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May 5, 2017   /   byLiesl Gibson  / Categories :  Feeds

Hello friends!

Are you participating in Me Made May? I really look forward to this month every year because it gives me a chance to see how you’re wearing our patterns and incorporating them into your wardrobe, which I don’t get to see otherwise! I’m participating as well, and you can follow me on my personal Instagram account if you want. But it’s more fun to look at #memademay17 to see what everyone is wearing. I just think it’s wonderful and so inspiring to see the number of people sewing for themselves these days. It’s definitely something to celebrate.

Liesl's Me Made Made looks so far this month.
I want to see what you’re wearing!

Speaking of sewing your own clothes, don’t forget that our Classic Shirt sew-along starts next Monday. Rachel has been working hard to pull everything together for it, and I hope we’ll teach you some new techniques and give you lots of tips to make a professional-looking shirt along the way. I hope you’ll join us! You can pick up the pattern for the shirt in paper or in digital format.

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Speaking of Me Made May, here is our friend Rita in her floral SoHo Shorts. Rita will be back soon with more about these shorts, so stay tuned. Also, it’s always fun to see our Everyday Skirt used for sewing classes. Well done, everyone!

Rita's SoHo Shorts and Everyday Skirts in a sewing class
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I’m still hoping to sew the white linen Cinema Dress with heirloom details I started last summer, with lots of pintucks and entredeux in the front yoke. I got excited about it again when I saw these images.

Liesl + Co Cinema Dress inspiration
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Oh, and the girls’ version of the Cinema Dress is, of course, the Hide-and-Seek Dress. I love both of these inspirational images, which reminded me of some of the other fun ways you can embellish it.

Oliver + S Hide-and-Seek Dress inspiration
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What Pantone color do you like your coffee? Also, can we give a big cheer that ice cream season is nearly upon us?

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Speaking of coffee colors, I really love this cafe au lait heather T-shirt with printed shorts. You could make something similar with our Bento Tee and SoHo Shorts, which would also be adorable made in lace. (For a while now, New York Elegant Fabrics has had the most beautiful natural-colored cotton crocheted lace in the front of the store. If it’s still there it would be perfect for this!)

Liesl + Co SoHo Shorts inspiration
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This tile mosaic reminded me of a quilt. I wonder what it would look like to dye your own indigo fabric so you could get the tonal differentiation in the fabric and make the quilt from that fabric. Maybe with hand-dyed thread as well!

quilt inspiration
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Weekend Reading

OK, have a wonderful weekend! I’ll see you here next week for the sew-along, I’ll also show you a dress I made a while ago, and if I have enough time I might even show you around Madrid a bit. Shelley will be here next Friday in my stead, too. It’s always great to get a visit from Lightning McStitch.

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Hot Patterns DISASTER – Weekender Cargo Pants

I don’t enjoy writing bad reviews. In fact, I would much rather just pretend nothing happened and never write about this. But then, I would feel bad about other people buying this pattern. I had such high hopes. I love the casual styling, I love the topstitching, the pockets are fun, I love the pockets that form the belt casing. It could have been a great pattern. I would have enjoyed the topstitching and the pockets. Alas, it was not meant to be.



First, the crotch height is um, high. Like, the highest draft I’ve ever seen. This almost reached to the bottom of my bra. I don’t understand it. At all. How can the draft be this high? Can you see the faint white chalk marks where the rear pockets go? The pocket flap would start on my back!!
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Look, you can actually see the bottom of my black and white sports bra. The top of the pants go way above my ribs. And the seam allowances are 3/8” on this pattern. Even if you took that into account, the height on these is crazy.
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So then I had an ah-ha moment. Maybe it’s NOT the pattern. Maybe I need to make a larger size? And pull them down more?? Maybe my hips are not letting the fabric settle down where it should be? So I loosened the pins holding the CF together and ended up with the weirdest low, pointy crotch ever. No, it’s not me. It’s definitely the pattern. When it is pulled up to rib-ville, the crotch curve actually fits okay. At least, it really felt like that is where it is supposed to be.
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On the plus side, I used crappy muslin fabric and didn’t spend too much time on this.
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Anyone want to buy a pattern? I won’t be using it. I bought it because I love my Jalie Vanessa pants (which I’m wearing right now) and thought these might be similar. Hahahhahahahahhaa. Maybe, instead, I will add the details I like (the pieced and topstitched legs and the large pockets) to my Jalie pants instead. They never let me down. The Hot Patterns tally is 1 for 2 now. I have one more pattern to try out. Oh, and I did email Hot Patterns last week about the missing pattern piece on my HP t-shirt. No response. It’s been a week.

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