It is finally cooling down here, (stop laughing! 90+ is considered warm by Sierraville standards) though for a while it was rather toasty. Toasty and smoky, what with all the fires in Northern California.
Anyway, my increasing girth (Dessert? Sure, I’ll take two!) created a shortage in the shorts department.
I used my standard Jalie pattern (which I think is now out of print) to remedy the situation. Fabric is a very well aged cotton from stash. So well aged that it had fade stripes from sitting in the sunlight.
I cut the legs about 1.5 inches wider, as shorts don’t fit as close to the body as jeans do. The other change I tried was using some leftover knit as the waistband binding.
The first try had the knit stretching as I sewed, so it was ripped. The second try I used Wonder Tape to hold the bottom side in place, folded over the top, then stitched. Much better! Now it’s super soft and comfy against my skin.
I’m not sure how often I’ll use this technique, but I do like it. The inside feels much nicer than a serged edge on the waistband.
Continuing with the theme of using up the too large / too small / not quite Goldilocks fabric remnants, I present another New Look crossover top.
The fabric was originally made into a Jalie Sweetheart Tee, which I wrote about here.
There was enough left to make up a summery tank using the sleeveless version of the New Look pattern.
Having mere scraps after cutting out the main sections, I bound the armholes with a solid red knit. It’s not obvious, but gives a little peek every so often.
There are holographic sequins on the fabric as well, making for a bit of twinkle.
Twinkle and Pop!
These will probably be the last of the capris I make between now and next summer. I think I have enough pair that (mostly) fit to see me through Fall. If not, well, I shall just have to do some laundry!
These are a lovely lemon yellow linen with a not-too-bright complementary paisley. I believe the fabric is from Fabric.com One of those items tossed in the cart to reach $35 to get free shipping.
The pattern is my standard Jalie 968, now out of print. Pockets in front. Pockets in back. A girl can never have to many pocketses.
The only design changes I made were to shorten, then narrow the legs so they don’t look like marsh waders. This fabric is much too pretty for marsh muck.
The weather is warming up, and it’s time for wearing something other than jeans. This means capris and shorts. Since we aren’t yet into the really hot months, it was time for some capris.
This is my T-N-T Jalie pants pattern (# 968), shortened and taken in to become capris. Yes, that’s my able-pawed assistant there in the corner, giving everything a once-over sniff.
There is really nothing unusual about making these. I followed my standard pocket and fly zipper insertion methods. Took the legs in a bit, and of course shortened them to just below knee length.
These capris seemed a little plain, so I decided to jazz them up a bit with some pocket and yoke embroidery. That meant searching through the embroidery files for something suitable.
Bobbi Bullard, of Bullard Designs had the winner once again. She just has a knack for embroidery designs that work well on clothes. This design set is called “Curlies”. It may no longer be in release, as I couldn’t find it on her web site. One can opt for embellishing with crystals/nailheads or not. I chose nailheads, as crystals seems a bit presumptuous for capris.
Let Summer Begin!
The diligent reader will recognize these T-shirts as having made a previous appearance in Sewing with Spooks. They were tacked onto the Wall of Completed Projects.
Alas, they weren’t 100% completed. They still needed to be hemmed, so had to wait until I got home and had access to the coverstitch machine. I know, I could have used a twin needle, but whenever I do that, the stitching ends up tunneling. What can I say, I’m fussy.
They are now finished, and waiting for a little warmer weather to be included in the wardrobe rotation. I think they’ll look nice with capris and shorts. I know they’ll be comfortable.
The fabrics are a mix of knits: rayon, ITY and cotton. All are about the same weight. Differences? The harlequin and green tops have the sleeves lined with the piping fabric. The grey cotton has a contrasting band added instead.
They’re just a little different from the standard Ts from Targét. A nice addition!
As winter wears on, I find that my jeans are wearing out. So, it was time to make up a new pair. In keeping with the recent holiday spirit, I used a brushed green twill. A very nice fabric courtesy of Fabric.com I have no idea if they have it any more, as it aged in stash for several months.
I’ve been seeing a resurgence in decorated pockets, so decided that this pair had to be on trend as well. The back pockets and yokes are embroidered in a variegated green thread, with emerald crystals attached. The embroidery designs are from Bobbi Bullard the self-proclaimed Queen of Bling. She does have the best designs for jeans, I must admit. I believe this one is Aloha, which came out a couple years back.
Besides embroidery on the back, I put a bit on the front pocket as well. Not as all-encompassing as the back, a bit more tasteful and restrained. Well, as tasteful and restrained as rhinestones and embroidery can be. Not so much, eh?
The pattern is Jalie 968, which I’ve made many times. This iteration I actually read the notes I wrote to myself on the pattern envelope (doesn’t everyone write notes to themselves of the pattern envelope?), so there were no surprises during construction.
I used scrap fabric in a black and white polka-dot for the pockets and zipper shield. These bits don’t show, but I know they are on the inside, giving a bit of whimsy.
Flora Flaunts Jalie
To recharge from the inconsistencies of Style Arc, I turned to a tried-and-true Jalie pattern, 2794: The Sweetheart Top. I’ve made this one a couple of times before, last blogged about here.
I wore that top top quite a bit during the winter, and when this fabric arrived, I knew it would work up nicely in the same pattern. What’s not so visible in the photo are the silver sequins that are scattered throughout the print. They make the fabric look like it has extra flowers! The red binding highlights things nicely.
As I said, this is a TNT pattern, where most of the kinks are already worked out. Sewn on the serger in an afternoon. What’s not to like?