Streak, Stroke, Stripe! Project Run & Play – Week 3

I can’t believe I’m here to share week 3! Thank you for your help getting me to this round! This is the final round before the Signature Look, and three designers will get to share theirs. The theme for this week was Streak, Stroke, Stripe. I know there will be a lot of good designs to see this week, and don’t forget, you can be sewing along to win prizes too! Link up at Project Run & Play your best stripe look!

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This week, I had another long time pin that inspired one of my pieces. This maxi wrap skirt is something I’ve been wanting to make for a while, but in the rhythm of life, I don’t get/take time to make the things that I really want to. I started shopping for the perfect fabric as soon as I knew the theme for this week, and you wouldn’t think it would be that difficult to find, but finding the right scale of stripes, in the right substrate took me all over the internet, and in local stores too. I should have gone to Raspberry Creek Fabrics first. They’re one of my favorite online shops, and they have the most amazing selection of knits and woven for apparel purposes! I bought all 5 yards of this pin stripe rayon challis they listed as in stock. My first plan was to create a full dress out of this fabric, but the inspiration never quite came together in my mind.

For the skirt, I used the Made for Mermaids Isabel wrap dress pattern. This is designed for knit, and it is a dress, not a skirt pattern, but I knew the tulip cut option of the skirt would be perfect. I measured the length I wanted for my daughter, minus the amount of ruffle I wanted, and re-drew the curve. For the ruffles, I added 2 layers, and made them longest at the back, gradually getting shorter around the front. These were a small bit of labor, as I had to piece together the width of fabric, so I eyeballed the slope of ruffles, and cut them with scissors as they lay in all their glorious length across my living room. Rayon challis is notoriously shifty, so it was a little bit of a fussy task. But this fabric is surprisingly less shifty than other rayon challises I’ve used, so I was very happy working with it. I enclosed the top of the skirt in-between the layers of the waistband, leaving some extra length on the outside end for one tie, and added the second tie in the side seam of the other side of the waistband of the skirt. There is a button sewn into the inside layer of the waistband to secure it closed before it’s tied. My daughter LOVES this skirt, and was begging to wear it to her VBS program the night after it was finished!

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I wanted to play with pattern mixing in this outfit, so I chose a larger scale stripe for the shirt. I also wanted to use an assortment of fabric types, scales of prints, etc… to show variety and interest within the theme. This is a knit I picked up at Joann, for a different project, but I decided it would go well with this outfit! I used the Jalie pattern, Bobbie, for the base of this one. Bobbie is a dolman sleeve pattern. The modifications I made were widening and scooping out the v-neckline, shortening, and widening the body of the pattern, and adding ruffles on the sleeves. The facing is a full tank facing that ends mid torso, so it’s comfortable to wear. I love this outfit together. It has an easy vibe, and it’s flowy for cool comfort in the summer!

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For the other outfit, I wanted to use a more abstract stripe, I guess this would be more in the streak or stroke realm. I love this olive stripe print from Cali Fabrics so much! I have never shopped there before, but they sponsored this competition, and generously sent credit to the designers to use for the season! This is an ITY, which makes it cool to wear in the summer too. This dress started from the Havanna pattern from Cali Faye Collection. I’ve owned this one since it was released. I am obsessed with the style. But true to my procrastinating form, I’ve never sewn it. It is a blouse pattern designed for woven, but I wanted to make this from knit, so I made a muslin, and then a few modifications. I added length to make it a dress, drew a completely new back bodice piece, modified the crossover portion in the front to eliminate the need for a button, and added pockets! I also curved in the sides so the heavier knit wouldn’t be overwhelming. I played with the pattern placement on this, though I was slightly limited, as I used all of the 2 yard piece I had. But I was able to flip pieces in different directions to make the most of it, and match all the stripes! This is such a simple style, but it still makes a statement. I want to make one for every day of the week for my daughter this summer!

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We headed downtown on a warm (hot) night for photos. I knew the neutral colors in the clothes would need a background that would let them shine. This parking garage is not in regular use, and while it was too windy for us to get good shots with the city in the background on the top level, we were able to get our photos on the ground level. The hair and styling were fun for this one. I tried to add subtle stripes wherever I could, without making it look cuckoo! Then we headed home to beat the 100 degree heat with slushes. I’m thankful for my girls who are such good sports, and are all in with me in this competition. They were on board before I began, and I wouldn’t be anywhere without them! Thank you for reading. You can check out all the other entries over at Project Run and Play, and vote for your favorite!!

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GO VOTE!

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™‚

 

 

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!

Sew Back to School

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Well, here we are, in week 7 of school, and I’m posting a BTS blog post! I love that this season is being extended, because, maybe some of us don’t actually get anything new sewn before school starts. Maybe if I had sewn all their clothes, they would have been warm weather clothes, because that’s the time of year school starts here, or maybe I just like having inspiration spread out. My kids are home schooled, which means the school year means less sewing time for me, but I still made a few simple garments for them. Comfort is king for us. There are no dress codes to follow, or other kids to impress. We do school all over the house, at the table, on the floor, in our beds, outside. I knew the things my kids would want and need to wear would be comfy basics.

I immediately wanted to sew up the Jalie Nico raglan for my son. I am a huge fan of Jalie patterns, so I was excited to try this. I love that they include a HUGE size range. Like from 2 (toddler) to men’s plus sizes. All in one pattern. All of their patterns are like this. Go check them out now! You can purchase them with a small discount too, if you buy 3. So, I save up until I have 3 on my wishlist, then get them with a discount. The prices are in CAD, which also means it will be a bit cheaper if you’re in the US. Any way you look at it, it’s a great deal for high quality patterns.

For these raglans, I made them all long sleeve, since that’s what the weather will call for, for the bulk of the school year. I used fun prints I knew he would like, without straying too far from my preference to a RTW aesthetic. For the grey shirt, with dino print sleeves, he picked the neckband color out of my solid fabric choices. And the camp shirt is an epicycle from one of my husband’s old t-shirts. My son loves that. ๐Ÿ™‚ Also, when your 4 year old is a professional model:

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I also got to try a new-to-me designer. I’ve known of Petitboo for a long time. I actually looked long and hard at her Pepperberry dress once, when it was on a flash Friday sale. A LONG time ago. So I was excited to sew this up. Now, this pattern is FULL of options, straight hem, shirt-tail hem (I’m crushing on this look), high-low hem, sleeve length options, cowl neck, pockets, elastic, or shirred waist, ETC… And they’re all mix and match. I took a while to pick which view I wanted to sew, and I feel a little like I’m not showing the full range of the pattern well, but I knew I had to stick with what is the most “me.” So, I made the 3/4 length sleeve, high-low hem dress, with a neckband. This pattern is drafted well, the pattern came out TTS, and I love the clear directions, with clear pictures. I’m happy to recommend this pattern to anyone! I made it in this fun star print so she could have a dress that coordinated with her brother’s star sleeve raglan. These pictures are precious to me. My middle two are the two that fight the most, and to see them having fun together in pictures will remind me that they do love each other, underneath all the crazy.

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This Back to School blog tour is hosted by Ula Pohl, and Deb Zaleski, and there are tons of amazing outfits on the tour. You can look at the schedule, and see what everyone else has made! The sponsors for this tour have been very generous, and you can read about them here. The Pepperberry dress, and the Nico raglan patterns were provided to me from their respective companies for this blog tour.

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Monday, September 25, 2017

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Friday, September 29, 2017

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