Monday, April 20, 2015
I wore this to work today with a black cardigan. I love, love, love the graphic-ness (that should be a word) of this fabric. This is a doubleknit I got from the National City Swap Meet (of course!) for $2.00/yard. It’s such nice fabric!! I really like the back of this pattern.
I have no head. Why do I think this would be fun over a pair of teal polka dot pants? I’m all about graphic and bright this spring.
Saturday, April 18, 2015
Let me tell you. This girl is so helpful. This girl really does love her sweatshirt. She does. Really. This is her favorite expression. She actively tries not to smile. I made a different Jalie sweatshirt for her and she will wear it until I force her to take it off. She says she likes things with pockets. And cozy things.
Here’s a more accurate picture of her true personality.
You probably can’t tell but I didn’t add the hem band to the bottom of this one.
Here’s the front of the pattern.
When I make this again, and if I leave off the bottom band, I’ll make the pocket a little larger and move it up a bit. Usually the bottom of the pocket only gets 3/8” smaller because it is a seam allowance. Since this time it’s a hem, I lost more of the bottom of the pocket. Oh well, she still loves it.
Damn photo bombers.
With my new Janome Coverstitcher (ssqqqqqqquuuuuuuuuuuuueeeeeeeeeeee!!!!!!), I sewed on the wrong side to make this pattern on the right side. You can’t really see it. I should have done it with contrasting thread, but oh well.
Aaaaaahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh. I feel better now.
Friday, April 17, 2015
Go to the Burda Archives or the BurdaStyle and find your line drawing. This might actually be the hardest part because Burda isn’t known for keeping things easy to find. I use Burda’s French website, but they haven’t been updating the magazines for 2015 (but they do go all the way back to 2006!!). Find your line drawing, right click (on a PC, I have no idea what you do on a Mac) and select Copy Image. ETA: You can also get line drawings from Simplicity, McCalls, etc. The only difference is that you will need to crop out the other versions of the pattern first. Well, unless you want all the different versions on your picture. I do this sometimes with Burda too. They will show the front and back, and I only what the front or something like that.
I’m using Adobe Photoshop Elements, but any program with layers will work. Make a new page. Click CTRL V to paste your precious line art into the new window. You can also just clock from Image from Clipboard. Both ways work well.
Use the Quick Selection Tool to select all the empty space around your line drawing. Notice how the dotted lines go around the outside of your line drawing to the borders. You’ve selected all the white space around the line drawing. This is where I used to delete the white space, try to crop the photo, make the background transparent and try to use the crappy line drawing. Trust me, this next step makes this worthwhile.
Here’s the head slapping moment (for me anyway). Type SHIFT + CTRL + I to select the inverse (so now you are selecting your line drawing (duh!). Then, while your line drawing is selected (the dotted line will be around your line drawing now and NOT the outside edge), just type CTRL C to copy. Then go to your lovely photo and type CTRL V to paste it in.
You can change the size of the line drawing, position it where you want it, etc. In my program, it pops up automatically as its own layer. If yours doesn’t, just make a layer and paste it in on that blank layer. I should add that I’ve already corrected this photo and changed the size to the final size. You don’t have to, but photos are usually large and line drawings are small. You’ll end up with a micro-line –drawing and you’ll end up enlarging it so much it starts looking bad and distorted.
Hope that helps you guys!! Obviously I chose a random line drawing and a random picture to go with it. Ha!
Tuesday, April 14, 2015
I should have known better. You see, I’ve tried shirts like this before. They never seem to work out.
Doesn’t see look cute in her top though?? Doesn’t she? I think it might be the 3/4 angle.
This top looks okay, even from the front.
Me though, not good. Kind of like a sack of potatoes. Granted, the sack is made of nice, border-print, snake-skinish fabric. Not even that can save it.
It does have cool arm vents though. Rad. Or not.
I tried it with a belt and without. The sleeves seem too short too. Not only does this thing have big arms and extra fabric, it has four, yes FOUR, large pleats sewn into the shoulders to make it even more voluminous. YAY!
Pulled down on the shoulders like the Burda model just makes it look like I’m a toddler trying to be sexy or something weird.
My camera doesn’t even like it.
I should have known here. This is the neckline before the elastic. This baby is 54” around at the neck. This baby is billowy to say the least.
Arrrrrrrrrrrrr, you win some, you lose some. I DO love this fabric though, so I may try to refashion it into something. I got it from FabricMart a while back. It’s a poly blend something. I really do like the colors.
I will need a palate cleanser after this one.
Tuesday, April 7, 2015
So I’ve made this raglan top multiple times since I bought this pattern. I’ve made it in adult sizes and many times in kid sizes too. It’s a great pattern. I hadn’t really ever looked much at the tank pattern. But, it’s another Jalie winner. I love the back on it.
Here’s some National City Swap Meet fabric. By now you know I love that place. Doesn’t this top go well with my Jalie jeans?? This is my standard Jalie size of S. No alterations. I made the shorter size for this red/black/white version.
Oh, do you see more perfect rows of coverstitching?!?!?! Usually on fabric like this, I have to prep it by either fusing it or adding the Sulky SOLVY Stabilizer to the hem to stabilize it. This just sewed right up. That’s because I have the BEST HUSBAND IN THE WORLD. I feel like I say that a lot, but it’s true.
You see perfect rows of coverstitching because my husband just bought me this:
SSSSQQQQQQQQQQQUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE! See!!! The best!!!!
I was using a Viking Huskylock 936 which is a combo serger/coverlocker. That was okay, but this machine is AMAZING! One of these days, I will do a overview of what exactly I have in my sewing room, because it has changed quite a bit in the last couple of years. You can bet you’ll be seeing a lot knit garments for a while. Now to get a binder!!!! I’ve been poring over Debbie Cook’s information to figure out what to get and where to buy it.
Sunday, April 5, 2015
First off, sorry for the picture-heavy post. I just love my RED PANTS and I hope you do too!!!!!!!!! Oh, and happy Easter for those who celebrate. We had zero kids for this holiday so we took it easy and I may, ahem, have gotten some quality time with my girls (AKA the sewing machines).
Okay, though, back to the important stuff. RED JEANS. I love them!!I’ll talk more about the tank in the next post tomorrow because I have some fun, fun news that goes along with the tank. These are the Jalie 2908 jeans which I’ve made many times before. I did, obviously, turn them into skinny jeans. Well, skinny-ish. They aren’t tight, tight, like real skinny jeans.
Since I have figured out most of the fit issues years ago, there wasn’t much to modify except for the leg width. On my old Jalie jeans, I used the regular ol’ straight waistband and, instead of attaching the two waistbands together at the back, I added a dart so the waistbands formed a V at the back. You can see it on my older versions down below. On this RED version, I changed it up and created a shaped waistband that fits me with no V in the CB.
The last thing for me to figure out fit-wise is I always get these loose wrinkles between my butt and knee. It’s like the back of leg is shorter (and needs less fabric) than the front of my leg. Of course, that makes no sense. But, how would I take length out of that part of my pants without affecting the front fit? Seems weird to me. Either way though, I’m really happy with my jeans. I love the contrast of the white thread.
For the pockets, I just did two rows of straight stitches with a zigzag in the middle. Thinking back, I should have done some non-horizontal line. Duh, let’s point out the fact that skinny jeans make me look like a badminton racket!
Here’s the modified waistband. To make the waistband, I sewed on a straight waistband with a basting stitch, then pinned out the darts, and changed them on my paper pattern. Then I cut the real waistband. When I cut the waistband, I smoothed out the curve a bit.
My very first pair of Jalie jeans! (From 2009!! EEK!)