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Sewing Tidbits

Sewing Tidbits is the sewing blog written since 2013 by Delphine, the co-founder of Just Patterns.

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Another take on Just Patterns Stephanie Skirt

Sewing Tidbits

Dear readers, I'm slowly climbing out of the overwhelmed single working mom hole although I have to acknowledge that I may fall right back into it at any time. Life has a thing for intently proving me wrong every time I start feeling like things are under control. But before that happens, I'm trying to get as much sewing and photographing done!The skirt I am showing you today has been on my mind since November, I had just finished a grey wool and cashmere version of our Just Patterns Stephanie Skirt because I thought it would come in handy for the New York winter and then learned I would be relocating to Haiti within weeks. So in the midst of selling all my belongings, packing my things and my baby, I, of course, started thinking about new wardrobe options! I went on a last shopping spree at Mood, before leaving because fabric shopping in Port-au-Prince is limited. I wanted to find a cotton lace or Guipure that would enable an scalloped hem and some transparency, and I had an immediate crush on this particular fabric!

Just Patterns Lace Stephanie Skirt by Sewing Tidbits-1
Just Patterns Lace Stephanie Skirt by Sewing Tidbits
Just Patterns Lace Stephanie Skirt by Sewing Tidbits-3
Just Patterns Lace Stephanie Skirt by Sewing Tidbits-4

Pattern

Pattern - Just Patterns Stephanie Skirt

Size - 34

I didn't do any change to the pattern, except lengthening it by 3 inches for the lace layer and shortening the poplin underlining so that it's a total 12" long. I really wanted for the sheerness of the lace to show, so I kept the underlining as wanted the underlining to be as short as possible. One thing I would do differently in working with this kind of fabric would be to add wider seam allowances than just 1/2" as it can get tricky for the "holes" part of the lace.

Just Patterns Lace Stephanie Skirt by Sewing Tidbits
Just Patterns Lace Stephanie Skirt by Sewing Tidbits-7

Making

Fabric 

Lace and cotton poplin are both from Mood Fabrics in NYC

Notions 

The invisible zipper and hooks and eyes are from the stash.The poplin is serged all around the edges of the lace. Although I am usually not a fan of overlocked edges, for this particular fabric it provides some needed stability the the seam allowances. Treating the poplin as an underlining rather than a lining also has the benefit of hiding the pocket bags. To create the scalloped hem, I carefully cut around the flower shapes, trying to respect the flare. Unlike some pleated skirt patterns or tutorials you sometimes find, the hem is curved because the pleats were added to a flared skirt and not to a rectangle.

Although I have been a member of Pattern Review for the last 13 years (!!), I don't enter many contests except this one. I also have the feeling that sewing contests are not as popular as they once were. I could be only an impression though and it would be very interesting if PatternReview looked at the number of contestants over the years. What do you think? Do you participate in contests? Do you think they are still relevant?

A move, exciting news and what to expect around here in 2018...

Sewing Tidbits

Dear readers, 

The last quarter of the year just seem to have been on fast-forward. Life has been busy at Tidbits HQ!  The main reason behind my silence is that I traveled to France for holidays (Yes, I saw the Dior exhibit and yes, it is absolutely amazing!!). Upon coming back to New York, I learned that I would be moving back to Haiti (on Thanksgiving weekend...) less than 2 months later. Things were hectic… I had to break my lease, sell all my furniture in New York, organize the shipment of the rest of my belongings aka the sewing room ;-), find a place to live in Haiti and start my new job! 

I'm going to miss my friends, the Garment District, my nice apartment and New York City in general, but I'm also really glad to be back. Haiti is a beautiful country and I managed to avoid the freezing New York winter!

Christian Dior Exhibit by Sewing Tidbits

Things are finally starting to slow down but I started writing this post 3 weeks ago… I initially thought that I could write some more before the end of the year, but that quickly became unrealistic. So I figured that I may as well make it an end of the year kind of post. Currently, my sewing room is in a container somewhere in the port of Port-au-Prince and I'm trying to arrange for customs clearance and delivery, right between Christmas and New Year. This is going to be fun... But in the mean time, I am completely restless! Without sewing to keep myself busy, once the little human is asleep, I just don't know what to do with myself!

(My last sewn garment in while in New York, a Stephanie Skirt in a gorgeous cashmere/wool coating from Mood that will see very little wear in Haiti…)

Sometimes, I feel like every other post here has me questioning the very fact of writing a sewing blog. And yet, Tidbits just celebrated its 5th anniversary. This is quite incredible considering my bad record at any documentation effort. I never thought that I would actually make it that long, so I spent time reflecting on why I managed to keep the blog running and I think I have the answer: it's you! No matter how much time pasded in between 2 posts, you were always around to welcome me back and engage, so I want to say a huge thank you!

I hope you are all having a peaceful end of year and I look forward to hearing your thoughts about what 2018 has in store for the sewing world!

Updated pleated skirt, meet the Stephanie Skirt!

Sewing Tidbits

Dear readers,

We are improving the presentation of our sewing patterns. We want them to be easier to remember and identify so they now have names! The latest one to be updated is our popular pleated skirt pattern, now called the Stephanie Skirt.

Just Patterns - Stephanie Skirt Cover

We took the opportunity to do some redesign of the information package, the cover is has changed a little but more importantly we now include more information on the style and fabric recommendations. The pattern itself is still exactly the same!

Just Patterns - Stephanie Skirt Information Pack

We clarified certain areas and added a PDF layout for the print at home options to make is easier to tape together.

Don't forget to check the Resource Page, where we gather tutorials to help you complete your skirt.

Little by little we will be updating the packages for our 3 other patterns and we have some exciting new patterns lined up for fall. We will be back very soon to show you more! All the changes were based on the feedback we received from our customers so let us know what you think, we are listening and striving to improve your experience!

Happy sewing!