Monday, September 29, 2014

Ottobre Boy's Cargo Pocket Pants

Ottobre 4/2008 #33 Hi-Hat Pants, Size 140
Alteration:  Additional length added

Athletic Jersey, self-made 

I love making these pants for my son.  This is the 3rd time.  You can see my initial review here.
This is such a great pattern that I have yet to make him any other style pants.  However, now he has put in a request for black twill with no pockets...same pant pattern though.  

There are 6 pockets and boy are they time consuming!  I spent nearly 4 hours on pockets alone.  Ottobre's instructions for the zipper installation are great and make the process very easy to follow.

A while back I made my son this jersey, made by tracing a RTW athletic jersey that I had.  See how to do this here.  Since he is a Portal 2 fan, I found a drawing online and made a stencil of it with freezer paper.  That was really fun to do and I need to do that more often with shirts.

It takes 9 buttons to make these, which can get pricey.  What I did this time was to cut off the buttons of the pair he outgrew and just recycled them to this outfit.  

Thanks for stopping by ~ Shirley

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Sweater Leggings with Hoodie

Ottobre Women's 5/2014
#9 Everyday Luxe Jersey Hoodie, Size 36
#6 Sammalikko Printed Leggings, Size 34

This is "Take Two" of the Ottobre Hoodie and Legging pattern for me.  First hoodie reviewed here.  Leggings reviewed here.  I found a great way to line the hood, which finishes the seam as well.   I had a light bulb moment so I thought I would share what I did.  I probably read this or saw it somewhere, but it really works well for this pattern if you want to line the hood!

Use the hood pattern piece to cut out a lining.  Attach the "hood" right sides together with the neckline.  Attach the "lining" right sides to WRONG sides of the neckline.  I basted all three layers of fabric together and then stitched with my serger.  

Next, flip your lining up and baste the hood and lining together before binding.


I purchased the jersey and Hacci sweater knit from Girl Charlee.

Thanks for stopping by ~ Shirley

Friday, September 19, 2014

Ottobre Skirt & Hoodie

Ottobre 5/2014
#9 Everyday Luxe Jersey Hoodie, Size 36
#10 Suopursu Bell-shaped Jersey Skirt, Size 34

This issue of Ottobre Woman is fabulous!  I absolutely love this outfit.  Fabrics were purchased from Girl Charlee--2 yards of baby blue solid cotton jersey knit (incredibly soft) & paint daubs floral modal cotton jersey knit,  It appeared that the two fabrics would be a good match.  It is hard to tell when you are shopping online having to rely on your computer screen to discern color, but it proved to be accurate!

I made everything according to Ottobre instructions.  Technically, this is a very easy sew. 

Look at these beautiful colors!  It definitely lends itself to a variety of matching knit tops.   The skirt is only ONE piece, which is cut out 3 times with a double layer of fabric.  Having bought 2 yards, I have enough left over to make one of my girls a skirt...the one that called dibs on the leftovers first!  Three panels are sewn together twice, creating a front and a back.   Then you attach the front and the back at the side seams.  Hem the bottom (made with my coverstitch machine) and then attach elastic at the top (basted with a zig zag stitch, turned down once and sewn with my coverstitch machine).  Finished!  How quick and painless is that?

 I added a lining to the hood.  I don't like to see the seam where the hood pieces are joined.  It is rare that I wear a hood that is attached to a shirt.  I think of it more as a design feature for looks.  I made the lining out of a white jersey knit.  I basted the two hood pieces together and then treated them as one when attaching to the neckline.  The inner neckline seam is covered by a piece of twill tape, as per the pattern instructions.

The back of the hoodie is a little longer than the front with a split hem at each side.  The bottom hem is sewn first and then the side hem is completed after completing the sleeve and side seams.

All I need now is to crochet or knit myself a nice chunky cowl scarf for when it gets cold.

I am wearing a necklace that was made from lava rock from Mt. Vesuvius.  

Thanks for stopping by ~ Shirley

Monday, September 15, 2014

Galaxy Dress

Butterick 4970 (7-8-10-12)
View A
Size 8
Alterations to Pattern:  Used a coordinating knit instead of a 
lace inset, as well as adding an additional ruffle 

My daughter asked for a galaxy outfit!  Ask and you shall receive,...thanks to Girl Charlee where I found this beautiful knit.  The tunic only requires 7/8 of a yard to make, 1 yard if making the largest pattern 12 size.  I was pleased to find I had a bold purple knit in my fabric stash; it coordinated perfectly!

With 1 yard of the purple knit, I had exactly enough for a pair of leggings, the bottom ruffle of the tunic, as well as the inset piece.  Since I already have a legging pattern that works well for us, I decided to use it instead of the capri leggings included with this pattern.  This jersey knit only had a slight stretch lengthwise, so I added a couple inches to compensate for this, as well as adding a band to the waist for the elastic.  It is always a relief when my improvisations work!

The purple ruffle is sewn right sides together with the bottom of the tunic top.  The galaxy knit ruffle was gathered with a long basting stitch and then zig zag stitched it to the top of the first ruffle seam.  I left the edges of this ruffle raw since knit doesn't fray.  I like the look.  The purple ruffle is hemmed with my coverstitch machine.

The neck, front openings, and armholes are sewn with a narrow hem.  For the neck line, I ironed half inch knit interfacing strips prior to hemming to insure that my fabric would not stretch out.  I also added a little vintage trim to the top of the inset.

Thanks for stopping by ~ Shirley

Thursday, September 11, 2014

My Jamie Jeans with New Look 6027

Named Clothing Jamie Jeans, Size 34
New Look 6027, Size 10

I made skinny jeans!  I love the unique look of this pattern.  The thing I love most about this pattern is the center seam on the pant legs!  Overall, I have to say it is not a difficult pattern to work with.  The only challenge I see is if you haven't installed a pants zipper before.  However, I do like the instructions for this.  I used a nice, light weight cotton fabric for the pocket bags and used the reverse side of the denim for the pocket opening.  I also used gold top stitching thread.  I had to cut about 1 1/2 inches off the length, which I like because the bottom of the pant leg isn't quite as narrow to get my wide foot into!

The only error I made was not getting my jeans button accurately placed.  It should have gone over maybe 1/4 inch more away from the edge.  Now my zipper is exposed a little at the top when looking sideways at it.  However, my shirts will always be covering that and I will get it right the next time.  I left off the belt loops.  These stay up just fine and I mostly wear shirts over my pants anyway.  So, to make things easier for me, I left them off.

I used a fairly stretchy denim (4% spandex), which was a little stretchier than my muslin.  I read reviews where others used fabric with minimal stretch and still got good results...not me.  After my muslin, I attempted to use a denim with little stretch and discovered my pant legs were way too snug to pull on comfortably.  Woe is me.  Maybe that would work if I went up one size.  Anyway, this is my third time making these with only one wearable pant.  I have great experience at making them now though!

I know it is kind of end-of-season to make a fluttery sleeved top, but I like this pattern and wanted to give it a go before summer was gone for good.  I thought this shirt paired well with skinny jeans.

I do like this top.  It is a quick sew.  I made Version E.  The pattern fit well without any modifications.  I cut 3 inches off the length after I had it made so it would look like a tunic on me and not a short dress!  The pattern instructions were easy to follow.  I did hem my sleeves, as well as the bottom of the tunic using a narrow edge hem foot.  My fabric is so light weight that a narrow hem seemed like a good idea--much quicker too!  I especially like the front yoke design.  It is sewn into the front on the sides, then the front blouse piece is gathered a little before sewing to the bottom of the yoke.  It is nicely finished on the inside of the blouse too by yoke facings, which are interfaced.

I was at the mall this week and noticed a lot of skinny jeans in store front windows.  The Jamie Jean is a very current pattern design.

I was thinking.  Here I have made myself 3 outfits in the past 3 weeks.  If I had gone to the store and bought 3 outfits, I would be done with my new clothing venture.  However, since I sew, I have become almost obsessive about the next outfit whether it be for me or for my kids!  I guess that comes with the territory of hobbies and loving to sew.

Denim fabric purchased from  Blouse fabric purchased from Denver fabrics.
My necklace is a silver butterfly.

Thanks for stopping by ~ Shirley

Friday, September 5, 2014

Burda Young 6926

Burda Young 6926
paired with Ottobre Bohemian Blouse

I've made jeggings!  Recently I didn't even know what jeggings were until my girls asked for a pair.  Jeggings...what's that?

  I purchased my fabric from; it is referred to as "stretch denim jegging" fabric.  I have not come across any jegging fabric on other sites, but I have only recently begun to look for it.  If you know of any other places to buy fabric for jeggings, please let me know!

The pattern instructions are easy to follow.  I had no problem sewing these up and they are definitely a quick, easy sew.  My jeggings are a little snug in a way that they don't want to give when sitting.  The fabric is stretchy, but not as much as I thought it would be.  So, I'm not sure if my snugness is fabric-type related or size related.  I plan on making a 36 next time to be sure.  Either way, I will be able to wear both sizes since these aren't uncomfortably tight and a larger size wouldn't be extreme on me either.  But, if I can get my hands on a denim that has a lengthwise stretch as well, that would be perfect.

The jeggings have an elastic waist, as well as a mock fly front.

Whenever I am attaching pockets, I use Farbenmix "Stylefix," which I buy directly from the Farbenmix website.  It is a thin adhesive tape that you finger press on your garment, which washes out later.  It works like a charm to keep pockets (or anything else) in place while you sew.  I don't even have to use pins. 

To complete my outfit, I chose the Ottobre Bohemian blouse pattern.   You can see my first version here.  I am especially happy with my narrow hem; I got it perfect this time!  I recently asked Sew Busy Lizzy with help regarding narrow hems and she graciously supplied me with a helpful tutorial link from another blog site.  Since this is a really light weight fabric, trimming down the seam allowance helped my fabric to feed through my narrow hem foot without getting hung up there.  I finger-folded a hem and sewed a few stitches to start with.  Since I couldn't get my fabric unfolded and wrapped through my narrow hem foot, I removed it from the machine and then put it under the foot again to start sewing.  You can barely see the difference between these two areas.

I was excited that I had a plaid fabric that matched my blue patchwork fabric perfectly.  It helps to break up the busy print without being too much of a contrast.  The patchwork fabric was purchased from Denver Fabrics.  The plaid fabric was a gift from my friend.

I used small silver heart buttons at the cuffs.  It is interesting to me how using something special like that can make you love your blouse even that much more and it is probably something that no one will ever even notice but me (except for the picture I am showing you!).

I received a box of denim fabric in the mail today from Michael Levine, so my next project will be my Jaime Jeans!  My goal is to make myself plenty of leggings, jeggings, and jeans  for winter, pairing them with a variety of tunic-type blouses.

 Thanks for stopping by ~ Shirley