Monday, 24 February 2020

Sew My Style 2020: Sailor Moon inspired Ilford Jacket & Tania Culottes

Hi friends! I cannot wait until i have a new laptop that actually works, maybe i will be able to post more often! This month's Sew My Style patterns were the Ilford Jacket by Friday Pattern Company and the Summit Pack by Cloudsplitter Bags & Designs. I have my pack cut out and half assembled, i Just need to order the hardware for it because I found some super cute d-rings and swivel clips that I wanted for this pack!

#SMS20 Sailor Moon inspired Ilford Jacket and Tania Culottes • www.max-california.com


I did, however, finish my ilford jacket and let me tell you - i am impressed! A few years ago, it was my first ever Sew My Style, and the first pattern was a shirt from Fridays. I absolutely hated it. I was so unimpressed because i was literally a t-shirt pattern and it was just so so unlike any other tshirt pattern I have ever sewed up. I do wear that particular shirt a whole lot, but you can read my post about it that i wan't really that happy with it. A few other patterns I saw from the same company I just didn't think were as great as everyone who was raving about them said they were. As you can tell, my experience was pretty jaded!

So i was really anticipating problems with this jacket. Literally, every step of the way I was like, waiting for something to turn out badly so i could be like SEE?

#SMS20 Sailor Moon inspired Ilford Jacket and Tania Culottes • www.max-california.com


I'm really happy to say that nothing like that happened! I absolutely adore this pattern. I'm pretty sure it's the first adult button-up i've made in over ten years and it is just BEAUTIFUL. Every instruction was holding my hand helping me through it and I came out with two beautiful sleeve plackets i didn't think i would be able to pull off. Even the collar is super cute! There's legit a note in my notebook that says at the end "Amazing!" (i have a little sewing notebook with all my projects and fabric swatches in it so i can always go back and refer to them for current projects I'm working on - and also blog posts!)

#SMS20 Sailor Moon inspired Ilford Jacket and Tania Culottes • www.max-california.com

This pattern is for a very over-sized fit, so what you see on me is actually the XS size. I wanted to make a shirt instead of a jacket! Normally I am about an M for shirts. I went by the finished measurements chart and chose the one that was closest to my own measurements! I did do the M sleeve length instead of the XS, I just wanted to make sure they would be long enough and it worked out!

The pattern pieces are no trim, meaning you can print them out and just glue/tape them together without having to cut margins - i love that so much which is why i'm noting it!

#SMS20 Sailor Moon inspired Ilford Jacket and Tania Culottes • www.max-california.com
I was wearing these bike shorts under the culttes but i wanted to show the length of the shirt!

 The illustrations in the pattern are clear and not difficult to work out which is which fabric. There's a great contrast between the sleeve and the placket pieces in the illustrations which i noticed as well - most patterns it's really confusing for me to work out which is which (especially when some designers swap fabric half way through). Another thing that is probably not a big deal to others but really impressed me (especially when i was trying to be really skeptical ahha). My review might seem harsh but I really just try to be honest and transparent!

#SMS20 Sailor Moon inspired Ilford Jacket and Tania Culottes • www.max-california.com

This shirt was inspired by an outfit Usagi Tsukino (Sailor Moon when she's not saving the world) wears and I really wanted to replicate it for no other reason than it would be fun! Especially being able to use two of the patterns we've got already during Sew My Style this year. I'm definitely going to try and do this more, so if you see an outfit you think would be fun to replicate please send it to me! (you can message me on instagram or email me at maxATmax-californiaDOTcom).

#SMS20 Sailor Moon inspired Ilford Jacket and Tania Culottes • www.max-california.com


I paired my ilford shirt with a new pair of tania culottes (last month's pattern from Megan Nielsen Patterns!). I made them shorter, messed up the hem majorly, but where i did a size 16 last time I used the same size again but made it a size 14 waistband. The most beautiful fit!

#SMS20 Sailor Moon inspired Ilford Jacket and Tania Culottes • www.max-california.com

I really enjoyed sewing this entire outfit, watching it come together and fit me well, making two pieces that I really will wear again and again (not necessarily together) is such a great feeling. The best part was using two op-shopped bed sheets for the shirt (my wonderful sister found me the red one!) and some op shopped aqua poly/cotton blend (I did a burn test but still cant identify it properly) for the culottes. All the buttons and zip were from my stash too ^_^

Don't forget to check out the leaders for this month's patterns, Julian's gorgeous ilford jacket and Carol's amazing summit pack (she also did a two part sew a long)! Hopefully I'll be back before the end of the month with my finished pack too (hint: it's also sailor moon themed hehehe) but if i don't make it i will definitely post it up in the beginning of march!

You can see all my Sew My Style posts here. I'll also be linking other leaders' posts on that page as well!




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Sew My Style 2020 includes these talented sewists, catch up on their #SMS20 posts:

Aaronica @ The Needle & The Bell | Leanne @ Thready For It | Ari @ Max California | Minna @ The Shapes of Fabric | Carol @ Chatterstitch | Michele @ WinMichele | Julian @ Julian Creates | Florence @ FTMom3 | Kelsey @ Seam Lined Living | Kris @ Sew Notes | Laura @ The Specky Seamstress | Samantha @ The Rural Sewist | Sarah @ Haraz Handmade | Shelby @ Handmade Shelby | Simone @ Intensely Distracted | and SMS20 Coordinator Paulette @ Petite Font

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Saturday, 1 February 2020

Sew My Style 2020: Kortney Bodysuit & Tania Culottes


Morning friends!

It's the last day of the month and that means REVEAL day for our Sew My Style 2020 garments! I already posted some snaps of these on my instagram account earlier this month, but i thought i should take real photos for my blog post about it!

I sewed up both patterns, because i knew that they would work well together!

#SMS20 Kortney Bodysuit & Tania Culottes • www.max-california.com


Kortney Bodysuit

This was a really nice sew. The pattern is by Rad Patterns, a new-to-me sewing company that has so many incredible patterns on offer! The designer (stephanie) is extremely talented, and i know it's been mentioned before but as I'm a huge fan of streetwear I thought i'd mention it again -  she used to pattern make for Adidas! Literally the latest Ivy Park (beyonce)  x Adidas collab was something she worked on!

ANYWAY. I didn't know any of this when i made up this body suit late last year. I just really wanted a bodysuit in my wardrobe and it seemed pretty cute! One of the criteria for selecting companies for this year's Sew My Style was their extended sizes, and Rad Patterns really offers patterns for all people.

#SMS20 Kortney Bodysuit & Tania Culottes • www.max-california.com


You can read all the details about the pattern as well as some inspiration in my previous post here

My Bodysuit:
  • Size M
  • 3/4 sleeve, narrow 
  • trunk 60"
  • the straight size M was a perfect fit for me and my short torso
  • Binding: 4.5cm x 47 cm (x2 legs) and 4.5cm x 69cm (neck)
  • the pattern is no trim, so you can print it out and you just overlap the edges of the pattern to form it. I love that so much!
Next time i would do the snap crotch and leg binding differently. It's a bit bulky to look at so I would finesse it a little more. The snaps are quite far back on this pattern, but if you do them up by reaching behind your body rather than between your legs you will feel less like a contortionist. I feel the positioning of the snaps is so that when you sit you don't feel them between your legs. I really like this positioning. I did use plastic KAM snaps and while most of them are doing well, one side of one has unfastened itself which is infuriating (i have snap issues haah). In future I will use the sew in snaps!


#SMS20 Kortney Bodysuit & Tania Culottes • www.max-california.com

The Kortney Bodysuit is a snug fit, not just on me but i read a similar comment on many of the other people who have sewn it up in the SMS20 VIP group. It's not uncomfortable, and i feel you need the perfect fabric for it to be not so snug. I'm not sure if I would suggest sizing up next time for myself, or just doing a smaller seam allowance?

#SMS20 Kortney Bodysuit & Tania Culottes • www.max-california.com

The neckline is really beautiful and sits well. It doesn't fall off my shoulders and I can wear a bra underneath (not that I wear bras a lot HA) without it showing (except for in this one photo LOL).

I used this fabric from Spotlight called All In The Eye which is a cotton spandex. It stretched a beautiful amount for me even if it is a tiny bit see-through!

I adore this bodsuit, it's a great layering piece and I know I can wear it with my high waisted shorts in summer and my jeans in winter or with my ....

Tania Culottes


#SMS20 Kortney Bodysuit & Tania Culottes • www.max-california.com

The Tania Culottes (and the extended sizes Curve)by Megan Nielsen Patterns is far more adorable than I ever thought. I'm very into circle skirts lately, or ones that at least have swish and volume, and the culottes give me that perfect amount while still being shorts! At first I was very conscious of the fabric between my legs that I'm not used to, but that went away very quickly. 


#SMS20 Kortney Bodysuit & Tania Culottes • www.max-california.com

I think my favourite part about sewing these was the pleats in the front and back, because I had no idea why i was sewing where indicated but then it started coming together and WOW, I was so impressed at such a clever design! I have loved seeing people in these culottes because of the poses to show that they are culottes, it's my favourite thing ever. We need a hashtag.

#SMS20 Kortney Bodysuit & Tania Culottes • www.max-california.com

I should have ironed this before I took photos. The truth is i have been wearing it! It's been in my actual wardrobe being worn which is exciting haha. One thing to note, which I have also noticed other people mentioning it as well (and this is the beauty of sewing within a community, you find things out about patterns so you know it's not just you), the waistband is a bit large. I thought it was alright, but after seeing these photos I definitely will be taking it in a little to make it fit a bit more snug.

#SMS20 Kortney Bodysuit & Tania Culottes • www.max-california.com

My culottes: 

  • size 16
  • view A - short with a full 'skirt'
  • print pages 1-44
  • instead of a regular zipper I tried out the Lapped Zipper (the tutorial is on the Megan Nielsen blog). I loved doing this, it's not dissimilar to the way I usually do zips (I taught myself how to insert them and I don't think it's 100% correct but they've been looking good and functioning for 18 years so...). I didn't give it enough space so it's not perfect, but it was definitely in the right direction and I will do lapped zippers more in the future!
  • however the instructions in the tutorial talk about a "circle". I suspect this is from the former version of this pattern as there was no circle this time! 
  • Let the culottes hang for 48 hours before hemming!
  • I was going to shorten them but i like the length of this particular pair. Next ones I plan on making them mini!
  • the fabric is from a sheet set I bought from the op shop! this is where I source the majority of my fabrics!

#SMS20 Kortney Bodysuit & Tania Culottes • www.max-california.com

#SMS20 Kortney Bodysuit & Tania Culottes • www.max-california.com

 Overall, I am really happy with the first two patterns for this year's Sew My Style! My first one a few years ago really disappointed me, but there is nothing but happiness and excitement here for this year! I have a few more of these planned. Paulette cropped it into a shirt (and had plans for matching shorties with the bottom of the pattern) and i really love the versatility of that. I love that the culottes look like a full skirt, without me sewing a million circle skirts, so I'll be adding a few of these in different colourways to my wardrobe (there's a solid aqua one planned and also a rainbow one).

#SMS20 Kortney Bodysuit & Tania Culottes • www.max-california.com


And just to show you my high fashion pose in case you thought I couldn't:

#SMS20 Kortney Bodysuit & Tania Culottes • www.max-california.com


I literally look like i'm doing a poo.

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Sew My Style 2020 includes these talented sewists, catch up on their #SMS20 posts:

Aaronica @ The Needle & The Bell | Leanne @ Thready For It | Ari @ Max California | Minna @ The Shapes of Fabric | Carol @ Chatterstitch | Michele @ WinMichele | Julian @ Julian Creates | Florence @ FTMom3 | Kelsey @ Seam Lined Living | Kris @ Sew Notes | Laura @ The Specky Seamstress | Samantha @ The Rural Sewist | Sarah @ Haraz Handmade | Shelby @ Handmade Shelby | Simone @ Intensely Distracted | and SMS20 Coordinator Paulette @ Petite Font

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LEIA MAIS