All posts by Yvette Chilcott

I’m a mother of 3, stepmother of 3. My hubby and I share our home with 2 cats, and my hobbies, including my food experiments.

The Start of Pine Ridge Knit & Sew

Sew What Yvette? 

Pine Ridge Knit & Sew, my dream.

Sew, here’s how I look, (on a good day).  (Most days are good days)  I turned 63 in July and I’ve sewn most of my life. 

My mom was my inspiration and my mentor.  She and my father immigrated from Holland, with me, and her sewing skills. 

These are my mother’s diplomas.  My youngest sister had them framed for me after our mother died.  They hang in my sewing room near my sewing desk where they comfort and inspire me.

In 1986 I was a “stay-at-home-mother” of 3, and I started a home business.  Unintentionally.  With a knitting machine that I knew how to use.  People started coming to me for lessons, and it wasn’t long before my kitchen/living room was a machine knitting classroom.  Soon everyone migrated to the rec-room in our basement and Pine Ridge Knitting Machines was born.  On County Road 9 just south of Fenella, Ontario.

When my youngest went to school full time I went “store-front” to a rental unit in Baltimore Ontario, just north of Cobourg.  Sewing machines joined the knitting machines, and eventually the business name changed to Pine Ridge Knit & Sew. 

My mother encouraged me to follow my dream.  

Now located in Trenton Ontario, my oldest daughter bought Pine Ridge Knit & Sew in early 2014 and now it’s her dream.

These days I machine knit, repair and refurbish used knitting machines, cook, garden, and actively “share my love of sewing” with others.

I’ve just recently been appointed to the “Jalie Promo Team” where I’ll be sewing and reviewing even more Jalie sewing patterns.  Another dream has come true.

 

San Diego Jacket from Sewing Workshop Fully Lined

 This is my third  version of the San Diego Jacket and it was a real challenge for me.

Why, you say?

Because that beautiful green and black WOOL is the itchiest piece of wool I’ve ever touched, there was no pattern for the lining, and the lining fabric slithered and slid and I think I even heard it hiss a few times.

This one is my “fitting muslin”.

I have another piece of beautiful coat fabric and lining that I bought at my local sewing center, but I wanted to test out my lining theory on something less expensive first.  Both of these fabrics were in my stash, they were not expensive, and NOW I KNOW WHY!

All that’s left to do is buttonholes, sew on buttons and a bit of handwork.  I’m pleased with the finished results and am looking forward to wearing it.

The sewing pattern for the San Diego Jacket by the Sewing Workshop is available at Distinctive Sewing Supplies, my favorite on-line retailer of fine fabrics and patterns.

My first San Diego Jacket was in a soft denim, and I wear it often.  Read about it here.

My second San Diego Jacket was made of a soft draping stretch woven jacquard.  Read about how I added side pockets to it by clicking here.

Have you sewn the San Diego Jacket?  Would you like me to write a tutorial on drafting the lining pattern?

Galaxie1 Launches at Midnight Tonight November 23rd 2017

JALIE PATTERNS SPECIAL LAUNCH

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BLACK FRIDAY COUPON : Save 50% on the new GALAXIE 1 pattern, with coupon code 50OFF2017, valid from November 24th, 00:01 Eastern Time to Nov. 27 23:59 Eastern Time.

Link: https://jalie.com/jalie2017-galaxie1-bag-pattern

The pattern will be uploaded tonight just before midnight.

Galaxie1 #2017, a New Pattern from Jalie

Coming Soon

A New Pattern from Jalie

I’m very excited to make a couple of announcements;  #1    I am now a team member for pattern testing and promotion for Jalie, a Canadian sewing pattern company.     #2   There is a new Jalie pattern coming out on November 24th.

Called Galaxie 1 #2017,  BAGS, TOTES AND POUCHES COLLECTION  Practical, easy-to-sew items made with fabric that you can find in local fabric stores.

I’ve been sewing samples of this new pattern, and am thrilled with the results.  This pattern is a bit of a change for Jalie, as it’s an assortment of bags instead of the garments I know them for.   The sewing methods are very professional, and there are some genius  construction techniques included.  This bag is called Saturne with Jupiter drawstring insert.   I backed the outer fabric with fusible fleece to give it some body and insulating value.  It’s my new lunch-bag and is large enough for an ice-pack, too.  It’s been inspected by the feline team and passed.

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This next bag is named Mars, and it has some great details like the boxed corners, two colours, full zipper and check out those cute little tabs.  I used small pieces of Christmas fabric from my stash and plan to gift it with a few sewing notions tucked inside.

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The new pattern will be available Friday November 24th from Jalie

BLACK FRIDAY COUPON : Save 50% on the new GALAXIE 1 pattern, with coupon code 50OFF2017, valid from November 24th, 00:01 Eastern Time to Nov. 27 23:59 Eastern Time. This pattern will be available in PDF only.

What do you think of this new pattern? 

Your comments are always welcome.

A New Pattern is Coming from Jalie

I’ve had the honour to do a bit of pattern testing for Jalie this past week, and it’s been a fun challenge.  

If you’ve been following my blog for a while, the Jalie name is familiar to you.  I’ve been sewing their patterns for years, starting when I owned a sewing machine retail store where I sold patterns, fabric and notions along with the sewing machines.  Many of the garment classes we held focused on the Jalie pattern line.

Since selling my business I’ve sewn quite a few test garments for Distinctive Sewing Supplies, an online retailer of fine fabrics and patterns working out of Oakville Ontario and most of the patterns were by Jalie. 

Sew now I’ve been sewing for Jalie directly as part of a testing team!

The pattern that we’re testing hasn’t been released yet, but stick around here, and as soon as it is, I’ll let you know!

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Here are the fabrics I chose for the next one.

CreativFestival Fall 2017, It’s NEXT WEEK!

Here’s what it says on the website:

An unbeatable shopping excursion infused with ideas, inspiration and instruction.

Since 1988, Creativ Festival is Canada’s largest DIY consumer show dedicated to the creative arts of sewing, knitting, beading, spinning, weaving, felting, quilting, crocheting, stitching, scrap-booking, crafting and other fiber, textile, needle and paper arts. 

Whether newbie or seasoned pro, join others who share your creative passions at this exceptional interactive experience like no other where you can discover, learn, try and buy!

It will be a Celebration of Creativity!  Join us there on October 26-28, 2017!  Click here for the CreativFestival Fall 2017 brochure (here)   (We’re on page 8)

I’m helping out in the Distinctive Sewing Supplies booth, and teaching some classes;

Catherine’s Trunk Show is always great!  It’s free, come and join us at the Fashion Runway at 12:30 each day.

My No Pockets? No problem!  class is a free lecture style and I’ll show you a variety of pocket ideas for you to add to your garments.  I have a lot of samples to show you.  See you at the Sew News Stage, Thursday at 10:20

My ONE PATTERN …THREE DIFFERENT TEES, is a hands on “Pattern Hacking” class.  There is a fee and a supply list for this one. 

Designer Neckline Finishes is a free class/lecture requested by many of my sewing followers.  I have many samples and I hope to inspire you.  Sew News Stage Friday at 2:30

Fashion Fabric Know-How is a free class/lecture where I’ll talk about choosing the correct fabric for your pattern.  I have many samples of different fabrics for you to see and touch.  Sew News Stage Saturday 9:30

It will be a busy weekend and I’m really looking forward to it.  If you’re one of my readers, please drop by the Distinctive Sewing Supplies booth, #442, and say hello!  We’d love to see you!

 

 

Burda 7136

 

This shirt took me far too long to start.  The two coordinating stretch cotton poplins were washed in Eucalan shortly after I returned home from Quilt Canada, in June!!!!!!

I hadn’t sewn a shirt in a couple of years, but the Islander Sewing System skills came back quickly.  The hard part was choosing where to put the contrast fabrics. 

I finally decided to put it inside the pocket as a facing, inside the sleeve cuffs as a facing, inside the right front as a facing, under the collar, inside the yoke, and inside the collar stand.

The navy fabric is a directional print, so a “with nap” layout must be followed. 

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I added 1 1/2 inches in the body length and 1 inch to the sleeve length, and it came out just the way I wanted it to.  This pattern has all the details in a man’s dress shirt, but shaped for a woman with bust and back waist darts.  The stretch of the fabric gives a great fit and adds a bit of movement ease. 

It’s a perfect combination of fabric and pattern.

 

This fabric would be great for another Burda pattern, 6908;

My disclaimer:  the fabrics and pattern were given to me by Distinctive Sewing Supplies, an on-line retailer in Oakville, Ontario, in exchange for sewing the shirt and blogging  about it.  And again, I think I got the best part of the deal.  Thank you Catherine.

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I’m sew glad cooler weather is here, now I can wear it!  Often!

“Hacking” for the Fall CreativFestival

Do you recall this from my last post?

One of the classes I’m teaching on behalf of Distinctive Sewing Supplies;  at the Fall CreativFestival, at the International Center in Toronto October 26-28 (more details are coming soon)

One Pattern = 3 Different Tees
Working from a commercial sewing pattern with a round (not “V”) neckline, Yvette (that’s me)  will teach some basic pattern personalization, creating 3 adaptations, an inverted front pleat, adding an extended sleeve cap, and adding side drapes.  Suggested patterns include: Jalie 2805, Burda 6749 or 6611

So now not only am I a “Pattern Hacker” but I’ll be teaching others how to “Pattern Hack”.   Go figure.

Today I’m featuring my hack to Jalie 2805 Women’s Tee Shirts.  note:  apparently I sometimes forget to smile while concentrating on using the remote for my camera. 

I used an ITY from Distinctive Sewing Supplies in a dark navy colour, it’s so comfortable and cool to wear, that I’ll enjoy wearing it well into the cooler weather of fall.

The pattern; Jalie 2805 Women’s T-Shirts was provided to me at no charge by Distinctive Sewing Supplies, so I could make it, review it, hack it, teach the hack, and then wear it with pleasure.  It’s one of those patterns that will never go out of style, a real staple in my sewing pantry.

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After tracing off a front and back pattern piece, I deepened the front neck, extended the shoulders to just past the shoulders, and added side drapes.

I completed my T by using a rolled edge finish for the sleeves and draped hem, and a turned to the inside band. 

In this hands-on class, you’ll arrive with the front and back of your pattern traced off, and a ruler, pencils and a roll of pattern paper, and I’ll teach you how to hack your own pattern.

I don’t have the info on the time of my class yet, but if you attend, please let me know if you follow Distinctive Sewing Supplies or my blog.

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I still hate/dislike using the “hack” word with my sewing.  But, I guess I’d better learn to live with it…..

because……..

at the Creativfestival, Fall 2017…….

I’m teaching for Distinctive Sewing Supplies!

And one of the classes is:

One Pattern = 3 Different Tees

Working from a commercial sewing pattern with a round (not “V”) neckline, Yvette (that’s me)  will teach some basic pattern personalization, creating 3 adaptations, an inverted front pleat, adding an extended sleeve cap, and adding side drapes.  Suggested patterns include: Jalie 2805, Burda 6749 or 6611

So now not only am I a “Pattern Hacker” but I’ll be teaching others how to “Pattern Hack”.   Go figure.

I made this sample of the inverted front pleat using Burda 6749 in a soft breathable Rayon Spandex Jersey.  I was given the pattern and the fabric by Catherine, owner of Distinctive Sewing Supplies so I could test the pattern and the fabric, write this blog post, and prepare the lesson notes for our upcoming class at the Creativfestival. 

The Pattern:

Product Description;  This style has been especially designed for a close fit and for jersey fabric. The classic pattern can be used for a wide array of attractive tops, both in plain or print fabric. Sew your favourites with either short or long sleeves. Recommended fabrics: Two-way stretch jersey.  Sizes 20 to 34 (all sizes included in pattern).

I made the size 28, in view B for my sample.  I really like the shape of this top, the waist comes in for a nice feminine silhouette or it could be eliminated for a straighter figure.  The shoulders sit smoothly and don’t appear extra wide like in some plus sized patterns.  The neckline has a flattering shape.   I shortened the long sleeves to 3/4.  Many people (like me) push a long sleeve up to just below the elbow anyway.

The Fabric:

The rayon-spandex fabric is soft, breathable and drapey. It is suitable for t-shirts, cardigans and flowing skirts.

Other Details
Content:  95% Rayon 5% Spandex
Width:  148 cm / 58″
Fabric Weight:  190 gsm / 5.6 osy
 
This fabric is very soft, stretchy and is so comfortable to wear.  I’ve found that as I’m aging, my internal thermostat is set high and I’m warm most of the time.  I’ve made a few garments in this fabric and it’s COOL and breathes.  Here’s a link to my post reviewing Jalie Raglan Tee 3245,                  click here.
 

Some Construction Tips:

  • Work on a large surface with no fabric hanging off the edge.
  • if the selvedges seem “pulled” trim them off before pinning your pattern onto the fabric.
  • Use sharp pins.
  • Cut with a rotary cutter, ruler and a mat.
  • Sew with a new needle, I use a 75/11 for knits.
  • Stabilize the neck and front shoulders with a fusible knit interfacing.

More information is coming regarding the Creativfestival Fall 2017 and I’ll keep you updated.  In the meantime, if you’re interested in taking my class, order your pattern soon, to avoid disappointment.  

Are you a “Pattern Hacker”? 

Front Closing Sports Bra with snaps

Is there such a thing as a comfortable bra?   Until now, I had never worn one.   I mean a comfortable one.   50 years of discomfort.  Done.

Meet COMFORT!

  

 Meet PRETTY!

I used fabric remnants from previous projects, both are a rayon spandex jersey with 4 way stretch which were provided to me by Distinctive Sewing Supplies, an on-line retailer based in Oakville Ontario.   It is one of the most comfortable fabrics I’ve ever worn.

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And this is the most comfortable bra I have ever worn.  The pattern is from Lingerie Secrets, “Front Closing” Sports Bra.

I used plastic snaps on an added placket to close the front, and a pretty lace elastic around the neck and arms instead of a hidden finish that’s described in the pattern.

My sewing instructions are geared to sewing a size Large, A cup. Measurements for other sizes may differ, so please follow the instructions included with your pattern.

Here’s how I made the Plackets:

After cutting out the bra, back and front, I fused 2 pieces of medium weight fusible interfacing cut 4 1/2 inches by 3 inches, to the wrong side of a leftover piece of fabric.  Cut out after it cools.

Fold each in half with right sides together long-ways and sew the short ends using 1/4″ seam allowance.

Clip the corners at the fold, then turn right side out, press and set aside for later.

To Sew the Bra:  Note:  the center front and the sides look very similar once the pattern paper comes off, so I suggest marking the center fronts until you’ve sewn the side seams.  I used safety pins.

Sew the shoulders and the side seams.  My fabric was very soft so I slipped a strip of water soluble stabilizer underneath the seam and sewed over it.  I used my sewing machine and first seamed with a narrow zig zag, then finished the edges with a triple zig zag.  The stabilizer will disappear in the first washing.

Attaching the Decorative Elastic:

The instructions use a hidden elastic application, and is very clear to follow.  I, however, have quite a “bit” of pretty elastic, and wanted the edge of it to show on the finished bra.

Attaching the elastic is a 2-step process.  Start by putting the right side of the elastic on the right side of the fabric, with the straight edge of the elastic even with the raw edge of the fabric.  Use a fairly wide, long zig zag, width and length at 5mm. 

 

For the neckline, follow the pattern instructions, and begin the elastic 1/4 inch from the center front.  I found that my machine wanted to “eat” the fabric when I did that, so I put the elastic on top, extending the end past the center front, BUT began sewing 1/4″ in from the front edge.  I trimmed off the excess later.

The first inch of elastic is sewn on without stretching it, but then, (for my size) the instructions say to stretch 2 inches of elastic over 3 inches of fabric.  Hmmmmmm, here’s how I tackled that.  With a heat away pen, I marked a dot on the elastic 2 inches from the needle.  Then I marked a spot on the fabric 3 inches from the needle, stretched the elastic so the marks were together and stitched to the mark.

 The same process was used at the center back.  Then the elastic was folded to the inside so the scalloped edge extended beyond the fabric edge and top-stitched with the same sized zig zag to finish.

The elastic along the bottom was sewn according to the pattern instructions.

To Complete the Front with the Placket for Snaps:

Gather each center front edge with 2 rows of basting stitches as described in the pattern instructions.  Gather each front to fit inside the open edge of the placket pieces you set aside earlier.  Pin to hold, then use a wide zig zag along the open edge of the placket to sew through all layers.

Attach the snaps according to the directions with the snaps.

I hope you enjoy wearing your new bra as much as I am comfortable in mine.