Category Archives: Sewing

Jalie 968: Genera

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There is not much to say about this sew, other than with summer on the way, the jeans I’ve been wearing all winter were getting a tad tatty.  Time to sew up another pair.

Enter grey something-or-other fabric (cotton and X the unknown) from the local mill end fabric store.  A pattern that I don’t have to fit.  A Sunday afternoon with nothing scheduled.

Result:  a new pair of pants.  Yay!

Just the Necessary

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This is my rendition of the Necessary Clutch Wallet from Emmeline Bags.  It is apparently taking the wallet sewing world by storm.

Our sewing guild had this as their March workshop, and I was able to finish it at sewing camp.  It’s a great way to use up all those bits and pieces you have left over from other projects.  That quilting cotton with the To-Die-For print?  Use it here!

The workshop was great!  All the bag hardware was included in the class fee, as well as various stiffeners and interfacing.  This is a structured bag.  It does not collapse when chock full of all those essentials required on a daily basis.

It is also the only project I finished at sewing camp.  I attribute that to the fact that my sewjo was off somewhere drinking fruity drinks at the time.  She does this periodically, and never checks with my agenda.   Pretty nervy!

The inside is just as colorful, which I really like.  Zippered pockets.  Credit card pockets.  Slip pockets.  An open, but secured pocket which holds up to an iPhone 7 (not that I have one of those).

Speaking of, why is it handbags no longer come with credit card pockets?  I mean, really?  In a world that is almost completely cash-less these days, and nowhere to slip those cards.  Harrumph!

Bright.  Useful.  Cute.  Ta-Da!

StyleArc: Kim

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This is the Style Arc Kim.  It’s made from a rather nice digital ponte knit I stumbled on at the local bolt-end fabric store.

Usually their wares are more utilitarian, but not this time.

After taking measurements, I decided to dive in and make a 12 straight from the envelope – no changes or alterations.

Everything went swimmingly, until I tried it on.  Those bright yellow flowers?  Well…  They ended up being very strategically placed.  As in Stoplight Boobs.  While I am not the most well endowed person, it’s still not a part of my anatomy I felt like calling attention to.

Thankfully, there was enough fabric left to re-cut the front, this time paying more attention to pattern placement.  Ahem.  I also did a slight FBA, about a 1/2 inch.  Yes, a cut & slash FBA alteration on a pattern piece that is cut single.  The result works, but looks a bit Frankenpattern, with all the bits taped together.

The plan is to wear this with black leggings, now that the weather is warming up.

Style Arc: Lotti

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from Meh to Wearable

I tried wearing the New Look top/dress I made a while back several times.  We were not feeling the love for each other.  I decided that experiment outside my comfort zone (I am NOT a pink person) wasn’t working, but didn’t want to scrap all the effort that went into it either.

What to do?  What to do?

I remember that Style Arc Lotti was a pieced top, and maybe I could morph the unloved dress into something new.  This is the result.

There was enough patterned fabric in the dress to re-cut the top, blended with a bit of black knit from stash.  I’m rather pleased with myself that I was able to use the hem I had already made on the New Look as well.

Finally, something I will wear!

Style Arc: Avery Spotted

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The last(for a while) rendition of Avery is finished!

This was one of those endeavors that percolated for a while, then waited longer for fabric to arrive, then waited again for Ms. Mojo to return.  It seemed to take forever, and I suppose it did.

Anyway, the first fabric was the floral print, which turned out to be way too sheer to use on it’s own.  I thought to line it with a white lining until the idea of plain white morphed into spots, which lead to the under layer.

I lengthened the polka-dot under-layer about 1 1/2 inches, so it peeks out the bottom.  The top and sleeves are a bright white rayon knit.  No changes to the sewing, other than the two woven pieces are only connected at the top; they are free floating in the rest of the garment.  This gives a nice swish to everything.

HotPatterns: Plain & Simple T

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img_4404This top is an exercise in perseverance.

It’s my standard T pattern, the Hot Patterns Plain & Simple T, made with the boat neck option.

But that’s not how it started life.  Oh no!  It was supposed to be something quite different!  That being an asymmetrically hemmed tunic.

I mean, a tunic.  A long top. How hard could it be?  Well, as you can tell, more difficult that I expected.  I used the basic T pattern for the top, the widened the bottom, thinking that’s all I needed to do.  Nope!

This fabric is clingier, which meant that rather than skimming the lumps & bumps, it snugged tight, showing off everything we women of a certain age don’t want shown.

I put it aside.  Waited.  Waited.  Waited.  There was no way to add more width at the bottom.  The fabric was going to stretch how it stretched; couldn’t do anything about that.  In the end, I lopped off the length, took in the sides a bit more and now have a top.

I’m glad I kept at it.  It’s a nice t-shirt.  I still have tunics tinkering in the back of my mind.

Kwik Sew 6358

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img_4320Another rendition of KS 6358, which I am finding very comfortable to wear these days.

I made one pattern hack this time ’round and doubled the front, so instead of their being a turn-under facing at the neckline, it is self-lined throughout.  This has proved to be a very nice modification.

I also changed the way I sew it, using a taco roll / hidden shirt yoke method to attach the front and back together.  This gives a clean finish on the inside.  I have no idea why I didn’t think of this the first time I made it, but there you go.  Sometimes one’s skills take a while to return.  Maybe they’re like mojo?

The fabric is part of the Nicole Miller line carried by Joann’s.  I picked it up during one of their 50% off sales and used an additional coupon.  That’s about the only time I purchase the Nicole Miller fabric.