Oceanside Outfits + Easy Pants Sewing Project = Easy Style

I recently made my first pair of pants using the Oceanside Pant pattern by Blank Slate Patterns. The name of the pattern couldn’t be any more perfect! These were a BREEZE to make! Why have I waited so long to make my first pair of pants?? Not only were the pants simple to make, but there are endless styling options once you have finished them. I choose to use the soft and always comfortable solid smooth denim from Art Gallery Fabrics. Using a lighter-weight fabric allows that shape of the pant to relax for an easier look. I decided to layout a few outfits that show the versatility of the Oceanside Pant paired with the solid smooth denim in Wicked Sky. After a few outfits I became carried away and couldn’t stop myself! Now I am excited to actually wear all of the outfits and put my new pair of pants to work.

A Stroll in the Park

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  • Oceanside Pant
  • Straw Bowler Hat
  • Oxford Heel
  • Ribbed Cotton Shirt in Orange
  • Denim Blazer

Airport Traveling

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  • Large Purse
  • Watch
  • Oceanside Pant
  • Cream Blouse
  • Slip-on Printer Loafers

A Little Pep in Your Step

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  • Collared Shirt
  • Cable-Knit Sweater
  • Leather Sneakers
  • Suede Backpack
  • Oceanside Pant with Rolled Hem

 

A Bit of Edge

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  • Loose-Fitted White Tee
  • Colored Bralette
  • Pointed Flats
  • Aztec Print Scarf
  • Orange Plexiglass Purse
  • Oceanside Pant

 

On the Boardwalk in Autumn

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  • Cream, Black and Pink Sweater
  • Pointed Flats
  • Oceanside Pant
  • Pink Infinity Scarf
  • Oversized Suede Clutch

Day to Night

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  • Oceanside Pant
  • Chandelier Earrings
  • Red Lipgloss
  • Floral Printed Hard-Shell Purse
  • Black Suede Platform Mules
  • Black Tie-Front Blouse

Keeping it Casual

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  • Loose-Fitted Boxy Gray Sweater
  • Ribbed Cotton Tank in Mustard
  • Slip-On Printed Loafers
  • Oceanside Pants with Rolled Hem

Saturday at the Market

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  • Oceanside Pant
  • San Diego Straw Hat
  • Ribbed Cotton Shirt in Orange
  • Long Beaded Necklace with Tassel
  • Tan Suede Wedges

1920′s World Fair

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  • Straw Bowler Hat
  • Black Suede Platform Mules
  • 3/4-Length Sleeve Striped Shirt
  • Oceanside Pant

Night Out 

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  • Black Turtleneck
  • Long Chain Necklace with Stone
  • Plum Suede Open-Toe Booties
  • Cocktail Ring
  • Deep Plum Lipstick
  • Plum and Pink Floral Clutch with Tassel
  • Oceanside Pant

On Safari

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  • Felt Panama Hat
  • Long Gold Earrings
  • Gold Bangles
  • Gladiator Sandals
  • Oceanside Pant
  • Cream Knit Sweater

I literally had to stop myself, or I would have made outfits all day and all night!

Do you have a favorite??

How do you like to pair with loose-fitted pants? I am curious to hear!

-Jessica

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Technique in Focus: Flat-Fell Seams

ruffledcollarshirt Technique in Focus: Flat Fell SeamsDid you happen to catch this lovely ruffled collar shirt by Linda Reynolds in the latest issue of Sew News? The ruffle technique provides interest, dimension and loads of feminine style to the classic button-down. The blouse also employs some high-end techniques, including flat-fell seams.

Flat-fell seams are useful on a number of occasions: when making classic tailored shirts, sewing jeans, creating totes, jackets or other unlined items, whenever a durable, smooth overall effect is needed. A flat-fell seams is a flat, sturdy seam finish that prevents fabric from raveling. Use a flat-fell seam for all shirt body seams, including the shoulders, side seams and sleeves. Because a circular armscye is difficult to stitch evenly using a flat-fell finish, a French seams or serge finich are acceptable alternatives. Specialized flat-fell sewing machine feet that fold and encase the trimmed allowance in one step are available, and while this may speed up a process, a tidy-flat-fell seam can also be constructed manually.

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Using a 5/8″ seam allowance, stitch the seam with right sides together. Press the seam allowance toward the shirt back. Trim the lower seam allowance to a scant 1/4″. If you’re using a flat-fell foot, install it and finish the seam.

To create the seam manually, press the upper seam allowance raw edge under 1/4″ toward the wrong side. Enclose the lower seam allowance in the fold. Stitch close to the upper seam allowance folded edge. This stitching line will be visible on the shirt right side, so stitch slowly and evenly.

Interested in upping your shirt-making game? Give our Shirt Perfection ebook a quick read.

Note: Material appeared in Plackets & Seams by Claire Meldrum, Sew News 2010.

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Weekender Sew Along: Week 4 Finishing Up

Here are are at the end of the sew along. Thanks everyone for joining along. Remember if you ever have a question just leave it in the comments section and we’ll get to it. Hope you enjoy your new custom made bag!

 Weekender Sew Along: Week 4 Finishing Up

The Stella Weekender Bag from Swoon Patterns is not a make it in a night kind of a bag. But, now that I have made 2, I can say that not only is it a pleasure to sew, it’s also one of those projects that you walk away from with such pride. Every aspect of the bag is so well thought out. Not only is it a pleasure to sew, it’s a pleasure to use.

In our last post, we inserted and attached the pockets, added the handles, assembled the “D” ring tabs and the shoulder strap. Now it’s time to put it all together!

The center top zipper of the bag is basically just a center inserted zipper. Position the zipper down the center basted seam and stitch 1/4″ on either side. Open up the basing stitches to reveal the zipper.

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Once the zipper has been inserted, baste the “D” ring tabs on either end, centered over the seam.

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Sew the base of the bag to the top panels and top stitch the seam. Note that the seam allowance should be facing down as you see in the picture below.

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Assemble the end pockets.

Stitch across the top and bottom with a 1/2″ seam allowance. Prior to turning, trim the seam allowance down to 1/4″.

Turn and press.

Top stitch across the top of the pockets.

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Baste the pockets to either side of the center panel. Edge stitch across the bottom attaching the bottom of the pocket to the bag.

Note that the top edge of the pocket should match the seam line where the top center panel and the bottom center panel meet.

 Weekender Sew Along: Week 4 Finishing Up

To attach the center panels to the front and back bag, find the center of the front and back bag panels and the top and bottom center of the center panels. I marked my centers by clipping in a small notch.

 Weekender Sew Along: Week 4 Finishing Up

Pin the center panel to the front and back. Be sure to clip the center panel to match to the curves of the front and back bag.

If you have piped the front and back bag, you will need to stitch the center panel to the front and back bag with a zipper foot.

Be sure to unzip the center zipper before stitching the front and back to the center panel.

 Weekender Sew Along: Week 4 Finishing Up

Now we can turn the bag to the right side and admire our work!

 Weekender Sew Along: Week 4 Finishing Up

The lining of the bag features a slip pocket. Make the pocket just as you did for the outside, but eliminate the piping if you piped the outside.

You may customize the pockets to whatever may suit your needs. You can have 2 large pockets, 3 pockets that are equal in size, or a larger pocket and 2 smaller pockets as I did.

 Weekender Sew Along: Week 4 Finishing Up

Stitch the center panel of the lining to the front and back pieces just as you did for the outer bag.

 Weekender Sew Along: Week 4 Finishing Up

The pattern calls for a stiff fusible stabilizer to be added to the bottom of the bag. I like to use a piece of chip board to stabilize the bottom of my bag. It helps the bag retain its shape and have an overall lovely appearance. I also like to add bag feet.

Chip board can be found at your local art supply store. If you decide to give the chip board a try, be sure to purchase the heavy weight.

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To add the bag feet, I measured in 1 1/2″ from the corner of the bottom of the bag. Place a mark at this point and punch a hole through the fabric.

 Weekender Sew Along: Week 4 Finishing Up

Place your cut piece of chip board inside the bag. The chop board will be between the lining and the outside of the bag. Turn the bag back to the bottom and through the clipped holes, mark the chip board. Punch holes through the chip board where marked.

 Weekender Sew Along: Week 4 Finishing Up

Take the bag feet and push the prong through the hole of the fabric and the chip board. Slid the prongs through the backing and then press the prongs to either side. Repeat for the other 3 bag feet.

 Weekender Sew Along: Week 4 Finishing Up

The feet make a beautiful addition to the bag.

 Weekender Sew Along: Week 4 Finishing Up

Now that the outside of the bag is complete, we need to attach the lining to the inside of the bag.

Begin by placing the lining inside the bag.

In  order to keep the lining from sagging, we will attach the lining to outside of the bag.

Fold the center zipper panel back so that the seam allowance is exposed.

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Match the seam edge of the center panel of the lining to the seam edge of the zippered center panel of the bag.

Stitch from the curved end at the top to the opposite curved end at the top of the bag. The lining will now stay nicely in place.

 Weekender Sew Along: Week 4 Finishing Up

Pin the seam allowance of the lining opening to the center zipper and hand stitch in place.

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The lining is nice and secure and no bagging!

 Weekender Sew Along: Week 4 Finishing Up

 Our bag is completed!!!

Clip on the shoulder strap and you will be ready for any weekend getaway.

 Weekender Sew Along: Week 4 Finishing Up

If you would like to purchase the Stella Weekender Bag pattern, you can find it HERE at Shop Sew It All. The sew along instructions will remain up on the blog, so you may access them at anytime.

Hope you’ve enjoyed the sew along!

So until next time…

Sew On!

Rhonda Buss

sewbussted.com

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Name Your #1 Favorite Sewing Tool

 Name Your #1 Favorite Sewing Tool

Do you have a sewing tool or notion that you can’t live without? You know the kind that if you were on a deserted island you wouldn’t want to be without it?

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There is no way I could pick one favorite. I love my magnetic pin holder and my rotary cutter.  I also love wax tracing paper over chalk and glass head pins. I can’t live without my Roweta iron and my design rulers will be never leave my side. I have an entire room filled with notions and tools that make my job easier and faster!

What makes your sewing life easier? I would be interested if anyone can name just one tool (sewing machines not included) they can’t live without.

Leave me a comment below!

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Online Editor, Sew News

 

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Weekender Sew Along: Week 3 Pockets!

This post is all about pockets for the Weekender bag. There are a lot of pockets on/in this bag. Plus, there are a few specific instructions for sewing them. Read on for the next step in the sew along. We’re almost finished!

 Weekender Sew Along: Week 3 Pockets!

In our last post, we focused on piping. Now it’s time to plunge completely into the actual construction of the Stella Weekender Bag from Swoon Patterns. There are a number of steps, but in the end, you will walk away with a fabulous bag, that is so well worth the time spent. Continue reading

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What We Love To Sew – From The Editors of Sew News!

Amanda – Senior Editor

2015 03 06 02.35.33 11 150x150 What We Love To Sew   From The Editors of Sew News!These days, I love a TNT (tried and true). I prefer basics that I’ll actually wear on a daily basis rather than special occasion pieces.  I usually don’t buy a pattern unless I think I’ll make it multiple times which saves time but also means I need to really love a pattern first.

Here are a few wardrobe builders on my list this fall.

I love leggings, especially when the weather turns colder. They’re more comfortable than skinny jeans and can be dressed up or down.

I lived in the Up in Arms blouse during the summer  months. With no buttons or closures, this pattern is super easy.

Of course skirts are always an easy project for any season. Love, love love to sew tunics. I’m making one now out of a knit and I’ll be showing it off soon.

Kate – Creative Editor

FW 160614 0656 150x150 What We Love To Sew   From The Editors of Sew News!My favorite type of garment to sew is costumes, especially if they come from historical patterns. I got my start in theatrical costuming, so I actually learned on costumes—sometimes modern, sometimes historical, sometimes dance. I have so much fun dressing people up, whether it’s myself or someone else!

I especially enjoy working from historical patterns. I always feel so accomplished when I take an image of a pattern piece with a grid laid over it and turn it into a life-sized pattern and from that into a garment.

Fun fact: I am really good at gathering up a skirt over a bustle so it falls in a way that’s pretty and balanced.

Lately I’ve been making more everyday items, like tops and bags. But costuming will always be my first love and my not-so-secret passion.

Jessica – Assistant Editor
Jessica Z Head Shot Cropped 200 150x150 What We Love To Sew   From The Editors of Sew News!I am typically a home décor sewer, or sewing up miscellaneous gifty items for friends and family. But I have recently sewn my first pair of pants and I was quite relieved at how simple they actually were.

However, I love to sew up simple dresses for myself. Dresses can be fun and fast to make, but also the easiest garment to add small details to that make it more special. I can’t seem to get enough colored piping in my seams, so fun!

Jill – Online Editor

head shot 200 wf 150x150 What We Love To Sew   From The Editors of Sew News!I love to sew garments. It would be hard for me to pick just one type. I do love more than anything else to sew vintage garments with vintage patterns. Sewing vintage is a bit more time consuming, but for me it’s well worth it.

One of my favorites is the classic circle skirt. I can’t help but twirl around where ever I go. I feel a bit like Audrey Hepburn and that is not a bad thing.

 

Currently I’m sewing a vintage cape from an old Butterrick pattern, circa 1960s or so. Can’t wait to show it off. But, I also like to sew kimonos, pants and tops and dresses and….

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Vintage cape in wool.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Now, tell us what YOU like to sew!

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What Do You Need To Be Creative? Time, Space (A Free Design)? Read On!

The one thing art requires, Jenny Hart says, is un-constructed time—freedom to create with abandon, sans restrictions or interruptions. Finding said time used to be a challenge when the Sublime Stitching founder lived at her Los Angeles warehouse, but it’s become easier to immerse herself in hand embroidery in her new home-based studio outside the city.

“It’s a thing that you have to work really hard to carve out, and it feels like
a luxury,” Hart says. “I always say I need a room that no one else goes in. I can close the door, be uninterrupted, and think and work.”

JH quote 1 WF 600 What Do You Need To Be Creative? Time, Space (A Free Design)? Read On!Since starting Sublime Stitching  15 years ago, Hart’s been producing contemporary hand embroidery designs that draw on both her fine art background and her combined love for rock and roll, bass guitar and comic books. It’s the hand embroidery company she wished existed when her mom taught her the craft in the 1990s, she says. “The patterns were really ‘70s and ‘80s and had fallen into this teddy-bears-and- bunnies realm,” says Hart. “Also the learning resources were extremely limited. They assumed you knew how to put fabric in a hoop and where the needles go.”

SWM Logo 300 What Do You Need To Be Creative? Time, Space (A Free Design)? Read On!We’re lucky to have Jenny Hart join our Sew With Me series. If you love embroidery hand and/or machine, you’re in luck. Jenny has made her designs available in hand and machine embroidery formats, the best of both worlds.

Great thing is, if you need help on basic hand embroidery, there are helpful videos for only 2.99. Great for beginners or those who are a little rusty (me).

BUNDLE JHart 218x300 What Do You Need To Be Creative? Time, Space (A Free Design)? Read On!Did you notice that the cover photo for our latest issue (Oct/Nov 2016) has Jenny’s Pretty Pheasants design on it.

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Thanks and happy sewing!

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