Friday, January 13, 2017

Rosemary Raglan ~ Peekaboo Pattern Shop

This past week I tested for the Rosemary Raglan* by Peekaboo Pattern Shop.  The Rosemary is a form-fitting tee with options for a dropped peplum tunic or a hood and different sleeve lengths.  I made the option with the peplum and hood with a 3/4 length sleeve.  It can together really quickly and would make a great beginner knit project!

I chose to use coordinating Birth Interlock knits from my stash.  The inside of the hood is cut from one of my old tank tops.  The Birch fabric has 25% stretch but the pattern calls for at least 30%, so I sized up one.  I really like the fit on my daughter!

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My serger was in the shop so I actually used my sewing machine for this entire project.  My sewing machine and I haven't been on the best terms lately.  The tension is a little messed up, but I fiddled with the tension dial and now it seems ok.  I still think the timing is messed up.  Guess I need to take it into the shop soon, as well.  

I am so grateful to my husband and Teddy for making this photoshoot possible! I did like a hundred squats while chasing her all over the park!

Don't forget to order you copy of the Rosemary, here! Amy has a great collection of patterns and fabric, so while you're at it, check out the rest of her shop!

Monday, January 2, 2017

Lane Raglan w/ V-Neck

Happy New Year everyone!  I made another Lane Raglan* by Hey June Patterns.  This pattern comes with a scoop neck, but I was in the mood for a v-neck, so I drafted the new neckline.  It was surprisingly easy!  

I kept the neckline the same in the back.  The picture below shows my front bodice pattern piece as is for a scoop neck.  

The picture below shows how I folded the neckline down to create my V-neck.  Just ignore all my scribbles and math, though seriously, it's a good way to keep track of things!

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 Calculating the neckband length is the same as it would be for a scoop neck:

Neckline circumference at the seam line x 0.85 = Neckband length

Of course, you would add your seam allowance to your neckband length plus extra length so you can create the tails.  This great tutorial by Oliver + S explains how to make the 'chevron' on the neckband.   
I used Adrianna's excellent v-neck video tutorial and my neckline looks pretty good! Not perfect, but definitely wearable.  

I used some of the performance brushed poly I got from Zenith & Quasar's Black Friday sale to make this shirt.  I had originally planned on it being strictly a workout shirt, but it turned out so cute I might have to wear it out for a casual date night!  I didn't have enough fabric to cut the entire back piece in one piece, so I made a seam at my waistline and added a bit of gathering at the center.  (I added 1.5 inches of width to the lower back bodice piece at center back.) So if anyone asks, this was completely intentional.  Got it?

I shortened the sleeves A LOT and hemmed them right below the armscye.  I love the coverstitch detail at the shoulder seams.  Definitely one of my favorite makes of 2016!  (Even though I technically finished the neckline yesterday.)