Final Week of the Summer Breeze Sew Along

It’s been so much fun watching the Summer Breeze top from Hot Patterns go from fabric to completion. We hope you bookmark these posts and come back and make the dress, the sleeve version and now a ruffled version. Rhonda has done an amazing job on all her renditions and just shows how versatile the pattern is. I’m not sure which one I like best! Thanks everyone from Sew News and now here’s Rhonda walking us through the final steps of creating a fantastic, wearable creation.

We have reached our final week of the sew along. At this point, all that’s left to do is the hem, and maybe a few embellishments if you would like.

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For a garment like this one, I like to finish off my hem with a small band. Since the bottom edge is straight and there are no curves, we can do this with a strip of fabric that has been cut on the straight of grain or the crosswise grain. Cut a 2” wide band that will be long enough go around the hem of your garment. Sew the band to the hem with a 3/8” seam allowance.

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Press the band over the edge of the garment.

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Fold the band over the seam allowance and pin in place.

Once the band has been pinned, stitch in the ditch, as much in the seam line as possible.

 

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There will be a stitching line on the back of the band,

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And on the front of the garment, the stitching line is virtually invisible. This makes for a very simple hem finish and there are no visible stitches on the front side of the garment.

 

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At this point, the garment is finished. I decided to embellish my dress with a free form ruffle.

It’s really quite easy to do.

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Sew News Summer Breeze Top Sew Along

Simply measure around the neckline and armhole openings. Double the measurement.  You will cut a separate strip for each opening.

Cut a strip of fabric that is 3 ½”wide. Sew the strip with a ¼” seam allowance.  Begin at one end, sew for a few inches and then leave a 2” opening. Stich again to the end of the strip.

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Turn the strip to the right side, but flip the small stitched end wrong side out.

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Take the other end of the strip and slide it into the unstitched opening.

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Sew News Summer Breeze Top Sew Along

Match to the other end and hand stitch the 2 ends together.

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Sew News Summer Breeze Top Sew Along

Pull one end of the strip and the short end will also turn to the outside. Do not press the band as we want the band to retain a soft look.

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Now take the strip and begin pinning it to the edge of the garment.

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Sew News Summer Breeze Top Sew Along

 Continue until the entire piece is pinned to the opening. With a needle and thread, tack the free form ruffle to the garment at each pin point.

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My dress is finished. I absolutely love how it looks!!

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The top is also finished, sleeves are attached. You may notice that the hem of the top is flared.

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If by chance you made the top and the hips are just a little snug, here’s a simple solution that will fix the problem.

Measure the side seam of the top from the hem to the waist. Cut a triangle the length of this measurement. The width of my triangle is 3”. Remember to add seam allowance. Notice that the edges have a slight curve. If the triangle does not have a slight curve, when it is sewn to the garment, it will have points at the end.

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An inside view of the triangle

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And an outside view

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Sew News Summer Breeze Top Sew Along

If you do add the triangles to the side seams of the top, the band around the bottom of the hem will need to be cut on the bias since we have added a rounded edge to the hem.

I hope you’ve enjoyed the Summer Breeze sew along, I know I have. Be sure to check out the Flickr page and post your pictures there. We’d love to see your creations! You can find the Flickr page here, https://www.flickr.com/groups/sn_sewalong_3/

There is a new sew along that will be happening in September. Be sure to check out the newest edition of Sew News to find out all about it.

Thanks so much for stopping by and following along. Until next time……

Rhonda Buss

Rhonda’s Creative Life

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Sew-Along Extra – Summer Breeze Top Adding Sleeves

Hi Everyone! We’ve got a special extra here for those following along on the Summer Breeze Sew-Along. Rhonda is giving everyone the chance to put in sleeves to their Summer Breeze Top. For those that sleeves are a must or just to give this pattern an additional this is the post for you! And, now here’s Ronda!

In our last post, we talked about adjusting the armhole of the Summer Breeze top so that the armhole would lay just at the shoulder in order to add a sleeve. Please note in making your muslin that you should use a fabric that is similar to your fashion fabric. If you use a cotton muslin, it will give you a totally different look. Even with using a similar fabric, you may still need to make a few adjustments to your fashion fabric as all fabrics drape and move in a different manner.

I designed a sleeve for the Summer Breeze top that echoes the front drape of the blouse.

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Summer Breeze Top – Adding Sleeves

There are 3 drapes in the cap of the sleeve.

photo2 Sew Along Extra   Summer Breeze Top Adding Sleeves The back of the sleeve lays smoothly against the back of the arm.

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Summer Breeze Top – Adding Sleeves

I drafted this sleeve using Butterick 5678. You may remember that we did a number of collars and sleeves last year using this pattern. It is not necessary to use this pattern, but keep in mind that the basic sleeve that you use must be designed for woven fabrics.

Measure around the cap of the sleeve and compare it with the armhole of the blouse. There should be no more than about an inch of ease.

photo 42 Sew Along Extra   Summer Breeze Top Adding Sleeves Begin by tracing your sleeve pattern onto a piece of paper. Mark the seam allowances. I like to cut the seam allowances off and add them back once I have completed my drafting. There is less confusion this way! Be sure to mark the notches and add the grainline.

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Summer Breeze Top – Adding Sleeves

 Once the seam allowances have been cut away, it’s time to draw in our drape lines. Mine are 1 ½” apart. Once you have marked the placement of the drape line, draw in a curved line to the other side of the sleeve. You can see that I crossed out a line that I drew in as I just didn’t like how it looked. It curved up rather than going straight into the edge of the sleeve.

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Summer Breeze Top – Adding Sleeves

I marked my shoulder notch with a “C” just so I wouldn’t get it confused with the other notch marks that will be added later on for the pleats.

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Now comes the fun part, slash and spread!! Cut on the lines that you drew in, cutting from the front of the sleeve to the back being careful not to cut through the edge. Spread the sections apart 2”.

photo 82 Sew Along Extra   Summer Breeze Top Adding Sleeves Once the sections have been spread apart, we want to fold in the pleats. As you can see, I have folded my pleats in a down direction. You can also see that when the pleats are folded down, the edge of the sleeve no longer matches. Begin at the armpit of the sleeve and draw a smooth line that connects the outside edge of the pleats and continue to the cap of the sleeve.

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Summer Breeze Top – Adding Sleeves

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With the pleats still pinned in place, draw in the seam allowance and then cut out the cap of the sleeve. Open up the pleats and place notches at the fold points of the pleats.

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Summer Breeze Top – Adding Sleeves

The final pattern.

Mark the grainline of the sleeve using the grainline that remained intact at the lower portion of the sleeve.

photo 121 Sew Along Extra   Summer Breeze Top Adding Sleeves Once I tried my sleeve on, I felt that it was a little too wide at the bottom so I simply tapered it fit my bicep.

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If you have never attempted pattern drafting, I hope that I will inspire you to give it a try. As you can see, it really isn’t that difficult.

You may have noticed that this blouse has a fuller hemline. Just in case you missed calculated and the top is a bit snug in the hips, I came up with a remedy. We’ll talk about this in Monday’s post, so be sure to come back by.

So until Monday, Happy Drafting!!!

Rhonda Buss @ Rhonda’s Creative Life

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First Glance/Second Look: Quilts from the Denver Art Museum Collection

The Denver Art Museum has combined quilts from their archives with recent acquisitions and created a beautiful new collection, on exhibit now. We love anything having to do with fabric and thread, and this exhibit was no exception.

More than 20 quilts, ranging from the mid 1800s to modern works, are arranged in striking groupings. Even some garments were on display, such as this Native American shirt. Though not quilted, every color you see is a separate pieced fabric.

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The detail and symmetry is amazing

Some of these quilts were so intricate they honestly blew me away. I can’t imagine the patience and dedication it required to complete! Look at this quilt, which was hand pieced and hand quilted in 1895:

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Can you believe all those pieces!?

This one was hand quilted in the 1870s:

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gorgeous, subtle color palette

Below is one of my favorites from the collection. Based on a pastel drawing inspired by postcards from her daughter’s trip to Switzerland, the artist dyed many of her own fabrics to get the perfect colors. 9,135 (that’s right, nine thousand one hundred and thirty five) 3/4″ squares combined to make the mosaic image of a mountain, lodge, trees and stream. The quilting lines act like brushstrokes, creating a sense of movement.

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9,135 3/4″ squares

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detail of the mosaic squares

Truly works of art!

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hand pieced, appliqued and quilted

I love these intricate appliques, with the fabric motifs so perfectly placed!

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Made in England in the early 1800s

Check out this quilt. Pretty cool, right? Fun colors and an interesting gradient effect.DSC 0042 755x1024 First Glance/Second Look: Quilts from the Denver Art Museum CollectionWell guess what…it’s made entirely of yo-yos. Approximately 4,000 of them!

DSC 0044 First Glance/Second Look: Quilts from the Denver Art Museum CollectionThe exhibit will be open for about another year, so plan a day trip to the Denver Art Museum and check out all the other fun exhibits and events that are going on!

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Summer Breeze Top Sew-Along Week 4 – Binding & Facings

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Thank you for coming back for the Hot Pattern Summer Breeze Sew Along. We’re sewing away here and heading into week 4. Don’t forget, in each issue of Sew News magazine we’ll introduce each sew along with pattern details, schedule and how we’ll be customizing it, contest dates and more. To pick up the June/July issue of Sew News, head to shopsewitall.com.

Last week was a big week for the sew along! The main structure of the dress was completed. The ties were attached, the gathers were assembled and the side and shoulder seams were sewn in.

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Now for the fine tuning.

The shoulder seams of this garment are somewhat extended. For this dress, I want a clean finish, armholes finished at my shoulder edge and sleeveless. If you would like to add a sleeve to this garment, follow along with the reshaping of the armhole as you will want to do this before you attach a sleeve. Later this week we will have a special post for adding a sleeve.

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I have marked my shoulder seam with pins.

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Once you have marked your shoulder seam, be sure to allow for seam allowance before cutting off the excess fabric. In the following picture you can see that I have cut away the excess fabric.

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I have one small issue though, my underarm seam is just a little too low.

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To remedy this, I will take up my shoulder seam only on the shoulder edge. So I will start at nothing at the neckline and then taper over to the shoulder edge.

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Once you have altered one armhole, do not throw away the fabric that was cut off. Use this as a pattern for the opposite armhole.

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The pattern includes pattern pieces for front and back facings. There are a number of reasons why I would rather not use them. First of all, my fabric is somewhat sheer. If I use the facing patterns, the pattern of my fabric will show through to the other side. I also like the clean finish of a bias binding. That is just a personal preference. In the video you will see that I used a piece of purchased bias tape to finish the neckline, armholes and hem of the blouse. If you have not worked with bias tape, buy a package and give it a try. You can also make bias tape from your fabric and this makes for an especially lovely finish. Cut a bias strip 1” wide. Using a bias tape maker, the one I am using makes a bias strip that is ½” wide. Bias tape makers come in a number of sizes and I recommend purchasing an entire collection, I use them all the time!

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Once you have cut a 1” wide bias strip, feed it into the ½” bias tape maker and press the folded edges.

Once the strip has been pressed, sew it to the edge of the garment. Open one side of the bias tape and simply stitch in the fold.

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Once the strip has been sewn around the opening, press it to the back of the garment and stitch in place just along the folded edge of the bias tape. There is another method that can be used for attaching the bias tape so that the stitching does not show on the top side of the garment. It can be a little tricky to do, but well worth the effort.  We will talk about this method when we do the hem next week. I am planning to add a trim to the neckline and armholes of this dress, so the stitching line will not be seen once my garment is finished.

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The neckline has been finished and one armhole has been adjusted. You can see the difference between the armholes as one hangs away from the shoulder and the other rests just at the shoulder.

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Up next will be a sleeve that I think will work nicely with this pattern.  As I said earlier, I would like for this dress to be sleeveless, but I have another top that I have started and I will be adding the sleeve to it. So stay tuned for the upcoming sleeve post.

Take a peek at the video portion below for bias binding tips. Plus, for tips, projects and more find more sewing tutorials on craftdaily.com.

 

Until then, be sure to visit the Flickr page and post your fabric and any progress you’ve made. You may ask a question on this post or on the Flickr page as both are monitored. Check out the Sew News Flickr Group and join in all the fun!

Until next time!

Rhonda Buss

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Pro Pattern Layout Tips + Comment for a Chance to Win a Prize Pack!

SN1409Cover 500wpx Pro Pattern Layout Tips + Comment for a Chance to Win a Prize Pack!The latest issue of Sew News is jam-packed with free e-patterns, along with tips and techniques to adjust, correct and make those patterns work for you.  Read on to take this refresher course on pattern layout and learn to prep your patterns like a pro.  Plus, comment below for a chance to win a pattern prize pack from Indygo Junction!

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The Pattern

  1. Referring to the view you’d like to make, cut out the pattern pieces you’ll be using. Completely separate all the pattern pieces for the project.
  2. Press the pieces flat with a dry, warm iron. Pressing will make cutting easier and more accurate.
  3. Organize pieces by separating lining and interfacing from the remaining fabric, then put in numerical order.

The Layout

  1. Circle the pattern layout guide you’re using to avoid confusion. Look over the layout before pinning the pattern pieces to the fabric.
  2. Work on a large, flat surface so you can spread the fabric out flat. If you’re table isn’t large enough, work with one section at a time. However, don’t cut any pattern pieces until all are pinned in place.

Tip: For best results, don’t let fabric hang off the table edge. Support it with a chair or roll it so it won’t tug and stretch. If you must cut on the floor, a hard floor is better than carpet. If you’re working on carpet, spread out a bedsheet or a cardboard cutting surface and place the fabric on it. Try and keep your fabric as smooth and wrinkle-free as possible!

  1. Fold the fabric as noted in the layout, usually in half lengthwise, making sure the selvages are even.
  2. Pin the pattern pieces in place. Read your pattern carefully to determine if the printed side should be up or down.PatternA 300x262 Pro Pattern Layout Tips + Comment for a Chance to Win a Prize Pack!
  3. Use a ruler or measuring tape to make sure the pattern grainline is equidistant from the fabric edge for its entire length. Once in position, pin the pattern in place along the grainline, then double check the grain by measuring the distance between the line and the fabric edge at each end (A).
  4. When the grainline is straight, place pins around the pattern perimeter.PatternB 300x240 Pro Pattern Layout Tips + Comment for a Chance to Win a Prize Pack! 1/4″ inside the cutting line and perpendicular to the edge (B). Space pins about 6” apart. If the pins will damage the fabric, pin only in the seam allowances.
  5. If the fabric has a nap, like velvet or corduroy, use the “with nap” layout, with all the pieces laid out in the same direction.
  6. If the fabric has a large design, you’ll want to consider where the design will fall on the body when the garment is complete. For example, if your fabric has large roses on it, you probably don’t want them to be centered on the bust point.
  7. Take a break after pinning the project. When you return, double-check your layout before cutting.

Don’t forget to check out the latest issue of Sew News for more great patternmaking tips and techniques, plus more than 30 full color photo how-tos!

 

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Summer Breeze – Sew Along Week 3 Ties, Pleats, Gathering & Notches

lead hp sew 3 Summer Breeze   Sew Along Week 3 Ties, Pleats, Gathering & NotchesThis week is a packed post! We will be sewing up the ties, creating the front drape and sewing the shoulder and side seams. So let’s just jump right in!!

Begin by sewing the ties. Remember, all seam allowances are 3/8”. Fold the ties in half lengthwise and sew the seam. Do not sew across the end of the tie at this point.

photo 1 Summer Breeze   Sew Along Week 3 Ties, Pleats, Gathering & Notches Fold the tie so that the seam is in the middle and the seam allowance is facing to one side. Do not open up the seam allowance.

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Now, stitch across the end of the tie.

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Turn the tie to the right side and press. The seam will be in the middle of the tie. I like sewing ties in this manner rather than having the seam on the edge as I feel they lay much nicer and have a cleaner finish.

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Now for the front drape. Begin with the right front piece. There is a notch where you see my thumb in the picture below. photo 5a Summer Breeze   Sew Along Week 3 Ties, Pleats, Gathering & Notches

From that notch point, sew in 2 rows of gathering stitches. My first row of stitches is 1/8” from the edge and my second row is 3/8” from the edge.

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Set this piece aside for the moment and take out the main front pattern piece.

photo 6 Summer Breeze   Sew Along Week 3 Ties, Pleats, Gathering & Notches There are 2 notches along the curved side of this pattern piece. My finger is pointing to 1 and my pin is pointing to the other. Sew in 2 rows of gathering stitches from 1 notch to the other.

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Now the fun begins! Sew the upper pattern piece to the main pattern piece. Sew from the shoulder to the notch ending at the edge of the main front pattern piece. It may look a little strange at this point, but it will ultimately make sense.

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Now that the seam has been sewn, take note that there is a small space where there are no gathering stitches. All of the gathering stitches to the right of that section will be gathered into the small space between the seam and the beginning of the gathering stitches. Fold at the notch with right sides together and then pull the gathering stitches until they fit into that area.

The gathering stitches on the upper front piece will be gathered and will match to the area from my pen to the side seam.

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In the picture below, all stitches have been gathered. You can see the small area with no gathering stitches and the gathering stitches from the front upper piece.

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Before sewing the seam, the small tie will need to be inserted. It should match perfectly to the small un-gathered area. Be sure that when the tie is inserted that the seam will be facing the garment.

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Sew from 1 end to the other. I finished this seam with my serger.

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Now for the shoulder seam. The right shoulder seam has a “v” section.

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Fold at this point. This will form the drape at the shoulder.

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In the picture below, you can see my hand inside the front drape.

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The tie will help to hold the drape in place.

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There are 2 notches along the front right side seam.

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Baste the long tie between the 2 notches. Be sure that the seam of the tie is facing up.

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Sew the side seams and the shoulder seams. If you would like, the side seams and shoulder seams can be sewn with a French seam just as we did with the center back seam in last week’s post.

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My dress is together!

The long tie wraps around the back of the top or dress in this case, and then ties to the shorter tie that was attached in the gathered drape area. It forms a beautiful front drape.

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Sewing in the front gathers for the drape can be a little daunting, but once you have figured it out, I think you will feel that it was well worth the effort.

Take a look at the video portion, which will help with gathering, notches and other areas of the blouse.

Next week we will talk about binding finishes and the facings. We will also have a special post dedicated to adding a sleeve to this garment.

In the meantime, check out the Flickr page. It’s a great place to post pictures and ask questions. And, you can pick up a copy of Sew News at shopsewitall.com for more information on our Hot Pattern Sew-Along.

Until next week!

Rhonda Buss

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FREE 4th of July Projects & Embroidery Designs

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The Hot Patterns Summer Breeze Sew Along Week 2 – Converting a top to a dress

PatternImage 5001 The Hot Patterns Summer Breeze Sew Along Week 2   Converting a top to a dress The Summer Breeze Top is appropriately named as it is such a light and breezy top to wear. To me, there is nothing better than taking a garment off the hanger, looking inside and seeing pretty finished seams. It just makes me feel happy when I know that the inside of my garment looks as pretty as the outside. Pretty finished seams and French seams go hand in hand in my book! If you have never given French seams a try, you are going to love them, and I think you will be surprised by how easy they are to sew.

I’ve chosen a piece of fabric that I’m calling Psychedelic Egg Yolks for my sew along garment.

photo 01 The Hot Patterns Summer Breeze Sew Along Week 2   Converting a top to a dressIt’s a lightweight, silk like polyester that should make up into a fun dress.

Not only is the Summer Breeze Top a lovely blouse, it also translates beautifully and easily into a dress. There are only 2 pattern pieces that will need adjusting, the back,

photo 02 The Hot Patterns Summer Breeze Sew Along Week 2   Converting a top to a dressAnd the front.

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There are 2 pattern pieces for the front, but the main body that will need to be lengthened is just 1 piece.

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In order to lengthen the pattern, take note that the last 2” of the pattern angles in. This is so that when the hem is turned up, it will lay nicely against the inside of the garment. In lengthening our pattern, we do not want to follow that angled line as it might make the bottom of our skirt a little too tight for walking.

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What I recommend doing is squaring a line across the bottom of the pattern. This will become a guideline.

photo 06 The Hot Patterns Summer Breeze Sew Along Week 2   Converting a top to a dress Tape a piece of paper to the bottom of the pattern. I added 18” to the length of my pattern. Remember, you can always cut off the excess, it can be much more difficult to add back!

Take your ruler and square a line down from the guideline that was drawn in on the pattern.

photo 07 The Hot Patterns Summer Breeze Sew Along Week 2   Converting a top to a dressAt the hemline, the amount of difference between the pattern and what is added on the side is minimal, but by the time the angle reaches the hemline, it would be considerable had we followed the angled line.

photo 08 The Hot Patterns Summer Breeze Sew Along Week 2   Converting a top to a dressThe back has been lengthened. Do the same to the front pattern piece. Once you have lengthened the front and back pattern pieces, cut out your fabric.

The seam allowances for this pattern are 3/8”, perfect for French seams!photo 09 The Hot Patterns Summer Breeze Sew Along Week 2   Converting a top to a dress

To sew the French seam, begin by placing your pieces wrong sides together. This seems strange at first, but trust me, it will all work out in the end. Sew the 2 pieces together with a 1/8” seam allowance.

photo 10 The Hot Patterns Summer Breeze Sew Along Week 2   Converting a top to a dressOpen the sewn pieces with the finished seam side facing up. Press the seam to one side, do not press the seam allowance open.

photo 11 The Hot Patterns Summer Breeze Sew Along Week 2   Converting a top to a dress

Now, fold the pieces together with the seam line along the edge and press the seam line. This will give you a nice crisp edge for sewing.

photo 12 The Hot Patterns Summer Breeze Sew Along Week 2   Converting a top to a dress

Note that the wrong side of the fabric is now facing out. Sew along the seamed edge with a ¼” seam allowance.

photo 13 The Hot Patterns Summer Breeze Sew Along Week 2   Converting a top to a dress In the above picture you see the right side of the garment in the top portion of the picture and the inside of the garment in the lower portion of the picture. As pretty on the inside as it is on the outside!

All of the seams on this garment can be finished with a French seam except for the front accent piece where we will add all of the gathers. A French seam could be done, but it might get a little complicated.

Next week we will sew up the ties, attach them and take the plunge into attaching the accent piece and adding the gathers. So next week will be a big week!! In the meantime, decide whether you would like a top or a dress, get your pattern cut out, and sew the center back seam with a French seam.

And, be sure to check out the video portion too of the Summer Breeze Sew Along. Rhonda will show you more on how to make French seams.

Remember to visit the Flickr page, you can find it here, Flickr Summer Breeze Sew Along. We love to seeing your fabric as well as your progress!!

Until next week, I hope you are catching a few cool breezes during these hot summer days!

Rhonda Buss

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Gorgeous Fabrics – Tour their new website!

GF Logo 30011 Gorgeous Fabrics   Tour their new website!We all have our favorite places to shop online or locally or wherever we can, for beautiful fabrics.  Gorgeousfarbrics.com is an online retailer that has totally revamped their website so you can get garment fabrics to your door in order to make one-of-a-kind garments and projects.

If you go to their blog at gorgeousfabrics.com  they will walk you through their new website. And, I gotta say that I love it. My favorite page, second to the  fabrics is the Strut Your Stuff page, which is where customers get to show off their creations.

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On the Home Page you get a big view of upcoming specials or just-arrived fabric with a large rotating banner.  And below that are large thumbnails of various fabrics.

Screen Shot 2014 06 24 at 9.05.59 AM Gorgeous Fabrics   Tour their new website!I’m not a big fan of grey fonts but this seems to work, it is easier on the eyes, and you don’t feel like you’re going blind.

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And, what I absolutely love is the clear and clean way in which they present the fabrics. They show multiple angles of the fabric, plus care and what pattern would work with the displayed fabric.  You can click on the pattern link to view or purchase.  Plus, video tips and rotating info on the banner page are nice. It’s all easy to find, which is what we want in a website.

Thanks goes to Gorgeous Fabrics (and Gazungle who made the site) for making it easier for all of us to get more of what we crave: Fabric!

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Hot Patterns Summer Breeze Sew Along – Week 1

PatternImage 500 Hot Patterns Summer Breeze Sew Along    Week 1Now that summer has finally arrived, at least in the northern hemisphere, I’m sure cool and easy to wear garments are what you are longing for. The Summer Breeze Top from Hot Patterns is perfect for just about any summer occasion. The top is fairly easy to make. It has a soft asymmetrical drape that is the perfect feminine touch.  The top is perfect on its own paired with a skirt, pants or even a pair of shorts, and it will look lovely under a jacket.

But what about taking the top to another level? During the sew along, we will talk about other options for this top, like adding a sleeve and lengthening the top into a dress. I have designed a sleeve for the sew along that I think pairs beautifully with the top and I also have a few embellishment ideas that you might like to add to your top or dress.

When purchasing your fabric for this top, keep in mind that it must be a very light weight fabric.

photo 1 Hot Patterns Summer Breeze Sew Along    Week 1 In order to achieve the fold which forms the drape, a lot of fabric is gathered into a very small space at the waistline. If your fabric has any bulk, you will not be able to gather your fabric and achieve the desired look of the blouse. A silk charmeuse will work beautifully, but if silk is totally off the budget charts, a lovely rayon or polyester will also work well and look beautiful. My top that is pictured is polyester. Light weight knits will also work well as would a light weight cotton, like a lawn.

Once you have your pattern, be sure to check your measurements and I would also recommend making a muslin. A muslin will be especially important if you would like to add a sleeve to this top. Take a look at the pattern and you will see that the shoulder extends a little over the arm. We will talk about how to alter the shoulder so that the armhole seam sits perfectly at the shoulder.

The instructions of this top are not on a separate sheet of paper, but are printed across the top of the pattern sheet. For many, this could be a little fidgety, especially since most of us are sewing in rather small spaces. In the video, I show you how I folded the instructions so that I could easily flip through them as I sewed.

If you have not purchased your pattern, you can order one directly from Hot Patterns HERE.  I was very pleased with how quickly my pattern arrived.

We would also love to watch your progress and see your fabric choices. You can find the Summer Breeze Flickr Group HERE.

The gathering detail that forms the drape of this top can be a little tricky, but we will work through it step by step so that you are successful in making a beautiful top. If you are like me, once you’ve figured out the gathering detail, you’ll be whipping up a number of these tops for summer.

I’m looking forward to sewing along with you and be sure to check out our video segment!

Rhonda Buss

www.rhondabuss.blogspot.com

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