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LANDER PATTERN FABRIC & NOTIONS

September 14, 2017

With the Lander Sewalong starting on Monday, I wanted to jump in and give you some information and inspiration when it comes to fabric and notions for your pants and shorts. The pattern calls for medium to heavy bottomweight fabrics with little to no stretch. Keep in mind your machine and how it handles multiple layers of heavy fabric when considering the fabric you choose. I sewed all of my samples up in the Robert Kaufman Ventana twill which is a great fabric for this project. There are tons of colors which you can find here. But don’t limit yourself to just twill for this project either. You can also use corduroy, heavier weight linens, and denims to name a few options. I really like using linen for a more spring/summer look and denim for something more fall winter. I’ve grouped some great options below into solids and prints.

Solids

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Prints

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Lining

You also need to source some fabric for your front pocket linings. I think that most of us already have scraps big enough for this so dig through your stash, or even cut up an old buttonup that you no longer wear, to save some cash. You need about 1/2 yd and it can be voile, quilting cotton, linen, rayon bemberg, or really any typical lining fabric. This is always a fun way to add interest to the inside of your garment by playing with fun prints, but an added bonus is if the color of your lining coordinates with your main fabric just in case a bit peeks out.

 

Notions

I will be talking a bit more about notions during the actual sewalong, but you will want to source a few items.  You will want some all purpose coordinating thread, medium weight fusible interfacing (1 yard), a heavyweight sewing needle, and 4 buttons. The buttons can either be jeans buttons – which are super fun and professional looking, or regular buttons. They need to be about 5/8″ wide (also called size 27L for the jeans buttons) . I will be talking more about attaching jeans buttons during the sewalong (I promise they are not as scary as they seem), but for now just make sure that you source quality ones. I highly recommend buying some from wawak or Taylor Tailor if you are in the US. I have ordered through both and they are high quality and won’t pop open once attached. Most of the ones you find at the big box stores are going to have plastic parts that just don’t hold up over time. And there is nothing worse than your buttons popping off when you sit down. If you have good sources outside of the US please comment.

 

Ok, I think that is it for now. I can’t wait to get started on Monday. The schedule for the sewalong is as follows:

Monday – Printing / Assembling your pattern

Tuesday – Common Adjustments / Cutting / Marking

Wednesday – Darts and Pockets

Thursday – Crotch and Fly

Friday – Waistband, buttons and Hem

 

If you still need to buy the Lander Pant and Short Pattern you can buy the pdf here or preorder the paper pattern here.

 

 

PATTERNMAKING SEWALONG SEWING

LANDER PANT / SHORT READY-TO-WEAR INSPIRATION

September 11, 2017

I am blown away by your response to the Lander pant and short sewing pattern. I am so happy that you like it as much as I do and I can’t wait to sew along with so many of you next week during the Lander pant and short sewalong. This week, however, I wanted to share some ready-to-wear inspiration as well as some fabric ideas. Today I will share the inspiration and in a couple of days I will be back with fabric and notions so you will be ready to start on Monday.

Since the 70sis having such a huge comeback right now, there is lots of fun wide legged, high-waisted inspiration to choose from. Whether you choose to use linen, jean, corduroy, or twill (to name just a few), it will completely change the feel of the final garment. You can also use jeans buttons for a more polished finish or regular buttons for something a little more nautical and casual. I’ve broken the inspiration into each View. I hope it gives you some great ideas for your own version!

 

View A (short length) – I am pretty obsessed with the shorts version of this pattern. The 4 inch inseam is a perfect length to not feel booty short, but also not matronly. It balances nicely with the high length of the waist and you can easily roll up the hem if that is your preference. I found myself reaching for these all summer long because it felt like a great way to feel casual, yet stylish. I would often pair it with an oversized buttonup and tuck it into just the front.

 

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View B (ankle length) – The ankle length pant is everywhere right now. It feels so fresh and on trend. I love pairing it with some sneakers for a trip to the park or dress it up with some heels for a date night. I can’t wait to try it with some boots or booties in the fall like number 4 below.

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View C (boot length) – The boot length version of this pattern is perfect for the full 70s vibe. It’s dramatic and flattering, creating a beautiful long silhouette from the high waist down to the floor – especially nice for those of us who are on the short side. I can’t wait to try this is a corduroy or jean fabric like number 5. So many possibilities.

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The full sewalong starts on Monday (a week from today). You can still get your pattern here if you want to sew along. I’ll be back on Thursday with fabric ideas and notions.

PATTERNMAKING SEWING

LANDER PANT & SHORT – NEW SEWING PATTERN

September 7, 2017

I am so excited to finally show you all my newest pattern – the Lander Pant and Short. This pattern is high-waisted, with an exposed button fly, and 3 lengths. It has front and back patch pockets, belt loops, and a straight fit through the legs. View A is a short with a 4” inseam, View B is an ankle length pant, and View C is a boot length pant that can be worn with heels.  It has a difficulty rating of 3.5 out of 5, but with the sewalong coming in just a couple of weeks I am certain that any confident sewist could handle it.

The idea for this pattern came from my favorite thrifted boy scout shorts that I wore all through high school. Since I no longer have them I decided I needed to recreate them to my best memory. This pattern is everything good I remember from the shorts – high waisted 70’s vibe, brass buttons, large patch pockets, but updated to be a bit more modern and flattering. I have been wearing them all summer and they are so versatile. They were perfect for our summer vacation to Yellowstone where I wanted to be comfy and practical, but not sloppy. They are equally great with a heel or wedge for a more sleek, going out look.

The Landers are drafted for woven fabrics with little to no stretch. I made most of my samples in the Robert Kaufman Ventana twill, but any medium to heavyweight woven fabric will do. My testers made them in linen, denim, twill, and corduroy, all with great results. Just keep in mind your machine and how it will deal with multiple layers of heavy fabric when choosing the best fabric for your version. I will be back next week with more fabric recommendations, and tips on notions.

Being our most advanced pattern to date, we will definitely be doing a sewalong. The official sewalong starts on Monday, Sept. 18th so start gathering your supplies now.

You can find the pdf (digital) version of this pattern in the shop here. Use the code LANDERLAUNCH for 20% off of the pdf pattern from now through Sunday night.

If you prefer the paper pattern you can preorder it here (along with 3 other patterns being produced into paper patterns). We are expecting it to be shipped out sometime within the next 6-8 weeks.

SEWALONG

CALVIN : FABRIC & NOTIONS

August 30, 2019

The sewalong for the Calvin wrap top and dress starts next week and I wanted to do a quick post in preparation to go over fabric and notions so that you can be ready to sew come Monday.

FABRIC:

One of the things that I love about the Calvin is that it really works great with those beginner friendly, easy to sew fabrics that we all love to use. The pattern does not require a lot of drape (although drape is fine) so cottons, linens and rayons work great. The most important thing is that the fabric will press well so stick with those natural fibers and stay away from polyester blends or you will really regret it when you are making those yards and yards of bias binding. I decided to go with some medium weight linen in a beautiful vintage red from The Fabric Store that I have had in my stash for awhile. I love linen for this pattern because it’s breathable but still has some structure so it presses well and really shows the style lines.

BIAS BINDING:

This pattern has a lot of bias binding. The way that the yardage is calculated, you can use the same fabric for both the dress/top and binding or you can use a contrast binding. This is such a great way to use up scraps. I love the idea of mixing stripes with florals or different sized prints for some really fun affects. Making the binding will take you a bit of time, but it is super easy so try not to shy away from it. I do not recommend using the bias tape you buy in the packages at the big box store. They are cheap, stiff, and won’t feel nice against your skin. That being said, there are some resources for really nice bias tape that you can buy if you want to go that route. You will need 6 – 7 yards of bias tape and you want double fold bias tape with a finished measurement of about 3/8″. Here are a couple I have found:

The Fabric Store – They have bias in not only their Liberty fabrics but also their exclusive range of linens. This is such a great option for those who want matching binding and main fabric but don’t want to make the bias yourself. The width is perfect too. I’ve use this exact combo for some of my tester versions and it was perfection.

Imagine Gnats – I recently noticed that Imagine Gnats is now carrying Atelier Brunette bias tape by the yard in both viscose crepe and double gauze. It’s the perfect width and matches the very popular Atelier Brunette fabrics. The viscose crepe is on the light weight side so keep in mind that it may be a little more finicky to work with.

I am sure there are more out there. I know a lot of indie fabric stores carry bias tape by the yard so check around.

RINGS / SLIDERS:

One of my favorite details of the Calvin are the adjustable straps made possible by the ring and sliders. It really helps for getting a good fit. I know that the 1/2″ sliders can be a little harder to find so I wanted to give you a few resources. First of all, the best place to look is in your drawer. If you have an old bra that you don’t wear or is worn through, save the rings and sliders before you discard it. If that is not an option here is where you can find them:

Tailor Made – This is such a great place for all things bra making, but also a great resource for rings and sliders for the Calvin. You can pick up a couple sets for just a few bucks which is great if you don’t want to buy in bulk.

The Bra Makery – There are quite a few shops selling rings and sliders on Etsy so you may want to poke around a bit for one closer to you, but the Bra Makery seems to have quite a good selection and at a good price. You can choose 3 sets or 12 sets at once and they even have these adorable heart shaped sliders if you want that novelty look.

OTHER NOTIONS:

OK, those were the trickier things to find, but you still need a few more notions. Make sure you have coordinating thread. There is a lot of topstitching on the bias binding so it really should match well unless you are purposefully trying to make it contrast.

You may want to add the optional modesty snap and if so you will want to source a 1/4″ sew on snap. A lot of people are tempted to skip this, but if you are C cup or bigger I highly recommend it. These are pretty easy to find and you should be able to pick up a pack of them at almost any sewing store.

You also need a hand sewing needle to attach the sew on snap and make the belt loop / thread chain.

SPRAY STARCH:

One last thing you might want to consider getting is some spray starch. The more lightweight and slippery your fabric is the more this helps. When you are making your bias binding, applying spray starch really helps to keep the creases and reenforce the binding for easy stitching. It will disappear in the wash so it’s not permanent. It just makes your life easier.

OK, I think is all for today. We will not be going over printing your pattern or cutting out your pattern pieces so get that done before Monday. If you need a little help with that part, check out this blog post for printing and assembling your pattern.

See you Monday! If you still need to get your Calvin pattern you can do so here.

SEWING

INTRODUCING THE CALVIN WRAP TOP & DRESS PATTERN

August 19, 2019

I am so excited to show you the newest True Bias pattern, the Calvin Wrap Dress & Top. The Calvin comes in two views. View A is a top hitting a couple of inches below the natural waist and it pairs wonderfully with high waisted pants such as the Landers. View B is a straight dress ending around mid calf.

Both views have exposed bias binding that finishes the wrap edges, creates the shoulder straps, and extends into the ties. You can either use the same fabric as your main garment for a streamlined look, or use a contrasting fabric for your binding for some added interest. This is a great way to use up stash fabric when you only have a small about of yardage to work with.

It’s a simple pattern with some really fun elements including instructions for a threadloop chain to hold your waist ties in place and ring and sliders used on the straps for easy fitting.

The Calvin works great for a lot of different types of fabric. We are offering a small amount of kits for the Calvin in overstock rayon crepe which is a wonderful lightweight fabric for an elevated look. If you want something more casual, I recommend linen or cottons. The Calvin does not require fabric with drape so a simple cotton or cotton blend works wonderful and is a more beginner friendly option.

I will have a full sewalong including fabric recommendations and some fun hacks for the Calvin starting the first week of September. In the meantime, you can purchase your pattern here in either a PDF or paper format. The pdf pattern is on sale (no code necessary) for the next week, ending on August 27th. If you would like to purchase a kit you can also do that through my shop here.