Pregnancy left me with no energy to sew, but I’ve been catching up. A new pattern from Noodlehead and Rae’s Spring Top Sew-Along (and the fact that I have very few shirts for warm weather) motivated me to get sewing again. I’m inspired by their creativity and the creativity of their blog followers. Browsing through their Flickr groups leaves me with dozens of ideas and not enough time to try them all!
I’ve been branching out from the traditional craft store patterns, and wanted to share some of these great independent sewing pattern designers with you.
I have made about half a dozen baskets from Anna’s Divided Basket Pattern. It makes a very practical gift for the all the new babies (and their moms) at church. The pattern is easy to follow with full color, step-by-step photos and lots of fun options to personalize the basket.
Last year was the first time I joined in Rae’s Spring Top Sew-Along. I noticed that many of the entries were patterns from independent designers. I knew I wanted to try some of them, but pregnancy put my sewing on hold for a few months.
This year I made 4 tops that I added to the Flickr pool—3 from indie pattern designers. Rae chose several tops to feature in different blog posts and I was happy to discover that she featured 2 of my tops in her posts! I’m honored to be included when there are so many other gifted ladies sharing their projects.
I used the Hot Patterns “Peachy-Beachy Cover-up” pattern to make this jersey knit tunic. I usually use a serger on stretch knit fabric, but I found that this went together easily with just a twin needle stretch stitch and didn’t need the serger. I used to avoid sewing stretch knit fabrics, but a twin needle makes all the difference. I made this top by cutting out two 24 inch squares. I drew a neckline and measured the armholes by tracing another shirt. Then I added a folded rectangle band which I measured to fit around my hips. It was very simple went together in about an hour.
This was my first attempt at the Wiksten Tank. I measured myself between sizes and ended up choosing the bigger size. The shoulders were much too wide and the overall fit was too big. I took in every seam and added a tuck in the back neck to make it fit.
This is the 2nd Wiksten Tank in a size small. I also took out 2 inches in the back neck by angling the pattern piece off the fold at that point. I used a contrasting fabric for the neck and armhole facing and added a button placket for interest. I liked the first tank, but I really love this one. The fit is much better and the swiss dot fabric is lighter and more free flowing. The tank pattern is very versatile (with an option for a tunic length version too) and I will definitely be making more!