Monday, February 29, 2016

Jalie 2806–Another one.

I made one of these the other day with the drape front. This is the same pattern but with a gathered front. I love that there are two really nice designs in this Jalie pattern. I still have no idea why it took me so long to buy this pattern.


This is a FabricMart knit that I used for this dress. I still have a little bit left. I used black Nike Dri-Fit for the collar. I used self-fabric for the bottom hem band. I made sure to match the print so the bottom didn’t look all weird.


I really like this length of this top for skinny jeans. These jeans are the first Jalie Eleonore pants I ever made. I wear them all the time.


This is a great wardrobe builder. I could make this again and again and again.

I have another Eleonore pants to show you. They are ultra springy!!! I don’t know about you guys, but it’s 45 degrees here with barely any snow. It feels like spring to me!

Saturday, February 27, 2016

Ottobre 01-2015 #25 Girl’s Knit Top

My girl wears lots and lots of knit tops so I’m always looking for ways to spruce them up a little and make them a bit different. This Ottobre pattern fits the bill perfectly. It has a wider neck, shaped hem, and sleeve gathers. All those little details add up to a cute top. I made size 122 and removed about 1/4” at the CB and CF. I think the fit is right on, but she’s quickly moving into the next size!



I tried to get some shots that weren’t crazy but this is what you get. This is a left-over knit that was kindle gifted to me. It reminds me a lot of woven pique texture, except it’s in knit form. I’ve never really seen a knit like this one. It’s kind of like a waffle knit, but kind of not.


This is the only decent one out of about 40.



Things are not right in the world unless I also have 40 photobombing photos. She’s wearing her Jalie mustache top (which has been in CONSTANT rotation in their wardrobe).
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You create the sleeve ruching by stretching elastic and sewing it down. When it stretches back to normal, it pulls the fabric with it.
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I used hot pink coverstitching because Pink!
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I have many things to show you guys. I need a couple hours to photograph some things. It’s been so dark and icy, it has been difficult to get outside.

Friday, February 19, 2016

Jalie 2806 and Jalie 3462

First off, what? Dawn gets a haircut? Yes, Dawn does. The deciding moment was when my hair went down my back and came out under my armpit. I glanced down and saw all this hair coming from who-knows-where, had the accompanying “where the hell is that coming from”, immediately followed by panic when I couldn’t move my head because my hair was trapped under my arm. That’s when I was like, “this madness has got to stop.” I made an appointment and two weeks later my hair was eight inches shorter. I really like it. It give me oodles more volume, is so much easier to take care of, and it lets my natural wavy hair come out and play. Back to the regular program where we talk about clothes I sew . . .

You have seen Jalie 2806 on my twin-things and I swore to you then I would be making it for myself. Her’s my first version of it. I will be making more and have a few more cut out and waiting to go.


I really like the length and the tighter hem band at the bottom.


I think the length is super great with skinny jeans and leggings.


I LOVE the drapey front. This is such a cute, easy detail that really changes it from your basic t-shirt to a cute top. I’m not sure why it took me so many years to buy this pattern. But, can you say Jack o’ lantern boob eyes? My husband and two friends said it’s not the first thing they see, but it’s what I see. Tell me the truth, do you gaze at my boobs and think Halloween pumpkins?


Next up, Jalie 3462, the Cora tights. I made these with stretch vinyl front panels to be a little racy. I don’t plan on ever running in these.


Obviously very lightened. I had to do these pictures inside at night so there was no natural light. Not that you would see any detail anyway with black and black.


The back seaming on this pattern is amazing if you haven’t seen them already.


More crappy, lightened photos. Sorry. If I don’t lighten them, they are just really black. I plan to wear these with chucky boots (or booties) and a long cardigan.


Life has been hectic lately but we are chugging along!