Friday, March 13, 2020

Athletic Wear

Greenstyle Creations Moxie Shorts
& Xpress Tank


I'm showing the back view first because these are the features that I love!

My daughter has some RTW shorts very similar in design and style, but with a large price tag attached to them.  However, these are relatively inexpensive to make since they require little fabric.


These are not difficult to make but do take a bit of time when making the bias binding.  I'm so glad that I came across this pattern company--the shorts are very unique in construction and the assembly instructions are well written.  I did not make any alterations to the shorts and I'm very happy with the fit.  These are made from stretch twill purchased from the Fabric Fairy.  The waistband and add-on compression shorts are both made with cotton lycra from The Purple Seamstress.


It's hard to see with the navy blue fabric, but both sides of the shorts have a deep pocket. 


When sewing the shorts pieces together, you end up with one very long piece of seamed fabric that you sew your binding too.  Next you sew your crotch seam and fold your shorts in a way that the upper back overlaps the lower back.  At this point you can either stitch them together or place bar tacks to hold them together, which I chose to do.

The shirt pattern is only one piece.  The shoulder seams are sewn and then you hem all around the edges, which I did using my cover stitch machine.  Turning up the hem is the only time consuming part of construction.  Pretty basic top obviously, but I've seen similar in stores.  This is an inexpensive make since it only requires 1 yard of fabric!  Fabric purchased from Hobby Lobby.

Here is another set I made--Xpress tank with the rounded back option and Moxie shorts without the add on compression shorts.


The top is made from an ITY which feels so nice and cool.  I've started riding my bike most mornings and it is perfect to keep me from getting too hot in this Florida weather.  However, because the top is not tied in the back, whenever you bend forward, all the fabric falls forward.  So, keep that in mind if you make this option.  


Without the shorts add on, these are ideal for wearing over my padded bike shorts.  I'll definitely be making more.

In case you are wondering, I'm wearing a Puma sports bra underneath.  I found them at Costco and they are sold with two in a box.  At the time, they were on sale for about $11.  I bought one box and went back the next week and bought another box.  They are really comfortable.  So comfortable that the next time I go to Costco, I'll pick up two more.

Here are my embroidery makes since my last blog post:

Bohemian Dream Catcher from Embroidery Library

Woodland Bouquet Bicycle from Embroidery Library

 Urban Threads Aries

Thanks for stopping by ~ Shirley





Tuesday, February 25, 2020

Simply Forest Critters Applique Quilt


Pattern:  Designs by JUJU #1446


This was another quilt as you go method baby quilt.  The quilting was done with a variety of sashiko inspired quilt blocks, also by JUJU.  This is a method that is all done while in the embroidery hoop!  



I also included this little Ohana, Duke the Puppy, stuffie for brother.


I made this for one of my girls!  It's from Embroidery Library, Moon Kitty, in the 5x7 hoop.  The frame is from Hobby Lobby.  

I'm currently sewing up some athletic wear for myself using Greenstyle Creations patterns.

Thanks for stopping by ~ Shirley

Thursday, February 13, 2020

Easter Alphabet Quilt

Here is a quilt I made for a precious little one for this Easter.  The applique letters are from Designs by JuJu, as well as the fonts, which I have listed below if you are interested.


This is my first time using the method "quilt as you go."  I'm really pleased with the results.  With all the embroidery stitches, it would have been tedious sliding this around the machine to quilt.  Instead, I was able to free motion quilt each block.  This part was so much fun.  There wasn't a lot of free space around each letter, so the stippling was quick and I was able to do it over a weekend.


I don't think I have ever wanted to photograph the back of a quilt before.  This time I'm not afraid to show it; it turned out so pretty.


I have Embrilliance Essentials software, which provided a way for me to do some creative work for the corner squares.  I'm not very tech smart, but I find Embrilliance very user friendly.


I simply copied over the bunny, egg and flower designs and added some pretty fonts.





Here are some notes on my actual quilt construction, as well as pattern and fonts purchased from Designs by JUJU.  I'm detailing my construction notes in case I want to recreate this style quilt again.  I really struggle with quilting math, but this worked for me.  I really cut it close with my fabric because when I purchased it, I didn't have any idea what my sizing would be....so a little bit of winging it happened.

Fabric purchased from Missouri Star Quilt Company:
Meredith Charm Pack
Meredith flowers Ivory, 2 yards
2 yards of Kona Cotton white, 1 yard of petunia, and 1 yard of gumdrop

JUJU Designs:
Egghunt Easter Alphabet
Behind Green Eyes font for the name
Farmhouse Lemonade for Here comes Peter Cottontail
Carried Away font for date and Elegant Easter Motif 2 for the Cross

Cut 10 x 10 squares of white Kona cotton to do embroidery applique, using medium cutaway stabilizer
Resized squares to 7.5 x 7.5 for free motion stippling (this gave me an area to start and stop in if I needed to.  Sometimes stippling can be tedious and it's nice to have an area to rest it in)
Trimmed to 6.5 x 6.5 for quilting

Front Sashing Strips:
4 strips x 2 inch width-- cut into 7 inch pieces
9 strips x 2 inch width-- left width of fabric

Back Sashing Strips:
4 strips x 1 inch width-- cut into 7 inch pieces
5 strips x 1 inch width-- left width of fabric

4.5 inch strips WOF x 4 for border back
4.5 inch strips WOF x 4 for border front

5x5 inch fabrics for letters
Resized W & V to fit on 5 inch fabrics
Used tearaway for dense areas outside of letters like bunnies and flowers
Used WSS over bunny faces to make jump cuts easier without risking snipping threads underneath

Starched all fabrics during embroidery and quilting

I bought myself a mini cricket press and it is wonderful!  It is great to use when pressing applique  while still in the hoop.  It heats up very quickly.

In addition to this quilt, I also did a little sewing for myself.  Jalie Alex for me in Sew Lush fabric from Joann's.  I also made the Jalie Yoga pant to match.


Thanks for stopping by ~ Shirley


Saturday, February 1, 2020

Embroidered Denim Shorts

 Jalie 2908
Shortened to Bermuda Length
Embroidered!


I have slowed down a bit these days with apparel sewing and switched my focus to embroidery and quilting.  However, I have been toying with the idea of embroidering on a pair of jeans or shorts.  I just finished up an embroidery quilt (pictures to come soon), so I decided to give it a try.  I was very concerned about how the embroidery would compromise the stretch, but I'm very pleased with the results.  It did pull a little, but there is plenty of stretch to my shorts and doesn't even hint at being snug.


This is a design I purchased from Embroidery Library called Exquisite Floral Curve (Whitework).  I tried to find a floral design that wasn't extremely dense.  This design has 13,760 stitches for my 5x7 hoop.  I fused no show mesh to my denim after hamming my seam flat.  Next, I floated on medium cutaway.  I'm kind of wishing I had used tearaway because the cutaway ended up being pretty stiff.  It doesn't bother me when wearing though since it is the outer leg area.  Perhaps it was best to use it though because of the durability of holding those stitches.  At any rate, it worked.


My denim is from Hobby Lobby--oh yes!!  It is 98% cotton and 2% spandex.  I believe it is 6.5 ounces.   I got my knit fabric from there too, which inspired me to use the gold embroidery thread for my shorts.  I debated on whether or not to use white, which would have matched as well, and probably a lot less limiting when matching other tops.  I fell in love with the gold though.  Besides, I told myself I could always make another pair with white if need be.


I have made the Angela Wolf Delila top several times now.  I love it so much.  The split sleeves are a nice touch to a simple knit shirt.

Thanks for stopping by ~ Shirley



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