Little Geometric Gem Poncho

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I’m going to make the deadline! Over at The Monthly Stitch it’s a monochrome sewing challenge and I have accidentally, on purpose made an unlikely garment for myself. While visiting my daughter las week, she handed me this lightweight stretch knit fabric and Simplicity SewSimple pattern A1639, along with the fabric for the Poncho Atitlan  that I made last week.

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I would have never imagined how cute and comfy this particular cut would be. I’m in love! I usually choose more fitted and structured looks for myself, but I’m glad to have “sewed outside the box” and stitched this little geometric gem together. Lucky for me too, that it fits the monochrome theme.

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It’s an easy construction, just two pieces, back and front, plus neck facings. I decided not to face the neck edge as the fabric is very thin and instead, I created a neck band from some black cotton/lycra that I have in my stash. The most time consuming  part was the lower edge. I serged it first, and then I tried out my new Janome cover stitch machine for the first time.

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I had to change the sample thread to black, which was a new experience. You have to thread it perfectly or the cover-stitch won’t look right. It was a challenge, but I didn’t give up. My fabric is very lightweight so I also had to adjust the tensions. I couldn’t figure out if the smaller numbers or the larger numbers were the tighter stitch….and I still don’t know for sure. Do you know? It wasn’t even in the manual!

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Anyway, after much trial and error on scrap fabric, I pressed up the edge and topstitched it with the perfect two row stitch.

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This was a test run of this pattern, and really this is just a wearable muslin. I don’t know what will happen once it is washed. The fabric is not top quality, but it sure does have a great geometric pattern! I have a few more yards of it too!

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I’ll be delivering this top to my daughter who owns a bohemian gift and clothing store called “Gathered” in the destination town of Healdsburg, California. It’s in the heart of the wine country! Great wine, delicious food, a tourist event almost every week, and  beautiful countryside, dotted with vineyards and wineries. What’s not to enjoy, right?

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I think I would look very stylish wearing one of these ponchos, with a glass of wine in my hand. ;)

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I’m planning a few giveaways when I reach 350 followers or when I write my 400th post, which ever comes first, so stay tuned!

Thanks for looking and happy sewing.

 

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Poncho Atitlán

IMG_8668A Guatemalan scarf found it’s way from the thrift to my sewing room via my daughter, who has an artistic eye and great fashion sense. We decided to make a simple pullover poncho, that would show off the traditional woven border on this light grey cotton blend fabric.IMG_8695She also had some thrifted trim that we used around the neck and the bottom edge. It was a quick and easy sew, and the finished garment is simple in design. All we did was cut out a section in the middle, so that the length was right, sew the shoulder/sleeve seam, sew up the sides, and cut a neckline.

IMG_8686Ponchos are very trendy right now. I have another version that is almost finished, and was cut following a pattern. I’m anxious to see if it has a more flattering silhouette.  This one just does its own thing! What do you think? Do you like ponchos?

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Thanks for looking and Happy Sewing!

 

 

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In case you missed it!

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In case you missed it, here’s the interview I did for The Monthly Stitch Indie Pattern Month Event. I talk about the Indie Pattern Company that I work for, Lekala.co. Here’s the interview! Thanks for looking. :)

 

 

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Thank you for your votes!

Even though I didn’t win during The Monthly Stitch Sewing Challenge, it was great fun to play along. Many of the sewers had outstanding and creative garments in the weekly challenges, so it was really hard to choose. I appreciate any votes you may have cast my way.

As an editor and sewer for Lekala.co, my goal was to share with readers how a few of the patterns look on a real person. On behalf of Lekala.co, we just want to say how much we enjoyed participating and contributing prizes to the winners.

Please visit our diverse collection of styles and see what you might want to sew up! Just put in your measurements, your printing preferences, and within minutes you’ll have your pattern! If the pattern says, “Edited by a native speaker” at the top, you’ll know I’ve made it even easier to understand. If you have any questions about the directions, I’m happy to help you out, just email me. You can do that on my sewing and alteration page. I’ll get back to you just as soon as I can. In the mean time, happy sewing!

Barbara

 

 

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Time to Vote!

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Fan Tastic Dress and Purse….Lekala Style

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Fantastic Dress and Purse… Lekala Style

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For the last contest on “The Monthly Stitch“, I made a polka-dot cotton dress with  red decorative stitching and a box purse from a piece of heavy weight plaid cotton canvas and  blue brocade satin lining. I’m very happy with both pieces and had a blast modeling them on the new trail currently being built by my house. It is so pretty! You can get right next to nature without getting into the poison oak! The workers actually stopped for awhile, while we took our pics, that was so nice of them. They are volunteering their time to make this awesome trail. I can’t wait until its done!

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These are the two patterns I tried out for the first time.

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Lekala 4345

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Small Bag Lekala 3001

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I made the purse so I could figure out the directions and hopefully make them easier to follow. I love the square shape. I used fabrics from my stash, rectangular metal rings, and a thrifted metal zipper.

IMG_7004Everything went together easily, except for sewing the square fronts on the straight piece. It’s a little tricky going around the corners. It’s kind of like putting a square peg in a round hole. But if you clip into the corners, you can make it work. It’s just a bit fiddly. It wasn’t quite sturdy enough for me, so I ended up putting pieces of flexible plastic between the fabric and the lining. Next time, I’ll use heavy interfacing to help it hold its shape.IMG_7006The dress was super fun and easy to put together. Especially since I saved so much time by having it printed in large PDF. I weighted down the pattern pieces and zipped around the edges with my special left-handed rotary cutter.IMG_8476I am really liking this flat sewing technique. It makes it so easy for final adjustments. First you make the entire front, then the entire back. Then you sew the shoulder seams. Now you can pin or baste the sides to fit you perfectly!IMG_8536I reinforced the waist inset with satin lining. Next time I will add interfacing to give it more stability. Here is what it looks like on the inside.IMG_8481This is what the baseball stitch looks like, and the fabric is navy blue with tiny white polka-dots. For some reason, the computer makes the print do a crazy digital pattern on the dress in all the outdoor pictures.IMG_8482I have to laugh, I think I put the little sleeves in backwards! After taking a closer look at the cap-like sleeve in the picture, I’m sure I goofed it up. Too late now, and it’s fine. I did double each sleeve so that the underside looks as nice as the outer. I skipped all the serging of the seams, because I sewed a decorative baseball stitch on the inset, sleeves, and the skirt seams. I could have taken a nap while the machine slowly did its magic. The red stitching goes nicely with the red and white plaid purse.IMG_7001The new trail follows a creek that runs through our housing subdivision and the new hospital that is being built.  I’ve been walking on it through the different stages of development and today it was graveled and pressed.  It will certainly be part of my daily exercise, but not in heels and a dress!IMG_8509

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It’s almost a full circle skirt, so I had to give it a twill!

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Interview with…. Barbara from Lekala!

Interview with…. Barbara from Lekala!.

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Lekala.co Pattern, sewn by me for my daughter, Leah

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