A few weeks ago, I fell in love with this Gucci top:
I decided I could use Jalie 3352 and make my own Gucci-inspired dolman top. So, I got some royal blue sweatshirt fleece and a butterfly applique and made this top:
It was a pretty good first attempt, but I did not really like the way the fleece draped. I felt like the top was wayyy too boxy and I didn’t love the sleeve length. I decided to try again.
So I took out my seam ripper and removed the sequin applique. Then I went to our Walmart and found some royal-blue scuba knit. This time I cut a size T but added about 4 inches to the hem. Here is version 2:
This one was better, but the scuba knit was not really applique-friendly. It puckered around the butterfly and did not look good. I knew sequin applique wouldn’t last another seam-ripping, so I went to http://www.sequinappliques.com to get another butterfly and saw this embroidered, butterfly applique:
I could not believe my luck!!! This was just what I needed for my Gucci inspired top. I bought it up in an instant, and then I went to Fabric.com and found this royal-blue, lacey sweater-knit:
I bought this up too and set to work on version 3. This time I cut a size Z–I wanted it loose. I also altered the neckline by using the crew-neck from Jalie 2805. Here’s how it turned out:
I am in love with this version!! I especially love the sweater knit has a lace-like look. I guess the third time really is the charm!! Here are a few more pix with my sewing assistants:
After I made this dress, I had some fabric left over and I decided I wanted to use it to make a top. I love this blue-green stripe and I could not bear the thought of throwing any of it away. I had to use every inch of it. Does anyone else do this??
I decided to make a long-sleeve raglan top using Jalie 3245. I’ve made this pattern multiple times–I love it–but for some reason I can’t do scoop necks very well.Usually I add a hood to change up the scoop neck, but I wanted more of a tradition raglan top. So, I decided to try and alter the neck line on this pattern. Enter Jalie 2805. This pattern has an awesome crew-neck option. So here’s what I did: I laid a piece of tracing paper on my cutting table. Then, I took the front and sleeve pieces for the raglan top and laid them on top of the tracing paper as if they were sewn together. I traced the original raglan neckline onto the tracing paper. Then I laid the front of the crew-neck top over the pieces and traced the crew-neck neckline onto the tracing paper. I then cut out the two pieces of paper that fell between the necklines and taped them to the raglan front and sleeve. These pieces turned the scoop neck into a crew neck. Here’s what it looked like when I taped the tracing paper pieces to the original raglan pattern.
I cut the front and back from the leftover navy-green stripe. I cut sleeves and neckband from this navy knit that I bought from Fabric.com. I cut the neckband at two inches wide, made the sleeves full-length, and added sleeve cuffs. Here’s the finished product:
I love this top!! I will be making this crew-neck version again, and probably again.
I had a ton of the navy knit, so I decided to try Jalie 3248, the drop pocket cardigan. I’ve been wanting to make this pattern for quite a while, but I got a little obsessed with the Jalie cocoon cardigan and could not switch my focus. But that was then and this is now, and now is about the drop pocket.
This is a pretty straightforward pattern once you get the hang of sewing the front pieces to the back at the shoulders. That took a little rereading and picture-studying for me, but once I did it, the instructions made perfect sense. Although I usually wear a size S or T in Jalie if I want a tailored top, I cut a size U because I wanted an oversized sweater. I also added cuffs to the sleeves and 1.25 inches to the base of the front and back.
It’s a cozy sweater. I’m going to make this one again–same size and length using some heavy-weight sweater knit. It’s a great slouchy sweater pattern.
Now for some pictures of my assistants:
What do you call a group of skirts? A herd? A school? A gaggle? Well, I made a gaggle of skirts using McCall’s 6654 and six different stretch fabrics. I’ve used this pattern before and it’s super easy and super fast. So I was able to make all six skirts in two days.
I made three versions of view A. First up was this one using this stretch cotton from Mood. Did I mention that the pattern only has three pieces–front, back, and waistband–and all three pieces can be cut from just ONE yard of fabric!!!
Next, I made this version from another stretch cotton from Mood.
Finally, I decided to make one last version of View A from some leftover fabric that I had from this dress. This fabric also came from Mood.
On day 2, I made three versions of View F. I started by using a piece of mid-weight knit that I have had in my stash for a while–I think it originally came from Fabric.com. I cut the pieces on the bias and really like how it turned out.
Then I cut a version out of some Nicole Miller scuba knit that I bought from JoAnn’s back in March. I love the design on this fabric, but it made for tricky pattern arranging. At first, I cut this piece for the back–but I had second and third thoughts about this design on my butt.
Not a good pattern to have over a butt! So I re-cut and ended up with this:
Then last but not least I cut this version from some stretch fabric I bought in the sale room at Golden D’Or Fabrics in Dallas.
Although this is probably one of the easiest skirt patterns in the world, it was still a super-satisfying project. Six yards of fabric and six new skirts!!!
Navy blue and kelly green. Is there any better color combination??? Seriously, is there?? I think I’m in a navy and green phase. I can’t get enough of it. Maybe it’s because I lived through the whole preppy trend during the 1980’s and navy blue and green were EVERYWHERE. In fact, I even had a pair of kelly green espadrilles back in the day–man, I wish I had kept them. Kelly green espadrilles would rock this make of McCall’s 6886.
I bought this navy and green stripe from Mood a few months ago. I bought it because I love stripes and knits and, of course, the colors were my thing. When it got to my house, I realized that I had scored and should have bought way more of this fabric. It’s a really great ponte knit, with 4 way stretch and an almost heavy weight. It is so, so good.
I had been sitting on McCall’s 6886 for a while and finally decided it was time. Although I usually cut a size 12, I got concerned that the 12 might be too clingy and so I cut a 14. As a point of reference, my hip measurement is 39 inches and the pattern envelope states that the “finished garment measurement” at the hips is 37.5 for size 12 and 39.5 for size 14. The 14 turned out to be too big. I ended up taking the side seams in one inch on both sides.
Other than the size issue, this pattern is a breeze. I deviated from the directions and sewed the sleeves in flat and then closed the side seams. I also added a neckband.
This is a really quick and fun make. It’s a total of 4 pattern pieces if you add a neck band. I used my serger and then coverstitched the hems, and I was able to cut, sew, and hem in about two hours time.
After I took all these pictures, I realized that my left sleeve was laying wonky. I had rolled it up to see if the sleeves needed to be shorter, and then evidently I neglected to fully unroll it, and this pictures make it look like a crazy hem. I probably should have taken some new pictures, but I am lazy and taking pictures is an ordeal!! So instead, I’ll post another shot to prove my sleeve hems aren’t wonky.
I follow Nina Garcia on Instagram and a few weeks ago she posted a picture of herself wearing the top above. I immediately became a little obsessed with this top and so I did some internet sleuthing and discovered that it was a Gucci top that retailed for $1,490.00!!! Holy moly!!! Who knew that people spend that kind of money on a top?????
Since there was no way in heaven and earth that I was going to forgo groceries and a mortgage payment to buy this Gucci top, I decided to try and make it. I knew I could use my trusty Jalie 3352 for the dolman pattern. I decided not to use lace, but the lace would have definitely been cool. Instead, I used some royal blue sweatshirt fleece that I got from Fabric.com. I made the varsity stripes out of some red and white striped sweatshirt fleece that I bought from Girl Charlee. I thought about embroidering the butterfly onto the fleece, but I don’t have a hoop big enough to make a giant butterfly, and the shirt really needs a giant butterfly. Instead, I ordered this giant sequin applique from sequinappliques.com.
As usual, I cut the largest size, FF, in this pattern because I wanted it to be loose and drapey. I did end up taking it in about 2 inches on both sides because, as I learned, sweatshirt fabric doesn’t really drape all that well.
I had never worked with a sequin applique and wasn’t quite sure how to apply it. After researching various methods, I decided to use my free-motion foot and sew that thing on. This worked surprisingly well.
This is an admittedly unusual top, but after I saw it on Instagram, I could not let it go. I just kept thinking–I could make that top. So now I’ve made it!! I’m not sure when and where I will wear it, but I will wear it. Nina styled her Gucci version with some black Yves Saint Laurent pants and some strappy silver heels. I’m not sure I can get away with that here in Boonetowne!! For now, I’m styling it with jeans.
I don’t think one is supposed to smile when modeling high fashion. So here are my serious poses:
School starts on August 16!!! In 3 short weeks, summer will officially end!! I realize that August is technically a summer month, and that many of you will be vacationing and spending days at the pool well into September, but for teachers, summer ends when school begins. It is a VERY difficult transition.
This year, in an attempt to ease my transition and increase my late-summer wardrobe, I have decided to make myself some new school clothes. First up is Vogue 9047. I learned of this pattern when Goodbye Valentino made a neoprene version out of ONE one yard of fabric. Amazing. It was so lovely!! After I saw Valentino’s blog post, I went out and bought myself a copy of this pattern. It’s been on my “make-this list” for more than a few months.
I used this fabric. I’m really not sure what it’s called–it has four way stretch and the weight of a neoprene, but it is not slippery. It also doesn’t wrinkle, but it kinda feels like a natural fiber, which I know it’s not. Heck, maybe it’s a ponte knit? Could that be it? I bought it at The Fabric Store in Los Angeles last year. I found this store by accident when I was visiting Mood, but if I ever go back to LA, I will definitely be returning to the The Fabric Store. It’s a wonderful store with beautiful merino wool!!
On Vogue 9047, I cut a 12 in the bust and waist and a 14 in the hips. When I make this pattern again, I will cut a 10 in the bust. I ended up taking the bust in about 1 inch on each side. I also shortened both the hem and the sleeves 4 inches each. For reference, I am 5’4″ tall.
This pattern is super easy to make and the directions are super easy to follow. I did deviate from the instructions when attaching the sleeves. I actually attached them flat and then sewed the side seams from the bottom of the dress to the end of the sleeve. This worked well for me.
I will be making this pattern again. It’s such an easy pattern and the fit is good. This is a fun and satisfying dress to sew. I think you could complete the whole thing–from cutting to hemming–in less than 3 hours.
A few months ago I bought this fabric from Mood. I wasn’t sure what I was going to make with it, but I knew I loved it. In fact I loved it so much I wasn’t sure I could cut it!! Then last week I was catching up on the PatternReview gallery and I saw what people were doing with Vogue 9109. I decided it was time to woman-up and cut this beautiful fabric.
I made view C and added 5 inches to the length to make this dress. For reference, I am 5’4″. I cut a size 10 in the bodice and then graded out to a 12 in the hips. If I make a dress version again, I may try to add darts in the back. Instead of using bias tape on the neckline and armholes, I used some grey quilting fabric (cut on the bias) that I had left over from making a quilt binding.
This pattern is super easy and fun!! I am already planning my next version. I feel like it is the perfect pattern for this fabric–the pieces are large enough to showcase the ombre-ish design on this fabric.
I tried to take some pictures outside today, but it is mighty HOT and BRIGHT today in Boonetowne. These are the best ones that I could get–they are so bright, they are blurry. I tried to adjust the brightness through photoshop, but the photos just got blurrier. You may want to wear your sunglasses while viewing the next three photos.
If you haven’t purchased Vogue 9109, stop what you are doing and go get it!! This is an awesome summer pattern!! Seriously!