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Saturday, December 7, 2013

Why I've been absent and more bubble shorts

peasant blouse and shorts

I haven't been posting much and for that I apologize.  I've been sewing up a storm, though!  I recently launched an etsy shop to help with my sewing addiction.  You see, I love to sew so much that I can't stop even though my daughter's closet is packed full.  It's an addiction and not a cheap one!

I've been spending a great deal of my free time figuring out branding, packaging and product for the shop.  There's not a whole lot in it right, now, but I'm feeling pretty good about what I've done so far :)

peasant blouse and shorts

peasant blouse and shorts

Here is a sweet ensemble I made using a self drafted pattern for the top.  It's a basic peasant top but it's gathered into a circle yoke and held together with a button in the back.  It ended up being a size bigger than I expected.  I'm not sure why.  I suspect someone forgot to take into account the extra length that would be added by the yoke.  I have no respect for sloppy pattern making...

peasant blouse and shorts

peasant blouse and shorts

The shorts are Elegance and Elephance Bubble Pocket Shorts but without the pockets.  I love their structure and fit.  These 3T/4T fit much better than the blue 18/2T that I made.  I might even make a size bigger next time.  I love how forgiving making your own elastic waist bottoms is.  You can make the elastic any size you want!  I don't know why I was afraid of sewing bottoms for so long!  To help differentiate the front from the back, I sewed a little twill tape tag to the back.

peasant blouse and shorts

peasant blouse and shorts

To accentuate the nice lines on these shorts, I added contrasting top stitching on every seam.  I love how they turned out!  Although, my stretch twill was kind of a pain.  Sometimes, it would stretch a bit and then my topstitching would look uneven or puckered.  I've been struggling with the tension on my machine and I think that might be why or maybe I'm just incompetent.  Either way, I still love them.

peasant blouse and shorts

peasant blouse and shorts

7 comments:

  1. Love this outfit! Good idea to omit the pockets on Bubble Pocket Shorts cause you can use thicker fabric, right? And beautiful topstiching! Good luck on your Etsy shop!

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  2. Yes, you can definitely use thicker fabric. These are lightweight stretch twill.

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  3. great outfit and I just know you'll have an beautiful Etsy shop. If I didn't sew myself I'd be a sucker for your great fabrics and perfect photography and buy the lot, no doubt!

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  4. You make the most amazing things. And what lovely model you have the beautiful fabric choices. I discovered your blog accidently, and will definitely be back to see more.

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  5. Oops! I means lovely model you have AND THE MOST beautiful fabric.... ate up a few words by mistake:-)

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  6. Thank you so much :) I'm very happy to hear that you plan to check back in. I might not be the most punctual blogger, but I do plan to stick around. I'm curious how you did stumble upon it, though?

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