Monday, May 4, 2020

Jalie Elizabeth and Jalie Coco

Hi! I'm so excited to finally share the secret sewing I've been hinting at on Instagram! I was lucky enough to be able to sew up two of the newest patterns by Jalie. There are so many great pieces in the newest collection! I have my eye on the Renee ponte pants and Jeanne knit pjs and the Stella Leggings.

My girls and I chose to sew up the Elizabeth Dress with Waterfall Skirt and Coco Sport Bra. Lisbon picked the Elizabeth and Ansley picked the Coco, which is what I also picked for myself.

The Elizabeth Dress with Waterfall Skirt is a leo with cap sleeves and an optional waterfall skirt. The skirt doesn't fully close in the center front so it doesn't match the "dress" definition in my head, if that makes sense? Lisbon has been wearing it for online dance and online tumbling classes and loves it! The top looks like it has raglan seams and has an optional sweetheart insert. There are so many different possibilities for colorblocking and mesh and various looks! Ansley is a little bit jealous of the sleeves because they are the perfect proportions to her. The little keyhole in the back is my favorite detail. I'd never sewn one before and it looks so sweet. I was unable to find the recommended clasp in time (I actually ordered it pre quarantine so more than 45 days ago and it hasn't arrived yet) so I substituted a nursing bra clasp that I was able to find. It works just fine and Lisbon can get it on and off by herself. I will reevaluate swapping it out once the other clasps arrive. :) Lisbon designed the color scheme for her Elizabeth. We talked about how the wrong side of the silver skirt fabric may show and she picked other colors that wouldn't contrast as much. I think she did a good job with the color scheme!

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The Coco Sport Bra immediately caught my eye with the different color block options and the two different strap styles! The Coco is fully lined and has instructions for optional cups in the larger sizes. View A has a crossover back option and View B is the traditional racer back. I thoroughly enjoyed the construction of both views!

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Ansley picked View B, which uses the burrito technique. It still feels like magic every time when the garment is turned right side out! She chose this swim fabric (from Raspberry Creek Fabric last summer) and I also opted to line it in thinner swim fabric (from Joann). I used clear elastic for the neckline and racer back, as instructed.

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The next one I sewed was also in swim fabric (fuschia and yellow and navy, leftover from these Raspberry Creek Fabrics suits) and for fun I used swim elastic instead of clear elastic so I have the option of wearing it under a rashguard whenever life gets more back to normal! I chose View A and it was fun to sew the elastic in the straps and follow the instructions to make it fully lined. I gave myself the option for removable cups. I didn't think I'd actually take the cups out but it turns out I don't have enough extra cups laying around to not swap them out. It is the most comfortable bra I own. The straps are actually wide enough that I can wear it with most of my scoop neck tees!

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After admiring Ansley's View B I decided I wanted to try it too. It was time to cut the precious Katie Kortman fabric I'd picked up from Spoonflower (probably in a fat quarter sale) and leftover scraps from the unblogged Mary Poppins costumes' circle skirts; this royal solid nylon tricot from Fabric Fairy. I was delighted the fabrics coordinated well enough! I was supposed to use the blue and pink fabric for Lisbon but there are still a few tiny scraps left. I'm trying to figure out what I should make her! What do you think? I used the blue tricot to line this Coco Sport Bra and I used swim elastic again. I had a scrap barely big enough for the 1 inch band (without piecing scraps together) so this is the only 1 inch band I made for myself. (both of my View As have the 1.5 inch band)

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When I was looking for fabrics I found this grey supplex I think I got from Imagine Gnats. I sewed this one up using actual swim lining (as recommended in the pattern) and using clear elastic (as recommended in the pattern). It is the most supportive/compressive of the ones I've made and I'm guessing it's the fabric. I am not a runner but this grey Coco is enough support for High Fitness and Body Combat for me. The others are great for Body Combat and daily wear (and High Fitness if it doesn't have a lot of tracks with jumps).

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I thoroughly enjoyed sewing the Elizabeth and Coco. These makes are getting so much wear in our home and make me happy every time I see them! Which new pattern is your favorite?

Friday, April 17, 2020

Misusu Bing Shirtigans featuring Raspberry Creek Fabrics French Terry

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Hi! We are excited to share these Bing Shirtigans by Misusu Patterns in our favorite cotton spandex French Terry by Raspberry Creek Fabrics! Thank you to Raspberry Creek Fabric for the fabric for Ansley's Shirtigan and to Misusu Patterns for letting me pattern test.

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Lisbon's is a size 122 and Ansley's is a size 152, based on their measurements. They were both betweeen sizes so I sized up. I ended up trimming a tiny bit off the sleeves of both of theirs (before adding the cuff), which is an advantage to being able to try things on during the process!! I ordered extra fabric for Lisbon because both girls are into the color blue lately. I let them pick the accent stripe and the snaps and we all decided together that the purple accent and the white snaps looked the best, much to Ansley's dismay and Lisbon's delight. Ansley's over matching now so this is probably the end of an era. She might agree to pajamas or something but I didn't ask. We all agreed the blue ribbing I've been saving from Jumping June Textiles would be a good match.

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The cotton French Terry was a delight to sew, as usual. It's also delicious to wear. I love that it presses well and I can use steam on it! I used a ballpoint needle and my walking foot and it was easy to sew. I always baste the curves on the hem facing and I basted the front placket too because it improves my accuracy. These can be worn all year here! (in the summer after the sun goes down and in the winter as another layer). The blue ribbing has held its shape much better than the white ribbing I found in The Stash.

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The biggest change with these Bing Shirtigans is the addition of pockets. Ansley's Cloud Bing Shirtigan has inseam pockets and she loves them! However as she has worn the jacket (nearly constantly), she commented that she has to reach her arms back pretty far to get her hands in the pockets. When the shirtigan is air drying on the drying rack sometimes the pockets hang below the bottom hem. Ansley and Lisbon both really wanted pockets to put their hands in still so I split the front panel of the shirtigan. I found a free pocket template online and printed at 80% for Lisbon's and 90% for Ansley's. I also used a 1/4 inch seam around the pocket bag to give as much space as possible in the pocket itself. I positioned the pockets so the very bottom of the pocket bags would be tacked down by the hem facing. I added interfacing to the front panel pieces where the pockets are attached. It all worked out really well despite the few panic phases when I wasn't sure the pockets were going to work out. Does that happen to you mid project? Oh I also narrowed the width of the sleeve accent pieces because machine doesn't love sewing the really shiny stuff without skipping stitches so it's more like flat piping now. I didn't sew it down to the sleeve itself but I did topstitch the sleeve to keep the flat piping facing the direction I wanted it to face. I also added a little hanging loop and used different fabrics for the neckband bindings.

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Lisbon chose to wear her Frozen Dress. It's a Hey June Woodstock Swing Tee lengthened to a maxi dress that I sewed for the Frozen 2 premiere so she calls it her Frozen Dress haha. Ansley paired hers with a pair of stretch jeans with a knit waistband that I'm super jealous of. They are so soft!

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How we feel about over a month of Quarantine.

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Friday, March 27, 2020

Suit up for Summer 2020 with Raspberry Creek Fabrics

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Hi! I'm delighted to be part of the Suit Up for Summer Tour with Raspberry Creek Fabrics. There has been so much fun swimwear this week and so many fun patterns and fabrics!

Use code SUNSHINE through midnight Sunday night MDT to save 15% on swim!

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THE QUICK STUFF
patterns- Jalie Diane with Add On, Evie Reversible One Piece by Caramiya
fabrics- floral, navy with white polka dots, pink with white polka dots, yellow, lining

(Thank you to Jalie for gifting me the pattern and Raspberry Creek Fabrics for gifting me the floral, navy, and lining!)

THE LONGER VERSION IF YOU HAVE EXTRA QUARANTINE TIME
(I simultaneously have more and less time than before!)

I picked the Jalie Diane Swimsuit with Add On for Ansley and Lisbon. I gave them some minimal direction (ie the bottoms of the front and back had to match) and let them pick their own designs. The floral ended up being a happy little mistake when I accidentally cut Ansley's facing the opposite direction I had intended. I sewed a size Q for Ansley and a size K for Lisbon. I actually made a practice one for Ansley out of fabric from The Stash and she liked it but thought it was too low to wear with her (gigantic) sports bra (that is pretty much a crop top haha). Anyway, I used the elastic measurement for the size P for the top of her suit and think it's just right. I was hoping Lisbon's would be bigger on her (I always size up so they can get more wear unless I'm pattern testing) but it is also very possible that she grew between the time I printed the pattern and sewed it up.

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raspberry creek swim suit up for summer 2020 by replicate then deviate

raspberry creek swim suit up for summer 2020 by replicate then deviate

This was my first time sewing with the swim lining from Raspberry Creek Fabrics and we were all delighted with how soft it is. It has a warm hand compared to lining from a big box store and was easy to sew. The Jalie Diane called for each individual piece (there are about six) to be lined so it was a lot of cutting and basting but I think it was totally worth it!

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raspberry creek swim suit up for summer 2020 by replicate then deviate

raspberry creek swim suit up for summer 2020 by replicate then deviate

raspberry creek swim suit up for summer 2020 by replicate then deviate

raspberry creek swim suit up for summer 2020 by replicate then deviate

(and let's maybe not talk about how grown up Ansley looks in these pics. I should've taken modelling lessons from her!)

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raspberry creek swim suit up for summer 2020 by replicate then deviate

raspberry creek swim suit up for summer 2020 by replicate then deviate

raspberry creek swim suit up for summer 2020 by replicate then deviate

raspberry creek swim suit up for summer 2020 by replicate then deviate

raspberry creek swim suit up for summer 2020 by replicate then deviate

raspberry creek swim suit up for summer 2020 by replicate then deviate


I chose to sew the Reversible Evie One Piece swimsuit by Caramiya. This was my third and a half time sewing it (I made a practice one to check my sizing and adjustments) and I love how it all comes together. There are so many options and I picked the low back, medium front, narrow straps, shortened straps, with bra with cups, size L top graded to size M hips, small butt adjustment, and the lowest leg options (I think). It is exceptionally comfortable! I opted to sew elastic in the legs (like all of my other ones) but this time I chose to topstitch (with a zigzag) so the white lining doesn't peek out. I'm never going to wear this on the reverse because I love the floral so much!!!

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raspberry creek swim suit up for summer 2020 by replicate then deviate

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