Jalie Bobbie

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This is my second of the 14 new patterns from Jalie that I sewed! This one is called Bobbie, and is a dolman sleeve top, with a tank facing. The V-neck is so easy to sew, because it’s finished with a facing, and the design is SO genius! The tank facing is a cropped under layer that fits close to your body, so it’s modest, and comfortable! It’s also a super quick sew. This one is designed for knit fabrics.

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I was going to sew this for myself, but way back when the design first came out, and I signed up, my pregnant belly was a lot smaller. When I finally got the pattern, I decided I could show it off better on my daughter, so you truly see the intended fit ๐Ÿ™‚ But that’s the nice thing about Jalie. Most include all sizes, from little girl to women’s plus sizes!!!

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My daughter has owned these for a few weeks now, and they have been in heavy rotation. I love that you can have fun with the facing fabric, for a little extra pop of color, or you can go basic, to keep it understated.

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The striped fabric was a jersey from Girl Charlee that I’d had on my shelf for quite a while. And we decided on a bright pink double brushed poly for the facing on this.

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The fun pink graffiti print is an ITY from Simply By Ti fabrics! She has three color ways of this print, and I let my daughter hop online and choose her favorite for this. I love including their opinion in things I sew, and I know this top will get worn! The facing on this one is ย black cotton lycra I had stashed from Raspberry Creek Fabrics.

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Go check out all 14 new patterns from Jalie, and don’t forget you can use a promo code when you buy 3! That’s what I always do ๐Ÿ™‚

 

 

Sew Your Stash! Project Run & Play – Week 2

 

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Hi! I am beyond excited that I made it to the next round of Project Run & Play season 16! Your votes carried me through, and I really wouldn’t be here without you. Thank you. I was blown away by all the creations last week, and I can’t wait to check out everyone else’s look this week too. Don’t forget, you can sew along, and link up for a chance to win a prize every week too. This should be an easy theme for everyone to jump in on!

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The theme this week was “Sew Your Stash.” The intention was that everything you used in your project was something you already owned. Fabric, patterns, notions, thread, etc… I have no shortage of stash, and for this one time, I was super thankful. Haha! I decided to use both knit and woven this week, since I have both. I have three tubs of woven fabric. One is sheets, some vintage prints, and some solid colors that are great for muslins, or even for final garments, one tub is “scraps” something I couldn’t make a full dress from, and one is cuts that are a yard or larger. Most of the things in these tubs came from hand me downs. A friend who owns a sewing machine shop passed a couple of boxes to me from a customer’s mom. Another friend let me come “shop” her grandma’s estate sale. other friends have gifted me their stash, and I have been blessed by all this! I don’t buy much woven because of it. Last year, a local shop, Faithful Remnants, opened up a brick and mortar location, instead of only selling online. When I discovered her, my woven purchases increased a little, because she buys estates and re-sells fabric for super cheap! And you can find all the fun, quirky, unique prints you might not find at Joann. The floral fabric I used for the maxi dress was one piece I purchased from her.

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For the red dress, I used a cut of stretch lace I bought from Joann a year or two ago. I had a specific pattern in mind, for my daughter, she had requested the color and style, but I hadn’t gotten around to sewing it yet. I also bought some poly knit with it, but I couldn’t find that piece, so I used some red double brushed poly I also had in my stash for the lining. I don’t own any red serger thread, I only have a stock of neutral serger thread, so I sewed this entire dress on my sewing machine. Some of it would have needed the sewing machine anyway, but typically, I would have constructed anything I could on the serger for a knit garment. ๐Ÿ™‚

Once I had decided what fabrics to use, and what general styles to do, I muslined both pieces. I knew if something didn’t turn out, I would have to rethink my entire plan, since I didn’t have any more of these fabrics. For the maxi, I changed my design, and made two muslins before the final piece.

I wanted to create two completely different pieces, but have them tied together in some way, so both have a “V” element in the back. I got my inspiration for the red dress first, from a picture I’ve had pinned on Pinterest for years. I finally got to make it for this! I drew the “V” shape for the lace panel, and sewed it in, enclosed between the lace and lining layers. I had to do a little research from other patterns I own to determine the best way to construct the whole bodice, but I am happy with how it turned out! All the lining seams are enclosed, except for the armscye. I started with the Uptown Downtown dress pattern from Sew Straight patterns for this.

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The maxi was the one that went through the most changes in my mind, and in muslin form before I ended up with this. I knew I wanted a V shape in the back here too, but didn’t decide to use the straps to tie in that shape until the last iteration. The bodice shape came from Made for Mermaids Quinn pattern. I lowered the back by a few inches, re-drew the sides, and drew and added the front tie overlay portion of the bodice. Instead of tying at the shoulders, I used spaghetti straps from the front bodice, to lace through a small buttonhole in the center back bodice, creating the “V” shape. Those straps gave my loop turner a workout! I used a small scrap of eyelet for the bodice, and lined it with a piece from a white sheet. For the skirt, I used the remaining length of my fabric, so I could create as deep of a hem as possible, and gathered the whole width. It’s hard to see, but I added some beads from an old favorite bracelet of mine at the bottom of the straps as well. The hair bow is from Maggie Rocket’s sock bow pattern, and I used the same eyelet from the bodice for it.

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I pictured a flower crown to go with these outfits, and the day of our photoshoot, I decided to try to make one! I used fake flowers for my wedding bouquet, and it has been taken apart and used for different things over the years. A few years ago a local theater company borrowed it for use in their production of Cinderella, which is where all the ribbons on it came from.
I had a spool of wire I bought a while ago to make myself some hoop earrings, and I used teal washi tape to tape it together, since I didn’t have any floral tape. It was a really fun project, and I love how it turned out! My girls will have fun wearing this for other special occasions, I know!

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For our photos, I was planning on going to our local botanical gardens, but when we got there, the streets all around it were jammed with cars for blocks, so I knew we wouldn’t be able to get in easily, or get good photos. But we were dressed, and hair done, so we just took photos on the sidewalks outside the gardens, and they are still beautiful! I hope you love these looks, and I would appreciate your vote! Go the the post here to check out all the looks, and vote for your favorite! Thank you for reading!!

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GO VOTE!

Jalie Diane

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Jalie was one of the first companies I bought a pattern from a few years ago when I was just discovering pdf patterns! So they have a special place in my heart. It doesn’t hurt that they are incredibly well done, professional, and the size range in most of their patterns ranges from little kid to plus size adult! You get a massive bang for your buck! I had the opportunity to sew a couple of their new patterns.

Jalie has one big release a year, and they are releasing 14 new patterns right now! They are known for their dance and active wear, but have plenty of offerings for everyday wear for the whole family.

The first one I’m going to share is a swim suit pattern, Diane. This is a one piece tank suit that comes in sizes 2 (girls) – 22 (womens)! There is an optional mesh waist tie, but I didn’t add it, since I’m sure my girly will be too rough and tumble for it to stay tied ๐Ÿ™‚

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This is a blend of sizes, to fit her measurements. The pattern includes all the measurements you need to get an amazing fit! The directions are clear and simple, but they’re compact enough to print out, only 2 pages! And you can have them right beside you while you sew.

I used this AMAZING swim fabric from Pretty Posh Printsย (affiliate link). The colors are so vibrant, and the fabric is thick and sturdy. I am so in love with it! The fabric name was Sydney, and that’s my daughter’s name, so it was meant to be for this suit ๐Ÿ™‚ The black and white polka dot fabric in the back is from Needle Nook fabrics.

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I don’t think you can go wrong with Jalie. I’d encourage you to check them out if you’re new to them. All the new releases only add to their wide range of patterns already available. I prefer to buy in sets of three, since you can get a discount on your cart! ย Check out the promotions link at the bottom of the home page. And prices are in CAD, so you can change that for the most accurate listings.

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Thank you for reading, my next post for Jalie will be later this month!

Circus! Project Run & Play – Week 1

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I can’t believe Week 1 is here! Project Run & Play is all about sewing children’s clothes, and that is my favorite! We’re on Season 16, and I have followed so many past seasons, it feels a little surreal to be here, in it! This is a sewing competition hosted on the Project Run & Play blog, and readers will get to vote each week for their favorite look. There is a different theme for each week, and there is also a sew-along for anyone to join in! You can link up your children’s clothing creation in the theme of the week for a chance at some prizes!

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My first idea was nothing like this. Haha! I immediately envisioned a dress for my daughter, and jeans, and a tank for my son, but after HOURS of searching the internet, and local shops for the fabric I pictured, and some time spent researching fabric painting and dying, AND, one mediocre purchase that was maybe a second best alternative, but didn’t live up to any expectations when it arrived, I completely changed my whole look. ๐Ÿ™‚

I was looking for inspiration for my circus themed clothing at a little shop in my town, Faithful Remnants, and I found this cloud print. I knew right away I wanted to make the iconic picture of a big top tent against a blue sky into a dress. This muted print, and the muted red and white stripes became the perfect dress for my circus look! I used a bodice pattern from Simple Life Patterns, Felicity, and nipped it in at the waist some, so it wasn’t boxy. The ruffle around the collar is a little nod to a clown collar, and the shiny gold buttons are a tiny bit glam and over-the top.

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The skirt I created to represent the voluminous tent. I added the extra ruffle at the top of the skirt, on the back, for a bustled look. The hair bow is yellow, for the sun, and made from fabric I let fray on the edges, lace, and fabric flowers. I didn’t know how my daughter would react to such a huge bow, but she was obsessed with it!

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I decided to sew an outfit for my older daughter that would play on the costumes worn by the performers in a circus! Acrobats on horseback, magicians assistants, tightrope walkers! One of the few things that left an impression on me the time I went to the circus as a child, were the beautiful costumes the women wore.

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This dress is a knit bodice, and woven skirt. Because the skirt wouldn’t have much stretch, I made the bodice slightly wider at the waist. The bodice is from Made for Mermaids Annabelle pattern. I used the black and ivory lace from Simply by Ti fabrics for the top layer. The skirt is a circle skirt, of three layers, plus the asymmetrical overlay. There are 2 layers of heavy tulle to make it stand out, and the lace overlay I cut while she was wearing the dress, so the points would land in the right place.

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I knew it needed to be a little more extra, so I added 2 rows of black lace on the top layer of tulle, and flowers on the bodice. The gloves were hers, and she loved wearing them with this dress!

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I hope you’ll head over to the week 1 post, see all the other looks, and vote for your favorite! The rest of the women I am competing with are amazing, and I know they have been sewing and planning hard for this!

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GO VOTE!