19 January 2019

Jaden's warm, fuzzy jumpsuit; Simplicity 1053; tah dah!

Jaden's warm, fuzzy fleecy jumpsuit is all done! I took Simplicity 1053 from my pattern stash and created this. This fleece fabric was her pick, two seasons ago. Like every other project, I fretted over possible calamities. Was this print too bold? perhaps too many floating faces? The pattern calls for a hood and elastic casing at the wrists and ankles. My granddaughter asked for something, "without the hood, Grandma." And so this blanket jumpsuit came into being. It's roomy and warm. She's 5'3" and so am I, so I was able to try it on myself. She'll look adorable in it; me, not so much (lol)! Worries are behind me, this package is in the mail, so onward to more projects.

NOTE: The pattern cautions against using as sleepwear. The reason? I've been informed that fleece is highly flammable and thus could be dangerous. You would not want to be wearing this if caught in a fire situation.

23 December 2018

It's a Jumpsuit...here's why I worry!

A pattern from my stash, adult size U.S. XS-XL. Here's why I worry. This one's for my oldest granddaughter. She's 5'3" and 15 years old (or is it 16). This fleecy wonder is the fabric that Jaden picked a season or two ago; that means I'm a year behind.  In keeping with fleecy robes for my granddaughters, I decided it was time before this girlie, my Jaden, got to old to appreciate what she had selected back when. I went with Size M; I had her measurements for length of the inseam, as well as sleeves. I made adjustments before I started cutting, and cut I did.  hmmmm.....what happened here?!! Those of you who sew know can see this is probably fixable. I am a little concerned about how low the crotch may be. Thus, my work in progress is on the table, due for Christmas. All she asked for were gift cards for spending, but, oh no, grandma wanted her to have this also.

12 December 2018

About that fleece sale...Bathrobes for the Girlies

Every year after Thanksgiving, Joann's Fabrics has a huge sale, especially fleece fabric. This is the first time I've taken advantage and I decided to make warm, fuzzy bathrobes for Chloe and Natalie to take to them in Idaho. Chloe is very much into Harry Potter. I called and let her mom know that the Harry Potter print available was kind of bold and a bit masculine, but she assured me that the girl loves H.P. and the color red.  As for Natalie, she loves rainbows and unicorns and bright cheerful colors; voila! All done and ready to pack in my suitcase to take on our visit. This grandma won't go empty-handed.

07 December 2018

December 7, 2018

Imagine that...December already!
Observation: Time truly flies.

There's a lot of sewing to be done now and into the New Year
...just thinking ahead; forward, not backward you see.

Observation:  YOU CAN DO IT!

About Goldie's Bowl:
Me looking out; you looking in
: )

22 November 2018

New Look #6514; It's a Vest/Duster

Here's New Look #6514 (View C). I ordered this bit of bodice fabric online, I can't remember where from. This vest/duster can be worn over a variety of wardrobe pieces, e.g., jeans and a tee, fitted dress, etc. The skirt fabric is a semi-sheer, black crinkled rayon. Handling required care when cutting out this fabric, as well as when sewing. I really pinned the edges to the max before sewing, so that the fabric wouldn't get away from me. It worked out and I'm happy with the results. Using the finished garment bust measurement as a guide, I cut out a Size Medium which I knew might be a bit tight around the bodice, but Size Large would have been too large and maybe a sloppy fit because of that. I adjusted the front edges and side seams of the bodice, sewing 3/8" instead of 5/8" seam allowances, to give me those extra inches that I needed; perfect fit after tweaking!

EASY Duster & Vest Sewing Pattern~Sleeve Variations (Sizes XS-XL) New Look 6514

15 November 2018

Knit Top; Christine Jonson #714 - Cross Your Heart & V-Neck Tee Pattern

Off the rack, I wear a Petite Size L. I've had this pattern for a long time, but never made it until now, mainly because of fear of fitting issues in working with knit. My list of I  DON'T LIKE includes I don't like too tight, too loose, all of that; and I don't like to have to do major alterations to patterns. I'm lucky because except that I'm petite (5'3" and shrinking), I normally can sew a Size 16 from any of the major pattern companies, with good results. But what is now opening doors for me in my sewing adventures is the application of body measurement, comparing them to actual finished garment measurement, taking into account pattern style, i.e., fitted vs. loose, moderately fitted, etc., and also fabric weight, body and stretch. When all is said and done, any pattern can turn out well, with the right choice of fabric and a good-fitting pattern.

Lately I've had success. I have finally mastered Christine Jonson's Cross Your Heart Tee for a proper fit. Mind you...I actually sewed three sizes before I got proper fitting results. First, I cut out a Size 14 - a tight stretch all around. Then I tried a Size 18 - too big, especially at the shoulders, around the chest, and around the cuff. Finally, determined to see if I could do anything with this pattern before tossing it, I cut out a Size 16 and made the following modifications: I did not alter front or back pattern pieces but sewed a 1/2" seam at the side and underarm, instead of 5/8". Before folding and sewing the cuff into a barrel as the instructions indicate, I cut off 5/8" on one side edge, to tighten up the circumference of the arm band for a tighter fit. How did I manage to cut out three different sizes from one pattern? CJ's paper patterns (like most) comes in multi-sizes, nested within each other. I lifted each pattern piece of the size I was working on, using tracing paper. My only "I WONDER" now is... Will those other Christine Jonson patterns that are in my pattern stash be less of a formidable fitting challenge now that I've nailed this one? We'll see. More CJ pattern attempts ahead in my future.

ABOUT CHRISTINE JONSON PATTERNS: Why I keep trying: They are easy to sew. For the most part, especially the jackets and some of the tops, design is classically simple. The professional touch, making them really "wow" is in the finishing details, i.e., seam finish, hem finish, topstitching and those kinds of things that take time but are worth the bother. And of course, using a better quality knit fabric is key. Weight, stretch and body, all so important!

02 November 2018

Knit Shirt; Christine Jonson Pattern #723 - Straight Shirt

On a sewing roll, using up fabric from my stash. The pattern, Christine Jonson #723, Straight Shirt, sewn up in a soft knit fabric. I thought this was a ponte knit, but it's more like a soft French Terry. The color is Champagne Pink, closer to a very pale shade of peach. I did not like working with this fabric; too soft, too fluid. The use of iron-on, double-sided fusible webbing which I applied on the hem and sleeve hems helped to give body to the garment, enough to prevent edges from stretching out of shape.. Also applying top-stitching to the collar and front along the edges gave the shirt a better finished appearance. This is a comfortable, wearable shirt, but I am glad this one is done.

29 October 2018

Medieval Print Knit T-shirt; Vogue 8582

Front view; Vogue 8582

Purchased this unusual, bold print online and here's what I made. The question on my mind, "Would I dare wear this out and about, around town, with all those faces staring out." It's not so bad and will look interesting under a jacket (maybe hide some of the scarier faces under the jacket). This knit fabric has a smooth, cool feel and is comfortable against the skin, although it may not breathe well in hot weather. I did say I'd like an artsy, wearable wardrobe, and this is definitely that!  I used Vogue 8582 to make the T-shirt, an older Marcy Tilton pattern which I tweaked.

28 October 2018

Double-sided, pre-quilted fabric jacket from Simplicity 8298. I made three covered buttons from black velvet, which I love for this jacket, as well as the dotted cotton binding. I did pre-shrink the fabric in the washer before cutting and sewing, but it's still a bit stiff. It fits nicely, but I hope the fabric will soften over time. Overall, a fun project, sewn pretty quickly.

25 October 2018

Stevie Tunic; Tilly and the Buttons Dress Pattern

Back view; Stevie Tunic by Tilly and the Buttons
Sample garment, the Stevie Tunic pattern from Tilly and the Buttons.  What I like about this pattern is the simple, quick and easy-to-sew design and, of course, the sweet tie closure in the back.  There's also an option to do a simple button closure at the back neck.  I used a lightweight linen fabric, which became very soft and fluid after pre-shrinking in the washer.  Next time I will use a mid-weight fabric with more body, for more structure and better wear.  It's very plain, but a very nice, flattering fit.

16 September 2018

White Denim Jacket...I did it, I did it!

Jacket Express #218; Islander Sewing Systems.  White denim fabric
It's the second jacket I've sewn, using the same pattern as the last, but this time in a white, non-stretch denim fabric.  I like it!

20 August 2018

Jacket Express #218; Islander Sewing Systems

Most recent project: Islander Sewing Systems Jacket Express pattern #218. Fabric: Dark magenta/natural animal print, cotton/lycra slubbed bottom weight fabric, which I had purchased online for $2.99/yd some time ago and, until I tried it on this jacket, I had no idea what to do with this wild print.  I had purchased a class through Craftsy.com, "Sew Better, Sew Faster/Garment Industry Secrets," by Instructor Janet Pray (the jacket pattern came with the class). I think the pattern and the fabric turned out to be a good match. By following the written pattern instruction booklet and with the Craftsy video instruction as a guideline, I got good results. In fact, this has turned out to be one of my favorite sewing projects to date. A fun project, I plan to make another jacket, next time in white denim.

13 December 2017

Room for improvement

Can she sew? Yes, but Christine, take a  note.  In 2018, shall we plan better? Still chasing that wearable, artsy wardrobe, says me.