Friday, March 24, 2017

My Jacket Love Affair!

I had a blast sewing this jacket! Best time I have ever spent at my sewing machine and it is also my all-time favorite sew!  Now that, is a winning combination...super fun and best project ever!  I finished the jacket while it was 75 degrees outside with no snow in the future....so sad.  Thankfully next week is suppose to be full of snow and wind so hopefully I will finally be able to wear it!!!!


Pattern
Waffle Utility Jacket Tosti  I clearly love this pattern. When I first opened the pattern, I did get a bit intimidated but there was no need.  The directions are so clear and well-written it was almost like having a mentor right beside me.  The sizing was spot on too!  I made a muslin and it fit the first time....even with my super wide shoulders.   I took my time with this one but never got frustrated or felt the need to toss the whole project out the window.


Fabric
I used a 100% cotton twill for the body of the coat and a Kaufman flannel for the lining.  I bought a couple of yards of the twill and made an apron a couple of weeks before making the jacket.  That way I was able to wash the heck out of it to make sure the fabric would hold up well. Thankfully, it did because I love the color and the price at Hobby Lobby couldn't be beat!  


Favorite Part
The best part about this pattern is that it is constructed in a way that is completely stress-free.  All the pockets go on before any construction begins so if I messed up I only had to re-cut that one piece. Even the snap portion (they were the scariest part for me) which is in the final stages of the project could easily be removed and replaced.   I LOVED that.  


Alterations
I followed this pattern to the letter but did run into a problem with the back vents at the end.  I finished the jacket with beautifully sewn vents and decided to try it on once more before adding the lining.  Sadly, my big ole booty caused the vents to stand straight out.  Heartbreaking!  I should have added the full vent to my muslin.  :(  Since you cut the fabric when you make the vents, I was unable to just unpick them and move on.  Instead, I just sewed them down.  I had to get creative with the back seams of the lining so they're not straight but I am happy with the finally product.  






Current Obsession
It is even sewing related this week!  I am IN LOVE with Allary Chalk Cartridge Set.  I don't know how I have lived without this for so long.  I am forever struggling with market tools but no more.... because this is the bomb!!!  Am I the only clueless soul in the world that didn't know about this amazing tool?   






Saturday, March 18, 2017

My "70's But Not In A Retro Way" Outfit

My sweet daughter was my photographer today.  I asked her what she thought of my new outfit and she said it was 'definitely the 70's but not in a retro or chic way.....just full-on the 70's'.  I am pretty down with that.  :)  The crazy laughing was caused by a frantic mother, a dog and a baby on the other side of the fence.  The mother clearly needed a cup of coffee......with a kick.  :)   Also, my skirt seam shifted during the pictures but since pictures are the worst part of blogging, I just went with them.


Pattens:  

Shirt - Stretch & Sew 309.  I don't know why I love this pattern so much but I do.  I guess it reminds me of my childhood.  It is surprisingly easy to sew up on a serger.   The hardest part is just figuring out color choices.  This pattern was in my mom's stash forever and I am so happy to have inherited it a couple of years ago. 

Skirt:  New Look 6078  I love this one also.  So many ways to customize it.  For this skirt, I just took the seams in to create a straight skirt.  


Fabric

Shirt: This is my second time making this t-shirt.  The first time I was new to sewing and used a double knit for the body.  It felt like a straight-jacket.  This time I use a nice jersey knit.  I keep saying I really want a rainbow colored shirt (all seven colors).  My husband raises his eyebrows every single time I mention it.  LOL.  Lucky for him it is hard to find all the right colors in the right weight economically.

Skirt:  I used a lightweight 100% cotton denim.


Favorite Part

Shirt:  Clearly the rainbow and the fit of the shirt.
Skirt: I really love all the panels on this skirt.  I think it is really figure flattering and easy to wear.

Current Obsession: 

Netflix's Versailles costumes!  I almost want to watch each episode twice.  Once because the show is amazing and a second time to completely absorb the costumes!  I really LOVE the royal jackets.  I want to sew one up for everyday use.  It could work right.....with a really casual outfit under it.....in the right fabric....maybe one for every day of the week....in rainbow colors.....LOL! 
    
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Thursday, March 16, 2017

And she lives!!!

I can't believe it has almost been a year since I last posted.  Oh my!  I decided to make a comeback for a couple of reason.  First, it seems like fewer and fewer people are blogging.  I miss the bloggers! I love Instagram as much as the next person but the information and connection just isn't the same.  While pondering this, I realized I am a blogger that stopped blogging. So, here I am!  Secondly, I find that I use the blog a ton for reference (often make the same thing over and over).  Lastly, the pictures keep things real.  The mirror lies...lies...lies whereas a picture is often brutally honest.


Pattern:  Today we have  McCall's 6074.  It is a super favorite of mine.  I have these two shirts, a dress and a second dress on work table.  It is really fast, easy to make and easy to fit!  The elastic in the front does most of the fitting for you.  


Fabric:  I usually make it out of ITY fabric but want to try it with a nice weight jersey knit soon.  I prefer a slightly heavier fabric with really good recovery for this pattern because it makes the dress/top more shapely.  The thinner fabric works too but the results are less peplum and more straight.  Both of these fabrics were bought at Fabric.com and sadly both are sold out.


Favorite Part:  I love the way the pattern addresses the neckline,,,,,,,you sew it flat.  The neckline is sewn before combining the front two pieces which makes sewing the v-neck super simple.  

Current Obsessions:  I love a good podcast in the sewing room and this week I am binge listening to Lore.  History with an edge to it.  Each episode is guaranteed to be disturbing and are often times down-right scary......but....I. can't. stop. listening!












Monday, May 2, 2016

Jasper Sweater - Two is Better than One!



I finished these sweaters late last week.....then we got hit with a huge snowstorm.  So, thanks Colorado for making polar fleece totally acceptable in May.  I do wish I had gotten around to this pattern in the Fall instead of Spring because I just love them.  The high neck is perfect for our windy climate..  I made both version of the Jasper Sweater from Paprika Patterns and I am so happy with both of them.


I made the hoodless one first.  I used polar fleece because it was just suppose to be a fit test but then I ended up loving it.  The fleece is kinda great because it allows you to bend and twist the neckline into different shapes and styles.  It is also super warm and cozy.  The pattern itself was so easy to work with.  Great directions and  everything fit together perfectly.  Also, a shout out to Paprika Pattern for making welt pockets super easy!!  The tutorial on their website is AMAZING!!


My hooded version is made out of 100% cotton sweatshirt  fabric from Fabric.com.  It has zero stretch but I didn't even notice until the final try-on......thankfully I could get it over my head and it all fit perfectly!  I did have a bit of trouble fitting the hood....had to take about 2 inches off the back seam.  I also removed about 2-inch from the front collar to accommodate my stretch-less fabric.  I  am happy with the results. 


I highly recommend this pattern and had such a great time making this that I will be checking out more of their patterns in the near future.  I will definitely be adding this company to my favorite independent designer list!


On other news, I  decided to participate in the Me Made May challenge this year.  My goal is to finally address all the makes in my closet that need repairs and adjustments.  Fingers crossed.  Maybe I will even get some long needed photos taken for the blog.........that would be shocking.  LOL!

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

My First Ever Jean Jacket - Style Arc Stacie Jacket

Some days the ability to sew is just FABULOUS!  Today is one of those days.  I have always wanted a jean jacket (since high school which was AGES ago) but I never found one that I could move my arms in.  My shoulder are just a wee bit too broad.  So my choices were 1. A cute fitted jacket that I could wear while standing perfectly still or 2. a jacket I could move freely in but looked like it belonged to my boyfriend.  Now I can do both.....thanks to Style Arc Stacie Jean Jacket!


I really love Style Arc patterns! They tend to be a little (a lot) tight-lipped with their directions but their patterns are just fabulous to work with!  I used a 100% cotton denim I got at Fabric.com ages ago.  I also used Angela Wolf's Craftsy class with this jacket.  I  have never topstitiched before and it took a while and a ton of scraps to get the hang of it.  The jean thread didn't work for me but thankfully the double thread method was prettier!  Sadly my denim didn't take to distressing well but in the end I like the crisp look.


This project was a huge confident booster!  I feel like I may be able to tackle some jeans soon!  The pattern fit right out of the box minus the increase for my shoulders which I have to do on most every woven top.  I love the design lines.....like to think they are flattering on me.  I didn't care for the cuffs so I cut my own.  The denim was surprisingly easy to sew with my basic machine.  


I am also a bit in love with my skirt.  The fabric is from Fabric.com.  I didn't order enough to match lines but I stinkin love it anyway.  I used my favorite maxi-skirt pattern New Look 6762..  Back to the jacket.  This was a really fun pattern to sew.  Slow and enjoyable.  I highly recommend it.  I also love the jean buttons I found on Ebay.  They were surprisingly easy to put on.  I was so nervous that I would mess up the whole jacket on the last step but thankfully I didn't!


I leave you with a photo of Knight the horse.  It was dinner time so all the horse where hiding away eating!














Sunday, January 31, 2016

My First Coat!!! Simplicity 2638

I made a COAT!  In the past, I have manage to make a fewbomber jackets but I was never brave enough to tackle a coat until now!  The whole process taught me that I have a TON more learning to do.  I am VERY happy with the results but I definitely need way more knowledge about adding linings and collars.  I had to draft half of the lining and tried three different ways before I could live with the results.  Also the collar on this coat took me forever!!  It may look a bit off in the pictures but I promise that it is straight.  I lost a ton of blood, tears and sweat to make sure!  LOL   So here it is.....a vintage Simplicity 2638!


Another picture in the snow.  I wish I could say that I took the last couple of pictures on the same day but sadly no......it really has been snowing like mad here in Colorado.  On to the coat....... I used a lightweight red wool that I got for my birthday about two years ago. I had to build up the guts to use it.   I only had 2 1/2 yards so I really had to search for a pattern that I loved. I used ambiance for the lining.  My favorite part of this coat is the big collar which is my husband's least favorite.  LOL.


So many 'first time evers' happened while making this coat.  It was my first time adding a welted pocket to anything.  I thought it was going to be the hardest part (was I ever in for a surprise) but it was somewhat simple.  I used silly fabric for the pockets and kinda love them..


The collar was a challenge for me because the method used was to sew the under collar to the coat and the upper collar to the facing.  After that, you lined everything up and sewed them together and all should work well.  It didn't.  (I have enrolled and completed the collar class on Crafsty since making this coat)  Thankfully after a lot of seam ripping and frustration, it turned out well.


The lining was the hardest part for me because some of the pattern was missing.  I had to draft the front panels and I can barely add a lining to a skirt so that was hard for me.  I tried to add the lining and tack it to the hem but it kept pulling the coat.  So I then tried to bag the lining and found that I clearly needed more knowledge.  So finally, I add the lining with a floating hem and hemmed the coat with interface and pretty ribbon.  My arm lining is really loose but it wears well and so I am happy with it.

In the end, I am really thrilled with the finished product!  It tuned out to be just what I was hoping for.  My first coat and I planned to wear it everywhere!!!!







Tuesday, January 12, 2016

My Trio of Archers

One of my very favorite patterns ever is the Grainline Archer.  I love this shirt and I believer her sew-a-long elevated my sewing to a completely new level.  I started taking more risks in my sewing after making my first shirt.  I just love the mechanics of making this pattern......slow and somewhat technical sewing makes my heart happy.


If I decide to make one, I find the fabric to make at least two in an assembly line type fashion.  It is a bit time consuming and two is always better than one but three is best!!  


My previous archers are great but I found my perfect length this time. I live in Colorado and this type of shirt is often my winter uniform (along with maxi shirts and leggings). 


I picked up all the fabric at JoAnn's.  The first two are shirting flannel and I LOVE them.  The last one is a cotton with a bit of a stretch in it.  It was a bit more tricky to topstitch but thankfully it turned out well in the end.  


   Sorry for the lack of ironing. I am sure you will be seeing a new trio this summer....maybe sleeveless.  Best money ever spent......love you Grainline!!