Altering the Alder: Sprout hacks

I wrote a post for the Sprout Patterns blog where I dramatically alter a garment using their service. I’ve wrote about it before, but Sprout Patterns is a really cool project and product I’ve been able to work with. They use Spoonflower to print a sewing pattern directly on the fabric. Think about that, no pinning tissue paper, no tracing lines, just simply cut out the pieces!

You should absolutely go read what I wrote in the two part blog posts here:

Altering the Alder: Part 1, Adding Darts

Altering the Alder: Part 2, Adding Sleeves

But if you really just want the eye-candy, here’s some awesome photos of the dress I created. You can also read my review of this pattern here: Grainline Studio Alder Shirtdress ★★★★

Here are three photos that show the stages of alterations I worked with. The first is the shirt directly following the pattern. The second photo shows the difference some added darts can make. And the final dress has drafted petal sleeves.

I frequently wish I could see the INSIDES of dresses that inspire me. So in the future I’m also going to try to include construction photos, and inside out photos of garments I’m really proud of.

Science Girl is Sour

Science Girl had the opportunity to attend a new event last week. The Museum of Life and Science had an After Hours event about the “Science of Sour.” It covered everything from fermentation, to pickling, to how your taste buds work. And of course I had to make a themed dress.

Spoonflower actually had a pickle design contest lately, so I had a lot of designs to choose from. My favorite was this design by pinky_wittingslow covered with watercolor cucumber slices, and even a hint of dill in the background. I used the cotton lawn fabric because of its soft texture and easy drape.

I used the same dress pattern you’ve seen plenty of other times on other projects. To switch things up a bit I hand drafted petal sleeves. I’ve been meaning to try them again in something more formal, and I’m so glad I did. It added an interesting element to this dress that I feel really drew attention.

I reviewed this pattern here: Butterick Retro Dress B5603 ★★★★★

Because the lining would show at the edge of the sleeves I wanted something perfect that would complement the colors of the pickles. I chose this design by brainsarepretty and printed it on satin. Slippery to sew, but perfect for linings.

 

Cotton Lawn Peplum Blouse

Spoonflower has a new fabric, that I’m actually really excited about. Its perfect for apparel projects. They made a video, and I made a blouse!

The fabric is, obviously, our new Cotton Lawn Ultra, and was designed by Chantale Pare. The pattern is the Colette Hawthorn, and was easy and fun to use. The photos were taken by the lovely Caroline Okun of Brains Are Pretty. (I know, its crazy what my sewing looks like when a professional photographer does it, instead of me with a cellphone on my back porch.)

I wrote a review of this pattern here: Colette Hawthorn Dress ★★★★

Fabric for Weaving Inspiration

I took a workshop on techniques for sewing garments with hand woven fabric, lead by Daryl Lancaster, whose work blows me away. And now everything I want to do for forever is pairing hand-woven fabric with various spoonflower designs.

The yarn is a cotton-linen blend, size 22/2.

This fabric is printed on spoonflower’s sateen, design by Holli Zollinger.

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Chevron Dress

Remember that velvet christmas dress? I said I had plans for that pattern again, and here it is! I chose this fabric because it exaggerates the interesting piece-work construction. The pattern is Vogue 8814. It’s fascinating to me how the same pattern can create dramatically different dresses. Summery and bright and floaty, versus dark and smooth and luxurious.

The fabric is by Domesticate of Spoonflower, printed on kona cotton. I wrote a review for this pattern here: Vogue Dress V8814 ★★

This was also an excuse to play with some hand embroidery. It is a braided chain stitch. I love the tutorials on Sarah’s Hand Embroidery’s website, the pictures are clear and beautiful and helpful.

Floral Shirt

This was a quick fun little project. I picked out the pattern because I love boat neck shirts, they’re wonderfully flattering on me. I also really like the detail of gap line in the back.

It was made from butterick pattern 5497. The only thing that made it tricky is that I found the underbust seam really tight on me, and it was definitely tighter in the torso than I’m usually comfortable with. I plan on making this shirt again, except perhaps following the pattern for shirt A, and I’ll definitely go up a size from what I normally use.

The shirt is made out of spoonflower fabric designed by Locamode. I’m actually wearing the shirt in the final picture, which we used for myMeet Spoonflower Interview, taken by Stephen Frasier.

I wrote a review for this pattern here: Butterick Blouse B5497 ★★★★