I still hate/dislike using the “hack” word with my sewing. But, I guess I’d better learn to live with it…..
at the Creativfestival, Fall 2017…….
I’m teaching for Distinctive Sewing Supplies!
And one of the classes is:
One Pattern = 3 Different Tees
Working from a commercial sewing pattern with a round (not “V”) neckline, Yvette (that’s me) will teach some basic pattern personalization, creating 3 adaptations, an inverted front pleat, adding an extended sleeve cap, and adding side drapes. Suggested patterns include: Jalie 2805, Burda 6749 or 6611
So now not only am I a “Pattern Hacker” but I’ll be teaching others how to “Pattern Hack”. Go figure.
I made this sample of the inverted front pleat using Burda 6749 in a soft breathable Rayon Spandex Jersey. I was given the pattern and the fabric by Catherine, owner of Distinctive Sewing Supplies so I could test the pattern and the fabric, write this blog post, and prepare the lesson notes for our upcoming class at the Creativfestival.
Product Description; This style has been especially designed for a close fit and for jersey fabric. The classic pattern can be used for a wide array of attractive tops, both in plain or print fabric. Sew your favourites with either short or long sleeves. Recommended fabrics: Two-way stretch jersey. Sizes 20 to 34 (all sizes included in pattern).
I made the size 28, in view B for my sample. I really like the shape of this top, the waist comes in for a nice feminine silhouette or it could be eliminated for a straighter figure. The shoulders sit smoothly and don’t appear extra wide like in some plus sized patterns. The neckline has a flattering shape. I shortened the long sleeves to 3/4. Many people (like me) push a long sleeve up to just below the elbow anyway.
The rayon-spandex fabric is soft, breathable and drapey. It is suitable for t-shirts, cardigans and flowing skirts.
Some Construction Tips:
- Work on a large surface with no fabric hanging off the edge.
- if the selvedges seem “pulled” trim them off before pinning your pattern onto the fabric.
- Use sharp pins.
- Cut with a rotary cutter, ruler and a mat.
- Sew with a new needle, I use a 75/11 for knits.
- Stabilize the neck and front shoulders with a fusible knit interfacing.
- Save your scraps to make a bra or panties. (I made a bra, read about it here.)
More information is coming regarding the Creativfestival Fall 2017 and I’ll keep you updated. In the meantime, if you’re interested in taking my class, order your pattern soon, to avoid disappointment.
Are you a “Pattern Hacker”?