Thursday, 6 June 2019

Ladies Zip-It Good Rashie Set Tester Round Up

☀️ Sew by Pattern Pieces Zip-It Rashie Set ☀️




Ladies pattern features include;
💦 Zip Front Closure,
☀️ Plain or Frilled Hem,
💦 Fitted Body,
☀️ Flutter, Puff, Short, 3/4, Long Sleeve Options.
💦 Swim Pant,
☀️ Leggings with 5 length Options.

FABRIC AND NOTIONS
💦 50% 4 way stretch knit fabric blend containing Lycra/elastane/spandex; 
☀️ 50cm or 19 5/8" Chunky Plastic Zip - 5mm Width - Open End; 
💦 Magic Tape or “Sew Easy”  Wash Away Quilters Tape.  6mm - 8mm or 1/4” - 5/16”;
☀️ Elastic 3/8” or 10mm (Pant) 1” 25mm (Legging);
💦 Clear Elastic 1/4” or 6mm (For Rashie Frilled Hem).

This pattern comes in a wide range of sizes; but the most exciting detail is that it comes with front pattern pieces especially made for cup sizes A through G. 
AU 6 8 10 12 14 16 18 20 22 24 26
US 2 4 6 8 10 12 14 16 18 20 22
EU 32 34 36 38 40 42 44 46 48 50 52

It is a 110 page pattern. 50 Pages make up the instructions, 60 pages make up the tiled pattern pieces which can be printed and taped together using US 8.5" x 11" letter and/or A4 paper.  

Large scale paper options have been included in a combination of A0 and A1 format.  

Pages 17-20 include layout diagrams, pattern number and pages to print charts for all pattern pieces.  The pattern also includes cutting charts for all rectangular pattern pieces.

All pattern pieces are computer generated, color coded and layered so you can choose to print the actual sizes you require.

The lovely testers that helped me to test the 3 patterns for this Set, stuck with me for over three weeks.  Firstly, we tested the Swim Pant and Leggings in 5 lengths.  I will always be very thankful for the effort testers go to, to help a designer sew and check the fit of the patterns, look over and give suggestions to the instructions and then help promote the new styles on social media.

These are a few of the lovely versions of bottoms that our fabulous testers made.







In the weeks to follow we tested the rashies and wow what an array of gorgeous results we had.  What I love about making my own rashie is being able to use such gorgeous fabrics that are available on the market.  I cannot understand why we need to settle for plain black, white and navy when we visit the stores.  

To make a rashie all it takes is one step further than making a t'shirt.  The Zip!  You need not be afraid of inserting a zip.  You just need to get hold of some wash away tape.  Using this tape to hold the zip it will make sewing the zip a breeze.  If you join our group you will see a post with this picture where members have shared where they get their tape from.  There are many places online where you can buy it and have it sent right to your door.  In the pattern there are two video links.  One to help you shorten your zip if it is too long and another to help you sew it into your garment using the wash away tape to hold it.


Next, the zips.  They are also easy to get hold of to sew your garment.  In Australia, both Spotlight and Lincraft have a great selection.  The zips used are just a standard 50cm or 19 5/8" open ended chunky 5mm or 1/4" zips. Have a search online if you cannot purchase from your closet store.

While you are here please browse through all of our tester lovely makes.  I hope you will see something that will inspire you to want to make your own.



















One of my long time testers Alison, had a brain wave and decided to try out the band from our Glamour Swirl Skirt on the Swim Pants.  They look awesome and were able to be added to the pants with no adjustments necessary to the band or pant.  She just popped them straight on.  

You can find the free file to this pattern in the "Files" section of our Group.  If you choose to join this is the link SEW by Pattern Pieces Sewing Circle
One of the most beautiful times of our lives is being able to breastfeed and this can be difficult when you are near the water.  One of our testers remedied this with the use of her Ladies Zip-It Good Rashie.  How cool is this?  The zip front allows the ability to breastfeed while in your swimsuit.


If you are in love with the makes you have seen and wish to make a Mummy and Me version you are also able to purchase the pattern as a bundle.  Yes we have this exact same pattern in girls sizes.  From size 1-14 youth.  Here are some fun pics of Mum's with their little ones in pieces from the Girls version of the Zip-It Good Rashie Set.






Don't forget you also can add a fun frill to your rashie.  It looks so adorable!

New Release Ladies Zip-It Good Rashie Set is currently 10% off until Sunday 09/06/19. 
💦Code for 10% off ladies single pattern is ZIPIT10





If you purchase the ladies and girls bundle both patterns are 10% off. No code needed.





Saturday, 23 September 2017

Applying the Sunshine Tee Template to your favourite Tee pattern


Tips and Tricks to spice up your garment

Applying the Sunshine Tee Template to your favourite pattern





Print and assemble the corresponding size of Spliced Sunshine Front Piece Template for your sewing project.  If you are sewing a size 2 then choose the "Size 2 Template Pattern." If you are sewing a ladies size then choose the largest youth size, which is the youth size 14.  This size template will be a suitable size ratio for most ladies sizes.


Begin by tracing both sides of the chosen shirt pattern so you end up with a full front piece.





Transfer pattern marks.  Fold your new traced piece in half and fold whole Sunshine Tee Template Piece in half to make it easier to line up centre using the crease.  Line up traced shirt front pattern on top of spliced pattern.  Line up the armsyce so the sun will stay in about the same place.



Trace sun and rays lines, extending if necessary. 



Number the pieces!  Also, I'd suggest adding a grain line arrow on each piece at this stage - I wish I had done that!  It was a little hard to figure it out once it was cut up.



Play with fabric arrangements.



On piece #13 be sure to mark all the corresponding notches for the sun ray lines.  This will assist you when sewing this curve.


Cut up new pattern pieces.



Don't forget to add seam allowance when cutting out your pieces or retrace and add all your seam allowances to your pattern pieces!



Pieces rearranged before sewing the front together to keep them in order.  

When ready to sew, I recommend following the instructions from page 28.  This will show the correct layout for sewing the pieces together this way all seams lay the same direction on the finished garment.



Ta da!  Front piece done.  Continue tutorial as written to add sleeves and back. 




Beautiful shirt done, yeah!






As a big "Thank You" for the photos and for writing up this blog post, you may wish to purchase the Sunshine Tee using this link will also give you 10% off your purchase.


Also, if you like the gorgeous fabric used to make Katie's Tee please visit
Use the code SUNSHINE15 for 15% off your next purchase.



You may also enjoy seeing a few progress shots from the lovely Amy Hodge for her boys version of the Sunshine Tee, using the "Front Piece Template!"



In this version Amy has made and adjustment to better fit her print of CP30 in the semi-circle.  Note; all the the "grainlines" and "direction of most stretch" placed on the pattern pieces which just assist when going to cut out fabric.


Amy went the route of retracing and adding seam allowances to the pattern pieces before cutting.



The completed Tee.  Looks awesome doesn't it?



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