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Jalie 3667

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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.

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Simplicity 8529

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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.

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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.

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I love this fabric.

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

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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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Fabric Joint in Decatur, Georgia

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Last week I traveled to Atlanta for a conference. Since Atlanta is only five hours away from Boonetowne, I drove my own car to the conference. And since I had my car, I knew I could check out a fabric store in Atlanta. For me, one of the best parts of visiting a new town is exploring new fabric stores. Boonetowne has two quilt shops and a Walmart, but no real fabric stores. So I’m always on the look out for places where I can get my fix!!

I did my research beforehand and identified Fabric Joint in Decatur, Georgia as the store to be explored. I plotted my route and got there without any real issues. It’s relatively easy to find and parking is no issue. From the outside, the place looked very promising–what’s not to like about giant signs that say “Fabric Sale”???? When I got inside, I knew I found a real gem. (I asked if I could take pictures, and they said yes, so I’m going to post a few.)

The first thing I saw when when I walked in the store was this giant table of clearance fabrics for $1.99. Seriously, $1.99.

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The place is pretty big and has a warehousey feel. They have A LOT of fabric and the prices are amazingly low.

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In addition to the clearance table, they had a 2.99 sale table.

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They had wool for $6.95.

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Honestly, they had a huge selection–no rib knit, but that was ok. Here is a picture of my cart:

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I went a little crazy on the sweater-knits, but I always go a little crazy with sweater knits. Here’s what I bought.

Plum and lavender sweater knit–I think it was $4.95 per yard.

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Black boiled wool—-I think it was $4.95 per yard.

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Oatmeal ribbed sweater knit—-I think it was $4.95 per yard.

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Spring green sweater knit—-I think it was also $4.95 per yard.

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Hunter green and cream sweater knit with black reverse—-I think it was $4.95 per yard. See, I told you I got carried away with the sweater knits.

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I’m not sure what this floral is–it has the weight of a shirting, but it’s not a shirting. I think it was $3.95 per yard.

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This stripe was a clearance fabric–$1.99 per yard.

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This herringbone is a double knit. –I think it was $3.95 per yard.

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This store is amazing. I wish I lived closer, but it’s probably a good thing that I don’t. If y’all visit Atlanta, you should definitely stop here.

Out of five possible thimbles, I rate this store a 5!

 

 

 

 

 

The Clare Coat

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This story begins at the 2017 Pattern Review Weekend. On the Saturday of that weekend, my group began our shopping day at Metro Textiles. If you haven’t been there, it’s an amazing store that’s chock full of the most wonderful fabrics at the most reasonable prices. I bought all kinds of fabrics at this stop, but then I started worrying that I wasn’t pacing myself very well. I worried that I wouldn’t have room for all my purchases in my luggage. So when I saw this amazing plaid mohair, I stopped myself from buying it. I took a picture, but left Metro Textiles sans mohair.

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I regretted not buying that mohair almost immediately. When I got back to Boonetowne, I kind of pined for that fabric. I know it sounds nuts, but some fabrics stick with a person.

Fast forward three months. I was visiting Mulberry Silks and Fine Fabrics in Carrboro, NC. This is another amazing fabric store, and while I was checking out their beautiful textiles, I ran across the Clare Coat Pattern by Closet Case Patterns. I have a thing for coat patterns, and View A of this pattern called to me. At that moment, I knew what I had to do: (1) Buy the pattern; (2) Call Kashi at Metro Textiles and buy the mohair; and (c) Enter the PR Wool Coat Contest.

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After I bought the pattern, I called Kashi. I was nervous that the mohair would be all gone, but I got lucky. I wasn’t sure what to do about the lining, so Kashi sent me photos of some options to my phone. How awesome/dangerous is it that–a fabric store that will text you photos of fabric!! I went with the royal blue charmeuse.

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Before I could cut into my beloved mohair, I decided to make a muslin–a wearable muslin. I felt like I was kind of out of my depth with this pattern. I had never made a coat before and the side zipper scared me a little. I had big piece of wool that I had purchased at our humane society’s rummage sale. I think I payed $10 for 3+ yards, so this seemed like the ideal fabric for my test drive.

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At first I had a little trouble with the collar because I put in on upside-down!! But then, once I straightened that out, things went pretty smoothly. I did not line the muslin and I ended up chopping about 6 inches off the length, but I ended up with a jacket/tunic that I actually like.

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Since the muslin went OK, I decided it was time to summon the courage to cut the mohair. Did I mention that it was PLAID mohair???? I have never spent so much time cutting out a pattern. It took me an entire day!

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I slowly began assembling the coat. Everything went well–with all plaids matching–until I got to the damned collar. Once again the collar was my nemesis. I could not get the collar to line up with the plaid. I tried recutting it but could not make it work. See how the lines just go cattywampas?

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I couldn’t live with the wacky plaid lines on the collar, so I decided to take matters into my own hands and piece together a collar that lined up.

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After I pieced it together, the collar lined up pretty well. Here’s a picture of the collar from the finished coat. The lines are so much better.

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I decided to use a two-way brass zipper. I thought it might be cool to be able to open the zipper from the bottom as like a vent or a slit. I bought a very heavy zipper because I wanted the metal to be very prominent. The heaviness was great for bling, but it made shortening the zipper more difficult that I expected. I usually use wire cutters to remove zipper teeth, but my wire cutters were no match for the #10 brass zipper. The zipper alteration involved a lot of cursing.

After I got the zipper in, I started work on the lining. Boonetowne gets pretty cold in the winter, so I decided to add an interlining. I used pieces of left-over Polartec. It’s an Easter egg themed interlining.

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I had never worked with an interlining before, but it wasn’t too bad. I had also never bagged a lining, but that also went together pretty easily. The tutorial on the Closet Case blog is a lifesaver!! How did people learn how to bag linings without the internet???????

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I actually can’t believe I did it, but I did. I made a coat…a plaid coat…I made a plaid coat. I think it’s the hardest thing I’ve ever attempted to sew.

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Once I got the lining in and the hand sewing completed, I was feeling pretty good. I liked the coat–especially the side zipper. I decided that I wanted to add a leather tassel onto the zipper just because. Since I didn’t have a leather tassel, I decided to make one. I used some leather from a jacket I bought at Goodwill (I bought it for the leather.)

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I cut a small rectangle and cut fringe alone one side.

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Then I used some double sided tape to help me roll it up. I added a little loop and hook to use for attaching it to the zipper.

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Then I took my belt hole puncher and punched a hole so that I could add a rivet.

 

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I set a rivet to hold the whole thing together. It was actually super simple to make and I really like how it looks.

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I’m proud of this one and super excited to wear it. In fact, I’m wearing it right now as I write this blog post. 🙂

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In case you want to see even more pictures, here’s a video:

McCall’s 7476

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When I went on the Pattern Review Weekend 2017, I got to visit Elliot Berman Textiles. Holy, moly that place has GORGEOUS fabrics. They have a whole section of beautiful wool knits. I could have stayed there for hours and hours. When I was there in May, I saw the beautiful black, grey, white, and fuschia fabric that you see above. I wanted that fabric so badly, but I didn’t buy it because I was trying to pace myself and I was on a budget and bla bla bla. Bottom line–I didn’t buy it and I regretted it. Let that be a lesson to everyone–buy the fabric. Life is short. We should all buy the damn fabric.

A couple months later I was sitting in pajamas and wandering around Fabric.com, and low and behold, there was my fabric and it was on sale!!!! I honestly still think I may have hallucinated all of this (because honestly if I did hallucinate, I think it would be about fabric), but apparently I ordered it at a super sale price and then Fabric.com sent it to me.

Since it arrived, I’ve been trying to figure out what I was going to make. I’ve gone back and forth, but I kept coming back to a long cardigan. So this weekend I decided upon McCall’s 7476. I can’t believe that I didn’t make a muslin. I probably should have, but I just wanted to get to it. I made up  for the lack of muslin by studying all of the M7476 reviews on Pattern Review. Thank god for Pattern Review.

Since the fabric is so bulky, I cut size medium. I also went with View E–the full length version. I was shooting for an oversized, long cardigan. I omitted the patch pockets and added cuffs because cuffs feel like a nicer finish to me.

When I finished, I had a super-long cardigan. It was kind of what I wanted, but not exactly.

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My husband said I looked like an emperor, and honestly, I wasn’t sure how I felt about that. I also wasn’t sure what I was going to do about the closure. It seemed like it needed a button or snap, but I wasn’t sure I wanted one. I wasn’t crazy about the way each front side came to point–where the button would go.  The emperor sweater also felt too big–I probably could have cut a size small and been ok. I wasn’t sure what to do, so I slept on it.

On Sunday morning, I was ready to make some changes. I started by removing the facing. I didn’t like the facing–it felt somewhat unfinished to me. I then cut about 10 inches off the length.Then I scooped out the underarms and took the sides in about an inch on each side.

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Then I decided to curve the opening where it met the hem–I used a cereal bowl as a guide. IMGP6260

Then, instead of adding a facing to finish the opening, I decided to add a long band a la the Jalie Cocoon Cardigan. I cut two very long strips that were five inches wide. I sewed them together and created the band which I then sewed onto the cardigan. I serged this seam, pressed it away from the opening, and topstitched on the sweater side of the seam.

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Truth be told, I’m kind of digging this remix. I don’t feel like an emperor anymore and that’s a good think. I think the long cardigan shows off this cool fabric without getting too costumey.

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I’m experimenting with adding video to the review–I’m not sure if this adds anything, but here’s a video clip:

I’ve also been trying to take my photos up to the next level–I really never know how to pose. Whenever Coca Rocha poses, she seems like she’s in motion. Her poses are so dynamic. I thought I should try to add a little movement to my photos. I’m not sure that these help show off the garment, but they do make me laugh.

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Clearly, I am a natural. Coco Rocha, watch out!

 

 

Mad About Plaid

On Saturday morning, I was in still in my PJs wandering around Pinterest when I came across this picture of plaid sweatshirt made out of a woven fabric. The moment I saw it, I knew I had to make it.  Unfortunately I did not have the Linden Sweatshirt pattern and I did not have any flannel. I also live an hour away from the nearest JoAnn’s, so I decided to improvise. Enter Kwik Sew 3045:

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I made this one before, but never out of a woven. For the plaid, I pulled out a small remnant of Pendleton wool that I have had in my stash for over three years. I loved it, but up until this point, it was way to small for any pattern. For the sleeves, neckband, waistband, and cuffs I used a brown double cotton poly I purchased from Mood.

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I usually cut a size 12 in the big five, but since this is an unisex pattern, I went with the extra-small size. I ended up removing an inch from each side and six inches from the length. I also added a waistband and cuffs on the sleeves.

Here is what I removed from the sleeves:

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Here’s what I removed from the front and back:

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I love the way it turned out–more like an office-appropriate pullover than a sweatshirt.

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After I made this version, I decided I needed another. I pulled out a remnant I bought at the Habitat ReStore in Hickory, NC. Do other Habitat ReStores have fabric, or is this just a Hickory thing????? In any case, I used this wool blend for the front and the back, and a charcoal double-knit for the sleeves, neckband, etc.

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Since I’ve run out of weekend, I’ll have to stop making the plaid, woven sweatshirts for now, but no promises for next weekend.

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Sewcation Days 5 & 6: T-shirts

I’ve been making t-shirts–three t-shirts to be precise. It all started with my husband’s birthday. He’s been asking for a t-shirt with Blackbeard’s flag–you know the pirate who was killed of the coast of North Carolina. He’s been asking for this since I bought my Bernina software, which has been about three years. So this year I decided to surprise him. I began by digitizing an image of Blackbeard’s flag. Once I got that accomplished, I cut a short-sleeve version of Jalie 2918. I then embroidered the flag on the front of the unsewn t-shirt. The only problem was that the design looked so small on the shirt-front. I used the largest hoop, but the maximum size is 8×5. So I decided to add something else. I came up with a quote and the dates of his birth and death. I was worried that the design could become a little too cute which could be then magnified by the embroidery itself, so I looked for the reasonably savage quote, and here’s what I settled on:

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I gave him the shirt yesterday, and he loved it. That’s his pirate face.

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After my Blackbeard achievement, I wanted to make a t-shirt for myself. Specifically, I wanted to make a short-sleeve raglan with Ruth Bader Ginsburg on the front.  Justice Ginsburg is badass, and I have long wanted one of those t-shirts that says “Notorious RBG.” I decided to try my hand at making my own using Jalie 3667. The first step was digitizing an image of RBG. This was much trickier than digitizing Blackbeard’s flag. The image itself was more involved, and I am still learning to use the software. Once I had the image embroidered, I added the words. Unfortunately, the words unintentionally ended up a little left of center, but then again, maybe that’s appropriate.

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I finished the t-shirt by adding black short-sleeves and a black neckband. I wanted it to look like a short-sleeve baseball shirt.

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Then I decided I wanted another black and white raglan t-shirt with embroidery. This time I went with an Urban Threads’ mandala.

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I love Urban Threads. And I love Jalie 3667. Sometime soon I plan to make it with full-length sleeves and the hood. In the meantime, here’s my latest version:

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