All posts tagged: Straight Stitch Designs

Countdown to a Frozen Halloween: 6-Week Sewing Progress!

So I didn’t make as much progress this week…. but it was a little more detailed so I guess that’s fair :) You may have guessed it from my fabric and last week’s progress, but this week is a complete giveaway! I’m sewing Frozen costumes! Wahooo! Or… at least attempting to.  :) I drafted a pattern for Anna’s bodice/top by drawing out the shape I wanted over a tank that I knew fit to get the sizing right (or at least close), and adding a sweetheart neckline and v at the bottom. This also marks my first time making a muslin! I used an old sheet that I still had from our Dwarf Mine decorations from Halloween two years ago. After a few drafts of the pattern and two muslins (can you make muslin plural? hmm… not sure, but I just did), I got my final pattern pieces and cut my top. I cut the front as two pieces so there is a seam down the middle front and the back as one piece cut on the fold. …

Nursing-Friendly Bellevue Modification

One quick addition to the Bellevue fun this week! I used this tutorial to make a nursing friendly version of the top for my sis for her b-day last week and it worked out really well. The accent pieces aren’t supposed to connect at the bottom, but they do because I went a little crazy with my serger so it came together a little tight at the bottom :/ I should have gone back to fix it but I ran out of time :( Might have to steal it back from her at some point… I used the same blue fabric as I did for my third test version of the top. I got this fabric before I had a clue what I was doing with my sewing machine so it’s been sitting around for a few years. Plus I have no idea what it is, but I really like it. If anyone can help me identify this fabric… I will love you forever :) haha… no… seriously tho… It’s lightweight, has a very slight horizontal stretch …

Straight Stitch Designs Bellevue Pattern Testing!

Yay! I tested a pattern! Meet the Bellevue top from Straight Stitch Designs! I made all 3 of these versions from the first draft of the pattern… I guess I was just super excited and started cutting right away. Then Kimberly started putting out updates and by the end it went through a bunch of drafts and I have no doubt the final version is even more wonderful. Even without the changes, though, I had a lot of fun making these and they are all super wearable. Also, I didn’t use my serger on these because I was making them quickly and was too lazy to change the thread :/ but I’ll definitely use it for future versions. Not that you can tell from the outside… but still… I’m starting to get pickier about how my insides look :) Version 1 This one was a fabric mash-up from my stash! Actually, all of the fabrics I used for these tops are from my stash. Now that I don’t live near a fabric store, I’m limited; luckily …

Idea Board: Bellevue Top

I’m super excited to share that I’m a pattern tester for the new Bellevue top – coming soon from Kimberly at Straight Stitch Designs. It’s my first time as a pattern tester. Although I admit I haven’t made any of her other patterns yet, I love how all of her tops are simple with a twist. The Bellevue top is right along those same lines. It’s the first top I’ve sewn with raglan sleeves, so that’s fun on its own, but with the fabric-mixing and shirt tail hem, I feel like there are endless possibilities. I’ve made one version so far and cut fabric for two more, but the ideas abound for this one… [Inspiration photos pulled from Pinterest, of course :) – click on any of the pictures below to go to the individual pins/sources] A LITTLE BIT OF LACE    FLORALS / PATTERN MIXING     NEUTRALS       NEUTRALS WITH A TWIST   I’ll be sharing my test creations after the pattern comes out. I’m so excited to see what everyone else comes up with! …