Geek late, guts early

Do robots count as geeky? This is a free pattern from Made by Rae for newborn baby pants or trousers. It was a one pattern piece, quick make, perfect for someone-who-needs-easing-back-into-the-sewing game kind of make.

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As it is “insides out” month, you can see the pinked seams and the cute sewn in label from sewaholic.

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So the robots are a late entry to geekery, to make up for it I went for making-my-insides-look-pretty early, so at least something is right. Another made by Rae, this time a Ruby. Outside first:

IMG_20150301_161935845It is another simple sew with only a couple of pattern pieces using a lovely light cotton or gauze I got from etsy. I only had a small amount I got on sale for cheap so I squeeeeeeeeezed this top out of it by cutting the inside yokes on the crossgrain. Don’t tell.

The original pattern calls for a bias-bound neckline and armholes but Rae has a fab video tutorial to line the yoke and as I am not a huge fan of making my own bias tape I went with that. Insides next:

IMG_20150301_162004013It was SO satisfying to line the yoke, such a clean look. This is the bottom of the armhole – inside! Yes, I know, go me – finished with a small scrap of bias tape. I Frenched the side seams for extra prettiness. The inside yoke is hand-stitched down with a whip stitch.

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Hemmed by hand of course. Why not?

It wasn’t such a quick make after all, I reckon about 6 or 7 hours from download to final press, but when the insides are so pretty, who can complain?

It took longer because this is really a wearable muslin, I basted bits, checked the fit, then sewed. Only one adjustment in the end, a wedge out of the front piece at each front outside edge. The back sat really nicely without change.

Cost wise, including the pattern, not too bad. The pattern was $16 and the fabric about £5.

Great pattern, great instructions, normally I had pdf sticking together but I didn’t mind this time. The pattern is also a dress, I am quite curvy so I might give it a miss, but I am intending to make it up again.

6 thoughts on “Geek late, guts early

  1. Love the top, with beautiful finishing!i think for some patterns, there’s no quick way to sew them up properly, but they’re definitely worth the extra time and effort 🙂

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