Chicago blogger and seamstress extraordinaire, Merav of Baby Hobbes Design, is back for second review our patterns and fabric. Merav is a self-taught seamstress and has her darling daughter, nicknamed Hobbes, modeling the Sophie Tunic in this guest post. We love how she used the Abby fabric for the Carvelle Arcade line on the bias.
A Perfect Pattern For An Indecisive Month: Sis Boom Sophie Tunic Part I
October has always been a difficult sewing month for me. I am not ready to commit to styling Hobbes with the long sleeve warmth of Winter, we have quite enough snow-covered months ahead of us; but the summer heat and the spaghetti strap dresses are now behind me. After receiving another beautiful mix of Sis Boom prints that included Caravelle Arcade Abby in Blue and Daisy in Green, I decided to capture October indecisiveness with a new to me pattern that allows me to change my mind too. Well in lengths that is!
Sis Boom’s Sophie Tunic offers four different sleeves styles that include short and long, cuffed and a cap sleeve too. It also outlines a few different hem lines so you can shorten your top, or create a tunic length over leggings top. You can even get creative with your keyhole, with options for contrasting fabric overlay and different keyhole closures.
For my first Sophie look, I made Hobbes a simple tunic. I wanted to sew it in the patterns’ purest form to highlight an incredible aspect of design manipulation we may often forget about: Cutting pattern pieces on ON THE BIAS:
You have to be very careful when you are cutting on the bias, or your garment may move or even stretch in the wrong direction. With the Sophie pattern, I was careful to cut it diagonally along the grain, however, because the pattern design includes flaps on the bottom ends of the tunic, I knew that my fabric wouldn’t pull.
Before I cut however, I decided to redraw the pattern piece on wax paper so I would have the finished outline of the top. I did this truly to make fabric placement easier, as I wanted my keyhole to lay perfectly on the cream section of my Abby in Blue Fabric.
One of my favorite features on this top is the pleat on the sleeve. Just one little inverted pleat and the tunic has a soft and airy feel to it. I choose to sew my tunic with the cap sleeve, imagining it would look sweet over a long sleeved knit top or layered perfectly under Hobbes collection of faux fur vest.
I really enjoyed the simplicity of this pattern and already have mountains of ideas for my next few. It really is a great pattern to showcase a very bold print. And the versatility is endless. Join me Friday, for Sophie Tunic Part II, a different spin on Sophie.
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Special thanks to the amazing duo Thomas and Tiana over at Tk photography
Beautiful hair pretties by the talented Julie at Little Sparrow Boutique
Shae from Saflower Photography and Saflower Designs wrote a lovely and informative post on Pattern Revolution yesterday on how to best photograph your boutique creations, fabric and patterns. If you’ve ever wondered how to best photograph and style your creations, run, don’t walk over to her post and read it now!
We are honored she made a dress in Sis Boom’s newest line, Nostalgia shipping next month, with amazing lace trim and button details for her daughter. Seriously, how amazing are these photos and the dress on her cutie patootie daughter??
She also used Nostalgia fabric to create this to-die-for dreamcatcher. Find the free tutorial over on Pattern Revolution.
We hope you are in love with Nostalgia as much as we are! What are you going to be making when it drops next month?
So many sweet handmade items for kids. I’m overwhelmed with gratitude that you create these amazing things with my fabric. Thanks, as always, for sharing with me on Instagram.
Happy first day of October! Stay dry and safe, my east coast friends! Looks like we are in for a bit of rain and maybe a hurricane. Eeek!!! Where ever you are, I hope you’re working on something fun and happy for your home or someone you love. Please share with me on Instagram. I look forward to seeing what you’re doing every day.
Thanks for sharing all your goodies with me on Instagram. The pictures always inspire me to create and do more. Hope you are as inspired by these as I am.
jaskabyjenni: Two great ideas from Jenny. Up first are fabulous basket liners in the fabric from Jenny Eliza line for JoAnn Fabrics. Second photo a cute shorts in Letty and Melody from the Beauty Queen line.
meandleighcreations: Two beauties from Steph in Australia. First up is an exquisite cross body bag in Taylor from Circa. Second photo are a set of darling nesting trays in Jessica from the Caravelle Arcade line.
babybowjangles: 434 hexes all in Sis Boom fabric. Amazing!