Tuesday, November 17, 2015

gracious threads: a new look blog tour

Jess from Gracious Threads is celebrating a New Look for her blog, and I get to celebrate too (who doesn't love a good party!) by creating a new look from two of her patterns - the Raindrop Tee and the Lazy Days Lounge Pants!


If you want to pick up your own copy of any of the Gracious Threads patterns, head over to the store and enter the code "ANEWLOOK" at checkout to get 40% off!


The first pattern I chose (yes, I did receive them for free for being part of the blog tour!) was the Raindrop tee.  The pattern (if sewn as is, which you know I never do) is a 3/4 sleeve fited tee with a scoop neck and a high-low hem.  I kept the scoop neck, the hem line, and the cute little pocket, but I made some major changes to the overall shape!  I started by going up one size from Mae's normal size 4 since I didn't want the top overly fitted.  Then I used the slash and spread method to add about 10" of width to both the front and the back pattern pieces.  I was going for a swing style, and I wanted the width added to the entire top, not just the side seams.  Finally, I added a cuff to the sleeves to make it a true long sleeve top because, you know, Michigan and cold weather, blah, blah, blah ;) I'm pretty sure you've heard it from me plenty of times before!


The second pattern is the Lazy Days Lounge Pants.  I was going for more of a cuffed skinny jogger look since the swing top already has so much volume, so I made a couple of slight changes.  I started with the size 4 this time, and I narrowed the leg from the hip down.  I also used a narrower cuff on the leg and replaced the elastic waist with a yoga waistband made from rib knit.  You'll just have to take my word for it about the waistband since black velour is quite possibly the worst fabric to photograph, so I didn't get any decent pictures of the pants by themselves.  I also omitted the pockets and the drawstring because, well, I'm lazy.  Mae doesn't care about the drawstring, and nobody can see it under the top anyway.  And, as for the pockets, I'm sure she would love them, but she doesn't realize it was even an option, so I should be safe from the wrath of the toddler ;)  Which, by the way, would have been a way better name for the Star Trek movie.  Khan couldn't hold a candle to an angry toddler!


Materials:
Red knit - Ponte from Joann's
Black velour - cotton velour from Nature's Fabrics



Be sure to check out the rest of the posts from the New Look tour:

12 comments :

  1. Your outfits inspired me to go buy the top pattern, but I was disappointed to see that the size only goes up to 8. Most of the other patterns go up to size 12; I wonder why this one doesn't? :(

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    1. @kitty crafter, it was one of my earlier patterns when I only drafted up to an 8. I do hope to extend the sizing one day, but so many projects, so little time! ~Jess~

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  2. Oh I love this!! Raindrop tee is one of my favorites and I love it as a swing top! I have it printed now so I'm going to have to try this!

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    1. Thanks! It was a pretty simple change, so it's definitely worth a try!

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  3. This is such a great look! My daughters would really like the swing top too...but I don't think I could get away with pants without pockets...even for the 2 year old! :P

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    1. Trust me, I only got away with it because there was a pocket in the shirt ;) Otherwise, I would have been in big trouble!

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  4. That is a great idea! I love how you modified the top! I know my 4 year old would love the extra twirl too!

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    1. The twirl factor was a big hit. In fact, I had a hard time getting pictures because she wouldn't stop twirling and jumping!

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  5. Love this top. Would love if you considered doing a tutorial on modifying to swing top. I have been looking for instructions on how to do that!

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    1. No need! It already exists - http://www.clothingpatterns101.com/swing-top.html

      I chose to make three vertical cuts to the pattern so the fullness would be more evenly distributed, but the idea is the same.

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