Thursday, July 11, 2019

More of Jalie 3022 Yoga Pants

Probably one of my most used patterns.  Definitely one of my most worn pants throughout the years.  I first sewed this pattern in Dec 2014 and I continue to sew it as my weight changes and the fabric wears out.  (Currently I’ve gained a bit of weight as I’ve found a few more things to eat recently).
Here are the seven pairs I made prior to these new 2 pairs (sewing these new ones brings my total up to using this pattern NINE times).  1. Black plain  2. Hunter Green 3. Green Shorts 4. Teal Pants 5. Black and White  6. Black for Miss K  7. Navy Cotton Lycra

First up: Black Yoga Pants


Size: My measurements at this time (waist 32, hip 46) put me in a size W waist and BB hip.  But these fit tight so I sized up to a Waist Z, Hip CC.  That’s one up in the hip and 3 up in the waist.
Alterations: curved the back crotch more at the lower butt by 1/2”. Added 1” to the Hem


Instructions: The instructions are fantastic.  At this point in sewing them so much I rarely have to look at them, but I do glance from time to time – especially for the waistband part.  Nothing is hard to sew though.

Fabric: 2 yards Double Brushed Yoga Knit – Heavy (though it doesn’t feel heavy) from Knitpop for $9.50/yard so $19 total.


Thoughts: Love, love, love.  I love everything about these. They are soft, they feel like I’m wearing pajamas.  The fabric is amazing.  These things are perfect. (These were sewn April 18th, 2019 and I’ve worn them a ton of times since).


Next time: Need to lower the center front rise by 1”.  It sometimes bothers my stomach to have the waistband so high.

Next: Navy Yoga Pants


Size: It’s hard to say because of my alterations below.  I started with Waist Z and Hip CC but after my alterations this made the front hip increase by 0.25” and the back hip increase by 1.25”!  The thigh measurements remained the same.  My measurements at this time (waist 32, hip 46) put me in a size W waist and BB hip.  But these fit tight so I sized up to a Waist Z, Hip CC.  That’s one up in the hip and 3 up in the waist, and then did the alterations on top of this.


Alterations:  I put my beloved Burda yoga pant pattern (11/2007 #122) on top of the Jalie pattern and used the crotch curve and hip from the Burda for these. I also used 32” for the waistband elastic. 
Instructions: same as above (The instructions are fantastic.  At this point in sewing them so much I rarely have to look at them, but I do glance from time to time – especially for the waistband part.  Nothing is hard to sew though).

Fabric: 2 yards Navy 4-way stretch Ponte (this stuff is heavy) from Knitpop; purchased in April 2017 for $5.10 per yard, so $10.20 total.


Thoughts: eh.  I’m not really happy with my alterations – they make the pants feel weird.  Also, the ponte is too heavy and the seams feel large, not comfortable.  They are a bit loose on me too and this pattern is made to be tight fitting.  The view from the backside is not a good one; I don’t think I’ll get much wear out of these. (These were sewn May 7th, 2019 and I attempted to wear them one time but couldn’t handle the scratchy feel of the ponte or seams).

Not everything I sew is going to work out.  I”m glad I tried this alteration, but I know now that it doesn’t work out.  So into the wastebasket it goes!

Monday, July 8, 2019

BurdaStyle 01/2017 #103 The Oversized Hoodie


I read a few reviews on this hoodie before I made it.  They all stated it was large and to size down.  So I did and it still turned out way big. (This was made in April).


Size: My measurements at the time put me in size 42 bust/waist and 46 hip.  I sewed up a size 40 bust/waist and 42 hip.  This hoodie should be advertised as oversized. (I skipped the kangaroo front pocket because it went over my panel design). Before attaching the hood and hemband I tried it on and saw it was enormous so I took an extra 2" off each side.  It still is very large.


Instructions:  I glanced at them here and there.  They were ok for the most part.  You need prior knowledge of how to put a hoodie together before tackling this project.


Fabric: Charcoal cotton lycra; royal cotton lycra; and a Raccoon panel from Wanderlust Designs. 


Thoughts:  I know it can be hard to tell in the pictures, but I feel like I'm drowning in it and it feels very frumpy.  When a shirt matches my hips I lose my waist and it makes me look 2x larger than I am.  I love the style of the pattern and my fabric choices, so I’m a bit sad it is too large. I cannot take any more off the sides because I will lose most of the design there.   I don’t think I’ll attempt this pattern again.  The good news is that I bought a bunch of these wildlife panels in a sale – so I think I have another raccoon for a different pattern.

Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Made for Mermaids ~ Chloe Skirt & Patterns for Pirates ~ Sweet Tee

Pattern: Made for Mermaids – Chloe Skirt (free pattern!)

A day back in May (May 16th) I was scrambling to find something to wear to Miss K’s softball game.  It was HOT that day, in WI 80°f in May is HOT).  I had nothing I wanted to wear in my closet.  So I traced, cut, and sewed this skirt in 30 min. 


Size: Green with Indigo waist; Made fold over waistband and maxi length.
My Measurements at that time: Waist 30, Hip 44-45, Height 5’7”


Instructions: I didn’t even read them.  This is a simple skirt; Sew each side seam, attach the waist, hem.


Fabric: Ivory/Smoke Grey Heather Jersey Knit purchased July 2017 from fashionfabricsclub for $3.95/yard.  Used 2 yards.  $7.90 total.   Their description “Lightweight cotton and polyester knit fabric with an exceptionally soft, supple feel. 4 way stretch and recovery. Good drape.  75% Cotton 15% Polyester 10% Lycra”  It’s soft and stretchy. 


Thoughts: Quick sew.  Love the simple look.  The skirt is a bit large on top at waist.  The waistband had to REALLY stretch to fit.  Next time I would reduce the skirt waist (not the waistband) by 1/4” on the edges.  I would also add 2” to the length next time as it was a bit shorter than I like. Otherwise it turned out great!  It is also a great way to use up some fabric.  I plan to make more.


I’m wearing it with my Burdastyle 10/2014 #103 top that I made in 2015.

Pattern: Patterns for Pirates – Sweet Tee

During MeMadeMay I was trying to wear things in my closet and figure out why I didn’t wear other things.  I have this skirt I made in 2015 that I love and I never wear it because I don’t have a good top for it.  So on May 28th I decided to make a Patterns for Pirates - Sweet Tee to go with it.


The skirt is wild enough so I made just a plain black tee.  Also helpful because I can wear this tee with a few other things in my closet that needed a plain top.


Size: Large for bust/waist, sloped to XL at hip.  I also did a 1/2” forward shoulder adjustment.
My Measurements at that time: Bust 39, Waist 30, Hip 44-45
Instructions: I didn’t read these because I’ve made this top before and it’s a simple, fast sew.
Fabric: 1 yard lack Solid Double-Sided Brushed DTY Stretch Fabric from Stylish fabrics purchased in Sept 2016 for $6.50.


Thoughts:  I’m not a huge fan of dolman tops, but with the right drapey fabric I tolerate it.  I am super happy with this top and I’ve needed a plain black tee for so long.


The skirt is New Look 6054 that I made in 2015.

Monday, June 3, 2019

Me Made May ~ Last week

So I totally forgot to put my last week of MeMadeMay up.  Oops.  I’ll just sneak it in here… in July.

Tuesday, May 28th, 2019 ~ Cloudy, high of 67°F (19°C) low of 53°F (12°C)


Sewed and wore these bottoms all day; Sew a little seam – Movie Night Pjs (just made)

Wednesday, May 29th, 2019 ~ AM Showers, high of 69°F (21°C) low of 52°F (11°C)


I made this skirt in 2015; I like it a lot but never had a top to go with it. The initial top I made didn't look good on me.  Made this top yesterday just so I could wear this skirt again.  Top: P4P – Sweet Tee (just made)      Bottoms: New Look 6054 Skirt (made Jun 2015)

Thursday, May 30th, 2019 ~ Partly Cloudy, high of 78°F (26°C) low of 61°F (16°C)

Today was one of those hot days where a midday shower is needed. 
In the am I wore the dress on the right – Stitch Upon a Time – Brazi (made Sept 2017)
In the pm I wore the Halla – Agnes tank (made Jun 2017) with some RTW Seven Jean Shorts
Spring in Wisconsin is a rollercoaster.  We have 50° then 80 to 90 and back to 60° – It really messes with your body!

Friday, May 31st, 2019 ~ Partly Cloudy, high of 86°F (30°C) low of 61°F (16°C)


Super hot today for May.  I wore my Love Notions – Rhapsody blouse (made Jan 2018) and the same RTW Seven Jean shorts as yesterday. 

And that’s it for MeMadeMay 2019!

Sunday, June 2, 2019

Me Made May 2019 ~ Week 4

Monday, May 20th, 2019 -  Partly Cloudy, high of 59°F (15°C)  low of 43°F (6°C)

Miss K is sick, took her to doc today.

Top: World of Warcraft Tee made with my Silhouette Cameo 
(Loktar Ogar = Victory or Death in Orcish)

Tuesday, May 21st, 2019 - PM Rain, high of 54°F (12°C) low of 47°F (8°C)

Now Mr. T is sick and took him to doc today.


Wednesday, May 22nd, 2019 - AM Clouds/PM Sun, high 71°F (22°C) low 49°F (9°C)

Have had 2 sick kids all week so far. Is summer coming yet? (not for us midwesterners. School goes another 2 weeks)


Thursday, May 23rd, 2019 - Partly Cloudy, high of 64°F (18°C) low of 51°F (11°C)

T went back to school K out sick all week.
I'd like to pretend that I dress all nice and have a small bit of fashionable sense, but really I just crave comfortable clothes. I so love these pants and then like a moron, wore them painting. now they are only for around home.I also love this hoodie and its starting to have seen better days, funny I hated it at first.


Friday, May 24th, 2019 - Thundershowers, high of 69°F (21°C) low of 59°F (15°C)

Had to take Mr. T to his ortho appointment today. 
This hoodie is still huge even though I sized down and shaved a bunch off. Picture doesn’t show how big it really is; I need to fix it somehow or I wont wear it again. felt frumpy all day.

Top: BurdaStyle Hoodie, not yet blogged 01/2017 #103
Bottoms: Jalie 3022 ~ Yoga pants that make any day better. not yet blogged

Saturday, May 25th, 2019 - Sunny, high of 72°F (22°C) low of 49°F (9°C)

Took a trip to home depot and Sams Club. Not much savings and then just a little bit of doings.
(a joke on their slogan of “more savings, more doing”)


Sunday, May 26th, 2019 - Mostly Sunny, high of 71°F (22°C) low of 55°F (13°C)

Wore one of my oldest makes today

Top: Jalie 2805 Tee from August 2013
Bottoms: Jalie 3022 Yoga Pants not yet blogged

Friday, May 31, 2019

Sew A Little Seam ~ Movie Night Pjs (plus Pup Tees)

Pattern info and sizing: The Women’s Movie Night Pajama is a PDF sewing pattern for sizes 0/2
(32″ bust, 36″ hip) to 28 (50″ bust, 54″ hip).
The pattern is FREE if you find the code in the Sew a Little Seam Facebook group!

I made the top 12/14 Bust, 16/18 Waist and Hip
I made the bottoms 16/18 Waist and 20 Hip
My measurements at this time: 39 Bust, 32 Waist, 45 Hip


Instructions: I didn’t look at them since this is an easy straight forward tee and legging type pant pattern.

For the Top:
I choose the scoop neck and did a 1/2” forward shoulder adjustment that is standard for me in every pattern.

For the Bottoms:
I choose the yoga waist and pant cuffs. I ended up having to scoop the front crotch by 1/2” to get rid of a camel toe problem.

After sewing the bottoms together the yoga waistband was too big so I added 1.5” elastic to it at 33” long.  Also, the “yoga band” is really short in height? I’m not sure why but when you fold it over it’s only 1.5” in height.  I’m used to a 3” or more yoga band AFTER being folded over. 


This pattern does NOT come in A0 copy shop format.  I have become lazy and do not want to tape my pdf’s so I found a pretty cool way to make it A0 myself.  I followed the steps on this blog “Sewing and Things;” life-changing I tell you!  Basically you convert the PDF to JPEG and then put them into PowerPoint and arrange them and save as the A0 size.  Sounds complicated, but wasn’t.


Issues with the Tee:  The tee does not fit me well.  I used some super gray knit fabric that I love and honestly I’m now quite sad the tee doesn’t fit right.  The arms are way too tight on the bicep.  There is something funky going on by the waist.  The back is really wide which might be contributing to the waist issue.  The shoulders keep trying to pull to the back so the shoulders are not lining up and I keep having to pull the shirt forward.  It fits like a RTW shirt – which is annoying.  But, I wanted to try the pattern.  I won’t be making adjustments because I have other tees that fit better off the bat. 


However, the Bottoms:  They fit amazingly.  I love them!  I didn’t even do any altering or scooping of the butt – I just made the pattern as is.  I did put elastic in the yoga waist but that’s it!   The leg cuffs fit nice – snug but not tight.  The pants just feel amazing.  I used double brushed poly to make them and it feels like I’m wearing nothing. 


Future changes: make a different tee pattern. Seriously, this one has enough issues and I have plenty more tee patterns to use that fit better.
Bottoms: add 1” to the back rise at center back and taper to 0” at side seams.  I need a little more butt room when sitting.  Add double to the yoga band height if using the yoga band and take about 2-3” off in width so it’s more snug. 

Fabric: Top: 1 yard Cotton Lycra from Spandex world (this stuff is amazing and soft) Light heather Gray, 92% Cotton 8% Spandex; $8/yard
Pants 1.25 yards of double brushed poly. I think I got this in a knitpop scrap box but I’m not 100%


So after I made the blue pants I didn’t want to take them off.  They are super comfy for lounging and so soft.  My family got tired of seeing the blue floral so I made another pair in green floral. I only had about 3/4 a yard of this double brushed poly.  I got this in a scrap pack at one time and hoarded it because I love the fabric, but can’t wear olive by my face.  It just doesn’t look right.  WELL, I put the olive on my lower half and I’ll make a black tank to go with it.  Problem solved. 


So I only had 3/4 yard and I’m not a capri person.  I decided to try them anyway.  I’m still not a capri person. I hate how cuffs feel on my mid calf.  I might chop these off to just above the knee and hem – not cuff.  I don’t know yet, I’ll need to wear them a bit first.


I love how these look and fit so I”m sure more pairs are on the horizon. 


Changes made to the capris: added 1” to back rise tapering to 0” at center front.  scooped 1/2” out on pattern at front crotch curve to fix camel toe issue.  Kept “yoga band” the same small height and added 1.5” elastic to the waist at 32” long. 


Movie Night Pj’s for Pets

I always love sewing for my pups and so I had to try this free pattern for my 2 boys. 
I made them both with bands on the legs, no sleeves. 


Bennie measured almost a straight 5 so that’s what I made him.
Cheeto measured all over the place so I settled on 8 Neck, 10 Chest and Length and 9 Waist


I used 1 yard of my same gray cotton lycra as the tee above. It is from Spandex world; $8/yard


Instructions were good.  I mostly followed them as written.  The hem is my biggest issue with this pattern.  The hem is quite curved on these tees; the pattern tells you to turn up ONE INCH on a curved hem…. sharply curved at the meeting of the front and back.  I’m sorry that is just not happening.  Fabric doesn’t distort that way.  So I turned up 1/2” and struggled it into shape on those curves.  Also, the leg bands were really tight on the leg/shoulder openings.  I would add 1/2” to them next time. 


Overall it’s a cute, fast pattern to sew up for your pup to match you.  I think they fit pretty great (also, it is really hard to get good pictures of puppies)!

Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Jalie 3900 Charlotte Cardigan


Pattern: Classic jewel neck cardigan with long sleeve, hem and wrist bands.
  • Buttons at the front are optional.
  • View A hits at the hips and has pockets
  • View B is a cropped version.

Size: 28 sizes including girls, women, and plus sizes
I used View B, Cropped Cardigan. Size W
My measurements at the time: 38 bust, 30 waist, 43 hip


Alterations: ½” Forward shoulder adjustment (which I need for every pattern).


Fabric Used: A mystery remnant. It is a poly jersey/sweater knit type fabric. Textured on one side. It is stretchy, but stable. Cropped calls for 1 3/4 yards of fabric; I was able to cut mine out of 1 1/8 yards.


Instructions: Easy to follow.  I enjoy the pictures with each step as sometimes I get confused what a step is saying. 


Thoughts: I am super happy with the fit. It covers my chest perfectly. The arms are a great length. The shoulders fit well. I love the height of the cropped version. It is exactly what I needed in my wardrobe.