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I Made Pants!!!!!!!!!!!!

I did A LOT of sewing this weekend!! I made three Jalie tops and one pair of Jalie pants!!! Can you believe it–I made pants!!!! I have never-ever made pants before, and I was kind of terrified of putting in a fly, but it wasn’t really so bad. But before we get to the pants, here are the tops:

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I made this one first. I love, love, love this pattern. I have several oversized, fleece versions of this pattern, but I’ve never really made a regular-sized version of this top. I have a whole navy, polka-dot theme going on with my Wardrobe Contest entry, so I decided to use two of my polka-dot fabrics on this top.

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Although I LOVE the cut of this top, I’m not really in-love with my polka-dot version. It kinda looks a little pajama-y with the two different dot patterns, and the cut does NOT work with my other Wardrobe Contest entries.

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It’s definitely the wrong top for this green skirt!! So, I decided not to enter this top–this meant I need another top and I needed to try to salvage my remaining polka-dot fabric.

Enter Jalie 2682

I had less than a yard left of the polka-dot fabric, so this meant some creative pattern cutting. If I had had more of the fabric, I could have matched the pattern better, but here’s what I was able to do with what I had left.

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I couldn’t match the back.

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Right now, I feel like the length is a little to long. I think I am going to adjust the hem to here:

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Next up was Jalie 2910

This might be my new favorite pattern!! I usually can’t wear wrap-tops or wrap-dresses. I just don’t have the bust for it–but this top is a wonder!! I made size S (instead of T) because I was worried about gaping. The fabric was an ITY jersey knit and perhaps the most slippery fabric that I have tried to sew. That stuff was slipping and sliding everywhere.

Here’s the front:

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Here’s the back:

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I just love the neckline and collar on this top!

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Just love this top–in fact, I love it so much that I wore it to dinner on Saturday night.

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Now for the pants….I was very worried about making pants, but I decided to go big or go home. I have been wanting a pair of bright yellow pants and so I thought I would try Jalie 2909 in bright-yellow stretch twill. Although I could have gotten away with a size U, I made a size V because I didn’t want tight pants. I graded the legs down to a size K at the ankle to make a more tapered leg. I was quite concerned about putting in the fly–I had never done this before–but it really wasn’t too bad. I just put on my zipper foot and followed the Jalie directions and it went in like a charm.

Here’s the finished front view:

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Here’s the back view–but I really hate showing pictures of my butt.

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And here’s a picture of the waist because I don’t want to end with a picture of my butt:

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I really didn’t know I could make pants!! Stay tuned for many more pairs of Jalie 2909!!!

Butterick 5922

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I’ve made Butterick 5922 before and I will make it again!! It’s a super-easy pattern that produces great results. This is my second top and fourth item that I have made for the Pattern Review Wardrobe contest. I used some stretch pique that I bought from Fabrics.com. This polka-dot print has a good deal of stretch but also good amount of heft. I wanted sleeves on this top so I added some cap sleeves that I took from my Jalie 2805 pattern. These sleeves were the perfect size and no adjusting was needed–I love it when that happens!!

Here’s the untucked version:

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Here’s the back view–on hindsight, I should have matched the dots!!!!

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I like this top a lot and think it works well with my green skirt.

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Four pieces down, five to go!!

So I went to the Walmart to buy some interfacing…

because Walmart is the only store in Boonetowne that sells interfacing at 9AM. I was ready to get my interfacing and get home when I stopped to check out theĀ  $1.50/yard sale bin. This is dangerous territory for me because who can pass up $1.50/yard fabric???? Certainly not me!!! Well, it must have been fate because there in the sale bin was this navy and white striped fabric that was calling my name. I have no idea what kind of fabric it was and is–it’s definitely synthetic with a little bit of stretch. It looks like it’s a double-knit but it doesn’t have a double knit stretch. So, of course I bought two yards of it.

I took it home, washed it, and decided to try making a jacket to go with my Butterick skirt and my Jalie top. I used Simplicity 1499, a vest pattern, and added sleeves (from Jalie 2805.) I also bound the edges with some stretch fabric I had in my stash.

Here is the result:

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This is going to be the third piece that I enter into the Pattern Review Wardrobe Contest. Here it is with the other two pieces that I have made so far:

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I spent a LOT of time trying to match the stripes and am pretty proud of the results. There’s a lot of seam-ripping and cursing in those matched stripes:

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This jacket will count as one of my two “sewist’s choices.” This means three pieces down, six to go.

Love this jacket! I’m wearing it to work on Monday!!! I love when I have something new to wear to work on Mondays. It makes a Monday almost bearable!!

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NOW FOR A BEHIND-THE-SCENE LOOK AT WHAT HAPPENS WHEN I’M TAKING PICTURES OF MY CREATIONS:

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While I was taking my pictures in front of the beautiful forsythia, Louise stole the bananas out of the fruit bowl on our KITCHEN COUNTER!!! She then took the bananas out into the back yard and tried to eat them. When I was carrying the fully dressed dress-form into the house, I saw her with something yellow in the corner of the yard. I went over to investigate and found a half-eaten banana. Of course I then abandoned the dress form in the yard and ran in the house to Google “dogs” and “bananas.” Thankfully, bananas are not toxic for dogs!! But even so, I am moving the fruit bowl.

More about Jalie 2921 and Butterick 6102

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When last we spoke, I wasn’t so sure how I felt about Butterick 6102. Since that time, I have done the following things: (a) I bought myself a new iron–the steam function had died on my old iron; and (b) I hemmed the darn thing. It’s amazing what a good iron and a hem will do for a skirt!!! I do officially like this skirt–I like the A-line and I actually like the pleats now that they are ironed down!! It’s made out of a kelly green linen that wrinkles like crazy, but the color is so beautiful that I almost don’t mind the propensity for wrinkles. The skirt went together easy-peasy. I serged all of the seams because the linen looked ready to unravel, and I hate unraveling fabric.

Here’s the back view:

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Here’s a side view with one of my assistants:

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The Jalie top was fun to put together. The fabric is a navy and ivory pique that I got from Fabric.com.

This top was fun to sew–after you attach one side of the tie to the neckline, you roll the front and back up into the tie and then finish sewing the front of the tie to the back. It sounds crazy, but it works. How do the Jalie people figure this stuff out??? I will definitely be making this one again!

Here’s a close-up tucked in:

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And then un-tucked:

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And now, a little evidence that spring has finally come to Boonetowne:

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Wardrobe Contest Pieces 1 & 2

Here are my first two makes for the mini-wardrobe contest: Jalie 2921 and Butterick 6102. I love the Jalie top–I’ll be making this one again. I’m not quite sure about the skirt. The pleats are a little wonky, I’m not quite sure what to do about the hem. Right now, I feel like the outfit is a little Mary Tyler Moore-ish. I’m hoping if I shorten the hem a little things will start looking a little better.

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I’m In!

I’m entering the Pattern Review Wardrobe contest: 4 tops, 3 bottoms, 2 sewist’s choice & all have to coordinate.

2015 Wardrobe Contest

A Giant Door Carrot!

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I was in need of a new door decoration for Easter, and I decided that I wanted something big and unusual. I also wanted something that wasn’t an egg or a bunny. After several good hours on Pinterest, I decided I wanted a giant carrot–nothing screams Easter and spring like a giant carrot. I also decided that I could make this giant carrot.

After a trip to Michaels to purchase my orange and green paints, I found some black twill in my stash and drew the outline of my carrot. I then cut out a front and back and sewed these two pieces together.

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I clipped and turned these pieces and stuffed the carrot part with a little fiber-fill. I then decided to add some wire to the leaves so they wouldn’t droop.

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I cut the wire pieces and bent them to match the leaves, then I stuffed them inside the leaves and added a little more fiber-fill. I stitched the opening that I had been using for stuffing purposes closed. Next, I inserted two grommets to use for hanging the carrot.

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I primed the whole thing with white wall paint. Then, after the primer dried, I used orange spray paint and painted the carrot.

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I kept up the painting and drying cycle until I had all the colors applied. I let the thing dry over night, and then I added the ribbons.

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I hung the thing up on the door, and “Ta Da!!” People, I give you my giant door carrot!!

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