Hi Everyone! Sorry for being MIA the past week or so, I’ve been über busy working on all my February projects.
Last week, I spent some time working with the Briar pattern as part of Megan Nielsen’s sew-along.
I have to say that I absolutely LOVE this pattern. But I knew I would. It’s exactly the missing piece(s) in my wardrobe. Since my closet is made up of mostly cardigans and leggings/skinny jeans, loose-fitting tee’s complete these outfits perfectly.
Even though there are plenty of options to choose from in this pattern, I wanted to follow along with what was going on in the sew-along posts, so I chose to make the short sleeved, full-length version. I have quite a few knits that I’ve been collecting in my stash, so it was very easy to pick a few that I thought would work well with this pattern.
For the first version, I cut the fabric in size small (which is odd because I’m never small, but that’s what the pattern measurements told me I was). I didn’t make any alterations because I wanted to see how the pattern was designed and intended to look.
I picked a striped jersey from my stash (originally from Joann’s red-tag clearance section) and off I went.
For this version, I chose the rounded pocket and the neckline band (the most popular way to create a neckline finish for knits).
Normally, I don’t use a zig-zag stitch for knits. Is that wrong? I usually use straight stitches for all the seams (as I normally do for wovens) then I finish the seam edges with my serger. I didn’t hear or feel any thread breakage as I was trying it on, so hopefully it’s not an issue. I did, however, use my twin needle for the sleeve and bodice hems.
This is how it looks on me!
I like the fit a lot! But I did feel that the hi-low hem was a bit exaggerated (although I think that is the point), so for the next version I altered the pattern a little bit – shortening the back hem and lengthening the front.
My second version, I chose an ultra (almost too) stretchy basic white knit from my stash. I wanted to try the square pocket (this time on the left) and the neckline binding (the other neckline option in the pattern which completely encloses the neckline). As I said earlier, in this version I took out some of the exaggeration of the hi-low hem. I also decided to follow the pattern and use a zig-zag stitch for all the seams, as well as, use twill tape to stabilize the shoulder seams.
It’s so interesting how much the extra stretch in the fabric totally affects the drape/fit of a garment. This was the exact same pattern, yet the stretch of the fabric made the fit so much looser!
Regardless of the fabric choices, I still absolutely love this pattern (I can’t say that enough)! It really is the perfect basic pattern that I’ve been waiting for and I can’t wait to sew up a few more this week.
Now that week 1 of the Briar sew-along is over and us sew-along-ers all know how to sew up the basic version of this pattern, this week is all about additions and modifications. Megan provides so many cool ideas on her Briar Pinterest page that it’s so hard to choose what to try next. For the building of my wardrobe, I think I want to make some solid-colored, long-sleeved versions. I also want to make some revved up versions and maybe add leather pockets, shoulder or elbow patches, or use a sheer or lace fabric for the back bodice. Today, Megan highlighted her Valentine Briar! It’s just too cute, I just might have to make a version of that, too!
I’ve also been working on my Fearless February Sew-along blazer. Unfortunately, I don’t have a WIP to put on display just yet. A blazer is definitely super time-consuming and I’m really just working on perfecting the fit right now. Simultaneously (thank God for working with one color of thread and just switching up needles), I’ve also been working on my RTW contest piece for the pattern review website. I’m really excited to show you this piece when it’s done. Right now I’m still in the process of making muslins (I’ve made 3 wearable muslins so far!), but I’m hoping to post the big reveal before the end of the month so that you can get a sneak peak before the voting begins.
I’m sooooooooooooo busy right now. But I’m having a great time and I’m definitely in full inspiration-mode and I can’t wait to share the results of all the finished garments with you soon.
Until then, I hope all is well with all of you! Have a faboo Valentine’s day everyone!