Mandarin Shirt Sew-a-Long: Day 3

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Ok, the last two weeks have been a little complicated (Supplies)(Piecing the pattern)(Pattern Adjustments)…and we haven’t even touched fabric yet! Never fear, we will finally do that today. Get ready to cut out the fabric for your fitting muslin! Cutting out a sewing pattern is a fairly universal process, so if you’ve done this before, just go ahead and do your thing! I’ll just share some of my tips and tricks below.

For this step, you will need:

  • Your adjusted (if necessary) Mandarin Shirt pattern pieces
  • Fabric for your muslin, washed and prepped
    • I bought a plain, non-stretch cotton fabric (similar), as this will not need to be a wearable garment. It will only be used to check the fit and make further adjustments.
  • Pattern weights or pins
  • Fabric scissors or rotary cutter
  • Pencil, tailor’s chalk, or other fabric marking utensil
    • I am a HUGE fan of the Pilot Frixion highlighter for fabric marking! It removes with an iron.
    • I also caved and used a Crayola washable marker for parts of this….again, not a wearable garment, so removable markings aren’t as important.

Firstly, for your fitting muslin, you don’t technically *need* to use all of the pattern pieces. It would be a good idea to cut out one of every piece so you can practice doing the steps before doing them on your final shirt. But the minimum pieces necessary to check the fit of the garment are: [Read more…]

Off the Rack ~ Lady K Loves “Hug Me Baby” Jeans Finally Restocking!

Good news for my fellow readers who are just as curvy on the bottom half as the top half! After a long delay due to being forced to switch denim suppliers, Lady K Loves is finally restocking their amaaaazing “Hug Me Baby” jeans for figures with a high waist-to-hip ratio. I reviewed these amazing vintage-style pants back in 2015, and have yet to find any other jeans that fit or feel as good. I’ve been dying for a pair in black, and now I finally have my chance again.

However, since pre-orders via the Lady K website have apparently been problematic in the past, they’re using Kickstarter to accept pre-orders and offer other goodies like tee shirts and tote bags. You even get a £5 discount if you pre-order. So get to it! Visit Lady K’s blog to read more details, or go straight to the Kickstarter page.

And please share the news! I’ll be devastated if the Kickstarter goal isn’t met and I have to wait even longer for my jeans!

Here's me in my fabulous Lady K Loves "Hug Me Baby" jeans.

Here’s me in my fabulous Lady K Loves “Hug Me Baby” jeans.

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Off the Rack ~ Reviewing Grass Fields Clothing

I recently had an amazing encounter with an Hourglassy reader. She contacted me through Bratabase’s messaging system to introduce me to a brand called Grass Fields. Georgina of Fuller Figure Fuller Bust had just reviewed two pieces from this company, and the reader liked the designs so much that she ordered a jumpsuit for herself.

The suit didn’t fit the reader, but instead of returning it, she offered to send it to me if I promised to review it. She said she really admired the company’s back story of pulling themselves out of abject poverty in Cameroon through this business (read more on their blog), and that she thought it could benefit the brand to get another review out there in a different size. After looking at the Grass Fields website and reading their astonishing story, I was eager to accept!

Sadly, the jumpsuit is not flattering on me. At all. And the size chart does not look boob-friendly either. But the fabric is so amazing and the story so inspiring that I still want to share the positive aspects of the garment even while presenting a negative review. [Read more…]

Mandarin Shirt Sew-a-long: Day 2

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Alrighty, are you ready for Day Two?! At this point, you’ve purchased your pattern and fabric (intro post) and printed/pieced your pattern together (Day 1). Now we are ready to take a few more measurements and do some adjustments to the pattern before cutting it out!

Jodi has outlined directions for this process in her PDF instructions. I’m a very visual learner, so I thought I would try and document it more in-depth for other visual people out there.

For this process you will need:

  • Top Front and Top Back pattern pieces
  • The bra you plan to wear under your Mandarin Shirt
    • Wear this while taking your measurements!
  • Flexible tape measure
  • Pencil
  • Ruler
    • I love using a clear quilting ruler for making pattern adjustments! So easy to see if you’re lining everything up.
  • Scissors and/or paper trimming tool
  • Extra paper
    • Only needed if you need to increase your pattern size. I like to use wrapping paper. You could use printer paper, junk mail, just about anything!
  • Scotch tape, glue stick, or similar

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