Tuesday, March 03, 2015

Jalie 3355 and 3352

If you are looking for money when buying patterns you really can't go past Jalie. Each pattern has sizing for 2yr olds up to adults and they make really good patterns for basics like t-shirts, sweat pants and hoodies.  The patterns come on heavy paper so it's easy to trace of the sizes you need without destroying the pattern.
 We had a few chilly mornings this weekend and I realized Olive needed a few new jumpers. I used Jalie 3355 and some fabric from Spotlight with ribbing from Crafty Mamas.

 A few weeks ago I tried Jalie 3352. This pattern has quite a bit of ease which I didn't realize until I made it up with some red and white stripe that came from Spotlight. This fabric doesn't have a lot of drape so looked awful in this pattern and I had to take it in quite a bit to make it wearable.  I really like the shape of it though and the longer back. I will be definitely making some for winter with sleeves.


Friday, February 27, 2015

Thursday, February 26, 2015

McCalls 4769

The sewing mojo seems to be hanging around and so does the hot weather so I thought I would make one more summer dress.
This is McCalls 4769 which is sadly out of print now. I'd read quite a few reviews that talked about the difficult collar and facing, but I read through the instructions, followed each step and didn't have a problem.
The only changes I made were binding the armholes instead of using facing and using 7 buttons instead of 6. If I make it again next summer I'll make a couple of small fitting changes to the bodice. I really like this pattern, it didn't take log to make and it's really comfortable to wear.
The fabric is a quilting cotton by Rebecca Bischoff for Robert Kaufmann.
Sorry about the slightly blurry photos, had 2 minutes before school drop for the girls to take a few photos.


Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Vogue 1323

 After making Chris a shirt I thought my wardrobe could do with a couple. I had originally planed to make McCalls 7094, but after getting the pattern, looking at the pattern pieces and seeing some reviews I realized it was just going to be too tent like. I went through the pattern stash and found Vogue 1323.
 I left off the pockets and the collar and added 1 1/2" inches to the length after holding the pattern up on me. I also took about 1 1/2" off the sleeve length and they are probably still just a little too long.
I will probably just wear the sleeves rolled up so I am considering cutting them off to 3/4 length, but I took my time and did a good job on the cuffs so I can't bring myself to do it yet.

It's comfortable to wear, I like the fabric, but it's not one of my favourite things I have made. I like loose fitting voile tops so if I want another one I think I'll make another Tova.

Monday, February 23, 2015

Night Sky in Teal

I've been playing around with my Night Sky pattern from Strip Savvy.
I love how changing the background of a quilt gives it a completely different feeling.

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Sock Yarn Shawls

We've had typical February weather the past few weeks, hot, hot and a little humid. I keep dreaming of winter and being able to knit by the fire. I wore a shawl nearly every day last winter and I think I might need a few more in different colours and patterns for the coming winter.
So it's lucky I just got a copy of Sock Yarn Shawls II. 
The first two that caught my eye were Juniper
 and Cinder. These are both in the small shawl section. Both are perfect for a single skein of sock weight yarn.
 I also have Sparrow on my to make list. I like the different construction of this one and how it drapes nicely over the shoulders.
I wound two skeins of Madelinetosh the other day so I am all prepared when the weather gets a little cooler. I just need to decide which pattern I will make with each colour.

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Moss Skirt and McCalls 6963

I'm a bit late to the Grainline Moss party, I think I was put off by the mini bit. I'm glad I finally made it, I am impressed by this pattern. The pattern went together perfectly and the pockets are excellent. I did have to rip out the zip twice, but now I have done it I think it will be easy the next time I do it. It is quite a short pattern, I'm not tall at all and I added a few inches so it just hits my knee. 
I used some denim with no stretch from my stash and lined the pockets and waistband facing with Liberty. I cut out my size according to the size chart, but ended up taking it in one size after I sewed the side seams.
 I have a few bits of canvas/drill from Spotlight in my stash so expect to see a few more of these.
 This black top was a quick sew when I had an hour a few weekends ago. It is McCalls 6963. I used some very drapey fabric from the stash, probably a bit too drapey and clingy. After 4 children it's better to use fabric that skims over my stomach rather than clings to it! And this fabric does have a tendency to not sit right at the neckline, it flicks out (which is has done a bit on these photos) and I have to keep tucking it in. If I made another I might also add some clear elastic to the back neckline. Other than fabric choice this is a great pattern, it doesn't take long and the instructions made sense. I'd like to make one with sleeves for winter.