Monday, March 23, 2015

just add detail - a little bit of plaid

Anna from MadeIt Patterns and Olu (Needle & Ted) are having a fun little challenge for a few bloggers - to take the MadeIt Ziggy Top pattern and put your own spin on it.  At first I thought I would have to pass on this opportunity since March has been insanely busy, but I had this idea for an oversized sweatshirt with a faux shirt hem bouncing around in my head for a while, and this seemed like the perfect opportunity to try it out!  When you're done reading this post, make sure to head over to Olu's blog to see the sneak peeks from the other bloggers too!

I'm going to put a little disclaimer right here at the top:  I did receive this pattern for free when I agreed to participate in the challenge.  I would love to say that this is a review of the pattern as well, but I made so many changes that I don't feel I can review the fit of original pattern.  However, I can say that it includes a size chart (which seems accurate) and also has finished garment measurements and fabric requirements (all in both cm and inches) which I know most people like.  The sewing instructions are thorough and easy to follow, and I feel that even though the pattern is rated as intermediate, a confident beginner (who is not afraid of sewing with knits) could probably tackle it with good results.


The Ziggy Top is a fairly basic, oversized, boxy top pattern. Basic, at least in my mind, does not make this pattern inferior, but rather the perfect pattern to customize.  (Although, if you do purchase the pattern, there are several options included so it doesn't require any modifications to result in a cute top for either boys or girls.)


I started with the size 3 which I knew would be a bit big on Mae, since I want the sweatshirt to fit next year as well.  I made quite a few changes to the original pattern to accommodate the details I wanted to add. I'm not going to go into too much detail, but here's a basic list of changes:
  • Split the front and back pattern pieces to create a center seam
  • Changed the angle of the taper on the sleeve so it would be wider at the wrist making it easier to roll the sleeves
  • Cutting a few inches off the bottom of the front and back pieces to create a wide hem
  • Lined the sleeves
  • Slightly changed the shape of the side seams to make it easier to sew in the lined sleeves
  • Cut a wider neckband
  • Added a split hem
  • Added a faux shirt hem


I love the final result!  I don't always say that about the things I make, but this sweatshirt turned out exactly like I hoped it would.  And anyone who sews knows how great that feels :)


Sometimes when I'm looking through sewing blogs I wish I could see the inside of the garments, because I love seeing construction methods.  I don't think I've shown the inside of anything I've made so far, but I'm planning on doing that whenever possible from now on.  It's a nice way of showing the finishing details and construction methods which can't be as easily described with words.  Or, to put it another way, in this case a picture truly is worth a thousand words :)


You can get your own copy of the Ziggy Top pattern for 20% off for one week only.  The 20% is already reflected on the website, so there's no need to enter a code of any kind. :)  Just click on the button below which will take you directly to the Ziggy Top pattern.  Although you should check out the other patterns too while you're there!

20% off Ziggy

Materials:
Knit - Birch Organics Flight
Plaid - Joann's
Snap - Kamsnaps
Jeggings - Osh Kosh
Boots - H&M

30 comments :

  1. What a fun idea, I like the "fake" layer a lot!

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    1. Mae hates getting dressed, so if I want layers and don't want her to throw a fit, the layers are going to have to be faux ;)

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  2. I love that you showed us the inside! The shirt tail hem is very cool and now I want to do one too. As a teen in the 90s I did a lot of layering and seeing that bit of plaid poke out the bottom pleases me :)

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    1. I think we need to see the insides of more garments. It helps to understand exactly how it's put together, and hopefully someone might be able to learn from it.

      I was a teen in the 90s (well, early 90s at least!) and I loved plaid layers! So I couldn't help adding one to this top :)

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  3. Nice details and very neat topstitching!

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    1. Thanks Toya! My machine was messed up so I'm lucky the top had topstitching at all!

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  4. This version is great Teri!. I think you did a fantastic job! I love every single detail you add to the main pattern. The fabric combo is spot on too. Now the last picture is amazing! you are so right. Usually the inside never is shown and is very interesting to see it and if it is that pretty as the inside of your Ziggy top is candy for the eyes.

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    1. Thanks! I really got lucky with the fabric combo. I fell in love with the colors in this plaid from Joann's, so I bought it hoping it might match something I already had at home, and it worked perfectly with the Birch Fabrics knit. I love when everything works out like that :)

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  5. What a great details you added! And a fun idea showing the inside of the garments.

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    1. Thanks! The details are always the fun part of any sewing project, so I really enjoyed this challenge!

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  6. This is perfect! I love every little detail ♡

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  7. This is just amazing! Love all the details you added. Perfect fabric choice.

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  8. You're absolutely right about showing the inside of the finished garment. Love this top!

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    1. Thanks! I'm definitely going to show the insides of more of the garments I make from now on.

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  9. you relly costumized this pattern, and i love the result! the inside looks neatly finished!

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    1. Thanks! I customize pretty much everything I sew, so this challenge was right up my alley. I honestly can't remember the last time I sewed something without changing at least a little something :)

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  10. You added some fantastic detail, love your colour and mix of prints, the topstitching on the seams looks really good, love the whole thing!

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    1. Thanks! This top was really fun to sew with all those details.

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  11. I love your Ziggy all the way down to the matching Kam snap detail ♥

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    1. Thanks! I can't seem to help using my Kamsnaps on almost everything I sew :)

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  12. I love this so very very much! The plaid is inspired, I would have never in a million years thought to use it. And you paired together perfectly!

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    1. Thanks! I'm a plaid lover so I tend to use it when others wouldn't ;)

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  13. You have put a lot of work in this project, and the result is stunning! Love it!

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  14. I love your Ziggy so much!! I may have to copy your version. :) I love the mix of knit (that one is gorgeous!!) and woven, and your sewing is perfect!

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    1. Thanks! I rarely mix knits and wovens, but this knit has limited stretch so it was pretty easy to combine the two this time. I'm not sure if I would want to do it with a stretchier knit!

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  15. Adorable! I love the way the birds are flying across her top.

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    1. Thanks! I tried to have a little fun with the pattern placement working with the limited amount of fabric I had, and this was the best I could do :)

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  16. Hi Teri, thanks for mentioning about the confident beginner sewing level for the Ziggy pattern. We totally agree with you, so the level has been changed on our website :-)

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    1. I'm glad to hear it! I would hate to think that someone would be afraid to tackle the project because they think it might be too difficult :)

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