Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Dusting Off an Old Pattern

I've had this pattern for a long time, McCalls 5389 and finally decided to sew it up. I made View C/E (the longer shrug and tank)

I wonder why there's only two reviews on it, maybe because it's an older pattern. Either way, it is a very nice one! I used an Electric Royal Blue 100% Rayon Lycra knit from highendfabrics.com.  I'm not sure why I chose this color because it's quite strong. Maybe because blue is my favorite color, however I normally lean towards softer, lighter tones of blue. I'll have to choose carefully what I pair this with to make it work for me. (white pants for sure, maybe gray too)

This is another really quick pattern that can be made up in a few hours. I really like the shrug and can see making a few if these as coverups for other dresses and tops! I didn't like the instructions for sewing the straps on the tank, they were a little cumbersome to handle. 

However, it's a really nice tank when done and fits very well.  I'll need to work on a better process for adding the straps later, because I could use a few of these tanks in a variety of colors. All in all, this pattern gets a "thumbs up" from me.  Both pieces fit very nicely straight out of the envelope with no adjustments. I believe it's currently out of print, so if it's your style, you can purchase the pattern here while supplies last.  I highly recommend it.

Okay, my sewing machine's calling me...thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, January 8, 2011

Nice Top

I had this beautiful piece of fabric in my stash, I purchased from my second trip to Queen's Fabrics (Mirasu Miranda's Studio in Tampa, FL) I blogged about some time ago. It's 100% Rayon Satin with a beautiful drape. It's a little heavier than silk, but has the same "soft hand"! I love the dark champagne color, as it will go with everything.  I decided to use McCalls 5977 and made view C (the orange one).
I made a few of my own alterations to personalize it, by adding a short gathered sleeve with a band. I also added elastic to the bottom to give the blouse a "blouson" look.  I admit it's little different, but I really like the look, it goes well with anything from a suit to jeans and everything between!... 

Worn with Jalie Jeans I made previously
This pattern is relatively easy to sew, however I opted not to use the self fabric bias strip to bind the neck edge (this technique is used for the sleeveless version armhole edges too). For some reason, I'm not very good at this and can never get them straight and consistent.  (Sounds like a challenge for me to concur this year!)  That is my only dislike of the pattern.  I really like how quickly you can complete this project and could be a great wardrobe builder, it's great for beginners too. Not sure if I will make this again, because I have so many other items I want to get to...but I highly recommend it.

On to my next project...HAPPY SEWING!

Monday, January 3, 2011

My First Jalie Jeans...

I'm in love!!!  I just completed my very first pair of Jalie Jeans and oh my goodness do I love them!!  All the reviews were soooo correct, this pattern goes together very nicely!  There are 75 reviews of these jeans on Pattern Review and they are all favorable.  Now I understand why!   For anyone who's like me and not taken the "plunge" yet, please, please give them a try, you will be so pleasantly surprised!

Here's my review of the pattern...

Pattern Description:   Women's stretch Jeans
Pattern Sizing:  4 - 22

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?  Yes, kind of...I made a changes to personalize mine.

Were the instructions easy to follow?  Very!  I'm starting to see a pattern with Jalie patterns in that they're instructions are well written. (at least so far!)

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?  I liked how quick and easy the jeans went together.  The detail (topstitching) is what took the most time and it was well worth the time in my book!  I really didn't mind at all!

Fabric Used:  I lightweight dark indigo stretch denim.  However, my fabric did not have as much stretch as the pattern requires (20% stretch!)  Despite this, they still fit perfect!

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:   I had to take in the waistband a bit and will try a tip from Mazzygirl the next time.  Her idea sounds like a great fix for this issue (silly!!! I should have re-read her review first!).  I also decided to design my pockets a little differently and added an "offset" pocket flap.  I also topstitched pocket 1/4" around the pocket flap to give it the illusion of a double pocket flap...

Would you sew it again?  Most definitely MANY TIMES!!!  Would you recommend it to others?  You betcha!  If you're a sewer, you've got to try time.  I don't know why I waited so long!

Conclusion:   It's really a nice feeling to be able to make a great fitting pair of jeans for myself...no more RTW!  I'll just be looking at those for inspiration only.  Nothing's coming between me and my Jalie's!!!

I also decided to try my hand at a little fading and aging of the denim.  Although it didn't turn out exactly as I wanted it to, I like the results and will try it again on another pair.  There are tips all over the internet on fading and aging your denim jeans, just "google" it!  Here's one of the tips I used if your interested  "How to Fade Jeans".  Here's a picture of my jeans after my fading attempt (along with a blouse I'll review later).

I just can't say enough about this pattern, you just have to give it a try for yourself!
I'll be reviewing this top on my next post...on to my next project!  This is going to be a great year for sewing!  Hope you all enjoyed your holidays and Happy New Year!!