I started with making pjs for everyone years ago, but the kids don't like them now. I've made aprons, shirts for Steve and Lucas, a few things for myself, and I knit socks. I've been using as many independent designers as I can. I guess it's time to make a heading for those in the gadget to the left.
Simple Modern Sewing, 8 basic patterns to create 25 Favorite Garments by Shufu To Seikatsu Sha has a nice design style. I traced out 3 patterns from her book, making sure to trace the largest size possible. I measured, I measured and retraced to make sure all the lines were square and straight. I cut the fabric. I was positive that seam allowances were included. You can see where this is headed.The fabric came from a friend who's hubby like to buy her fabric when he is in Thailand. I have been waiting years for the right pattern to come along.
|Some garments have no hanger appeal. A wooden button has been attached above the left hip instead of ties.|
I have made a lovely wrap around top for someone else. Not me. Nope, my upper diameter is just too large and no, the seam allowances weren't included. Luckily, this fits Phoebe and I will mail it to her shortly. I have since traced this pattern again, added diameter, opened up the armhole and redrawn the sleeve entirely. I don't know how anyone could fit an arm into this shirt. It was much to much tiny. In the end, I ran out of fabric and had to adjust to short sleeves. Truly, this was a disappointment and I hesitate to invest more time in the other two patterns I traced. Likely, these would work for the smaller breasted woman, as in none.
|Alex is holding the button spot closed. The wrap shirt is meant to be worn over a long shirt tee, or undershirt.|
|The back is supper cute. I pleated it instead of gathering it, making a more flattering presentation of one's behind.|