Friday, January 13, 2017

Joggers (for lounging)

Happy new year! Hard to believe it's 2017 but here we are. I hope to make the best of it and I hope the same for you as well.

II made these Simplicity 8268 joggers as my first (two) completions of the year. I wanted something casual and comfortable to wear. I spend most of my days dressed casually (I'm sewing at home and away professionally now), but I didn't necessarily want more sweatpants. 

Simplicity Pattern 8268 Child's, Teen's and Adult's Slim Fit Knit Jogger

Honestly, this isn't something that I would have even chosen, but it was on sale so, why not. As it turns out, I'm really glad I bought it.





While the all black is hard to see, it's made of a ponte knit with black rib knit waist and leg cuffs. The purple is a polyester athletic fabric with the same black rib knit waist and leg cuffs. 

This features deep pockets which I love. You could add a gusseted side pocket with a snap closure to the leg if you wanted as well.  



This could even be made from a sparkly knit fabric for some variety and a different look! Now I'm looking in my stash (of patterns and fabric) for a top, probably long in the back, to coordinate with these.

That's all for now. 

Until next time... 

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Baby It's Cold Outside...

Yes it's cold outside, but I was toasty warm in this jacket I made from McCalls 7026. I basically made view A with view B's sleeves. I wanted the longer sleeve on this. It also has the thumb hole although I never actually use those. 



I used "performance fleece" for the jacket. It's supposed to be more of a wicking material so that if you wear it during a workout, you won't overheat as easily and it will take moisture away from the body. It's very warm and very soft!



I'm wearing this with the "jeggings" I made with V8859 (highly recommend that pattern). I did have to use some contrasting knit for the facing because I stupidly used some of the fleece for a pair of socks and didn't realize I needed four fronts. Anyway, it all worked out in the end and I think it's actually a little more interesting. 



So until next time...

Monday, November 14, 2016

Knit Pants - V8859

I made these knit pants a couple of weeks ago. I wasn't sure about the material since it is very stretchy (basically jeggings material).But I'm so glad I made these. They are as comfortable as yoga pants and aren't tight.


These are dark blue (like jeans). I made the version with the double pleated knees. The only change I made was to use a wider elastic for the waistband. The pattern calls for 3/4" while I used 1". For me that just makes for a more comfortable fit. 


While I wouldn't wear this with the shirt tucked in like this, it's just to give a better idea of what the back looks like. 

This is quick and easy to make. And, the pattern didn't require me to make any additional adjustments which is awesome!


Monday, October 17, 2016

Pink lace cardi

This has become one of those go-to patterns for me. It's McCall's 6408 "jacket" pattern. To me, it's much more a cardigan than jacket, but whatever. I made this years ago in off-white and it has become one of my most used garments. 


So this time around, I decided to use some stretch lace I had to make another one. I'm still trying to use fabrics (and patterns) that I already have since I have so much. 

I definitely believe that this one is better made than the previous one (here's a link to that post). I have had so much more experience sewing in general and knits in particular than I did back then. My sewing confidence now is so much greater now than it was 5 years ago!


So, my advice to anyone out there who tried something that they liked but maybe it didn't work out is: keep at it! The more you do, the better you become. 

This is a quick and easy project. I made it in one sitting, but if you don't have that kind of time, it's easily broken down to doable steps. It's a Nancy Zieman "10-20-30 minutes to sew" pattern - perfect for busy sewists.


Monday, August 29, 2016

Simplicity Tunic 4149

I made this a few weeks ago and it is so comfortable, easy to wear and easy to make (a great combo, don't you think). I made View C with some very minor (decorative) changes.


I didn't do the rows of decorative top stitching that the pattern calls for with this view. I did do one row of the top stitch because that helps to hold down the facing and neck band on the inside. I didn't need to make any other changes to the pattern. I cut a size 16 for this. 



I really like that this pattern has different sleeve options as well (it also comes with pants, skirt and scarf patterns). This is a quick, easy project to put together. 

This is probably the last of my summer sewing (I really didn't do as much as I thought I might this year). I have already started to purchase some Fall patterns so I need to get to work on those plans!

Until next time...

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Burda Style Shorts and Style Arc T

Wow! Time sure does fly when you've been super busy. Anyway, I made these two items a couple of weeks ago and I'm FINALLY getting around to writing the blog post.

The shorts are from Burda Style magazine 06/2014 #118. These are casual cargo shorts that I made using a light-weight khaki cotton twill that's got a little bit of stretch in it.



There is a belt that's supposed to go with the pattern, but I opted not to make that. I just didn't like the look of it with the shorts. The pattern calls for snaps for the pockets, but I didn't have any that would go with the fabric, so I used a button and button hole. The pockets are pleated which makes them extra roomy. This is great if you want to really use them.



The top is the Alannah T-shirt from Style Arc. This is the second time I've used this pattern and I really like it. It's easy, quick to make and fits really well. This particular one in made from cotton interlock. 




The length on these T-shirts is nice so you can reach for things without exposing anything! I think this pattern is an easy pattern for beginners especially someone who may be new to using knit fabrics. 

That's all for now. I have a few more summer makes to share and then I guess I should start planning (or at least thinking about) my Fall wardrobe. 

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Vogue 8997

I LOVE this dress! It's feminine without being frilly or fussy. It's also surprisingly easy to make. This is one of those patterns that I bought because I really liked the style, but then put off actually making. I thought it would be far more complicated than it was. 




I used a linen blend fabric (washable) that I've had for a while and a solid purple lining. The only change I made to the pattern was to raise the neckline about 2". After making the muslin, I decided that that would be a more comfortable neckline for me personally. Originally, the front and back neck are (I believe) about the same depth.




This is not only a great summer dress pattern, but has enough variations (including long sleeves) that it can be made all year.



Until next time...  Happy sewing!