Detective Houndstooth Sewing Pattern Launch

Did You Miss Me?

Some of you might have noticed that I haven’t been blogging lately. My insecure blogger-self hopes that you did. I’ve been locked up in my sewing room working on a super top secret sewing project. I’m so thrilled to announce that I’m jumping on yet another bandwagon and launching a sewing pattern line.  It’s named after my blog, Detective Houndstooth.

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Mysterious Sewing Patterns

As you can see by my tagline, I’m creating a line of mysterious sewing patterns. I will be adding tons of fun puzzles and mysterious for  you to solve because sewing up a pattern isn’t enough of a challenge.

1) Ease: I won’t spell out the ease. You have to guess what it is by measuring the pattern pieces and subtracting the body measurement. I’ll keep you guessing by throwing in negative ease on a woven garment. You won’t know if it’s too big or too small until you’re trying on the garment. I can hear the laughter now.

2) Instructions: The instructions will be filled with fun puzzles. The steps will be out of sequence and once in a while I’ll leave out a step.  You fill in the blank. What fun!

3) Pattern PDF: I will be only selling PDFs. The PDFs will be printed on no less than 70 pages.  Pattern pieces will be put across as many sheets as possible for maximum mystery. Keep your eyes out on those itty bitty slivers of a pattern piece corner.

 

Upcoming Patterns

Due to the huge success of my free patterns which has made me a whopping -$52 (it’s a long story) I’m making the most downloaded ones into patterns. First up is a dress based on my very popular stacking ring pattern. The rings are easy to fit and hides a number of body issues. Separate rings are a great color blocking opportunity.

Det HT Stacking Ring Dress

My second pattern will be a hat based on my macaron measuring tape. Macarons are all the rage in foodie world. Now you, too, can be on the bleeding edge of fashion with this hat.  The retractable measuring tape can also double as a chin strap. Never lose your hat in the wind again.

Det HT Macaron Hat

The third pattern that I’ll be launching is in the functional fashion category, a lobster bib based off my of reuseable bag tutorial. This lobster bib folds up and can nicely fit in your purse. You’ll never be caught without one if you’re ever at a surprise lobster dinner. What? That doesn’t happen to you once a month? The roomy bag will catch all your spills with room to spare. *No lobsters were harmed in the making of this pattern.*

Det HT Lobster Bib

Testers Needed

Of course I won’t dare release a pattern without testing it out first. So if anyone wants to be baffled and befuddled by a sewing pattern, please let me know in the comments. You will need to give me feedback within 2 days of getting the pattern. It is mandatory that you participate in the blog hop and write reviews on 4 different sites.  You are highly encouraged to write only nice things. Any negative comments will be blamed on user error and dismissed immediately.

Don’t forget to sign up in the comments of this post.  So who’s in?

Happy mystery sewing,

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Last Minute Gift Sewing: Flower Scarf

Flower Scarf

Anyone else sewing last minute gifts?  It seems like I only find time to sew gifts is in the middle of the night, when the fabric store is closed and I can barely focus.  So I went rummaging through my stash and my cluttered mind for something easy to make with supplies I have on hand.  I decided on this flower scarf which I had seen in a pattern and in RTW.

 

Supplies

Supplies

Drafting the pattern

Drafting the flower pattern was a little bit of a mystery.  I tried 2 other drafts using math, angles and other confusing things.  My mind just doesn’t work well with numbers late at night.  Drawing it on paper made everything really clear.  To draft the pattern you start with four squares that are 3” by 3”.  Then you draw four 3” circles.  After that you draw two diagonal lines from corner to corner.  Then you draw four more circles along the diagonal.  Lastly you draw 2 more lines from the center to where the outer most point where the circles overlap to make your stitching templates.  See red outline below. Drafting PatternThe 8 circles will be the final size of your flower.  If you want it larger or smaller you adjust the size of the square and circle.  If you like it as I’ve drafted it, you’re in luck.  You can just download my pattern.

Flower Scarf Letter download button

Flower Scarf A5 download button

Cutting the pattern

The pattern is just a circle.  Each flower takes 8 circles.  The pattern takes 10 flowers to make a 48” scarf.  I made 9 flowers because that’s all the fabric I had.  I used what should have been the sleeves of my Victory Pattern Lola dress had I bought enough fabric.  The fabric was just too beautiful to waste and is the perfect fabric for this scarf.  To eek out enough circles, I chalked the circle pattern nesting them like biscuits and cut them using scissors.  I have a circle cutter but the fabric was too soft and didn’t stay in place as I was cutting.

Circles

 Slow sewing the flower method

Step 1:  Place 2 circles wrong sides together and sew together using the edge of stitching template 1 as a guide.

Step 2:  Open up the 2 circles and fold the top flap to the left side.  Place another circle piece underneath, again wrong sides together.  Use stitching guide 2 and sew along the edge of the template.

Step 3:  Repeat step 2 for the rest of the 5 circles for 8 circles total.  You’ll sew circle #1 to circle #8 to complete the flower.

StitchingFinished flower

Speed sewing method

For those who want to sew quicker you can sew like the factories and sew pieces continuously.  By that I mean that you sew one piece after another without taking it out of the machine.  This way you save time and thread.

Step 1: same as Slow Sewing step 1 above.  But instead of taking the piece off the machine, you leave a tiny bit of thread in between and sewing circle #1 to #2 for all ten of the flowers.  Clip the threads tails.

Speed sewing 1

Step 2: same as Slow Sewing step 2.  Again you leave a small piece of thread and sew circle #2 and circle #3 for all ten of the flowers.

Step 3:  repeat sewing circle #3 to #4 x 10, #4 to #5 x 10 etc until you get all 8 circles sewn.  You will need to leave more thread between the sets as the flowers get bigger.

Serious ProductionFinished flowers

Sewing the scarf

The last step is to sew the 10 flowers together to make the scarf.  To do this, place flowers wrong (flat) side together and sew across the outer corner of one of the petals.

Sew flowers together

You can sew these end to end or staggered like I did.

StaggeredAs I’m writing these instructions it seems more complicated than it really is.  You’re cutting a bunch of circles and sewing them together.  It’s pretty mindless as long as you keep the sets of flower pieces organized.  You can make it more complicated by having the flowers in different fabrics or having different fabrics within a flower.  Make it more complicated at your own risk.  I’ll just stick with one fabric.

Now, how do I tie this thing?

Now, how do I tie this thing?

 Happy (holiday) sewing,

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