Introducing the Andie Anorak! This raincoat sewing pattern has me singing in the rain ?… and everywhere else!
This is a modern take on a classic, and something every wardrobe needs! Come rain or shine, the Andie has you covered!
The Andie Anorak is so much more than just a rain coat; with all the different options available the possibilities are endless. Yes, you could make it up in a waterproof fabric such as nylon or PUL, or you can make up a gorgeous winter coat in a warm and toasty woven fabric, or a light and breezy summer coat in a lovely linen.
The Andie Anorak can be made from nearly any medium-weight woven fabric with a bit of structure such as tweed, denim, and heavy cotton. The lining should be light- to medium-weight fabrics such as cotton. If you use a fabric with a print or nap such as velvet, remember to cut all pieces in the same direction and to allow extra fabric for this. Remember to use the right fabric such as PUL, nylon, goretex, softshell, or ripstop and an all-weather sealant to create 100% waterproof garment.
I’m planning to go full traditional with mine! All the bells and whistles will adorn this beauty! I have my eye on the most deliciously gorgeous canary yellow fabric that will make the most perfectly iconic rain slick!
Have a look at what the testers pulled out of their super-sewing hats here: ANDIE ANORAK
P.S. I’d move to a perpetually rainy country if it meant rocking one of these raincoats on the regular!
Most people will tell you that their ultimate wardrobe goal is to look put together and lovely/ funky/ trendy/ stylish AND to be supremely comfortable while looking sensational at the same time. Our free tshirt sewing pattern will give you all that and it’s the perfect addition to your closet. You get flattering, stylish comfort… for FREE!
This tee is a simple but brilliant boxy boyfriend-style. It is loose fitting with a round crew neck, inset sleeves, and an optional pocket. Plus it will go with just about anything! Think Slim Fit Cargos, Brooklyn Joggers, Hayley High Lows, Berry Bubbles, and even the Pippas for the comfiest workout gear and/ or pjs! It even looks fab under a Tara Tailored Jacket, worn with a Peggy pencil skirt for fabulous office wear!
There are so many ways to wear and style this free tshirt sewing pattern. Dressed up or down, it is a wardrobe staple and the perfect starting point for layering. Pinterest is a goldmine of boyfriend-style tee outfit ideas, if you find yourself looking for new and fabulous ways to wear your new and fabulous tee! I especially love the look of a crisp, white tee and jeans. Classic!
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I love sewing because I can achieve the perfect fit with the textiles my family craves. Embellishments like lace, ribbon, applique, and embroidery are the icing on the cake!
Like sewing construction and techniques, embellishing garments has a slight learning curve too. Come join me on my journey to explore machine embroidery on knit garments!
My new sewing machine came with dealer classes so I could learn all the features and options. A handful of the classes focused on my machine’s embroidery functions. The sky is the limit. I was hooked!
After exploring a little with machine embroidery on woven fabrics, I decided to learn how this translates to knit fabrics. Not surprisingly, the type of needle and stabilizer vary from fabric to fabric. For example, you should use ballpoint embroidery needles for embroidering on knit fabric. This wasn’t a surprise as I construct knit garments with ballpoint sewing needles.
All of the designs I’m going to show you today were stitched using a 40 weight polyester embroidery thread. I used white embroidery thread in my bobbin for each design as it would not be seen on the inside of the shirt.
Also, similar to making a muslin, testing the fabric, thread, and needle together for your embroidery project is critical. I was going to use white thread on a green knit fabric but did my test by stitching the design in purple thread on a white woven fabric using the stabilizer I’d use for woven fabric. Bad decision because the design turned out looking pretty fabulous, giving me the false confidence to move ahead.
Please note: these longer threads are called jump stitches. They’re how the machine moves from one section of the design to another. Once the design is done stitching, you simply trim them away.
Moving onto stitching the design in white thread on the green knit fabric with a different stabilizer, it just didn’t “pop” like it did on my practice piece and the exaggerated holes made it clear I wasn’t using the right needle.
So, I tried a new, more dense design and a different needle. Lucky for me, this sort of trial and error is not a big deal because I have “helpers”. They enjoy watching the needle magically move (after being sternly forewarned of the potential dangers of that moving needle and closely watched).
When embroidering, the stabilizer is super important because it restricts the fabric from moving and stretching, and distorting your design. Until now, my only experience with stabilizer was the tear away type. For sewing this knit shirt, tear-away stabilizer is not a great choice. I want something that will help the design keep its shape over the long term, through wearing and washing.
This Soft ‘n Sheer cutaway stabilizer is perfect because it is permanent and will feel soft against the wearer’s skin. I used a basting adhesive to temporarily stick the stabilizer to my fabric. Definitely take care to spray in a ventilated area!
I initially cut a piece of stabilizer slightly larger than the hoop, sprayed it with the adhesive, and attached it to the wrong side of my fabric, hooping the piece of stabilizer and fabric. While this seemed to work alright, I later discovered many folks will hoop the stabilizer and “float” the fabric like in the image below.
When stitching the snowflake, I still used the adhesive but I also added pins outside the stitching area to help prevent movement. Some folks prefer to use only sticky paper-backed stabilizer when floating to avoid gumming up their hoops. Machine embroidery is like sewing: there is more than one way to accomplish the task and largely comes down to personal preference.
As you can see, I’m having significantly more puckers here than on the other designs. My dear friend with an embroidery business has assured me that even professional embroiderers will get puckers from time to time. However, this was meant to be a free standing lace (FSL) design. I was taking a bit of a risk in stitching it straight onto fabric. If I were to repeat this scenario again, I would add a water-soluble topper and/ or try a sticky stabilizer instead.
For this project, I am making the Paris Party Dress knit top (free to members of the Rebecca Page Sewing group on Facebook) with the puff sleeves from the add-on pattern. While you can technically embroider at any step (before cutting out your pattern pieces from fabric, after cutting out pattern pieces from fabric, or after construction), I’d suggest doing it at least before construction so it is easier to manipulate the fabric.
I personally prefer to cut a rectangle a little larger than the pattern piece. Using a water-soluble marker helps ensure design placement and keep track of my grainline and stretch. I have also tried stitching the embroidery before cutting the fabric to ensure precise placement but didn’t like this method as much because the placement has to be spot on.
After the embroidery design finishes stitching, I carefully cut the stabilizer as close to the outer most stitches as possible. Then, I laid my pattern piece on top of the stitched fabric, making any tiny adjustments to placement, and cut out my pattern piece. From there, I constructed the garment as in the pattern instructions.
I was disappointed each time my project didn’t turn out as I had envisioned. But, I had a total blast throughout the process of learning though, just like I do when experimenting with new techniques when I’m sewing garments. Sewing has always been my self-care activity: I turn on podcasts and just hang out with my machines and fabric. I don’t sew or embroider as part of my livelihood so this learning-by-making-“mistakes” process is perfectly suited for my lifestyle.
Plus, my 4-year-old daughter is anything but disappointed. She thinks machine embroidery is mom’s new superpower!
I’d love to hear your experience with machine embroidery:
We’d love to hear from you! Comment below and/ or in our Facebook group. We can’t wait to see what you’re sewing and/ or thinking about sewing!
If you love skirts as much as I do, then this skirt collection will speak straight to your heart ?
Each skirt is gorgeous and has something different to offer your style goals! It’s an incredibly versatile collection with so many options. Get sewing and add a selection of beautiful, and wonderfully practical, skirts to your wardrobe! Dress them up or down to take you from office to wedding to beach to street chic.
This collection of skirt patterns is the perfect base for a capsule wardrobe! You get FIVE different skirt sewing patterns, all suitable for a whole bunch of different fabrics (light- to medium-weight wovens and knits), that are easy to sew, but will also teach you some new techniques, in a XXS to 5XL size range.
All you have to do is make up these skirts and some co-ordinating tops and you’re set! Comfort and class in one wonderful bundle.
There are so many ways to interpret these patterns and so many different fabrics to use, you will have a gorgeously unique skirt collection made to fit! Have a look at the tester gallery here for inspiration: SKIRT COLLECTION 2019
Get your Arabella, Paige, Hayley, Peggy, and Stevie skirts here ?
Flowy and fabulous gets me every time… add pockets and I’m fabric shopping for a high low skirt before you can blink!
Team RP has blown it out of the water with the Hayley High Low skirt. It’s got a gorgeous, billowy train at the back and can be as dramatic and full, or as flowy and swishy as your heart desires!
With this maximum-wow pattern you get a five-panel skirt with an elasticated back waist. Even better… you can add POCKETS, and a sash that you can tie in the front or the back ?
Take a peek at the gorgeous tester pics gallery. There are so many ways you can go with the Hayley High Low skirt.
I’m planning a gorgeous black and white striped Hayley in a puffy structured-type fabric to wear with a black or white Paris top and my trusty black biker boots or white sneakers (or killer black heels…. depends where I’m going!). I can’t wait!
How would you style a Hayley? And where would you wear one? My answer is everywhere! This skirt is so pretty, I feel a need for one in every colour. And obviously a blue and white striped one (that’s a colour!).
Have you ever been out or had a planned event suddenly thrust upon you and you never know what to wear? Or you just don’t have the capacity to carry all the extra clothing for that after work event? Well l am sure you have had that last minute occasion occur and that argh moment: “what do l wear?”
Having a garment that can be versatile is the key to such an occasion. I do love quite a few of my Rebecca Page (RP) garments for just this reason!
Changing up my basic garments i.e: shorts, pants, or skirts depending upon where l am going. Adding simple jewelry changes also works. You may have some funky necklace on for day wear then change it around for something a little more elegant for that more formal occasion, or if you just want to feel a bit more special because, let’s face it, we deserve it!
You can see how great my Kingston jacket is for casual day wear, and then for a more formal occasion simply by changing from shorts to pants or skirt but still wearing the same garment. Simply layering with the Strappy Cami works well too. It is really lovely wearing the Kingston casual style!
For our current summer the Olivia is another garment that can get you from day to night so easily. Olivia is a classic style that you can wear with some Berry Bubble Shorts and then with some classic pants (the new Slim Fit Cargos would be ideal). You can be out having fun in the sun, an afternoon catch up with the girls, then into a skirt ready to head out for that date night dinner.
See! It is as simple as that. Head off for the day with your tote bag with just a few basic items and you are ready for any unexpected quick catch ups.
The Stevie skirt is also an easily-adaptable garment. Simply by adding just one garment, the Circle Cardie, I am taking my Stevie with a cami, for dinner. A necklace just adds some more elegance to the occasion.
I love adding a little piece of jewelry to my outfits. They do not have to be expensive items either, ladies. Something reasonably cheap from the department store that you can match to many garments is most suitable. Shoes, oh we all love shoes and they are the perfect accessory! Flats to a bit of heel can make a big change to your outfit.
So, ladies, get your little tote bag in a handy spot so when you get that phone call or text in the morning you can pop the garment into your bag and off you go, better still when you plan what you are wearing put that extra garment in your bag the night before and you are ready with that ‘just in case’ you need it garment.
Our Paris Party Dress is one of our most popular patterns and is perfect for fancier wearing. We wanted it to be super casual so we re-imagined it as this option-packed Paris Day Dress. It’s all about relaxed vibes!
All the options mean you can wear it to the beach, or layer it over tights and boots and rock ultimate comfort at the office! You can achieve so many different looks with just a few tweaks. You’ve got boat neck, scoop neck, long, three-quarter, short, and cap sleeve, three tiers or just one. Plus the teeny tiny hack that makes a lovely, relaxed peplum-style top just by leaving off some tiers! Just imagine a casual, stripey Paris Day Dress “tee” worn with some comfy skinny jeans and ballet flats… perfectly Parisian!
I am daydreaming about all the versions I can make! Pretty, airy layers for the summer with capped puff sleeves! A boat neck, long-sleeved, single tier in black with boots and a coat for running around in winter. It’s LOVE!
Daydream about adventuring in Paris with me! Pinterest is amazing for that ? eating crepes under the Eiffel Tower, then strolling around in the comfiest Paris Day Dress (neck scarf optional)… sigh
It’s time to travel back to the Land Before Time and go on a pre-historic adventure! Or explore the mythical and magical world of dragons, and train yours to do a bunch of tricks! This insanely cute dinosaur pillow sewing pattern is here for the fun.
Let your imagination fly through the enchanted skies, and run through the Jurassic jungles! With all the beautiful trims, fabrics scraps, ribbons, felt, and bedazzle you can get your hands on and transform this pillow into the ultimate adventure wingman!
Craft a totally raaaawrsome dinosaur or dragon pillow for every adventurer’s room! This is a cool decor piece, or a cuddly cushion, or even a stuffie! And 100% FREE!
As always, our testers knocked it out the park with their dinosaur pillows and dragon toys. They whipped up some seriously awesome creatures and you NEED to have a browse through the gallery to see just what they came up with! Have a look here for inspiration and heart eyes: DINO-DRAGON PILLOW
As always, Pinterest is my favourite place to get ideas and inspiration for sewing and decor and arts and crafts and general life. Just searching for the basic “dinosaur room” pops up SO many results for even more ideas.