Friday, October 28, 2016

A Pattern with a Purpose The Pattern Review Lillian Blog Tour

New Pattern Alert! Deepika at Sewing Pattern Review has released a new pattern, and she asked me and some talented bloggers to make it up. The Lillian is a knit top or an A-Line dress with a V-Neck Yoke and cap sleeves. The front yoke allows for subtle bust shaping as well as infinite design opportunities. The pattern sizes range from xs-plus. I made the pattern in size small for my pieces. 
        

After seeing the super easy pattern with the yoke, I knew it was the perfect canvas for a hand-sewn element. 


         

Blue is my favorite color, and I love the combination of navy and baby blue together. I stenciled using silver paint, and I stitched the layers together with slate colored button and craft thread. I secured the v-neck with a herringbone stitch from my sewing machine. I used navy thread to keep it invisible. I did not want to distract from the applique details.


This top is sewn in a single layer of cotton jersey except on the yoke that is a double layer. The seams are all felled to the back and top-stitched in contrasting thread to add more visual interest.



Apparently, I have a multiplication problem because I made another version of the Lillian. What is with me and double makes lately?  This time, I made the dress version. I added reverse applique to the yoke and to a section of the lower skirt.


    



This is a new color combination for me. I used sage green jersey for the outer layer and beige (not nude :P)  for the backing layer. The shapes of my stenciled motif are accented with gold airbrush paint. The hand-sewing was done using Dogwood colored button and craft thread. The v-neck bias strip of this version is secured using a parallel stitch. 

        


I started this dress on Sunday and it was done by Wednesday. Granted, I am not new to this, but even for me, that is quick. The larger scale of the motif makes this super fast to sew. The dress when sewn in regular knit fabric can be sewn in 2 hours! 


This stencil image is free in my Craftsy store if you want to give it a try. If you want to give it try, but want to save a step or 2, I have "you cut" stencils in my Etsy Store.

 

This pattern was inspired by Lillian Weber of Dresses for Africa and 20% of the sales will be donated to to that organization in her memory. You can read more about that here.  

I have written a Pattern review of these makes that can be read here.


Want some more inspiration to make yours? These talented sewists will be posting about Lillians on their blogs this week, so be sure to check them out.
Oct. 24th Jstarr4250 (Julie)

Happy Sewing,
Bianca

18 comments:

  1. You are so amazingly talented! I love the top and dress! I think your two makes have been my favorite so far.

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    1. Thanks so much for saying that Vanessa!

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  2. I love your versions of this pattern! I wasn't sure if I liked the yoke, but I love the way you handled it. Beautiful!

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    1. Thanks Lisa! I was on the fence as well, yokes can be tricky on "the girls". I knew making it this way would change my mind.

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  3. Your versions are gorgeous and so you! You definitely personalized it and made it your own!

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    1. Thanks Carolyn! I try to put my personality in my projects. I am glad that came across here. :)

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  4. These are amazing! Love the way you personalize your patterns.

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  5. Those are beautiful, artsitic but also very modern

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  6. Simply stunning Bianca! I love your versions and what I great canvas to show your hand sewing skills!

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    1. Aww Sue, thanks so much. I love that the pattern can be tweaked to suit the maker. I will be adding sleeves to my next one like you did.

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  7. SO fabulous!!! You are really amazing and I'm so excited by what you've done with this pattern.

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    1. Thanks Helen! You are so sweet; I appreciate your kindness :)

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  8. I love your versions of this pattern. The handwork is exquisite. Beautiful!

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    1. Thanks Tomasa!I am very happy with both of them.

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  9. Both of these are so pretty on you! The handstitching adds just the right visual texture to the lines of the pattern. I totally bought the pattern because of your versions. I'm planning on some blockprinting--we'll see how it goes.

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    1. Thanks Elizabeth! I can't wait to see your color-blocked version. I am sure you will knock it out of the park!

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