Love Notions Presto

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Alright, so wovens kind of scare me. Weird, right? I mean, we start by sewing wovens. At least, I did. I used to only sew wovens. I remember acutely how terrified I was the first time I sewed knits – it was my son’s Super Why Halloween costume. I checked every youtube video I could find for tips. I asked friends who sewed. I grabbed every little helper and tip I read about and sewed with my heart in my throat. I even did a pattern hack, before I even knew what a pattern hack was! 😂 And it was my first pdf pattern to boot! Well, that Halloween costume turned out pretty adorable, if I do say so myself.

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My sweet little Super Why.

I may not be quite so cute in the Love Notions Presto I made in testing as he was in his costume, but I’m still happy that I tackled a challenge head on. 🙂

My Presto isn’t perfect, but I did it and I learned some things along the way.

  • I used a lightweight stretch woven from Joann’s. It’s a lovely weight and it has a nice drape. It will be fantastic for summer. It was not terrible to work with – a little slippery, but not bad.
  • 3/4 length sleeves are my favorite. I don’t think they ended up being the best choice for my body type in this pattern though. I think this will look much better if I chop them to short sleeve or go sleeveless. This length looks fantastic on some of the other testers. This was just a case of the wrong choice for my body.
  • I opted to do the bias finish for the neckline. It was a later addition in testing, and I wanted Tami to have some pictures with that option. I quite like it! It’s simple and clean. I like that it leaves the neckline a little more open too.
  • The darts worked out alright, but I should have shifted them down slightly. I thought my bust point lined up with the patterns, but I think it’s really just a little lower – like .5″ or less. I’ll change that next time!
  • I kind of wussed out of the buttons. It was half wuss and half trying to help. Since the plain placket was an option and most testers hadn’t done it, I wanted to show it. But I was also scared of the button hole function on my machine. It’s backfired on me before and I’d worked so hard on this Presto, I just couldn’t do it! I know, I know. I’ll get over my fear on the next one. 😉
  • I used a featherweight interfacing for the placket, but it ended up being too heavy for this super light fabric. It weighs the placket down a little. Oh well. It still works. I’ll get that one right next time too. 🙂 I don’t have much practice with interfacing.
  • For a little extra something, I lined the placket with piping. I love how it came out! It sets off the placket well and gives the top a little extra pop. Super easy addition, too.
  • I ended up putting a little tack in the placket just under the bust. I just felt it helped the placket sit better – especially since the interfacing was a little too heavy.

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Now let’s get down to the nitty gritty, the pattern itself! Like so many Love Notions patterns, it’s lovely. Despite my trepidations over sewing woven again, the pattern went together beautifully. The shaping of the top is perfection. I had my doubts! I admit it. But the fit is really great. It’s loose, but nicely skims the body. And those back darts. LOVE! I do think that the difference between the front and back hem is a bit too big in the standard bust (it’s 3″), but that’s a matter of personal preference, and is an easy alteration. I’ll probably shorten that back hem a bit in future versions.

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Those back darts though. 

I like this top. I still need to learn some adjustments to get my best fit, but it’s a nice pattern. It would make a wonderful swim cover up! It’s on sale until the 10th, and worth adding to your pattern collection.

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Back in the game: making a “jersey”

I’ve been absent, friends. I’m sorry. I had such high hopes at the beginning of this year, but reality quickly set in. Alas, I’m juggling too much, and sometimes I don’t do it well. I dropped the ball on blogging. The end. But I’m back with a fun creation today: a Love Notions Sloane “jersey”! (And I have good stuff planned for the rest of the year!) Thanks for hanging with me!

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Go team TARDIS!

Things that make this creation extra fun:

  • This brushed poly fabric from Aurora Designs is FANTASTIC! So soft. Lovely drape. And it gave me all the Doctor Whoiness I needed to make my nerd “jersey”. Go team TARDIS! This is from the fandom round. Preorder closes today 3/2, but availability will continue, just at a slightly higher price. 🙂
  • Simple, cute, lazy modification to an already awesome pattern
  • Oh, hey, guess what? This already awesome pattern is ON SALE this weekend (3/2/18 – 3/4/18) for 50% off (and so is the rest of the Love Notions catalog. WHAT?!) I suggest this and almost every other Love Notions pattern that exists. Go snag them during the sale!
  • I got to play with a sonic screwdriver for the photoshoot! 🙂

How did I do it?

Easy peasy, folks. This is sew like a sloth. I don’t like things to get too complicated. I have many Sloanes. First, I put one on and estimated where I’d like the sleeve on the “jersey” to fall. I was aiming for about elbow length. Then, using the fancy “eyeball method,” I figured where I should cut the sleeve pattern piece, accounting for about a 1″ hem. I drew a straight line across, using my handy dandy acrylic quilting ruler, and then I cut.

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New sleeve length

The Sloane has two views. For the jersey look, I used the curved hem option, with back yoke. I used a coordinating navy CL for that fabric.

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I keep a sonic screwdriver in my back pocket for cabinet emergencies.

I cut out all the fabric pieces. I measured the bottom of the sleeve where I assumed I’d be placing the fabric strips. Then, I cut a 1″ wide strip of CL about 1″ longer than the sleeve measurement. I wanted room to play. I was experimenting, so I put the first strip down on the sleeve. It didn’t work. Not the look I was going for – too wide. So, I cut that in half. Bam! Perfection. So I cut a couple more. *Note: I cut these to have a raw edge. You could certainly make this with a more finished edge by folding under 1/4″ of each long edge of the fabric strips. If you want a finished width of 1/2″ like I did, you’d need a 1″ strip of fabric for this option.

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Playing with the sleeve accent. Photobomb from my awesome pattern weights from Mikimooshi!

Then I put the pattern together per the instructions. I hemmed the sleeve before serging the side seams though. I wanted them finished first so I could fiddle with the strips of CL.

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Almost finished! On the ironing board for a press. (The only time I use an iron is when I’m sewing.) Isn’t this fabric gorgeous? I swoon.

Side note: Make sure you use a stretch stitch when sewing on the bands. This seems obvious, but I have a RTW shirt that did NOT do this, and my arms hulk out of those no-stretch buggers. I used a zigzag. I know my topstitching isn’t perfect. Oh well. 🙂

Then I serged up the side seams, serged the bottom for a raw hem and voila! Who jersey!

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Oh! Behind the back shot!

That’s it! A fun little mod for an already awesome pattern. Don’t miss out on this amazing Love Notions sale! Have any questions about my favorites? Check out some of my past posts or ask me here! (The Sybil, Sloane, and Sabrinas are absolute must-haves, in my opinion.)

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And this fabric. Ho. Ly. Cow. It makes my nerdy little heart sing. This is the first fabric I’ve sewn from Aurora Designs, and I was not disappointed. I want all the fabric! Doctor Who not your thing? This round also has Harry Potter, Supernatural, Game of Thrones, and Star Wars. Is your nerdy heart singing with me?????

 

 

 

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Sonics are hilarious, amiright?

 

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