SEWING

INTRODUCING THE MARLO SWEATER!

January 13, 2021

I am so excited to be sharing our most recent pattern with you – the Marlo Sweater.

The Marlo sewing pattern is an oversized sweater with a dropped shoulder, deep V-neck, wide bands and large buttons (think your favorite grandpa sweater).

View A is cropped length, hitting around the waist.

View B on the other hand ends around mid thigh and has patch pockets.

The Marlo is currently offered as PDF only. It comes in two size ranges – sizes 0 – 18 and a C cup and 14 – 30 and a D cup. You can access both size ranges from my site here.

We will talk more about fabric in later posts, but for now just know that this pattern works best in medium weight fabrics such as sweater knit, french terry, sweatshirting, polar fleece, rib knit and boucle. The main sweater can be sewn up in a stretch or nonstretch fabric, but the bands require at least 20% stretch. You can use the same fabric for both or use a contrasting fabric for the bands.

There will be a full sewalong coming for the Marlo in a couple of weeks. You can purchase the Marlo pattern here at 20% off (no code needed) through Tuesday.

We are also offering a very limited amount of fabric yardage and notions kits for the Marlo release. If you buy the pattern, fabric and kit you can get an EXTRA 10% off with the code MARLOLOVE at checkout.

You can find out more about the fabric and kits by checking out the details in our shop here.

We hope you love the Marlo as much as we do! Please sewalong with us as we make the Marlo Sweater from Jan. 25th – Jan. 29th.

SEWING TUTORIALS

PAGE AND HUDSON SWEATSUIT

December 21, 2020

Gabriela of Chalk and Notch and I decided to collaborate and each make our own versions of the Page Hoodie and Hudson pants for a matching sweatsuit to lounge around in this holiday season.

I used the high rise tutorial for my Hudson pattern that you can find here. For the Page Hoodie, I used the cropped view and her free crew neckband tutorial and pattern piece that you can find here. I love how the high rise Hudsons go with the cropped Page sweatshirt. Perfect combo.

For my sweatsuit I decided to try a bleaching technique that I had been wanting to try. I love how it turned out. Very easy and fun to do. I definitely want to try it again on some nicer fabric for another project. Here is how you can do it yourself.

You will need fabric. I used black french terry from Raspberry Creek Fabrics and some ribbing from Etsy. You also will need bleach (100%, not diluted) a spray bottle, a ground covering so you don’t kill your grass, and you may also want some plastic gloves, an apron, and a plastic bin to transport the fabric once it’s been bleached.

Fill your spray bottle with bleach. Turn the nozzle so it is on stream, not spritz. You want the drops to be thicker. I recommend practicing on a scrap of fabric first. Here is my trial. I sprayed the front side of one (right) and the back side of the other (left). I like the way it looks better when you spray the back side. The bleach sinks through but leaves softer edges that way.

Here is my spraying setup. I ended up using the garage since there was so much snow on the ground, but you could do it outside as well.

I put my fabric right side down on the plastic sheeting and just started spraying (remember it should be on stream). I walked around the fabric so the sprays came from all angles.

After spraying I let it sit for about 15 minutes and the color quickly started to appear. Now, check the front of the fabric and see if you like the look. You can always spray some more and check again.

I found that the ribbing needed to be sprayed right side up so I turned the ribbing over and sprayed it again.

Once you are happy with the look, wash immediately. This stops the bleach from doing any more damage to the fabric.

Here is how it looked washed and dried.

And now that it is all sewn up, I love it. Pretty sure I will be wearing this for the next two weeks straight. I ordered a couple of fun colors to make some plain colored sweatsuits as well.

Make sure you check out Chalk and Notch to see Gabriela’s Page and Hudson combo too.

TUTORIALS

HIGH RISE HUDSON TUTORIAL

October 29, 2020

The Hudson pants sewing pattern was my very first pattern. Since it’s release, styles have changed and I often get the request for a high rise alteration. I am super excited to be sharing it with you today. I’ve made three pairs with this tutorial already and I love them so much.

The Hudson pant originally was drafted to sit about 2 inches below the belly button in the front. It then gradually raises up along the sides to meet at the natural waist at center back. So essentially we are going to be raising the front by 2 inches and evening out the sides so that it is at the same level as the back.

First gather your front pattern pieces. This includes pieces 1, 3 and 4 . Stack them on top of one another so they all line up. Grab a piece of paper and put it behind the top of your Hudson pattern pieces.

Draw a 2 inch line up at center front.

Draw a perpindicular line to the left at the top of the 2 inch line.

Continue that line straight to the left until it is over the side seam.

Connect the side seam up to meet the newly drawn waistline.

Measure out the lines at the center front, outside pocket edge, pocket opening edge, and side seam.

Transfer all of these new cut lines to pattern pieces 1, 3 and 4. They should look something like this once you have attached them all to paper.

Line them all up on top of one another to double check them and transfer the notch up to the new waistline. Mark on all three pattern pieces so they line up.

Now we are going to adjust the pocket opening. We added 1.5″ to the pocket opening. We are going to add back in 1″ at the bottom just to keep it looking balanced. We will not take off any of the extra length of the pocket bag though. This hack gives you a really nice deep pocket bag which I love.

Start with pattern piece 4. Tape it to a piece of paper and measure up by 1″ at the bottom of the pocket opening.

Gradually draw the pocket opening line to rejoin the original line like this.

Transfer this new cut line to pattern piece 1.

Line them up to make sure they match.

You are also going to need to lengthen the pocket detail pattern piece by just .25″.

Now for the back. You are going to raise the side seam by the same measurement as the front side seam. For me it was 1″.

Draw a line from the top of this line to the center back.

Trim the back pattern piece and you are done.

You sew up the Hudsons using the same instructions as the original pattern.

I hope this was helpful! I love my new high rise Hudsons so much. If you need to buy the pattern you can purchase it in my shop here.

DIY MAKES TUTORIALS

SCRAP BUSTING ROSCOE BLOUSE

October 1, 2020

I love a good scrap busting project, and this Roscoe blouse, sewn up in 3 different leftover cuts of fabric, may be my favorite scrap buster to date.

I grabbed three rayon fabrics, all with the same basic color family, to use for this project. As you can see I did make a couple of hacks to the pattern. I used the peplum hack for the Roscoe that I blogged about here for the bodice.

Flor the sleeves, I lengthened them by about 6 inches, and then added an elastic casing at the wrist for a long sleeve hack. I also cut the sleeve in two so I could use two fabrics instead of one at the sleeve.

I am so happy with how this project turned out. I was not so sure about it half way thru, but in the end it has that perfect boho vibe that I love. Such a great transitional piece for fall.

Each of the three cuts were between 1/2 and 1 yard and I just mixed and matched them. There is no real science to it. If you have more fabrics than three that go well together, you could use more. Can’t wait to make another one soon.

SEWALONG

NOVA SEWALONG DAY 4:

September 10, 2020

THE FIRST STEPS ARE FOR VIEWS A & B ONLY. SKIP AHEAD FOR VIEWS C & D.

Turn your jumpsuit inside out. If you haven’t done so already, mark your stitch line for the elastic casing.

Making sure that everything is lying flat, pin the facing to the jumpsuit along the lower edge. The facing should cover the upper edge of the pockets by about 1/4.” Pin securely, taking extra time to smooth the facing along the jumpsuit as you work.

Using a stretch stitch, sew along the bottom edge of the facing, 1/8″ from the raw edge, leaving a 2″ opening at center back.

Sew another line of stitching on the stitching guide line. This line of stitching does not need an opening.

Attach a safety pin to one end of the waistband elastic. Insert it through the waistline channel, making sure the elastic does not twist as you pull it through.

Overlap ends of elastic by about 1/2″, pin, and try on for comfort. Once you are happy with the fit of the elastic, stitch to secure.

Sew up the opening you left at center back.

THE FOLLOWING STEP IS FOR VIEWS C & D ONLY

Turn your jumpsuit inside out.

Optional- Serge or zigzag stitch along the raw edge of your facing to help prevent it from rolling. Making sure that everything is lying flat, pin the lower edge of the facing to the jumpsuit at center back, center front, and side seams.

Hand-tack or machine sew the facing to the seam allowances to keep it in place.

THE FOLLOWING STEPS ARE FOR VIEWS B & D ONLY

With your jumpsuit inside out, fold up the lower edge of the leg by 1 1/4″ for sizes 0-18, 1 1/2″ for sizes 14-30 and 1″ for the mini sizes. Press.

Using a stretch stitch, sew 1/8″ from the raw edge leaving a 2″ opening.

Attach a safety pin to one end of the ankle elastic. Insert it through the hem cuff, making sure it does not twist as you pull it through.

Overlap ends of elastic by about 1/2″. Stitch to secure. Sew up opening in elastic channel. Repeat for the other leg.

THE FOLLOWING STEPS ARE FOR VIEWS A & C ONLY

Turn up the bottom edge of the leg by 5/8″. Pin and press.

Using a stretch stitch, sew closely to the raw edge to secure hem.

You’re finished!