Monthly Archives: September 2015

Sugar Skull Star Wars Raglan

While I didn’t buy anything on Force Friday, it did motivate me to finally use some of the Star Wars Sugar Skull print that I’ve been hoarding since this summer. Since the print is a bit overwhelming, I decided that I would break it up some by making a raglan top. Even though I already have a raglan pattern (or two), I’ve decided to try a new version: Hey June’s Lane Raglan. I selected this one not only because I caught a sale, but because it has several fun options like a hood and thumb hole sleeves. I am pairing this up with a black and white stripe that I picked up from Girl Charlee (it’s thinner than the sugar skulls, but I think it will work) and some solid black jersey I have in my ‘scrap pile’ in hopes that it brings the look all together. Here’s the breakdown for my latest project:

Pattern: Hey June’s Lane Raglan

Star Wars Sugar Skull (purple colorway) from Knitorious Fabric

Black and White stripe Cotton Jersey from Girl Charlee

Total Cost:

Pattern….. $7.00
Fabric……. $26.00
Notions…. stash

Total $33.00

Floral Eleonore

09-jaliejeans2Apparently the holiday week threw me off more that I expected because not only did I forget to blog, but I missed Linky Thursday too! Now that I’m back on track, I’ll pick up where I left off… those Jalie Pull-on Jeans!

I went back to the drawing board: I traced the next size up and used a slightly stretchier fabric…. wow, what a difference that makes! This version definitely fits snug, but not so tight that it creates weird wrinkles or looks as if I am a stuffed sausage. With that said, I’m going to have to trace this pattern off again if I am wanting to use the twill slither print next. Because the slither has less stretch than the floral, there is no way that they will fit correctly if I don’t go up another size… I can’t tell you enough how excited I am to make this pair – hopefully it will look as good put together as what I see it in my mind!

Thick Thighs

09-pinkpantsEven before I ever started sewing, I knew I had “thick thigh” problems. In fact, while I was in college I walked so many hills (anyone who has ever visited the University of Kansas campus knows that Kansas is not always flat!) to class that my thighs got so muscular that I had to go up 1-2 pants sizes just to accommodate them. So, when it comes to sewing pants now, I still run into issues.

When I traced off my Eleonore, I knew that I should have gone up one size – I even had to do this in the leggings pattern solely because of my thighs… but I didn’t. Consequently, the fit in the upper thigh area is too snug (you can see it in the ‘smile lines’ along the crotch) and I’m sort of looking oddly lumpy (the lower thigh, knee, and calf fit great though). Thankfully, I was using this fabric as a ‘muslin’ so it’s back to the drawing board to trace off the next size up… maybe two sizes. As a side note, these pants are bright, but they are actually quite cute all sewn up… not nearly as bad as what I thought this color would look on.

Hot Pink Pull-on Jeans

I have embarked on my next project: Jalie’s Eleonore Pull-on Jeans. I was very excited to see this pattern released – the look of denim with the comfort of leggings! I had mentioned that I ordered a number of different denim\twill at and have decided to use the bright pink bondi denim first to test the fit… because if it doesn’t work out, I won’t be sad about ‘losing the fabric’ because it is wayyyyy too neon for my taste (by the way, I’ve washed the pink and it hasn’t toned down at all). You can find the details of this project below.

Speaking of fabric – I will soon be receiving another 12 yards in the mail… I couldn’t resist ordering a Girl Charlee Knit Fix bundle yesterday. I’m hoping this grouping is as good as the last one I bought. I’ll be sure to share what I receive when it arrives (I resisted ordering by-the-yard fabrics with this order so, hopefully, it will ship soon and be here early next week).

Pattern: Jalie’s Eleonore Pull-on Jeans

Fabric: Bright Pink Bondi Denim from

Total Cost:

Pattern….. $11.47
Fabric……. $16.47
Notions…. stash

Total $27.94

Cute on the Mannequin

09-adelaide2The long, three-day weekend totally threw me off and I forgot to post yesterday… but I didn’t forget to sew! This weekend I worked on the Adelaide project:

One great thing about shopping ready-to-wear is that you have the ability to try on a variety of different styles without the commitment of buying something. Unfortunately, sewing doesn’t work like that, so trying something ‘different’ may end up in a wadder. This pretty much sums up the Adelaide for me. It looks cute on the dressform, but totally isn’t “me” when I put it on. I went out on a limb and tried something that was “out of my style comfort zone” and sadly, it just didn’t work for me (as a side note, I also gave this to Taylor to see if she liked it and she thought it was “just o.k.” on her).

With that said, it was nice to work on a woven project for a change! The pattern went together well, but I think it may have taken longer than the 3-hours listed to put it together so keep that in mind if you’re needing a quicker sew. As for me, I think I’ll stick with styles that I know work for me.

Catwoman – The Bodysuit

09-catsuitFor those of you following along in my Catwoman Cosplay sewing, I’m happy to report that the Yaya Han body suit is complete! (Please ignore the fact that this is not a great photo – I took it “hot off the sewing machine”). Since I’ve already covered sewing tips on working with vinyl this week (you can read more about machine tension\needles and zipper insertion), it’s time to cover construction and fit!

Construction: Honestly, putting this pattern together was a breeze. Everything lined up well and the instructions were easy to follow… even the zipper went in well (especially considering I put it in on a stretch vinyl)! I am pretty sure that an advanced beginner could put this together with good results.

Fit: I’m going to start this off by saying fabric makes a HUGE difference in how this pattern will fit. My muslin for the bodysuit was a 4-way swimsuit spandex\lycra – it moved well and was extremely comfortable. The vinyl (even though it had the right amount of 4-way stretch) is definitely more form fitting (think of it as a stretchy corset) and requires a bit of assistance in putting it on (I’m not kidding, I can get both legs in and one arm, but I can’t quite manage to get the other one on by myself). With that said, the fit really is spot on, it fits like a glove and I have to admit, makes an awesome Catwoman suit! As a side note, I now know why book heroines\villians look really ‘busty’, because I look as if I might pop out of this suit and I’m not what you would call ‘well endowed’, plus there is no way they would be able to effectively fight crime\cause mayhem in these suits all day long! Now it’s time to figure out how to sew a cowl to complete this look!

The bottom line: If you’re interested in cosplay, I highly recommend this pattern – it fits and sews well and lends itself to lots of possibilities. Plus, without any modifications (and in a “cooperative” fabric), it would be very possible to create a finished bodysuit in a long day.

Linky Thursday

Questions about sewing pattern and fabric copyrights answered (with consultation from a lawyer). Great information to know!

Stitch up an easy, flowing A-Line dress. Need more A-Line goodness? How about this A-Line cape?

Learn how to stitch up an adorable, reversible tote in about an hour.

Love to transform those precut fabrics into beautiful quilts? Then enter to win a copy of Precut Primer.

These vinyl pouches aren’t just great to tote along in your purse, they look to be TSA compliant so you can put them in your carry-on as well (don’t quote me on that though).

Despite most of our efforts, pets somehow manage to sneak onto a favorite spot on the couch, bed, or chair. Protect those surfaces with this pet throw tutorial.

This video will show you how to transform a vintage jacket into a fabulous girl’s bucket bag.

Another fun way to use that tiny pom-pom trim…. This easy to sew, Breezy Tee blouse.

I never thought about upcycling those cuddly spa socks into a stuffy like these Kawaii Alpacas!

If your ironing board cover looks anything like mine, chances are you need a new one. Customize your next cover with this tutorial.

The first football games of the season are revving up. Show your school spirit by wearing one of these quick and easy double braided scarves.

More great skirts for girls – this one sports big pockets and is for 12 and under.

Ever Loving Adelaide

Awhile ago, I had mentioned that I was searching for stretch denim for the Eleonore Pull-on Jeans pattern and the folks at Jalie were kind enough to point me to who had some Bondi Stretch Denim with enough elasticity for this project (FYI, it is listed as having 10%  which is less stretch than what is needed. However they had used this material and said it had plenty). Sadly, after placing my order, the color I wanted was sold out so I had them substitute it with a bright pink… I received it late last night and man, is it bright! (also photoed are the other two stretch fabrics I ordered, the Prada Twill and Soho Stretch Floral Twill):


Honestly, the pink fabric is so vivid, I’m not sure I can use the right side of the material (because no one over the age of 6 should wear this color) so I’m popping it into the wash in hopes that it will tone down some. In the mean time, I’ve opted to start another project, Seamwork’s Adelaide (And as you can tell, I couldn’t resist the Guys & Dolls reference in today’s headline). I had been meaning to make this for quite some time, but never found fabric that I wanted to make it in. This time I opted for a solid (non-black) rayon challis – a thinner material than what is suggested, but I thought it might soften the look some and make it look a bit dressier. Here’s the details of this project:

Pattern: Seamwork Magazine’s Adelaide

Fabric: Rayon challis from Hancock Fabrics

Total Cost:

Pattern….. $6.00 (subscription rate)
Fabric……. $15.00
Notions…. $12.63

Total $33.63

Sewing Zippers in Stretch Vinyl

08-bodysuitI’m just going to jump right into this post and say that I have a confession to make. I have committed a number of sewing “no-no’s” while inserting the zipper in my bodysuit:

  1. I tried. I really tried. I tried not to baste my seam together but keeping a neat and even seam on vinyl is tough. So, I used the thinnest needle (that would hold a stitch on the material) possible and basted the seam anyway. There were tiny puncture marks after I removed the stitches, but they are pretty minute and not visible unless you look for them.
  2. I pinned the zipper. I discovered that tape is extremely difficult to remove from the vinyl so I opted not to use this method and used thin, silk pins along what would be the topstitched area instead. As far as I can tell, you can’t see any permanent holes so I think I kept them fairly lined up along the sewing line.
  3. I didn’t baste the zipper. I tried to avoid making any extra holes in the material than what was necessary (and I feared sewing over the material too many times would tear\rip the vinyl) so I risked it and sewed the zipper directly from the front… very carefully.
  4. I used cooking spray. Yes, you read that right. I used Pam in my sewing room. I used a light coat as a lubricant to keep the presser foot from sticking when stitching on top of the vinyl (because I still haven’t purchased a teflon foot). It worked very well – too bad I didn’t know that before I stitched in the collar and left all that tissue paper behind.

What does that mean? It means the zipper on this body suit probably isn’t the best one that I’ve ever put in, but overall it looks pretty darn good, the seams are perfectly aligned, and it was a lot easier than what I had prepared myself for. If your decide to make this bodysuit with vinyl, I highly recommend using some (if not all) of the “no-no’s” listed above and definitely keep that Pam handy in your sewing room!