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Skyelines are Keeping me Warm

And the deep-freeze continues…..

So I’ve been hibernating indoors and sewing, and sewing, and sewing.

I’ve made another version of this same pattern (in the next size up, medium) using a leftover piece of green marbled flannel that was left over from making my hubby a bathrobe.  It took me an entire day of shuffling the pattern pieces on the fabric so they’d fit.  I won!  It’s like a contest you know.

My first was in the black and white checked flannel.  It’s warm and cozy!  And actually fits well except the sleeves are tight and I have trouble pulling it over my head to take it off.

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While I was shuffling the pattern pieces around for the green variation I was dreaming of embellishments.  I changed the collar making it smaller and a  stand up version.

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I really like the way this one turned out.  I used bias strips sewn into tubes then top-stitched them in place.  The closures are plastic snaps.

How are you keeping warm?  I’d love to hear from you.

Keeping Cozy in Flannel

Here in Ontario, Canada it’s been cold.  So cold.  Sew cold.

I want to stay in my flannel jammies all day long.  (I don’t have flannel jammies but if I did…………..)  I want to wear flannel!  I can’t do acrylic fleece, it’s warm but………..

Our local sewing/fabric shop advertised a 20% off sale, but the flannels there weren’t what I was hoping for, so off to Fabricland in Belleville I went.  Here’s what I came home with.  I bought 2 lengths of checked flannel, one for daytime and one for a housecoat.  I bought 4 meters of each.  The pretty print was in the discount bin for $3 per meter.  It’ll make a sweet summer top.  All have been pre-washed and the summer print is stashed.

I wanted warm and cozy, but not shapeless.  My hubby has plenty of flannel shirts that I could wear if shapeless was all I wanted.  THIS is what I wanted.  Feminine, style, creative, and fun!

I can’t tell you how long I’ve had this pattern.  (It’s been so long I don’t remember)  I even had it traced off in the S/M size on pattern paper.

I also have a bunch of these cool zippers, so was imagining a “pull over the head and zip up” kind of coziness.Here’s how it came out.

It’s warm and cozy!  And a bit tight!  I can wear it comfortably, but it’s a struggle to get it off.   I’m going to make this pattern again in the next size up.

What do you think?  Cozy?  Do you like the zipper?  I have a few surplus if you’re interested, email me at yvettechilcott(at)yahoo(dot)ca for pricing.

 

 

 

 

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.

Burda Tee Shirt 6749

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”?