Thursday, February 15, 2018

Ottobre Twist Top Dress - 02-2013 #19

I've made this before in the tunic length and I really like it and wear it often. I love it with my black Ottobre leggings. This time I made the dress version and I like it just as much. 

How fun is this fabric too? This is another one from the National City Swap Meet. It's a cotton/poly lycra blend. I love that it's so springy and bright. 

I also love that it has this twist front but it has fabulous coverage and there is no chance of wardrobe malfunction. 

The back has a faux belt that is gathered and put into the side seam. It meets up with the front ruched belt. I almost matched them perfectly. 

Overall, I love this new, bright dress! 

Are you guys getting spring fever yet? It's been in the 30's lately which feels SO WARM since it's been so cold lately. 

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Ottobre 06-2015 #26 Sweatshirt with Placket

The Boy is approaching high school age. How is that possible? With that, comes intense growth (and stinky-stank). He is outgrowing everything so quickly right now. He wore a pair of running shoes for, I swear, less than a month. He's a cozy-sweatshirt/jeans kind of kid. His jeans are quickly becoming too short and his shirts, well, let's say I can see his wrists often. So, I've been making boy things. Some I can show you and some I can not. 

This time, I decided to make an Ottobre raglan-sleeved hoodie with a button-up placket. This is a pattern from a couple years ago. I've always wanted to make it, but I've never gotten to it. I figured this would be a good pattern for him. I made the size 152 with an added inch in the torso length and arm length. I think the fit is fabulous. 

I used the same red sweatshirt material as this Jalie top last week. It's a stable knit with little stretch across the width. It's another one from the National City Swap Meet. I used a thin cotton knit for the hood lining and a stretchy ponte for the sleeves and hem. I think the placket turned out really nice. I used a fishy quilting fabric I had from deep stash.

I love the top coverstitching that is on the Ottobre model so I tried to replicate that with my machine. I used the honeycomb stitch and this machine, I know I've said this before, kicks much ass. The topstitching is perfect! 

I have more to show you. I've been sewing up a storm!

Saturday, February 10, 2018

Jalie + Jalie + Ottobre = Cozy Weekend.

Remember way back in December 2013 when I combined the top of Jalie 2911 and the bottom of the tunic-length Jalie 3245? Well, it's still one of my favorite tops and I wear it all the time with leggings. Well, I decided that I needed another one. This time, I chose a cozy gray/black sweater knit with the fold-down neckline. I kept the tunic length so I can wear it over leggings. I can tell you I freaking love it. LOVE IT.

 And how cute is this fold-dow collar?

Here it is with the leggings. These are my favorite basic leggings from Ottobre magazine. I made these first for my Capsule Wardrobe back in September 2017 and I wear them all the time. This time I made three pairs of leggings and NONE of them are black. 

I made three pairs of these this time. Two are double brushed polyester and one is a thicker sports lycra. All of this fabric is from the National City Swap Meet. (Remember what I said about the floral??? So much floral.)

When I made the teal pair, I had noticed that there was writing on it. I was going to make that the inside. Well, whoops, but that writing is on the outside. Ha! I don't think it will come off with washing since this fabric has already been through the washer once. Oh well, it's on the butt and I really wear leggings like this under tunics or dresses. 

What's your weekend "cozy recipe"? Mine is tunic + legging + warm socks. 

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Jalie 3355 Times Two

My twins are always in need of cozy, snuggly, warm sweatshirts. I love this Jalie pattern and I've used it so many times. I'm sure it's in the 30's by now. This time, I made them one size too big and added four inches to the length so they are more tunic-y length. I think they'll be perfect over leggings, which is their pant of choice at the moment. 

I couldn't resist adding a little bling to them. On the red/pink sweathshirt knit, I added a blue silk woven X to the front. I added decorative stitching to the sides to attach it to the front. I got this inspiration from the most current Ottobre kids magazine. 

On the second sweatshirt, I added a little orange rhinestone bling to the front and shoulder. This is a hard fabric to photograph. It's little darker and warmer than this picture. This is the same fabric as this Ottobre tunic. I didn't do the hood only because I didn't have enough fabric. 

I've talked about these before here. They are plastic rhinestones attached to this mesh and they are so easy to add. Plus, they are indestructible. 

I wanted to show you my little helpers. This is a small room with a lot of stuff in it. Why is it, when I'm in here, that BOTH furry creatures need to be in here too? Why can't they sleep outside the door?? The cat mostly leaves my stuff alone now and just sleeps on this dresser. Sometimes, though, the serger threads are too tempting and she gets "invited" to leave the room. 

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Sew Your Own Activewear - Book Review

Lookie, lookie what I got in the mail yesterday!! I’ve helped Melissa over the years and she sent me a copy of her new book. Thank goodness I was home because I had to sign for it. I thought it was either this book or some crazy-scary court paperwork. I bit the bullet and signed for it. I thought I would do a little review for you guys so you can see what it’s all about.

It includes four block patterns; two tops and two bottoms. From these four blocks, Melissa takes you step-by-step through making your own pattern. It’s pretty cool. For me, I already have a block that I would use for the close-fitting top: Jalie 2805. For the close-fitting bottoms, I would use the Ottobre 05/2016 leggings. These are the most comfortable and basic leggings and the fit is great. I may pull out Melissa’s patterns because I’m always curious how things compare. She goes through a lot of common alterations like FBA, SBA, square/sloping shoulders, thick/thin thighs, broad/narrow back, long/shirt torso, swayback, etc. Once you have a block that fits you, then you modify it to make other versions of the same top or bottom.

Here are a couple of the pages that show the modifications of the block pattern. She starts off by showing you the finished pattern and then literally goes step by step through the modifications. It’s pretty cool. She also talks a lot about sewing knit fabrics, hem finishings, fabrics, useful knit sewing tools, etc.

For the blocks, there are two large, double-sided pages of overlapping designs (like Burda or Ottobre - but easier to trace!) but they are very easy to see because there are very few designs on the pages. She also puts lots of “landmarks” on the pattern like bust, waist, hips, etc.

So far, I’m enjoying going through it!!

Saturday, February 3, 2018

Jalie Galaxie Bags

I've been making a bunch of bags lately. I'm a member of two PTAs, countless committees, one gym (Orange Theory*), one graduate level class, and I work full-time and have four children. Needless to say, I have a lot of different activities on my plate (I didn't even mention all the kid activities!). The ones mentioned above all need stuff. You know, the inside-gym-shoes, the PTA Secretary binder, the enormous lunch to feed kids on the way to Honor Choir, etc. I've found that the best way to organize my life is making "go bags" for each of my activities. All my elementary PTA Secretary stuff goes in one bag and I grab the entire bag in the morning and go. All my unmanned aerial class stuff goes in one bag for the days I need it. I have a bookshelf and all my colorful bags sit on the bottom shelf and they are ready to go when I am. Each bag has a collection of the "normal" stuff, a few pens/pencils, a little travel tissue, hand sanitizer, etc. 

These are just some of the Jalie Galaxie bags I've made. There are two more at work that sit behind my desk all ready to go. I have made four of the larger, Soleil bags and one of the smaller Saturne bags (the teal/black/yellow). I love these are they are the perfect size for my gym shoes, binders, etc. So far, I've been using IKEA canvas fabric because it's bright, pretty, and sturdy. 

I'm always looking for ways to be organized and be more efficient. Do you guys have great ideas for organizing your life? I'd love to hear them. I know I'd be lost without my Google calendars! 

* Do any of you do Orange Theory? I think I'm addicted. I usually run all winter and ski most of the winter. But, this winter, ugh, don't even get me started. We have little snow and it's been cold. For weeks. I can't remember the last time is was above 20 degrees Fahrenheit. And at night, it's getting down to 5 BELOW zero. Brrr. I'm an Alaskan girl and I can handle the cold. I'm just so tired of it this winter. Anyway, Orange Theory is this interval workout and your heart rate results are on the board for everyone to see. You want to be in the orange zone. I'm such a competitive person, that really motivates me to work hard. Plus, they work in a lot of weight lifting which I need to do more of. I really love it! 

Friday, January 26, 2018

Ottobre 05-2014 #9 Hooded Sweatshirt

I swear I’ve been sewing. I’ve actually been sewing a lot. My machine has been whirring away. However, it’s secret sewing so I can’t tell you about it. Like a vault. Like a vault, bitches.

Anyhoo, I loved this snuggly sweater in the Ottobre magazine, but it doesn’t seem to translate to my version. I’m just kind of meh on my version. Isn’t the Ottobre version cute??? Mine is shorter and HOW THE HELL did I manage to sew the back shorter than the front? That REALLY bothers me. So much so, that I may go back and rip out the back hem and let it out so it’s longer than the front. Right now, it just looks awkward . . .

I love the fabric. It’s one of my scores from my recent San Diego trip. It’s a super cozy sweater knit and I love the color. Buuuuuutttttt, I’m not loving the fit. Hmmmmmmm.

(And don’t judge. My sassy girl was taking pictures with my iPhone and it was so cold in my house and I was cold and it was a long day. I just feel good that I finally posted something!)