Friday, November 17, 2017

I Need Help - Sassy or Hideous?

I love this Ottobre coat. I love the simple lines and the closure. Inside, there is a tie from the front to the side and then there is a self-fabric tie front. I always find in the winter that 1) I'm too rushed to button all my coat buttons and 2) I'm wearing a variety of bulkiness. Sometimes I'm wearing a thin knit top with skinny jeans and sometimes a thick, chunky sweater. If I have a very tailored coat, it is tight when I'm wearing my sweater, but loose when I wear the thin knits. With this coat, you'd be able to snug it up when you needed to.

Here's my dilemma. The other day I was needing some retail therapy and I had this coat in mind as I shopped. I bought three yards of both of these wools. Yes, I bought the green. Why? I don't know. I was apparently having a crisis. I do like the green but would it be too much? Mind you, I do like bright colors and flashy coats. I don't know why I didn't buy one of the jewel tones on the right. My wine wanted the green, I guess. Should I do it? It would certainly make a flashy wool coat.

On the other hand, I also bought this somber black with white. It's kind of boring, but it would make a very nice, if boring, coat.

Here's what I can tell you. Both of these fabrics are high quality, thick, and nice. Any thoughts? 

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Ottobre Knit Top - 03/2017 #38

I knew when I first saw this in the Spring Ottobre that I would make it. It's nothing crazy, it's just a t-shirt with a hood. But this is why I think Ottobre is fun. The hood is interesting and the trim application is something new. I love those little details. I figure they can wear this with a tighter t-shirt underneath. You could totally do this with a regular t-shirt pattern.
I used a cotton knit for the front and hood and a Merino wool knit for the sleeves and back. I used orange FOE for the hood trim.

First you use FOE to bind the hood and then you use a contrasting strip to hide where the FOE comes together. I think it's a cute detail.

I nailed the FOE application by using my center guide foot. I used this dotted orange as a fun accent. I also like it because it has the gold dots like the main fabric does.

The back is a purple Merino wool. I think it will nice and warm as a cover-up. All of this fabric was in my scrap bin. I love using up scraps!  

Monday, November 13, 2017

Ottobre 05/2017 #18 - Simple Knit Dress

This is another Ottobre knit dress. This one is from the most recent Ottobre Women's magazine. This is a super easy pattern. There are just three pieces. I used a very stretchy knit for this dress. There is very little waist shaping on the pattern and I expect that it will look very different in a different knit.  

You can see that the neckline in front is pretty high. In the back it is lower. 

I did do a slight sway back adjustment on this dress. It's hard to tell if I need to do more of an adjustment. This knit is heavy as well as thin and the skirt material pulls down on the bodice.

Overall, a very simple knit dress. I live in knit dresses in the winter time. You can add a cardigan, a chunky scarf, or a belt. Then slip on some knee high boots and you're dressed! 

Saturday, November 11, 2017

Ottobre Dress - 05/2015 #1

This is another Ottobre knit dress. I made this before in a polyester ponte knit. This time I made it in a sweater knit. I love the long sleeves and the cozy design. I had forgotten how short it was. Next time, I'll add a few inches. It's so short that my mini-skirt slip shows sometimes! This baby is shhhoooooort. 

I used my coverstitcher binding attachment to add the neckline and pocket opening binding.  

I love these colors together!

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Jalie 3668–Valerie Raglan Top

Problem: Winter is coming not just in King’s Landing, but also in Alaska. My phone is bigger this year and when I put my phone in my butt pocket of my running tights, my tights start to fall down. No one wants to see that!

Solution: Time to whip up a top with a pocket for a cell phone. I would put my phone in a jacket pocket, but it gets too cold and stops working. At 10 degrees Farenheit, my phone will stay alive for approximately eight minutes. My phone needs to be in a warm place against skin. And not in my sports bra because then my phone gets sweaty. I know, gross, sorry.

I used the Jalie Valerie Raglan and used the front zipper option. I added knit piping to the side panel and a zippered pocket to the arm.


I made the knit piping way too wide and it kind of sticks out funny. I may zig-zag the edges down so they don’t stick out strangely.

When I made this, I was like, “Dude, that’s a great zipper!”

Then I was like, “Sweet! my phone fits perfectly.”

But then I was like, “It’s not so easy to bend my elbow. Well crap, it’s WAY TOO LOW. Dammit” Arg. So I nailed the pocket, and the zipper, but not the height.

But if I pull it up a bit, it works fine and I can bend my elbow.

For this raglan running top, I used a super plush wicking, Merino wool with Lycra. The “piping” is a swimsuit knit.

I have run in this top and it’s super comfortable and the pocket functions exactly like it should (as long as you have the sleeve pulled up!). Next time, I’ll start the pocket much higher on the raglan arm. I totally just eyeballed it this time. Next time I’ll measure (ewwww, what??!) and make sure it’ll work.

Sunday, October 29, 2017

Jalie 3245–Raglan Tunic


Remember this oldie? The raglan that happened before the trifecta of raglans (Valerie raglan, Nico raglan, and Marie-Claude raglan) that happened in the last Jalie release? There are often questions about how they are all different and why you should buy more than one of them and since I *cough, cough* have a friend who owns them all, I thought I she could compare them all for us *cough, cough*. The Nico is obviously for men so that one is obvious. The Valerie is obviously tight and very useful for active wear and rashies. I want to talk about the main differences between the Valerie and this “un-named” raglan pattern, henceforth known to us as the 3245 Raglan. This “3245 Raglan” was released in 2013 (I think?)and includes this nice-fitting raglan but also a racer-back-ish tank that I’ve made numerous times. There are some significant differences between the 3245 Raglan and the Marie-Claude. This raglan has a wide and open neck, the hem length is either butt or tunic length, and it only comes in 3/4 length sleeves. I think when this is made in the shorter length, it is the perfect women’s baseball tee. When it is longer, it is the perfect butt cover-up for leggings or skinny jeans. I have lots of these and wear then all the time. The Marie-Claude raglan is more of an active wear and winter cabin sort of raglan. I haven’t compared the flat patterns but the Marie-Claude seems little looser in the bust than this 3245 Raglan and, of course, the neckline and sleeves are very different. It gives you the option of a hood, cozy-turtleneck, and a regular t-shirt neckline. Then it gives you a cuff choice of regular cuffs or thumbhole cuffs. I think having both patterns are the way to go, but then again, I’m a Jalie-pattern-hoarder. The 3245 Raglan is still my go-to pattern for a tunic to go with leggings.

I sometimes wear these raglans with a scarf because the neck is so open and drafty. I’m not sure if I love these black pockets. They are so prominent but I think it would be so boring without something.

Still with the swayback . . .

I have another raglan to show you soon, too.

Sunday, October 22, 2017

Shhhhhhh . . .

I put more wool knit fabric up at Etsy. It'll go quick so grab some if you want it!

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Ottobre 04-2017 #24 - Sweatshirt Tunic

My twins love a good cozy tunic. I decided that this one would be perfect for them with the long length, the round pocket, and the long sleeves. I made this in a size 140. This fabric doesn't have much stretch so I decided to size up.

This is a JoAnn's sweat shirting fabric. I bought it last year in the fall.  I actually have it in several colors and prints. I did try the circle piece. I was able to make the circle piece and I bound the two pockets. However, when I tried to attach it to the sweat shirt, it stretched out horribly and made the front panel all puckery. I should have added interfacing to the edges of the circle. So, I re-cut the front panel and added a little bling so it wouldn't be so boring.

When the "cozy twin" saw it, there was a squeal and she scampered off with it. I haven't seen it since then so I think it was a win? Hopefully so . . .

Friday, October 13, 2017

Sew Over It - Heather Dress

This is the Heather Dress from Sew Over it. I’ve made it before and find that I reach for that dress quite a bit in the winter. I love easy, cozy, knit dresses especially when they are made of a wool knit. I decided I needed a bit of flower bomb in my life especially now that the light is going away. The floral fabric is a scuba knit and the grey is a Merino wool knit. This is my first time making this in two colors and I’m not sure I love it. On one hand, it reminds me of a weird 1980’s overall jumper skirt. On the other hand, I think it emphasizes my pear shape. But, overall, I’m okay with those two things. Who can’t love this fabric?


Plus, there are these giant pockets so how can you go wrong? Even if it does accentuate your hips . . .

Last time I made this, the sleeves were way too small at the wrist and forearm. I sliced the pattern from wrist to shoulder and added 3/4” at the wrist and tapered up to nothing at the shoulder. These sleeves are really narrow.

When I make this next time, I’ll add a small swayback adjustment to the back. You can see there is some pooling above the butt.  Next up? Something from Ottobre for a kiddo!

Saturday, October 7, 2017

Katniss Everdeen – Oooooh yea.

When my twinny said that she wanted to be Katniss Everdeen for Halloween, I was thinking we were just talking about a black body suit. Well, I was mistaken. This twin wanted the whole works. She wanted the white sleeves, the white piping, the round inserts, everything.

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That’s right. Move over Katniss Everdeen. There’s a new badass in town.
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The Set-Up

I used Jalie 3135, the skinsuit, to create this look. I had to slice and dice this baby up to match the Katniss jumpsuit. It was pretty easy actually. I just eyeballed the style lines and sliced up the pattern. I highlighted all the edges to remind myself to add seam allowances. This pattern isn’t a raglan sleeve so I made a faux-raglan sleeve.


I found this matching fabric at JoAnn’s. It was part of the Yaya Han Cosplay collection and it’s PERFECT for this costume.

For the “piping,” I just freehanded the lines and then zigzagged over the lines. Then, little Katniss herself ran elastic through the zigzag until it created a piping effect.

The Result

A very happy little camper. She even made herself a little bow and arrow.
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She wore it all day so I think it’s pretty much a win.


Whew, now something for me!