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More fabric manipulation


I’ve been spending a lot of time Pinteresting “fabric manipulation.” Seriously, people know how to do some beautiful things with fabric. Last night I got lost in this particular search for over two hours, but this morning I woke up with a plan to make a black fleece hoody using some of the braiding that I saw on Pinterest.


I started by trying out different sizes for the braiding–the fabric is fleece and the strip is pleather. I decided to go with the smallest size, with strips two inches long and .4 inches wide.


After I figured out the braiding, I needed to figure the hood. I wanted my hood to wrap and to create a cowl neck, like in the picture above. I’m not sure who to credit for the picture–it’s not mine–I found it on Pinterest. If it’s yours, please tell me and I will definitely credit you or take it down.

I didn’t have a pattern for this hood, so I decided to make my own. I started with the hood that I drafted to use with the Jalie dolman pattern.


In order to create the wrap effect, I did not cut it on the fold. Instead, I continued the face-opening line down on a diagonal. The pattern piece ended up looking like this


I cut two of these out of fleece and sewed them together along the back/top seam. Then I began adding the braiding. I basted two lines around the face opening to use as guides–one was 1 inch away from the edge and the other was 3 inches from the edge.



I then folded this 2 inch area (within the basting lines) in half and cut bands that were approximately .4 inches wide.


Once the bands were cut, I opened the fold, removed the basting, and braided a pleather strip through. After I finished the braiding, I decided to line the hood with the same black fleece that I was using. I cut two more hood pieces, sewed them together, and attached them to the hood exterior. I then bound the face opening area with a strip of black pleather.


I assembled the rest of the hoodie using the front, back, and sleeves from Jalie 3667. Again, I cut these pieces in a size Y, even though my measurements are size T. I straightened the hem line on the front and back  and shortened them by about 3 inches.

I used the pocket pattern from Kwik Sew 3045 and reduced it a bit and then added it to the front. I bound the hand openings in the pleather. Finally I cut strips of pleather 6 inches wide, folded them in half, and sewed the ends together to make the waistband and cuffs.


This was a very fun sew! Once again I am posting way too many pictures!








An experiment


I was on Pinterest and found some cool pictures of what I’m going to call fabric origami. The pictures were actually of leather that had been cut, folded, and sewn–it was super cool. I wanted to try it and see what it looked like. I thought felted wool would work really well, but I had some scraps of double faced Polartec laying around, so I decided to try some Polartec origami.

Here’s what I did. I took a long strip of fleece and folded it in half lengthwise.


I made a series of small 45 degree cuts at equal intervals.



I opened it up and then sewed a piece of black wool to the back. The black wool isn’t in the pictures.


I folded the points of the arrowheads up and pinned in place. I then sewed straight up the middle.




After I tried this, I was kind of in love with it and wanted to find some way to incorporate it into a garment. Last week I had made Jalie 3667 out of this same fleece. I decided to take it apart and incorporate the origami insert. I made an insert for the front bodice and the front of the collar.


I shortened the height of the collar about an inch, and the top is cut 5 sizes up, but otherwise it’s a straight 3667. I’m kind of in love with it, so here are way too many pictures:











This was so easy and so much fun. Now I want to include origami on everything!!


Jalie 3667


It’s time to make a confession: I may be addicted to sewing Jalie 3667. I have sewn it A LOT and I am not sure if I am going to stop.

It all started with the 3667 turtleneck that I made in green sweater knit from the Fabric Joint. I made a size T.



I liked it so much that I decided to make another out of an oatmeal sweater knit, also from the Fabric Joint.



Then Christmas came and went and I had some time off of work. So I decided to make another 3667 out of sweater knit from Joann’s.


Then I decided I needed to try the hooded version of 3667. I cut a size Y so that it could be more like a tunic, and used a luscious Italian knit that I bought at Mulberry Silks in Carrboro, NC.





I loved the tunicky feel of the size Y. I wanted another one. Then the weather turned cold and I thought, “I want to make a warm tunic with a turtle neck.” I wanted to use up some of my fleece scraps so I tried to combine 3667 with 2795. The result was not good.



It had a weird dolmany look that I was not digging. So I decided to take it apart and make a straight 3667 black tunic turtleneck.


I LOVE this one. It’s made out of a faux, stretch wool from JoAnn’s. I tried to buy more of this stuff online, but it’s all gone.

Honestly, I think this is when the addiction fully took hold. I still wanted to hack this pattern. I did some online searching of different sweater styles and came up with this version:



The grey fleece is Polartec and the camo is wool fleece from Mood. I was psyched about the results of my hack, so I wanted to make another.


This time I used leftover pieces of sweater knit–the red,black, & cream is from Mulberry Silks (Carrboro, NC) and the cream & black is from Metro Textiles (NYC).

Then I started to feel like I had taken things too far, but I still wanted to make one more so I made this fleece version–size Y in grey Polartec.


I’m not sure what to say. I love this pattern. It’s fun to sew and fun to wear. Please do not judge me. I might sew it again.



Christmas Presents 2, 3, & 4

Christmas Present 2:


Back in November, my niece Hannah texted me a picture of this jacket and asked if I could make something like it. She liked the pleather/faux fur combo and the oversized lapels. I decided to try and make one for her Christmas present.

The first issue was the fabric. I couldn’t find any pleather with a faux fur reverse, so I decided to go with a pleather exterior and a faux fur lining. Since I was going to be adding a very bulky lining, I started looking for a very simple jacket pattern with oversized lapels. I settled on Vogue 8430.


I bought my pleather from JoAnn’s and the faux fur came from Etsy. Let me just say that faux fur is messy. I hadn’t ever worked with this stuff before and boy oh boy, it was EVERYWHERE.  Thank goodness I have a serger–it was the only thing that stopped the shedding.

Once I got past the fur, the pattern was a breeze. I love how it turned out–in fact, I kinda want to make one for me.




Christmas Presents 3 :

Christmas presents 3 & 4 were for my husband. First I made him a Green Pepper mock turtleneck because he has a thing for mock turtlenecks.


I used a hunter-green sweater knit that I bought at the Fabric Joint in Decatur, Georgia. The pattern is TNT easy-peasy sew. I’ve sewn it before and I’ll sew it again.


Here’s an action shot:


Christmas Present 4:

I make a lot of Jalie jackets for me, but I’ve never made one for my husband. I decided it was time to take my jacket making to the next level and attempt one for Mr. Boonetowne. I chose Jalie 2795 because I’ve sewn it a billion times.


I used grey 300 weight Polartec fleece and black neoprene from Mood.


I loved how it turned out and…it fit!!





Christmas Present 1: McCall’s 5721 Hack


My oldest niece asked me to make a shopping cart cover that she could use when she took my great-nephew to the grocery store. I decided that I would try to make her one for Christmas. She showed me a few Pinterest patterns, but I  really wanted to use a published pattern. I felt like I needed all the help that I could get. After thumbing through some pattern books, I settled on 5721.  Although I wasn’t crazy about the tote-bag carrier, I liked the elastic around the edges. I felt like it would stay on the cart a little better.

After I bought the pattern, I started reading the reviews on Pattern Review. In hindsight, I should have done these things in the opposite order. The reviews were not so good. Most people found the directions confusing. Since I live an hour away from the nearest pattern store, I decided I would use the pattern for cutting out the fabric and batting, and then improvise the rest. I also decided to do away with the tote-bag carrier. I had been saving some Eric Carle scraps forever, and I really wanted to use them for this project.


Since the scraps were smallish, I decide to sew them together to make a piece big enough for the top of the cart-cover. I cut my pieces into 9×9″ squares and then sewed them together quilt-style.



The pattern calls for batting, but I decided to use some fleece that I had in my stash. Once I had the top together, I fused the fleece to it using my 505 spray. The directions for this pattern have you cutting out the front and batting separately, but one of the PR reviewers suggested cutting them out together. This made a lot of sense to me, and I’m glad I did it. If you make this pattern, this step makes things a bit easier.


Another PR reviewer added extra batting on the cart-handle half of the cover just in case there were any unexpected head-bumpings.  I liked this idea, so I added the extra-batting too.



I stitched in the ditch to hold the extra batting in place.


Then I added the backing, 505ed it in place, and cut.



I then stitched around the edge to make the inner casing for the elastic.


I added binding for the outer edge of the elastic casing.


Then I stitched around the leg-holes, cut them out, and added binding.





The pattern includes a several pockets and loops for attaching toys. I decided to add one pocket and used gross-grain ribbon for the toy loops.


The pattern included a safety belt, but the belt was attached to the cover and not the cart itself. This made me a little nervous. I could see my great nephew and the cover tumbling out of the cart. I did not like this. So I decided to added button holes through which the belt could be threaded and then attached to to the cart. They are little hard to see, so I circled them in the picture below.


I finished this project at around 7PM on a Sunday evening, and I really wanted to test it out. So I took myself and the cover to my local grocery store and stealthfully did my photo shoot.






I started by taking pictures in the produce section, but I was getting some weird looks so I moved to the tea aisle.




I actually like how this turned out and LOVE that I was finally able to use my Eric Carle scraps!

Jalie 3667


Hi everyone! I wanted to share a quick blog post about Jalie 3667. I made the Marie-Claude with a turtleneck today using some green, sweater-knit that I bought at the Fabric Joint in Decatur, Georgia. I cut a size T and used the cuffs without the thumb-holes. I serged everything and coverstitched the hem. From cutting to hemming, it probably took me two hours. It’s a great pattern that goes together very easily. My favorite part of this pattern, is the way the turtleneck  is constructed. It’s made out of two pieces that, when assembled, create something like a funnel neck. The result of this ingenious construction is a turtleneck that STAYS UP!!! This is a big game-changer for me because I hate droopy turtlenecks. You can bet that I will be making more of these.






Simplicity 8529


I LOVE this pattern. I few weeks ago I stopped by JoAnn’s when Simplicity patterns were on sale and was lucky enough to get the last copy of 8529. I decided to try this pattern out using some of my beloved purple sweater knit from the Fabric Joint in Decatur, GA. I cut a size medium in view A. Although size small would have worked, I wanted an oversized look. I serged everything and it went together lickety-split. This is super easy and I am in love with the finished product.




I was, in fact, so smitten with this pattern that I made a second version out of some bulky wool sweater-knit that I purchased at Metro Textiles in NYC during Pattern Review Weekend 2017.


I love this fabric.


I feel like it’s the perfect fabric for this sweater.





People, Simplicity 8529 is the perfect pattern. If you need to recover from a stressful Thanksgiving day, sew 8529. If you need a palate cleanser from a sewing project gone awry, sew 8529. If you want a fun, satisfying day in your sewing room, sew 8529. If you want a super-cute new sweater, sew 8529. Bottom line, sew 8529. You will not regret it.

Gobble, gobble.


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