|Exposed Zippers - 5 Ways||By Deepika on 9/15/14 10:06 PM
Short on time? Restyle with with exposed zippers in 5 easy ways.
When you take designer Angela Wolf's video class - Exposed Zippers.
In over 1.5 hours of Video, you'll learn easy ways to transform 3 pieces in your wardrobe.
- A Skirt
- A Pair of Pants
- A Simple T-Shirt
Then learn 2 new pattern alterations to add exposed zippers to a two-piece Jacket sleeve and alter an existing Jacket pattern to incorporate an exposed zipper.
All with the help of videos which are so easy to follow.
Need more help? Angela will be right there in the classroom to help answer any questions you may have.
Remember: Once you register for this class, it never expires. Isn't that wonderful? Knowing that you can come back for a refresher course at any time?
Check out the Class Outline for more details and a complete list of all the zippers we will be using in this Class.
We are giving away one class for free! All you have to do is tell us what you'd like to transform first in the comments section below. Giveaway ends Friday midnight eastern.
Want to learn right away? Buy this class now for only $29!
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|Member in Focus: SuzyBee||By AlexisW on 9/15/14 1:25 PM
Member Since: 2011
PR Name: SuzyBee
Name: Suzy Bennett
Birthday: June 11th
How did you learn to sew?
“I'm self taught, mostly from the internet and books.”
What aspect of sewing do you find most challenging?
“Definitely the fitting! It’s an on-going process, I seem to get one adjustment sorted then find another one.”
What are you sewing right now?
“A dress - McCalls 6754.”
What are your sewing goals for this year?
“To keep sewing and to enjoy it - no real goals!”
Which sewing book do you refer to most often?
“I tend to refer most when I'm sewing jackets - Tailoring, Jackets for Real People and Cool Couture by Kenneth King are my favourites.”
What’s your favorite pattern?
“Oohh, this is a hard one! I'd have to say my TNT jeans - it’s a combo of Sewaholic Thurlow pants and Vogue 8774.”
What you love most about PatternReview?
“When I first started sewing it was so good to find a website like this, it’s saved me so much time and inspired me to look past the pattern pictures and what the garments look like on real people.”
Any other favorite hobbies?
“I do Karate 3 times a week, currently training for my Black belt grading.”
Tell us a little more about you – profession, where you live, etc.
“I live in South Australia and work part time in a small plumbing office.”
Thanks for sharing with us, SuzyBee!
See all of SuzyBee's reviews in the gallery.
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|Elisalex Dress: 4 Looks, 1 Pattern||By AlexisW on 9/12/14 1:08 PM
By Hand London is our featured indie designer for September and we’re celebrating BHL patterns by having a contest all this month! To get you inspired, we’re sharing some of our favorite hacks and frankenpatterns!
We love the creative ways our members have altered the Elisalex Dress to suit their style. This versatile design can be glammed up for special occasions or kept casual with comfy knit fabrics.
Join us in celebrating By Hand London Patterns!
Elisalex Circle Skirt
lalalauren says, “I love the princess-seamed bodice and elegant neckline, and I love the tulip skirt, but I wanted to make it in a winter-weight knit fabric and I thought a circle skirt was more suitable for that particular fabric.”
Elisalex Pencil Skirt
ZoSews says, "Changed the skirt to Gertie's pencil skirt, but then changed front darts to tucks. I've made a few changes to the Elisalex bodice, as outlined in my previous review but nothing further there. Also added a skirt lining (a replica of the pencil, however keeping the darts), hand picked the zipper, added 3 decorative buttons on each sleeve, added a lace to the lining hem and bound the outer hem."
PoldaPop says, "I will likely use the bodice again - I'm thinking I might make it with a 1/2 or 3/4 circle skirt. I would certainly recommend the dress, but from my own experience and what I've read online, I don't think the skirt works for everyone."
bimbleandpimble says, "I lengthened the bodice by an inch to end on my waistline. I also shaved 9mm off the outside of both shoulders (I went sleeveless). I also substituted the skirt with a Simplicity 2154 pencil skirt pattern."
Elisalex & Charlotte Mash Up
Lucinda says, “I knew the Georgia Dress was going to require a bit of time to fit, and time wasn't on my side, so instead I turned to a dress pattern I've been clinging to for awhile: the Elisalex Dress. I knew the simple princess seam bodice would be easy to fit, and it was! The skirt attached perfectly to the bodice. I didn't bother moving the darts to align with the princess seams because of the busy print, but I would consider it if I used a solid fabric or smaller print.”
Elisalex Gathered Skirt
Alice Wang says, “The cotton is a medium weight one, and I don't think it needed lining. I made a toile for this, and there was some back gaping going on, so I altered the back pieces to take that out. As the back was one of the features why I liked the pattern, I had to make sure it fitted snugly. I also swapped the tulip skirt out for a full gathered one.”
chrystalmckay says, “I have sewn this pattern 3 times now. The bodice just fits really nicely and using different skirt patterns helps bring a more casual feel to the dress. I'm waiting for the right fabric to use to FINALLY use the original tulip skirt as it is ADORABLE.”
See more reviews for the Elisalex Dress on PR.
Have you sewn a BHL pattern recently? Post a new review on our contest page for a chance to win lovely prizes from By Hand London!
The more entries you submit, the more chances you have for winning! Read more about the By Hand London contest here.
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|Winners of the TNT Tee Contest!||By AlexisW on 9/10/14 4:33 PM
Do you have a “tried and true” basic tee pattern that you would love to hack? Participants for the TNT Tee Contest were challenged to use one go-to basic top to sew up to six unique variations in knit fabrics.
Whether it be a self-drafted pattern or an oldie but goodie, the goal of this contest was to make the most out of your TNT tee pattern! Overall fit, construction, and alterations for each entry were taken into account by members while voting. There's over 100 creative tee hacks in this contest - wow!
Time to meet the winners!
First Prize Winner: HRigg for Burda: 7970 Burda 7970 Shirt & Dress
HRigg says, “The contest has given me a focus for my August sewing and encouraged me to think of different ways to develop the pattern, to try different presentations and new techniques as well as using up some of the fabric in my stash and remnants left from previous projects. I decided to sew T shirts to take me through the year – in other words – A Tee for all seasons.”
Second Prize Winner: Lori9999 for Self Drafted Pattern 315148-1002 (Tried & True Tee Shirt)
Lori9999 says, “I pretty much live in jeans and tee shirts, so this contest has added 5 new tees to my arsenal, as well as a very comfortable and casual maxi dress. I will make many, more of these tee shirts. There are so many design possibilities, such as changing sleeve styles, necklines, adding different collars, pockets, yokes, cuffs and seam treatments… Definitely a 'tried and true' pattern. I have no intention of ever buying another tee shirt.”
Lovely tops, Lori9999!
Congratulations to everyone who participated in the TNT Tee Contest!
Special thanks to the Contest Manager, Sewmaris.
EmmaOneSock is the proud Sponsor of the TNT Tee Contest. Thank you!
Follow the lively Contestant Chat.
Read the Contest Report and Rules.
Browse the Contest Gallery to view all the entries.
Join the fun! See all Currently Running Contests on PR.
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|10 Tips on Layering your Look for Autumn||By AlexisW on 9/8/14 2:38 PM
Now that September is finally here, we’re thinking of ways to extend our wardrobe into the next season. If you’re like us and not ready to put away your cheery summer outfits, we have some excellent suggestions from our members on layering your look.
1. Pair a floral printed dress with warm tights in a rich color and a dark cardigan for a more muted look.
2. If you tend to wear specific colors in your day-to-day routine, sew pieces in coordinating colors to easily mix and match.
Mole Princess says, “Having a short-sleeved and a long-sleeved T in the same color to go with a favorite skirt, so I can keep wearing the look; and if a jacket goes too... and if a scarf goes too... and if I have a warmer slip... then I can go almost four seasons.”
3. Escape the winter gloom with an eye-catching infinity scarf and bright accessories for a pop of color.
tourist says, “I second the big scarf. On a recent trip we miscalculated the weather and I needed warmer stuff than I brought. My wool/silk pashmina was perfect. When it got warmer during the day, it just rolled up and fit easily in my purse.”
4. Avoid feeling frumpy in layers with colorful winter fabrics such as wool and tweed in jewel tones.
5. Medium weight clothing is great for those in seasonal climates. Add an extra layer come winter or remove a layer when the weather begins to warm.
LizJ58 says, “Wear rayon knit or woven tops under a cardi or kimono jacket, perhaps out of rayon too (or linen/rayon, or silk). The two layers will keep you warm enough when needed, and the rayon will keep you cool as things heat up.”
6. Challenge yourself by making a nicely tailored jacket in a neutral color for your go-to autumn staple.
7. Sew a separate slip or half-slip for unlined skirts and dresses.
8. Three-quarter length sleeve tops are a versatile basic that will transition through the seasons.
Speech girl says, “I make a lot of 3/4 sleeve tops which I can wear in the fall, spring, and winter in my not-so-cold climate. In the winter I wear a cardi overtop if it's really cold.”
9. Combine your knee-length skirts with tall boots and thick leggings to keep warm.
with love Heidi says, “I wear my ‘summer’ clothes all year round but layered over leggings and long sleeve tees in winter.”
10. Make practical separates in similar styles for a matching mini-wardrobe.
How do you make the most of out your summer wardrobe? Join the conversation or comment below!
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|Vote in the TNT Tee Contest!||By AlexisW on 9/3/14 11:57 AM
Time to vote for the TNT Tee Contest! From polo shirts to raglan sleeved tees, this contest challenged participants to sew up a "tried and true" pattern for tops or draft a new one. This basic tee would be used to create up to six knit variations using only one pattern.
Color blocking, embellishments and collars are just some of the creative ways these TNT tees have been modified. Special criteria to consider while voting for this contest include overall fit, construction, and alterations.
Voting for the TNT Tee Contest begins Wednesday, September 3rd. Browse the Contest Gallery page to see all the participant submissions.
Remember, you can vote on up to five entries! Make your selections by Tuesday, September 9th.
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|Ina Skirt in a Stretch Woven ||By Deepika on 9/1/14 12:50 PM
Happy September 1st! Did you know that September is National Sewing Month? And to celebrate this month, we will be posting pattern hacks, tutorials and lots of other fun inspirational stuff on our blog. So be sure to add us to your RSS feed or Blog Reader.
Today I am sharing Quickie's Woven Ina Skirt.
As you know, the Ina Maxi Skirt is designed for stretch knits but it is a very versatile pattern. Quickie's beautiful floral and lace version is a great example of how to tweak it to get a slightly different look.
Fabric: Stretch Cotton Woven with a fair amount of stretch.
Pattern Mods: Since the stretch woven Quickie used had a good amount of stretch, she did't need to modify the skirt body. But because the waistband needs a fabric with good recovery to keep it in place, she decided to underline the waistband pieces with a stable knit. That worked wonderfully for her! Quickie also added an extra godet behind the black and white godet. She used a black stretch knit fabric.
Design Details: To add to the romance of the floral fabric, Quickie decided to add a strip of lace to the hem. Since the length of the skirt was perfect for her, to accomodate for the 18cm wide lace, she shortened the skirt by 9 cm. She wanted half the lace to peek out of the skirt.
This is such an easy modification to the pattern and adds a lot of drama to the final result.
Thank you Quickie for sharing this with us. We know you are loving your Ina and we hear a lot more versions are in the works! We look forward to your reviews.
We featured Quickie (Marieke) as our Member in Focus earier this year. Read our exclusive interview with her.
Buy the Ina Maxi Skirt (available in Misses and Plus sizes in PDF or Paper format)
Related posts: Tester Photos, Official launch announcement
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