Ottobre Woman 2-2019
#4 Explorer Pants
#8 Traveller Hat
Simplicity 1366 Cynthia Rowley
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I have made something totally different to what I normally wear. I felt like taking a step out of my comfort zone with my sewing and tried something new to me... I really like the results!
The cami top is pretty simple, so nothing much to elaborate on except this is the first time I have made one for myself. My fabric is absolutely perfect for it and was an awesome find at Hobby Lobby. The top is cut on the bias, so takes more fabric to make it than you would think. The straps are a thin tube of fabric which I thought would be painful to turn, but pattern instructions tell you to use a thread and needle and amazingly, with patience, it worked quite well. Upon basting the straps in between the fabric and the facing, I discovered I needed to trim 3/4" off to avoid the top from dropping too low. Not surprising since I always have to tighten up every bra strap I'v had.
I cut out size 12, grading to a 14 at the hips. For the narrow hem, I turned up the bottom about 1/2 inch and sewed quite close to the fold, trimmed, and then turned up once more keeping the hem quite narrow and stitched again.
The pants!! I'm on a mission to learn fitting with a woven it seems. I have the book "Pants for Real People" and this helped tremendously! I bought this book years ago, but at the time, it was really over my head and then it just sat on my shelf for a long time. I highly recommend this book even if you are just learning to sew. One day it will definitely be of benefit to you when you are ready to learn more.
I knew immediately that this style of pants would require lowering the waistband. A high waist does not work on me because then I will have no length in my torso. In "Pants for Real People," tissue fitting is explained. In the past I would hold up a pattern against my body and look in the mirror and say, "that looks about right." Yep. Well, that is not very effective obviously. So this time, I followed the book and pinned my paper pattern tissue together and slid my leg into it very carefully. This will tell you a lot before you even get to working with a muslin. I was able to see that fabric would need to be removed below my bottom, requiring the 1/2" tuck. Also, I was able to mark on the tissue where I wanted my waistband to be attached so it wouldn't swallow up my torso!
Removed 10" from length because I am short! ha ha (5'1)
1/2" tuck on back from waist to hem
Lowered back waist 1" tapering to 2" at the front
1/2" full derriere
1/4" bottom scoop
full thigh adjustment of 1/4" to top inseam on front pattern piece only
Removed 5/8" from height of waistband pieces.
My elastic measurement was 16.5 inches.
Fabric is an indigo twill from Fashion Fabrics online.
And I made myself a hat!
The brim on this pattern is very, very wide. After sewing and top stitching my brim, I cut two inches off so I could see from underneath it and also so I wouldn't have it lying on the back of my neck. Then I was faced with what to do with the raw edge left. I still had some white twill left over that I cut my hat pieces from and made some bias binding to finish the edge.
Embroidery design is from Embroidery Library
Blossoming Bohemian Flower Spray
Thanks for stopping by ~ Shirley