Thursday, September 17, 2009

My Ella Moss Knit Top

I finished my version of the Ella Moss top and it was very easy to do.
I did use different colours for my top. Instead of black I used a navy fabric and the accent colours are obviously different too. Here is a picture of me wearing the top.

New Look 6702Pattern Description:
Misses' Knit Tops

Pattern Sizing:
6-16. I made size 6 (size 16 at the hips for more material, see below) though by my measurements I should have made a size 10. I find the commercial pattern companies have a lot of ease so I went down a couple of sizes. This way there was zero ease. The pattern was supposed to have 1 1/2" of ease.

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?Yes and no. It has the same silhouette mostly but I made some changes.

Were the instructions easy to follow?For the most part. The instructions for the twist were a little vague and I wasn't sure I was doing it properly but it turned out ok.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
I liked the pattern because it was almost the same as my inspiration top. It was going to be very easy to adjust it.

Fabric Used:
Cotton lycra knits from Fabricville.

Pattern Alterations or any design changes you made:
I changed the sleeves to 3/4 and went out to the size 16 at the hip to give some more flow to the skirt pieces. I changed the back to have an empire waist with gathers. I added 2 1/2" to the lower back piece to give it the gathers. Here is a lightened photo of the finished back so you can see the details.

For the lower front, I split the pattern into three pattern pieces instead of one.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
This is a very easy pattern that looks quite cute. The twist seems a little daunting but turns out ok. This pattern worked quite well for me.

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Ella Moss Anthropolgie Knit Top

I was browsing on the Anthropolgie website looking for sewing ideas and found this awesome top by Ella Moss.

I decided that I could recreate this top because earlier that day I had just picked up by chance the New Look pattern # 6702. (I wasn't planning on getting this pattern and only bought it because it was in a bin of discounted patterns.) it had the exact same lines as the Ella Moss top except the sleeves, which are easy to adjust. It seemed that fate wants me to make this top. I hope to have some time tomorrow to work on it because I only have one class and my boyfriend is hanging out with his friends tomorrow night.

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Back to School

Well, I started school on Tuesday. I am going to teacher's college to become a high school history and geography teacher. My work load is huge so I don't know how much time I will have for sewing. I hope to have some as I want to make some work clothes for my practicums. We'll see what happens.

Thursday, September 3, 2009

My Birdie Sling

I just finished my Amy Butler Birdie Sling. I absolutely love this bag. It is so big. It's perfect for carrying my school stuff around campus. This pattern is really easy. It just requires a lot of cutting pieces out because all the pieces are interfaced. In Canada we don't have easy access (well I don't at least) to Pellon products which are what the pattern suggested. I used some fusible fleece for the lining pieces and a lightweight woven fusible for the exterior pieces. I didn't want something too heavy for the exterior pieces so I went with the lightweight. Great pattern!