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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.

decorative zipper detail
Skyelines left front
flannel cozy
Skyelines side

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.

Skyelines front
Skyelines in green flannel
Skyelines embellishment

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.





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



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.


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.


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!


Here are the fabrics I chose for the next one.

Turkish Dancer Dress Folkwear 108


My dress is finished!

This beautiful linen caught my eye as soon as it was unpacked when we set up the Distinctive Sewing Supply booth at last month’s Creativfestival. The pattern is  Folkwear design called a Turkish Dancer Dress, #108, but you’d never guess from looking at the cover of the pattern.

The “V” of the neck looks very low, (it isn’t).

My linen dress is fully underlined with a cotton voile, and I’ll wear it as soon as it gets warm enough.

I omitted the sleeves and the side slits, shortened the length by 12 inches, and overlapped the front by 1 inch.

I made another version of the same dress a couple of years ago,  in a linen/cotton blend, but the fabric was heavier so it didn’t need the underlining.  I love the slightly extended shoulder and the slight upward curve of the shoulder at the neck.  The neckline and armholes are finished with self-made bias binding.

My disclosure:  The beautiful linen and the cotton voile for the interlining was provided to me at no charge by Distinctive Sewing Supplies in exchange for writing a review of the fabric and a tutorial for the pattern changes.   And just sew you know, I would have bought the fabrics anyway.  I LOVE them! 

(I already had the pattern)  Pre-order yours from Distinctive Sewing Supplies by clicking here.

They arrive with labels:

Both fabrics, the linen and the cotton voile were soaked in Eucalan for 20 minutes, then rinsed and tumble dried at low heat for about 20 minutes.  Both fabrics came out of the drier looking a bit “rumpled”, but not enough that I felt I had to iron them.  Smoothing them with my hands on the cutting table was enough.

My next post will detail the simple adjustments to the pattern.

Front Pockets on Jalie 2908, Stretch Jeans

My disclaimer; I received this pattern and a piece of beautiful stretch denim from Distinctive Sewing Supplies in exchange for blogging about my experience.  Please know that the opinions expressed will be my own.

This is the view I’m making, but it will fit even a bit higher at my waist. 

Part 1, Getting Started (My alterations and top-stitching the back pockets) click here

Part 2, The Backside, click here

BTW, do you know you can go to the Jalie website and download the instructions?  They’re available in French and English as a PDF and you can print the pages you need.

 The next sewing step is completing the lined front pockets.  I chose a turquoise coloured batik for the lining. 

There are 3 pattern pieces to these pockets.

Shown are the pieces for the regular rise jeans, the ones for the low rise are similar, but shorter.  The Front Pocket Yoke is cut from your jean fabric, the other two from lining.

The instructions were very clear, and the pockets went together perfectly.

hint:  if you’re using batik for your lining, mark the wrong sides of each piece.

The front pockets are compete with 2 rows of top-stitching.

My next installment will be the fly-zipper!

Are you following this?  Does it make sense so far?  Any questions?


Jalie 2980 Stretch Jeans, Completing the Backside

My disclaimer; I received this pattern and a piece of beautiful stretch denim from Distinctive Sewing Supplies in exchange for blogging about my experience.  Please know that the opinions expressed will be my own.

Sew yesterday was another winter retreat day, with the threat of prolonged freezing rain in the forecast.   It messed up my plans to join my Sewing Social friends at the library, but gave me quality sewing time at home.  I completed the back and the fly front.  I’ll write about the fly in another post.

With the pockets decorated, it was time to attach them.  I serged around the outer edge first, then used the same Sulky 12 weight thread and the same Schmetz 14/90 Topstitch needle to attach them.   Sometimes I use a twin-needle for this, but decided to test my skills and sew parallel seams.   Do you see that little bar-tack at the top of the pockets?  It’s a stitch built into my sewing machine!  I tested it on a scrap first, and found that the tie-off at the end of the bar-tack was more than the fabric required, so I stopped it before it finished the sequence.  I pulled the thread tail to the back and applied a drop of “Fray-Stop”.

Attaching the yokes, top-stitching, then joining the back crotch seam and top-stitching finished the back.  I serged each seam to join it before doing the top-stitching.

Read how I sewed the swirl on the pockets here:  Click here