Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Miss Make's Looper Quilt Part 1: Crib-Sized Practice Quilt

Right as things started getting crazy with the coronavirus and people starting to lock down, I made this beautiful little crib sized Looper Quilt using fabric scraps leftover from my Then Came June Sunflare Quilt. The couple I made the Sunflare for as a future wedding gift is planning on having children so I'm holding onto this beauty for their first youngin' because I love a parent-child matching moment. I cannot emphasize enough how much I love this little baby quilt. The colors (which I wasn't crazy about on my Sunflare, go figure) are so perfect and make me so happy.

Top to bottom: blue tencel stash fabric, Kona Lilac, Kona Orchid, Kona Baby Pink, Kona Peach, Kona Ice Peach. Backing: Kona Maize

This was my first time sewing curves—I have a bigger Looper planned as a wedding gift for a different couple, so wanted to give the curves a go before cutting into that special fabric. Each block was better than the last (you can see the top right block, which I did first, is a bit more squiggly that the others) and I’m now feeling much more confident in my curved sewing abilities.

I did some stitching in the ditch around the stripes, another first for me. I wanted the quilting lines to kind of radiate from the rainbow shape, so I measured quilting lines using a acrylic quilting ruler and a quilting marker that measured the same width as the finished stripes, roughly 2.5 inches. I did horizontal stripes on the top half, and vertical stripes on the bottom to tie in the seamline where the bottom two blocks are joined. I wanted to minimize the amount of threads on the "inside" of the quilt top area where the binding can't catch and secure them, so I stitched the background stripes in sets of two, stitching in the ditch again where I had to double over the outside edge of the stripes in order to turn back. A visual in case that doesn't make sense:

This worked really well, except where my fabric wasn't perfectly straight in that top block and it bubbled a little bit, but in the end you have to not let perfect be the enemy of the good—no kiddo will ever notice it so I am deciding it's not worth the extra effort of stressing over perfection.

All in all this was such an amazing learning experience—so much growth packed into such a small quilt! I already have my fabric cut for the throw sized Looper, AND have done some quarantine fabric cutting for a Then Came June Meadowland Quilt using scraps from my past 4 or 5 quilts. Definitely bummed about the quarantine situation here in the SF Bay Area, but making the best of a bad situation with as many projects as I can get my hands on!

Monday, March 9, 2020

Vogue 1247

Like all good stories, this project starts with the kindness of a stranger. When I set my goals for my Make Nine 2020, I had decided on making the much-loved Vogue 1247 skirt, but was having trouble finding a copy as the pattern is long out of print.

Well, I'm a professional researcher (actually), so I hunted in Pattern Review forums and found someone who offered to share her copy to another person early in 2019, clicked through her profile to her blog and found contact information. She gladly agreed to send me her copy and insisted I keep the copy when I was done with it. Have I mentioned that I really love the internet?

I sewed this up in a black 14 wale corduroy from, with leftover blue mystery fabric (feels like tencel) I got as a remnant from Fabric Outlet for the pocket lining to reduce a little bulk. This is also the FIRST! project I've finished using my new overlocker machine that I got for Christmas (other than a bunch of little reusable cotton squares I made as practice), and I'm tickled pink with how it turned out. It took me a while to get a hang of it, so there's some bites taken out of the pocket area by the overlocker knife where I wasn't QUITE ready to start taking on such tight turns. 😂

I added 1.5" of length and it's still pretty short—next time I'll probably add 2" and only hem 1.5" instead of 2" like the pattern calls for. If I was doing this in corduroy again, I might add another 1/4" to the waistband, because it's just the slightest bit snug, but not enough to be uncomfortable.

If you're inclined to draft a copycat, here are some measurements for size 14 (36-28-38). These measurements include seam allowances of 5/8" except where noted.

  • Cut waistband 35.25" wide and 4.5" tall (cut 1 fabric, 1 interfacing). This includes 1.25" extra on one end to lap over for a waistband hook or button—the waistband is 17"x 2.25" not including this overhang and after folding over the waistband.
  • The yoke is 6 5/8" tall and 19.5" wide at the top (add two 1.25"x5.75" darts on both the front and back yokes to make each 17" finished). The front yoke is 21.5" wide at the bottom, and the back yoke is 22.5" wide at the bottom. The front yoke has the inside side of the pockets at the bottom.
  • The bottom is 12.75" tall on both the front and back, including a 2" hem. This includes an extra 1.5" that I added compared to the pattern. The bottom is also 23" wide on the front and 25" wide on the back.
  • The pockets are 8" wide and 7" deep. There is 1" width between them on the yoke, but the stitch line is 3" when you attach the yoke to the other side of the pockets.
Here are some sketches that I hope help—I swear it looks more complicated than it is!



I highly recommend this pattern, especially in corduroy. It's so flattering and one of the comfiest skirts I own. I totally get the hype!