Mandarin Shirt Sew-a-Long: Day 1

 

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Today, we are going to walk through the printing and assembly of your PDF pattern. You can, of course, get this pattern printed on a continuous roll of paper at a print shop if you’d prefer to skip this step. But printing and assembling at home isn’t as difficult as it sounds! It takes a bit of time and concentration, but it’s not difficult. And I must say, Jodi from Jailyn Apparel has done a phenomenal job with this pattern. It is easy to assemble and the PDF instructions are incredibly detailed and helpful!

Step One: Prepping for printing

When you download your file, make sure you open it in Adobe Acrobat Reader — NOT your web browser! Some browsers like to open PDF files directly in the browser, but this can sometimes cause issues with the printing size. If you don’t have Adobe Reader on your computer, you can download it here for free.

The next thing you’ll want to do is utilize the amazing “Layers” function in this pattern! If you haven’t already, measure yourself (bust, waist, and hip) and choose which size you will be making from the detailed size chart in the instruction PDF. I currently measure 39″ bust, 32″ waist, and 42″ hip. I decided to go with the regular size 10, as the finished garment measurements seemed like they would be comfortable to me. [Read more…]

Mandarin Shirt Sew-a-Long

Hello readers! I know, it’s been a while since you last heard from me. But I am SO excited about what I’ve got in the works!

Do any of you remember reading Darlene’s posts about a lovely velvet tank top from Jailyn Apparel a few years ago (here and here)? Do you remember the exciting news she shared last May about Jailyn Apparel making a comeback as a pattern company?!

Jailyn’s current PDF pattern offering is the Mandarin top. It is fantastic:

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Click through to go to the Jailyn Apparel Flickr group, for more photos!

“The Mandarin shirt is a closely-tailored style with an under-bust seem that highlights your waist while allowing easy fitting of the bust area. The spread Mandarin collar drops into a V neckline. Closely spaced buttons down the center front work with the fuller bust sizing to prevent gaping across your bust line.

The sleeves sport overlapped, fold-back cuffs with sleeve length options in 3/4-length or above the elbow.

It’s a flattering casual shirt that easily transitions to the office.”

As a sewist, this pattern is so exciting to me! I love the challenge of sewing garments with a good fit. I love it even more when it comes with a pattern that’s already great to start with. I really want to share my love of sewing and PDF patterns and fitting with you – so Hourglassy will be hosting a sew-a-long blog series with the Mandarin top!

Every week, I’ll be publishing a step-by-step tutorial outlining a part of the process of making this blouse. Everything from printing/assembling your PDF pattern, making pattern adjustments and a fitting muslin, all the way down to hemming and affixing the buttons on your final garment! I’ll break it up into manageable weekly portions with photos and tips to help along the way. Jodi’s pattern instructions are phenomenal and you don’t really *need* me over here holding your hand. But making a tailored blouse can be intimidating, and it is always more fun to try new things with a friend!

If you want to join in the fun*, get your supplies ready and check back next week for pattern printing and assembly tips!

Supplies needed: [Read more…]

Off the Rack ~ Miss Candyfloss Roxy & Olive Tops Reviewed

More Miss Candyfloss! My favorite brand had a 20% off coupon for Black Friday, so I placed another order. I’ve now collected several dresses and a bunch of different tops. This week, I’m reviewing two long-sleeved tops, and I’ll follow up with more of them in future posts.

In my first review of a MCF top—the Margit-Ilene—I found the size medium a little clingier than I really prefer. The “underbust” seam was also distinctively on top of breast tissue, and the fabric was stretched taut so that I lost some of the pleating details. So this time, I went with size large and crossed my fingers it wouldn’t be too large.

Well I’m so glad I did, and I’ll be buying size large in stretch jersey tops from MCF from now on! For reference, I measure 37”-29”-41”.

First up is the Roxy-Lee top with fox-print trim:

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Off the Rack ~ A Weekend in the Country with Miss Candyfloss

I spent the Fourth of July holiday weekend at my parents’ cabin in the middle of nowhere in Central New York farmland, but there was no way I would let that stop me from wearing my awesome new Miss Candyfloss items! Plus the natural surroundings were a nice backdrop for the photos.

After trying a few Miss Candyfloss pieces (read reviews here and here), I’ve become totally hooked! This brand fits me better than any off-the-rack, non full-bust-specific company I’ve ever tried. Plus, the items are really nice quality yet still easy to care for—the dress and top I’m sharing here are both machine-washable and seem pretty wrinkle-resistant so far.

This time I managed to snag the much coveted Juanita Sunset dress for an absolute steal on eBay after my size sold out on the MCF website. The dress features amazing bright colors, a super flattering neckline, and a full skirt. Made of 63% polyester, 35% viscose, and 2% lycra, the dress drapes beautifully and has a medium amount of stretch. I’m wearing a size medium with measurements 37”-29”-41”.

The dress perfectly matched my mom’s orange and red flower bed:

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