PDF Pattern Drafting [Beginning]

I am learning how to create PDF patterns.  This is timely as I recently completed my first self-drafted pattern!

I am learning from Lauren over at Baste+Gather with her Pattern Workshop pattern making course.  I’ve wanted to do this for a while now and just signed up since she is offering an installment payment option. If you are interested in learning how to draft your own patterns, join in here.


Shortly, I will be sharing what I am learning with a blog entry…no specific how-to’s, but simply what my experience is like.  Perhaps a few bumbles along the way 😉

Have you learned how to create PDF patterns? If so, do you have any tips for this “green horn”?

COMPLETED: Ginger Jeans!

Its high time I post a review of these FABULOUS jeans.   01071641d2332f3052b255600ee99ac77db5bc8dfa I have made four pair since I jumped on the Closet Case Files Ginger Jeans bandwagon.   Heather Lou offers both print and PDF patterns.  These are the absolute best fitting RTW-esque jeans I’ve found.  Other patterns I have used are the Jalie 2908, Named Jamie, Silhouette 3300 and Angela Wolf Angel Bootcut AW4200.  All were okay, but required too many tweaks.  The other jean-like pattern I’ve made up are the Jalie Eleonore pull-on jeans…review of these is to follow.

Pattern Description: With a modern and flattering cut, Ginger Jeans are the daily staple you’ll reach for again and again. View A features a comfortable low rise with narrow stovepipe legs. View B is sexy and high-waist-ed with skinny legs and a tummy-slimming pocket stay.  Engineered to be as flattering as possible, Ginger Jeans feature subtly shaped back pockets to highlight the curve of the bum, slimming side seams and a higher back rise to prevent peekabooty. Designed for stretch denim, Ginger Jeans will hug you in all the right places.

Based on the finished garment measurements, I used a size 12  and made view A in each case. I am not a fan of the high waist-ed look and likely will never make version B. IMO my 5’3″ height is too squatty for a high waist-ed  pant. Continue reading

COMPLETED: GenevieveDesigns Sweater No. 3

Hello again!  I’m back with my entries for the Sweater Contest over at PatternReview.  I don’t expect to win, I simply wanted to join in on the fun and try my hand at drafting my own pattern.

I have a sweater that I love; it has been worn, washed and dried a zillion times.  It’s even taken on black dye from stupidly washing it with some black silk twill fabric which created a really cool gray coloration.  Unfortunately it only lasted for 4 more washes.  The sweater is 100% cotton and can has withstood a lot of abuse….thankfully.  imageSo it was my inspiration. Continue reading

COMPLETED: Islander Sewing Systems City Western Blouse #210

01138195de65c9a210e77b5e63c3fef5fe9372fdf3One day I was sitting outside of a Starbucks waiting for a meeting with my manager and this young woman walked by that caught my eye.  I probably looked a little strange staring at another chick, but who cares….I wanted to get the look since she was dressed the way I like to dress….Jeans, cowboy boots and a western shirt.  Anyone else find themselves staring at people that you want to copy their clothes?

When I was looking for fabric for my cape, I bought this great poly/rayon plaid twill…without a use in mind.  Then  I remembered that I had this pattern in my stash that I thought I’d never use because when I got it, I was not at all experienced enough to make a button up shirt.  Funny how things progress and minds change!  Thank goodness stashes exist…it was perfect!  The interesting thing is that it is the same pattern company that my cape came from and when I received my fabric, I immediately loved how they complemented each other.  It was a match made in heaven!

note:  I won this pattern along with some fat quarters of Pendelton Wool about 3 years ago at the Sewing Expo in Puyallup, WA Continue reading

COMPLETED: Cape Super Express #224

ISS Cape
ISS Cape

Besides the awkward name of this pattern, it is on trend right now and I liked this as soon as I saw it. I pre-ordered it from Islander Sewing Systems when I got the email from Janet Pray. The hefty price tag made me pause a day or two, but I kept thinking about it and went ahead because there was a discount for the pre-order.  I like her method of factory techniques so I was sure to be happy.

I’ve never owned a cape before and with the rapidly decreasing temperatures, I began searching for the perfect fabric and found this AWESOME Wool/Poly blend at Fabric Mart (sold out, wah). It is a heavy weight Boucle suiting and was $5/yard; can’t beat that!  I had some really nice silk lining I’d purchased 2 1/2 years ago from the Vogue Fabrics booth at the sewing expo in Puyallup, WA. I think I paid $6/yard, but since it was fairly old stash, I considered it FREE.  But seriously it cost me $27 in fabric, $20 for the pattern and $5 for the buttons for a total of $52.  I’m not certain, but if I bought it RTW, I might have paid over $200 bucks!

The pattern boasts garment industry techniques, thus the “Express” as well as no fitting. Continue reading

Sewing-Along ….the Jalie Hoodie 279

Disclaimer: none of the links in this post are affiliate nor do I get anything for linking. I simply want to share in case it may help a future friend!

I am officially a Sew Alonger! I have longed to be part of a sew along in real time and not either late to the party or waaay after the fact. So I joined in the Jalie Hoodie sew-along hosted by Kelly Hogaboom. I learned about this through my daily Pattern Review perusing way back in August. So I signed up for a start date of October 1st.

We are now in step 3 …see, I have a slight problem with tardiness, but better late than never, right? Whatev! Blogging is something that I have barely dipped my toes into and absolutely love reading others’ sewing blogs, so here I am ….trying to join in the sewing community. I digress…sorry. Continue reading

What’s with the NAME?

I am back to the wonderful world of blogging. I stopped about a year ago as I lost the drive. I wasn’t connected to my blog name and found it hard to relate to it anymore. So you may ask what’s sew a button…on your undrware mean…where does it come from?

My son is all grown up now, but when he was young and in his challenging years, yes we all know what that means.  Here’s an example of a routine conversation:
Me: Its going to be a nice weekend!.
Son: So
Me: So [sew] a button on your underwear.

Silly and some may say “what…that is random”, but it makes me crazy when someone responds with “so” in a conversation.  I find it lazy and downright rude.  I have said “so a button on your underwear” more than a million times in the last 15 years and it sort of become my signature with my close friends and family. Since my joy is with sewing, I wanted to use it in my sewing life. Thus my “Sew-a-Button-On-Your-Underware” blog!

For those who want to join me in celebrating the joy of sewing, I will share my finished projects.  As my blog grows, I will be adding the tips and techniques I’ve learned along the way….there are so many different ways to do the same thing, maybe my way will appeal to you.  I also hope that I can inspire some to tackle a garment that they may not otherwise think is possible.

I have a few ideas that I will be posting in the coming weeks, so stay tuned and I hope you will subscribe so you will know when I’ve posted a new article.

Happy sewing and “Sew a button on your underwear!”