Monthly Archives: June 2018

Rose

Sewing with knits not your favorite? Looking for a great button down shirt this summer with several different options? Then Jalie’s latest pattern, Rose is the pattern for you! This design is for a relaxed-fit sleeveless, button down top with an optional shoulder ruffle and tie. All versions also have a rounded hem, back yoke, forward shoulder seam and box pleat at the back – adult versions also have bust darts.

When I tested this pattern, I went with the “standard” version (no pocket) and stitched it up in a Gertie cotton print (because what screams summer more that a pretty cherry design? This was also one of the easiest button down shirts that I’ve made and came together in a day! As for the fit, keep in mind that it is designed to be relaxed – if you want something slightly more fitted I suggest you go down at least one size.

Links for the Weekend

Put those scraps to good use and whip up a new leash for your pet. While you’re visiting the site, be sure to enter to win a Zoologie fat quarter bundle.

These placemats are perfect for your next picnic or outdoor BBQ – the handy pocket keeps all your utensils in one place.

I’ve been seeing a lot of off the shoulder button up shirts in stores recently. Here’s a great tutorial on upcycling a man’s shirt to make this trendy top.

This crisscross card wallet is perfect for holding all those loyalty cards.

Learn how to make a t-shirt from an existing tee.

It seems like there is a boom in plush tutorials and patterns – this week’s adorable sock critter is a raccoon.

Have a Cricut Maker? Get this cute Girl’s Backpack pattern to upload into Design Space. (And now I NEED a Cricut Maker)

Remember those bikini bottoms I wrote about last week? Here’s the top to go with it!

Have a baby shower, but not quite sure what to sew? This post has tons of ideas including my hooded towel tutorialOff for summer

These fabric bookmarks are a great kid’s project and a nice incentive to get your child into summer reading.

Not only does this hooded unicorn blanket look snuggly and fun, but it has a pretty awesome rainbow fringe.

This video teaches you how to transform a pair of jeans into shortalls.

Mimosa

I had a dentist appointment this morning (ugh), so I never really had the opportunity to sit down and do a Linky Thursday post (have no fear, I’ll post tomorrow). So, instead, I thought I would show you another Jalie pattern that I had the opportunity to test… the Mimosa scoopneck t-shirt(s)! This is a relaxed tee that has a curved hem with a side slit, scooped neck, and several sleeve options: a short rolled sleeve, a short sleeve with ties, and a long sleeve with optional shoulder flounce.

I actually tried two of these; the long sleeved version (without the flounce) in a double brushed poly and the short sleeve tie version made in a rayon poly type blend. Both of these are exactly what you would come to expect in a Jalie tee pattern – both of these versions whipped up quickly and look great on right out of the package. With that said, the tie sleeve version is definitely my favorite. Not only is it fun, it’s different than anything I currently have in my closet right now. I do have plans to eventually make the rolled short sleeve version, but haven’t found the “right” material I want to use with it – so stay tuned for progress on the front!

 

Eliane

If you’re a health care professional, you know that scrubs can be expensive. Taylor has been working as a CNA & CMA while she’s earning her nursing degree and up until now she’s bought them… that is until I tested Jalie’s latest pattern, Eliane!

The Eliane is a scrub top with a mock wrap style design that has side vents and an elastic gathering in the back (so your top has some shaping, but it’s still comfortable too) and plenty of (large) pockets! This top is made for wovens – which gave me plenty of design options (I went with a colorful “bubble” print and a coordinating solid), not to mention the fact that it was just a fun sew. Pair these up with a Vanessa pant and you’ve got yourself a custom scrub set!

 

Gerald

Since yesterday’s post was about Jalie’s new women’s underwear pattern, why not keep the theme and show the men’s version? The Gerald can be made as a brief, mid-thigh shorts or long johns / leggings with a contoured pouch that can either be made seamless or with a horizontal fly.

 

I wound up making father\son seamless boxer briefs out of a cotton lycra print from Knitorious. They were super simple to make and fit without any need for modifications. According to the guys these were nicely supportive and fit more snug than store-bought; they tend to wear them quite a bit so that says a lot on their comfort level! This pattern also comes in a legging length – both Easton and Bret and requesting these for the upcoming winter since they tend to wear them when they play sports to keep warm.

Julia

If you haven’t heard the news, Jalie is releasing their new patterns today! This also means that I can finally share with you some of the projects that I’ve been working on behind the scenes!

I had the wonderful opportunity to test a number of Jalie’s latest releases and thought I would start with one of my favorites, the Julia; which includes a camisole, bralette, and underwear (I opted to make the camisole and matching low cut underwear). What sets this apart from other styles is that both are finished with fold over elastic and the underwear has a crossover illusion.

I’ve had the opportunity to wear these for awhile now and have to say that both are super comfy – I wore my Julias while we were on vacation where I did an abundance of walking and didn’t get a wedgie! As for fabrics, I opted to make mine both out of cotton (I did not use powernet for the bralette lining as I really didn’t need the extra support), but I think that the camisole would make a fantastic top if you used a drapey material. Now I’m on the hunt for fun fold over elastics – like the rainbow style that I used on the right.

Portlander Shorts

I’ve tried the pants. I’ve tried the shorts. Now I can say that I’m officially over the Portlander‘s pattern.

While this version looks adorable, I have to say that these can’t come out of the house. The fabric is on the thin side and fit is a lot “clingier” than what I expected them to be – which is fine for sleeping, but I was hoping I would end up with something more wearable (which is a shame because the stripe matching was perfect). Consequently, I’ll be on the hunt for a new pattern that works great for French Terry – I’m open to suggestions!

I should probably add that I did make a few changes to this pattern. The biggest one is that I shaved of 2″ on the waistband (if you’re adding grommets, you’ll need to adjust the placement). This really helped thin out the overall look and comfort of the waistband, but I think I could have taken off another 1″ and still been fine. I also used French Terry for the waistband which is not necessarily something I would recommend. My fabric had a pretty good amount of stretch, but it’s probably at the bare minimum, so it was a bit more tricky to work with and definitely has a snugger feel around the waist.