Monday, October 22, 2018

Fabricistas Explore : Cutting Line Designs Part Two


Hello again Fabricistas! It is time for the next post in our Fabricistas Explore series! Today we have  bloggers Sue from Ilove2sew & Ann from SewBaby News. They have each chosen a pattern from the our newest pattern company arrival, Cutting Line Designs. If you missed Part One, make sure to head over & read that too! But make sure to come back & finish Part Two!

"By Popular Demand"

Sue from Ilove2sew


Hello sewing friends! 

A while back, Fabric Mart asked if there were volunteers to try the Cutting Line Designs patterns and 
since that was a new-to-me company, I jumped all over it!

I choose the By Popular Demand pattern as I loved the styling of the boxy jean jacket.  I’ve always wanted to make a jean jacket style with a boucle fabric and that’s what I did.  This fabric is a wool blend from the designer section from FM and I simply love the feel and colors in it. There are still a few yards of it in stock. You can find it here! While it is a blend, it took a lot of heat from the iron, with no ill-effects, so I believe this to be nearly 100% wool. 

For the instructions on this pattern, they were great!  This was like a sewing lesson to put together this jacket.  Everything was well-explained and illustrated.  I just love it when I don’t have to think too hard!  I did add one simple step and that was to add stay-stitching to the neckline.  I think this is important. 

I was so wondering how this collar would turn out with the unusual cut and design of it.  The upper and under collar are cut as one piece, thus eliminating bulk at the collar edges and giving such a gorgeous result!  I plan on using this technique in the future by adapting other jacket patterns from other companies as this is pure genius!  I don’t have any dislikes with this pattern.  There are some fun details, which are a little difficult to see since I used a darker, textured fabric. 

For my design changes, I eliminated the top pockets.  There’s nothing wrong with them, I just thought that with my choice of fabric, it looked like more of a barn jacket than a jean jacket, not what I was going for!  I took this in quite a bit.  My measurements put me in the medium range, but during my mock up, O felt like I was swimming in it!  I took it in quite a bit so it’s basically a small size. 
On the inside, instead of finishing off the edges with serged or zigzag edge, I make a Hong Kong finish with a cotton quilting fabric.  I love Hong Kong finishes! 

I would sew this pattern again and hope to make this jacket in a denim since that’s what would show off all the fun details the best.  I do recommend this pattern to anyone who wants a great and fun jacket pattern! 

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"Ebb & Flow"

Ann from SewBaby News

Pattern: Ebb & Flow
For The Ebb View:
Fabric Used:
A Pink, Grey and White Checked Linen/Cotton Blend Shirting. Found here.  Linen is a good choice for this style.
Were the instructions easy to follow?
Yes, they were very detailed, and I actually learned some new things about clipping neckline seam allowances!  The designer uses a lot of edgestitching which results in a very professional finish.
What did you like or dislike about the pattern?
I liked the ¾ notched sleeves, and the collarless neckline of the Ebb tunic.  It’s very simple and wearable.
Did you do any pattern alterations or design changes?
No, I made the size that fit my measurements without changing anything.  It feels a little big.  I might size down next time.  For my checked fabric, I worked hard to match the pattern.  I could see doing some interesting combinations of fabrics, making the yoke and back out of coordinating fabrics.
Would you sew it again?
Yes, I like this style- it’s very versatile.


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Any other comments about the pattern?
I also made the Flow version out of a brushed gauze fabric.  Unfortunately, my results on this one weren’t as good. The fit was odd on me, and the collar doesn’t look like the illustration. I probably will not make that view again.  But, I do like the Ebb version enough to recommend the pattern!

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