Tuesday, December 3, 2019

Jalie Alex and some other Christmas Crafting

Jalie 3907
Size R

Fabric fleece purchased from Joann's.  We really can't get enough of the Jalie Alex pullover!  Now that I've made 3, I'm able to sew them up quickly.  

This one I made for my other daughter.  I have one to cut out for myself in Sew Lush, which I told myself I would not use again for this jacket. LOL  But, as the name suggests, it feels so good to the touch that I couldn't resist one for myself.  I'm not looking forward to wrecking my sewing space with all the fluff it will create.

I'm really proud of this creation which I made for a dear friend of mine.  She is a quilter herself and a much better quilter than I am.  I really thought I should have my head examined to gift a quilt to a quilter, but once I saw these Santas at Designs by JuJu, I immediately knew who I wanted to make them for.  I paired them with the Jacobean designs from JuJu as well.  Fabric purchased from Missouri Star Quilt Company.  I love how elegant everything came together.  I used the black swirly fabric for the backside.  If you aren't familiar with Missouri Star Quilt Company, they have beautiful fabrics and also many tutorial videos.  I used one to refresh my memory on the binding.

I have an adorable little great niece who I made this toy for.  Pattern is the Flatty Dog from JuJu.  I also put the crinkle stuff in it so it would make noise, purchased from Amazon.

 Another project in the works is a Christmas quilt.  My plan is to embroider 30 squares of these fun Christmas designs, making a pretty decent-sized quilt for one of my girls.  Once finished, I'm going to turn around and do it all over again! LOL  They don't know it yet, but I thought how great it would be to gift each one of them with such a fun quilt to enjoy and to have as a family heirloom to be enjoyed one day by their own children!  Needless to say this will be an ongoing project for months.  

These are from JuJu also.  Needless to say, I'm a huge fan now of JuJu.

Thanks for stopping by ~ Shirley

Monday, October 21, 2019

Sewing & Crafting

Jalie 2921
Scarf-collar top Size T

New Look S0550
View A Size Small

Here was an attempt at a blog picture.  My daughter and I went outside to take pictures and it started raining!  So, this is it.  Lately my girls are so busy between homework and lives of their own, it's hit or miss to get someone to take a picture for me.  As if the rain wasn't enough, the wind started picking up.  My daughter kept telling me to "fix my hair" and that we wouldn't be able to tell in the pictures that it was raining.  This picture captured the moment well I think.  We were laughing and then I said, "that's enough" and we ran.  She was right though, you really can't tell that it was raining.

I really like the palm leaf print, but my intention was a maxi dress and not a skirt.  That was a fail, so I chopped off the bodice and threw together a skirt.  At least I salvaged my fabric.

I've made the scarf-collar top many times for me and my girls.  It really is a quick sew once you wrap your head around the scarf part.  The directions are well written and illustrated.

I'm loving having an embroidery machine.  I got the PE800 for last Christmas.  If you are on the fence about whether or not to get one, I highly recommend it.  I love to sew and honestly, I wondered if there was room enough for a second hobby that I would love as much.  The above embroidery is a JUJU Design floral split monogram.  I made this for a birthday gift, frame purchased at Michael's.

Who knew you could embroider toilet paper?!  Not bad for a first attempt.  However, don't go so cheap on the TP.  This was so thin that I had to triple my squares.  I think the paper still looks cheap.  It was a good test though.  I read on a FB group that you can get the plastic bags at the dollar store.  They come in a package of 20 for $1.00.  It's really an inexpensive and satisfying project.  The designs out there are hilarious.  I purchased this TP embroidery design from Bella Bleu Embroidery.

These are JUJU Mason Jar designs that I put on bar mop towels.  Target has these towels in a few different colors.  I placed the embroidery right in the center of the towel, which I think works well.

I also have two quilts that I am working on and some other sewing projects for myself and my girls.

Thanks for stopping by ~ Shirley

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Jalie 3907

Jalie Alex Half-Zip Pullover
Size R

Jalie's half-zip pullover is exactly like my daughter's RTW pullovers that she loves to wear!  I'm so excited about this pattern because now she can pick and choose her fabrics.  I love it and will definitely be making some for myself.

According to my daughter's measurements, it put her in a size Q.  However, I decided to size up to an R, which was a spot-on match when compared to the ones I've bought for her.

Fabric is Sew Lush Rhubarb from Joann's.  It's pretty thick to sew and will overtake your zipper, so I chose a jacket zip.  It was a separating zipper, but since you cut it anyway, I figured it didn't matter.  I just had to be very careful when sewing the seam as to not break my needle.  This fabric is "lush" but man does it wreck your sewing room with all the fluff when cut.

No elastic was used but is a pattern option.  My daughter typically wears this style jacket to be loose over leggings so I didn't insert the elastic...which saved me time anyway.

I thought I may have to add some length, but it was plenty long enough already.

And she loves the HUGE pockets!

No alterations and pretty quick to sew.  I tip my hat to Jalie again for putting out a timeless pattern that will be made for me and my girls many times over.

Thanks for stopping by ~ Shirley

Monday, August 5, 2019

Jalie Nikita

Nikita 3902
Size T
Alterations:  Forward Shoulder, 1/2" swayback, shortened 2.25 inches
Fabric:  Purple Seamstress Cotton Lycra

I'm pretty happy with my newest Jalie make!  It's a great summer outfit and as far as comfort level, it's an A+ for me.  The dress option in stripes really caught my eye, so I knew exactly what kind of fabric I wanted to shop for.  I highly recommend Purple Seamstress; their solid cotton lycra options are amazing.  I used two-tone charcoal with white stripes, which coordinates with their two-tone charcoal lycra.  I love how the burgundy wraps around the front for a bit of color splash.

I held the pattern pieces up to me and could easily tell that I needed to shorten it by a couple of inches.  That is pretty typical for me since I am 5'1.  However, when I make the top, I think I will leave that at the pattern length.  

I thought the back opening on the top view was interesting, so I decided to use that on my dress as well.  I wore my lacy Jalie 2563 with it.

Tip:  I used a thin strip of knit interfacing at the CB seam to stabilize for easier top stitching.  

I would like to make either a shirt or dress without the back opening, increasing the CB seam allowance so I can use my coverstitch machine giving it an athletic style stitch in a contrasting thread.

Thanks for stopping by ~ Shirley

Friday, July 26, 2019

Jalie 3246

Jalie Maxie Dress w/ Shrug
Size T

Alterations:  1/2" Swayback, forward shoulder, shortened back strap by 1" 
and dropped the armsyce down 1", removed 3.5 inches from length

I've moved!  It feels wonderful to get back to sewing.  This move was stressful.  The movers showed up with a truck that was already half full with someone else's household, allowing for only half of a truck for us.  So that meant our belongings were split between two trucks, which also meant two separate deliveries. Most of my kitchen was in the second load...of course.  My husband and I had our mattress but no bed frame.  Our children had bed frames with no mattresses.  If there were 2 parts to something, rest assured, they were split between trucks.  I was so happy to have my tea kettle, but even that was missing the base to it.  BUT, we have all our things now and my sewing room is together.

My daughter asked to go to Hobby Lobby for some vines for her room decor, so while there, I checked the fabric area.  I found this lovely floral that was on sale for around $5 a yard.  I was a little nervous about such a bold print because it is not my usual for fabric choice.  However, I knew exactly the pattern I wanted to try...Jalie 3246.  I was able to pull up the fabric requirements via the Jalie website.  As soon as I got home, I went to retrieve my pattern and was shocked to see that I didn't have it!  I really thought I owned that one.  Thankfully PDFs are quick to order and download, but not so quick to assemble ha ha.  I use my sliding glass door area to tape the papers together.  With the sun shining through, it makes it easy to line up.  I was struggling with the paper and holding the tape and hollered for my daughter to come help.  As I was nearly finished, she popped her head out of her room and wanted to know what I needed.  Never mind I said, I'm just trying to tape my pattern together and it's hard holding it but I'm almost done.  She says, "Momma, why don't you just tape it to the glass?"  Sigh.  Well of course that works very well.  Just sharing in case the obvious has escaped you as well.  Now on to my pattern review!

(Should have straightened out my shrug here)

I altered as I sewed and after I attached the front to the back, I tried the dress on and quickly realized that the straps were too low for me.  I pinched the fabric together and determined that I needed to remove 1 inch from the back strap and then adjusted the armsyce by deepening by 1 inch too.

I love the method Jalie uses for the neck and arm bands; it is a very nice finish.  Next time I make it, I will lower the back neckline a bit since shortening the strap brought it up.

Love, love, love this pattern.  I purchased this pattern specifically for the shrug, but I'm just as happy with the results of the dress too!

Thanks for stopping by ~ Shirley

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