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Jalie Raglan Tee 3245 Completed


I was waiting for a “new-to-me” cover-stitch machine in order to complete the hems.  It arrived, I practiced a bit, then jumped in.  I am really glad I added it to my machine collection.  It was easy to thread and this fabric was a breeze to hem.

I had already fused 1 inch wide strips of a lightweight knit interfacing to the sleeve and bottom hem and pressed the hems along the fold before sewing anything.  That step made the cover-stitching easy.

My disclaimer; I received the piece of beautiful Rayon Spandex in my favourite shades of blue from Distinctive Sewing Supplies in exchange for blogging about my experience.  Please know that the opinions expressed are my own.

The fabric is really comfortable to wear, it’s really soft, and not hot on my skin.   It’s 95% Rayon 5% Spandex, 60 inches or 152 cm wide, and 210 gsm/6.19 osy. What the heck is that????  Click here to read a post by Catherine of Distinctive Sewing Supplies.  It explains it very well.

I’m going to use this pattern again!  With a couple of changes; I’ll shorten it a bit, and raise the neckline by 2 inches at the front.  If I’m not careful, too much of me shows.  I’m going to shorten this one, to “finger-tip length”.  It will still cover my fluffy bits, even when I wear leggings under it, but right now when I look at the photos, I get the impression that it looks “big”.

I’ll add a photo of the shortened version. 

Jalie Raglan Tee 3245

You might recognize this pattern, it’s the same one I used to make the racer-back  cami (view C) shown on the bottom left. 

Read about it by clicking here.


I received this piece of fabric from Distinctive Sewing Supplies to make view B, without the pockets.  It’s 60 inches wide and 95% Rayon 5% Spandex

If you want a new Tee for your wardrobe, and like the idea of a raglan sleeve, you need to make this!  All the sewing was complete in an hour, and the hemming will take less than that, so it’s a “2 HOUR TEE”.

I chose to make a size that is 3 up from my body measurements.  That’s my personal choice. 

My suggestion is to measure the finished width of a top or two that you like the fit of and use that as a guide. 

The neck binding went really smoothly, and I love the way this fabric drapes.  A warning though; it’s very soft and stretchy, and my rough hands meant the fabric clung to my fingers.  Hand lotion solved that problem.

My disclaimer; I received the piece of beautiful Rayon Spandex in my favourite shades of blue from Distinctive Sewing Supplies in exchange for blogging about my experience.  Please know that the opinions expressed are my own.

I liked making this pattern so much that I ordered another fabric from Distinctive Sewing Supplies that I’d been lusting after.  It’s a 85% Poly 10% Rayon 5% Spandex and I’ll be sewing it up using this same pattern as soon as possible.  Of course I’m going to make a change, I’ll raise the front neckline by 2 inches.  Watch for a review in a few weeks.

2 Hour Tunic, Colour Block Variation

Yet another 2 hour tunic, completeversion of MacPhee Workshop pattern # 336, 2 Hour Tunic. 

I get sew inspired by simple patternzulily colour blocks that I know will fit me!

The picture at the right showed up in my “inbox” one morning, yup, an advertisement, but it inspired me.   

The fabric department had many hidden treasures, especially in garment fabrics.  I found 2 pieces that went well together, both stretchy.  The print is a stretch “beggar” with a black background and the dark is a stretchy ribbed velour in deep black.  It would work for the neckband and armbands, too! 

1 meter of the beggar and 1/2 meter of the velour got past my hubby and to the sewing room.

This variation would make great use of an out-of-style- sweater, too. I don’t have any, but dropped in at one of our local thrift shops and they had a few.

I also see it as a “deconstruction” project, and have all the seams on the outside.

Here’s my original tutorial of this pattern.

I’m putting together a tutorial, and will post it soon.  Be sure to subscribe to sewwhatyvette, then you’ll know when I update the information.  (top right of this page)


What I Learned from a Plastic Bag

finishedI needed a quick project for a class I was teaching.

But not just any quick project, it had to be a lesson, too.

Sew, I copied a plastic shopping bag, complete with the folded handle and bottom.  (It looks a bit like a short top, lol)

Here’s how I made it:

Fabric requirements are 2 pieces 18” x 22” or 2 fat quarters.

patternBegin by drawing your pattern on a piece of paper 9 inches by 22 inches.

Those curves were drawn in free hand after the main pattern is drawn.

Cut 2 pieces, each on the fold.

Set up your serger for a 3 thread rolled edge and with the right side of the fabric up, finish the curved edges of each piece .

Set serger for 4 thread overlock, then with right sides together join the side seams beginning at side seamsthe top. The top of the seam needs to be very strong. Either start with a long tail to darn in, or use the method described below.

Fold the sides in toward the middle, so that the 4 inch wide handles arehandles folded in half to 2 inches.

Serge across the top of each handle, making sure to re-inforce the seam at the end where the 4 layers of rolled edge meet.  Either begin serging at that end with a long serger tail, or use the method outlined below.  The “outer” edge of that seam is not as important.

To box the bottom corners, mark 4 inches in from the side seam along the bottom.

Fold the mark to the side seam, and the fold away from the seam. This makes a 2 inch tuck on each side of the bottom of the bag, and the side seams are still at the sides.

This bottom seam needs to be very secure, so begin and end the seam with a long serger tail which will be threaded onto a darning needle to secure. Or use the method described below.

Here’s my way of securing the beginning of the seam:

Raise the presser foot and insert the raw edge even with the cutting edge of the knife.

Lower the presser foot and take a couple of stitches using the hand wheel. Stop with the needles in the fabric. Raise the presser foot, and bring the “serger tail” under the presser foot and under the knife. Continue to serge which will secure the beginning of the seam.

Here’s my way to finish the end of the seam securely:

Stop serging when the next stitch would be off the fabric. Stop with the needles UP. Raise the presser foot and gently pull the fabric toward the back of the serger to remove the stiches from the stitch finger. You’ll likely feel the release. Turn the fabric onto it’s “tummy”, slide it under the presser foot angling a bit toward the left. Lower the presser foot and serge a few stitches before “zooming off”.

Darn in the ends if there are any, and you’re finished!

Fabric serger grocery bag PDF click to open.

Are you going to try this project?



Wrapped or Un-wrapped, 407 by MacPhee Workshop

Sew, here I go again!

This pattern is ingenious!  Normally we pin a sewing pattern to our fabric, cut out the pieces to sew together then set aside the trimmings, like pastry or cookie dough.

Not this one!  In Linda’s Wrap Pant pattern, you prepare two pieces of fabric with right sides together, the size being determined by your size, and whether you going wrapped or un-wrapped.  The pattern piece is pinned onto a specific place on the fabric, cut out, AND set aside.

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This tutorial is for the Un-wrapped version, shown on the right.  But not gathered at the hem.

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