I’m a big fan of group sew alongs and themed sewing where fellow sewers from around the world come together to share, and learn from each other. Over the last couple of months, I’ve been following and contributing to the Monthly Stitch, a fantastic gathering of sewers who post and share their creations according to a given theme. During the month of December the challenge was to create a “Tis the Season to Party” garment. I have been super busy with alterations and custom sewing projects, but I finally found a morning to put together this top designed by Lekala Patterns.
If you haven’t been to their website, it’s worth checking out. Their downloadable patterns are between free and 3 dollars and they have quite a variety!
I chose to make mine out of one fabric instead of two. My fabric was purchased in Sebastopol at The Legacy, a fabric, yarn, and notion store. Almost everything is donated and resold with the proceeds going to their local Senior Center. They sell their fabric by the pound and twice a month everything is half off! Sew, Sew, Sew much fun!
The neatest thing about it though, is that you put in your measurements and they send it to you in your unique size. The worst thing about it, are the poorly translated directions. They need someone, like you or me, to translate the Russian into common sewing terminology. I wouldn’t recommend the instructions to anyone with little experience in sewing. I’ve been sewing for almost 50 years and their directions can still throw me for a loop, every now and then. Over the last year or so, I’ve seen many improvements. I love the idea of patterns made to fit.