Monday, August 31, 2015

Jalie #3461 Pull-on Jeans!

So, when I saw people raving about this pattern and these jeans, I knew I would have to give them a try. It's been around 90 degrees here, so making jeans has not been a high priority for me. But now that I feel that Fall is coming, I wanted to get these done. And I am SO glad I did.

I have to say, these jeans are as great as everyone has said they are!

They are very comfortable and are just like jeans, but pull-on. 

I used a stretch twill for these. I used this pair as a wearable muslin since I didn't know how they would fit. While the pictures look like they are really pulling in the front, they don't feel that way. You must make sure to use a fabric with the correct amount of stretch as the pattern tells you. I used the measurements on the envelope to determine my size and that's what I made. I needed less adjustments with these than with regular jeans patterns. The only thing I did was to slightly pull in the elastic in the back in order to eliminate any back gap I might have (as is the case with regular jeans).

While there are no actual front pockets, the back pockets are real. 

This is a pattern I can see making again. I'd like to find a patterned stretch twill or denim for the next pair. 

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Closet clean out & Fall sewing plan

The other day I decided to clean out my closet in order to reorganize and make room for new stuff. When you sew as much as I do, and I'm sure many of you have experienced this as well, you can easily run out of room to store the new things you've made. So I decided it was time to purge.

I ended up with about three bags of clothing and purses to donate and only a few things to trash. I also found a few things that need fixing in some way (hemming, etc.). 

I thought this would be a good way to get me to start thinking about sewing for the next season. It's a little difficult since temps are still in the 90's and summer is in full effect here. But I thought I'd at least try a sewing plan. The clean up did help me to see what I'm lacking and what I would like to have. 

The next step will be to write out what I'd like to make and maybe add some pattern options for those garments. I should also add color options as well. Then, when I really sit down to sew for Fall, I can forget about everything I had planned and buy new patterns like I always do - Ha Ha! 

That's all for now. 

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

McCall's 5248 Nightgown

I wanted something cute to wear to bed (other than my usual top and shorts), so I decided to make this nightgown. I've had this pattern for a while (I believe it's out-of-print at this time), but I never made the gown. 

And since this wouldn't take a lot of material, I figured I could also use up another piece of fabric from my stash. I had recently bought a similar style nightgown (Calvin Klein) from Nordstrom during the sale, so I knew I would like this style. Although the one I bought is knit, it's the same basic style.

I worked on this yesterday. The whole thing took about 4-5 hours from start to finish. I wasn't in a hurry, but if I was, it could have been done in just a few hours. 

I used a cotton shirting material that washes well and doesn't wrinkle too much. It's also very soft and gets softer the more it's washed.

All in all, a pretty easy project.

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Hot Patterns Joyful Top

Hello friends. I know it's been a while since I posted, but I needed to take a little break. Anyway, I've been going through some of the patterns I have that I never made and came across this one. 

This was a free download from their site. It can be made from a combination of materials or just one. I had some printed gauze that I wanted to use and I figured this would be the right fabric fit.

The instructions are pretty clear and easy to figure out. I did make a muslin first since I really wasn't sure what size would be best. I think I ended up making a 10. 

This sews pretty quickly. If you make this, you'll definitely want to use a soft, flow-y fabric. It really does make a great summer top.

As you can see, I'm wearing mine with a top underneath since I think the neckline is a little low. Next time, I will definitely raise it a bit.

Thant's all for now!

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Simplicity 1421 Blazer - Done!

I decided to enter the sew along started by "thatblackchic". I didn't find out about it until it was about to start and I didn't have the pattern, so I was playing catch-up from the start. Actually, I was just behind from the start. I had the blouse to finish first (see my previous post). Anyway, I got it all together and got the blazer made in about 3 days. I think that is a record for me.

I had seen this pattern before and liked it. It's basically a structured/tailored unlined blazer. 

I like the tailored look for blazers anyway, and unlined is crucial here (it's heading to about 90 degrees F today so it's HOT!). I don't want anything that's going to add extra heat to me. 

So to keep it cool, I chose a blue and white striped seersucker from G Street Fabrics. It washes great and is easy to work with. And because the stripes are thin and small, I didn't even bother matching and there was no problem with that. I just made sure to keep the pattern pieces straight when cutting.

I used my tailor's clapper to set the crease in the lapel. As you can see, I went with matching blue binding rather than white. I didn't make any adjustments to the pattern and love the way it looks. I did not add shoulder pads, which is an option for this pattern.

It's very comfortable and I recommend this pattern to anyone willing to give it a try!

Now, it's time to clean up the sewing room because it's a mess after two quick back-to-back projects!

McCall's 2094 blouse...again

This is one of those tried and true (TNT) patterns for me. I had some material left over from a pair of slim  pants I made last year (Colette Clover pants). It was more than a yard so I wanted to make something with it and decided on a top. This is the pattern I used: 

I believe this is OOP now.  I made the sleeveless top. 

I have used this pattern for dance costumes years ago when my daughter was in high school. I have used it for quick and easy projects, etc. 

The only thing I did differently this time was to use snaps (black) instead of buttons. I'm happy with the results. It did take me a few test runs to remember how to attach the snaps. It's been a while since I've done that, but glad I did.

Now, on to the next project!

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Kwik Sew Peplum

I finished this the other day. It is Kwik Sew 4112 - a double peplum top. The pattern sizes for this run from XS to XL. I made this in medium. I combined View B which has the neck I want with View A, which is just a regular sleeveless top. I didn't want to add the sleeve flange which is part of View B. I also added piping around the waist seam just to break up the pattern of the fabric a bit. 

I always like the things with princess seams since it's a more flattering fit for me. This is a pretty simple top to make. It took me longer to get the piping in the way I wanted than anything else, so next time, I'll probably just leave that out. 

Even though the fabric stores around here are getting in their Fall material now, I still have more summer sewing I want to get done! After all, it's only the second full day of summer here in the mid-Atlantic region, so we have a lot of very hot, very humid weather to get through.

Happy sewing everyone!