Monday, June 26, 2017

Sewing for Miss K–Patterns for Pirates

Here are some of the things I’ve sewn for Miss K lately.  (She is not into pictures anymore….. 11 yr olds….)

Patterns for Pirates ~ Relaxed Raglan Hoodies

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This is what she asked for. We sat down and put it together on my Cameo software. 

kiela hoodie

And this is the face I get when I try to take pics

The Aqua Aztec Hoodie is from some wonderful Aqua Liverpool fabric.  The texture is so cool: bumpy but soft.  I got this from Hancock’s going out of business sale.  I picked up 6 yards in July 2016 for only $0.75 a yard!!!  The navy accents are also the same Liverpool – I purchased 6 yards of that for $0.75 a yard too!  That was an amazing shopping day.  So this hoodie took about 2 yards and cost $1.50.  K has worn it a million times since I made it a few months ago (March).  She loves it.

Light Turquoise Hoodie

Size for both:  S in the shoulders, S/M everywhere else. For the hoodie I used the lined hood, cuffs, kangaroo pocket, and shirt length in banded.  For the Aztec fabric I added elbow patches per K’s request. 

I wanted to steal this one for myself but it was a tad small

The light turquoise hoodie is from 2 yards of Triblend Jersey knit I purchased from Knitpop for $8.50/yd.  It is super soft and lightweight.  K wanted a hoodie to wear when the weather was warmer.  This worked perfectly for that.  She didn’t want any graphic put on it though, preferring it to be plain.  Total cost for this hoodie $17

Thoughts:  Well, I love this pattern.  I’ve made it countless times for myself and K loves it too. 

Patterns for Pirates ~ Essentials tank and Palazzos as shorts


Miss K sleeps hot so I made up some cute tank and shorts combos for her sleepwear. 


Essentials tank: Size XS in bust/shoulder and M in waist/hip.  I raised the neckline by 1”, shortened the overall tank length by 1”, and shortened the straps by 1/2”.  This is the shirt length, hemmed with straight straps. (the teal one I made about 3” longer for tunic length)


Palazzos: Size XS in shorts length.

Fabric: The Black is double brushed poly, the pink and teal are also.  All three are from knitpop.  The other teal fabric is Teal Space Dye Athletic Knit from Joanns.  It is awesome fabric.  I wish I had purchased more at the time. It’s out of stock now. 

The Pink/Black Set was made in Jan 2017. The Teal/Black set I finished up just last week.  The Teal Space Dye I made Dec 2016. 


Happy Sewing!

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Ginger Jeans and Agnes Tanks

Many times during Me Made May you saw me wear my newest jeans (6 times!).  I waited a long time to try this pattern because jeans take forever to make.  However, I’m so glad I finally made them because they are fantastic!

Closet Case Patterns ~ Ginger Jeans

ginger back

Size and Adjustments: My measurements at the time of sewing were 31 waist, 45 hip.  Based on my measurements I made a size 12 waist and on the front pant I did a size 14 hip, the back pant I did an 18 hip.  I have a bubble butt so I found this trick works best with fit.

ginger front a

I was making these as flares but when I put them on they were super, super flare. I like a bit less flare to my jeans.  I ended up taking in 1/2” off each inseam, front and back leg; as well as 2” each off the outer seams!  this brought the flare in by 5” each leg.  They are perfect now for me. 

ginger side a

Instructions:  The instructions are fantastic! These are hands down the best pants/jeans instructions I’ve ever encountered.  I’d buy this pattern just for those.  Nice easy steps, very detailed, and lots of pictures.  There is also a sew-a-long on the Closet Case website; however the pattern instructions are written so well, I didn't’ need to reference the sew-a-long.

ginger back a

Fabric: Here is where I fail.  I try my hardest to keep note of when I purchase fabric, how much, and where.  I have a database in Evernote that I keep up.  However, I prewashed all my denim a few times and now have lost track of which “dark denim” is which!  I *think* this fabric is “Midnight Blue Stretch Denim” that I purchased in Feb 2016 from fashionfabrics club for $6.25/yd.  96% Cotton 4% Lycra.  I don’t remember how much fabric these jeans used but I purchased 3 yards so we will say they cost $18.75.



Thoughts: Love love love.  Seriously, I really love these.  The fabric is perfect the fit is spot on.  they are so comfortable.  I have 2 pair of Jalie Jeans (2908) and I love those too; these Ginger’s fit right there with them. 

The many times I wore them in May
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Halla Patterns ~ Agnes Tank

agnes gray front

agnes tie front

Size and Adjustments: My measurements at time of sewing: 37.5 bust, 31 waist, 45 hip.  Based on this I decided to sew a size 8/10 bust, 10/12 waist, and 14/16 hip for the tie dyed tank.  I felt the flare was a bit much in the hip so the second time I sewed this in gray with a 8/10 bust, 10/12 waist and hip.  It still has a lot of hip flare.

agnes gray back a

agnes tie back

Instructions:  I have to be honest I didn’t read them.  It’s 2 pieces of fabric plus the bindings.  I didn’t need instructions. 

agnes tie side

Fabric: The Tie dye fabric is an ITY Knit Water Color Print Blue/White/Multi, I purchased it from in April 2016 for $5.38, 1 yard. I love how ITY feels in the summer. It’s cooling and has great drape.

I know he is hard to see, but I put this amazing Octopus on the front of my gray Agnes with my Silhouette Cameo.  I love it! (But maybe I should have put a white backing on him).
agnes gray 2

The gray fabric is a triblend jersey from knitpop that I picked up in May? June? 2017, not long ago.  They had it on sale $5/yard. 1 yard.

agnes front again

Thoughts:  I love the neckline of this top.  I can bend forward with no fear. I like the shape of it.  They are so easy to throw on and comfortable to wear.  I love both.   However, I feel like there is too much flare at the hip for my liking.  I plan to make this again and I will taper in about 2” each side on the hip.  It’s a great basic for summer! 

By the way, this pattern is FREE if you join the Halla Facebook group

agnes gray 1

agnes tie 1

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Week 4 and 5: Me Made May 2017

Sunday, May 21st, 2017 – PM Showers, with a high of 49°F (9°C)


Burda 10/2014 103 top, made in March 2017
Jalie 3248 drop pocket cardi in black. made March 2017.
Ginger jeans – unblogged. (I’ll blog about them soon I promise!)
Please let warm weather come our way soon. Today we spent time with my Mother in Law

Monday, May 22nd, 2017 – Partly Cloudy, with a high of 68°F (20°C)


long day new vehicle shopping. wearing this to bed.
Ottobre joggers 05/2011 #5 these joggers are so comfy, made Dec 2015
World of Warcraft horde shirt I made with my Silhouette cameo

Tuesday, May 23rd, 2017 – Showers, with a high of 56°F (13°C)

Labyrinth tee made with Silhouette cameo.
lackluster day. the sun will never shine again . sick of all the cold and rain! and I have a head cold.

Wednesday, May 24th, 2017 – Cloudy, with a high of 61°F (16°C)

head cold is now a chest cold. blech. took a hot bath and climbed into bed with a hot cuppa tea.
Jalie 2445 shorts – unblogged and made a long time ago .
We brought our new SUV home today though! yay!

Thursday, May 25th, 2017 - Partly Cloudy, with a high of 70°F (21°C)

hot, sweaty, sick. great day for Patterns for Pirates
Essential tank and Palazzo pants as shorts – both these were made in April 2017

Friday, May 26th, 2017 - Showers, with a high of 70°F (21°C)


today was the worst of the sickness yet. I hope that means tomorrow I will turn the corner.
Jalie yoga pants in black (3022). One of my most loved patterns, and though not very exciting... they are super comfy.  I made these in Oct 2015
tee made with my Silhouette cameo.
Adidas hoodie

Saturday, May 27th, 2017 - Mostly Cloudy, with a high of 70°F (21°C)

Sunday, May 28th, 2017 - Mostly Sunny, with a high of 71°F (22°C)


almost feeling human.
Jalie Drop Pocket Cardi (3248) from Aug 2016
Gap jeans

Monday, May 29th, 2017 - PM Thunderstorms, with a high of 61°F (16°C)
maybe not human feeling yet, bed all day.

Tuesday, May 30th, 2017 - Cloudy, with a high of 59°F (15°C)
and bed again today.

Wednesday, May 31st, 2017 - Sunny, with a high of 72°F (22°C)


Finally some sun. on the last day of May. It’s still cold. 
This has been the COLDEST May I can remember.
Jalie 3248 drop pocket cardi in black. Made March 2017.
New Look 6470 tank. I love this fabric. I hoarded it forever. I made this in July 2015.

Saturday, June 3, 2017

Week 3: Me Made May 2017

I’m just a tad behind with posting these….. Things have been a bit crazy here lately.  I spent a lot of time sewing today though. I just really need to catch up with my blog posts.

Sunday, May 14th, 2017 – Mostly Sunny with a high of 79°F


Jalie tank (2444) made in May 2016 and still unblogged, lol
Jalie Yoga Pants (3022) in navy; I made these in March 2017.
Hot today and we are doing yard work

Monday, May 15th, 2017 – Thunderstorms with a high of 75°F


Jalie Drop Pocket Cardi (3248) from Aug 2016
Jalie jeans (2908) from May 2016
Patterns for pirates - layer me up tank from Aug 2016

Tuesday, May 16th, 2017 – Thunderstorms with a high of 84°F


Patterns for Pirates – Sweetheart dress.  Probably one of my favorite things to wear 
but I have so few places to wear it! Not yet blogged.

Wednesday, May 17th, 2017 – Strong Storms with a high of 71°F
laid in bed most the day, or spent it in the basement from the storms…

Thursday, May 18th, 2017 – Cloudy with a high of 52°F


Messy house, ginger jeans – not yet blogged
 shirt made with my cameo 
also, messy hair and a puppy.

Friday, May 19th, 2017 – Showers with a high of 48°F (brrr)


Super cold today and had to do an urgent care vet visit. 
Pup is ok, swollen foot and has antibiotics now.
Jalie 3355 hoodie from April 2015
Ginger Jeans not yet blogged.

Saturday, May 20th, 2017 – Rain with a high of 48°F


It's cold, bleak, rainy
 Jalie 3355 hoodie from Nov 2016
gap jeans

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Week 2: Me Made May 2017

Sorry for the delayed post; I almost forgot to write it!

Sunday, May 7th, 2017 – Mostly Sunny with a high of 61°F


and my much loved Angry Beavers Tee. 
It was Laundry day at our house. 

Monday, May 8th, 2017 – Thursday, May 11th, 2017
I was under the weather this week (more than usual) so I didn’t do too much except wear pjs, comfy pants and tees; I was in no mood to take photos though I did wear me-mades.

Friday, May 12, 2017 – Sunny with a high of 70°F


P4P Boundless Dress I just made – unblogged right now
Jalie Shrug I just made as well and also unblogged.

Saturday, May 13, 2017 – Cloudy with a high of 77°F


It was hot today for the Midwest
Ginger Jeans that I still have to blog

I wear a lot of me-mades each day of the year, but during me-made-may I find myself wearing things I might have forgotten about or wouldn’t wear each day.  I like that it pushes me to do that but it is stressful at times. 

Happy Sewing! I hope your Me-Made-May is going smoothly!

Saturday, May 6, 2017

Week 1:Me Made May 2017

My goal this year is to wear more dresses and skirts during MMM. However, it’s been so darn cold here that it makes it uncomfortable for me.  Let’s hope it warms up as May continues on.

Monday, May 1st, 2017  ~  Rain with a high of 38°F


Jalie Hoodie (3355); I live in this hoodie; it’s a favorite of mine.  I made it in Nov. 2016
Jalie undies (3242), made the end of 2015
Gap Jeans

Tuesday, May 2nd, 2017  ~  Rain/Snow Showers with a high of 56°F


Jalie Jeans (2908); These fit so awesome. I made them May 2016.
Jalie undies (3242), made the end of 2015.
Purple Jalie 3355 Sweatshirt sewn April 2015.  I love this one and it amuses me because I wasn’t feeling it at the beginning; however, now I wear it nonstop!  I added the alice graphic with my silhouette in Dec 2015.
The tee I made with my Silhouette Cameo (it’s a quote from Vikings TV show, by Floki).

Wednesday, May 3rd, 2017  ~  Partly Cloudy with a high of 63°F


It’s Slowly warming up here. Laundry day at home.
Jalie yoga pants in black (3022). One of my most loved patterns, and though not very exciting... they are super comfy.  I made these in Oct 2015
Jalie undies (3242), made the end of 2015.
And my Link (Zelda) awesome shirt from Loot Crate.

Thursday, May 4th, 2017  ~  Mostly Sunny with a high of 66°F


Jalie Tee (2805); This is an oldie but goodie! I don’t know why I haven’t made more. I made this one in Aug 2013
Jalie Cardigan in gray (3248); Ok, I love, love, love wearing this.  Definitely an all time top 3 favorite pattern. I made this gray one in August 2016
My new Ginger Jeans! (unblogged at this time).  Oh My! I love these.  The denim is soft and the pattern is great.  I’ll be getting a ton of wear out of these.
Jalie undies (3242), made the end of 2015.

Friday, May 5th, 2017  ~  Sunny with a high of 70°F


Sewaholic Renfrew in Charlie Harper fabric!  What’s not to love?  This fabric is so fun, but the shirt is just a tad short.  I deal with it but I would like to remake it a little longer.  I made this one March of 2015.
My new Ginger Jeans for the second day….. I can’t help it; they are so comfortable!
Jalie undies (3242), made the end of 2015.

Saturday, May 6th, 2017  ~  Mostly Sunny with a High of 63°F

I was picking and canning some Rhubarb today.  I canned up some Rhubarb BBQ Sauce.  Our plants are going crazy and I have plans to can some Jam, pie filling, and cocktail as well. 
Jalie Hoodie (3355); It’s still a bit chilly here and I wish I hadn’t packed all my long sleeve dresses and tees away. 
Jalie Yoga Pants (3022) in navy; I made these in March 2017.  I would live in yoga pants everyday if I could.
Pisces tee I made with my Silhouette Cameo.
Jalie undies (3242), made the end of 2015.

And there is my first week of Me Made May for 2017!  I share daily on Instagram if you want to follow me there; I'll continue to post on the blog weekly, too.

 I wish it would warm up around here so I can wear more of my skirts.  Wisconsin weather is really fickle in spring.  Anyway, I have been enjoying seeing everyone's me-mades too!  It is very inspirational.