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

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Another Delila

Angela Wolf 
The Delila Pattern #AW1531

I really like this pattern.  I've made it before, here and here.  As far as the pattern itself, it is one of my favorites.  Angela Wolf paper patterns are so well made and put together.  The instructions are very beginner friendly too.

Angela Wolf made a video demonstrating how to remove the color from your fabric; it is quite easy to do.  I bought a box of Rit Color Remover from Joann Fabrics.  I actually just used half the package for one shirt and saved the other half for this shirt.

I purchased my black rayon jersey knit from Joann Fabrics.  The cool part of using the color remover is the surprise you get once you are done.  I had no idea what it would look like till I cut off the rubber bands.  I really thought I would end up with shades of gray and I don't understand why I didn't.  Maybe I should have let the remover sit longer?  However, I am still really pleased with my results.  I have yet to make this pattern with just a solid or print fabric, which I still plan to do.

Color remover is used prior to sewing on the sleeve cuffs and neckband (per Angela's demonstration in the video).

If you haven't tried this, you really is so much FUN!

My jeans are Jalie Jeans.

Thanks for stopping by ~ Shirley

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

American Ships Quilt--FINISHED!

Ruby McKim
American Ships Quilt

If you have been following my blog, you know that I have been working on this for years...9 years in fact!  I'm so excited to have completed this labor of love for my son.  

Once upon a time, my little boy of 8 years was standing over my shoulder while I was researching quilt patterns.  As I was looking at this pattern, my son said, "Momma, can you make me this quilt?"  YES I can!    At the time, I didn't know a thing about embroidery.  Thank goodness for online tutorials.

I often thought about how I would quilt this.  I was concerned about the delicate embroidery threads and knew that I would have to be very, very careful once I pieced everything together by machine.  The last thing I would want is to snag any of my threads.  I decided to forego any free motion quilting since there was already so much detail.  Once I got to the point of layering it together, I realized that it would look pretty amazing if I just outline stitched as much of the embroidery as possible.  It really helped for the embroidery to "pop" visually.  It sounds like a lot of work, but after the hours upon hours of embroidering, it was so much fun to machine stitch.

Here is the link to the pattern if you are interested in making this for yourself--American Ships Quilt

According to the website, this pattern was first published in 1937 by Ruby McKim.  I love the history behind it, which you can read about by clicking the link above.

According to the pattern, the center ship could be done as an applique, however, I decided to embroider it as well.

Once I got to the point of assembly, I cut a clear square template to trace a cutting line around all my blocks, ensuring each ship was centered.  I'm not very accurate with just a ruler and rotary cutter.  I had to make my template twice just to get a perfect square!

I forgot how much fun quilting was.  My passion is sewing clothing, but I'm already thinking about working on another quilt....not embroidering one though!  I'd like to keep with quicker projects for now.  It is going to feel strange to not have to work on this.

Thanks for stopping by ~ Shirley

Friday, October 5, 2018

Finlayson Sweater

Thread Theory
Finlayson Sweater
Size S

 The Finlayson is a men's sweater that is available in 2 variations--shawl collar or hoodie, ranging in sizes from XS to XXL.  I asked my son which version he would prefer and it was no surprise to me that he chose the hoodie.  I have been making him hoodies for years.   I was able to find two sweater fabrics from that I felt would be a great look for my son.

The hood is lined.

When sewing the shoulder seams, I attached a 5/8" strip of black interfacing to the backside fabric.

The sweater features a unique squared neckline.  I also attached a small piece of interfacing here so my fabric would not stretch out while handling or sewing.

And if you choose, there is also a kangaroo pocket pattern piece.  If my son's hands were not in his pockets, it would be difficult to see!

This is my first Thread Theory pattern (PDF) and I am very pleased.  

Fabrics used:
Hacci Sweater Knit Aztec Black/Brown $6.98 a yard
Runway Threads Sweater Knit two Tone Black $7.98 a yard

I am very close to finishing my son's American Ship's Quilt!  This week I have been embroidering the large center ship piece.  Next task will be to trace the ropes, which will surround the center piece.  I cannot believe I am about to start sewing the ships together.  I started this project nearly 9 years ago when he was 8 years old! I have a few of the ships on my "American Ships Quilt" page located at the top of my blog.

Thanks for stopping by ~ Shirley

Sunday, September 9, 2018

Charlie Bomber Jacket in Harry Potter Fleece

Jalie Pattern
Charlie Bomber Jacket
Size Q

I love this jacket.  It truly is very easy and quick to sew together.  So easy, you can make several!  I have reviewed it before, here and here.  This time, being the Harry Potter fan that she is, my daughter requested one in this Hufflepuff fleece fabric.

Fabric purchased from Joann Fabrics.

My daughter loves themed clothing.  Ever since I started sewing regularly for her, she has been very specific with what she wants.  I love this about her because she challenges me to think more creatively when it comes to my sewing.  Here are a few of my favorites (hers too) that I have made for her.

Thanks for stopping by ~ Shirley