If you’ve been following me for any length of time, you may have noticed that in addition to wardrobe and accessories sewing, I also design artwork for textiles and other products.
When I started sewing clothing as a hobby in 2018, my fabric designs took on a new life, and I had tons of inspiration for new fabric patterns that could be used for my wardrobe projects.
Spoonflower has been my go-to for on-demand fabric printing (this is not a sponsored post, ha!). The thing I like about using a service like Spoonflower—besides the obvious perk of having custom fabric—is that I’m only printing what I need, and if I sell fabric through their site, they are only printing what each customer needs. This model greatly reduces product waste, something that became very important to me after running a product business. They are also an eco-conscious company, which you can read more about on their site.
Anywho! I’ve really enjoyed using my fabric, and sewed a couple of tops from my Fuchsia Floral Dark pattern in the Poly Crepe de Chine.
First up is a Pussy Bow Blouse from Sew Over it:
I really like this pattern because it is so simple! No darts! The bodice is slightly slimmed at the waist to add a little shape. But it also allows for some “blousing” when tucked in, which I think looks sophisticated. And the cuff detail is really nice, too.
I plan to make this one again, but I’ll probably make the neck tie longer and wider for a little more drama!
Sizing and modifications: I blended this pattern between a size 14 in the bust and hip, and a size 12 at the waist. The fit is very comfortable! I also lengthened the sleeves and the bodice by about 1 inch (standard for me in most patterns, as I have long arms and torso!). After a couple of wears I decided to open the neckline a bit more for a deeper v-neck (I made Version 2).
Next up, the Ogden Cami from True Bias.
I had just enough fabric leftover out of the 3 yards I ordered for this tank top. The Ogden is a great staple pattern (as are most of the True Bias patterns!). It’s a straightforward and quick project. I’ve made three of these camis so far and plan to make more (I have a hack idea for a button-front style that I have pinned on my Handmade Wardrobe Inspo board on PInterest).
Sizing and modifications: I went with a straight size 10 and the only adjustment I made was lengthening the lining by about 2 inches to fully cover my bust (the original length was hitting right near the apex of my bust). I am a D-cup bra size, something to keep in mind!
Total cost for both projects:
Fabric: Poly Crepe de Chine, 3 yards (Includes the designer discount and shipping)…$65.10
Sew Over It Pussy Bow Blouse PDF Pattern...$11.83
True Bias Ogden Cami PDF Pattern…$10.00
Lastly! If you are interested in designing your own fabric, I have a couple of online classes on Skillshare all about my process! You can get super technical by designing it in Adobe Illustrator, or you can keep it simple and design it right on your iPad.
Happy making, friends!