A few years ago, bodysuits and overalls firmly fell into the category of things that were popular (i.e. I wore) in the 90s and that I did not need to revisit. But now? These one-piece full body garments are wardrobe staples. Especially the bodysuit. I love the bodysuit as a layering piece to keep me warm or to create a super streamlined tucked-in silhouette. I’ve made the Nettie Bodysuit a bunch of times before and it’s definitely a TNT pattern for me. This version however is far from ordinary or basic.Read More
Every person has a unique body with hundreds of different measurements and proportions, so every garment and sewing pattern will fit every body differently. The great about sewing your own clothing is that you can adapt your sewing patterns to fit your unique body.
Today I’m sharing a few tips and basic instructions for making an extended calf adjustment (aka a full or large calf adjustment) to a pants sewing pattern. When I made a pair of tapered leg trousers recently, I was surprised that I could not find a very detailed tutorial on this pattern adjustment. There are a few blog posts with the basics but they left me with questions. Today I’m going to answer some of those questions and show you step by step illustrations for how to make this adjustment. (I’m by no way an expert on this adjustment or on pattern making and pants. So consider this a compilation of all the information I found in my research.)Read More
Most of the year, trousers or jeans are part of my everyday wardrobe. My favorite style of trousers are a loose fit with a tapered leg. Two of my favorite me-made versions are the Alexandria Trousers and the Arenite Pants. I have worn both of these patterns a ton. So when I saw the Calyer Pants, I knew immediately that they’d be a good fit for me.Read More