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A MOVE TO DENVER

January 13, 2016

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It’s been really quiet around here for the last month or so and I figured it was probably time I tell you all why. My family and I moved from New York City to Denver, Colorado at the first of the year. It’s something that we have been talking about doing for awhile, but once it happened it happened fast and I think that I am still recovering from the shock of it all. I am not sure if I have ever felt so at home as I did in NYC and I am still mourning the loss of my life there. That being said, Denver is already starting to grow on me. Not only are we much closer to family, but my children love the access to a backyard and the outdoors. Life really is just so much easier here.

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We have only been here about a week so I havn’t had a chance to explore much of what the city has to offer yet, but I would love your suggestions. I am planning a trip to Fancy Tiger Crafts soon, but if you know of any other places that I must explore, whether sewing related or not, please let me know!

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Men’s Hudson Pant Inspiration and Fabric

November 12, 2015

I am so glad that you all seem to be as excited about the Men’s Hudson Pants as I am. The phrase I keep seeing around the web is something to the effect of “I’ve never sewn for my husband/boyfriend, but this seems like an easy place to start.” I am so glad that this pattern has you all excited about sewing things for the men in your life. And, if you are a man who is reading this, (sorry that you are often overlooked in our community) then I am glad that I can add another men’s sewing pattern into the mix as I think we can use more.

Today I am going to show a few ready-to-wear pants that have a similar look to the Men’s Hudson Pants. Whether the intention is to wear these around the house for lounging, or dress them up for around town, I hope that this post will help you decide on the look you want to sew up and how to style them.

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I have some sources and ideas for fabrics below. You really do want something on the medium to heavy weight side for these if they are going to be worn out of the house, so I recommend fabrics such as french terry, ponte and sweatshirt knit. Another thing to keep in mind is that fabrics that contain even a small percentage of lycra or spandex are going to have better recovery and help avoid bagging out in the knees and backside. This may not be as big of a deal with lounging pants, but just keep the fabric content in mind when choosing what to use.

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I am always on the lookout for great online sources for “grownup” knits, so if you know of a place that I have overlooked please leave a comment.

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INTRODUCING THE MEN’S HUDSON PANTS

November 10, 2015

I am very excited to release a Men’s version of the Hudson pant today. Since releasing the women’s and also the children’s versions, I have had a lot of requests for a similar pattern for men.

Like the other versions, the Men’s Hudson Pant has an elastic / drawstring waist and front pockets. There is a little extra room around the hips and crotch, tapering down to a skinnier leg at the ankle. I kept the construction of this pattern almost exactly like the others, keeping notches, and details in the same place. If you have already made a pair for yourself or a child, then these will be an even easier sew for you.

The sizing for this pant is waist sizes 28 through 42. I highly recommend using actual measurements and not ready-to-wear sizing to choose what size to cut. Just like in women’s clothing, ready-to-wear sizing is often skewed and does not reflect actual waist measurements.

The recommended fabric for this pattern is medium to heavy weight knits such as french terry, ponte, and sweatshirt knit with a suggested stretch of 40% – 75%. The navy sweatshirt knit above was purchased at Metro in NYC and the dark grey french terry was bought on a shopping trip in Montreal with Closet Case Files. I have found that for men you really do want to avoid lighter weight knits such as interlock as they tend to look a little more feminine.

I will not be doing a sewalong for the Men’s Hudson Pants as they are so similar to the other versions, but I will be back with some fabric and ready-to-wear inspiration in a couple of days. I hope that you are as excited about this pattern as I am. Please let me know if you have any questions. If you would like to purchase the pattern you can do so here. Use the code LAUNCHWEEK for 20% off today through this Sunday at Midnight EST.

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ROSCOE SEWALONG BLOUSE AND DRESS FINISHED

October 26, 2015

Hey guys. Thanks so much for everyone who sewed along and read along with the Roscoe Blouse and Dress and Sewalong last week. I know that sewalongs can get long and redundant, but I feel strongly that one of the biggest perks of sewing indie patterns is the extra guidance and help that you get so I am a big fan of providing sewalongs with you. If you would like to access all of the posts for the sewalong you can do so by clicking here or by visiting the sewalong tab at the top of the page.

I finally got around to photgraphing the two Roscoes that I sewed up during the sewalong. I used view B – the mini dress/tunic – for most of the sewalong as the instructions are exactly the same for view B and C. I also sewed up View A – the blouse -to interject into the instructions when needed.

For View A I made a simple white version in some silk crepe de chine from Chic fabrics here in NYC. I love this basic wardrobe staple and plan to dress it up and down constantly this fall and winter.

 

For View B I made a mini dress in some feather print rayon crepe that I bought off of here on etsy earlier this year. I wish that they still had some because I love this fabric. The only regret that I have is that it more of a spring / summer print so I will have to wait until then to wear it. I still want to make a version in a darker fabric that i can wear with black tights and boots. It’s on the sewing list.

 

I would love to see your versions of the Roscoe Blouse or Dress as well. You can tag them #roscoeblouse or #roscoedress to point them my way.

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ROSCOE SEWALONG DAY 5 – RUFFLE AND HEMMING

October 23, 2015

It’s the last day of the sewalong and it’s just going to be a quick post about the ruffle and hemming your Roscoe blouse or dress. You are so close to being done.

Step 26 is for View A (blouse) only. If you are doing View B or C then skip to Step 27.

Step 26 – Finish the hem of your blouse by turning up the bottom raw edge by 1/4” with wrong sides together. Press.

Turn it up again another 1/4”. Press and pin.

Edgestitch along the entire folded edge to secure the hem, backstitching at both ends.

Congrats! You are finished with your blouse!

Now to finish up Views B and C.

Step 27 – Take your two ruffle pieces and line them up with right sides together. Pin the short ends together on both sides. Stitch at normal 1/2” seam allowance, and finish seam allowances in desired manner (I used a french seam). Press seam allowances open or towards the back panel depending on your finishing method. You should now have a tube of sorts like the one below.

 

Step 28 – Gather the top, notched edge of the ruffle by sewing two rows of basting stitches, one at a scant 1/2” and the other at 3/8”, from the raw edge. Sew two rows on the front panel and two rows on the back panel separately, starting and stopping just outside of each side seam. Do not backstitch on any of the basting stitches.

This is what it looks like at the side seams.

Step 29 – Gather up the basting stitches and evenly distribute the ruching. Pin the gathered edge of the ruffle to the bottom raw edge of the blouse portion of your dress, right sides together (or wrong sides together first if you are doing french seams), matching notches and side seams. Pin. I find it easiest to control the ruching if I give it a good press before stitching.

Stitch.

Step 30 – Finish the seam allowance in your desired manner (I used a french seam). Press the ruffle down and away from the rest of the dress, and the seam allowance up and away from the ruffle.

On the right side of your dress, topstitch 1/8” above the seam where the ruffle and blouse portions connect, catching the seam allowance underneath.

Step 31 – Finish the hem of your dress by pressing the raw edge up towards the wrong side of your garment by 1/4”.

Turn it up again by 1/4” . Pin and press.

Edgestich along this folded line to secure.

All finished!

Congrats and I hope you love your blouse or dress. I havn’t had a chance to take photos of my makes for the sewalong yet, but will post them on Monday. Can’t wait to see yours. Be sure to tag them with #roscoeblouse or #roscoedress so that I can have a look.