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Marcel Top // Sewing For Women

Monday, July 6, 2020

Marcel Top // Sewing For Women // Pattern Review
Happy Monday, friends!

I'm so happy to be kicking off the week with this adorable tank!! This is the newest pattern release from Chalk + Notch, and I am absolutely in love!

Marcel Top // Sewing For Women // Pattern Review

The Marcel Dress + Tank Top is the perfect, breezy, swishy, tank and dress I didn't know I needed in my life! I was a tester for this pattern, and made up the tank view.

Marcel Top // Sewing For Women // Pattern Review

One of my favorite details about the pattern is the front and side panels that allow you to play with pattern direction and even some AMAZING print mixing like some of the testers did! (See the tester round-up HERE) The dress views allow for even more fun with the panels as the dress tiers on the way down. Seriously, the swish is DREAMY.

Marcel Top // Sewing For Women // Pattern Review

I plan to sew a dress view for myself before the summer is over, because a tiered sundress is without a doubt a must have!

Marcel Top // Sewing For Women // Pattern Review

The strap placement is perfection straight off the pattern, I did not have to shift or move them at all. Obviously, this is a very personal adjustment to each individual body, but for the most part, it is very close to spot on! And can we just talk about the back view!? Swoon.

Marcel Top // Sewing For Women // Pattern Review

I don't typically reach for this type of silhouette, but for the life of me, don't know why!? I seriously want to fill my closet with this pattern! The tank is so easy to pair with both shorts and pants, and is impossibly cool and comfortable.

Marcel Top // Sewing For Women // Pattern Review

I threw it on one day last week with cut-off shorts when temps soared into the high 90's, with real feels of over 100, and it was absolutely the perfect outfit choice!

Marcel Top // Sewing For Women // Pattern Review

There is a Mini Marcel pattern, as well!! There will be mommy-and-me versions happening in this house, very soon!

I made a size 10 bodice, and cut the center panels a size 8. My upper bust measures a size 10, with the rest a size 8, or between the two. I'm absolutely thrilled with the fit! (Measurements: UB:35.5, B:36.5, W:29.5, H:38)

Marcel Top // Sewing For Women // Pattern Review

My fabric is rayon from Hart's Fabric. (Linked HERE) The textured stripe is everything I love in a drapey fabric, and made the perfect Marcel Tank Top!

Since it is so drapey, and a fairly loose weave, I chose to interface both the main and lining pattern pieces with tricot interfacing, as well as the straps. The pattern instructions suggest to do so with a very drapey fabric, and I think it is the perfect choice. The bodice has structure, but doesn't feel stiff or uncomfortable to wear at all.

Marcel Top // Sewing For Women // Pattern Review

The sewing went very well, the pattern instructions are wonderful, and no really tricky bits! My least favorite part of the sewing is the gathering, haha. But the end result makes it more than worth it!

Marcel Top // Sewing For Women // Pattern Review

Thanks so much for stopping by! If you would like to grab your own copy (you do!), I've linked it again below and both Marcel and Mini Marcel are on sale, now through next Monday July 13th!

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Seaforth Pants // Sewing For Women

Wednesday, July 1, 2020

Seaforth Pants // Sewing For Women // Hey June Handmade Patterns

This post contains *disclosed* affiliate links. All opinions expressed are honest and my own. If you make a purchase using the links, I make a small commission which helps support this blog. So, thank you!!

Hello!! The Seaforth Pants {aff link} pattern by Hey June Handmade is HERE!!

Seaforth Pants // Sewing For Women // Hey June Handmade Patterns

When Adrianna divulged her next pattern plans, I knew immediately that no matter what was going on, my calendar was CLEARED and I was available for this test! Haha. I have been dreaming of this exact pattern for years, y'all. Literal years!!

Seaforth Pants // Sewing For Women // Hey June Handmade Patterns

Now I know there are plenty of wide leg, elastic waist, pants patterns available out there in both Big 4 companies as well as Indie. But the trouble was, none of them had exactly the details I was hunting for.

Seaforth Pants // Sewing For Women // Hey June Handmade Patterns

Not to mention, I would have to muslin all of those patterns that I've found at this point because I'm not familiar with the fit... Hence the major procrastination of me sewing any of them!

Seaforth Pants // Sewing For Women // Hey June Handmade Patterns

The Seaforth Pants truly has all of the details that I was looking for! The wide elastic waistband is wider than the ones I've come across. (It's 2 inches, btw) It has patch pockets. (With the COOLEST welt zipper!!) Drawstring option, AND... This is the clincher. Two absolutely perfect views!

Seaforth Pants // Sewing For Women // Hey June Handmade Patterns

View A (which is the only option I've had time to sew so far), is a wide leg pant with shaping at the knee.

Seaforth Pants // Sewing For Women // Hey June Handmade Patterns

View B, is a jogger with the perfect amount of ease in the leg and ankle. I am DYING to sew a couple pairs of that version as well!

Seaforth Pants // Sewing For Women // Hey June Handmade Patterns

The tan version of View A that I made, was a tester version that underwent some tweaking before the pattern was finalized. This pair is a bit wider in the leg than the striped green pair, which was made with the final pattern version.

Seaforth Pants // Sewing For Women // Hey June Handmade Patterns

This pair is made with rayon/linen blend from Joann's. I love this fabric for this type of pant! It is definitely substantial enough for pants, and in a light color like this, it's opaque enough that you don't have to worry about anything showing that you don't want to show!

Seaforth Pants // Sewing For Women // Hey June Handmade Patterns

The zipper welt pocket feature in this pattern is, like I mentioned before, SO COOL! And don't be afraid of the sewing process either, it's really very simple to do, even though it looks a little bit intimidating.

Seaforth Pants // Sewing For Women // Hey June Handmade Patterns

The back pockets are just the right size, and yes, they do hold a phone! A very important detail, I believe. :) I don't know about you, but I am always putting my phone in my back pocket, especially when I'm away from the house.

Seaforth Pants // Sewing For Women // Hey June Handmade Patterns

I'll let you in on a little secret... If you don't want or need to have a functional drawstring on your Seaforth Pants, just thread it through the openings (either eyelet or buttonhole) and tie! This saves on the amount of drawstring you need, as well as threading it around the entire waistband!

Seaforth Pants // Sewing For Women // Hey June Handmade Patterns

Obviously you can just leave the drawstring off entirely, but I really like the detail it adds.

Seaforth Pants // Sewing For Women // Hey June Handmade Patterns

Sometimes I do like having a more adjustable waistband using a functional drawstring, but with 2 inch elastic, I find that I can really get a good fit with the right elastic length, so a drawstring isn't as needed.

Seaforth Pants // Sewing For Women // Hey June Handmade Patterns

That being said, I have one more pair of wide-leg Seaforth Pants planned with a couple of small hacks to the pattern, and one of those will include a functional drawstring. :)

Seaforth Pants // Sewing For Women // Hey June Handmade Patterns

The green striped pair is also made in a rayon/linen blend, but is lighter weight and more drapey than the tan fabric. This fabric is from Alyssa May Design, and I'm smitten with this shop!! She has some really unique and very cute fabrics I haven't seen much of in other shops, so check her out. (Not affiliated or paid to say this, just sharing a shop I'm loving!)

Seaforth Pants // Sewing For Women // Hey June Handmade Patterns

Or don't. ;) More for me!!

Seaforth Pants // Sewing For Women // Hey June Handmade Patterns

I made sure to line up the stripes on the pockets so they would blend in well, and used my trusty wonder tape {LINK-Wawak} to help me out.

Seaforth Pants // Sewing For Women // Hey June Handmade Patterns

The zippers I used for the pockets are also from Wawak. I went through my stash fabric and basically picked all the fabrics that might work well for this pattern and ordered zips accordingly. Ha. But really, at the super great price that they are, it only made sense for me to stock up to save on shipping as well! And also, these zippers will work great in regular zip flys, so they will not go to waste, even if I don't use the 5 colors I ordered for Seaforth Pants. :)

Seaforth Pants // Sewing For Women // Hey June Handmade Patterns

Though the likelihood is that they WILL be used for Seaforth Pants!

Seaforth Pants // Sewing For Women // Hey June Handmade Patterns

For size, I made a size 6, graded to an 8 waist. My current measurements are, W:29.5, H:37.75

Seaforth Pants // Sewing For Women // Hey June Handmade Patterns

This is an absolutely standard adjustment for me, especially on fitted pants. Since the back of the pants have lovely darts for fitting in that area, grading up at the waist was the perfect fitting adjustment for me.

Seaforth Pants // Sewing For Women // Hey June Handmade Patterns

I also shortened the rise 1/2" all around to accommodate my short torso.

Seaforth Pants // Sewing For Women // Hey June Handmade Patterns

The first pair I made, I preemptively took out 2 inches in the leg length, but it turned out that wasn't necessary after all. To save the length I had, I drafted a hem facing and attached it with 1/4" seam allowance. They turned out the slightest bit short, but completely wearable.

Seaforth Pants // Sewing For Women // Hey June Handmade Patterns

For the second pair, I didn't take out any length, and they are slightly too long. They are definitely wearable, and would be great for wearing with heels! Which I probably will wear at times, because I'm definitely planning to dress this pair up for church! That is once the Covid shut-downs are over.

Seaforth Pants // Sewing For Women // Hey June Handmade Patterns

For my perfect length, I will take out about 3/4" in the leg for the next pair, as I plan to wear them with flats mostly.

Seaforth Pants // Sewing For Women // Hey June Handmade Patterns

The cami I'm wearing with the tan pair is the Ogden Cami with a few mods. Stay tuned for a more detailed post coming later this week!

Seaforth Pants // Sewing For Women // Hey June Handmade Patterns

The eyelet shirt is a modified Scout Tee, and you can read all the details in THIS POST.

Thanks so much for reading! You can grab the pattern using the link below, and check out all the other gorgeous tester versions on the Hey June Blog!

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Summer Basics Tank // Sewing For Women

Friday, June 12, 2020

Summer Basics Tank // Sewing For Women

The Summer Basics Tank has been revised! This essential Love Notions pattern now has sizes from XS-5X, and has a brand new shelf-bra feature!

Summer Basics Tank // Sewing For Women

In addition to all that, it is the Feature Friday pattern and is $5 for today only! You can grab your copy of the pattern HERE. {aff link} After today, the re-release sale will continue until Thursday, June 18th at $9.

Summer Basics Tank // Sewing For Women

This was my first time sewing the Summer Basics and oh my goodness, I'm going to fill my drawers with these!! The fit is so spot on!

Summer Basics Tank // Sewing For Women

I made a medium, based on my measurements of UB:35.5, B:36.5, W:29.5, H:38. I used the scraps from my Sunday Romper, so I had to shorten 4 inches and piece the bands!

Summer Basics Tank // Sewing For Women

Shortening the tank worked just fine, especially since I'm not very tall (5'3"), but I decided to leave it unhemmed for just a bit more length. I serged the hem, and I think it looks good!

Summer Basics Tank // Sewing For Women

I will likely be wearing it tucked in to things anyway, but I think it looks great paired with my shorts, unhemmed.

Summer Basics Tank // Sewing For Women

I love the scooped back, it's low enough to be cool and flattering, but doesn't show a bit of a regular bra. The straps are perfectly placed as well for complete bra coverage!

Summer Basics Tank // Sewing For Women

I didn't use the shelf bra for this tank, but I'd like to try it in an athletic fabric for sure! I think it would make a fabulous hiking tank, and in our summer heat, I think a shelf bra might just be ideal.

Summer Basics Tank // Sewing For Women

Other than shortening at the hem, I didn't make any changes to the fit at all! I absolutely love how this tank turned out. I think the bindings look very polished. As soon as I tried it on, I knew I would LOVE it with this Allegro skirt {aff link} hack I made a couple of weeks ago!

Summer Basics Tank // Sewing For Women

I promise I'll have a post about that skirt soon! It's one of my very favorite things I've made recently!

I hope you are all having a wonderful Friday! Happy Sewing!


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