Sunday, June 14, 2015

Reversible Shirt -- Butterick 6218

Butterick 6218

A multi-option t-shirt,
where you make the decision
of which side to wear as the front
and which as the back.
Your choice of 'front' or 'back' --
the flat hemmed side with the buttons
or the other side with the angled hem?

Butterick 6218

This side of the t-shirt looks just as good
on the front as on the back.

My version of Butterick 6218

Some days I like the angle in the front.

Some days I like the straight hem
in the front.

I opted to add some contrast
hand stitching rather than buttons
to this grey and black version I made for myself.

Butterick 6218

This is a very fun pattern
to play with color-blocking.

Butterick 6218

Ideal for stripes as well.

Butterick 6218

A natural for combining
some of those large scraps
you've been hanging on to.

I lay out all the pattern pieces
and play with variations of color,
print and motif.
When I find a pleasing layout
I tape a fabric clipping to
each corresponding pattern piece.
Then I sort them by color/print/motif
 so I can cut out all the pieces 
for each fabric choice at the same time.

It's like creating a fabric puzzle.

You might note that each of the shirts
on the pattern envelope
fits the model slightly differently.
This is due to the fluid nature of knits...
Each t-shirt version was cut 
from exactly the same pattern pieces.

Some knits will shrink as you iron them.
Some knits will stretch as you use them.

You never know.
Knits are like your cat --
you love them 
but you're never sure what they're going to do.

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Thursday, June 11, 2015

Versatile Dress -- Butterick 6213

Butterick 6213

There's an ease and comfort to this dress 
accentuated by an asymmetrical line
of a zipper or buttons.

Actually the buttons are 
much easier to do than I thought.

In the past I've let myself be intimidated
by a row of small buttons.
And, they were exactly the right thing here
so I put on my 'detail' hat,
pinned the loops in place,
stitched them into the seam
and sewed on the buttons
while I watched a movie one night.
Easy peasy.

If you can find a zipper
that separates on both ends
you can play with the best look
of open or closed
to go with your mood of the day or night.

The left side of the zipper
(or button loops) 
fits easily into the seam allowance.
The zipper's right side
(or your buttons) 
stitches smoothly onto the fabric 
when you have fused on a strip of interfacing
to stabilize the back of fabric.

Fusible tape on right center front piece (pocket on top right).

This photo shows the tape
fused to the seam lines 
on the wrong side of 
one of the red dress's center front pieces.

Fusible web goes behind right side of separating zipper or row of buttons.

You will want to place fusible interfacing
behind the zipper or buttons,
in and out
of the seam lines.

I like to baste the zipper in place
before machine stitching 
so it doesn't move
(which makes me crazy).

Jan asked me straight off if she could
eliminate the zipper 
and the buttons
to keep the dress simple.
Of course.
Simply stitch everything together
where the zipper or buttons would go.
The options are all yours.

Please send me photos 
of your variations.
I love to see what you do!

The line drawing shows how flattering the dress is.

Butterick 6213 zipper version.

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Friday, June 5, 2015

Paris Favorites

Paris will always be la favorite!

Her constantly changing skies.

At the Grand Palais.

Her hidden hits of beauty.

Her patterned rooftops.

Her serene canals.

Jardin des Plantes.

Her stunning gardens.

Christine having fun at the Palais Royale.

Her crazy tourists.

Her Eiffel Tower.

They say Paris is for lovers...
Count me in 
I love Paris.