Breaking Ground Tour: Made For Mermaids

Hey, Sewists!  Have you been following along with the rest of the Breaking Ground Blog Tour this week?  There are a lot of great makes out there.  I am back with a second new make this week.  I saw someone post their version of this pattern on Facebook and I knew I had to have it!  It is the Mama Stella Sweater from Made for Mermaids.  This company has been on my radar for a bit but my dislike of PDF patterns stopped me every time I thought about getting one.  Funny thing, this year is my year of PDF patterns.  Of the 11 garments, I have made so far this year, only 1 has been from the Big 4.  The rest have been PDF’s from indie pattern companies.

The Stella features a front scoop neckline with three different back views.  There is also an off the shoulder view.  I chose to make view B, which features the deep V back with shoulder band. Look at that deep V.  It is just so delicious!

I have to say, I am pretty pleased with Made for Mermaids patterns.   They do not use numbered sizes instead, each size is labeled with a color.  I think this is an interesting way to reinforce the idea that ‘you are more than a number on a tag’.  I like it and applaud them for it.  My biggest complaint about the sizing is that there is not a finished measurement chart anywhere.   The patterns are also drafted for a 5’5″ woman and I am 5’8″, so as is this top is too short.  The great thing is Made for Mermaids has already thought of this and included an easy mathematical formula to adjust for your personal height.  My only other complaint is that the pieces for the neckband, waistband, back strap, and cuffs do not have physical pattern pieces.  They have a chart for what measurements to cut them to, which works because they are just rectangles, but I still prefer physical pattern pieces.  Physical pieces take a lot of the room for cutting error off the table.

The sweater did sew up nice and easy with my fabric choice. I used 2 yards of this Peach and Cream Floral Hacci Sweater Knit.  I picked it up from one of the last few Girl Charlee Knitfix bundles in 2016.  I miss Knitfix so much!  I actually haven’t shopped Girl Charlee since they stopped doing Knitfix. So sad, I  got some great prints in those bundles.

I was so blindly in love with this top that I didn’t even think about what to wear under it.  Luckily for this version I have a coral tank that coordinates well with the colors in the roses.  However,  the pattern instructions feature other versions with the Made for Mermaids Bridgette Bralette underneath and now I NEED to make that pattern.  That one is next up on my patterns to purchase list, so I can make more of this deep V view and the open keyhole back view as well.  I am already trying to figure out which fabrics to use next and what other interesting banding I can do with that deep V.  Next I am thinking of doing several criss crossing straps down the V to give it a corset inspired look.

On a sidenote, being your own photographer is hard.  Somehow I had my camera settings on manual focus so it would not do anything when I set my lense to auto-focus.  I fixed it for next time, but it is too late to retake my photos now. Grrr…

Have you tried Made for Mermaids yet? Which of their patterns have you made?

While you are at it check out the other stitchers on the Breaking Ground Blog Tour and what pattern companies they are trying out this week. The Full Tour includes all these creatives… we hope you’ll visit us each day:

Monday March 12- mahlicadesigns, Sewing Vortex, Sewing A La Carte, Little Heart Threads, The Sewing Scientist

Tuesday March 13- Musings of A Seamstress, A Custom Clothier, Octaves of Color, Aurora Design Fabrics, Sew Altered Style

Wednesday March 14- Flaxfield Sewing, Chook n Duck, Tales of a Tester, Sewing By Ti, Sewing Vortex, Kathy’s Kwilts and More

Thursday March 15- Very Blissful, Manning the Machine, Sew and Tell Project, Musings of a Seamstress, Stitches by Laura

Friday March 16- Lulu & Celeste, Tenille’s Thread, Sewing A La Carte, The Bear and Pea Atelier, Aurora Design Fabrics, Sprouting Jube Jube, Kathy’s Kwilts and More

To make the tour even more fun, our Breaking Ground blog team member, Gail is offering 2 patterns of choice from her pattern shop Flosstyle to one lucky winner.

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We’d love to see how you’re Breaking Ground this month. Share with us what you’re working on by using the hashtag #BreakingGround2018 across social media.

Better yet, join the Sew Alongs & Sewing Contests facebook group to sew along with the Breaking Ground theme for the entire month of March. In the group you’ll find support and encouragement for your projects and fun themed challenges.

Simplicity 1062 Review

Musings of a Seamstress - S1062

I am back this week with another new-ish make.  I made it back in mid-March.  This top is the reason I stopped working on my PR wardrobe collection.  I had a vision of how this top could turn out and I desperately wanted to create it.  I used Simplicity 1062 in view C for this top.  This is actually the second version of this pattern I made.  The pattern envelope describes this as an easy to wear hi-lo top, and I must agree with them.  I made an XL which is the size my measurements fit into on the measurement chart.  There is a lot of ease in the pattern that makes it super casual and comfortable.  The finished top is 10.5″ bigger in the bust than the standard measurements.

Musings of a Seamstress - S1062

For this top I used 2 yards of green stripe cotton jersey from my August 2015 Girl Charlee Knitfix.  The fabric was $5.75 a yard for a total of $11.50 in materials cost for this top.  Another well worth it make.  I have one last 2 yard cut from my August Knitfix left to use, before I can purchase another bag.  I think the Knitfix is well worth the cost and I do love a mystery fabric grab bag.

Musings of a Seamstress - S1062

Overall, I really like the way this top turned out.  I love that the strips on the cuff go the opposite direction as the stripes on the sleeve.  I also love the techniques for adding the cuffs and neckband. The are both fold in half pieces that I serged on.  The only thing I would change is the front length.  While I like the hi-lo, it is just a couple of inches to high for my preference in the front.

Musings of a Seamstress - S1062 modified

Having shared my second version, now I want to share my first version.  It is drastically different than what the original pattern is.  This is the last of my tops that I had made for the PR Wardrobe contest.  I made this version way back in February.   I bought a top from Torrid last year that I love so much I wanted to recreate my own version of it.  Simplicity 1062 was the perfect pattern to hack for this project.

Musings of a Seamstress - S1062 modified

For this top I used one yard of black jegging ponte knit from Jo-Ann’s ($8.99/yd) and .75 yards of polka dot and roses chiffon from Fabric Mart ($4.49), both of which came from my stash.  Total fabric cost for this version was $13.48, which is far less than what I paid for the inspiration piece.

I don’t want to go into any details just yet on how I hacked the pattern to create this top.  I am planning on making another version this weekend so I can get some good pictures and write up a tutorial for the pattern hack with that next version.  I think that this makes a great basic that could work for almost everyone, so I want to share how to get your own version.

What do you think?  Have you tried this pattern yet? Leave a comment and let’s chat about it!

Creative Sewing Challenge

Musings of a Seamstress Blue Dot Georgia side

Well, that was an unexpected blogging break and now I have such a backlog of projects to share.  Today I am going to start with my version of Blue Dot Patterns Georgia Top.  Several weeks ago Melissa, of Mahlica Designs, asked me to participate in a Creative Sewing Challenge using my choice of Blue Dot Pattern.  I jumped at the chance to try a new to me pattern company and get creative with my version.

I decided to go with the Georgia Top, which is a quick  beginner level knit project with a dolman sleeve. The pattern itself is very easy to put together.  I think from beginning to end it took me about an hour.  I love a good quick project.

Musings of a Seamstress Blue Dot Georgia

For my version I added 15″ to the length to make it a dress on me.  I did cut a size XL, but because of the added length I added about 5″ in width to the bottom and tapered it upward.  I also cut the underarm curve shallower than the pattern to create a more pronounced dolman sleeve.  I used every bit of my 2 yards of tie dye chevron jersey rayon spandex.  This was one of the fabrics in the Girl Charlee August Knitfix.  I am obsessed with Knitfix, but that is a post for another time.  This fabric was a popular one from August and I was lucky enough to get it in my bag.  I had another dress planned for it but then it just called to be made into this pattern.  I think that was the best choice.

 

Musings of a Seamstress Blue Dot Georgia

Overall, I am very pleased with how this dress turned out.  I love this pattern! I am calling it secret pajamas because of how soft and comfortable this jersey is.  This is definitely a different dress silhouette for me, but it paid off trying it.  I got so many compliments on it today.  I have already planned my next version.  Next time I am going to add a little more width to the hip area.  I am also going to lengthen the sleeve by about 5″ and put bit of elastic in the sleeve to ruche it up a little with the longer sleeve.  Now, which fabric should I make the next one in?

Want to check out who else is participating with me in the Creative Sewing Challenge?  Check out the list below then hop on over to Mahlica Designs and Gatorbunny Sews to enter the giveaway they are hosting.

Michelle of thatblackchic
Ashley of sewnbyashley
Cindy of Cindyparret.com
Rachel of Bobbinsonmymind
Shanni from Shanniloves
Kyla of LifebyKy
Amy of thatssewamy

Sew Long Summer: Never Ending Summer

We are at the mid way point for this weeks theme of Never Ending Summer.  These are the pieces that make us keep that summer cheer all year round.  Those garments that you can wear in the summer and then again in the winter.

Musings of a Seamstress - Summer Concert Tee

For me, one of those garments is Dixie DIY’s Summer Concert Tee.  It may be because summer is in the name of the pattern, but this one makes me think summer all year.  It is loose, flows well and has the perfect hi-lo hem.  Once made up in a big floral print, it screams summer even more.  There is also some lime green in the print that just didn’t show up well in the photos.

Musings of a Seamstress - Summer Concert Tee

This is my 4th version of this top and I think it may be my favorite so far.  I used 2 yards of a cotton jersey knit from Girl Charlee’s August KnitFix.  This was my first ever KnitFix and it was amazing!  I highly recommend you try it some time, if you haven’t already.

Musings of a Seamstress - Summer Concert Tee

I did eliminate the sleeve bands and added 1/2″ to the length of the sleeve instead because I like where the sleeve hits better.  I also added 5″ to the length of the top, partially because I am stubborn and did not pre-wash my fabric.  I know it is going to shrink and probably do some other crazy things too once it has been washed.  I also added the length for my own personal comfort.  The base length of the pattern just does not hit in a spot that I would prefer for my body.  Plus, I love the look it creates when worn with shorts and sandals.  It feels very boho and fun to me.  All I need now is a  big floppy hat and lots of silver bangles and I am ready for Coachella.

Musings of a Seamstress - Summer Concert Tee

Now, obviously I cannot wear this with shorts and sandals during the winter.  Instead, I plan on changing up the look by wearing it with skinny jeans, boots and a great scarf.  It is for sure 86 degrees out and with the humidity the RealFeel is 96 degrees.  The things we do for blog photos!

Show us your Never Ending Summer garments by joining the link up on Melissa’s page and posting in our Facebook group.