Sunday, October 25, 2009

Oh Jalie

Oh how I love this Jalie 2806 pattern! It is such a good fit on me. This is the third time I have made it. I remember wearing my first version and thinking "this feels so good on". When the fit is right-all is well in the world! The fabric is a knit from JoAnn's. It was featured in their summer fashion magazine.

I made the gathered neckline view. The past two versions were the large pleat view. The three quarter sleeves stay put on your arms. Since I am a petite, some sleeves are long and I am constantly pushing them up.
The directions have illustrations along with the text. I don't think anyone will have a problem following them. Children sizes are included. I am ready to cut another one out this week. It is a nice transitional top for the weather on the east coast.

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Pretty in PInk

I saw this fabric in a JoAnn's fashion magazine from the summer, and it caught my eye. It just so happened that one of the two JoAnn's in my area had it. I used NL 6892 view A. This is a quick top to make. I did not want the ruffle at the sleeve bottom, so I put the casing at the sleeve hem line. I used clear elastic for the neck and sleeves. To used spray starch when pressing my casings at the neck and sleeves.
I love this top.My inspiration came from Sheila. She made a couple and gives her instructions for applying the elastic to the neckline and sleeves.The cami I wear underneath brings out the lavender color within the pink. I received many complements at school from both teachers and students. I am keeping my eyes open for more beautiful fabric to create this again.

Well I am finally posting!! My tech person (DD) went off the college and I was lost without her. So now I have pictures of what I have sewed since my last post. This is Simplicity 4076 view D. I made this top before and felt that the neckline was a little low, so I raised it this time.I wanted to lengthen the cap sleeve. After lengthening, the sleeve stood away from my arm. So, I came up with a design change. I took a pleat at the center hem, basted it and then hemmed it. My drafting skills still need practice, but I was able to come up with a cute solution!
The fabric was a cotton knit from JoAnn's. The instructions are easy. This was one of the first patterns I tried when I returned to garment sewing. It has become a TNT tee shirt pattern.

Parting thought:
Last post I talked about the fabric store that closed. It played a very big part in my sewing history. I bought both my Bernina's from that store. I took sewing classes there and made display garments for the display window. The ladies that worked at the store were seasoned designers. They encouraged and helped me during my sewing journey. When I pass the shopping center where the store was located, I feel sad. That chapter is closed. This is the new chapter--The Blog Sewing Community!!!