Friday, January 23, 2009

Sash it up!

After I drafted the elongated Portrait Peasant patterns last week, I made a some test tops. This springy one went out to an adorable little model (along with a pair of ruffled Easy-Fit Pants and a Patchwork Bucket Hat), and I am beyond thrilled with the pictures:

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My friend Shannon suggested that I add instructions for a sash. I thought it was a great idea, but had to admit that I was "sash challenged." The sashes I've made have either been too big or too wimpy for my liking. My ideal sash would have a big pretty bow and a nice looking belt. I decided to do some experiments with different widths of fabric. What I found was that the loop part needed to be wider than the belt part to get the look I was after. This is what I ultimately came up with - back view:

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...and front view:



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My original plan was to write up my findings and post them "tute" style here on the blog. After illustrating 10 pages of instructions and drafting 3 sizes of bows (with cutting lines for 3 belt sizes each), I decided to put everything together in eBook format:


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You can download it for FREE at YouCanMakeThis.com. The belt part can be custom sized, so you can tie bows around just about anything. I'm going to make a set of sashes to spiff up my dining room drapes. I might even make one to wear with a long denim skirt that I have hanging in my closet.


15 comments:

Shannon said...

OOH! OOH! I'm SO excited! And I get to leave the first comment!

Thanks so much, Carla! You rock!

Kelly said...

Yay! Carla! I am so excited! I can't wait to try this!!

Stephanie said...

It amazes me that you are constantly updating and improving your patterns, which are already far superior in my book. Thank you so much: I can't wait to try the sash!

Mom of 2 princesses said...

Yahh!! I am going to download today as I have a top I am ready to make with a sash! Thanks!

Susan said...

Very sweet! I can't wait to try this!

Leslie said...

Whoohoo!! Thanks - you've done it again!! Thanks so much!

PS How do I get the updates to the stripwork and portrait peasant ebooks if I bought them in 2007? They don't show up in my library.

cupcake studio said...

You are such a talented soul! Love your blog.

Mama Krit said...

Carla! These are gorgeous!!! For free!? Are you mad woman!? I would pay well for the perfect bow. :)
Guess where I'm off to now.... hmm... where can I put a bow??

Courtney said...

I love the look you got with that outfit!

Thanks so much for the sash instructions! I need one today, so perfect timing!!!

teresajoy said...

Thank you CARLA!!! I just love the look of that big bow on the back! You are the BEST!!!

7th Heaven Boutique said...

Oh Thank you so much I am sash- a- Litically Challenged ...LOL!
I love all your stuff Thanks so much for sharing your talent.xoxox

Dragon's Dolphin said...

Carla, I love the sash! Your model is soooooo adorable and so photogenic. She may be destined to be a model someday for someone other than your beautiful designs. Can't wait to get on my computer (instead of hubby's) to download the sash pattern. I love sashes--but like you they are always too big or too wimpy. Yours is perfect. Thanks for taking the time and effort to perfect it for all of us!
~Shelly~

Carla Hegeman Crim said...

Thanks for all the great comments!!!

Leslie - I'm emailing you...

Shelly - She is a gorgeous little girl, isn't she? I love her big brown eyes!

Teresa Pomerantz said...

Hi Carla- love the sashes- btw- I renamed my blog- I am now imalearba.blogspot.com

Courtney said...

I passed an award on to you! I love your blog and you are always so kind and willing to share!

Thank you!