In a Jiffy

Disclaimer: I’m using a new photo editing software. If my pics are funny colors, I apologize. We’re still getting to know each other.

I know repeatedly I’ve said that I’m stash busting this year. My goal was to only buy fabric for the #sewmystyle projects.  I did so good until a few weeks ago. I needed denim for flares that are listed on my #2017makenine. I may have bought a bit of other fabric while I was at it.  One of those fabric was a blue sweater knit. I needed a plain blue top to go with a skirt I made a few years back. (unclogged and my first sew on my serger) I have a long sleeve sweater but it’s not appropriate for summer.

I decided to revisit a pattern that created a fail in a previous life. Simplicity 1364 which is a vintage Jiffy pattern. I did a lot of measuring before deciding on make a size 10 and grade to a 12. I really should have made an 8 and grade to a 10. That’s pretty typical for me. I’ll explain why in a bit.

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When they advertise “jiffy” damn do they mean it! It has a front, back and facing for the neck.  There are a couple darts on the front but other than that I used my serger for everything. When you can park in front of one machine, everything goes so fast! Granted there was some top stitching. Not sure if that was part of the instructions or not. I didn’t actually read them at all. When you have three whole pieces, are instructions really necessary? I believe not!

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As I mentioned, I cut a 10. I shouldn’t have. The knit is forgiving so I could afford to go smaller. And honestly, if I would have flashed back to my previous version, I would have remember that it’s huge on me. Oh well. I ran the top through the serger to shave off the sides a bit more. I also added a small band at the bottom. I didn’t want the bottom to continuously try to roll up which light weight knits tend to want to do. I cut a 3″ wide rectangle the length of the shirt’s bottom circumference. I folded that guy in a half and sergered it on. I did topstitch the sewn edge to the body of the top. I’m determined that there shall be no roll! After trying it on with my skirt, I could have left off the band and turned up some of the length. It does seem a little long.

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I think it turned out well. The neckline is a boat neck and I prefer a crew style but whatever. It works! It’s plain and looks cute with my skirt. Everything I was aiming for.

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It also looks pretty good with jeans too.  I may need to make more of these.  Pieces that I can wear to work and still want to wear on the weekends are a must. That post went by in a Jiffy too.

Me-Made-May 2017 Part One

We’ve made it halfway through Me-Made-May guys!  I’ve decided to participate a little differently this year.  I’m still taking morning pics everyday but I’m not included in them.  I found the whole “let’s look perky/semi-pretty” at 6 something in the morning absolutely dreadful.  I’ve seen other people take pics of their clothes only.  Genius!  The other change I’m making is, only doing a couple blog posts about the festivities.  Usually I do a weekly round-up but I’m not feeling it this year.  I do love Me-Made-May but it was requiring too much time and concentration.  I’ve become very lazy… who we kidding. I’ve always been lazy! I just found a better way to lazy-it-up.

Without further ado… my first half of ME MADE MAY!

Day One & Two:

1&2

  • Polka Dot Simplicity 1425 peplum top and RTW black pants
  • Multi-color Colete Sorbetto and RTW grey pants

Day Three & Four:

3 & 4

  • Floral Bridgetown Dress from Sew House 7
  • Briar Tee by Megan Nielsen

Day Five & Six:

5 & 6

  • Floral skirt Butterick 5613 and RTW green sweater
  • Butterick 5526 Blurple popover and RTW sorts

Day Seven & Eight:

7 & 8

  • Sew House 7 floral Toaster Sweater, RTW jeans and tank
  • Vogue 9001 maxi dress

Day Nine & Ten:

9 & 10

  • Blackout Colette Sorbetto and RTW skirt I hacked about 8″ from.
  • Jamie-Made capris and RTW tank top

Day Eleven & Twelve:

11 & 12

  • Sewaholic Thurlows in a light-weight denim and RTW bright pink tank
  • Butterick 5526 popover and Jamie Jeans by Named Patterns. Ultimate fav outfit!

Day Thirteen & Fourteen:

14 & 14

  • Victory Simone top and RTW capris turned shorts
  • Butterick 5526 and RTW jeans

Day Fifteen:

Day 15

  • Refashioned jeans to maxi skirt and RTW scarf and t-shirt.

Well that brings us up to speed.  I do have to say that this year I don’t feel as challenged to pick out a new outfit everyday.  I think my army of Jamie-Mades has grown quite considerably and is making my me-made-everyday a reality.  I’ve really been enjoying checking out everyone’s clothes via Instagram.  You can check me out daily at @Jamie_L_Mac.

April: Project Sew My Style

I was really looking forward to the next installment for #sewmystyle. This month’s project is the Bridgetown Dress by Sew House 7. I had high hopes because I’m so tickled with the Toaster Sweater. I’ve made three renditions of that pattern. (one, two, three). Probably wouldn’t even guess that last one was a Toaster.

I spent quite a bit of time looking for the perfect fabric. I picked up a floral cotton jersey fabric from Girl Charlee. Originally I wanted a wide stripe fabric but couldn’t find one wide enough. Everything is around 1″ wide and I want about 3-4″. I was even contemplating solid color but I couldn’t decide what color. The floral caught my eye but I feel like it was a last resort. Enough of my whining about my fabric woes and indecisiveness.

I’m glad that Self Assembly Required had finished her dress before I started on mine. I noticed that the sleeve does not sit on the shoulder. Why!?! I just dealt with this issue with the Saunio Cardigan from February’s make. I knew I was going to fix this issue. I just needed to figure out how. As I pieced together the pdf, I realized that the “sleeve” piece was shaped like a football and meant to be folded in half. This really made my decision easy.


I took the football, found the center lengthwise, added 1″ and snipped.  Why add the 1″? This was going to be my hem on the sleeves. I cut this piece in half width wise and taped it to the front and back bodice piece overlapping by the 5/8″ seam allowance. Boo yah! Fixed you, silly sleeve!


Btw, totally not the only change I made. There’s one more that’s even better but you got to keep going to find out.


I was really worried about the whole backless part of the dress. I don’t run around without support for the ladies in public. I also don’t like the idea of my bra being on display. I figured I would make the crossover back, evaluate and the decide what I thought. Totally thought I was lining up the back pieces right and moved onto the skirt. When I went to attach the bodice to the skirt I realized the bodice was too big. I didn’t match up the notches to each other. I matched the notches to the tips of each side. Doh! Fixing that closed the back up more and guess what? It was the right width! Pays to read the instructions.

Onto the skirt. I did grade from a size 8 to 12 on the skirt. The bodice is a straight 8 but my behind needs some breathing room. I’m working with jersey and I knew it would stretch to accommodate but I didn’t want wonky flowers or so much stretch that the fabric becomes see through. Here’s where the best change I made comes into play. I added pockets.


Oh yeah! This dress totally needs them. Quick word of warning: It does add some bulk to the hip area. My fabric isn’t super thick so it didn’t create much of an issue. But guys! POCKETS! I used a pocket pattern piece off a skirt pattern I had. They were ridicuously huge when I attached them. I ended up cutting them down quite a bit. Now they’re perfect.


I couldn’t decide if I wanted to hem the dress at 2″ or 3″. I went with 2.5″ and called it a day.


I did stitch the back pieces together just above my bra so I don’t have a peekaboo situation.


That’s that! My April make is done for #sewmystyle. Who’s a happy girl? Me! I’m so happy I made the changes I did because I hate little annoyances. That purple Saunio Cardigan just drives me crazy. It’s also taught me to trust my instincts. Have you ever made something that you learned a lesson from?

Last note: I’m doing Me-Made-May for the 3rd year now.

I, Jamie of http://www.jamielmac.wordpress.com (IG: Jamie_L_Mac), sign up as a participant of Me-Made-May ’17. I endeavour to wear 1 jamie-made garment each day for the duration of May with at least 2 new garments made during the month.

Let’s Get Physical

Who doesn’t love a little Olivia Newton John? “Let’s get physical, physical I wanna get phhyyssical.” What a great song about working out. Not a double entendre or anything. Let’s put on our spandex, leg warms and headbands get through this post!

I’m really trying hard to work through my stash. About a month ago, I organized my stash (still organized btw) and came across a good amount of spandex I had left over. I have made workout capris in the past but I could really use some shorts and the amount of fabric I have is perfect.

I used my workout pants pattern. Mostly recently used in creating my Doctor Who pjs. Which I love and wear all the time. You can find the instructions by Cal Patch. There is some math involved in creating this pattern, but it’s so worth it! Custom made leggings peeps!

I used my serger on all the seams. It helps keep things stretchy. No one wants a butt cheek popping out because you broke all your stitches. Imagine that in yoga class. I have a feeling you would be asked not to return.

I turned up the hem about 1″ on each leg and used a double needle. I stretched the fabric a bit as I sewed so I wouldn’t pop any stitches. If I would have done a smaller hem, it have flipped and rolled up as I wore them. Talk about annoying!

How weird is it that the pattern on both of the legs match on the back? Totally did not mean for that! Then I got super excited so yay for unexpected fun things.

I love that the rise is higher in the back. No plumber butt when doing squats. Are you guys seeing a pattern here? I’m super worried about things showing suddenly; butt cheeks, butt crack…or I’m worried about my largest asset.  Get it? Ass-et.

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You can see the shorts are not too short and not too long. I think the problem with my RTW shorts is that they’re too short. They cut into the middle of my thigh fat and roll up. My shorts sit below the fat so they stay where they belong. Totally don’t take that comment as me body-shaming myself. Nope, it’s just a fact I have squishy thighs guys.

Feeling strong with my snazzy new shorts! I’ve been wearing the crap out of them. So comfy! And who doesn’t love new workout wear? I think it helps motivate. Outta my way, time to go sweat.

Paisley Park

Will there ever be a time that I get tired of making Colette Sorbettos? Will there be a time that you get tired of seeing me make Sorbettos? Let’s hope that’s a no on both accounts because I love me some Sorbettos!!!


I’m still stash busting with a ton of success. I had a bit of this teal, paisley ITY jersey knit fabric. I turned it this way and that until I could figure out how to squeeze out a shirt. I had to cut the back in two pieces. I was still able to add a bit of length and create a curved hem. My two absolute musts with this pattern.


So what’s different about this version compared to all my others? The way I finished off the edges! Last year I cut up a t-shirt and made it into a tank top. I finished the edges by checking out my favorite RTW tank top. I decided to do the same finishing on this shirt. It gives a nicer edge than just folding over the edge and top stitching.


When I was cutting my pieces out, I made sure to add around 5/8″ to the neck, hem and armscye. Take the 1″ edge of the shirt. Fold that edge in half.


Fold that in half towards the front.


Stitch the edge. I did two separate rows on this shirt. On my first shirt, I used my twin needle. I think that looks better than what I ended up with on this shirt. It’s a little wonky in some areas. The fabric slipped around on me a bit.  I did pick red thread for top stitching. There’s a smidge of red on the fabric so I thought it would be a nice highlight. It’s really not noticeable. I probably should have doubled up on the thread for it to show more.

Smug Face!

Another Sorbetto completed! That makes 9? I think? I’m not even sure anymore! There’s no end in sight. I think I should try for a dress next. It keeps popping up in my head so it just means it has to happen. By the way, Colette is having a giveaway. You need to make a Sorbetto, tag it on Instagram (#colettesorbetto) and hope that you’re picked! The game is over at noon PST on Thursday, April 13. It’s a quick sew and the pattern is free!