Sometimes you get inspired by nature, sometimes by art, but there are times you can’t get inspired at all..
That’s when I fall back on shapes. Every shape has its own beauty but today I got inspired by the hexagon. Not only because of the name. It reminds me of honey and I love honey. That’s why!
I made a hexagon on paper. Then I cut a bunch of them out in mouseline. I drew lines on them because the fabric I choose has lines as well. And now, let’s play!
Seriously, buy a mannequin and do what I did, be a child again!
The fabric of the shirt is made of wool. The fabric is woven with two colours of yarn (dark blue and green). Can you see the mistake I made in the third picture?
I fixed it. I’ve sewn the pieces together so I can start with the rest of the pattern. I’m using a universal block (size 12)
The three steps of making the rest of the pattern! I laid down the hexagons on the existing block in the middle, traced the new pattern and cut it out!
Because I don't want a seam in the middle, I've laid the pattern down on a folded piece of fabric.
Here i’m happily pinning the pieces together. As you can see I forgot to press the hexagons... It's better to do that before you start sewing the pieces together, so it gets as neat as possible.
If you're buying fabric, always ask what kind of fibres the fabric is made of. This is important for a lot of reasons. For example, to know how you should wash your clothes (which temperature) but also how the feeling on your body will be. There is a difference between plant and animal fibres and synthetic fibres. In this case the fabric consists of 65% cotton (plant fibres), 32% polyester and 3% elastan (both synthetic fibres). This combination makes the fabric comfortable to wear: the plant fibres absorb moisture which makes it feel cool, and the synthetic fibres make the fabric stretch so it doesn't feel stiff. The fabric has a twill weave, just like most jeans fabrics.
I’m laying the pattern parts on the fabric in such a way that I have the least waste (think about the planet!) and cut them out.
In the first two pictures you see two parts of the pocket. I’m using 1.5 cm seam allowance (3/4 inch). I like to use 1.5 cm as a standard. This way I won’t get too confused, but I will get confused at some point though...
After sewing the pieces together I overstitch every part for more strength and I like the way it looks.
For the finishing of the bottom I want to give the feeling of a rolled up pants leg. Because the front has a hook I can't literally roll them up so I had to figure out another way. I've copied the part that I want to roll up, sew them together and fold to the right spot. Now it looks like it's rolled up!
Seriously, how are these things called.. Beltholders? Loops? They take a while to sew in but they look just cool.