Friday, June 29, 2018

Switching up the pockets on the Maritime Shorts

Grainline Maritime Shorts
with a Jalie Bobbie V-Neck Top

The last time I made the Maritime shorts, I made them with faux double welt pockets and didn't change out the front pockets.  I do like the pattern designed pockets, however, change is always fun, especially just because you can!  I had a pair of RTW shorts that I loved the front pockets on, both inside and out.  So, I got busy and did a rough trace of them just by laying a piece of paper on top of them and outlining the seam.  That was just the beginning.  I have to admit, it took me all morning long to figure out how they were made!  I was so tempted to take apart my RTW shorts pockets at one point, but perseverance paid off and I figured it out!

And just because I wanted to add even more time to the construction of these shorts (LOL), I decided to make single welt pockets for the back.  Honestly, I'm so happy I put forth the extra time and effort because I really love how they turned out.  It is actually very easy to line up your welt pockets.  I transferred the back pocket pattern marks to my fabric.  I used dark enough chalk that would show through a strip of interfacing.  Then, I simply placed a pin at each outer edge of the pocket marks where the pins would stick out on the right side.  At this point, I just put my welt pocket fabric right over the pins, which held it in place while I secured my fabric with other pins.

I made a picture tutorial for myself so I would not forget how to assemble my pocket pattern pieces should I make them again.

For my Bobbie top, this time I made a couple more alterations for an even better fit.  I decided to shorten it by 2 inches.  I also bought up the neckline by 1/2 inch.  To do this, I put my ruler right at the "V," measuring up 1/2 inch and made a mark.  Then I used a curved ruler to blend the neckline up to the notch.

My shorts fabric is Lyocell--they are so soft and comfortable!  My shirt fabric is rayon/spandex.  Both fabrics were purchased at Joann's.

Thanks for stopping by ~ Shirley

Saturday, June 23, 2018

New Jalie 3880 Bobbie V-Neck Top

 Jalie 3880
Bobbie V-Neck
Size T
Alterations:  1/2" Forward Shoulder and Sloped Shoulder Adjustment

I love this top!  It is so quick and easy to make!  In fact, all sewing was accomplished on my sewing machine alone--stretch stitch, zig zag stitch, and straight stitch.

I am desperately in need of summer tops and I will be filling up my closet with several of these.

The cropped, tank-like facing is genius.  Here you can see that it nicely covers your undergarments.

I did make make a muslin in some inexpensive knit to test fit.  I determined that my shoulder seam sat too far back and needed to be adjusted to come forward.  I went ahead and sloped my shoulder seam by 1/4" since I have had to do that on some tops.  Maybe it wasn't necessary, but I had plenty of depth to play with, so I figured it wouldn't hurt.

My fabric is a jersey knit purchased from Joann Fabrics.  Lately they have had some very pretty knits.

My shorts are made from Jalie 2908 jeans pattern.

Thanks for Stopping by ~ Shirley

Sunday, June 17, 2018

Revisiting Maritime Shorts

 Grainline Maritime Shorts
with Jalie Scarf-collar Top

I've made these Maritime shorts before here.  Four years and a couple sizes larger now, I had to make a few more adjustments.  For starters, always a swayback.  Then I had to make a 1/2 inch full seat adjustment, as well as scooping out the back crotch just to be sure I had enough room!  ha ha
I didn't plan on making a muslin, but it turned out that way since there was no way they were fitting my bottom on the first try!  They were way too tight without any ease to speak of.

I also added 2.25 inches to the pattern length.  The pattern instructions have you turn up 1/4 inch and then 1/4 inch again.  I made my hem wider, turning up 1/4 inch and then another whole inch.  

I changed my back pockets this time.  With my "muslin," I made the back pockets according to the pattern; however, with such a busy print, you couldn't even tell they were there.  Recently I bought a pair of shorts (that surprisingly fit me very well....that happens almost never) and there were faux double welt pockets on the back.  I really, really liked that detail, so I made them.  I have to say, it was a little tricky getting them to line up evenly.  When I looked at my RTW shorts, those weren't perfectly aligned at all...big surprise, huh?  Needless to say, that took the pressure off and I knew I could do better at the very least--I think they turned out pretty good.

Here is a closer look at the faux double welts I made.

Now that I have perfected my overall fit, I want to change up the front pockets; I want them to be accessible on a slant.  So, I will play around with pattern drafting for that and if successful, I'll be making another pair of shorts with that detail soon.

My top is a previous make from here.

Here is a recap of my last four outfits that were made with the new Jalie pattern releases.

While on a recent family vacation to St. Louis, I made a new P4P Favorite Tee Dress to wear.

Thanks for stopping by ~ Shirley

Friday, June 15, 2018

New Jalie Pattern Rose Top

Rose Top 3881
Size T
Alterations:  Swayback and forward shoulder adjustment

Another great summer staple that Jalie has just released!  This is a cute button-up top, so easy to pair with shorts and jeans.

Your options include chest pockets with armhole binding or neck tie with armhole binding and ruffle.  Other nice details are back yoke and back pleat (which is a little hard to see with my busy print).

This is the BEST collar pattern piece and instructions I have ever followed.  I don't know how Jalie improved upon what others have not, but I completely 100% recommend this pattern for that alone!  If you have struggled with collars in the past or if you are new to sewing a collar, this IS the pattern you should start with.  You will have perfect results.

Jalie includes finished length measurements for the top, and as you can see this is a little long on me, but I am petite and chose to leave this at the length it was.  I like to tie my ends for a different look (picture at the end of this blog post).

You can hardly see my buttons--they blend in so well with the flowers.

I also French seamed my side seams to have clean finishes since all other seams are enclosed.  It looks nice inside and out!

I did find that my armholes ran a little low exposing my bra, which may be due to using Rayon Challis fabric, which is quite drapey.  Since there was enough ease, I was able to take in my side seams an additional 1/2" without negatively impacting my fit, which raised the armhole for me.

And here I am with my ends tied at my waist.  My shorts are Jalie 2908 Jeans pattern shortened.

Monday, June 11, 2018

New Jalie Pattern Mimosa

Mimosa 3890
Size T
Alterations:  1/2" Swayback Adjustment

The Mimosa is Jalie's new scoopneck tee!  Here I have chosen View C with short self-tie sleeves.  Other views include short rolled up sleeves with a breast pocket or long sleeves with a flounce.

Jalie includes finished length measurements in the pattern instructions so you can adjust for fit if necessary.  I love the length because it is perfect to wear with leggings.  I like to have a long enough length to cover my bottom.

I did use thin strips of knit interfacing to stabilize my hems on my sleeves since they require top stitching.  I tried without but could not achieve a stable straight stitch that I was happy with, which was probably due to my fabric stretch.

My fabric print looks like a big blob of ink on my shirt right at the center front! LOL  Pattern placement, something I don't always (never) think about until after it's too late.  

Coordinated my top with the new Clara Legging pattern.

Fabric for my top purchased at Joann's.
Fabric for my leggings purchased at

Thanks for stopping by ~ Shirley

Thursday, June 7, 2018

New Jalie Lisette Skirt Pattern

Lisette 3883
Size S/T
Alterations:  Shortened length by 2 inches, graded out to a T below the waist

Here is the new Jalie Pull-on Pencil Skirt!  I chose the knee length version with waistband.  Options include skirt with waistband, skirt without waistband, and color-blocking.  All can be made at mini or knee length.  Since I am petite, I did have to shorten the knee length version to bring it above my knee.  This is pretty standard for me with all patterns.  

I love, love, love this waistband!  It's wide, it feels comfortable, and there is elastic enclosed in the top that you can't even tell is there.  This is a very quick and easy sew.  Perfect for dressing up or for casual wear.

Jalie bottoms are usually a size S for me, but when it comes to a skirt, lately I'm finding I need a little more room on the back side.  A size S graded out to a T was perfect for me.

My skirt fabric was a nice med/heavy knit purchased from Joann's Fabrics.
My top is also made from Jalie 2805.

Thanks for stopping by ~ Shirley

Monday, June 4, 2018

New Jalie Clara Legging Pattern

Clara Leggings/Shorts 3887
Size S
Cropped Version

I have found my favorite leggings!  I'm totally in love with the wide waistband version.  However, if you prefer, there is also an option for just elastic at the waist.  The wide waistband also includes elastic that is sewn in.  I have worn these leggings multiple times now and they stay up!  

Notice there is NO seam at the front either!  Make sure you pay special attention to where this area of your pattern piece lines up on the fold.  

I chose to make the cropped leg version.  I pretty much live in these for my at-home casual wear.

Another feature that sets these leggings apart from other patterns is the included gusset piece.  If you haven't sewn in a gusset, no worries.  As with all Jalie patterns, the instructions are thorough and include illustrations, making this super easy to do, even for a beginner.  Having a gusset definitely creates a better fit with added flexibility.

No outer side seam either!  There is only an inner leg seam.

Top is made using Jalie 2682.

Legging fabric purchased from Knitpop (Yoga Knit)
Top fabric purchased from Joann's Fabrics (Athletic Quick Dry Fabric)

These are so quick and easy to make!  I have 2 pairs already out of the yoga knit fabric.  Next I will be making several pairs out of athletic fabric.

Thanks for stopping by ~ Shirley