woven drawstring sleep shorts drafted from ready to wear

Woven drawstring sleep shorts drafted from ready to wear

Pants (and shorts) fitting is an ongoing endeavor for me. One day at the mill ends and remnants fabric store, I picked up a couple of yards of printed fabric (meandering little duck footprints I think??) for cheap. My intention was to get fabric I don’t care about and sew some bottoms to see if I can zero in on a good pants block. At least it’s 100% cotton! PATTERN Self-drafted pattern from a pair of ready-to-wear shorts (also knit version) Project features self-drafted pattern drawstring with casing finished seam allowances Process notes finished seam allowances with serger joined side seams and waistband…

short sleeve scoop neck tee with rounded hem

Short sleeve scoop neck tee

After I made a long sleeve scoop neck tee from a pattern I drafted from a ready-to-wear tee, I was so happy with it that I knew there would be more of them in my future. And all of a sudden, it’s 100°. Meaning it’s time to make a short-sleeve version of it. For a more polished look, I like a longer, slimmer short sleeve that comes almost to the elbow. I’ve also been wanting to do a rounded hem on the bottom, inspired by a tee in my closet that has a flattering rounded hem but is a little too…

blue knit drawstring shorts drafted from ready to wear

Knit drawstring shorts drafted from ready to wear

PATTERN I drafted my own pattern from a pair of knit drawstring shorts (originally used for a linen pair) using the skills I learned in Steffani Lincecum’s fantastic Craftsy class Pattern Drafting from Ready-to-Wear. Project features self-drafted pattern drawstring with casing front patch pockets twin needle on knit fabric Process notes applied the fitting changes made when I made the linen version of these shorts made drawstring from cotton twill tape Results I keep forgetting that with knits, I don’t need to make the waist the same measurement as my hip measurement, so these are a little big around the…

neckline detail on red and white scoop neck tee

Long sleeve scoop neck tee

I’ve been meaning to make some copies of my Loft long sleeve scoop neck tees for ages. I picked up several of them a few years ago, and for some reason they’ve all developed little holes in the front, around the area where the waistband of jeans would rub. They’re such a wonderful wardrobe staple, and drafting a pattern from them for my stash is a no-brainer. Process notes used red and white striped knit fabric moved shoulder forward 1/2 in. modified the shoulder slope to be a little flatter in the top-back, and sharper in the top-front constructed with lightning bolt stitch,…

Boatneck long sleeve tee in navy

One of my favorite tees is a hip-length black and white striped tissue tee with 3/4 sleeves and a boatneck from Loft. It’s a great fit — roomy enough to be super comfy, yet slim enough to look polished. For this project, I drafted a pattern from it and sewed it up in a nice, soft, navy knit. Process notes lengthened 3/4 sleeve by 5 in., bringing it to a full wrist length 7 in. width at wrist end of sleeve pattern neckline: neckline is constructed to include the shoulder seams right in the boatneck shaping for binding cut (2) pieces of same…