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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.

Linky Thursday

Keep your sewing room tidy with this easy to sew hanging organizer. After you check out the tutorial, be sure to enter their giveaway for 6 Jennifer Jangles patterns.

Get pool ready by sewing up a pair of bikini bottoms (don’t worry, the top will be posted next week).

Who says snakes can’t be snuggly? This project is perfect for working on with your kids this summer.

Mother’s Day may be over, but it’s never too late to sew mom up a pretty apron, like this heart and ruffle version.

Cool summer nights call for a pair of wide leg palazzo pants.

There’s no better way than to preserve memories and add interest to your bedroom than by sewing a cozy t-shirt quilt.

There’s not a pattern (more of a diagram) for this 1930’s top, but it’s so cute (an only an hour of sewing time), it might be worth the effort to give it a try.

Looking for a no-sew shirt option for summer? Here’s 5 options from WabiSobi.

This cross back tank is cute not matter if your working out or just a casual summer look.

Love a good mystery? Enter to win this mystery box chock full of fabric, notions, tools, and more.

My favorite style of purse is the backpack and this City Backpack is free. Looking to make a mini-backpack? This one is an adorable version.

Up Next

I am starting to accumulate rather large chunks of French terry remnants. They’re not really big enough to do pants or a shirt, but I’m fairly confident that I could squeeze out some shorts with them. I asked around what everyone’s favorite pattern was to use with French Terry and got a pretty overwhelming response: Portlanders.

Admittedly, after my first attempt at this pattern, I threw everything away – I just didn’t see myself making this again (I do wear the lounge pants I made quite often around the house – even though I’m not a fan of the waistband, I do love the fit and feel of them . However, after such an overwhelming response from everyone about it and because I’m opting to make the shorts instead of the pants, I’ve decided to give this one another go. I went ahead and printed everything off again (and left the waistband unmodified, although I may shave off some of the width before I start sewing) and have mentally prepared myself that the directions aren’t that useful.

Dolman Blank

With the long weekend here in the US, I found that I had a bit of extra time in the sewing room. On a whim, I decided that I needed a trendy graphic tee to wear, but not like any kind of tee, more along the lines of the ones in boutiques. This time I set out to make a dolman style shirt with a high-low hemline… and Jalie’s Dolman seemed perfect for this venture.

I’ve made this top several times and I always love the results and this time was no exception. I wound up using a remnant that I found in my stash –  a super soft gray cotton knit. It feels wonderful to wear and looks great the way it does… so now I’m having second thoughts about adding anything to it. I may just wear this out a few times “as is” and then embellish it later on down the road if it still feels like it needs something.

When Life Gives You Lemons

If you follow enough online fabric groups you start noticing a trend in popular themes. I’m pretty sure this summer it’s fruit – mostly lemons and pineapples. I can’t say that I’m immune to it either because what I’ve been seeing has been pretty darn cute…. and yes, I finally snagged some.

This bundle (the lemons are double brushed poly and the solid is a rayon blend) appeared on SoSewEnglish’s website last weekend and I was fortunate enough to snag one. Now I have no idea how I want to use either of them, but I know it needs to be soon so that I can channel their summery vibe.

Linky Thursday

Looking forward to summer days, lounging by the pool in a wide brimmed hat? Start making it a reality when you sew up this free Set Sail Hat. While you’re at it, be sure to check out this ultimate pool bag, too!

If you’re looking for a fun hack, be sure to check out It’s Always Autumn’s latest tutorial on how to use her (free) raglan pattern to make a halter dress. Looking for something that doesn’t require a pattern? This lace, yoke back, t-shirt dress looks like the perfect alternative.

Ready to transform a lost sock into something fun for summer? Then look no further than this Sock Shark. Adorable!

Enter to win this OVO travel iron – perfect for taking to classes or just having on hand for small projects.

Keep your jewelry organized, tangle free, and in one place when you’re on the go with this DIY travel jewelry organizer.

Father’s Day will soon be approaching and if you looking to sew something up for dad, how about this Money Clip Wallet? Don’t need a wallet and dad is more of a fisherman? Then sew him up a denim and wool fish pillow instead!

Customize your Converse by covering your Chucks with fabric.

This is no ordinary nursing cover. This version has a “secret pocket” so you can easily stash wipe, nursing pads, you name it!

Picnics in the park just got more comfortable with this quilted, waterproof blanket.

Distressed Camo Hoodie

This year, I’m trying my best to make sure that I don’t leave any projects unfinished…. so before I got distracted by new projects, I thought that I would finally tackle that Ottobre hoodie that I had mentioned back in March.

Let me start off by saying, once the fabric was cut and the materials were prepped (setting the grommets for the hood and adding interfacing for the zipper), I set this everything aside for the day because I just wasn’t feeling this project. Then I forced myself to finish the next day… and I glad I did because I actually had fun sewing it. Everything came together well and even the zipper worked out the first time (which I was dreading inserting on a knit). Plus the fabric in this one is lightweight enough to wear during chilly summer nights and the fit is perfect.

Now that it’s finished, here’s a few notes about this pattern if you decide to try it for yourself: First off, the grommet size seems a bit small – 6mm (or 1/4″) looks great on the hoodie, but I struggled to get my drawstring through it. The drawstring is a pretty cool concept though – instead of having cords dangling, it lays flat and is sewn into the seam. Secondly, the pocket is supposed to be attached with a flatlock seam on a serger (so it has that unfinished, finished look). I really didn’t have threads that looked good enough to be shown on the outside of the jacket, so I skipped this part and finished the edges (I also skipped flatlocking the shoulder seams as well, although it would have looked very cool with this material). Lastly, I attached the bindings, cuffs, and bottom band differently than outlined in the directions (I just folded in half, sewed it to the edge, and pressed upwards) – this was easier especially since I was skipping flatlocking the edges.

Beachcomber Pt. 2

One of most talked about styles from the Royal Wedding this weekend had to be Pippa’s dress, which looks very similar to a can of Arizona tea. I thought this was a funny comparison… until I walked into my sewing room on Saturday to finish my romper and thought that my latest project look even more like a can of Arizona tea that what Pippa’s dress did. So here you have it – the Arizona Tea Romper.

But enough about the fabric, how about the pattern? Overall, I really like it. I am not a huge fan of the sleeve bands (next time I would go for a slightly larger sleeve, omit the band, and just hem it), but the fit is good (it’s fitted enough that it doesn’t look like you’re wearing a sac and has just enough blouse at the waistline) and it’s easy to wear. I was pleasantly surprised that my fabric had enough stretch that I didn’t need to add the keyhole to the neckline (I contemplated adding snaps along the crotch if a keyhole looked like it was necessary). I’ll definitely be making this one again, but in a completely different material…. one that doesn’t resemble a beverage or food.