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!!


Friday, January 8, 2016

Burda 6851 - Curves!!!

I have a love/hate relationship with Burda.  I either LOVE their patterns or I truly HATE them......no in-between feelings ever!  Well folks, love is in the air!  Burda 6851 is fabulous..........great design, easy make and so comfortable!!


The fabric is a poly/lycra blend.  I picked up both fabrics in the discount bin at Colorado Fabric a couple of years ago.  The printed fabric was a little over a half yard of random prints.  I never knew what to do with it but I guess it was just waiting for me to find this pattern.  


The pattern was drafted so well!  Everything fit together perfectly.....including the neckline.....LOVE!  I used my serger so this shirt was done in an evening.  I really love the fit and the style!  I will be making a dress in the near future.  


I think my daughter may have also been inspired by the ease of making this shirt.  Hope to show off her make in the near future.  FYI: It is snowing in Colorado.