When I first heard the comment you are twinsies or that making the same garment or maybe using the same fabric made bloggers refer to each other as twinsies, I had no clue how making this little outfit for myself would lead to the adult version of the mommy and me ensemble.

I try and make something for mom as often as I can. She is always thinking about sewing and I am always sewing. Shucks, truth be told everybody in my family is always thinking about what I could make them. If I just had it in me, I would be sewing a new item for every one of my loved ones daily. I would be pushing out a couple new items each week. I wish I had the time and the inclination to do that. It’s just how much I love sewing for my family. However, since I don’t have that kind of time, I must limit what and for whom I sew. You already know, Moms are the wind beneath our wings. The breath that helps us rise to greater heights.

The pattern is a quick pair of elastic waist pants and the tops are two different view from the same newlook pattern. I started the pants the day before for myself and quickly realized that I needed a matching top.  I purchased this nylon/spandex sale fabric at JoAnns.

My neckline finish is from the view D cowl neck.
Newlook 6648- View A with C sleeves

The pants are both the wardrobe builders pattern newlook 6735.  The tops are newlook 6648, which is out of print, however, I’m sure you will find it if you want.  Mine is view D and moms is view A with view C butterfly sleeves.  I did a quick tutorial on how to make the “french bound” armhole and neckline treatment while I was sewing my top.  That video tutorial will be up later in another post and on my channel.  To be notified, just make sure you are also subscribed to my youtube channel.

More to come…..

There are so many things that come to mind when I prep to write a blog post….How do I title this?.., what pictures should I use?.. I want to tell you about this raglan blouse and all the flowers and how divine the fabric is to touch!!! I want to tell you hello and all that jazz that goes along with it, and show you a gazillion pictures, cause that is actually how many I took before writing this post. Sometimes, I want to say: “What’s up y’all, what’s crackin!”  But, I change my wording because, I think..~~~, will they receive my relaxed, sometimes crass tone as easily as my Periscope folks do when I start a broadcast, or maybe “will my impatient Youtube subscribers receive my laid back somewhat wordy conversational style when they read my blog? So many questions arise… “What interest you? Is it fashion only? Do you want to see cute pics? Hear stories? See construction details? See my studio? Have updates of my sew life? Or, learn about the patterns I use or the lack thereof?….there are so many directions I can take a blog post.  So I start with this…..

“Hey y’all, I made a new blouse!!!  Yeepee!! Meet Petals….

I become bored so easily with just showing pics of my makes and discussing what seam I used or the pattern I used. I want to tell you a story about the blouse and how long it sat in the corner of my studio balled up in a wad waiting for me to love on it and cuddle it in my arms. How it sat hoping I would smooth the wrinkles from its soft forgiving petals and then wrap it’s caresses around my shoulders to allow it to comfort my body the same way a warm spring might feel on a cool spring morning.  I present to “Petals” the name of my new blouse.

http://patterns.bootstrapfashion.com/index.php/fashion-designer-sewing-patterns-tailored-bloused-with-raglan-poet-sleeves.html?i=9cd06d7e#.VzuU7ZMrKV4

This poor blouse has been sitting in the corner of my studio for months.  I almost forgot about it until my cousin came to visit and noticed “the pretty fabric in the corner.”  I showed it to her and realized it was complete and ready to just take pictures.  So I put it on my dressform and that is were it sat for a long time…you all probably have seen it in the background of some of my videos or periscope broadcast.  That is all.  So here she is in all her glory with the pants from stitch fix that I made the alteration to on my channel.  

http://patterns.bootstrapfashion.com/index.php/fashion-designer-sewing-patterns-tailored-bloused-with-raglan-poet-sleeves.html?i=9cd06d7e#.VzuU7ZMrKV4
It’s a raglan sleeve with puff/ bishop sleeves, but I decided not to put the band on the sleeve, I like the loose look a little better.  The wide collar is fun and comfortable.  The pattern is a custom sized pattern from bootstrap fashions
http://patterns.bootstrapfashion.com/index.php/fashion-designer-sewing-patterns-tailored-bloused-with-raglan-poet-sleeves.html?i=9cd06d7e#.VzuU7ZMrKV4
I like the way it fit straight off the bat…no changes to the shoulders, but the length and the waist are very big.  I took in the back to give me more of a curve, but that created a little problem, so I had to distribute the amounts by taking in the back seam, some of the darts on the back as well as some of the side seams.  I’m still working to figure out how their patterns run.  I may need to just print out the base size 14 pattern to check the fit of it and gauge how it works first before using their custom sizes.  Of course that adds cost by, I think .60cents to print a different size from your original download.  Bootstrap charges $2.99 per printout for each PDF pattern, plus an additional .50c for the seam allowances.  

 Next up is a dress I made for my daughter, Jennifer to test the sizing of bootstrap for plus size curvy ladies.  Here is a sneak peak until I can finish writing that post and get pictures of her wearing the finished look for you all to see…..

…should flock together, unless they come near me.  I nabbed a few for myself to have indoors.  I love birds, their sound, the freedom they represent and the beauty of their flight…~and sitting.  Actually, sitting on my fabric, that is where they are this time.

 I thoroughly enjoyed making this top.  I was in such a good mood hanging with the birds, that…

I video-taped my construction process, in triple time…time-lapse.

This is such a deceivingly simple blouse, with several surprise designer details.  Definitely, another regular for my wardrobe rotation.  

Pattern Description: it was described as….
  • Top has self-lined yokes, front pleats, shaped hemline, and very narrow hem. 
  • View A:  Front longer than back
  • mock wrap, pullover, 
  • fitted through bust, 
  • no shoulder seams, 
  • elasticized tie ends for casing, 
  • underarm inset, 
  • and armhole bands. 

Pattern Sizing:

Pattern sized 6-14 in envelope. I cut a size 14

How did it compare to the envelope pictures:

The picture was pretty clear. 

Were the instructions easy to follow?
 The instructions were basic going into the construction, but then the instructions for the placement of the buttonholes for the front overlap had you put the buttonholes in only one side/layer, but at the end, they needed to be through both layers of the front. The waist seam allowance is turn upward to create the casing for the elastic.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
I like everything about this pattern, especially the underarm inset and the bias banded armholes.

Fabric Used:
I used a polyester georgette/ crepe d’chine look-a-like from Hancock. It is very thin, but, being it is a dark color, I could get away with out lining.

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:

  1. The Pivot and Slide method was used to get my 1.5″ FBA along with,
  2. Closing the neckline in by 1/2″ and,
  3. Taking out my “over 40inch” front neckline wedge”. (That’s what I call it now.) Just a wedge to cause the V-neckline to curve in enough to keep it from gaping on the top curve of the bust. (It is not scientifically proven. It is just what I do for me.)

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
I have already begun dreaming of my next project based on this pattern. This is an absolute winner for me.


Hope you enjoyed the video.

Until next time.

Have you ever taken pictures for Sew-N-Tell that you just didn’t want to share?  This post may display a few of those pics of some really weird expressions on my face.  Half the time I didn’t know what the heck I was looking at, or where I was looking.  My hand wasn’t communicating with my face when I pressed the remote for the camera.  But I did remember to smile.  
Pokadot blouse

Either way, I still felt compelled to share my dotted blouse with you guys.  I have been promising a few of my friends and sewing buds that I would talk about this one for sometime now.  I made this back in July, and have worn it several times.  I guess I will call this one: #LATER-Blog, since late Instagram shots are tagged #latergram.  This internet/social media language is hilarious with all the hashtags and acronyms and such.  

  Pokadot blouse
Shirts and blouses are lacking in my closet, so lately I have been really trying to fill the gap.  This is blouse part of a series of queued items I have been working to get done.  I do love button down shirts.  They are so simple to dress up or down. 
Pokadot blouse
This one is the basic darted front top with a separate collar stand and the continuous lapped cuff with pleats.  OOH but me, with my rushing ended up putting the darn thing on backwards, oh well!!!  If you are close enough to see it, then you must sew!! Because I didn’t catch it until I was wearing it the second time around.  LOL  That is so funny!!  
Pokadot blouse
The first time I wore this blouse, I had the sleeves rolled up because it was so crazy hot here.  The fabric is really cool and quite breezy, but I do live in an extremely humid climate. The pattern does run short, so if you are taller than say 5’5″, you better add some inches to the hem.  I didn’t add anything and I’m 5’5″.  
Pokadot blouse
The back has shoulder darts, which I hate, because I always have to make them smaller.  My back is much straighter than what these patterns allow for in the upper back and shoulder areas.  I did, however, have to make a few adjustment worth mentioning:
  • Broad back adjustment of 1/2″
  • FBA of 1.5″, which made for a really large dart that I have to rotate a portion of into the side seam and waist dart.
  • I extended the front and back waist darts through to the hem
  • added 2 inches at the hip

Fabric considerations call for lightweight linens, chiffon, silk types and such.  I used a Silk/Cotton Voile ETA:  My fabric is a Cotton/Linen Lawn,  I picked up in Portland this past summer.

After I got home, in my inbox was an announcement from Sew Much Fabric, called “Seeing Dots” offering a fabric with the same colors but different fiber content less the plane ticket of course!!!