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Soduko Contest: Simplicity 2309

There’s been a change of plans. My first make for this contest was McCalls 7093. I love this top, but when I put it with my Butterick 6326, it’s a waste of a high waist. See:


These are two great pieces, they just don’t work together. So, I’m throwing McCalls 7093 off the Soduko board. In its place, I’m putting my TNT jacket pattern, Simplicity 2309.

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I used some wool tweed that I had in my stash and cut a size 8–there’s a lot of ease in this pattern. I made two alterations: I sewed the sleeves in flat and I omitted the raw edges on the flounce by sewing the two layers together.


Here’s a close-up of the tweed:


I love the collar and and the flounce on this jacket.


And more importantly, this jacket works better with its two Soduko pairings. Now, just in case you are wondering how it is that I’m able to sew up these fabulous garments, I’ll tell you my secret.  It’s with the help of my fabulous sewing assistant, Louise.


Isn’t that a hoot?? She sits like this when I sew. I can’t believe I haven’t fallen off the chair. Maybe she wants to learn to sew????

Soduko Contest: Eleonore


I know I’m late to the Eleonore party. In truth, I tried this pattern almost a year ago, but my fabric did not have enough stretch and I used 5/8 seams. That make was too small. Then, a few months later, I tried this pattern again, but I over-compensated. I added extra seam allowance when I cut the pieces, and the waist ended up above my navel. That make was too big. This time I was determined…and a little bit scared.


I used some luscious faux suede that I bought on sale at Joann’s. It has the weight and 4-way stretch of neoprene and a faux suede face. I knew it would have enough stretch for Eleonore, but the downside is that it holds dog hair like a magnet.




By my measurements, I should have cut a size U, but I cut a size V just to be safe. I was diligent about sewing 1/4 inch seams, and I held my breath the whole time. This time, they actually fit!!



They are also super-comfortable. They feel like pajama bottoms. I wish I could make all of my clothes out of this faux-suede neoprene. Here are the pants with their Soduko top and accessory:


Soduko Contest: Kwik Sew 4068 & Jalie 2805

I’m on a spring-break sewcation this week, so I’m trying to fill in the rest of my Soduko card. First up–the tops. Since I have so much wool and pleather in this wardrobe, and since it’s snowing outside, I decided to go with some hearty tops. I started with Kwik Sew 4069.

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I bought this pattern on clearance when Hancock Fabrics was closing. I made an extra-small because my fabrics had a lot of stretch and I didn’t want a too much bulk.


The grey ribbed knit is from–here it is. It’s the perfect fabric for this top. I serged all the seams and the hems.


Here it is with one of the Soduko “accessories” it pairs up with:


Here’s the other:


I liked this top so much that I made another. This time with a light-plum/lavender sweater knit, also from




When my husband kinda-sorta likes something, but he doesn’t love it, he says, “I like this fine.” Well, I like this top fine. If make this turtleneck again, which I will, I’ll use ribbed fabric. It’s better with heavier, ribbed fabric, the the color is great for its Soduko accessory.


For my third Soduko top, I went with Jalie 2805 with long sleeves and a crew neck. I love this pattern–super easy with great results. The only modification that I made was increasing the width of the neck band. I cut it at three inches wide.



The purple is a perfect match for the rest of the purples in this Soduko challenge. So, here’s my Soduko card so far:

sodukoBTW, I also finished my purple, button skirt. I’ll post that next.

Soduko Contest: Butterick 6326


I love Butterick 6326! Seriously, this an awesome pattern. I did not expect to like this pattern this much. Honestly, I was steeling myself for another wadder, but thank the fabric-gods, no wadder was made.


I was originally going to use some scuba knit, but at the last minute I decided to use some pleathery fabric I had. I bought this fabric from Mood, and it’s amazing. It has 4-way stretch and it’s super-soft. I also like that it’s not shiny. It was a little “sticky” for sewing, so I used a teflon foot, and that made all the difference. By the way, the pattern does not call for stretch fabric, but from this point on, I will always use a stretch with this pattern. It worked so well.


I made the short version of view B. I cut a size 12 (my hips are 39″) and ended up taking the waist in an inch on each side. There is a lot of top stitching in this pattern, but in my opinion, all that slow careful stitching  is totally worth it. I love the detail in this skirt.

Here’s a 360-








I ended up machine sewing the hem because I wasn’t sure how to handle a hem with pleather. I guess I could have used rubber cement–I’ve read about that on-line–but I didn’t want to glue my hem. I don’t love the hem, but I can live with it.


I had trouble figuring out how to get a picture where the seaming detail showed up. My inside pictures were a little dark, but the outside pictures have this crazy green fencing–my husband and the dogs are fighting over parts of the lawn. The outside light was clearly better, but that green fencing is too much!!


Soduko Contest: Butterick 6328


My original soduko plan was to  make a shorter wool tweed & pleather skirt and then make a longer matching wool tweed jacket. I thought the short skirt/long jacket combo would be so “fashion forward.” I realize that this combo was probably “fashion forward” more than a few years ago, but I’m a middle-aged lady living in Boonetowne. In my world, this combo is radical. But then my skirt plans fell apart when I couldn’t get the seams in Vogue 9132 to lay flat. New Look 6312 turned out to be a great skirt substitute, but I ended up making a longer–not shorter–skirt. I didn’t think Boonetowne was ready for the long skirt/long jacket combo, so I opted for a short jacket from Butterick 6328.


This pattern is a super easy sew with great lines. I made view A that is actually shown with contrasting sleeves on the pattern envelope.


I love the way the jacket looks with the skirt, and I love the pleather sleeves. I do think I need a purple, not black, long-sleeved t-shirt to wear under the jacket. I might try to make one this weekend. I also need to get my Eleonores sewn this weekend.

Here are a few more pix:




I’ve got big sewing plans for this weekend. I feel like I’ve fallen behind in my contest progress. I also feel like my original soduko plan has undergone quite a few revisions. Is this good or bad??? I guess time will tell!


Soduko Contest: New Look 6312

v9132_aI wanted to make Vogue 9132. I really wanted to make Vogue 9132. I studied the Pattern Review reviews, watched multiple YouTube videos on sewing tight curves, and made two muslins, but I just couldn’t make it work without crazy puckering. My plan was to make this out of a wool tweed and pleather, and I knew if couldn’t get the muslin to lay flat with way-too-much ironing, there was no hope for the pleather/wool combo. So, I gave up on Vogue 9132. How sad is that?


Enter New Look 6312. I read a few more Pattern Review reviews and gave it a try. I was committed to using a purple wool tweed that I bought from eons ago and this yummy purple pleather from Mood.

I was very worried that I would cut this fitted skirt too small, but at the same time I did not want to make another muslin (This was mistake #1–I should have made the muslin.) I studied the measurement directions as well as the ease listed on the pattern pieces. My hips measure 39″. The size 12 was listed as fitting a 36″ hip with a 3″ ease. I thought that would be too tight, so for some unknown reason I cut a size 16 (This was mistake #2–I should have made the muslin.) Why not cut a size 14, you might ask. Why not? Clearly, I wanted to make things much harder than they needed to be. Size 16 was too big–I ended up taking both side seams in 2 inches and the back seam in one  inch. Then, because I thought I needed to add a little more challenge, I inserted on non-invisible zipper (i.e. visible) when I should have used an invisible zipper (This was mistake #3–I should have read the directions.) Ripping the visible zipper out of the tweed helped me to fully appreciate how much a wool tweed can fray. It also helped me appreciate the wonder of Fray Check. All of these totally avoidable errors made this skirt way more challenging than it needed to be.


I’m a BIG fan of this nightshade embossed pebble faux-leather. It was easy to sew and it has a really soft backing, so it’s super comfy.




I really do like the contrast panels on this skirt. In spite of my many errors, seam-ripping, and cursing, I like this pattern. It has the potential of going together very easily.



I wasn’t sure how to handle the hem with the pleather, so  I coverstitched it. I think it worked.


Louise is a pleather fan.

Soduko Contest: Jalie 3353


I wasn’t feeling the bravery that I needed to attempt my Jalie Eleonore pants, so I made Jalie 3352 instead. This sweater will count as an accessory in the PR  Wardrobe Soduko Contest.


The fabric is a chunky wool knit that I bought from Mood. It’s much softer and lighter than it looks, and it has a slight stretch that works for this cardigan. I bought it because it kind of matches a wool tweed that I plan to use for a skirt. We’ll see if they really do match once I finish the skirt!!


I’ve made this pattern two times before, and both times I increased the length. This time I did it again. I cut a size S and added 10 inches to the length. I also increased the width of the band that finishes the edges and added cuffs. The knit is fuzzy and frays pretty easily, so I serged the whole thing. I ended up taking in the side seams about two inches on each side because the cardigan was swallowing me. I wanted it big, but not that big.




Y’all, this pattern is so easy, and it makes the coolest long cardigan. Seriously, I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, Jalie rocks!!


Louise wants a cocoon cardigan too!


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