Tuesday, December 5, 2017

My First Warm-up Suit

I bet there are quite a few of you who have many of these in your closet. However, this post is going to be about my very first “me made” warm up suit (Some of you may call them joggers).  I had this jacket pattern in my stash for quite some time now (actually since I did the activewear sewing challenge last year). So I decided to use it for the jacket portion of my warm-up suit. It’s the Jalie  2795 “Zip Front Jacket“ pattern.

For the bottoms, I decided to use a pattern I just purchased from Hey June patterns called the “Mountain Pose Pants“. It’s a yoga style pant with two waist band options. I chose the overlapped front waistband.

Both of these patterns were very easy to make and relatively quick as well!  Because of this, I decided to hack the patterns right away by adding a 1” stripe to the sleeves of the jacket and the side seams of the pants. Sorry, I only have the sleeve hack photo. I forgot to take a picture of the pants pattern hack. But there are probably a lot of patterns that already include the stripe both on the pants and the jacket.

These were very easy hacks and turned out pretty well considering this is my very first warm-up suit.  The one thing I would change on future styles would be to make the jackets smaller… I made it a size medium and I would like it with just a little bit more fit. I will also make the pants without any flare, more of a “boot cut“ style cut. The fabric was purchased from Joann Fabrics and are both (black & gray) a heavy weight scuba (which is extremely warm).  I may try this with a softer sweatshirt material next time.
I really don’t know what took me so long to create one for myself. I had purchased warm-up suit about six years ago and wore it out because I loved it so much. Very comfortable, easy to travel in too! I will be making a few more of these in the future because it’s now going to be my “go to“ travel outfit!

Here are a few photos I took for you all...
Suit is a jogger, but I ain’t ya’ll!

...so, what do you think? Do you have warm-up suits in your closet? 

Thanks so much for stopping by and sharing a little bit of your time reading my posts!

Happy Sewing!

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

It’s a “Holiday Party”!

What’s up folks! I can’t believe Christmas is almost upon us! This year went by in “lightening speed”!  I bet there are a lot of you who are just about done with everything you need to do for the Christmas holidays…THAT IS NOT ME! I haven’t even started yet! So, for those of you who are like me, this post is about Sewing holiday gift ideas! Who doesn’t need a little inspiration? I know I do!

First up, tonight (Tuesday, November 28th) at 7:30 PM EST, we are having a “Holiday Party“ on “That Sewing Blab” where we’re highlighting many different gift ideas and prizes!  Won’t you join us?  You can find the show link here.

For your convenience, I added I’ve added a few other links below for inspiration (Including one of my own)…

My “Curly Girl” Friendly Hair Towel (100% cotton- Tee shirt inside and towel outside):

Watch video on how to use:

I hope you’ll join us for the show tonight, maybe you too will get some inspiration and have a chance to win some of the nice prizes we’ll be giving away!

Thanks for stopping by and...

Infinity Scarf, Tutorial:Free Pattern for Overnight Duffle Bag:

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Closet Case Ginger Jean...Again???

For all of you who sew, isn’t there that one pattern you just absolutely love and for the moment, can’t stop making it? This post is about that pattern for me! It’s called the “Closet Case Ginger Jeans”. 
For those of you following my blog for some time you’ve probably seen this pattern various times on different posts. I love this pattern so much because it is a great fit for me! While it’s not the quickest pattern to sew, for me it is one of the best fitting!  

WOW! I can’t believe I’m saying this but...this post will be about my “fifth“ pair!  Let’s start by talking about this beautiful fabric. I purchased it at Joann Fabrics and it’s a black stretch denim that has a beautiful flocked black velvet print. (Almost like it’s embossed)
When I first laid eyes on this fabric I knew it was bound for my beloved TNT jeans pattern! (And pair number five was born!). If you sew and have not tried this pattern yet, please do!  It really is a great pattern with very detailed and illustrated instructions.

There are so many reviews on this pattern out there (Including my previous ones), so I won’t go into detail again I’ll just leave you with parting pictures of me wearing them! 

Oh no! Broken topstitching? Check out my YouTube channel to see why.

I’ve read a lot of post where others have TNT’s that repeatedly go back to...If you have a story about a TNT love, please share a little with me in the comments below. I’d love to hear from you and thanks so much for stopping by!

Happy Sewing!

Thursday, October 26, 2017

My First Anorak Jacket

Hello and what’s up folks!  I have been busy working on a few items and it’s so nice to have my “Sewjo” back!  Things are always wonderful when I can sew!  This is going to be a post to tell you about little jacket I just completed.  It should have been done a couple of months ago for my vacation...better late than never, as they say!  Either way, it’s just in time for the cooler weather here (if we get any cool weather!).  My project is the popular Closet Case Kelly Anorak jacket (and my very first Anorak jacket too!).  After I saw a gorgeous jacket done by the lovely Ms. Anita from the blog “Anita By Design”, I knew I had to have one!  Her’s was so stylish!  If you’ve not seen Anita’s, you should check it out here.

I purchased this really pretty (in my opinion) camouflage stretch Denim.  Of course, it came from one of my favorite fabric stores...Michael Levine and you can purchase it here if you like it too.  

The pattern has great and very detailed instructions.  As long as you follow them, you’ll be just fine.  The instructions do not include lining, so I opted not to this line mine either.  However, you can follow the instructions on the Closet Case blog to “interline” your jacket.  I live in Florida and it hardly ever gets that cold here. I also decided to make mine a little larger than my normal size 10 and opted for size 12 so in the event it did get cold here, I can throw on a long sleeve sweater or tee and it would fit under the jacket.  Beside, I just like the “oversized” look on me too. 

If you ask me, Closet Case did an awesome job on the styling and instruction with this pattern!  It took me a little while to complete (a few hours over 3 days), but I definitely see myself making another very with some different styling of my own! (Wink, wink!).  Regarding changes, I only made two...there were purely cosmetic for my liking.  One, I lowered the standup collar by 1”, because my neck isn’t that tall and the second was to add a “snap” to the back flap because I love the look!

So if you like this style of jacket, I would highly recommend this pattern!  I definitely plan on making another version for myself!  If you’d like to here more about this jacket, it will be posted on my YouTube channel (link in the right navigation bar).

Thanks again for stopping by my little portion of the sewing world, it’s greatly appreciated!


Saturday, October 14, 2017

Cute Top, w/ modifications!

Summer has gone and in some areas leaves are starting to turn beautiful colors.  Not the case in my area...weather is still warm and sunshiny!  It’s so hard not to work on summer attire when it’s this warm!  I really didn’t get much sewing done during the summer, so as long as it’s still warm, why not?!!

This post is about a cute top I was inspired to create after seeing a similar version on YouTube.  I truly fell in love with this adorable little top!  It was pretty easy to recreate too...I started with McCalls 2158.

I used version B and only needed three pattern pieces. Back, front and sleeve.  I modified the top as shown below and I shortened the body pieces to accommodate the shorter length of the overall top.  
I know there are so many other patterns for this “off the shoulder” style, but I really like challenging myself and it was extremely quick to make!  Either way, it worked and I truly love this cute little top!

I know I’ll have a few more occasions to wear this top before packing it away for next year!  There was only one thing I noticed that bothered me while wearing...the elastic on the shoulders tended to roll to the inside.  That was from me having to pull the top down whenever I raised my arms!! I will definitely figure out a solution for the next one...and there will be another!

How do you challenge yourself with projects you’re working on?  I’d love to hear about your processes!!

Happy Sewing!

Friday, September 22, 2017

Vacation Dress...

Hi all!  Am I the only one who feels like this year is literally "flying by"?  Things I've been planning have been popping up on me so quickly, I've not had a chance to catch my breath!  One of those planned events was our vacation to Alaska (Cruise)!  We had been planning that for over a year and it came up on be so fast, I didn't have a chance to make a complete vacay wardrobe like I normally do.

However, I was able to complete a few pieces and one of those, I wanted to share here with you!  It was my formal dinner dress.  The thought for this dress has been in my head for several months.  I saw a photo of it and fell in love...
I saved the photo because I knew I was going to make it one day and the cruise dinner was the perfect opportunity!  First the fabric...It's a beautiful stretch velvet in a deep hunter green (such a rich color and feel!).  I purchased it from Mood fabrics and can be found here.

But wait! There was a slight problem...when I placed the order, I noticed the estimated delivery date was past the day I was leaving for vacation, YIKES!!!  I called Mood and was blessed to be connected with the lovely Holly!  She caught my order, emailed me shipping options and helped me get it expedited in a way that saved costs and I received in enough time to complete this dress!  Thank you Ms. Holly you are an angel!  The fabric was so very nice to work with too!
Next the dress...this dress seemed fairly easy to make at first look (at least to me, LOL!). I felt creating it on my own would not be a challenge to kind of "frankenpattern".  I started off with an "off the shoulder" top I already owned.  I traced around it to create the bodice.  For the sleeves, I used pattern McCalls 7542 (View B).  Lengthening the top portion of the sleeve was the only change I made to the sleeve.  Since this fabric is not "double-sided" and the inside of the sleeve flounce shows, I doubled the fabric here. (Making this dress a little heavy!).  (More information on how I made this dress can be found on my YouTube channel [Link in sidebar]).

For the skirt, I used my fav self-drafted pencil skirt pattern for knits.  I cut the front pattern piece "off-center" to add the front slit.  An invisible zipper in the back and elastic around the shoulders completed this lovely look!  I cannot tell you the number of compliments I received on the ship from the time I walked out of my stateroom through dinner!  It truly make love my skill just that much more! (And the hubby was smiling from ear-to-ear!
...and the shoes!!  Can I tell you that I found the perfect shoes on the way to the airport! (That's a whole other story, but sometimes last minute is the best!) As soon as I saw them, I knew they were for me!
Have you ever created something from a photo you saw?  I would love to here your stories!  Also, below is a photo from our most recent vacation to (Seattle and Alaska), a little chilly for my Floridian blood!  However, we had a wonderful time! So happy we had the opportunity to see the Glaciers before they all melt away! (Global warming impacting them!)


Sunday, August 20, 2017

What I've Been Sewing & New YouTube Channel

Hello all,

Well we're almost at the end of summer and I don't know about you but I only got half as much of the sewing done I have planned for this year's summer! However, I am not complaining because it was a very productive 2017 so far! (And I hope it has been for you as well!)

I'm going to use this post to highlight a few of the pieces that I've made over the last few weeks…

First up is "a first" for me in the Sewing arena, LOL! I can't understand why that is because it was so easy to do!  I made two swimsuits (actually three because one of them was a wearable muslin).  

This swimsuit is the "Sewtofit Freedom" swimsuit.  It is a very basic simple "starter" swimsuit pattern that fits almost perfectly for me.  The only alteration I had to do to the pattern was shorten the waist in the back, but that was only because I am very short waisted.  I absolutely adore the print of this fabric find my stash. It a performance knit purchased from Michael Levine fabrics A while ago and, I purchased the last 7/8 yards thinking one day I would use it for something (probably athletic wear).  Now, as luck would have it…it's perfect for this swimsuit!

Next up is a swimsuit pattern from Kwik Sew #3064.  Now, if you want to kick your swimsuit up at notch, this definitely is the pattern!  This pattern was easy to sell as well, if you more pieces than the first one but not very many at all!  Both Fabrics used to create the swimsuit our performance Fabrics. Unfortunately, the animal print I can not tell you where I purchased it from because I literally had it in my stash for at least 2 1/2 years! (No kidding!). Since I do a lot of my fabric shopping online, my guess was purchased from either Michael Levine Fabrics or Mood.  The black fabric was purchased from Joanne fabrics. Either way I absolutely love this swimsuit!

I love both these swimsuit patterns and would highly recommend them both. Depending on which style you prefer, I think both are great patterns for beginners too! 

Next up is a sweater I made using a pattern by Sew To Fit called the "Misty" top.  While this sweater/tee is very, very easy to put together I would only recommend it for intermediate/advanced sewists.  Unless you're very comfortable with following instructions via video (then go for it, you have nothing to lose and everything to gain!).  This pattern is a PDF download and does not include written instructions. However, I followed the video and found it very informative.  Can I just say I love the style and fit of the sweater/tee...

The fabric is a charcoal colored, brushed poly knit I purchased from Joanne fabrics.  I made no alterations to the patterns whatsoever and as a design element only, I decided to segment the split sleeve and add double-capped rivets to each section.  I truly love the way it turned out!

This blog post is already pretty long, so I decided to do a more detailed review of the patterns on my *new* YouTube channel titled, "Myra Lorraine".

As always, thank you so much for sharing a little bit of your time to read my humble little blog post!  It is truly appreciated and therefore the reason why I tried to respond to each and every comment!  

Happy Sewing Everyone!