Happy Wednesday everyone!
Oh My Goodness! I’m in my happy zone now. It’s starting to flow again. For those of you who read last week’s blog post, you know that I was contemplating jumping ship from another project I was working on to start this New Look 6529 ensemble. Guess what? I didn’t jump ship. I completed the other project first, then immediately started this one, which I was able to complete in a couple of days, (cut one day–sewed the next). You guys, I was so desperate to make this outfit and wear it that I took my last project with me to the hospital to work on it and expedite the finish. YES, you read correctly. This girl took a sewing machine to the hospital!!! Hahahahaaaaa!!! Now you know that’s too much. Well shoot, I spend my days there, so why not? It’s become my second home. His room is nice and spacious and the bedside table is the perfect size for my Baby Lock Soprano. No shame in my game at ALL! Yeah, I know I could have just whipped this one up and then returned to the other project. I guess you can say I’m a real stickler when it comes to completing what I start. I do NOT like having UFO’s hanging around in my studio. It feels like clutter in my brain, because I tend to think about it not being done. I’ve had UFO’s before and I’m not saying I’ll never have another one, but if I can help it they will always be rare.
I’m so in love with this look. It’s cute, comfortable, and fits in well with the other pieces I’ve created for the Collection. The hooded tunic with kangaroo pocket and fingerless glove sleeve detail is too adorable. This is the first time I’ve tried the fingerless glove deal. I sewed another pattern a couple of years ago that had this detail and I omitted it because I thought it would be more of a nuisance. Well let me tell you, I love it. When I don’t want them on, like for eating, I simply remove my thumbs from the opening and carry on. What’s also great is the extra warmth created when the hands are placed inside the pocket while wearing the fingerless glove.
If you’re a beginner and into casual wear, you may want to add this pattern to your list. It’s super easy to sew, and with experience in the basics, you should be able to knock this one out in no time. I sewed it right out of the package with no alterations to the pattern, except shortening the length of the leggings. If I had left them at ankle length, I would have definitely tapered them in that area for a closer fit. This pattern is sized for stretch knits only.
I had a good amount of leftover fabric, so I decided to add another pencil skirt. I used the Mimi G Style “High Waist Pencil Skirt” Tutorial again, but this time I omitted the side pockets, center back seam (by cutting on the fold) and replaced the zipper with an elastic waistband. So this is a basic pencil skirt worn at the true waist.
I chose this beautiful Ponte Knit that I picked up from JoAnn Fabrics. It’s perfect for both the leggings and tunic. I didn’t want anything too thick or thin and this is a great mid-weight with just enough drape so that the hood on the tunic isn’t stiff when hanging down, or too flimsy when worn over the head. It’s also a great choice for the leggings because the fabric holds everything in just right “for me.”
You may have noticed by now that all the pieces I’ve sewn have been created from very simple patterns and constructed of knit fabrics. This is definitely an intentional choice. I decided that if I want to do a Collection at this time in my life, the majority of the patterns and fabric must be super easy for me to work with and very comfortable to wear. That doesn’t mean I have to compromise style though. There are so many cute and stylish patterns on the market for those who are new to sewing, and since I have a special place in my heart for beginners, this is a great time to SHINE the light on Beginner-Friendly patterns.
Now, keep in mind that I did say the “majority” of the patterns I use will be easy. There are also a few intermediate level patterns in the Collection line-up. The pattern I used for the dress I’ll be sharing next week is a Mimi G Style Simplicity pattern, and she has created a step-by-step sew-along video tutorial to help you out. We’ll discuss that next week.
Several of you have asked if I will be creating tutorials for a couple of the pieces I’ve sewn for the Collection. The answer is, YES. However, I haven’t decided which ones or how many I will make video tutorials for yet. I will decide that after the Collection is complete.
Create the Look!
- Tunic & Leggings Pattern: New Look 6529 (Views A & B)
- Skirt Pattern: Mimi G Style “High Waist Pencil Skirt” Tutorial (with alterations)
- Fabric: Ponte Knit
I have a feeling I’ll get lots of wear from this set. I wore the tunic and leggings the other day and it’s the ultimate comfort I’m going for. This look is definitely my favorite so far.
Click on the links below if you’ve missed the other pieces in the Collection. Also, make sure you stay with me until the end because I’ll show you how I mix and match all the pieces to create more outfits. If you want to play along, see how many outfits you come up with. It should be fun. Who knows? Someone may come up with an outfit that I miss.
Well, I’m off to start my next piece for the Collection. If it turns out the way I envision, it’s going to be fabulous.
Thanks for stopping by!
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