It's gonna be May!

elevation hoodie sew-along: cutting and marking our fabric

Can you believe it? No sooner did we finish our last sew-along, when BOOM, I’m down with another! Because for May – spoiler alert! – we are making up a lovely, scrumptious hoodie!

It's gonna be May!
Elevation Hoodie Sew-Along
Elevation Hoodie Sew-Along: May 2016

Pattern Testing
OK, enough swag. Time to get stitching!

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Tea & Crumpet Sew-Along

tea & crumpet sew-along: hems, belt, & finishing

Tea & Crumpet Sew-Along

Hello and welcome to day six of our sew-along – our final post! You will need:

1. Your constructed dress
2. Your ban-roll (about 5 yards should be adequate)
3. Your belt pattern piece(s)
4. Your thread or embroidery floss for belt carriers

You can do it!
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Tea & Crumpet Sew-Along

tea & crumpet sew-along: the collar and lining

Tea & Crumpet Sew-Along

Hello and welcome to day five of our sew-along – our penultimate post! Today we will be installing collar and lining. For this entry, you will need:

1. Your constructed dress shell and lining
2. Your collar pieces

In our last entry we finished our back closure. We should have a constructed shell and lining, and our collar pieces. Our construction order will depend on the collar we’ve used – the asymmetrical or tie collar options. For the assymetrical collar, we put the collar in and then the lining; for the tie-collar, we install the lining first.

Ready? We’re in the home stretch! You can do it!

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Elevation Hoodie Sew-Along

elevation hoodie sew-along: supplies

For May: a sew-along with the Elevation Hoodie from New Horizons Designs!
Elevation Hoodie Sew-Along
Elevation Hoodie Sew-Along: May 2016

Pattern Testing
What you can expect: a detailed sew-along suitable for beginners or advanced stitchers. For those new (or new-ish) to sewing with knit fabrics, this is an especially-appropriate project. We’re working with midweight knits with good recovery. They can be sewn on a lock-stitch machine (read: a “regular sewing machine”) – no serger required!

The pattern currently comes in two versions: a children’s version (size 6/12mos. to 16), as well as a women’s version (bust 31″ to 51 1/2″). The pattern will also soon debut a men’s pattern!

And – great news! – Nature’s Fabrics have once again graced us with their partnership. They are offering a 10% off coupon code to participants in the sew-along. I will warn you though; their fabrics are addicting. I highly recommend the bamboo stretch fleece, or the bamboo stretch terry (the latter is shown in the supply list below). All you need to do to get your coupon code is to email me and sign up for the sew-along!

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Tea & Crumpet Sew-Along

tea & crumpet sew-along: the back closure

Tea & Crumpet Sew-Along

Hello and welcome to day four of our sew-along! Today we will be installing our back closure. For this entry, you will need:

1. Your constructed bodice shell
2. Your closure hardware (buttons or zipper)
3. An invisible zipper foot (for a zipper closure)

In our last entry we finished our bodice, minus the collars. Today we install our back closure, which can either take a few minutes (for a zipper) – or a lot longer, if you’ve opted for buttons.

Ready? LET’S DO THIS!

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Tea & Crumpet Sew-Along

tea & crumpet sew-along: constructing the skirt and sleeves

Tea & Crumpet Sew-Along

Hello and welcome to day three of our sew-along! Today we will be putting together our skirt and sleeves. We will be finishing our sleeve hems, but we will save our skirt hem for another day. Remember that the sew-along posts and questions are hosted on Facebook, in the “Sew Alongs & Sewing Contests” group.

For this entry, you will need:

1. Your constructed bodices (shell and lining), without collar installed
2. Your skirt pieces (shell and lining), properly marked & cut to hem length
2. Your sleeve pieces (shell and lining)

Let’s go!
Excited!
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tea & crumpet sew-along: cutting, marking, & constructing the bodice

Tea & Crumpet Sew-Along

Hello and welcome to day two of our sew-along! Today we are cutting, marking, and constructing our bodice – both the fashion fabric, and the lining. Remember that the sew-along posts and questions are hosted on Facebook, in the “Sew Alongs & Sewing Contests” group.

For this entry, we are cutting our fabrics and constructing our bodice. You will need:

1. Your fashion fabric and lining fabrics, pre-treated
2. Tracing paper, tracing medium and wheel
3. Your machine, ready to rumble!

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Tea & Crumpet Sew-Along

tea & crumpet dress sew-along: preparing the pattern

Tea & Crumpet Sew-Along

Hello and welcome to day one of our sew-along! Today we are preparing our pattern, talking about fabric preparation, and playing with seam finishes! We will then cut and fit a muslin. I will be demonstrating technique using the three versions of the dress I created.

You will need:

1. Your printed Bootstrap Fashion pattern
2. Tracing paper, tracing medium and wheel
3. Fabric for your muslin
4. Your machine set up to sew
5. Clear tape
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Tea & Crumpet Dress Sew-Along, V 2

a little springtime

My Tea & Crumpet dress sew-along starts April 1st. I have made two of these dresses and they are lovely. While they are full-coverage and modest, they are also short and barely feel like wearing a dress at all! The pattern allows you to build a fitted, semi-fitted, or loose option. 

Shown here: a fitted option in wool crepe, lined in a silk jersey. Fits perfectly, feels incredible!

Tea & Crumpet Dress Sew-Along, V 2
I took about a billion detail shots, as this wool crepe was entirely too beautiful for words.

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hoodie bravado

what’s on the happs

Welp, peeps. I have had a BUGGER of a time with my sew-alongs lately. Almost everything that can go wrong, has been going wrong – short of my blog somehow catching fire and burning down. 

That said, I am growing increasingly sure I want to keep offering these online sewing lessons! To that end, now is the time to give me any input for future sew-alongs. In this post, I offer a preview of some garments I’m planning on leading us through in the near future. Remember, in about two weeks we’ll begin the Tea & Crumpet sew-along. I hope you’ll be joining us!

In the meantime, for May: the Elevation hoodie from New Horizons Designs (formerly Terra’s Treasures). Remember the P51 Flyer jacket I made Nels, in waxed canvas? Yup, that was one of Terra’s! She has a gorgeous eye for design!

Do I even need to explain why I love this hoodie? No, no I don’t. First of all, hoodies are awesome and I might fight you if you disagree.

hoodie bravado
But also: I mean, this hoodie? Check it!

Elevation Hoodie from Terra's Treasures
Colorblocked – very on-trend, but always awesome. An inset kangaroo pocket with welt openings. A hood overlap and drawstring. I mean – COME ON!  The pattern comes in a children’s version (size 6/12mos. to 16), a women’s version (bust 31″ to 51 1/2″), and will soon debut a men’s version!

Now, the Elevation hoodie’s instructions are so wonderful that, frankly, I can’t see room for improvement. But I can put the piece together with volumnous up-close photos, give you my special tips on working with knit fabrics, and showcase a lovely bamboo french terry from Nature’s Fabrics.

For June – provided no mishaps – I gotta make a summer dress in double-gauze. Specifically, this lovely fit-and-flare from Bootstrap. The pattern is $1.49. 

Custom-Fit Sewing Patterns - Fit And Flare Dress With Sleeves
For a custom-fit pattern. Yeah. 

Happy Cry
Double-gauze is a wonderful fabric; it handles well, as it is cotton, and has some body and not so much drape. The fabric instantly delivers an elegance and vintage/heirloom appeal that is going to turn heads. There are so many places to get double-gauze, and I’ll be talking more about this in the set-up post for the dress sew-along. But some sources to get you way too excited interested: imagine gnats, fabric.com, fabricworm, Harts Fabric, and various Etsy shops (for your timeline, watch for where they ship from!). A sneak-peak of my first sample:

June Sew-Along Sneak Peak
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So for the mid-to-late summer? Well – you tell me! I’m pretty sure I’d like to make up a pair of stretch jeans: again, from a custom-fit pattern metric. I could always lead us through a swimsuit for summer – find me a good pattern! One of these days I’d like to showcase on of Hot Patterns‘ garments – they have a wonderful size range, and ardent fans – and of course, I adore Jalie patterns more than a body should. In fact, there are so many good patterns out there it’s hard to narrow it down!

So that’s it – for the time being. I’m open to suggestions as always!

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