Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Jalie Jamies

Jalie 3244
Size O
No alterations

My daughter has been asking for some footed pajamas this winter.  I immediately thought of Jalie 3244.  After looking at the number of pattern pieces and corresponding illustrations and instructions, I thought this might be a challenging project.  I didn't exactly want to jump into this, thinking that it would take me a long time to make.  I was pleasantly surprised at how quickly this came together!  It does take a while to trace and cut out though.  I mostly used my serger.  Since the fleece is thick, I basted each seam about an inch with my sewing machine to make sure that my fabrics fed through my serger evenly.

The zipper was very easy to put in.  You don't even need a zipper foot.  I didn't use mine since you first baste the zipper to the opening fabric edge with a zig zag stitch.  Once again Jalie instructions do not disappoint and the finished zipper was flawless.

There are pockets in the side seam too!  My daughter was really excited when she noticed them.

I used a dark purple rib knit for the neck and sleeve cuffs.  You can also make ankle cuffs too if you prefer to not have your feet enclosed.

If your foot size is larger than the rest of the pattern size, Jalie explains how to sew a larger foot to the smaller pattern pieces.  

It's a shame none of my other children want this since Jalie comes in such a huge range of sizes.  Hopefully my daughter will continue to enjoy this pattern for a few years.  She is very excited at the thoughts of being able to wear this to school for the next pajama day.  

Here are a couple of pictures showing the neckband closer.  

I just turned the collar under on the inside and zig zag stitched it down.  Jalie does suggest either serger or handstitching.  I much prefer to sew by machine instead of by hand whenever possible.

Fabric purchased at Hancock Fabrics.  Purple rib knit from my stash.

Thanks for stopping by ~ Shirley

Saturday, November 21, 2015

Ottobre 5/2103-4, Friday Evening Dress

Ottobre 5/2103-4, Friday Evening Dress
Size 38
Alterations:  1/2" Swayback adjustment
Removed 5 inches from the length
Fabric:  Ponte de Roma Knit, black cotton spandex knit for neckband

I bought this fabric last winter or maybe even the year before that!  I liked it when I saw it but then struggled with what to make of it.  I knew it had to be a simple pattern due to the busy design of the fabric.  I didn't want a seamed back which would mess with the flow of the print.

This was the perfect pattern choice since both the front and back are cut on the fold.  The raglan sleeve does have a dart at the top, but it worked well and didn't disrupt the fabric design.  I took my time laying out the fabric to ensure the design matched up perfectly on the sides and with the sleeves.  A ponte knit is pretty stable and doesn't stretch out of shape much at all.  I was able to see the black lines from the wrong side of the fabric, making it simple to keep the fabric perfectly lined up when folded over.  

It's chilly out, but lack of shoes left me with slip on sandals.  My beloved black zip up boots didn't really match.  I struggle with shoes.  I love boots and sandals and have nothing in between.  That's why if you look back through my blog, I tend to make black or brown clothing for winter so all can be worn with either my black or brown boots. LOL

Thanks for stopping by ~ Shirley

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Kwik Sew 3605 Girls Swimsuit

Kwik Sew 3605
Size Large

My daughter grew out of her Jalie swimsuit.  I have to say, sewing a swimsuit up during winter time was not on my radar and I lacked motivation to do it!  But, duty calls and this is one of the reasons I sew.  It's great to whip up something when you need it today, especially if you don't want to have to buy it, or like now, not in the stores since it's cold outside.  

It's a new pattern and I was concerned about fit.   I do wish I had taken a little more time with ensuring even stitching.  Have you had that happen?  You sew with perfection and it has issues or doesn't fit altogether.  You whip it up and it fits beautifully.  I won't complain though.  My daughter loves it! 

I decided to baste clear elastic to the edges of the cups, sandwiching it between the fabric and lining.  I didn't want any sagging here when wet.  It may not have, but I didn't want to take the chance of having to remake it if it did.  I had 1/2" elastic, so I cut it in half to 1/4".  I should have changed my thread color on the band since it is predominately blue.  That would have taken a minute....lazy, lazy of me not to.

I recommend trying this on your daughter before attaching the swimsuit fastener.  I did have to cut off a good inch of the band.  As a result it is not centered on the back, but that's okay.  

As you can see below, the inside of the band doesn't have an enclosed finish.  The band is single layer, sewing elastic at the top and the bottom edge, folding it in on itself and stitching down. My daughter is very sensitive to how things "feel," and she has no issues with it.  

If I make this again, I will line the swim shorts--my only dislike.  The fabric is thick enough, so it isn't an issue.  Overall, it is a great pattern and simple to make if you are new to making swimsuits.

Fabric purchased from Spandex World--watercolor print on clearance for $6 yard.
Swimsuit lining from stash

Thanks for stopping by ~ Shirley

Friday, November 13, 2015

Jalie Cocoon Cardigan with Dolman Top

Jalie 3353 & 3352
Size P

I made this top and cardigan from fabric remnants in my stash!  I'm trying to utilize what I have as much as possible for staple items for our wardrobe.  I should have made this in a size "O."  It's a little big in the neck for the Dolman and the cardigan just looks oversized for her, but that's okay.  A camisole underneath the Dolman to the rescue, and cardigans can be too big and still worn.

This cardigan is really simple and quick to sew together.  The band takes the majority of the time to pin all the way around.    I like how it finishes every edge of the cardigan from neck, sides, and bottom...one continuous loop.  The sleeve has cuffs sewn in the same manner.  I basted it before using my serger to ensure that I caught all 3 layers of fabric.  No hemming!!

I used a soft sweater knit.  It is very light weight too.  I was going to make this cardigan for myself, but I just didn't have quite enough  fabric.  I put it away a couple of weeks ago until yesterday when I had a light bulb moment and realized that it would probably be enough for my daughter.  It was still a tight squeeze, but it was enough!

My daughter was out in the yard doing cartwheels, so it passed the flexible/comfortable test.

It's a great top to wear with jeans.  My last post featured my Dolman top.  I see many of these tops in our future!

Thanks for stopping by ~ Shirley

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Two Tops for Me

 McCall's 7247
Size 12
Alterations:  1/2" swayback adjustment
Shortened neckband pattern piece by 1/2"
Forward shoulder adjustment

I decided I was in need of some basic tops.  At home, I pretty much just wear worn out t-shirts that have seen better days.  I needed some nice tops to wear out and about.  I picked up this McCall's pattern a couple of weeks ago.  It's basic but a nice design feature with the front consisting of 2 pieces that overlap.  I'm pretty short and didn't have to lengthen it any.  If you have a long torso and not up for flashing your tummy, you might want to lengthen it.  It's perfect for me with just a peak of my lower belt showing.

Construction is simple and fast.  I decided I wanted the neckband a little narrower, so I flipped it forward over onto itself and sewed it down.  I've done this before, especially if I have a somewhat loose neck binding.  Somehow this just helps tighten it.  I zig zagged it in place with a very narrow stitch.  It blends into the fabric and is barely noticeable.

The pattern calls for moderate stretch knits only.  My fabric is a stretch rayon jersey, but it just didn't feel as stretchy as the rayon I used in my second top.  So, I went up 1 size larger just in case I needed a little more room.  I would have been fine with my size 10.  Oh well.  I was thinking "moderate" meant more, but I looked up the word definition and it means "average amount."  There I go, over thinking things....sigh.

Cotton Knit purchased from Fabric.com

Jalie 3352 Dolman Top
Size T
No Alterations

Why don't I have more of these??  This is such a quick and easy top....to trace, cut and sew!  It is lovely in a rayon jersey.  I used the neck binding pattern piece as a guide to cut one from the same fabric as the shirt, but 2" wide.  I used this tutorial on Megan Nielsen's blog for sewing my neckband.  I really like this technic; it is such a nice, clean finish.

I didn't do a swayback since I'm using a rayon jersey.  I thought it would be okay.  Looks good I think.

It was so windy outside!  My hair was all over the place.  One picture my daughter said she needed to take another one because the wind "parted" my hair in the back and it didn't look good.  Ha ha.  Love my little photographer's attention to detail.  She is always straightening my clothing or picking threads off.

Rayon jersey knit purchased from Joann's Fabrics

Both tops worn with my Angel Boot Cut Jeans.

And another Jalie outfit for one of my girls.  These 2 patterns make such a nice combination!  My daughter said this outfit is "so comfortable!"

Jalie 2682, size O
Jalie 3022, size N

Thanks for stopping by ~ Shirley

Monday, November 2, 2015

A Jalie Running Outfit for Me

Jalie 2682
Size T
Alteration:  1/2" Swayback Adjustment

Jalie 3462 (Cora)
Size T
No Alteration

Now that time changed yesterday, it was harder taking pictures due to the sun's position in our backyard!  Oh well.  I tell myself it's a sewing blog, not a photography blog.  It's what we got when we took pictures. 

The 1/2" swayback adjustment was perfect!  Thanks Kristin at Sunny Sewing for helping me out with that.  It's a much better fit than the last time I made this shirt.  No more pooling fabric at the middle back.  Now I have the sizing figured out!  Size T works great for me on really stretchy fabrics--the zipper will go up without tugging and definitely no pulling across the back shoulder area.  With jersey knit, I'm going to go up to a size U to give myself extra room.  Thank goodness I am keeping a blog so I can have these notes to refer back to.  It would get confusing trying to remember size based on fabric selection....my head is already spinning thinking about the possibilities with every pattern.  I never considered having to keep different sizes on hand because of that.

I used a combination of nylon spandex and dri-fit for my outfit.  I should have gone up just one more size for the leggings.  Actually, I did because I made them one size larger than my Jalie yoga pants.  But now that I think about it, they are on the snug side too.  I have to make clothing in the size I am and not the size I want to be or was....sigh.  Anyway, they are snug pulling them on and I have popped and repaired a couple of stitches already.  Darn!  Who knows, maybe if I keep running now, they will fit better soon.  Ha ha

I'm looking at these as my wearable muslin.  I sewed them up really fast because I wasn't sure how I would like them.  I love them on my daughter, but I just wasn't sure how they would look on me.  I do like them.   My fabric combination is just "okay" to me.  It was born out of my daughter not wanting mine to look just like hers--oh the horror!  ha ha  So when I put the gray next to this multi purple/white/blue fabric, it didn't look that great.  That is when I decided to use the rest of my gray and blue to make a matching shirt to tie in the colors. I'll have to keep any eye out for some other fabrics to make this. To me that is the real challenge....looking for coordinating fabrics!

I bought 1 yard of the multi fabric on clearance for $6, which made both mine and my daughters leggings.  I had one yard of the gray dri-fit, which was $11,  It was just enough to make this.  The blue nylon lycra was leftover from my daughter's bathing suit a while back.  So, this was really inexpensive to make.  A heck of a lot cheaper to make than to buy!  The next one should fit perfectly.

Thanks for stopping by ~ Shirley