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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!


Soduko Contest: McCall’s 7093


Confession #1: I’m a little obsessed with my Soduko Wardrobe Plan.

Confession #2: I can’t stop tweaking my Soduko Wardrobe Plan.

Confession #3: I also can’t stop buying Soduko Wardrobe fabric.

But the good news is that there are plenty of vices that are way worse than a Soduko Wardrobe obsession! And a second piece of good news is that I made my first Sudoko garment!!

I was originally planning to make a Jalie tunic to go with leggings (which I have now changed to Jalie Eleonores) and a skirt. But I kept worrying about the length of the tunic with the skirt. I also really wanted to incorporate zippers in the side seams, and I couldn’t see the zippers with the tunic. So I scrapped the tunic and made McCall’s 7093.


I’ve made this pattern before, and it goes together very easily. I’m not crazy about the darts in the shoulders, but I like the high-low hem and options for color-blocking. I also thought the front seams would work well for the zippers that I wanted to use.

I used three different fabrics: (1) a black & white sweater knit from Joann’s, (2) black stretch pleather from Mood, and (3) black ribbing. I modified the pattern by adding cuffs and a neckband. I also made full length sleeves and added zippers (for a design detail) on the front seams.

I started by attaching the zippers. It took me a few tries and a lot of Wonder Tape (to hold the zipper on the pleather for basting), but I finally got it. The sweater knit frayed like a son-of-a-gun, so I serged everything and coverstitched the hem.


Y’all, I have been thinking about adding side-zippers to a sweater top for a LONG time. I originally envisioned them as taking the place of a traditional side-seam, but I like how they run on the diagonal in this pattern.



I’ve never sewn on pleather before. I was a bit apprehensive, but it wasn’t too bad. Of course I couldn’t use pins, so that was a little tricky. I also put a strip of tissue paper between the machine and the pleather when I was coverstitching, but otherwise it was business as usual.




This top is going to count as an accessory in the PR Soduko Wardrobe Contest. Tomorrow, if I’m feeling brave, I’m going to try some faux suede Eleonores.

I’m In!

Alright y’all. I’ve been clearing the sewing decks in preparation for this very minute–I am entering the Wardrobe Soduko Contest on Pattern Review. Here is my current plan:


Wish me luck!!

Yet another McCalls 7122


I did it again. I think this is the fourth time for this particular dress,  but I just love it so much. It’s so easy to sew. Plus, it makes such a great work dress. And when I wear a dress to work, picking out clothes is so much easier–I only have to choose one piece of clothing (not two or three.) And it’s so comfortable. And it’s knit (or in this case scuba/neoprene) so I don’t have to iron it. I know what you’re thinking, I’m trying to justify my problem. Yes, I am.

This is also a good pattern for showing off groovy fabric. The front of this dress is one large panel, so it was the perfect pattern for showing of this amazing fabric from Mood. My husband got me this fabric for Christmas. Well actually, he got me a gift certificate from Mood, which in my book is even better than buying me actual fabric! I love Mood’s printed neoprenes. The designs are super cool and the weight of the fabric is perfect for dresses like 7122. See:


I made view B with long sleeves. I added cuffs to the sleeves, widened the neckband, and coverstitched the hem.





Three hours–from the time I unfolded my pattern pieces to the moment I clipped the coverstitch threads–that’s all it took!


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