Here's my first make for fall, a new Margo Blouse. Actually, it isn't the first thing I made for fall but it's the first I'm sharing. There are quite a few things I've already made and even started wearing but I just haven't had a chance to photo.
I bought this floaty cotton/silk voile at The Fabric Store in LA back in July. It has tiny block printed birds on it which make it whimsical without being over the top. This is view B without the placket but I added 5 mismatched vintage buttons. Anytime I can add buttons I do...it's such an obsession.
I'm happy to announce I'll be teaching a Margo Blouse Class Saturday, November 5th at Fabricland in Orange, California. I keep the class sizes small so we can get lots done and still have a good time. Contact Fabricland to sign up. Since teaching is one of my favoriteist things to do, I'd love to see you there!
What are you making for fall?
There's a lot that goes into the development of a pattern; design, pattern making, testing, writing, testing some more, refining and the list goes on. But the best part of the development of a pattern is when it goes out to the testers and I get to what people make.
I'm amazed at how gifted, skilled and generous my pattern testers are! They made some really fun Ally skirts, gave awesome feedback and were all around supportive during the entire process. Their suggestions have been invaluable. I couldn't have done it without them!
Here are some of the makes from these lovely testers:
Michelle from ThatBlackChic added pockets and flaps for a young and funky Ally. So much fun!
Melissa from Mahlicadesigns made a dark denim skirt with snaps. A great wardrobe builder, right?
Karen made a wool version (so classic!) with pockets and then a higher waisted denim version for her lovely daughter
Lindsay of Inside The Hem made a corduroy skirt. When Lindsay sent her photos I had to giggle because I had just finished a brown cord version myself
Caroline made a fun black Ally that can be worn all year with a light t-shirt in the summer and a chunky sweater and boots in the winter. I love it!
I'm the luckiest designer ever! Thank you pattern testers....you're the best!
The newest addition to the Blue Dot Patterns Collection is the Ally Skirt PDF Pattern! It's now available on the BDP website!
To celebrate the new release, it's on sale for 30% off....just $7.00.
Ally has length and pocket options and best of all, it sews up really quick
Head on over to the website and check it out!
I'm happy to announce the newest pattern in the Blue Dot Collection, The Ally Skirt PDF Pattern!
The Ally Skirt is a 6 gore skirt with 2 length options, button front, topstitching and flap or pocket
option (because we love our pockets!) Instructions include directions for a custom fit. View A is above the knee a with flap and has a finished length of 17 1/2". View B is knee length with an inset patch pocket and finishes at 22 1/2”. This pattern is designed for the beginning/intermediate sewer.
She doesn't take much fabric and is a really quick sew. Ally is a great way to add to your wardrobe. I hope it becomes one of your TNT patterns.
Upcraft Club is doing an exclusive release today so head on over and take a look!
The pattern will be available on the Blue Dot Website on June 3rd.
I hope you like it!
There's nothing like the satisfaction of finding the perfect pattern for that fabric and then realizing you can have it immediately by printing it at home. You find it, buy it, print it and can be sewing in a few minutes! But... taping them together isn't quite as fun. Today I'm sharing the fastest way I've found to tape them together so you can be on your merry (sewing) way.
Here's what you'll need:
Rotary cutting mat
Clear tape (matte finish)
Step 1: Test Square (don't skip this step)
Print the test square provided on the pattern and verify that it's the correct size. In my example, the test square must be 4". If your test square size is incorrect, be sure to go back and make print setting adjustments (setting the printer to "actual" size is the common fix) until it's right on. Once everything is correct, print your pattern.
Place ruler along the left line of pattern frame and cut off margin using a rotary cutter. Do the same for the bottom margin.
Be sure to leave the top and right sides untouched. Your pattern pieces should look like this:
Step 3: Tape pages together
Align numbers or markings on the pattern and tape. Because you cut the left margins off already, you simply need to slide the left page under the right. Tape pages together in rows from left to right.
In this example, Blue Dot patterns have both a number and a circle to help make alignment accurate. I tape at all alignment marks and pattern lines to assure my pattern stays together. I use "matte" clear tape because it allows me to use a pencil or pen to make any fitting adjustments.
Step 4: Tape rows together from top to bottom.
That's it! The rotary cutter saves so much time!
I hope this helps you enjoy your PDF patterns!
Hi! I'm Diane, a wife, mom, sewing teacher and pattern designer from sunny Southern California. I share my sewing adventures here on the Blue Dot Blog formerly Gatorbunnysews. For more info click here.