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The Sudoku Wardrobe Contest

Purple Pleather Tweed

I am calling my collection: “Who doesn’t need more purple, pleather, and tweed?!” I chose this name because:

(a) It’s true. Do people really have enough purple, pleather, and tweed in their closets?? I don’t–although I now have more than I did before.

(b) It’s catchy and it rhymes, and for that I need to give props to my husband. He is the author of this title. After too many weird and failing attempts–including one that included Grape Ape (remember that cartoon??), another with “Purple People Eater,” and then one with Tweather (a combination of tweed and pleather), I jumped at his rhyming, yet comprehensive suggestion. Genious!

Here’s the final grid for the contest:

4X4 collage with patterns

By the contest rules, the grid needed to include: 4 shoes, 4 tops, 4 bottoms, and 4 accessories. All of these need to combine to make outfits on the horizontal, vertical, and diagonal. I tried to photoshop a grid that included the original grid plus the full outfits, but I couldn’t find a way to get both diagonals in. Here’s an image with everything but the top-right to bottom-left diagonal:

5X5 collage

The rules state that you must make at least 10 out of 12 of the garments (tops, bottoms, and accessories.) The rules also say that accessories can include “sweaters, cardigans, jackets, blazers, scarf, wrap, purse, or glove.” Here’s what I actually made:


  1. Jalie 2805–purple, long-sleeve crewneck
  2. Kwik Sew 4069–grey turtleneck
  3. Kwik Sew 4069–lavender turtleneck
  4. Butterick 5526–purple & white striped dress shirt


  1. Jalie 3461–black, faux suede Eleonores
  2. McCall’s 7392–purple, button-front skirt
  3. Butterick 6326–black pleather skirt
  4. New Look 6312–pleather & tweed skirt with contrasting panels


  1. Simplicity 2309–tweed jacket
  2. Butterick 6328–pleather & tweed jacket with contrasting sleeves
  3. Jalie 3353–oversized, cocoon cardigan
  4. Kwik Sew 3764–pleather, moto jacket

Although, I had a few failures and ended up back at the drawing board a few times, I ended up sewing 12 garments that go together to make at least 10 outfits. Here they are:

rows 1-4



How about those electric-purple tights?????? I need new tights–maybe more of a muted purple.



Now here are the outfits that result from combining the garments in each Soduko column:

columns 1-4



The picture-taking took so long, that I started losing light. The pic above is my desperate attempt to find places that were not in shadows. It cracks me up.



Here are the two outfits that result from combining the diagonals:




This is a kooky outfit, but I gotta admit, I do love the way the sweaterknit looks with the tweed. I know it’s a lot of pattern, but I like it when different patterns kind of hurt your eyes, but kind of don’t.

These are actually my favorite outfits from this contest:

my favorites

So two months, twelve garments, and lots of pleather later, I am done!! This was really a fun contest. I liked the challenge of coordinating these garments in very specific ways. And, it turns out, I really like sewing with pleather!!!

Butterick 5526: Sudoku Contest


I did it! I finished making my garments for the Sudoku Wardrobe Contest!! Tomorrow I will post my contest entry, but today I present Butterick 5526.


I made View B using this purple and white striped shirting that I bought from Mood. I cut a size 8 and it worked, but just barely. Next time I might go up to a 10 or go down to 1/4″ seams. The pattern is pretty straight forward and I made it with no modifications. It was sunny in Boonetowne today, so I took some pictures outside, but the fabric looks all crazy and psychedelic. See:




Do you see the wavy stuff going on with the fabric? It doesn’t look like that in person. I took some pictures inside and the wavy stuff disappeared.




I like this shirt a lot. To me, it looks really crisp and I like that.Here it is with its Sudoku skirt:


Stay tuned–tomorrow I post the whole Sudoku enchilada.

Soduko Contest: Kwik Sew 3764


Y’all, this might be my most favorite thing that I have ever made!! It’s a great pattern but it’s also a little complicated. 5 zippers complicated.

Zippers 1, 2, & 3:


Zippers 4 & 5


I used this amazing pleather that I got from It’s super soft and very “leather looking.” I used my teflon foot, which helped a lot, but it was tricky going because I couldn’t pin. Plus the leather side was a little slippery. I used a lot of wonder tape–especially with the zippers.

But honestly, even with all the tricky parts to this pattern, it’s my favorite make.





The pattern called for a button below the zipper, but I went with a snap.


Seriously y’all, I want to make more of these. How many pleather moto jackets should one woman have???? I say, as many as she can make!!



Soduko Contest: McCall’s 7392

McCalls 7392

I’m trying to catch up on my posting!! This past week on my sewcation, I made McCall’s 7392. I made View B, at the View A length, out of a purple wool suiting that I had in my stash. I think I bought this fabric from a year or two ago.



I cut a size 12 and made no modifications. It went together lickety-split with no issues. The top stitching required some slow and careful stitching, but last year I splurged on a 1/4 seam foot and this foot makes topstitching so much easier. I even use this foot for topstitching that is less than 1/4 inch. The openings on this foot make it so much easier when straight lines are important.


I got my machine serviced before the Soduko Contest began, and boy am I glad that I did. My programmable button-hole wasn’t working. It turns out the sensor on my button-hole foot was out of alignment and it couldn’t “talk” to the machine. Thank goodness that problem got corrected because the programmable button-holes really came in handy on this skirt. I feel pretty good about the button-holes themselves, but I’m not super keen on that button-hole an inch away from the hem. I followed the directions for placing the buttons, but if I sew this skirt again, I’m going to change the button placement.



In the Soduko Contest, I’m going to wear this skirt with my grey turtleneck, grey boots, and a tweed jacket, but here it is with my oversized cocoon sweater:


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.

soduko change

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.

kwik sew

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.

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