Tuesday, October 21, 2014

The Patricia Tunic Opens Up!


So this tutorial started out by me browsing pinterest under the fashion label and I noticed a few tunics I loved with a wide open neckline but a free fit similar to the Patricia Tunic

So naturally I had to try out this modification :)  This top is sewn exactly the same way as the pattern describes - exactly. The only change you will do to get this look is cut your facing piece as seen below. The top triangle ish piece is cut out to open the neckline and the bottom piece cut off is to round the bottom. Of course you can open it as much or as little as you like and have the bottom left square if you'd rather.


I also used a longer cutting line in the back. For a little more bum coverage when I wear with tights. 


Happy Sewing!
~Jeanine


Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Reverse Sisboom Sophie Tunic


So yesterday I showed you my signature style look and promised a tutorial! 

So here is what you do for the overshirt Sophie !

As you can see below I used the front for the back and the back for the front. I hi-lo'd the pattern at the bottom. You will want to do the front dip a bit lower for the back so it has more head room and easy on and off.  You will still use the facings and sew the shirt the exact same way as the pattern states, except you skip the slits.





If you want those cute button tabs you just cut 4 in the shape you want for the tab and sew around, turn and then layer them on the back on the wrong side of your sleeve with your contrast cuff on the other side ( the pattern shows how to add the contrast cuff)



Then pin the tab down and topstitch the contrast blok and the shirt.


Then flip up and sew a button on ! It is not a functional button tab, just a decorative one 


Any other tutorials you would like to see happen here on the blog?



Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Cheeks' Chic


When I (Jeanine) started thinking about what to sew for "signature style" week on PrP I had to do a lot of thinking... What do I enjoy sewing, what do I sew, what would I like to be sewing ???

The answer I came up with? I like to sew practical clothes that can get everyday wear, but I also like them to have some elements that are a bit unique and I like changing up patterns a little for a new look. 


For my signature style I chose to do a cute layered look. You all know I'm a big fan of tunic type tops and layering with leggings and skinnies. So here is my take on it!



I used the Sisboom sophie for the red shirt. I made it in reverse and hi-lo'd it and then did a little contrast band on the sleeves with button tabs. The little green butterflies because I LOVE colour and fun and a surprise "pop" !


Underneath the Sophie hi-lo is a plain elongated top version (in the pattern as an option) Scientific Seamstress Portrait Peasant, short sleeves and a little yellow button for fun, so she can wear it as a separate and not be all dark and brooding looking.


For the pants I used the Sisboom Kaitie's I made last month. They are skinnied with the Field Research cargo pockets and you can find that info tutorial HERE


It is chic for going out, practical for everyday, fun for playing in the leaves and comfortable enough she wanted to wear it all day long. Signature style success!


 And for the first time ever I've sewn along to ALL the weeks on Project Run and Play! wahoo!

Look for the Sophie tutorial here on the blog tomorrow if you want to create your own crop look hi-lo over shirt!



Monday, September 29, 2014

Adding Pockets to the Portrait Peasant



This week on Project Run and Play it is denim week!!!! 
This was the week I was most nervous about, but I actually got it sewn before upcycle week haha. Turns out I didn't have to think toooo hard on how to make denim week not overwhelmingly 90's !

I used the portrait peasant for the top and the easy fit pants for their bottoms. Both the necklines are in the pattern. So, today's tutorial is for adding the pockets! 


I made a size 5 and 2 and my pocket pieces were 6 and 7 inches tall and I made them 9 inches wide (better a bit extra than not enough). Serge or zigzag your ends. and then you will fold over the one side that will be in the center of the shirt and then fold over the top edge 1/4 inch and then another 1/4 inch. You can also add a hemband along the top as you will see in a little bit.



Next, you will pin your pockets onto the fronts and sew along the inside edge and then baste along the bottom and around the outside edge. Then you will just finish sewing up the portrait as per the pattern!


I personally LOVE the pockets on peasants! My kids also adore the pockets and promptly collected rocks and leaves and things when we went out on our picture walk !

 




Anyone want to guess what I'll be sewing/showing for signature style week next week?