Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Birthday Hack! - Itch to Stitch Lindy & Davina

Woohoo! It's been one year since Itch to Stitch patterns released their first pattern and they are ready to celebrate! When Kennis hit up a little bit ago and asked me if I wanted to help celebrate, i was honored! Plus I'm ALWAYS ready for a celebration lol

She offered to send me a pattern to make and I went for the Davina dress. I love a V-neck and I appreciated the different style options. Because the them of the celebration is to HACK, I decided to throw a Lindy Petal Skirt on the Davina. I had actually already had the Lindy in my email for about 2 months. Plus it's free!

I used two fabrics for this dress but both are ITY knits from Fabric Mart. One is an animal print and the other was just plain brown. I used the brown for the bodice lining and the waistband and the entire outer shell was animal print.

Before I get into how much I love the way I look in this dress, I want to talk about the pattern a little bit. The patterns are PDF patterns. What's unique about Itch to Stitch is that not only do copy shop options, but they allow you to choose which sizes you want to print ON the pdf. To explain further, when I went to the print shop to print out the Davina, all of the sizes were on one page. To print it in black and white was about $17. I wanted to print it in color, though, because all of those lines in black and white was going to be really confusing for me. They told me to print it in color was going to be $114.... ONE HUNDRED FOURTEEN! I was like heeeeckkk no lol So I ended up printing out the black & white and went home feeling kind of "meh". When I went to print out the Lindy a couple of days later, I noticed on the front of the instructions it said "Print only the sizes you need using the Layers function". That was intriguing. I discovered that I could remove whatever sizes I didn't need by just unchecking their box. It was amazing! I went back to the Davina and it had the same option so I was immediately please :-D. It's such an awesome option. I really think that every pdf pattern company should adopt it. Shoot, I wish they would all adopt the copy shop option at all! (Looking at you Named ;-) )

Anyway, I ended up only printing the Small for the Lindy and I printed an 8&10 for the Davina because I didn't know if I wanted to grade between sizes. Once I actually cut it out, I just cut the 8. I used the Davina waistband for the dress. The difference in size between the Davina waist and the Lindy skirt was like 1/2" so it was an easy fix. The only other alteration I made was to add 2 inches to the skirt.

I finally decided to put my fears aside and figure out how to use a double needle. I used wonder tape to hem the skirt and the sleeves, then the double needle with black thread and brown thread in the bobbin. It was pretty annoying and I'm 90% sure I wasn't doing it right. It LOOKS okay though but there is a good bit of tunneling. I need to get my coverstitch out the box to figure out how to use it.

I really like the way this dress fits. It's so my style it's crazy lol AND it only took me a few hours from cut to sew! I want to thank Kennis for letting me celebrate with them! If you made it to the end of this post, don't forget to visit the other blogs on the tour and to enter to win the awesome prizes below!

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