Rainier in Plaid

09-raglanAfter a brief brainstorming session, I decided to put one of my September KnitFix fabrics to use making a new shirt. Because I apparently believe that one can not have too many raglan shirt patterns and decided to try out a new one… The Rainier Raglan (I purchased this pattern quite some time ago and never put it together until this weekend). I bought a “papyrus”  rayon spandex for the body of the shirt and used the plaid for the sleeves and neckline. In the end, I wound up adding a small pocket because it just added a bit more interest to the shirt.

As for the fit, it’s a bit snug in the chest (it has some pulling on the upper bust area – I’m not sure that anyone but a sewist would notice though): I was a smidge larger in the bust than a small but the medium was going to be way too loose. Instead of cutting in between sizes, I went with a small (because the models for this shirt doesn’t look very fitted) and now realize that I could have went up a size without too much issue.  Otherwise, this was a easy sew and fits very well everywhere else. Chances are I won’t be able to wear this one anyway because Taylor keeps telling me how much she likes it.

I still have quite a bit of this plaid left over and plan on using it very soon for another project as well – I think this print far better than what I expected I would!

September Knit Fix

If you were wondering what some of the fabrics inside Girl Charlee‘s September Knit Fix, I have the answer! My bag arrived Wednesday afternoon and I have been pondering what to do with some of my new treasures ever since. Here’s what was inside:


From left to right: Black and white diamond rows on cotton spandex knit, Green red mustard plaid cotton jersey blend knit, Green botanical spots on black Ponte de Roma knit, Gray black vintage ethnic jersey blend knit, Rose pink gray floral jersey blend knit, Black small cream stripe cotton jersey knit.

This time I made the mistake of watching others receive their bags on the Girl Charlee Knitfix Facebook Group and sort of got my heart set on a particular one…. this one was not it. It’s not a bad grouping of fabrics – I love the stripe and the ethnic and diamond knits the best, but it’s not the bag I was wishing for (note to self, don’t watch the group to see what others got until after I receive my own!). The floral is fine (although I don’t wear a lot of floral print), but on the thinner side and the plaid is not in the colorway I wanted (it is also not a 4 way stretch so it won’t work for leggings). That green ‘botanical spots’ print is what really has me stumped, though. The fabric itself has a nice feel, but that print is very BOLD, even for me (plus I realized after I got this fabric, I never wear green). With that said, I’ve washed all the fabrics and am mulling over what I want to make with each of them (there is a contest going on this month where you can enter to win a free October bag by stitching up Indy patterns from the fabrics in you September Knit Fix bag…. so I’m motivated to make some awesome garments!).

09-dglg2On the sewing home front, I’ve been doing a bit of machine embroidery! Taylor went through formal rush and joined a sorority this past week so I decided to purchase some cute Greek Alphabet letters to embellish some shirts, etc. (appliqued shirts usually run about $25+ in stores\online, I spent $12, including the purchase of the embroidery files!). Since making this design so has requested a second, long sleeved, yellow chevron pocketed version (how’s that for specific?) to wear when it gets cool….. guess what I’m working on today?


Linky Thursday

Enter to win the gorgeous new Bernina 530 Swiss Red sewing machine!

Even a beginner can sew this pretty Elegance Pleated Clutch.

Create an Anthropologie inspired Comino top with this free pattern!

Swoon is one of my favorite bag pattern designers and now you can get her Alice Shopper Tote for free! Speaking of bags, this article on Interfacing Bags & Totes is a great read!

Getting chilly in the mornings\evenings? Head out with a Homeboy Hoodie and stay cozy.

Keep little heads warm with adorable beanies.… there’s even 4 styles to choose from!

In the US, today is Constitution Day! Celebrate by sewing a patriotic sock monkey (of course this makes an Awesome Captain American sock monkey too)!

Sew a skirt that can be worn every day – it’s that easy to sew!

Speaking of easy, this dress isn’t just easy to sew, it’s straight up flattering to wear too…. plus its free. Head over and get your Fit and Flare Dress now!

Get ready for Halloween! This parrot costume will impress everyone and is easy to sew!

Favorite tee got a hole? Now you don’t have to throw it out, just remake it into a pair of underwear.

You know all those decorative stitches we have on our machines but never use? Now you can put them to work making this sewing machine cover.

What makes this lunch bag different from others? It features a wide mouth opening so larger items can fit inside and everything can be easily seen.

Force Friday Shirt (A Bit Late)

09-lanedone…. And just like that my Lane Raglan is finished! This pattern had several options that I omitted that sped up the sewing process. First off, there is the hood. I initially cut out the pieces for the hood started sewing it and looked at how it fit and have to admit, it just didn’t work with this shirt. The pattern on the fabric is really bold and adding more with the hood just made it too much. Plus the hood itself is too large for the shirt (IMHO) so I sort of looked like a Sith Lord when I put it on (chances are I would never wear the hood anyway).

The second option is adding thumb holes to the cuffs. I intended on doing this, but when I sewed my first cuff I left a hole (not the thumb hole, this was a hole that was in the seam) and I just couldn’t figure out how to fix it (I tried, I just kept missing it) so I scrapped the whole idea of adding thumb hole cuffs to my shirt because I only had enough material to remake one cuff (note to self: go buy more basic black knit). I’m sort of kicking myself now for not figuring out my mistake because this sleeve is really made to have thumb holes – they are very long and the cuff comes to mid-hand.

The length on this is a bit odd – it’s clearly too long for me and hits me at a weird spot. It’s like it’s longer than a ‘standard’ shirt, but not long enough to wear with a legging to qualify it as a tunic. I think in the end I’ll just scrunch it up and wear it where I think it should hit me – the band at the bottom should keep it in place. It also runs a tad larger than what I expected. My sizing places me somewhere in between a ‘small’ and a ‘medium’ (I cut in between these line), but I clearly could have cut a straight out ‘small’ and been fine.

Overall, I like this shirt a lot – it’s a bit crazy looking and seems as if it’s made for Halloween (I think it’s the stripes with the purple combo), but it should be fun to wear when the weather turns cool. If I make this pattern again, I’ll definitely make some changes and definitely work on those thumb hole cuffs!

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 Fabric.com 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 Fabric.com

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.