Forbidden fruit pot holders – pattern drafting

Hello! As promised today I will show you how to draft a simple pattern for a apple shaped pot holders, so you can make it as part of a matching set with oven gloves from previous post.

Apples are one of my favorite fruits, so I thought it would be fun to incorporate its shape into a decorative , but handy pot holders. However feel free to create a different shape if you prefer.

Pattern drafting

Fold a piece of paper in half and draw a shape that roughly resemble an apple ( or heart, pear, circle etc.) and cut it out. It needs to be bigger then your hand, because you will insert your hand when in use, plus you will need to add some bias binding at the edges, which will in turn decrease the opening size a little.

Fold the pattern in half and make a copy of its shape on a separate piece of paper.

Next, draw a slated line about 1cm from the top edge and 2-3cm at the bottom edge. This will be the pot holder opening to insert your hand, so you can make it bigger if you want to, but i would not recommend it any smaller, as it will be more difficult to put your hand inside.

Mark your pattern pieces, so you know exactly how many times it has to be cut out and from which fabric:

-potholder: cut twice from main fabric and once from heat resistant fabric

– potholder pocket: cut 4 times main fabric ( or 2 times main and 2 times lining fabric if using scraps), if your fabric is lightweight I would recommend interfacing your pocket pieces, so it holds it shape and gives more structure.

Draw a rectangle for a loop/ tap that will be an apples tail. You can angle it on side like I have done if you wish. It will be sewn on hold, so you only need to cut it once.

Last pattern piece will be our apples leaf, so fold the paper in half and draw a curved line. It’s shape and size really depends on you, so have fun with it. You can even make two or more different size leafs if you like it. Cut it twice for each leaf you want to make and use some interfacing again, if your fabric is soft or it drape.

As you can see the pattern pieces for an apple shaped potholder are completed. Now you can look through you leftover fabric to find a color combination that suits your aesthetics or desires. In the next post I will show you how to sew this lovely potholder.

~Have fun drafting you own patterns!~

Monika xxx

Button-up shirt

Hi !!! I am sure you had better things to do over the holiday period then wonder what is up with me? But I tell you anyway…. I had been quiet here lately simply because of lack of spare time. Since finishing my studies I took on some extra work and in my free time been doing extra pattern cutting, and other sewing related courses leaving me with not much time left to actually sew or blog.

Being obsessed with pattern cutting I had drafted my first button-up shirt. It is not perfect, but all the imperfections are giving me a room to learn and understand even more, so I am very happy with what I had achieved.

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Building on my basic bodice and skirt blocks that I developed during my pattern cutting course with Inseam studio I was able to transform the pieces into a simple button-up shirt with collar, long sleeves and cuffs.

The process of transforming basic block pieces into a shirt pattern took me a while, as I did not want to be too tight and I was trying to transfer some of the bust dart width into waist darts to avoid having a pointy nipples, which typically is a problem of someone with a larger bust then a C cup ;).

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I like the length and shape of the hem, but want to work more on  collar design. It is slightly too small for my taste. While drafting sleeves I also had made a simple error. Last minute decided to add sleeve cuffs, and simply cut off 5cm of sleeve hem, which was a mistake as now the sleeves are a little bit to short. I’m not too upset about it as I like to roll up the sleeves anyway. Apart from that I am pretty much happy with this project and planning to make another shirt after New Year.

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Lately I am taking more time to finish my garments to higher standards not only on the outside , but also on the inside, hence most of the seams are finished using French seam method, apart from the armhole, which I will try to do next time, as I nearly achieved the desired fit.

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I used bias binding to finish curved hem line, because it looks more neat and I think it is easier to sew comparing to double rolled hem.

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While drafting cuffs I opted for a version without button holes and made the cuff slightly narrower so the edges don’t overlap as much. This gave me the opportunity to have a button loops instead. It was pretty easy to do it, but I need to practice more to achieve the same look each time.20181126_120518

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I must say drafting this shirt took me longer then I expected, hovewer now that I have the pattern it will be much easier to twick it and make other designs.

~ have you ever drafted a shirt for yourself ?~

Monika xxx