#MMM17- Jersey Tunic Top

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Hi sewists, for this Me-Made-May 2017 post, here’s a sweet little tunic top I recently made based on New Look’s pattern S0172.

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When I decided that this would be a sleeveless version, I made some changes using View B as my base pattern. First in the armscye, IĀ dropped the bottom of the armhole about 5/8″, moved the shoulder seam in and then opened up the overall shape of the armhole curve in the front and back creating a less constricting opening. I also lowered the neckline about 3/4″ in both the front and back.

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For the top half of the back of the tunic, I carried over the same fabric from the front and for the bottom section, I used a remnant piece of gray and royal blue striped jersey knit, from my stash. Btw the main fabric is a lightweight, 2-way printed jersey knit from Mood Fabrics NYC. I loved the colors and design that mixed florals and cool lettering graphics. This easy tunic paired well with a light sweater, jean leggings and booties on this cool, overcast Spring day at the Jones Family Farm Winery,

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Back To School Clothes!

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Up here in New England we have had one heat wave after another this summer. So this week, to beat the scorching heat and increasing humidity, I hunkered down in my studio and went on a bit of a sewing binge! My focus was to whip up a few things to wear for back to school, which is is only a couple weeks away! This fall I will be both teacher and student! I will continue teaching afternoons and weekends with private sewing lessons and group workshops in my home studio and offsite to kids of all ages. I am also so excited to return to my positions (assistant and support) mornings at beloved St Pauls Nursery School. And I will begin the first of four college courses in Early Childhood Development for state certification. With this packed schedule, I decided to make a few things to take me through those hot, sticky first days of school!.

Pictured above is a box pleated skirt made from an indigo cotton batik fabric with elastic casing at the waist and inseam pockets, Simplicity 1970. Easy and cool to wear all day into night!

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I picked up this gorgeous printed, double knit fabric from Mood NYC to make a shift dress for our daughter’s college graduation. My layout for the dress left me a nice sized remnant, enough for this simple pull on skirt. I modified New Look 6384, by giving the shape a bit more of a flare and adding pockets.IMG_4587.jpgThis last look is a split skirt that I modified from New Look S0871 by eliminating the overskirt and tie and adding pockets. The fabric, from Joann’s, is a stretch knit. It features a high waist that will look and feel cool with a loose tee shirt type top.

This should round my back to school transition wardrobe. Next will be some pieces for cool, crisp days and nights of autumn!

Me-Made-May Post 4

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Hi friends! I have been participating in this global sewing challenge where we post pics of some of our latest and greatest (!) creations to share our love of making and sewing garments and other stitching creations.

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Spring has finally sprung and here are two pieces I am looking forward to mixing in to my wardrobe rotation! The top is based on McCalls 7194. I opened up the neck a bit and added to the length. It’s made from a great 2 way stretch knit from Joann’s. The skirt is simple, slightly flared with an elastic waist based on New Look 6384. I added a little length so that its a go-to for work at the nursery school! The fabric is a cotton jersey, also from Joann’s.

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I paired the shirt and tunic top with a denim jacket and ballet flats but it will also work with a cardie and white sneaks!

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Janu-arty 2014!

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Having a few weeks of down time from bridal seamstress work and private sewing lessons has given me the opportunity not only to clean up and organize the studio but also to work on some personal projects.
Valentines Day is a favorite holiday for me to create handmades (but then what holiday isn’t?!). Since I am trying to avoid excessive scissor use and ironing right now due to a damaged tendon in my right thumb (what an annoying injury for me!), I have taken to painting paper for Vday cards! A very dear long time GF, gifted me some gorgeous vintage wooden stamps she bought at an estate sale….Laura, these are wonderful (as are you !). I have enjoyed stamping with them on 140lb watercolor paper as well as on mailing envelopes. Used some gold as well as 3 shades of pinks and red paint on top of a previously painted pale pink background!

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Love how these papers are coming along…will show you the finished pieces soon.
Things are also happening in my sewing world. Am taking an online class on sewing with knits. Learning some very cool tips! Hopefully in a few days my thumb will have improved and I can try using scissors again! Can’t wait to put my newly found education into practice! There are so many interesting kinds of knits,novelty and otherwise, out there! Will post my sewing progress with you.
Until then keep warm with these arctic temperatures and keep creating!!!!!