Month: February 2017

February: Project Sew My Style

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We’re at month two of Project: Sew My Style.  February’s make is the Saunio Cardigan by Named. I think quite a few people have the same sentiment when it comes to this month’s make,”This is so not my style”. I love a good cardigan, but finding an acceptable heavy weight sweater knit fabric is near impossible and the dropped shoulder…uuggghhhhh… I detest a shoulder seam that does not sit at that bony little mass I consider my shoulder.


I searched high and low for a fabric I liked. I saved a few images and every time I went back to them I deleted them all. I gave up and decided my sweater had to be lightweight. I came across a great eggplant sweater knit at Stylish Fabric.  It says that it’s a thick Hacci fabric. Which means it’s a lightweight sweater knit. 

The cardigan has a short length and if you read my January Sew My Style post you’ll know I’m not a fan so I added 4″ to the bottom to the small size. I thought about making the neck area wider so it would come closer to the neck and straightening out the curve on the front pieces near the neck so it looks more like a waterfall. I did change my mind before cutting because I felt I owed it to the pattern to make it “as is” except for the length. I can’t do a shorty cardi.

One thing I despise about Named patterns is the overlap of the pattern pieces on the pdf. Fron past experiences with the pattern company, I knew to print out two copies of the pattern. If you traced the pattern, you wouldn’t need to print multiples and figure out the puzzle to have all pieces whole at the end of the ordeal. Taping together pdf patterns is already a chore, and I really would love it if Named figured out a better and faster way to print their patterns. With that off my chest, let’s push forward!

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Cutting out the pieces went super fast. I used my serger for all the seams because little bits of knit were flying everywhere! Purple confetti people! The construction of the sleeves was a little different than I’m used to. Usually I sew the sleeve length then sew onto the completed bodice. This instructs to sew the sleeve piece on the bodice then sew the length of the entire side of the cardigan all the way to the end of the sleeve in one swoop.  This way was a little difficult to get the seam perfectly lined up under the arm.


This sweater was a nice quick sew. I finished it in one sitting which is rare for me. I did add a bit more top stitching. It’s a little hard to see in the picture.


I didn’t put interfacing on the front facing pieces. With the fabric being so light it would have shown through and it wouldn’t have a floppy, relaxed look.


Immediately when I put it on I really didn’t like the bulk it created between the facing and the front at the hem. I need to figure a way to deal with this for any future versions.


I’ve worn this sweater twice now. The first time I felt okay about it. The second time I felt better. It’s super comfy and the fabric is so soft but my eyes zero in on that dropped shoulder seam every time. I just have to not look in the mirror when I wear it. That’s possible right?

I’m not making the garment for March. I don’t wear leggings except to exercise or chill in my Tardis jammies. So next up for me will be April’s Sew House 7 Bridgetown Dress.

Gallifrey Sleeps

I came across some amazing Doctor Who fabric last year. It was stretchy and softly lined and like a doofus I passed on it. Totally not looking for new fabric at the moment and wanting to finish something I was working on so new projects be damned. I later regretted it. (Obviously!) I was determined to find it again and make it mine. While waiting in line to have other fabric cut at Jo-Ann’s and I saw someone with Zelda fabric. It struck me, “oh yeah, Doctor Who fabric!” (Not sure how you make a line from Zelda to Doctor Who but in my head it happens) I trotted over and there it was. I bought all they had! I wanted to make mix and match pajamas. The fabric is spandex that’s fleece lined. So soft against the skin. Does anyone remember the old 80’s kid pajamas that had the wide rib knit at the cuffs? That’s what I’m shooting for.


The best thing for me to start out with was the long bottoms. They’ll take the highest amount of my fabric. I used the pattern I made for my workout capris. I needed to add a bit of length because they’re pajama pants not pajama *almost* pants. Plus I’m a big kid now, no more high waters!


I only needed to add a couple inches to the legs because I’m using a rib knit at the bottom.  So perfectly paired together.


I also added 3″ to the top of the waist so I could turn it over a bit of elastic for the waistband. I used my serger for the insides and twin needle for all my top stitching. No need for neat edging inside because this stuff doesn’t unravel.


Next I decided to make the long sleeved top using Sew House Seven’s Toaster Sweater number 2 even though the picture has a piece from 1. I went down one size so a small this time. I wanted the top to be comfy but not so floaty.


I made the neck crew style just like my floral one. I went with the regular sleeves rather than the raglan sleeves I had before but shortened them because of the wide ribbed cuff I planned on using. I left off the split at the hem. I turned up the bottom 3/4″ and finished it with a twin needle. I also used the twin needle on the neckline and cuffs.


I went to the tank top next because of I was still trying to ensure I had enough fabric for all four pieces. If you know me or my blog, you’ll know my favorite tank top is the Sorbetto by Collette. I lengthened the top by a few inches and left off the bust dart. No need for shaping in comfy land!


I used the rib knit again. This time on the neck and arm holes. I really like this way of finishing off a Sorbetto.  Might have to try this again. Btw, that is my 7th Sorbetto. The finished band is 1″ wide. I took 2 1/2″ strip, folded it in half and stitched it on with a 1/4″ seam allowance.


Last item on my pajama set, is a pair of shorts. Again I used my workout capri pattern. At this point, I didn’t have much fabric left. I would have the length easy but not the width.  I folded my pattern piece and I worked out enough of the middle to make them thin enough to fit on my fabric. These are going to be tiny but the fabric is stretchy so I’m going with it!


I added rib to the waist and the legs. After they were complete I thought they looked like boxers but that’s okay. The Tardis looks a bit bigger on this piece than the other three because it needed to engage it’s stretchiness to fit my behind.


My total for this project is two tops and two bottoms. That gives me plenty of options for all weather. Four pieces and four different looks. I’m a happy Tardis wearing girl!


Oh, and I’m also a dork! Yay!

Goblin King That Never Was

It’s the best time year! It’s Fail February! Rachel from Sew Red-y came up with a great idea last year. Showing that all sewists are human (Sometimes only. Usually we’re all glorious, beautiful, sewing mavens) and we do have the seldom mishap. You can read more about it on her blog.


One of my favorite 80’s movies is Labyrinth. If you have not seen this movie, I honestly don’t know if we can still be friends. I wanted nothing more than to be the Goblin King (queen in my case) for Halloween. I was itching to make a grey pair of Jamie Jeans anyways, then I could make the white shirt, gloves and vest. Bam! Costume! 


If you caught my Doctor costume from a few years ago, you’ll know that if I make a costume I want the pieces to be wearable all year not just for my costume. It took me a while to track down grey denim fabric. What I found was from Fabric.com. The color was a bit lighter than I wanted but beggars can’t be choosers. When the fabric arrived I was disappointed. Fabric.com can really be hit or miss. I’ve bought some great fabric there (blackout sorbetto) and I’ve bought some crap fabric (Han solo jeans).  Needless to say what I need to stop buying from them is denim. The fabric just feels weird.  I can’t describe its weird factor. Denim is not even a word on my radar when I touch it.

I trudged ahead and cut my fabric and basted the main pieces together to check the fit. Oh. Dear. God. So hideous! They were so baggy. I can’t even tell you how much I took off the width each piece because I’ve been working/hiding these since before October.


What the crap is going on here? I basted the pants together again and the legs fit so much better but I was still unhappy. They felt awful and the pockets pulled weird. The pockets are my favorite part of this pattern!


Here’s another shot of the pocket. Looks a bit better here but you can still see that pulling. The fabric made this a doomed project. I finished off the legs and connected them together… And there they sat. Doomed fail laying there laughing at me.  With the winter holidays, there’s lots of opportunities for sewing. I picked them up again and finished them. Well so I thought. I put them on and the waist was too baggy. Insert all the expletives in one long string here. Again they sat on my table.


Come January I decided I’m ready to finish these “jeans”. They were not getting the best of me! I ripped off the waistband, recut it and added some decorative stitching. That’ll help me through. Hot pink prettiness. The bunching goes away when I put them on because of all that ridiculous stretch. I stitched on the waistband (again) and added the button hole… On the wrong band piece. It’s okay I got this! Little did I know my lady (Katherine from Babylock) loves her some stitches and puts a ton of little stitches in beneath the main stitches to make a super secure button hole. I love her but damn gurl! I tried again reassuring myself several times I had the right piece of the waistband this time.


Even the back looks super bad. Weird back thigh wrinkles. 😦 But… Finally! Done! Damn son of a beyotch, crappy jeans.  I have completed you. You look like crap but you are done. These pictures are the only time I have worn the jeans. I think a really long tunic  with high boots could cover up the bad parts. Of course, that only leaves my knees showing but that’s the good part. lol


I did wear my kitten shirt to offset the horrible jeans and so you get some enjoyment.

Please don’t think that the pattern is bad. You can check out my awesome Jamie Jeans. I love those jeans and I wear them a ton. This post just goes to show you how fabric is so important in any make. I’m also happy this was not the first time I made Jamie Jeans. I don’t know if I would have returned to the pattern.

Happy Fail February everyone!