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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!
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: