My first pattern as a designer was the Mama Adelyn tunic and dress for women, and I have so much to be thankful for that got me to that point.
Our insanely amazing online sewing community is top-notch. I didn’t plan to become a designer. I love sewing other designers’ patterns; and you’ll see me doing just that in our online community; I love supporting friends and all of our ventures.
I became a designer when I couldn’t shake the desire to understand the process. Once I paid for all of the tools and workshops, I created a goal to at least make 1 pattern graded to all sizes. And it came much quicker than anticipated. When my friend (co-designer) Ashley Hermann created the girls’ Adelyn, I said, “Mamas need that!” I abandoned the pattern I was working on and drafted the Mama Adelyn.
For this blog tour, I made a tunic length version that I can wear for the holidays in sparkly lightweight sweater knit from Sly Fox Fabrics.
In this season of thankfulness, I also wanted to offer a little inspiration — 2 Adelyns in one outfit
The pattern comes with both tunic and dress length, and here’s what I did:
- I used dress length for the cardigan
- Graded up 2 sizes (I measure xs and sewed a M)
- I cut higher necklines–however I wanted the cardigan to look in front/back.
- I cut down the center front
- Added traditional fabric binding to the full neckline (about 90% of neckline length and 2” wide).
- Hemmed down the fronts and back of the cardigan
- Added cuffs, maybe 6” so they’d be 3” when folded (cutting the sleeves shorter before attaching).
Note on Binding Methods
I plan to create a step-by-step tutorial for this, but you can make traditional binding by sewing right sides together (raw edges together) of your binding piece to the right side of your garment, folding it in half toward the raw edge, folding it over the raw edge, and stitching down. You can also create nontraditional binding (what I use for the Lulu pattern) by folding the binding in half like a neckband width, attaching to the wrong side of the garment, flipping it over to the right side, and topstitching it down.
I seriously don’t want to take it off. So you’ll probably see me wearing it the rest of the fall and winter. (Fabric is heavenly brushed terry from Sly Fox)
It also pairs well with my second pattern (just released) called the Lulu Dolman Sweater.
I didn’t plan to take pics of this outfit, but when I put it on, it just felt so comfy that I thought I’d share…
Enjoy the wonderful line-up within the Sewing by Ti Thankful Blog Tour!
Petite Stitchery is a sponsor for this week’s tour, so be sure to enter the giveaway to win your own Adelyn pattern and yummy Simpy by Ti credit to go with it!
Week 3: 11/15-11/21
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Sewing with Sarah
Nov 1st: Tenille’s Thread
Nov 2nd: Candace Ayala
Nov 3rd: Hazelnut Handmade
Nov 4th: Musing of a Seamstress
Nov 5th: Sewing Portfolios
Monday Nov 6th: mahlicadesigns
Nov 7th: Seams Sew Lo
Nov 8th: Margarita on the Ross
Nov 9th: Stitched by Jennie
Nov 10th: Sewing with D
Monday Nov 13th: 5 outof 4 Patterns
Nov 14th: Tales of a Southern Mom
Nov 15th: Hazelnut Handmade
Nov 16th: Octaves of Color
Nov 17th: Kainara Stitches
Nov 18th: Kutti Couture
Nov 19th: The Petite Sewist
Monday Nov 20th: My Heart will Sew On
Nov 21st: Needles to Say
Nov 22nd: Back 40 Life
Nov 23rd: Lovemade Handmade
Nov 24th: Sewing by Ti
Nov 25th: On Wednesdays We Sew
Nov 26th: Paisley Roots
Monday Nov 27th: Mermaid Mama Designs
Nov 28th: Sew Haute Blog
Nov 29th: Ma Moose Handmade
Nov 30th: Everything Your Mama Made & More