Once upon a time, Easton was my go-to blog photographer – he took the best shots. Now that he’s a tween… well, you get what you get (especially when it comes to pattern testing). With that said, I should probably apologize for the “action shots” of my next (new) Jalie pattern to review, the Nikita.
So, let me start off by saying that this is one of my favorite patterns of the new collection. I don’t wear a lot of dresses, but I can totally see myself making several Nikitas this summer (unless it never warms up then I’ll be making several of these with coordinating Charlottes.
The pattern comes in two variations a tank and dress with a closed back or keyhole options. I LOVE this keyhole – it totally adds a bit of spice to the pattern. Not to mention the fact that I adore how the back wraps around the front ever so slightly – it totally changes up the look of this shift style (and it’s pretty slimming too).
I started wearing quite a few cardigans during the fall last year – I found that they were a great layering piece, especially when the temperature was fluctuating a lot during the day. So when I had the opportunity to test the Charlotte, I jumped at the chance.
I adore this pattern – especially the cropped version. For my first version, I used a pretty floral sweater knit that I had been hoarding in my stash for quite awhile. When I made this I had planned on wearing it with a coordinating (pink) dress for Easter, but then the weather decided it was done being winterish (for just that weekend, we had second\third winter shortly after) and was too warm to wear in the end. I do plan on sewing another version up with a lighter weight fabric to wear this spring once we move (I am anticipating that I might be a bit chilled there for awhile).
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!