabora community but it looks nice. However, I'm a bit hesitant to start uploading there as I am already struggling to find the time for the blog, Burdastyle and Pattern Review...I've seen some very nice knit versions here and there and I'm willing to try (more practice with the serger...). I think I would change a few things to the pattern. First, the shoulder seam is funny, maybe you can see what I mean on this picture :And for a knit, I would remove the ease of the sleeve and lengthen the bodice maybe 2 inches. What do you think ? Are you tired of the view of my balcony already ?
So I got a bit disappointed when I read over at Cloth Habit that rigid cups may not be covered in the sew-along because I never wear soft cup bras. When I say never, I mean it : NEVER EVER EVER ! (Except a journelle bralette, but that's for those open back shirts in the summer). Anyway, I decided to give it a go even though I may fail miserably... I found a pattern that is my style and it's Amelie 2 from Sewy. Of course, Sewy is a german only website and I don't speak a single word of german. Thanks to google translate I managed to order a kit of black blue lace
And the pattern looks actually quite similar to what I would wear :I expect the instructions to be in German only so it's the beginning of a long and probably painful journey.... I already can't get a word of my confirmation email!In other news I have two coats to show this week (when I have time to go out and take pictures) and a Breakfast at Tiffany's sleeping mask so stay tuned!