I had good intentions of keeping up with my Jalie pattern testing reveals, but this weekend got the better of me.
For starters, this happened – Taylor graduated from nursing school! We had a weekend of festivities, starting off with her pinning ceremony followed by commencement the following day. She still needs to take her boards, but you can tell by the smile on her face that she’s happy to be finished.
Fortunately, she already has a job lined up, will be moving to her new apartment, and ready to work (the night shift) very soon!
Easton also had his last day of school last week! We rounded out the school year with field day (I didn’t get any photos this time around because I was helping) and one last awards assembly. I wound up making an autograph shirt for him, but they were so busy that he said there wasn’t really any time to sign it. That’s ok, the T still turned out cute.
We are also heading into the home stretch of moving…. 2 weeks (and two days to go)! I imagine that things will get more chaotic in the mean time, but I still have plans to finish a few projects in between then.
Another great pattern on Jalie’s new release list is the Michelle tanks and dress. This is a breezy little pattern that is designed for lightweight wovens, so it’s easy to wear and best of all… the dress has pockets!
For my test version, I used a springy floral print from Joann’s and had no problems at all sewing this one up. It’s very flattering on and I love the fact that I can wear a “regular” bra with this and my straps never show. I have a bit more of this fabric left over and plan on eventually giving the tank a try once we’re settled from the move.
Today’s the day! Today Jalie patterns release their new collection so I can finally show you some of the projects I’ve been working on! First up, the Alex.
Alex is a 1/2 zip, unisex pullover jacket with welt pockets and an optional elastic waistband. It has a great color blocking option and is very easy to put together – yes, even with welt pockets. I think that putting in a welt pocket seems daunting to some, but I can honestly say that this was one of the best looking pockets I’ve put in (and it wasn’t difficult either)… and in fleece no less (you can see an up close photo of the pocket in this post).
I’m anxious to sew one up for myself this fall in something like a Wind Pro type fabric – with moving to a colder climate, I’m sure that I will get lots of use out of it!
Where did this year go? Easton’s last day of school is this week, so I’ve spent some time making presents for his teachers. Easton’s homeroom teacher’s theme for the year was pineapples- she had the saying, “Be a pineapple. Stand tall, wear a crown, be sweet on the inside.” up on her wall all year. So it only seems fitting that her gift is all pineapple related.
In addition to the pineapple towel that I had made last week, I also found a great SVG on Etsy with the same saying. It was a lot of weeding (especially for the pineapple), but the results look really professional, in my opinion. I added a pineapple soap (I looked all over and finally found some at Target) and a cute little pineapple decoration to round out her basket.
Mother’s Day may be over, but it’s never too late to give someone (or yourself) a spa day gift set that includes a pretty towel wrap. My latest tutorial is up at WeAllSew and it’s so easy you can make several of these in a day! You can even personalize it with pretty embellishments or a monogram.
This also makes a great gift for anyone going off to college next year too. Pair it up with a fun shower cap and you’ve got yourself a complete set!
I’d love to see how you use this tutorial so don’t forget to share your versions with me!
I wound up making two of these towels – I plan on finding some pineapple hand soap and making shirts that read “Teach like a pineapple. Stand tall, wear a crown, and are sweet on the inside” for an end of year gift for Easton’s teachers. You all know how I love a themed gift!
I was getting ready to post a photo of my latest project and realized that I can’t… at least not yet. So instead I’ll have to just show you a sneak peek… pretty embroidery on luxurious velvet!
I had so many directions I wanted to go with this project that I wound up fiddling with placement(s) for the better part of a week. In the end, I edited down a lot of what I originally intended because it just wound up being “too much”. When Taylor came over the other day and saw it, she had noted she really liked it (well, hinted she would like to wear it) so I’m glad I settled on the direction I did… approval from a picky clothing person is always a good indicator if my judgement was correct.
I also need to say that I ADORE the Bernina 590. The pinpoint placement has got to be my all time favorite feature of any machine – it really helps make sure that everything is exactly where you want it (which is especially useful when you’re aiming for symmetry). I could have used this feature for a few projects that gave me hooping headaches!
With that said, I’m ready to send this beauty off. Fortunately, I have enough of this fabric left over to do something else – I’m thinking a pair of stretch velvet joggers!
Rubik’s cubes are seeing a resurgence (E’s school actually has a competitive team for puzzle cubes). If you have a fan in your household, you’ll definitely want to make one of these fun, puzzle cube footstools.
This scrappy coaster set is a great way to use up scraps and definitely screams spring with these colors!
I am fairly certain winter is never leaving, but I am so ready for warmer weather. It was cold and rainy yesterday so to channel that summer feeling I decided to embroider this beautiful Flower Flamingo in Watercolor design. 90 minutes (of stitching time) and 34 color changes later, I had this gorgeous thing come off my machine. I plan on using it as a hand towel in the guest bathroom although I’m secretly hoping no one uses it because I don’t want it getting messed up. I’m not the only one who thinks these things, right?