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Monday, December 10, 2018

having fun mixing and matching fabrics

How cute is this tunic?  I love view A, with the asymmetrical side seams.  

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Sorry about the indoor photos as it is dark before I leave for work and after I get home.  

I used a stretch velvet for the outer layer and wool knit for the inner layer.  The sleeves are a lightweight ponte.

Black is so difficult to photograph indoor but you get the idea of the shine and design of the fabric.  

This is such a great length for leggings, even for my 5'7" frame.  Everything is covered, both front and back.  Gotta love that!

I am showing you the underlayer here of the wool knit.  All three fabrics are washable.  
Thanks for reading!

Sunday, December 9, 2018

Finally jumping on the Kimono train

Happy December everyone! 
I wanted to share my latest post from Fabric Mart--I finally made a Kimono.  Everyone around me has been wearing super cute ones so I finally decided to create one. 

I just LOVE This fabric!  It is a poly woven and those colors are so vibrant!  This fabric came from Fabric Mart.  It is from a famous dress designer.  

Here is the pattern I used: 

McCall's 7200 (image from Sewing Pattern Review).  As you can see, mine is longer with longer sleeves.  There are some variations with the pattern.  

I chose to keep this super simple to really show off that fabric.  I can't tell you how much prettier this is in person.  

For fitting, I know this is a loose-fitting garment, but it still needs to fit in all the right places.  I lengthened from the shoulder to the apex and lengthened the bust curve.  

On the back of the garment, I added 1" total between the shoulder blades at the intersection of the neck and the shoulder.  I also added an inch at shoulder blade level.  

For the length of this Kimono, I added 6 inches.  

I decided to hand sew the facings in place along with the hems.  Hand sewing can be so very relaxing.

That's it!  A fast and easy make but make sure you fit it to you so you look fabulous!

Thanks for reading!

Monday, December 3, 2018

Sewing flannel

Every once in a while, I have to pull this pattern out and play with it.  It's such a great basic. 

Sacha Shirt Sewing Pattern By Style Arc - Stylish long line over shirt with ¾ length sleeves

I love how this fits me with minimal alterations. 

My fashion photographer was making me laugh.  Such a goof sometimes, but in a good way!

As you can see, I lengthened the sleeves by 2.5 inches.  I cut the collar, stand, and cuffs on the bias.  I also added bias pockets.

I eliminated the side slits as I am hoping to wear this with leggings and I don't want any extra flesh poking out of those slits.

Here are my alterations: 
1.  I lengthened from mid-shoulder to the apex by 1 inch.
2.  I lengthened the bust curve by 1 inch.
3.  I lengthed between the shoulder blades and waistband.
That's it!

This isn't my most precise plaid matching I've ever done, but it is certainly passable and wearable.

I can't even describe to you how luscious this fabric is on your skin!  It's warm, weighty, and so very soft!  I purchased it from a quilt shop when I was in North Dakota for a business trip.

Playing with which pieces were cut on the bias was great fun!  It added a bit of creativity to a simple pattern.  

I used my Kam snaps and pliers to attach my plastic snaps.  I love these.  I promise, the snaps are lined up precisely.  They look uneven here, but aren't.  

Thanks for reading and I hope you are making some weather appropriate garments!

Saturday, November 24, 2018

More unselfish sewing--Elliot gets a new coat

Hello and Happy Holidays!

This past week, I finished a winter coat for grandson #2.  This one is Elliot, he is VERY 2, and he has my heart wrapped around his little finger.  All the way around.

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Isn't this little monkey cute?  I made his coat a bit differently than the one I made for his older brother, Simon.  
Again, I used Jalie 2108 or the Puffer.  

The most notable difference is that I used fleece to line part of this jacket: hood, collar, pockets.  I like how it matches with the gray contrast fabric.  

I also decided to insert elastic at the waist of the lining.  

Yes, this coat is big on him.  I made the size G (2nd to the smallest size) based on his height and tummy measurements.

I didn't have him here at any time to try this for fit.  I am thinking it will fit next year as well.  :) 

These water repellent fabrics are from Mood.  I so highly recommend them!  Great to work with!  Just watch the temp of your iron and test the heat levels.

I was hoping to find a gray zipper but my local JoAnns is very limited on its selection.  Argh.  The plaid lining or flannel also came from JoAnns.  That blue was the closest I could get to the cobalt blue.  They didn't have a gray plaid as a choice.  It works.  

I do like this pattern, except for the wrist bands, but I haven't thought of a better way to put those together yet.  They will work well over mittens and then you can cinch them up.  

Of course, Jalie patterns are well designed and drafted and Elliot didn't want to take his new coat off.  That little monkey.

Thanks for reading!

Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Butterick 6418

This pattern; it's been in my stash for a while and I keep picking it up and putting it back.  Until...
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I was in North Dakota, of all places!  A gal there was wearing a super cute gray sweater and it looked like she had a half shirt on underneath that was plaid.  It also had plaid elbow patches.  Of course I thought to myself, I can do that!

Both fabrics were in my stash.  The pattern was also in my stash.

This pattern whips up easily.  It is well-drafted and goes together without any issues.  I added the plaid at the hemline and the elbows.  

View C has an overlay as the design and at first I thought I could just use that view, but duh, this is made in a knit and my plaid is a woven.  

I cut the plaid in the shape and length I wanted, hemmed it, and attached to the hemline.  
For the elbow patches, I played with the placement and size and sewed them on prior to constructing the sleeve.  

Super easy, right?

Thanks for reading!

Monday, November 12, 2018

Meghan Jacket by Style Arc

This jacket--so simple but so much fun to create and wear!  This is a fast and easy sew and if you use the correct fabric, no hemming is required!  
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See what I mean?  Here are the deets: This jacket has long sleeves with cute little ties, felled seams and a wide, floaty collar.  You can choose to put buttons/snaps at the front.  

This pattern calls for a stable knit or a fabric that doesn't require hemming.  I had a beautiful faux suede that my Daughter-in-law purchased from Mood.  This is such lovely stuff to work with!  I really love the color as well.  It just screams fall/winter to me.  

I made just a couple of alterations, mainly to adjust for a non-stretch fabric.  I lengthened the bust curve and added a bit across the shoulders.  I also added to the sleeve tabs as they seemed rather short to me.  

That's it!  This whips up quickly.  I can see making this in a ponte--a suggested fabric.  I can also see making one for spring/summer in a white or light colored ponte with short or 3/4 sleeves.  

I also made the tee that I am wearing underneath the jacket.  This fabric was from my stash.  It isn't the best quality (JoAnn's is printed on the selvage) but the colors work.   I used the Jalie newest Tee for it.  

Thanks for reading!  

Sunday, November 11, 2018

Itch to Stitch Bellavista Top

Happy weekend all!  
I had some fun with some luscious sweater knit I purchased last summer.  I'd been waiting for the right pattern to come along and decided on this one by Itch to Stitch.  

Itch to Stitch Bellavista Top PDF Sewing Pattern

How cute is this?  That cowl neck and the swing of the top is perfection.  

I barely had enough knit to make this top.  I slightly modified the sleeves but more on that later. 

This pattern, as with all Itch to Stitch patterns, are exceptionally well drafted.  I made ZERO alterations to this.  

I made a muslin and decided I needed some additional bust room, but honestly after getting this created, I decided for my final garment I didn't need to make that adjustment.  

This is an instant gratification project.  It literally takes only a few hours, start to finish, to create it.

For the hems and shoulder seams, I used SewKeysE hem tape.  Wonderful stuff!  
I highly recommend this pattern!  So cute, so stylish, so easy!

As you can see in the photo above, I slightly modified the cuff on this.  I tried to give it a slight bell shape but it doesn't flare as much as I would have liked.  I might end up making those cuffs non-flared, if that makes sense.  

Thanks for reading!