Showing posts with label MEGAN NIELSEN PATTERNS. Show all posts
Showing posts with label MEGAN NIELSEN PATTERNS. Show all posts

2.23.2018

Fitted Turtleneck x2 | Itch to Stitch Hepburn Turtleneck

As part of my Fall/Winter plans, I knew I wanted a form-fitting turtleneck that could layer well without adding bulk.  I know Spring is right around the corner, but am determined to complete some of my earlier wardrobe plans and am super happy with this one.  :)
It took a bit of searching to find a simple turtleneck with a figure hugging design... finally settling on the Itch to Stitch Hepburn Turtleneck.  Sue wore her Hepburn Turtleneck on her glorious travels to Hong Kong where you can see her turtleneck near the bottom of her post.  She writes that it's easy to layer, but also looks okay on its own.  That's how I feel too.
The Itch to Stitch Hepburn Turtleneck pattern in .pdf download costs $10.00 that is truly a bargain considering it is such a well-designed, basic piece that will probably be made in multiples to re-fresh each Fall/Winter season's wardrobe.  A keeper!  Anyway, to be honest with you it was hard to tell exactly how form-fitting this pattern was designed to be.....
.... until one sort of studies the line drawings.  Itch to Stitch also has the 'layer' feature on her .pdf patterns, so you can only print the sizes you need.  This is nice as it makes cutting/tracing/grading so much easier on the eyes.  Seam allowances are included, which is also really nice.  I cut a size 2 at bust and waist, grading to a size 4 at the hips.  Perfect!
This is the second version I've made and the only modification was to shorten the turtleneck height by 1".  I don't like to turn the turtleneck down, preferring to leave the neck open with a sort of slouchy look.
A few weeks ago I finished the white Hepburn Turtleneck, my first version, and have been wearing it under a rtw cardi, under the Lotta Jansdotter Pilvi Jacket with the Ottobre Design Woman black miniskirt, black tights and short boots.  Nothing feels bulky.  You can see in the photo below more how I wear the turtleneck neck 'up', and how high this comes on my neck worn this way.  Also, this cotton was a slubby, thinnish, oh-so-soft knit that once it was all made and ready to be worn, I realized it was quite see-through.  At first I felt sort of disappointed, but soon realized it makes a perfect undergarment.
Mine fits almost like a bodysuit type of figure-hugging feel.
This is exactly what I was looking for.  It should also be noted this is a super quick make.  I used my serger on everything except the hems.  Oh, and I did follow her instructions and serged invisible elastic to each shoulder seam to stabilize those.  I am so tired of my knit pieces stretching out and am curious to see how that holds up.
This beautiful, abstract, 4-way stretch soft rayon spandex knit came from Joann Fabric and looks like it is still available.  It was purchased Fall 2017 as I was planning my Fall/Winter wardrobe around all these luscious colors.
And today our temps were hitting 80*F (26*C)!  Certainly an early Spring day for South Carolina!  Our weather changes so frequently this time of year between Winter and Spring that I'm sure it will get lots of wear this season and still be in good shape for next Fall/Winter 2018.  Guess you could say I'm either so far behind.... or so far ahead?!  :)
It was also fun to wear the Yoshiko Tsukiori Happy Homemade Sew Chic jacket again as a nice color contrast against the turtleneck.  And this skirt is a highly modified Megan Nielsen Axel skirt that I've still not blogged about.  It's super comfortable and exactly the type of skirt I find comfortable to wear.
Got a couple of microsuede pieces in the works, so am sort of hoping we will have more of a 'cold' Spring this year.  Happy Sewing Everyone!  :)

5.11.2017

Australia meets South Carolina | Megan Nielsen Patterns / Axel Skirt

Megan Nielsen's lovely pattern Axel Skirt has been made.  A skirt style that at first gave me pause, but absolutely love and adore now that it is all finished and time to be worn!
One of the things I love most about blogging in our lovely sewing community, is that it connects us to wonderful people all over the world.  I have been blessed with a sweet friendship that began over a Cadbury Vegemite Chocolate Bar with the ever lovely Carolyn who sews the most beautiful clothes at Handmade by Carolyn
Recently she sent me this lovely pattern...... along with a box of wonderful Australian goodies.....but those will be things to show another day, as today it's all about the super cute Axel.
Megan Nielsen is an Australian designer and this is the first pattern of hers I've made.  You can see more about this pattern at her website here.  There are three versions of this cute skirt, and I chose the one on the very far left, Version 2.  What I found most interesting about this pattern, is that it's built on negative ease and the waistband has nary a piece of elastic nor zipper.  It's all about the knit fabric holding everything up and all together.  I had a piece of Hobby Lobby knit originally planned as a drapey top, but thought it'd make a great Axel skirt.  And I think it did.  Wanting to stay true to the pattern, I made it as instructed, with the exception that I had to narrow the side seams to 1/4" from hip down as I felt it was too tight.  Then afraid my drapey spandexy knit might be too clingy and curve-showing, I lined mine with a poly interlock purchased from my local Wal-Mart.  I cut a Small.
Wanting to work with my fabric in a different way, thought it might be interesting to cut the front panels on the bias and make chevrons down the front and feel that was sort of achieved.  Good enough anyway!  This was slippery, slidey, slinky knit fabric and at one point I even used my clunky Bernina Walking Foot.  That helped until dealing with the narrow seams.  The hem is simply turned under and zig-zagged.
After the skirt was made and I was trying to figure out what to wear with it, felt that a form fitting top, like the NewLook Pattern 6108 might work.  I've made this top before and love the way the knit bodice hugs the body with the graceful drapey cowl.  Sort of makes this ensemble look more like a dress, than separates.  You can read about this cute top's info here.
I like wearing the tie more to the side than straight down the front.
This is a super form fitting outfit for me, so thought it might be fun to accentuate the sporty look with a pair of white Keds and felt right at home and at ease at the Lake this morning.
Did I mention that it is form-fitting?!  This outfit will encourage me to continue exercising and eating right!
And here's how I began this day.  The coral thrifted cardi complements the blue/white nicely.
And a big Thank You to my daughter who spent the morning at Lake Jocassee with me helping me with pictures.  Oh we had such fun!  Even surrounded by *gasp* people!  To get these nice water with distant Appalachian Mountain views, we had to position the camera right by the canoe/kayak putting in point..... and you would not believe how many people needed to put in and/or take out right when we spent all of 15 minutes standing here taking pictures!  Ordinarily it would've been too much for me, but Melissa helped me relax, laugh and have fun.  We had a snack at the picnic tables before heading home.
Thank You ever so much sweet Carolyn for your long-distance friendship!  You mean ever so much to me.  xx :)  You can see Carolyn's gorgeous Axel Skirt she made out of pleather here.

Happy Sewing Everyone!  :)