Monday, May 27, 2019

Kalle Shirtdress

Closet Case Patterns
Size 6

This is my second Kalle.  For construction details, refer to this post.

I saw this fabric at Joann's and the bolt said, "Modal."  It was in the denim section and 60% off when I bought it.  When I got home, I had to look up what modal fabric means--basically a super soft fiber made from beech trees.  I have been wanting to make another Kalle ever since my first one, but wanted something I could wear without a slip.  This modal has a nice drape and weight to it.

I inverted the pleat this time which I like a lot better.

I found my fabric to be slightly thick when hemming, so I encased the bottom of my dress within the bias tape instead of flipping it completely to the underside.  I love the unexpected results of doing it that way.

I forgot to mention on my original post that I did move the pocket up.  The placement marks on the pattern had it a little too low for me.  I recommend checking that before you sew it on.  I actually had to unpick mine because not only did I forget to put it higher, I also put it on the opposite side.

Well, I ran out of ambition with my MMM posts ha ha.  I don't always leave the house every day, but I had 2 very busy weeks so it worked out well that I was grabbing for me made's daily.  Maybe next year I will do better. :)


Now I have to get busy and pack up my sewing room to prepare for our move.  I had to squeeze in this dress though since it will be a few weeks before I can jump back into sewing.  Next post will be from Florida!

Thanks for stopping by ~ Shirley

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

MMM Week 5/13 - 5/19

Last Week's Me Made Made was a busy week for me!  I had my last oncology checkup (all great) and family drove down from St. Louis for my son's high school graduation ceremony.

Jalie Clara Leggings paired with Jalie 2682

Jalie Jeans (shortened to Bermuda) with the Jalie Bobbie top

Ottobre Safari Shorts paired with McCall's 7391

Jalie Dolman top lengthened to tunic paired with Ottobre leggings

Jalie Jean (shortened to Bermuda) with the Jalie Rose top

Brazi Maxi Dress

Thanks for stopping by ~ Shirley

Monday, May 13, 2019

MMM Week 5/6 - 5/12

This is my first time ever participating in Me Made May!  I honestly didn't think that I had enough me made items to wear day in and day out--apparently I was wrong.  Another thing that kept me from including myself was that I didn't understand the whole "hashtag" thing on Instagram.  I've seen them, but I didn't understand how they worked.  I'm still a little behind the times, old school thinking of "isn't that the pound sign?" ha ha

Here is my week with my "Me Made" clothing:

The above is a new make and unblogged.  No need to blog because I've made a few now and it is a very simple make.  It is definitely a TNT of tee shirt dresses for me.  This is the Pattern 4 Pirates Favorite Tee shirt/dress pattern.

My son and I went to lunch on this day.  I'm wearing a pair of Jalie Jeans, slimmed from the knee down, and embroidered with butterflies at the bottom leg.  My top is McCalls 7391. 

Darn you Oklahoma for getting cold again!  Above I'm wearing Angela Wolf Delila Shirt that I used dye remover.  It is such a fun way to make your fabric all your own.  I paired it with my Jalie Jeans in black denim.  I've made a few jackets now and this one is my all-time favorite--Ottobre Georgia Coat.

The real me in glasses, which most times I remove for pictures.  However, I love my new glasses because I can barely feel them on my face and got them where they are tinted with the sun!  So, I'll be wearing them now most likely. LOL  I'm wearing my P4P Favorite Tee but this time at a tunic length with band.  Ottobre leggings 5/2016 #9.  My jacket is the Kelly Anorak.

Inside picture with hair pulled up.  I have to say taking MMM pics is very low key and easy to not worry about lighting, background or makeup!  I'm wearing my black denim Jalie jeans with the Jalie Dolman top.  I have so many tops made from this pattern.  It truly is one of my favorite patterns.

Still cold...I thought it was supposed to be summer??  Angela Wolf Delila top with a cowl neck that I added.  Jeans are Jalie.

Ah, the sun!  This was Mother's Day in front of Target.  I'm wearing another P4P tunic length, banded top with gray Ottobre leggings.  Cardigan is Jalie Cocoon.

Well, that sums up my first ever week of Me Made Made 2019.  I hope you had a successful week of MMM if you are participating.  What this has shown me is I have plenty of outfits to wear that I have made without even adding a RTW piece with still more to come!

Thanks for stopping by ~ Shirley

Friday, April 26, 2019

Simplicity Pattern #1804

View D
Size 12/14
Fabric:   Silky Crinkle Rayon
Alterations:  Shortened by 3",  Bodice cut at size 12,  Skirt started at a 12 and then graded out to a 14

I am really happy with my new dress!  Fabric recommendation on the pattern envelope says sized for stretch knits only.  However, after looking at the construction assembly, the back bodice is made with 3 elastic casings and I didn't understand why it couldn't be made in a woven.  I quickly threw together a muslin of just the bodice in case I was failing to see the importance of the knit requirement.  I even sized up to a 14, but that was not needed.  The bodice was easily going to fit me in my usual size 12 even with a woven.

While constructing the bodice drape at step 5, I stitched down the area pressed under since I was working with a woven.  If I make this dress again, I will definitely finish my edges prior to assembling.  With a knit, this would not be necessary and is not included in the instructions.

I did not need the amount of elastic indicated by the elastic guide.  I cut a one yard piece of elastic into 3 parts and still had to remove an additional inch from each casing.  Step 21 tells you exactly the measurements for each casing and the width from one another that you will stitch.  There is some gathering at the base of the bodice back prior to making your casings.  Next time I will definitely make the casings BEFORE that step (don't put the elastic in yet though because you still need to sew the bodice to the skirt back).  It's a bit of a challenge to keep your stitching line straight dealing with the gathers.

Crinkle rayon seemed like a good choice for this dress as it is light and breezy.  You definitely don't want to have to put an iron to it if it can be avoided because the crinkles flatten and your fabric will grow.  So, I opted for a narrow hem to keep from having to use my iron.  

To make a narrow hem, I folded my fabric to the wrong side by 1/2" (sewing with the wrong side up), and stitched a 1/4" seam.  Trim carefully right against your stitches and then fold over once more, stitching from the wrong side.  

I think this makes a great dress for summer, but because of the tie option
around the neck, I wouldn't want to wear it if it becomes too hot.  The ties are pretty, but they are rather thick.

Thanks for stopping by ~ Shirley

Thursday, March 28, 2019

Embroidered Jalie Jeans with a Delila Top

I once thought that I would not make myself any more jeans, but then I got an embroidery machine.  It occurred to me how much fun it would be to put a pretty design on a pair for spring!  

My Butterfly Jeans

I pulled out my Jalie jean pattern and slimmed the leg below the knee.  I've made these jeans several times but never with a straight leg...something I definitely needed in my wardrobe for sandal wear.

Here is a closeup of the beautiful butterfly design I purchased through an Etsy shop.

With Embrilliance Essentials, I was able to flip the design so I could get it to face both directions on my pant leg.

I've made Angela Wolf's Delila top before, so I knew it would be a quick make to pair with my jeans.  I bought this jersey knit at Hobby Lobby using a 40% off coupon, which made this top really inexpensive.  I need to peruse the fabric there more often.

On a personal note, I'm going all natural with my hair color.  So far, I'm liking it.  Honestly, I was getting pretty tired of coloring my hair.  It was an endless cycle of color, which was too dark initially.  Then after a couple of weeks, it was looking just right.  A couple more weeks would pass and then the roots would be showing their true color.  I have to say I'm enjoying the freedom of not coloring my hair.  The backside is the only place where there is a reminder of the color that it once was.  

Back to my shirt now--I couldn't line up my diagonal stripe since I had to flip my back pattern piece to get it to fit on my 1.5 yards of fabric.  When I purchased this knit, I had not yet decided what pattern I would use and assumed that 1.5 yards would be enough to accommodate any pattern I had.  Well, lesson learned.  

And with spring comes the wind here in OKC!

Thanks for stopping by ~ Shirley

Sunday, February 3, 2019

First Post of 2019

 It's already February and I'm just now getting around to a blog post!  I know it is cold almost every where, and Oklahoma has had it's fair share of winter weather, but I'm busy making clothes for a move to the Sunshine State which will be happening sometime this summer.

A while back I made a pair of shorts using Jalie Jeans 2908.  Why is it so hard to find a decent pair of Bermudas?  Not anymore.  This denim was actually a Joann's fabric store purchase.  I couldn't believe I found something in the store with such a great amount of stretch!  I kept eyeing this fabric every time I was there shopping, but it was one of the more expensive denims they had.  Well, buy the time I decided just to get it, it was gone!  For some reason I decided to check remnants and lo and behold it was there!  I only needed a yard for shorts and there was enough on the remnant piece.  I couldn't believe I ended up only paying around $3.  Sometimes it pays to wait it out.

The Jalie Bobbie top is definitely one of my favorites.  I bought this jersey knit fabric to match with my Ottobre Safari shorts in brown linen pictured below.  When I was taking my pictures and changing out tops, I discovered how well it with these Jalie Bermuda shorts.

My husband bought me a PE800 embroidery machine for Christmas!!  I have been wanting an embroidery machine for a couple of years but would teeter back and forth on wondering if I would really use it.  Oh my gosh...I wish I hadn't waited so long.  I had no idea how much fun it would be to have one.  That is the true reason of February being my first blog post of the year.

My first project was to embroider a little on my shorts--I'm really pleased with how it turned out.

The ship's wheel is actually a pattern that came loaded on the machine.  The cute pelican I purchased.

My red Jalie Dolman was my "planned" top for these shorts.

The Ottobre Safari shorts are one of my favorite patterns besides the Jalie 2908.  This is my 3rd pair now.

Look at these adorable little elephants I made!  These are one of the many stuffie patterns available on the Ohana Applique Designs website.  They are made completely in the hoop.  I love making these little stuffies and I have a few other patterns I'm excited to try.

Thanks for stopping by ~ Shirley

Sunday, December 9, 2018

The Favorite Tee with Legging Outfit

Patterns for Pirates
Favorite Tee Pattern
Ottobre 5/2016 #09

This is a PDF pattern with neckline, sleeve, and hem style/length options.  I really like the knot hem option, but wanted to lower it to tunic length so it could be worn with leggings.  I used the pattern front tunic length line option and transferred that length to the back pattern piece.  The TUNIC option is a split hem with a lower back, so I had to adjust that since I wanted to attach the band to it.

Other alterations made:  Swayback, small bodice graded out to a medium at the waist, raised neckline by 5/8", lowered the armscye 1", and adjusted the width of the sleeve by 1/2". 

I purchased this fabric at Joann's.

I'm growing my gray out and it is a slow process, but it's getting longer.  I'm trying to overcome the urge to cut it short and be done with this two-tone color I have going on.  

I liked this outfit so much I decided to go ahead and make a second one right away.  This is definitely my kind of style and I'm sure I will be getting a lot of wear out of these two outfits. The pattern name is Favorite Tee, and it is, but it is also my perfect tee!

I have made a few different legging patterns now and this Ottobre legging is so quick and easy.  If I want a fast legging pattern to work with, I grab this one.  It is one pattern piece with elastic sewn in the round to the top and then turned over and sewn again.

Thanks for stopping by ~ Shirley