Sew Straight & Gather

Riley Blake Knit Love Blog Tour

Several weeks ago I received a sudden email from Julia asking if i might wish to participate within the tour. I emailed her back i feel within about….5 seconds to mention yes! i need to say it had been an exciting invitation to receive!

After much debate as to what I would create for the tour, I finally decided on this; The Geo Dress! I could have created a number of Uptown/Downtown or Etage Dress variations with this fabric but with spring on the brain I wanted to create something new.

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I also wanted to design something that showcased the selection of fabrics available as well as the beautiful way they can be incorporated with one another. The colors and designs just melt together and I had so much fun mixing and matching them. But trust me I will be creating some Uptown/Downtowns and Etage Dresses with this fabric FOR SURE! I’ve already sewn my soon to be released Cousu Top with this knit.

If you have been following me for any length of time you know knits are my favorite fabric to work with and honestly I didn’t know that Riley Blake carried knit fabric – I was even more surprised by there selection, so needless to say this was the first time I’d sewn with them! I was not disappointed, these fabrics are fabulous! I generally work with light – medium weight knits, nothing too thin or flimsy and they MUST have an excellent stretch recovery.

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The 5% spandex/95% cotton blend gives it perfect recovery, the medium weight in combination with the unbelievable lay and softness of the fabric, creates the perfect knit – this will be a permanent go to fabric for future projects. It was truly a bliss to work with.

This color blocked tank dress was designed with spring on my mind! The floral print, bold patterns and bright colors had me thinking of green grass and walks within the park – right within the middle of my Canadian winter, which is nearly gone! I wanted to make something unique, fresh and modern but still comfortable and playtime ready. Since my daughter didn’t take it off until bedtime, it had been a winner during this house.

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Our day usually consists of her ripping through her closet and doing about six quick changes before bedtime, so one outfit all day means she LOVED it!

The left side of the dress (yellow) was curved to blend into the side seam while the right side is curved from the neckline right to the bottom, creating a beautiful block in the middle of the dress. The back is one complete piece and is finished off with a thick bottom band and binding for the neck and arms.

Hemlock Top And Magnolia Skirt Pattern

Today I am showing off the creation I made with Elegance & Elephants newest e-patterns – The Magnolia Skirt and the Hemlock Top. Heidi invited me to participate in her pattern tour and as always I immediately sent the email back with a Big YES! I am humbled and thankful that Heidi let’s me showcase her designs – honestly I am such a huge fan, I would showcase them on the blog even if she didn’t ask me!  I love Elegance and Elephant patterns, they are always the perfect pinch of class and comfort for any child! And for the tour, Heidi is giving everyone $1.00 off your pattern; enter the code TOUR at checkout!

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This a part of Elegance & Elephants collection of patterns are knit fabric based…YAY! i feel we all skills much i really like working with knits and every one of my patterns so far also are supported using knit. it’s honestly my one true love and ever since the invention of L’oiseaua Fabrics, it’s been very hard to place anything aside from knit fabric through my sewing machine! i will be able to start working with wovens again at some point , but only my knits run out!

So let’s start with the Hemlock Top – if you haven’t noticed by now, I mashed the two patterns together. I wanted to do something different but not so much that it took away from the very classic design of each pattern.The top was a ridiculously easy sew and the fit is impeccable. The flutter at the sleeve cap fit perfect and gives such a wonderful dimension to the design –

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I must note if you wanted a basic t shirt pattern with wonderful fit, you could easily leave the flutters out. The top comes with the option for a short or long sleeves and as fall slips by in Alberta and winter approaches, I thought a long sleeve to be suitable for this dress.

Both the Hemlock and the Magnolia were so well done, not only their design but also in the clarity of the instructions and pattern piece fit. I love the simplicity that Heidi brings to her patterns, they are not over bombarded with definitions and sometime useless jargon that can really cloud a pattern and sometimes make it look very overwhelming. Her patterns are clear and concise but also leave no room for guessing.

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The Magnolia Skirt is next!! This skirt is AMAZING!! What I didn’t realize until I opened my pattern PDF was that it had been gored skirt. A gored skirt by definition may be a skirt made from “triangled like” shaped pieces sewn together in order that it’s fitted at the waist and flared at rock bottom . This creates a gorgeous A-line shape to the skirt and provides an exquisite fit. you’ll calculate Heidi to use a classic technique for her patterns. This skirt may be a six gored skirt, i think that you simply can go up to eight or more – but don’t quote me thereon . Either way this pattern are going to be a staple within the “basic all the time use” computer folder.

Now onto the mash- up! First, you may notice that the skirt doesn’t have quite as much flair as some of the images in Elegance and Elephants skirts..why is that?.. because I took a gore out…why again?…because I wanted to see what would happen..LOL! Admittedly I have never sewn a gored skirt, I wanted to omit the waist band but keep a nice fit through the hips and well voila, taking a gore out does that!

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These patterns have lots of potential and huge everyday wear-ability! Freyja just loves hers and I have a few more almost finished in my “5 projects on the go” basket. Because of the gores on the Magnolia you can play with fabric combinations and patterns, which is always so much fun! And with the Hemlock you can make it beautifully simple or throw a big punch of color or pattern into it. I think I may add a waist band to the bottom of my next one…ideas, ideas!!!

Girls Uptown-Downtown Dress Testers

Good Day Everyone!! Today’s post is all about the testers! What a tremendous bunch they are! many thanks for testing the Uptown/Downtown and helping me make it spotless — can’t roll in the hay without you!Before We Get To All Or Any The Amazing Photos — Please Read These Important Notes With Regard To The Update/Revision First!

If you’ve got purchased the first Uptown/Downtown girls dress pattern from 2014 — you receive a FREE update! for patrons who purchased the pattern right here in my shop, please check your account for the update. The file name is “Girls.Uptown/Downtown.2016.Final”. If you acquired the pattern on ETSY, please check your inbox and/or junk folder. It should be waiting there for you!

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If you recognize you bought this pattern and haven’t received the update yet — be happy to contact me with testimony of purchase (paypalreciept, order number), i will be able to assist you find it. I ask that you simply give me 24hrs to reply and inspect.

Why Did You Update The Pattern You Ask?

Well there have been several cause why I updated the pattern. The Uptown/Downtown was my one of the very first pattern, many work was poured into it and for the foremost part it had been done alright . But, now that I even have been drafting, designing and learning consistently for nearly three years, I saw room for enhancement in many areas. the foremost important area was the neckline — though it had been hit and miss counting on the customer, some people where finding it too wide. I knew I could fix it so it might be hit whenever then I did!

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I also wanted to match the instructions to my current branding/format/layout and style . I’ve added clickable links everywhere, improved the tutorial, tips, size charts, formatted it to be a no-trim pattern and far more. I also wanted to extend the dimensions range to match the opposite patterns in my shop — which go up to 14Y . It also gave me the chance to feature another design detail “Clean Finish Tank” and a few proper binding tutorials. Some items from the first are omitted (lace overlay, reversible, color-blocking), I decide to do some tutorials on the blog for the various many modifications which will be done to the present pattern. My brain overflows with all the creative modification possibilities and if I had to included all of them within the instructions, it might are hard to navigate. i actually didn’t want to confuse a really simple and straightforward pattern into a difficult to decipher one.

Cousu Collection Pattern Release Day

Today is the day!!! I am finally releasing The Cousu Collection and I couldn’t be more excited! I hope you are too!

I started these patterns in December of 2014 and they have gone from concept to reality in just under four months. Perfecting the design of these patterns with it’s unique details was my mission for this collection and it truly came to fruition through countless mock ups, alterations and development of the Sew Straight Pattern Co. brand.

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My goal for this collections was not only to create some exceptional pattern designs but to also give my instruction and graphic layout a complete make over. I wanted to solidify my brand as a designer and also give you a product that was engaging to the eye and easy to follow.

My AMAZING group of testers truly allowed my designs to come to life! Through their feedback, talent, beautiful finished garments and some fabulous photos, I was able to tweak and alter the patterns to perfection. I am so glad with the end result and the product that will be delivered to you!

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You will be able to purchase the patterns individually and as a collection in the Shop. There are lots of images and all the sizing charts are available in the thumbnail photos. Feel free to look over and see what works for you.

For release I will be offering all patterns 25% off until April 4th  . You can’t have a release without a sale! And my previous patterns are still 50% off for the Riley Blake “Knit Love Blog Tour” until April 2nd.Feel free to contact me at Sewstraightandgather(at)gmail(dot)com for any pre-sale questions.

Take a look at some of the amazing finished garments below. My testers were truly amazing and more importantly happy with what they were sewing.