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imagine gnats February 06 2014, 1 Comment

 Today on the tour we'll be hearing from the talented and always entertaining Rachael from Imagine Gnats.  



Just recently Rachael informed me she is hosting a Indiegogo campaign to help raise funds to print her pattern line and I couldn't be more happy to see her patterns in print!  Here is some more information from Rachel herself! 

imagine gnats started as a little etsy shop, selling small sewn items to help support my family and also to give me a creative outlet in a corporate world. it's come a long way in just five years... from a hobby to a full-time job. my love of sewing and design has grown as well, and now my own sewing patterns help and inspire others to create. i am proud to have created patterns for garments that are easy to sew and easy to wear. imagine gnats patterns feature classic silhouettes with a modern twist that incorporate clever details and practical techniques currently, my patterns are all offered as printable pdfs. the money raised on indiegogo will help cover the costs of an initial run of paper patterns, which means sharing my designs with even more sewists and inspiring more people. for the cost of one pattern, you can help me reach my goal AND be one of the first to get the printed pattern of your choice. for a little bit more, you can get a full set of imagine gnats printed patterns. plus, early bird specials offer even better deals for the first contributors! my initial print run will include 500 each of my existing five garment patterns. all of the money raised will go directly to that effort. once patterns are printed, i begin the selling and distribution phase. i would love for you to tweet, share on facebook, email your friends and family... anything that will get the word out. every share helps and is so appreciated. 

Here is the direct link to donate and help spread the word! 

Tomorrow we'll be stopping by I Seam Stressed to see what Figgy fun she has in store for us!  


Happy Sewing - Shelly


it's my turn to sew with imagine gnats! January 30 2014, 3 Comments

It is very rare that I sew for myself using designer patterns.  Why?   

1.  Habit.  I think my entire wardrobe consists of only denim and knits and when I find the perfect layering tee, maxi dress or knit pant I'll lay it out on top of tracing paper and make a quick pattern to use again and again.  I am all about low maintanence and the quicker the better.  

2. Time. I just don't have a lot of it these days and when I do I try my best to spend that extra time with my family.  Women's patterns usually have a lot of detail because they need to.  We have gorgeous curves and we need darts and pleats in all the right places so the garment will hang exactly how it's designed to look.  Don't get me wrong I LOVE to peruse adult patterns and I purchase them directly from the designers with the intention of using them for myself.  But most often I end up teaching a class to other adults and enjoy the garment finished on other people.  

3.  Sewing for Kids.  I LOVE to sew for children, it is most certainly my most favorite item to sew.  These days my boys are into sportswear so most of my sewing is for my niece Ofelia or samples for my students.  

BUT... along comes Imagine Gnats with a pattern right up my alley.  The Meridian Cardigan.  

 The pattern is designed for knits and its cozy.  Before I began to sew I crossed my fingers that it's any easy sew.  Guess what?  It is!!  It took me 1.5 hours from start to finish (that includes taping the pattern together).  When I use a PDF pattern and print in black and white its sometimes hard to follow the lines so I always use a pen or marker and mark it out before I trace.  It's always easier to see through the tracing paper when the line is highlighted.  Try to use a pen/marker that has the same tip width if you do this so you don't effect the sizing of the garment.  



Perhaps this is a bit TMI but I'm a bit chesty.  I am petite but my chest always seems to land me in the size 10 or 12 in adult patterns.  I blame this on the birth of my children.  My "girls" just haven't been the same since having them.  When I make myself clothing I can't go off the size chart on chest size alone because the garment always ended up too large.  For this pattern I was a 10 in the chest, 8 in waist and 6 for the hips.  I measured the pattern pieces and decided on making the size 8 because I thought it was better to go bigger and have room for layering than go smaller and have to give yet another item of clothing to my sister (who could wear a paper sack and still look hot).  
What a simple sew, I love it!  You create two shells, sew shoulders and side seams then sew them together..BAM done!  The only problem I had while sewing around the cardigan shell was the song "she'll be coming around the mountain" got stuck in my head and I couldn't get it out for the rest of the night. All my fault, not Rachel!  She does not suggest that song while sewing, it just happened.  Sorry if you now have that song stuck in your head (insert maniacal laugh).  A very helpful foot that was with me through the entire process was my walking foot. It made for some super smooth sewing and gave me a non-wavy result. I choose a striped Hemp Knit from Pickering for the outer shell and a slinky knit for the interior, both purchased at Bolt.  I wanted the nice grey stripe for winter and the cheerful green for spring.  Oh did I forget to mention it's reversible? Bonus!  The fit was perfect.  Roomy enough for layering but not so big that I look like I'm wearing just a bunch of fabric.  I love the front curve and how nicely the shape drapes.  I also think my students will love this cardigan so I'm super happy it is available in child, teen and adult sizes!


No one was home to take my photo :(  so you're stuck with a selfie but I hope you'll agree it's a nice fit!


Want to make your own Meridian? Purchase your copy of the pattern from the Imagine Gnats Shop, and use coupon code JANUARYTOUR to save 20% through the end of this month. Thank you Rach for having me along this super fun Imagine Gnats blog tour!  It was a pleasure using your pattern and you've inspired me to start sewing for myself a little more often!


This is the last day for the tour but if you'd like to see more pattern sewn up by some fabulous bloggers click through this list:

Inder Loves Folk Art / mon petit lyons / Sew Delicious
la inglesita / Miss Matatabi / Rae Gun Ramblings
Welcome to the Mouse House / Casa Crafty
Make it Handmade / Made with Moxie / Buzzmills
girl like the sea / just me jay / Play Crafts
Sew Well Maide / Sew Charleston / Mingo and Grace
Caila Made / Sewbon / do Guincho / call ajaire
Alison Glass / a.Amelia Handmade / Bored & Crafty
you & mie / Stitched Together / things for boys
fake it while you make it / Sanae Ishida
Behind the Hedgerow / I Seam Stressed / Charming Doodle
The Crafty Kitty / Siestas & Sewing / Figgy's




Happy Sewing - Shelly



Next week on the Blog:  
Tweaking Patterns
Figgy's "Heavenly" Pattern Tour Begins!