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!