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Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Monthly MashUp (7) Alterations - Johnny Bond

Today we'll start altering the pattern pieces needed for the Johnny Bond MashUp.  But quickly, here's a reminder of the mash-a-long schedule:

Thursday 7/17: Introduce the MashUp Patterns and open the giveaway
Monday 7/21: Giveaway winner announced on Facebook and Instagram
Tuesday 7/22: Reveal the MashUp and open the link up
Tuesday 7/29: Alter the pattern pieces for the MashUp
Thursday 7/31: Sew the MashUp
Friday 8/1: Share the MashUps from the link up on Facebook and Instagram

My recommendation with any MashUp is to always make at least a muslin of both patterns per the regular instructions before mashing them together.  That way you will know their individual quirks and be sure to have the correct sizing.  Here you can see the originals I sewed for Bean, as well as a bit of a review of the two patterns.


For the Johnny Bond MashUp, I wanted to use the bib feature of the Bond Top, but have the placket and hood from the Johnny B Good Hoodie.  There aren't a lot of alterations to make, but lets go through them.


The four pattern pieces you'll need to alter are the Johnny B Good Front and Upper Back and the Bond Top Bib and Back.  Trace the pieces in your correct size.


Make sure to mark the seam allowances.  The Bond Top uses 1/2" and the Johnny B Good uses 3/8" which will need to be taken into consideration in the following steps.


Take the Johnny B Good Front piece and the Bond Top Bib piece and line them up at the neckline shoulder seam.  It is important to remember to line them up right at the seamline and not at the seam allowance outside point.


Since we are using the Bib front of the Bond Top, but the neckline of the Johnny B Good pattern, we need to alter the bib shape.  Trace along the shoulder of the bib and then the neckline of the Johnny B Good front.


The front piece has a placket included, but the bib is meant to be cut on the fold.  We will use the placket from the front, but the center of the placket once created will need to end up on the original bib fold line.  To achieve this, to the center front edge of our new bib piece we need to add half of the width of the finished placket.


From the original bib shoulder point, trace around the lower edge of the bib, extending it out and up to meet the new placket edge.


Add 3/8" seam allowance to the neckline and center front edge and 1/2" seam allowance to the shoulder and lower bib curve.


Add the original Johnny B Good placket fold lines to the center placket and the new Johnny Bond Bib piece is complete.


For the back pieces, line them up so the center backs match and then shift the Johnny B Good until the neckline meets the Bond Top shoulder.  Be sure to match the seamlines and not the outside seam allowances.



Starting at the center back, trace along the neckline until you meet the Bond Top shoulder.


Continue down the Bond Top shoulder and around the rest of the Bond Top back piece.


Add the 3/8" seam allowance to the new neckline and 1/2" seam allowance to the rest of the seams.  Retrace the original Bond Top Hem allowance.



The Johnny Bond Back piece is now complete.  Now that we have the pieces altered, you'll need to gather the other existing pieces you'll need to sew the Johnny Bond.  All of the pattern pieces you will need are:


Cut out 2 (reverse 1) Johnny Bond Bib pieces not on the fold of the woven fabric and 1 Johnny Bond Back piece on the fold of the knit fabric and follow the original patterns for how to cut out the remaining pieces.  Then, come back on Thursday and we'll sew everything together!

Be sure to follow the Monthly MashUp Pinterest board if you'd like some more inspiration on garments to mash and I'd love you to share the Monthly MashUp button somewhere on your blog:

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Friday, July 25, 2014

Challenge Create: Knit Fabric Swap

It's my turn to share what I made for Skirt Fixation's Challenge Create: Knit Fabric Swap.

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The challenge is that we were sent two yards of fabric that didn't have to be continuous, but MUST be knit, to make anything we wanted to make.  Sounds easy enough right?  Well sometimes when things are that wide open it can be harder to get inspired....

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Monthly MashUp (7) Reveal - Johnny Bond

I hope you had a great weekend and had a chance to pick up your Johnny Bond MashUp patterns.  The mash-a-long will start tomorrow!  And now for the big reveal....


The Johnny B Good Hoodie from Shwin Designs and The Bond Top by Beatnik Kids when mashed together form this easy-wear hooded top with a functional bib and placket.  This top is perfect for boys OR girls!


The hood and bib use a woven fabric so of course I had to use the new Pandas in Paris double gauze from Imagine Gnats.  Those pandas slay me.


The body of the top uses a knit fabric so I chose some organic cotton striped jersey from Kitschy Coo.  That fabric is so soft to the touch that I was actually jealous of Bean when she was wearing it the other day, hehe.


Have you done a MashUp this month?  Add it to the InLinkz (*affiliate link) LinkUp below.  The mash-a-long starts tomorrow, but feel free to add ANY MashUps you'd like!



And here's a quick reminder of the schedule for the mash-a-long:

Thursday 7/17: Introduce the MashUp Patterns and open the giveaway
Monday 7/21: Giveaway winner announced on Facebook and Instagram
Tuesday 7/22: Reveal the MashUp and open the link up
Tuesday 7/29: Alter the pattern pieces for the MashUp
Thursday 7/31: Sew the MashUp
Friday 8/1: Share the MashUps from the link up on Facebook and Instagram


Be sure to follow the Monthly MashUp Pinterest board if you'd like some more inspiration on garments to mash and I'd love you to share the Monthly MashUp button somewhere on your blog:

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Monday, July 21, 2014

Invisibility Cloak - Happy Harry Potter

In honor of Harry Potter's birthday (July 31st) Rae Gun Ramblings is running a two week long series celebrating everything Harry and the series kicks off today!


Bean is really into make believe lately so I immediately knew I wanted to make an Invisibility Cloak.  She doesn't really know about Harry Potter yet, but I cannot wait until she's old enough to enjoy the book series.