Oh hey! It’s been a little while since I posted something with me in it! And, I have so much to share….scroll down for information about the giveaway if you want to skip my blathering on. I think I’m pretty interesting but, hey, I get it!
I have been in love with the Rain Walk collection of prints from Cloud 9 Fabrics since they were released. Designed by one of my sewing heroes, Anna Graham of Noodlehead, they exude her great grace and quiet but energetic style of classy. So, when my friends at Cloud 9 asked me if I wanted to play with them I was ecstatic. After a GREAT DEAL of deliberation (It’s so hard to pick!), I chose the Reflect print in Blue. I just love the colors in this print, it has just the right amount of mustard and such delicate lines. It’s scrumptious. The base fabric is unbleached and super soft and just plain lovely. I wanted to make a tunic. I know, you are shocked. Me and tunics, what can I say. I chose to lengthen The Charlotte top from the book Magic Pattern by Amy Brickman of Indygo Junction fame.
I’m going to be really honest, I am thrilled with how this top looks but I was frustrated with the pattern. For starters, all the patterns in the book come only with FINISHED garment measurements and no standard sizing measurements. Considering I don’t always know exactly how much ease I want in a garment this made choosing a size really difficult. I went with small and it worked out but it easily could have been too tight. Secondly, even though it is a book all the patterns are on a CD. I spend so much time printing, taping and tracing pdf patterns that when I buy a book I expect to avoid all that work. No luck with this one. And, last, the book uses thrifted clothes in some of the patterns and at first I thought that was great! Wonderful to encourage the re-use of old clothes. But, as I realized with the Charlotte the patterns using thrifted clothes actually rely on features of the thrifted items for parts of the garment making. What am I talking about, you ask? Well, for the Charlotte top I could see in the example picture that it included a cuff placket and I was very excited about that detail. I knew I wanted hints of chambray on my top and a cuff placket would be perfect. As it turns out, the cuff placket is only a part of the shirt if you are using a thrifted item and cut it such that it takes advantage of the existing cuff placket. There are no instructions for how to make the cuff placket if you don’t use thrifted material. Some of these things are a little persnickety on my part but they made the process frustrating for me.
The cuff placket was such an important part of the look of the shirt that I just couldn’t let it go. After a bit of research I was able to come up an easy way to make the plackets myself (this was before this great video tutorial on Sew Mama Sew popped up). Here was my down and dirty technique:
a. Cut a rectangle of chambray fabric 3 1/4″ by 3 1/2″ and fold it in half making a crease at the middle. Place the middle crease at the middle of the sleeve right-sides together and stitch a rectangle sized 2.75″ deep and 3/4″ wide through both layers of fabric on the LEFT-HAND side of the midway crease. Snip a y-shape through the middle of the rectangle.
b. Fold the left hand side of the fabric over once and then again being sure to capture the raw edges (above the y) in the fold. Pin in place.
c. Repeat with the other side. One side will be bigger than the other. Stitch both the left and right-hand sides of both plackets as close as you can to the base of the rectangle you snipped in step a. Basically where the pins are in the picture.
d. If you flip over to the wrong side of the cuff placket you should see your little triangle peeking out. Be sure it is pointing up so it gets caught in your next stitch.
e. Back on the right side of the fabric, place the larger-sized placket over the smaller one. Fold the bottoms of your placket up until it is secure, about 1/4″. Now you can stitch the classic X in a box and you are done.
Finish the hem with a bias strip of chambray and Ta-da! A lovely cuff placket. No doubt an adorable feature and I’m the better off for struggling through it.
Now for the giveaway! Who doesn’t love free fabric? The amazing folks at Cloud 9 have offered to give away a set of fat quarters of all the Rain Walk prints!
I’m holding the giveaway open for one week! Leave one comment here before noon EST on September 17th and you are entered! For an extra entry, follow me on Instagram and follow Cloud 9 fabrics. Be sure to come back here and tell me you are following! US entrants only, please. Good luck my friends!!
Note: We have a Winner! Ginny was lucky #17 (according to random.org) with her comment:
Love your tunic it turned out lovely! Love those fabrics too!
Thanks Ginny! Check your email for details. This contest is now closed.