Remember my obsessive crush on Advance 7701? And how Jane lent me her copy? And how I made it up in a vintage-inappropriate cotton knit and vowed to make another in merino for winter wear?
I did it. The Sew Weekly challenge this week was “Down Under” (reverse seasons). I thought since the fabric came from New Zealand (a gift from Leimomi when she visited, no less!) and it’s summer here, I went ahead and made my winter merino version. This fabric is incredible. It’s smooth and softer than soft against my skin. And, ever thoughtful and detail-oriented, Leimomi chose a perfect shade of teal.
If you’d like to read the brief rundown on the project, check out my post on Sew Weekly.
Over the past few months, I devoted quite some time to learning to put patterns online. That’s part of what the Blank Canvas Tee was for. The patterns aren’t as flashy and professional looking as I’d like, but I think I have the basic idea down. I consider this a big milestone in my own sewing, because I tend to work with hard-to-find or completely made up patterns. Then I share what I did and- well- I always felt a little guilty for going on and on about patterns no one else can find.
With this top, I have adapted the pattern for modern sewing techniques and fabrics (like this perfect knit). I think the pattern will be “perfect” after one more tweak. For the merino top, I eliminated the horizontal bust dart. It’s not a big deal on this top, but in the future I will put it back. I think if I created some gentle “easing” type shaping instead of the dart, it would be just the ticket.
My point is, have you seen Craftsy’s new independent pattern section? It’s amazing, and I’m really excited to watch how it will work. And I want in! The Blank Canvas Tee and hacks will always be available for free. However, if I start putting some of my favorite self-made patterns on Craftsy for sale then perhaps I can help pay the rent. Maybe I could eventually afford some red Astorias!
I like this pattern a LOT, not the least because it’s an unexpected cut, very comfortable and takes about an hour to sew. I know this one will hardly leave my back come winter- in fact I have plans to make several once cold weather hits (and when I can afford a little more merino… it’s my new fabric crack…).
What do you think? If I put this pattern up on Craftsy, my own modern translation of the cut and with full instructions, would you be interested? Are there any of my other self-made or “translated” patterns you’d love to see available on Craftsy?