I am a big fan of Tina Givens - although I do need to make a number of alterations for the patterns to suit me. Having said that, once those alterations are done, sewing them up in very quick and easy! I also follow a Facebook page for Kati Koos - a shop in San Francisco that stocks TG ready made clothes as well as a number of other designers including Krista Larson. Lots of eye candy happening there . . . . including this ensemble:
Source Kati Koos
I really liked the plaid skirt, and had seen versions (check out the Nikki skirt) that looked like the TG Patrica skirt. So I though that I would make one . . . . . The TG Patricia skirt is essentially a deep yoke, with the main skirt attached in gathers to the bottom and gathered at the hem. I have made a few versions of the skirt, and have added a binding at the bottom about 54" wide. I can walk quite comfortably in this but could do with a little more stretch. So I thought I'd try a version with a narrow 1/2" elastic in the bottom hem.
The fabric is a very lightweight 100% cotton - a lawn/hankerchief weight but not sheer. The plaid is printed rather than woven, but the colours were lovely - a deep burgundy red, cream and teal - a bit like a dirty turquoise.
Worn here with my cream linen Zelda.
And a new cardi . . . . . I know! This is view C from my much used McCalls 6168. The cardi is a raised neckline - the shoulder seams continue up the side of your neck. No facings. I cut 1.5" strips of fabric, folded in half and pressed, and sewed them all around the neck/front/edges. This is the same process that I use for a lot of my slips and jackets.
The fronts are really long! I think I cut them on the cross grain instead of the straight grain and they have stretched a little. Not a problem - but I think that explains why the front tips are longer than the pattern indicates! The fabric is a very lightweight rayon that holds a press. My corners were not the best, but a good pressing and they look better than they have any right to do!
There is quite a lot of fabric in this cardi - close on 3m. I like it but I'm not sure if I'd make another. I think I prefer the waterfall cardi's where the front pieces are extended to wrap around the back. This will get a lot of wear though!
The fabric matches the skirt beautifully though! And this is with a Sorbetto that is lot shorter in length.
I also finished a pair of chocolate linen Plinkas. This is a free pattern from TG. I was totally inspired by this version, and so I went to work!
There are lots of pleats!
These photos are taken with my TG Cara in cream linen.
I did make a few changes. I actually mostly used the pattern that I had adapted from the Phoebe pattern. Basically, rather than have a one piece trouser leg, I have standard front and back pieces that fit me comfortably, and no dropped crotch. This allows me to have side seam pockets :) The leg widths are the same as the pattern though, as are the various horizontal pleats and the attached pleats.
I have to say that these trousers are yet another design that I enjoyed making, when I put them on I was a little unsure of the design, but now I can see photos of them being worn . . . . I love them! I am somewhat wary of looking like an extra on 'Little House on the Prairie'. I'm not sure if I would wear these to work - but I'd certainly wear them out and about!
So, what have you been making?