Monday, August 31, 2015

Not JUST a Sunsuit!

I was so thrilled to be asked to participate in Call Ajaire's Not Just a Sunsuit Tour, showing off the huge variety of looks you can achieve, all with this one pattern! May I present, the Call Ajaire Paneled Sunsuit!
Of course, Myra is a world wise 2nd grader, with very decided opinions about her wardrobe. She wanted the maxi dress. Decidedly.
That made me cackle with glee, since that is the view I had been hoping to sew! My mother gave me this pretty batik several years ago. It's left over from a quilt she made, then a skirt she made for herself. Useful yardage, that. Now it's Myra's favorite dress.
Since Myra is the girliest of girls, I added a bit of pretty crocheted lace that I had lying around. I think my sister-in-law gave it to me. The slightly creamy beige went very nicely with the vibrant batik and I like the boho vibe it has. The pattern includes the piecing in the bodice, making adding trim a snap! I inserted a bit into the straps as well for a pretty ruffle effect.
The back is also pieced for colorblocking or trim insertion, and has elastic gathering just below the armholes. It keeps the bodice snug while still allowing this to be an easy, pull-on dress. It also makes the back blouse attractively.
The waistline is also fitted with an elastic casing. The bodice is blousy and cool - perfect for the Indian Summer weather we are having!
Another favorite feature - pockets! They are optional, but we love pockets around here. Where else is a girl to put her rocks? The shape of the skirt is also quite nice. It is slim through the hip, but flares just below the pocket edge. This allows for a sleek look, even with the elastic waist and in a stiffer fabric like this batik.
We love our Paneled Sunsuit Maxi dress!
If you've hung out this far, I have a treat for you!
In honor of the Not Just a Sunsuit Tour, all of Call Ajaire's patterns will be 15% off until September 7th!! Just use the code SUNSUIT15 in her Etsy shop or on UpCraft Club.
Be sure to head over and check out the other bloggers on the tour as well. There are some amazing projects showing up!

Monday August 24th:  Max California | Filles à Maman | Hey June | House of Estrela
Tuesday August 25th: Skirt Fixation | Gracious Threads | Kimmie Sew Crazy | Shaffer Sisters
Wednesday August 26th: Kid Approved | Pinkel | Falafel and the Bee | Once Upon a Sewing Machine
Thursday August 27th: Buzzmills | Pattern Revolution | Sprouting JubeJube | Handmade Martini
Friday August 28th: That's Sew Kari | Lulu & Celeste | Paisley Roots | Modern Handmade

Monday August 31st: Sew Cool for the Tween Scene | Kadiddlehopper | Imagine Gnats | Nap Time Creations
Tuesday September 1st: My Sweet Sunshine | Straight Stitch Designs | Handmade Boy | That's What She Crafted
Wednesday September 2nd: Climbing the Willow | Rebel & Malice | GYCT Designs | Two-Many
Thursday September 3rd: The Crazy Tailor | sewVery | Just Add Fabric | Delia Creates
Friday September 4th: A Jennuine Life | Conversas de Hermanas | Made by Sara | Not Sew Fast

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Jalie 3461 - the Eleonore pull on pant

I haven't been buying many new patterns lately. My pattern stash is immense and it is starting to feel like I'm never going to make even half of them so getting new patterns seems a bit silly, but when Jalie announced that they were releasing a pull on pant for stretch wovens, I pre-ordered it immediately.
Then I shoved everything I should be making to the back of the queue and got up early a few mornings to sew them up. Sewing in the summer is challenging for me, but I really wanted these pants. So, here we are - Jalie 3461, the Eleonore pull on pant!
I did make a few changes right out of the gate. First off, Jalie calls these a low rise pant. 10 years and 3 kids ago I wore low rise pants, but that ship has sailed. I pulled out my trusty Jalie jeans pattern and compared the two. Based on that comparison, I raised the rise 2 inches. Since the waistband of the pull on pant pattern is wider than the jeans pattern, the end result is a pretty high waist, so keep that in mind if you are making rise alterations. The waistband is wide!
For the crotch curve, I just copied the alterations I used on the Jalie jeans. It worked well and I'm happy with the fit there. As for the legs, the pants are meant to be semi fitted, so since I wanted a more skinny type pant, I slimmed the legs down two sizes below the hip, then had to remove an additional 3 inches from the ankle, tapering up to the fullest part of the calf.
They're super comfortable and so quick to sew up! I'll definitely be making them again, and again and again!
Once final caution for the curvy girl, the pattern instructs you to use elastic to stabilize the waistband. The length of elastic you use is the same as the length of the waistband pattern piece, but if you have a small waist and fuller hips and backside, you will want your waistband to be snug in the back so that the pants pull in to the back waist. In order to do this myself, I simply measured my elastic on my own waist, then used the full length of the front waistband pattern piece and the remainder for the back piece. That meant that the elastic was significantly shorter in the back and had to be stretched to fit. As a result, my pants fit snugly in the back and don't slide down and gape.

Friday, June 26, 2015

Rescuing an orphan

My Rambo skirt is one of my favorite makes. It's fun. It fits well. It's easy to wear. It should be a favorite in my closet, but unfortunately it isn't. The body suit I made to wear with it is lovely and comfortable, but suffers from requiring specialty underwear, due to the low back. The color scheme of the skirt is unusual in my wardrobe, and I just didn't have another top that looks good with the skirt.
Fortunately, I did have a remnant of the ITY I used to make the original bodysuit. It was a smallish piece - long but skinny. And I didn't have enough for mess ups.
I decided to use Ottobre 02/2009-5, which I have made before here. I knew this pattern was a winner, and even if it wasn't perfect with the skirt, I would still wear it a lot.
Fortunately, it turned out to work well with the skirt, so it's a win all around!
I'm particularly pleased with the sleeve this time! The rayon jersey I used to make this top last time was quite limp, so while the sleeves are attractive, they don't really flutter. In this ITY, the sleeves are much more full and graceful. It's a winner!