Monthly Archives: October 2012

Catching up: SEWING, STASH ENHANCEMENT, PATTERNS

Okay. I’m waaay behind on everything I want to tell you – so let’s just do a quick catching up post:

1. New Podcast Episode is up. You can listen to me and Tini talking about sewing, knitting, our notions, autumn traditions (and a Danish  dessert) and even me talking about taking the Seamless Pledge (more on that in another post). I also talk about future design plans.

{The fabric I want to use for the waterfall party top I’m working on drafting (it looks much better in reality) and a flexible ruler, the one I mentions as my “I’ve got a notion..}

2. Barcelona Stash Enhancement: I also want to tell you so much more about Barcelona, but I think I’m going to save it for the podcast and add a bonus episode as well as a page of links when I get to edit the episode.

But I do want to show you the stuff I got in Barcelona. I think I was a really good girl, and I didn’t buy much, only some much coveted Silk Organza and some swimsuit fabric. But on every Patternreview Week-end we do an Ugly Fabric Swap – and this time was no exception. I got 2 pieces of cotton – which I think will both be pyjama bottoms. I also, as I mention in the Podcast, was the lucky recipient of two of Paco’s faboulous patterns

 

{The patterns from Paco; Ugly Fabric;  The dark silver swimsuit fabric; My Silk Organza for pressing}

 3.Sunday is SEWING-FOR-FUN-Day
Or so I thought.

I announced on the podcast this week that I was dedicating Sundays to Sewing-for-fun-days. Meaning that Sunday is the day for sewing things that are not necessarily made from any new patterns I’m designing, and not necessarily made for the pattern target group members. No, Sundays are – like I did last week – about sewing gifts, sewing for fun, stuff that isn’t on a deadline.

So what did I sew this Sunday?
Nothing. That’s what. I was getting my next pattern for wide legged trousers ready for the pattern testers, as I had planned to do Sunday morning (a 30 minute job), when my computer decided it wouldn’t cooperate. Long story short, I wasn’t able to convert my graded pattern into a pdf format, and I had to re-type all the grading information for different sizes.
There goes the Sunday..

But the pattern is now send to testers and I’m finishing up the pictures for the instructions. It’s a great pair of trousers!

MariaDenmark Wide Legged Trousers

{Trousers in the make. The pattern and the fabric for my versions}

What had I planned to sew? Well. The amazing thing happened. My almost 15 year old son asked me to make something for him! It requires sewing fleece (which is fun, and which I don’t do very often) and there’s also some embroidery involved: He asked for a monogrammed Bathrobe for his birthday! Yay! I haven’t sewn for him in years, and now I can – if I just find the time:-)

By the way. I’m planning to do a Fit-a-Long and Sew-a-long when the trouser pattern is released. If anybody can come up with a good graphic (or a more catching name than fit-n-sew-along, don’t hesitate to let me know:-)

 

FOs for SOFIE

What a crazy busy week I’ve had! I love travelling and experiencing new places – but I always underestimate how much I have to catch up when I get home (and the laundry is still not caught up…)

While I was in Barcelona I got a new niece. My brother and his lady had the cutest little girl – who is going to be called Sofie (Or Fie, for short:-)).

Yesterday I finally had the time to go visit with them (it’s a 2 hour drive each way, so it’s not something you do after working till 8 pm)

My brother and sister-in-law had asked me to make a new cover for the breastfeeding pillow (shown both when flat and in action.-), so I did, and also made matching baby trousers (from MiniKrea 10400). They took me 35 minutes to make – and that’s including tracing the pattern (only one piece..)!! I didn’t have enough fabric to cut it on fold, but I just did a centre front seam as well, and it was so very fast.

I also had made the green cardigan and some hats for her.(Click the smaller pics for a larger size)

But the most important thing was that I finally got to meet her. She is so adorable!

P.S. I have a Pattern for kids bundle sale over at my shop. I have made pattern packages for boys, girls and one especially for newborns. Go have a look and see if there’s something you’d like..

and… THE WINNERS ARE

Yep – I’m back and rested from my week-end trip to Barcelona.

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{We told the world at Parque Güell why we were there. So Much Fun!}

I had a great time and saw so many interesting things and talked to interesting people and recorded something for the podcast and I have so much to tell you, but first:

The winners of the Fabric Give Away!

I did the random number generator thing and the winners are

Number 25Angela

Number 29Sewing Princess

Number 4ana5059

Number 10 – Pattij

Congratulations! I am sending you all an e-mail for your address tomorrow – and thank you to all who participated. Thank you for your comments and suggestions, which I will now take into consideration when I plan my next patterns. :-)

 

 

 

FIT(TING) TO A TEE.. changing the neckline

The great thing about sewing is that we are all designers and we are all able to get clothes that fit us well and make us look and feel even better.

But yet many people just sew up the patterns straight out of the envelope (or printer, as may be the case) with out enjoying the possibilities for individual fitting. Some may not do it, because they don’t know how.

SO I thought I would do a series on fitting and altering different kinds of t-shirt.

While there are many ways to fit garment and almost as many books instructing how to, most of them merely talk about fitting woven fabric garments. And while I’m a big fan of tissue fitting, it just will not work with a pattern with no or even negative ease. So here is my tried and true way of fitting t-shirts.

This is not really about fit – but about altering a pattern to be what you want it to.

MariaDenmark.com How to change a neckline

{The tee with a boatneck that I made from the pattern I’m altering here}

A lot of people have asked me for a kimono shirt with a different neckline than the boatneck. But since it’s such an easy alteration (and the pattern is still free), I thought I’d show you how to do it your self instead. It’s really easy. All you have to do, is to make sure that the front and back shoulder lines match up.

On the pictures, I’m showing you how to alter the neckline on the Birgitte Basic Tee (I wanted to copy a boat neckline for a Breton Styled t-shirt).

What you need:

  • A t-shirt pattern, preferably one already fitted for you.
  • Pattern tracing paper
  • Pencil and/or marker
  • T-shirt you want to copy the neckline of – or, indeed, a pattern you wish to copy.
  • Paper scissors

And here’s how to do it:

First trace your pattern front and back onto tracing paper. I don’t want to change the fit, so I just copy it by tracing on top of the pattern lines, and I’ve already included seam allowances on the pattern. Put a note on each pattern piece – what pattern, size, alterations already done. Don’t cut the new pattern yet.

 

MariaDenmark.com How to change a neckline

{ 1 ) “Original” pattern pieces, 2 ) Tracing, 3 ) Traced}

Fold the t-shirt you want to copy in half so that the centre front is folded. Align the shoulder seams and pin at shoulder and centre front.

MariaDenmark.com How to change teh neckline

{The neckline of the t-shirt I want to copy. Front is folded in half and pinned}

Place the folded t-shirt on top of the pattern. You want to align the centre front of the t-shirt with the one on the pattern, and get the shoulder seam of the t-shirt to touch somewhere on the shoulder seam of the pattern (or where the shoulder seam would be if it was longer – if you are making a crew neck, for instance). If you like, you could fold in the ribbing or binding of the  t-shirt, but for me, I want to make a visible 1 cm ribbing, so I’ll just let the  ribbing be the guide of my 1 cm seam allowance for the neckline.

MariaDenmark.com How to change the neckline

{Place the t-shirt on top of the traced pattern. Align the centre fronts and let the shoulder seams meet. Not like I did in the picture, where I let the shoulder seam meet the line of the seam allowance…}

Take your pencil and sketch the new neckline on your front piece. Then draw it so it has a nice curve.

MariaDenmark.com How to change a neckline

{Now sketch and permanently draw the neckline on the pattern. I’ve marked both neckline and seam allowances}

Now it’s time to work on the back piece. What we want is to make sure that the shoulder length of the new back piece matches the shoulder length of the new front piece.

I place the back piece on top of the front piece, making sure to align the outside shoulder point. I pin the pieces together there, then slide the back piece (note that my shoulder line is very steep – that’s because I’ve altered for a major round shoulder!) so that the back shoulder line follows the front shoulder line. Then I mark on the back piece, where the front shoulder line stops.

 

MariaDenmark.com How to change a neckline

Now I sketch and draw the back neckline – and I am ready to cut out the pattern and place it on fabric!

 

MariaDenmark.com How to change a neckline

{Draw the back neckline, cut the pattern pieces and you’re done!}

P.S. If you don’t have a t-shirt with the neckline you want, it’s perfectly okay to draw one yourself – just make sure those shoulder lines match!

{The finished t-shirt, again}

P.P.S. Remember – there is still time to participate in the Fabric Give-away!

FO: ALL THE AUTUMN T-SHIRTS

No, this is not all the t-shirts. Some are in the wash (a teal U-neck and a creme coloured kimono tee) and a one is not yet hemmed (a long sleeved burgundy and a creme 3/4 sleeved U-neck), but yeah – these are the t-shirts for my autumn wardrobe that I’ve been making this past week. These should be enough for the next couple of months, I think. Here are my Birgitte Tees: