Every month we do a sew-a-long in Run Amok's Facebook group. During the time we're posting and running these sew-a-long's in the Facebook group you can win prizes, and get to see inspiration from the others participating. Here on the blog we're hoping they help you find inspiration and assistance sewing new things.
In the month of January the sew-a-long featured instructions on how to color block the harem coverall from Brindille and Twig. You can find the romper pattern we used by clicking here. However, these instructions are pretty universal and the general idea can be used on most patterns you own.
Step One: Decide where you want your color blocking to lie, and cutting out your pattern pieces.
Everyone has their own way of figuring out where and how to color block their garments.
For this romper Iesha used this method, " For the color blocking you can either fold your pattern and cut the pieces individually but I chose to cut the whole pattern piece out. I went ahead and just cut into it for where I wanted the color blocked piece to be. I then took the piece I cut out of the back romper piece and layed it on top of the fabric I wanted for the color blocked piece I cut it out following the shape adding seam allowance. I then I lined it up to make sure it fit well and set it aside to be sewn later."
I, Emily, do color blocking a little differently. If I know I'm wanting the cuts straight across the item I fold the pattern and cut those pieces individually. Since the pattern is drafted to be cut on the fold doing any diagonal color blocking won't work being cut that way. If I want diagonal or curved lines I trace the pattern so it's the full front and full back rather than being cut on the fold. From that point I can draw lines across depicting my color blocking I wish to achieve. I then cut on the lines I drew, and add 1/4" seam allowance to the sides where I've cut the pattern apart when I cut those pieces out of fabric.
Pro Tip: When you're just starting out trying color blocking it's easiest to only block within the middle piece of the romper and avoid cutting through the armcycles/neck/crotch seams.
Step Two: Sew the color blocked pieces together to create the full front/back piece.
Here's where you want to make sure you're paying attention. It's really easy to get the blocked pieces mixed up and sewed on the wrong way. More than once I've ended up with a really wonky looking piece of clothing because I was trying to hurry and not clip things together. It's well worth your time to clip your blocked pieces where they're supposed to go before you rush off to the serger or sewing machine. When you are done you will have the fill front piece and back piece that looks the same as if it was from one main fabric and not color blocked.
Step Three: Top stitch seams flat.
This step isn't crucial to making a color blocked item, but I do think it makes the item much more comfortable and sturdy. All you're doing is folding your seam allowance flat and sewing over top of it. If you have two seams that meet each other in the middle of your garment pay special attention to the way both of them are laying, so you don't have one seam twisted up in the middle.
I do this step on my coverstitch machine. If you don't have a coverstitch machine you can use a lightning stitch, zig-zag stitch, or double needle the same as you're using to sew your seams.
Pro-tip: Make your top stitching an accent with rainbow or bright colored thread, it will really make your garment stand out!
This is what the top stitching will look like from the front.
Here's what it looks like from the back. The black and read thread is my serger seam, the white thread is the bottom of my top stitch.
Step four: Finish the romper according to the directions provided by Brindille and Twig
All you have left to do is sew it together like normal, and boom... You've got an epic romper for your child or your shop. I added a hood to mine from another pattern I had. You can use any hood you like if you'd like to add one. Iesha added pockets and moto patches to hers. There's videos on how to do the moto patches in the January Sew-a-long album in the Run Amok Fabric Facebook Group.
When you make yours come post a photo in the Run Amok Fabric Facebook group! We'd love to see your finished creations, or help troubleshoot if yours doesn't turn out like you imagined (don't worry it happens to all of us).