This summer one of my goals was to make some tank style tops for myself. I have long loved the patterns and styles of Rae at Made by Rae. I fell in love with the lines of her Ruby top and was excited to stitch up a few. After my day of fun trip to my favorite fabric store, I snatched up a few fabrics to put these together and when I got home I promptly got started.
Overall, this is a pretty simple and very well written pattern to put together. I love how it lends itself to so many different variations…not to mention that it can be a top or a dress. There’s a great flickr pool with all the different ways that people have put these together.
My biggest issue with this pattern was sizing and honestly it wasn’t the fault of the pattern, but just my tiny shoulders and bust. I tend to always sew a size up a little bit when I use a pattern for the first time (it’s always easier to take it in and you can’t ever add it back!). After posting the pics on instagram, Rae herself actually commented (how cool is that!?)and suggested making a size small for the yoke and a medium for the bottom…so I will definitely try that again.
After wearing both versions a few times and realizing that they were just too big in the shoulders, I did end up taking some the yoke apart at the shoulders and underarms and bringing it in some. I wore the lighter colored one a few weeks back with a belt and loved how it turned out.
I’m excited to try this pattern again and maybe even try the dress version. I do really think it’s one that I’ll keep and sew again and again, now that I have the sizing down. I highly recommend it!
If you’ve been a reader of this blog for any amount of time you will know that I’m a huge fan of Oliver + S patterns. I truly give these patterns all the credit for teaching me so much about sewing and pattern construction. I’ve sewn quite a few independent and boutique patterns over the years and I always come back to O+S because it’s almost always a no fail pattern.
I’ve made the coordinating badminton skort a few times and love how easily it comes together. It lends itself to so many easy adaptations and alterations, but I hadn’t had a chance to put the shirt together until this summer.
The bird fabric is an organic by Birch and the grey trim fabric is from the Ed Emberly collection. Both were lovely to work with and I love how they came together.
The little tie on the front was actually some trim I ordered years ago from the Netherlands and never used it for what I had originally intended. I think it was honestly the perfect way to top off this little shirt!
This is a great pattern and pretty easy to put together. It came together in an afternoon and the hardest part were the “sleeves”. The original pattern has a ruffle on the shoulders and my chick is very anti-ruffle so we opted to leave that part off. While it did save a step, had I realized we weren’t going to add the ruffle I would have probably altered how I constructed that shoulder seam a little better. I also added some length to the bottom of the shirt.
The thing I love about Oliver + S is that no matter what you sew, you end up with a garment that 1. doesn’t necessarily look like your mom made it (you know what I mean) and 2. you have a garment that looks so complicated to construct, but yet it really isn’t.
I would say this is a great pattern for an advanced beginner.
I bought this pattern for the 241 tote by noodle-head months ago because I was desperate for a new bag. It has been sitting in my inbox for way to long and Friday I decided come heck or high water I was going to get it stitched up.
I didn’t want to buy any new fabric for it so I went digging in my stash for yardage that had just been sitting and waiting for too long. I bought this Heather Ross Far and Away fabric like 4 years ago to do curtains in our now demo-ed basement. I love this fabric and just couldn’t see it laying there anymore. I grabbed up a couple of others from the stash and got busy cutting the pattern out.
There are a fair amount of pieces to this pattern, but it’s pretty easy to see what you need and where things will fit together. The hardest part is figuring out how you want to piece all the different fabrics together! You can add zipper pockets to the front or leave them off; which I left off mostly because I hate zippers and also because I was trying to make do with what I had in the studio.
My favorite part of this whole bag is the top-stitching. It’s funny how something as simple as adding a second row of top-stitching can give a bag or garment that extra something. I really think for me that it gave this bag less of a home-made look and more of a professional one.
This is a great pattern and one in which I realized my laziness of basting came to haunt me. The directions tell you to baste your straps down…which of course I didn’t. I just pinned them like I usually do (because I am lazy and I hate basting and having to pull the basting out) and I ended up having to fix one of the straps after I flipped it because it was not only crooked but off center. Note to self: basting is better than tearing out seams.
Overall, it’s a fabulous pattern that makes the perfect size bag! While I wouldn’t say it’s a great bag for total beginners, it is a good pattern for those with a basic knowledge of how to construct a pattern. I totally love it and have gobs of ideas of ways I can make more and throw a splash of embroidery on the front. Thanks for a spectacular pattern Anna!!
When we unpacked the chick’s spring/summer wardrobe we not only found lacking many dresses and skirts, but also some pajamas. And I’ll be honest, pajamas are not cheap. Of course, nothing was on sale and I wasn’t about to go traipsing about town trying to find the best deal with a very opinionated 4 year old in tow. I remembered I had this pattern I wanted to try and try I did. Lucky for me, most of this fabric was “scraps” given to me by a friend. Thanks for that!
This is a totally simple pattern and great for a beginner. The pattern is Butterick B4910. My only complaint is their explanation for how to sew the shorts/pants. Totally didn’t make sense to me, therefore I just did it the way I’ve been sewing up shorts lately. Other than that, it was pretty darn simple. I made a couple pairs of shorts to wear with some tank undershirts I did buy, a nightgown and a little shirt.