Saturday, December 7, 2013
Why I've been absent and more bubble 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 :)
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...
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.
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.