sewing

Samara Pants

Itch to Stitch has released the Samara Pants. This are a quick sew with no pockets and an invisible zipper. I took 6 inches off the length of mine to make them more cropped. In a linen blend they are super cool and comfy for the hot weather we’ve been getting. The pattern is on sale for $8 for launch week!

I used a linen rayon blend fabric from Joann. For the first time I tried the method of prewashing on hot and drying on hot to help minimize sharp wrinkles. However, I forgot the step of pressing with a hot iron to lock in the sizing. I think it still worked pretty well. The do wrinkle but the wrinkles are pretty soft!

The pattern has back darts for a little booty shaping. In a future version I plan to omit the darts and do elastic in the back waistband so I can eliminate the darts. I also want to add some pockets! I will probably put a back patch pocket on these pants, but I plan to add some slash pockets in my next version.

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Melrose Dress

Itch to Stitch released their latest pattern the Melrose Dress.  It’s on sale this week for the launch!  This is a versatile spring/summer pattern that includes the dress that I made plus a tunic and cropped top. 

My dress is sewn in a viscose poplin that I picked up from Blackbird Fabrics last year.  This was very nice to work with and will feel great as a summer dress.

The trickiest part of this dress is probably the neckline binding but I got mine to lay perfectly flat in one go!  I highly recommend getting  some Washaway Wonder tape for making this pattern. It will come in super hand for the neckband, cuffs, and waistband casing.

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Updated Fringe Blouse

Chalk and Notch released an updated version of their popular Fringe Dress & Blouse and I was excited to pattern test it! This new version extends the size range to 24 and add A/B and C/D cup options! The pattern is on sale for $11.50 for the relaunch.

Since it’s a loose fitting design it’s also pretty forgiving for even larger busted ladies. I make a G/H in Cashmerette but the C/D worked fine for me.

My blouse was sewn using a rayon crepe fabric I bought at Joann. This is definitely a fiddly fabric to cut, but the crepe texture is also very forgiving.

I did not include the belt ties and only made a half hearted effort at pattern matching but I’m loving this a spring blouse. One thing to note is that despite staystitching, my neckline did stretch out, which resulted in a low v-neck. To make this top work appropriate I have to wear a cami under it.

It’s very nice to see Chalk & Notch extending their sizes. I hope they do the Joy Jacket next as I already own it and I don’t want to have to do an FBA. 🙂

Orono Top

Itch to Stitch has released the new Orono Top and suprise! I was pattern tester. 🙂 This pattern is 20% off for the launch week.

Orono is a raglan sleeved top with a cross over front and a high pocket. There are cleverly crafted pockets included, although I don’t find myself using mine much.

The Orono pattern is drafted for knits with 30% stretch. That means you can make it with cozy fabrics like interlock, sweatshirt or terry. Mine is made from a flecked rayon ponte I found at Joann.

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Denim Vest

I pattern tested Itch to Stitch’s latest release the Envigado Vest. This is an anorak style vest with lots of details and an optional hood.

It makes for a great transitional layering piece as we head into Spring. I wear mine around the house a lot when I get cold or need more pockets!

As with most ITS patterns this one is cup sized. Yay! I made a straight DD with no adjustments but it has princess seams if you need to customize fit. The pattern doesn’t use much fabric but you do need a fair amount of hardware. I had a Closet Case Patterns Kelly Anorak hardware kit in my stash and I used that for my snaps, grommets and and drawstring endcaps. I love hardware kits. 🙂

The Envigado Vest is on sale for it’s launch week for $9.60.

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