When I'm in my office sewing, designing or just making I am not in the "need, need, need" state of mind which our consumer driven economy has assaulted my reasoning with. Instead, I am conscious, relaxed and at peace while being productive and good to myself. We could all use some more of that kind of situation in our lives.
Sew House 7 has kicked off this years Project Sew My Style with the Toaster Sweater. Before jumping into this, I had not heard of Sew House 7. As I designer myself I try to maintain tunnel vision and not look around too much. If I did, I would never ever get anything done. But holy WOW! Peggy, the designer has done such a beautiful job building her pattern business and her designs. She is obviously extremely talented and creative and I've got nothing but love!
If you are reading this, most likely you know the Toaster Sweater comes in two options. I choose to work with option 2 because I felt like the collar line might look best on my frame and with the particular fabric I wanted to work with.
The Toaster Sweater pattern print out was super easy to work with. The layout, pattern pieces and markings were spot on and aesthetically pleasing, which is awesome because I love pretty things. The tutorial was well written with a sensible layout and explanations which lead me through the construction in the a consistent flow. All in all, it was a really lovely and fun experience working with Sew House 7's design. (Thanks so much for that Peggy!)
So, let's talk about what I did with my Toaster Sweater. I went into the fabric store with one idea, I walked out with a completely different plan. Thank goodness I did because it's been one of my goals to take it up a notch and work with more challenging fabrics and trimmings.
I choose a sequin mesh fabric which had the perfect amount of stretch for this design. The stability was a concern of mine especially around the collar, but in the case it wasn't strong enough to hold up I planned for a light weight fusing to help out in that area. Turns out I never needed the fusing though.
Next, the pattern pieces needed to be placed in just the right spot to create the illusion that I kind of know what I'm doing. It wasn't difficult because the pattern was repetitive and the centerline of the bodice and front of end of the sleeve were easily placed.
The hemming was probably my biggest worry with this fabric. The mesh does not fray and I wasn't sure whether or not I wanted a super finished look or a casual unhemmed edge. I worked both options and ended up taking apart a finished hem and appreciating the simplicity of that raw edge.
If you want to be a part of Project Sew My Style there's still time...obvi...
Every quarter Alex B. of Blue Bird Fabrics will be releasing a sweet coupon code offered by all of us sponsors who are helping drive #SEWMYSTYLE, so don't forget to follow her on Instagram or any of your favorite sponsors to know when those are released.
Project Sew My Style project is sponsored by Blue Bird Fabrics, Cali Faye Collection, Megan Nielson Patterns, Sew House 7, By Hand London and Named Clothing.
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