Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Thurlow Pants and Ottobre Woman top

 Sewaholic's Thurlow Pants are wonderful! This is my second muslin. There are still some fitting tweaks but overall a flattering fit and wearable. This is a 21 wale cordoroy with a slight stretch. I am not usually too keen on cordoroy because it tends to make one look heavier. So, I am guessing when I make this in twill, it will be even more slimming. (yay!).  My first muslin, I made a weird adjustment. Besides taking an 1 1/2 off of the length (they are still too long), I angled the zipper seam back 1/2 inch tapering to zero 3 inches down.  There seemed to be too much fabric just in the front middle.  I definitely have a tummy, so I am wondering if it is just the angle of my hips.  

The obligatory shot from behind.  One leg has wrinkles and the other not so much. Hmmmmm, I am usually pretty careful about grainline. Maybe one thigh is larger? Let me know what you think.  The Ottobre top from 5-2012 needs a sway back adjustment. More on that pattern later.
Some notes on the pattern itself:
The instructions are good.  I automatically grade my seam allowances on waistbands and other bulky areas, but it is not mentioned in their instructions. I used a lining fabric on the inside of the waistband and should have used the corduroy. The hook and eye closure that I used had prongs instead of sewn.  The prongs needed a more substantial fabric to latch onto. I also omitted beltloops because I never wear my shirts tucked. On step 17 the dotted sewing line goes straight at the center of the waistband when it should angle back in order to accommodate the folding down of the waistband. The back seam has a wide seam allowance to adjust fit. I used the actual chalk line because of my sway back. I also scooped out the back crotch 1/4 inch. I compared the flexible ruler version of my crotch curve to the pattern's stitching line.
Ottobre tee shirt from 5/2012:
Nice tee shirt pattern.  The arms are slim fitting and it is fitted at the hips. The brown fabric  is a stretchy rayon knit and the pattern fit OK with this fabric. The black and white Escher print from Fabrique! fabrics was more stable. I added width to the pattern at my hips to allow for this difference.  I forgot to add a bit of width to the arms and now they are a somewhat tight. I did a forward shoulder adjustment to the Escher top which improved the looks. I still need to shorten this top at the back waist and add a sway back adjustment. Both tops have a FBA.
I am just starting on fit issues and I am looking forward to getting this part of my sewing better.

Sewing hugs!

Wednesday, January 23, 2013


Ok, I loooove Fabrique! Fabrics. Not only do they sell the heck out of my rulers but they have the best fabric in Dallas. I just got back from there and decided to do a giveaway of some of their fabric and an EZ Shirtmaker template. The fabric in the picture are 2 yards or just under 2 yards except the lace, which is approximately 1 1/4 yards. These fabrics are super nice and retail at Fabrique! for $10 a yard to $45.00 a yard. I do love me some gorgeous fabric!

“Like” SA Curve on Facebook and at the end of the month I will random generate a number and announce the winner on February 1st. Now, if you want to double your chances, you can send me a cat video too. :)
Happy Wednesday!