February 6, 2017

WHAT'S TRENDING FOR ME - PART 2...

...what attracts me to so many Independent patterns (besides the fact that so many of them are really cute) are particular details.
With the Toaster Sweater 2 the details that interested me most were the funnel neckline and the mitered side splits.   I've learned that I'm quite fond of the fit and look of a funnel neckline.  Additionally, I wanted to see just how they went about forming the mitered side splits.  Since I couldn't quite make up my mind on just what fabric to use for the sweater, I opted to make the pattern as a muslin first.  I know lots of people dislike taking the time to make muslins, but I actually make a lot of them.  That way if I don't like the style or the fit at least I haven't messed up the good stuff, and it gives me a chance to test drive a "new to me" pattern.  Besides, sometimes I just WANT TO SEW SOMETHING - right now!

I used this novelty print medium weight knit for the trial run.

I added 2 inches to the length of the pattern, but I will not make this length adjustment when I make it again. (Mmmmm this picture indicates that my inspiration board has gotten out of hand again.  Got to do some about that.)

  At first I thought it would be hard to do, but the four mitered corners turned out perfect.   I learned something new, so this might be a technique I could incorporate into other garments.
 What Independent patterns have you purchased or have an interest in????

16 comments:

  1. Nice muslin Ms. Faye! Over the last few years I've actually gained interest in independent patterns and have quite a few on my sewing table. (And quite a few I've actually sewn already). What I found was the independent patterns offer us a bit more style options then the big four...and for me that's perfect! Who doesn't like options?! LOL!

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    1. Unique details and style options are what I like too Myra. What has been your favorite Indie pattern thus far?

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  2. This is very nice. A weawable muslin. I have not swen any indie patterns but I am excited to try one. If you have any suggestions, please let me know.

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    1. Melanie I loved the Pauline Alice Ninot Jacket, Style Arc Debra Zebra knit top, The Sammy Cami by Iconic Patterns, and a recent favorite the Silvia Coatigan by Schnittchen that I made in December. Each pattern had one or two little details that I had never tried before that peaked my interest and I just had to find out more about it - prompting me to buy the pattern. But, I am so in love with the vintage patterns I see you make. I know I've mentioned that more than once (lol).

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  3. Very nice muslin. I love mitered corners. They just look crisper IMO. Looking forward to the "real" top.

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    1. Still trying to make a fabric decision Bunny.

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  4. Details are what makes patterns fun! You should be pretty pleased with this trial run, and your mitered corners are excellent!

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    1. I agree about the little details Marjie. Thank you.

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  5. This is definitely a wearable muslin. I love the print of the fabric.

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  6. Muslins are time consuming but never a waste of time. They have certainly saved me from creating wadders out of good fabric. I look forward to seeing your creation.

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    1. Those are my feelings about muslins exactly Tomasa.

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  7. So glad yours turned out, and is very wearable! Way to go on your mitered corners, they are perfect. I did not do a muslin, and wish I had now, however will be making more toasters. Love this pattern. I actually have bought two other Sew House Seven patterns, and am looking forward to making some pretty dresses.

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    1. Toaster makes kept popping up all over the internet Diane. I tried to fight the urge to buy but couldn't. What was wrong with the one you made - the sizing or the fabric?

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  8. Awesome! So cute! I love this top. That fabric matches the pattern:)

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    1. I'm not absolutely crazy for the print, but it was actually a great fabric weight to use for this fabric.

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