Mathilde Hack

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This started out as a sleeveless Mathilde blouse but I couldn’t get it to stop looking like a 1950s maternity night gown so I improvised a little.

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I cut straight down the middle of the shirt and folded in the edges to add button holes and buttons. And since the facing edges now show when the shirt falls open I used bias tape to cover them.

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I added some shaping to the sides after I made the front opening to make it a little more flattering but now there’s some gaping on the back. It’s not so bad that I won’t wear it but it does bug me a little.

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After wearing it for the day and looking at these pictures I think I’m going to go back and add one more button on the bottom.

 

Moneta Number Two

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This is the second Moneta dress I’ve made (the first here). The fabric is really soft and stretchy which has some pros and cons. I mean, the softness is obviously a pro but because it’s so stretchy the waist seam gets kind of pulled down throughout the day.

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I shortened the bodice this time by almost two inches and had to bring the side seams in by half an inch as well. The fabric I used the first time was a bit thicker and more stable so the medium fit pretty well but I wish I had used the small for this fabric.

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You can see where the seam in the back is pulling down a little here.

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Thrifty Finds

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I love thrift stores! Before I really started really sewing I would alter the stuff I found at thrift stores by hand to fit better. Now I have a machine and can make stuff from scratch but I still love finding stuff that I think could look great with just a few quick tweaks. I found this shirt and thought the light weight fabric would be perfect for the hot summer but I’m not a fan of peasant sleeves. And it was just too big. This is kind of a crappy photo but I have since found both my camera remote and stand!

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I took the sleeves off and just rolled in the edges as little as possible then slimmed down the sides and finished the edges with a zig zag stitch. The sleeve openings were an odd angular shape but luckily, because it was too big anyways, there was enough fabric there to change it.

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And I found this guy that I can’t wait to makeover! I’m going to re-cover it with new vinyl or laminated cotton and give it a new paint job too.

Maritime Shorts by Grainline Studio

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I love these! Mostly I love the fabric but the pattern is also pretty good. I had a lot of fit problems. My measurements put me in between a ten and a twelve and since my fabric was a little stretchy I made a ten.  But they were still huge. I took the back seam in by two inches and each side another inch. My hip to waist ratio is just funky I guess. Now that I know where I need to alter the pattern I’ll probably go down another size or two but grade the hips out to the ten.

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I was also a little confused about the back pockets because I thought they were supposed to have a flap based on the pictures. They still maybe should?

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Try to ignore the really messed up waistband stitching and look at the cute pocket lining!

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Before I made these I read a few reviews that said the zipper instructions were a little confusing but I thought they were pretty good at explaining especially accompanied by this tutorial. It might be because I’ve never done one before so I have nothing to compare it to but it was much easier than I expected.

Moneta Dress

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This is a new pattern from Colette Patterns. It’s a great knit dress pattern that comes with a lot of customization options. I will definitely be making this again but in a more casual fabric. I bought this fabric on clearance at Joann’s and I really like it but I want a dress that has more every day wear potential. I also want to try shortening the bodice about an inch so it hits at my natural waist more.

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I love the pockets!

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I didn’t have any trouble putting the pattern together or following the instructions but one note is that there were a lot of pages to print. I thought I had mistakenly printed out the pieces for every version but after frantically stopping the printer and double checking I realized there were just a lot more than I was expecting.

 

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Parisian Top from Pattern Anthology

I was lucky enough to test the Parisian Top from the new Pattern Anthology collection a few days ago and I love it! This is the Just Add Jeans Collection and it’s full of things I could actually see myself wearing. My children’s to adult pattern ration is pretty rough so I’m really excited to start building it up some and make things for me to wear.

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This top is for knits but the collar can be made with woven fabric as well. I really like when comfortable clothes also look good and this pattern fits the bill.

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Close up of the collar and gathered sleeves. I was a little worried about the gathering here because I actually used a much lighter weight, almost shear, fabric for the sleeves and bands and wasn’t sure how finicky it would be. But it turned out fine!

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The pattern was full of helpful hints and instructions that are very easy to follow. The bands on the bottom of the shirt and sleeves mean there’s no hemming and since it’s knit there’s no need to finish the seams, so it’s a pretty fast assembly. The fit was perfect for me (I made a small) although I added a few inches of length, but the pattern has since been adjusted to be longer.

Mathilde Blouse 2.0

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I really wanted to try this pattern out as it was intended to be sewn. I did reduce the fullness in the bottom of the sleeves by about four inches and lengthened it overall by an inch and a half.

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It was getting late when I took these pictures, and I had already worn the top all day but hopefully you can still see all the details.

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Like these pleats! They aren’t super noticeable from far away because of the print but these little details really make the shirt seem professional.

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These cuffs were so much easier to work with than I thought they were going to be. I guess that’s what happens when you’re used to working on tiny children’s clothes.

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Mathilde Blouse by Tilly and the Buttons

It’s finally done! I really wanted to take my time with this and make something I would actually wear. Unfortunately I’m not 100% sure I can pull this shirt off but that’s entirely related to my fabric choice and has nothing to do with the actual pattern. The pattern I loved! I’m definitely going to use it again with a different type of fabric and want to make it with the full sleeves next. And the pleats!

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The Mathilde pattern was really easy to work with but what really sealed the deal were the series of instructions on the website. When you download the pattern it comes with a short list of instructions that do assume at least a basic understanding of garment construction. But the website has a ton of tutorials that lead you through each step with really helpful explanations and photographs.

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There’s some weird static cling going on on the left side there.

The one area that I got stuck on were the back openings. I’ve never sewn them to be turned inside out before so I had a hard time visualizing it. I’m really glad I stuck with it though because it was kind of like magic and now I’m obsessed and want to do all my openings this way.

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French Seams! Another obsession of mine.

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I’ve got to be honest, a friend did tell me that I looked like I was in half a Blanche nightgown and while I don’t disagree with her I think that it’s mostly due to how shiny this fabric is and the fact that I gathered instead of pleating it. When I first put it on I thought it would look really cute with a pair of coordinating bloomers (maybe these?). It’s growing on me though.

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I do really like it belted but my husband makes fun of me when I try to belt things. He doesn’t believe me that it’s a real “thing”.

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Boatneck Shirt by Melly Sews

This is a free pattern! It only comes in one size but it’s roomy and easy to grade up a little (I added roughly an inch and a half total to the sides). Melly Sews runs Blank Slate Patterns so even though this is a free pattern it’s not a thrown together, rough draft, maybe those lines go together?? type pattern. Not that I mind those either. Free is free! But this really is a nice pattern.

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Ignore my goofy face and the blurriness at the bottom. My tripod is in the closet that shares a wall with my daughters room and she was napping so I improvised with a book.

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The pattern comes with a facing piece for the neckline, I just turned mine under and top-stitched it with a double needle. This was mainly because I wanted to save as much of this fabric as possible. It is so soft and the perfect thickness. I’ve been hoarding it since I bought it on a trip to San Francisco. Yes, I shop for fabric even on vacation. It’s an addiction.

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Very simple construction!

Tania Culottes by Megan Nielsen

I think the closest I’ve ever worn to culottes were ‘skorts’ as a child and I don’t think I’ve ever looked at a pair and thought they were fashionable. Until now! This pattern is adorable. These got in my head and I just couldn’t get them out until I found myself buying the pattern around 10pm and having to force myself to wait until the morning to start sewing it.

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I wish I could tell you what type of fabric this is but I have no idea since I bought it at a thrift store. It almost felt like silk to cut through but is thicker like cotton. I had just enough to eek out a medium/large-ish size and to add an extra two inches to the hem. If this were a real skirt that still wouldn’t be enough length to chase a baby around all day but since these are really shorts it’s perfect!

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The only picture I took while making these is a grainy cell phone shot.

The construction was much easier than I was expecting and the instructions were very clear. Before buying the pattern I couldn’t think how the crotch seams were hidden so well but had an *Ah Ha* moment going through the pattern. It’s really effective.

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Don’t mind me, I’m obviously still excited by a twirly skirt!

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