Sew This Look Volume 3

Sew This Look Volume 3

In our Instagram feed, we sometimes share RTW (ready-to-wear) looks that we come across that would be easy to recreate with a Blank Slate Pattern. Here are a few recent ones:

Sew this ready-to-wear look with the Rivage Raglan pattern from Blank Slate PatternsIt would be easy to use the Rivage Raglan pattern to recreate this look.

  • Straighten out the hemline on your pattern piece.
  • Use a sweatshirt fleece or french terry knit for the pattern, with the wrong side for the main body pieces.
  • For the sleeve and body hems, turn the fabric to the right side of the garment instead of the wrong.
  • For the diamond-shaped elbow patches, sew those onto the sleeves while flat! The ones on here are a good size -- I'd say you could make the patch width about 40% of the width of your sleeve at the elbow, and a little taller than wide.
    If you want to double-check the placement of the patches before final stitching, pin or baste them in place after step 2 on page 11. Then, sew step 3 with basting stitches, try the garment on, then adjust if needed. 

    Sew this ready-to-wear look with the Rivage Raglan pattern from Blank Slate PatternsI love the floral and stripes trend! This is barely even a hack to the Rivage. All you have to do is alter the bottom hemline. Add an inch or two in length to the center front, then curve up toward the side seams. To make it even easier, lay your Rivage pattern over your Shoreline and trace the hemline from that one. :)

     

    Sew this ready-to-wear look with the Austin Tee pattern from Blank Slate PatternsWith a split neckline view included, the Austin Tee is almost ready for this look already! The center front panel and cuffs are made from a lightweight woven. Here's how to make it:

    Sew this ready-to-wear look with the Austin Tee pattern from Blank Slate PatternsIgnore the center front extension for the split neck version on the original pattern piece. We'll use the fold line at CF for this one.
    • Decide how wide to make your front panel. The inspiration one is about 4" total, but you could go a little narrower or wider depending on your size/proportions. Add 1/2" to this for seam allowance, then draw a line on your front pattern piece, that far away from and parallel to the center front edge. (This is the red line in A above.)
    • Draw another parallel line 1" to the right of the first one. (This is the blue line in A above.)
    • Trace a pattern piece that starts at the red line and includes everything to the right of that, then fold the original pattern piece along the blue line. You'll end up with the two pattern pieces as shown in B and C above.
    • From your knit fabric, cut 2 mirrored Fronts (B). From your woven, cut 2 Front Panels (C) on the fold. On your Front Panel pieces, mark the center on the bottom edge, and mark the dot as per the original pattern.
    Sew this ready-to-wear look with the Austin Tee pattern from Blank Slate Patterns
    • Place the Front Panel pieces right sides together. With a fabric marker, draw a line on one of the pieces from the dot down to the center of the bottom edge. (This line should be equidistant and parallel to the sides of the panel). Stitch this line, as shown in the illustration above. Be sure to reinforce your stitching at the dot with several backstitches.
    • Fold the panel pieces away from each other so that each has its wrong sides together. Press well.
    • Stitch each edge of the front panel piece to the t-shirt Front pieces with right sides together, using a 1/2" seam allowance.
    • Proceed with the t-shirt assembly as shown on page 8, step 3.
    • If you want to use the woven for your long sleeve cuffs, you just need to make sure they'll go over your hands, since they won't stretch. Measure around your hand at its widest circumference. Shorten the long sleeve piece by 2" at the bottom of the sleeve (not in the center where you would usually lengthen/shorten). If the adjusted bottom edge is not as wide as your hand measurement plus 1" seam allowances, widen accordingly. Cut a cuff piece the same width, then attach it in the last step in lieu of hemming.

     The raw step hem look is so trendy right now! To do this on your Tillery, follow these steps:

    • Lengthen the back pieces by about 1.5" or 2". (Or shorten the front ones instead).
    • Make a mark on your front side pieces that same distance up from the bottom. For instance, if you lengthened the back 1.5", make a mark 1.5" above the bottom edge of the front.
    • Sew the side seams with a normal seam instead of a flat-felled, stopping and backstitching at the mark you made on the previous step; finish seam allowances separately and press open.
    • After completing the rest of the skirt construction, topstitch around the lower edge and side slit.



    Sizing Information

    Below is the sizing guide I use when designing patterns. Please note that these measurements refer to your child, not to any measurements on the finished pattern.

    Please note that NOT ALL CHILDREN'S PATTERNS COME IN ALL THESE SIZES.
    Make sure to check the specific pattern you're interested in for which sizes are included. 
    Children's sizes, Blank Slate Patterns sewing patterns

     

    Women’s sizes are based on the chart below:
    Please note that NOT ALL WOMEN'S PATTERNS COME IN ALL THESE SIZES.
    Make sure to check the specific pattern you're interested in for which sizes are included. 

    Women’s sizes are based on the chart above.
    Please note that NOT ALL WOMEN'S PATTERNS COME IN ALL THESE SIZES.
    Make sure to check the specific pattern you're interested in for which sizes are included.