I'm currently in the process of finishing up my shirt for one of my Final Projects in my patternmaking class. A lot of people are making very fancy tops, but I wanted to make a casual top that later on I could share with ya'll. I made it out a blue shirting fabric that I talked about in my fabric haul post here. I thought the shirt would look cute over leggings and it would be cute even when pregnant (as I am) because it is going to have lots of room to grow in. I cut out a heart shape in the back and the front has scallops. The sleeves are flowy and so far it's coming out great. I only have the buttons and buttonholes to do. My last project will be a dress that is made from the Torso Foundation pictured later on in this blog post. Here are my pattern pieces I made from scratch.
The back (heart) The Front Left & The Front Right
Circular Hemline Sleeves, Peter Pan Collar, Scalloped Edge for Front of Shirt
Inside of Back Heart
Outside of Back Heart
I also had to make two muslins, a one dart foundation bodice with sleeve
and a Torso Foundation with sleeves
it has pleats on the top of the bust and two down the sides
My next post will show you the final top. Also, I'm working on my first pair of jeans with my own pattern. Not for me though, for my six-year-old. He's growing so fast and needed new jeans but every time I buy him some I have to shell out about $30-$40 because I find that when I pay $20 at Target for a pair of jeans they shrink and don't last as long, so I've been buying them at Gap for a long time and he's had pants that I've purchased 2 years ago that still fit him well because they have not shrunk at all, but alas one must purchase new ones. This time though, I thought I'd put my sewing and patternmaking skills to good use and make him some jeans. I am using old jeans that hubby doesn't wear anymore with denim that is of very good quality. The patternmaking wasn't as hard as I thought it would be, but I am still on my first mock-up so we'll see how it goes. I might have to make some adjustments. I'll show more pics of that process later.