This Nano Iro fabric has a full width pattern with metallic tones. it’s called Five Senses, this one is Earth. The pattern is The Boxy Top from Jen Hewett’s Book Print Pattern Sew, that was a freebie with Simply Sewing.
One of my favourite fabric shops, Raystitch in Islington, have amazing window displays, and I follow them on Instagram for inspiration. One thing they have done is to use the selvage edge of fabrics as the hem. One garment used a Nano Iro fabric that has the same slightly fluffy edge as this double gauze, so I decided to copy the effect.
This simple top works well to showcase the fabric. The sleeves are cut from the opposite edge to the main body sections. I bought this fabric on holiday a couple of years ago, fabric souvenirs are lovely to wear. 😺✂️✂️
This superquick make was made to participate in the Instagram challenge #sewingsansfrontieres using a free pattern from The Stitch Sisters blog. This pattern can easily be found by Googling Stitch Sisters Kaftan, and the post has full details and lots of pictures, as well as a video.
The Kaftan is created from rectangles, with neck shaping measurements on a multi size chart. The long ties are stitched into the side seams, I lowered them an inch after pinning and trying on.
I overlocked each section before sewing together, and raised the neckline by an inch, lowering the side splits by two.
The fabric is a lovely soft cotton lawn that has lurked in the bottom of my woven fabric stash box for several years waiting for the right pattern 😺✂️✂️
I pretty much live in jersey tops, and I wanted to find another pattern that was simple but interesting. This definitely fits the bill, and I made two 😺
The pattern divides the front of the Tee, elongating the fronts to create the ties. I overlocked the front seams before joining the seam, adding a few stitches at the top of the tie to prevent pulling.
This is the first version, worn with Named Ninni Culottes and Fiona Hobo Bag. The top sits at the hip. This fabric is a fabulous 200g jersey from Pin and Sew, it’s such a great fabric that bounces back and feels superb ( I have ordered more to make a dress). The neck is in a contrast fabric to add a bit of interest.
This pattern also works well with stripes 😺 I altered the neckline on this version, which has the first fabric used for the neckband.
I folded the front and drew a rough line with a Frixion pen, I then cut away about 1cm. I compared this with one of my Lark Tees and decided that I could lose a bit more so made the second cut, this was a little wider at the shoulder. I then put the shoulder sections together to see the cutting line needed for the back.
The slightly bigger neckline works well. This fabric has been in my stash for a while now, it’s another fairly lightweight opaque jersey.
This top is only available as a PDF pattern, and it’s the one disappointing part of the make. The pattern is printed on 12 sheets with a border that is cut off before the pieces are joined together. You then have to trace the pattern pieces following the black or grey lines for your chosen size as each download option has two sizes. This was time consuming and it would have been better if the pattern pieces were placed individually so the could have been cut out straight away without the additional need of a tracing paper.
Sewn with my usual 1.5 x 2.5 zig zag and top stitched in 2.5 x 2.5 zig zag with overlocked edges and seams 😺✂️✂️
I discovered this pattern via Instagram, and it’s a cute summer make.
SBCC patterns are designed for petite women, graded for a max height of 5’4”. The pattern is described as ‘the perfect quick sew, requiring minimal fabric yardage, and an easy elasticized neckline finish’.
This fabric is a lightweight cotton lawn designed by Alison Glass by Andover Fabrics called Silhouette.
This version is an inch shorter than the pattern to accommodate the border print, the dark grey pattern panel runs through the centre of the fabric.
Super quick, and really utilises the fabric print 😺✂️✂️
This is the first independent pattern from Claire-Louise Hardie, and I ordered the pattern as soon as it was published.
The fabric is heavy cotton from Ikea, a bargain at £4.
I sewed two rows of stitching to the side seams for strength, the seam allowance is then pressed to one side and top stitched 1cm from the seam (barely seen in this photo as the thread matched so well on the dark areas of the fabric!).
I overlocked the side edges on the fabric body and facings, then overlocked the bottom edge of the facings to stop fraying. I used a denim fabric for the inside base piece, the heavyweight interfacing sandwiches between the base fabric and is sewn in after the side seams are completed. I overlocked the three layers together before sewing in place with three rows of stitches. I really like the pop of colour from the denim 😺
I encased the magnetic snaps inside the tab to ensure a smooth finish at the back.
A satisfying make and a great size. The pattern has a link for extra bonus patterns of a Boxy zip bag, mini Fiona Hobo hack, and an Easy cotton Shopper Fiona hack. I haven’t explored these yet 😺✂️✂️
Having seen so many lovely versions of this pinafore on Instagram, I decided I needed one!
The pattern has two lengths and pocket styles
I cut this out as long as I could having bought a metre of this heavy cotton fabric from Ikea. The length was mid way between view A and B so I used bias binding to hem and eke out an extra cm. I used a fancy stitch to top stitch the binding and stabilise the hem as this fabric frayed really badly!
The pockets are a great shape, I used the bias edge again at the pocket opening, and attached the pocket with two rows of stitches. I used Helen’s tip to curve the edge by using the differential feed turned up on my overlocker to create a gathered edge.
The instructions are super clear, explaining how to choose sizes and make bias binding as well as pictures and tips throughout. Lots of useful info if you are new to sewing too.
I didn’t bother pattern matching the pockets as I wanted them to be easily seen 😺
Really cute and comfy 😺✂️✂️
The pattern envelope describes this dress as ‘this easy to sew, loose fitting dress has loads of relaxed, elegant style. It includes bust darts for gentle shaping, forward shoulder seam, optional in-seam pockets, and bias wrap around sash.’
I made view A with the view B belt. The fabric is a Seasalt cotton twill, similar in feel to a quilting cotton.
The bust darts provide subtle shaping
Definitely one to wear loose with our current heatwave 😺✂️✂️