Sunday, February 19, 2017

My Bell Bottom Baby dressed with Jalie

Jalie 2908 Jeans
with 2805 Knit Top
Size P

I asked my children the other day what they wanted me to make them next.  One of my girls excitedly said, "bell bottom jeans!"  Since Jalie jeans already have a nice flared bottom, I took that and extended the flare out by 1/2 inch at each side.  I gradually took this line up, blending in at the knee area notch.

If you are wearing bell bottom jeans, you definitely want to complete the look with a flower top, right?  She couldn't be more thrilled.  I did make a swayback adjustment for her and lowered the neckline a little.

The fabric is Art Gallery Jersey Knit Pop Art Spring Blossom, purchased from
The denim is also purchased from

For years, this one wouldn't even put on a pair of jeans.  Everything was too stiff or too scratchy.  I would have to resort to knit yoga pants for her every year.  Finally, finally, I got the okay to make her jeans.  I didn't think they would be bell bottoms though.  Now she is in love with her new jeans and already wants more.

Getting a great fit took time and I didn't want to fuss with a muslin.  I had my daughter try them on all along the assembly process.  I had to take an inch out of the center back yoke, which is a quick fix to eliminate the gap.  Before I make another pair, I will take a 1/2" dart out of the pattern piece.  Since the waistband has a CB seam, I immediately removed a 1/2" before I sewed it together.  After basting the waistband on, I discovered yet another gap at the top of the band!  I had to remove the waistband and take in 1/2" at the center point of the seam, tapering back out to 3/8 at the top and the bottom.  This way when you fold the band over, you get a little V shape, bringing it closer into the waist. Perfect!

I'm overjoyed that this outfit turned out perfectly for her.

Thanks for stopping by ~ Shirley

Monday, February 13, 2017

Another Aldaia Dress

Pauline Alice Aldaia Dress
View C
Size 38 Bodice, Size 40 Skirt

Alterations:  I used a neckband in place of the bodice facings.

This is another Aldaia dress.  I love this one just as much as the first one I made.  They look so different from each other that you might not even think that it was from the same pattern!

My fabric is so busy, making it really hard to see the 6 gores in the skirt, so I am holding them out to show the lovely fullness you achieve with this version.

I really was intrigued by the pattern's use of a facing for the neckline, which would make for a nice clean finish.  Unfortunately, my very stretchy fabric made this difficult for me to achieve.  The front side of my bodice kind of rolled forward exposing my understitching.  I ended up cutting off the facing and attaching a band as you would for a t-shirt.  Sometimes you have to make a quick fix in order to salvage your project from the recycle bin!  I have no doubt that with the right fabric choice, this would have had better results.

I purchased my fabric from Joann's.


Next are a couple of shirts I made using Jalie's 2805 t-shirt pattern.  Pure love!!  If you don't have this pattern, I highly recommend it.  

Alterations:  Lowered neckline, 1/2 inch swayback adjustment, and forward shoulder adjustment.

Fabric purchased from Knitpop.

Thanks for stopping by ~ Shirley

Friday, January 20, 2017

The Aldaia Dress

Pauline Alice Aldaia Dress

View B with longer sleeves
Size 38 Bodice with 40 Skirt
Fabric:  Nicole Miller

I have found a new pattern that I love!  There are 3 dress versions, all equally as beautiful.  I am not a big fan of PDF patterns; however, this one went together pretty easy.  I love how each bodice, sleeve, and skirt is a separate file so you can pick and choose what to print.  To me, this makes it so much easier to assemble the pattern since the entire dress isn't printed and taped together in one massive sheet.  Smaller sections helped my sanity and saved me some paper and tape.  Also, being able to pick and choose between 3 bodices, 3 sleeves, and 3 skirts, you can create many different looks.

I like the side slits.  Since I shorted the skirt pattern by 3.25 inches, I just picked a spot to take the split up to, not even measuring to see what the actual pattern placed it at.  I found the slits to be a little pesky to hem since my fabric is stretchy.  To make it easier on myself, I cut a thin strip of knit interfacing to stabilize them.  The bottom hem I was able to use my covers stitch machine without any problem.

The back skirt and back bodice pieces both have two darts at the waistline.  It's nearly impossible to see them because of my fabric print.  The darts allow for some nice shaping at the waistline and a swayback adjustment wasn't needed.

I love the modest wrap of the front bodice!  It is so hard to find a wrap top or dress that is high enough or won't gap open dare you move or bend over.  The last thing I want to have to do after I have made something is to add a pin or a snap to keep it closed.

For my next make, I'll be making View C of this pattern!

Thanks for stopping by ~ Shirley

Sunday, January 1, 2017

McCall's 7079

McCall's 7079
Size 12
Fabric: Jersey Knit

What a well drafted little pattern this is!  I didn't have to make any alterations--everything fit perfectly.  My daughter loves it and immediately asked if I could make her another one.  She actually wants a third, but we decided to postpone that make until closer to summer since the other fabric is a tropical floral-type print.

The pattern instructions have you turn under the fabric for the neck. I prefer an actual neckband, so I cut a strip of fabric 2 inches in width, folding wrong sides together, and attaching to the wrong side of the neckline.  Then I folded it over onto itself and attached with a tiny zig zag stitch.  Lighter knit fabrics are a little trickier for me to handle and I have found that doing it this way makes the neck more stable.  I don't end up with a floppy, stretched out neckband.

I used my serger and cover stitch machine for the entire assembly of this dress, making it so quick! I do use my sewing machine to baste the neckband on, prior to serging, to ensure everything looks right.

This version is made in a ponte knit.  I also made a neckband here, but since it is a thicker fabric, I attached it as you would for any t-shirt.  I cut the neckband at 1 and 3/4 inch width, attaching with a 1/2 inch seam allowance.  I cut the length long and slightly pull on it as I sew it to the neck, cutting off the excess once I reach the end.

As you can see above in the pattern illustration, there are other versions that can be made with options to the bodice back, as well as a gathered skirt with elastic insertion.  Since we are still having cool temperatures, I opted for no open back designs and I'd much rather not have to gather the skirt if I don't have to.  With this dress version, the skirt top matches perfectly to the bodice bottom and no elastic is used.

Happy New Year!

Thanks for stopping by ~ Shirley

Monday, November 21, 2016

Kelly Anorak

Closet Case Files
Kelly Anorak Jacket
Size 8
Fabric:  Twill

I made a jacket!  I'm so thrilled with how it turned out.  Initially I thought it might be beyond my skill level to make, but I decided to give it a try anyway.  I'm glad I did because I love everything about it!  It is very RTW looking.

It does take time to sew the Kelly up, especially if you make the flat fell seams.  It is worth it though because of the nice clean finish you have inside.  I didn't make my own bias tape.  I would have had to purchase more fabric, and at 3.5 yards to make it (45"), I was okay with purchasing a package.  Actually, I rather like the little bit of contrast at the hemline.

I hit a snag with the zipper installation.  I was following Closet Case files blog tutorial so closely that I did not realize that my zipper pull was located on the opposite side of their zipper pull.  Had I been paying attention, I would have realized that my first part of my zipper wasn't lining up against the edge before I sewed it.  Since I put in the zipper side that didn't have the pull, I put it in right side up (both sides kind of look the same if the pull isn't on it).  Unfortunately I didn't realize what I had done until I was ready to sew in the left side!  I really wanted to cry.  I thought I was done at that point, but I decided to unpick all my placket stitches and put it in the right way.  I'm so glad I did!  Anyway, I never knew that zipper pulls could vary from one side to the other, so I wanted to share that.

I love the length.  I didn't make any alteration to it.  I cut everything out on a size 8 and just sewed it up.

Look at these wonderful big pockets!  I think it would be fun to make smaller pockets at the top too should I make this again.  I imagine I will.  This is the first time I have worked with snaps.  Wawak has a snap kit which I highly recommend.  The tool that comes with it makes it pretty simple and I found a Prym video tutorial online.  I had a little trouble with the topside of the snap since it has to be lined up perfectly with the piece that goes on the underside of the fabric.  I managed to bend a few before I realized what I was doing wrong.  

I considered lining the jacket but decided it might make it too warm for me.  I want to be able to wear this a lot and I have other warm coats in my closet.  However, I did line the hood with black flannel.  I thought bringing in a little more black would look nice since my drawstring and zipper are both black.

Thanks for stopping by ~ Shirley

Sunday, October 30, 2016

Ottobre Lampi Jeggings with Jalie Dolman

Jalie Dolman Top 3352
Size T
Alterations:  Added 7 inches to the length

Ottobre Lampi Jeggings 5/2014-13
Size 36

I love the Jalie Dolman top.  I have made it several times for me and my girls.  I love that it comes in multiple sizes to accommodate all of us.  As my girls grow, I just trace the next size.  The shirt is so easy to make and looks different depending on your fabric choice.  For this tunic, I used a gray rayon knit from Joann's.  

I decided after making my jeggings that I wanted a tunic top to wear with them.  I wanted one that would fit me as good as the Jalie Dolman, so it occurred to me to just add some length.  Two hours later I had a new top.  Both sides of the fabric were not quite the same.  One side side was a little darker, which I used for the neck band.  To lengthen, I started at the pattern notch and gradually took my width out to 1/2" at the hemline.

I have wanted to make these jeggings ever since I received the 2014 Ottobre issue.  What was holding me back?  I could not find the right type of fabric I wanted to make them in.  Then one day while shopping, I came upon Telio Bailey Knit Black fabric.  It is medium/heavy weight and absolutely perfect for jeggings!

I used my cover stitch machine to do all top stitching, with the exception of the back pockets, coin pocket, and the single line of stitching on the outer side seam.  I wanted to be sure not to compromise any stretch the fabric would have.

I really like my outfit.  I have never owned a pair of jeggings until now.  One pair of jeggings will be sufficient for my needs, but I will definitely be adding many more Dolman tunics to my wardrobe.

Thanks for stopping by ~ Shirley

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Some Favorites Sewn Up Again

McCall's Top 7247
Ottobre Mini Skirt 5/2016

Top blogged previously here.
Skirt blogged previously here.

I did a couple of things differently this time.  I tacked the shirt down within the overlapped seam in a couple of places so the wind won't blow it open.

Also, last time I took 2 inches off the skirt length after I had made it.  This time I altered the pattern.  It does make a difference sometimes how you alter length.  If you take it off at the hem, you might alter dimensions width wise, especially with the way this skirt vents open.

This blouse fabric is the exact fabric on the McCall's pattern--how lucky is that!  I bought it not even knowing.  Then when I was going through my patterns to select a blouse, it occurred to me that I had that same fabric.  How could I not make it in this blouse!  Besides, I really love my first version of it.

This is definitely my kind of outfit.  It is so comfortable and perfect for fall and winter.  Warm enough to venture outside, but not so hot that you will bake indoors.

I made my slip not necklace too. I found a video online and was finished in minutes.


Here is another pair of jeans for my son, previously blogged here.  These are Ottobre's Hi-hat pants.  I have made these several times.

This time I left off all pocket flaps, used a different pocket for the backside from another pattern I made for my son, as well as adding an outer side pocket for his phone.

I used a lot of bar tacks for design.  The copper jeans top stitching thread looks fabulous with the dark brown denim.  The fabric is heavy weight, so rather stiff looking at the moment.  Until cooler weather, I will keep these jeans in the laundry room and wash with every load of jeans and towels in hopes to soften them up.

I made these in a 170, so they are a little big with this pattern.  But, this will ensure (hopefully) they will fit throughout winter.


Here is a skirt I made a few months ago.  This is Paprika's Jade skirt--Love!

It is fully lined and the front side has fabric folds making it a very stylish-looking skirt.  I will definitely be making more Jade skirts in other colors.

Thanks for stopping by ~ Shirley