I’ve always been a weird size when it comes to bras. Anytime I was younger and would go into Victoria’s Secret and get measured, the bra that I bought would fit for a couple of weeks and then just get too big. I’ve always had a small underbust (29-30″) and then a bigger full bust. They would always just measure around my full bust and then my upper bust. Well come to find out, I’ve recently discovered that I have very broad shoulders meaning that my upper bust measurement is very large compared to most “normal” people. This is part of the reason why getting measured at VS never really worked out for me. After much discovery and getting measured and fitted the correct way (for me), I usually wear a 32DDD-G/H in a RTW bra.
While in testing for the new Bridgette pattern, I went off of my measurements and used the size chart. I measured into a 36A. You might see my problem here, but since my upper bust measurement is so large (because of my broad shoulders) the chart didn’t really work well for me. I made the 36A, but I needed WAY more cup than an A. I had about 2″ from the bottom of the cup to the bottom of my breast that wasn’t covered. After some help from Judy and Megan, I decided to make a 36D which was very close, but I still needed a little more coverage. I then went back and went up to the 36F which came out perfect! I also realized that I preferred to have my cups lined. I didn’t like having any of my breasts poking out of any of the holes on the lace. I lined all of my cups with cotton lycra to match, and I just like the softer feeling of the lining too. I’m so in love with the fact that I can now make a bralette that actually fits. There’s no way that I would be able to get one in a store.
The Bridgette pattern goes from size 30-50″ for the full bust measurement, and cups from A-G. There’s a full back, racer back, and cross back option. The Victoria has cheekies or thong options. I made all of my cheekies 6″ high on the rise, as I just preferred that rise height better. I finished the top of the undies with picot elastic and just top stitched it down. The patterns can be bought in a bundle ($13.00), or individually ($7.50). Both of my lace fabrics came from Surge Fabrics. Cream colored lace is here and the teal and coral is sold out sadly.
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The look of this cute tunic couldn’t be more perfect! My daughter loves pockets so that she can put her toys in her pockets, not just her hands. She just loves carrying around anything that she can, so pockets are always a win. This Trendy Tunic from Love Notions got an update. Previously it didn’t include some of the smaller or bigger sizes, and it now goes from 2T to 16. She also added a cowl and hood option!
I chose to make the new cowl neckline, since it’s finally getting cold enough here. This french terry from Raspberry Creek Fabrics worked out perfectly, and I just love bright and bold colors on her. I used their eggplant solid and the eggplant dots on oatmeal.
Although it might look like a complicated pattern, I was happy that it came together quickly. The instructions were clear and easy to follow for adding the pocket. Grab the Trendy Tunic while it’s on sale until January 30, 2018 for $7.00.
My daughter is growing so fast! I realized the other day that she’s grown out of most of her plain, every day tops. I love having a pattern that has lots of options for different finishes. Then I know that if she wants something just a little different, then it’s easy to use the same pattern to make something a little different. I’m pretty sure I’m not alone in this thinking. The Camas knit top and tunic has lots of different finishing options. It can be a great plain top, or add some ruching to the sleeves or hem to give it a cute finish. There’s also the option of a thumbhole cuff. I made the plain top with a curved hem. There’s a neckline facing and although it takes a little longer than a neckband, I love this finished look. I feel like a binding or a facing always gives a cute, and more polished look to tops.
I also just love this Eggplant color on her. Her red hair can really go great with some fun colors. Anything in the blue or green shades tend to do wonders, and I just love it! This was a cotton lycra that I grabbed at Simply by Ti fabrics. It’s Ti’s Eggplant cotton lycra, and like I said in my post yesterday, I also grabbed this in her $5/yard cotton lycra sale she had a bit ago.
This cute Camas top and tunic pattern can be short, 3/4, or long sleeved. It can have a curved hem, or a straight hem. It can have a banded hem too with the ruching in the sides. Grab this cute top pattern today!
I love sewing for my husband, because he’s usually very grateful for whatever I make for him. He also says though that I never make him anything. I beg to differ, but if you look at how much I make for my kids and myself, as compared to him then yes I rarely make anything for him. Wardrobe by Me lately has been doing more men’s patterns, and I love it. My husband is finally getting some clothes that he likes, and will actually wear. The most recent addition to her pattern line-up is the Draper Polo.
There’s another great thing about this pattern, and that is you can make a plain t-shirt instead too. Since the placket and collar are separate pieces, there’s the option of just making it a t-shirt with a banded neckline instead. You can do the placket with or without buttons, I went without only because I didn’t have any buttons that I liked at the time.
I used some lovely olive green cotton lycra from Simply by Ti Fabrics. She has some wonderful prices on her cotton lycra, and it’s a good weight. A few months ago she had a Friday sale and all of her solid cotton lycra was only $5 a yard, so I scooped up a bunch. Boy am I glad that I did, because I’ve been on a solids kick lately. My husband is excited to have another great fitting shirt in his wardrobe. The Draper Polo is on sale now until January 26 for $10.
What an amazing holiday break! I hope you all had a great time with family and friends. I’m back at it today, after a short break from blogging, with the Riviera Raglan from New Horizons Designs. I bought the pattern some time ago, but I just hadn’t gotten the chance to sew one up. This pattern is the ultimate raglan pattern. It has anything you ever wanted in a raglan. You can make a sweatshirt, one with a hood, a placket, a swing top, you name it. With all of these options available, I decided to sew up 3 different styles all stemming from the same pattern. First, I made a comfy, cozy sweatshirt out of quilted knit.
This pattern comes with two different sleeve cut lines. There’s the standard cut, that goes from the collar bone and cuts down to under the arm. There’s also a high cut sleeve. The high cut goes from where the neck and the top of the shoulder meet down to under the arm. This is with the banded hem and the cuffed sleeves. I used the standard cut sleeves for this version. I got this gorgeous fabric from Raspberry Creek Fabrics last year. Quilted knit is so in right now, and I love that I can make a sweatshirt look with this pattern. Next, I made a more swing style top. I used the high cut sleeve line on this one. You can see that the sleeve starts much higher on the neck, giving a deeper angle to the sleeve. I did the handkerchief hem, and made it in rayon spandex. I knew that I wanted a more flowy top with this hem style.
Right before Christmas, we went to see the new Star Wars movie. I just had to make this last shirt to wear when we went to see it. I made your typical raglan. I used some cotton lycra for this one from my stash. I got the Star Wars fabric from So Sew English last year when they had it. I added the saying using my new Cricut Maker (blog post to come) and EasyPress.
Below, I’ve added the line drawing from the pattern to show all the different options that are available with the Riviera pattern. I’ve collected raglan patterns, but who knows why when I’ve had this pattern in my stash.