Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Basically Jalie Blog Tour- Swim Basics

Posted by Heather at Tuesday, February 12, 2019 8 comments



#3889 (Melanie Kimono) and #3134 (Racerback Swimsuit)

Hello, lovely readers and welcome to my stop on the Basically Jalie Blog Tour! The Basically Jalie Blog Tour features over twenty bloggers, over the course of a week, using Jalie patterns as a wardrobe staple. Since February is my daughter's birthday month (!!) and since my daughter also swims competitively, we took Jalie to the pool! :)

Today, I'm featuring the #3889 (Melanie Kimono) and #3134 (Racerback Swimsuit). One of the (many) reasons that I love to sew up Jalie patterns is the fact that all Jalie patterns include 27 sizes- from toddler size 2 all the way to women's size 22 (US). That's a HUGE size range included in the price of one pattern. For a point of reference, I sewed up a size "O" in both patterns.

#3134 (Racerback Swimsuit)

For the #3134 (Racerback Swimsuit), I didn't deviate from the pattern. I also didn't include the optional piping. Swimsuits (in general), can be difficult and time-consuming to piece together and sew. However, I find them greatly satisfying once completed. Plus, if I'm really honest, I really love the fact that I don't have to iron/press anything when sewing with swim fabric (haha!). ;-) 


#3889 (Melanie Kimono)

For the #3889 (Melanie Kimono), I used a thick, mystery, border knit (I know, I know- the pattern suggests drapey wovens- I'm a rebel ;-). The fabric is a mix between a french terry and maybe a type of not-so-stretchy sweatshirt material- perfect for a chilly swimmer getting out of the pool, in between heats. Because I was cutting around that GORGEOUS border print, I did have to piece together the belt and I used ribbon for the belt loops. I LOVE how the Melanie Kimono came together- enclosed neckline seams and easy-to-wear drop shoulder sleeves.

Also, thanks to my sew sister Ti, of Simply by Ti, I want to highlight the great swim fabric that I received from her online shop. The black and pink swimsuit fabric is thick and sturdy- just want you need in swim material. It was easy to sew up and didn't fall apart while assembling and sewing. Shipping from Simply by Ti (WY) to myself (NC) was fast and prompt. I would defiantly order from Simply by Ti, again.
#3889 (Melanie Kimono) and #3134 (Racerback Swimsuit)

So, whether you are sewing for everyday, or, for a specific sport such a swimming; Jalie patterns are a great option! If you go to their website, you can even go ahead and read through the instructions BEFORE purchasing (and, remember, each pattern includes a huge size range of 27 sizes). Feel free to be inspired by the other bloggers and sewists on the Basically Jalie Blog Tour by checking out their links, below. Happy Sewing!
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Friday, December 21, 2018

Jalie Sewing Patterns- FREE Yoko Square Roll-Neck Top

Posted by Heather at Friday, December 21, 2018 0 comments
Hello, Sewing Machine... how I've missed you! After a crazy, chaotic fall full of back to school, a trip to Disney (where Hubs ran his first half marathon), a family medical emergency, buying a house and MOVING... I'm back at the sewing machine in my new, big, gorgeous, bright sewing room!


Jalie Sewing Patterns, Yoko Square Roll-Neck Top

Today, I have something fun to share with you- the Jalie Sewing Patterns, Yoko Square Roll-Neck Top. This beginner (and figure) friendly PDF sewing pattern is brought to you for FREE by Jalie Sewing Patterns... that's right...FREE!! (Pssst.... if you've never tried Jalie Sewing Patterns, this is the perfect opportunity to try them out- you won't be disappointed!)

The Jalie Yoko Square Roll-Neck Top comes in the standard Jalie  wide range of sizes (2y-2XL), features a drop shoulder and fitted turtleneck and sleeves. 


Jalie Sewing Patterns, Yoko Square Roll-Neck Top- Turtleneck Detail

After consulting the included body measurement chart, I sewed up a size "T" (approximately equivalent to USA Size 6). I used cotton lycra for the turtleneck, a flowy, mystery poly-rayon from my stash for the body and a nice, lightweight rayon spandex for the sleeves.


Jalie Sewing Patterns, Yoko Square Roll-Neck Top

I love the easy wearing and on-trend styling of the Jalie Yoko Square Roll-Neck Top! It was so easy and simple to sew up! And, since it was so easy to sew up, I can't wait to sew up a million more...! Now, go grab your FREE Jalie Sewing Patterns, Yoko Square Roll-Neck Top and Happy Sewing!

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Made for Mermaids Back To School Blog Tour

Posted by Heather at Tuesday, July 31, 2018 0 comments

Made for Mermaids Bonny Leggings, & Made for Mermaids Paige Piko Top

Good-bye, July! Hello August! It's hard to believe, but Missy only has one more month of summer lovin' and then it's BACK TO SCHOOL as a big, smart THIRD GRADER!! It's crazy how fast this summer flew by!

Missy's had a growth spurt, this summer- she now wears the same size shoe as I do...!!! So, I needed to make some fun, durable play clothes for school. The Made for Mermaids Bonny Leggings, paired with the Made for Mermaids Paige Piko Top, make the perfect everyday school outfit! 


Made for Mermaids Bonny Leggings, & Made for Mermaids Paige Piko Top

For a point of reference, both garments are a size ten. The Made for Mermaids Bonny Leggings are shorties length sewn out of cotton lycra from one of my favorite online fabric shops, Purpleseamstress Fabrics. The Made for Mermaids Paige Piko Top is the curved hem tunic length, half sleeve, out of mystery knit bought at Hancock Fabrics (eons, ago). Instead of knit binding on the Paige Piko Top, I used 1/2" picot elastic from Pretty Posh Prints.

Both patterns are easy to sew, comfy to wear and they are in regular rotation on my sewing machine. Plus, did I mention that BOTH patterns are FREE?!?! Yay!!


Made for Mermaids Bonny Leggings, & Made for Mermaids Paige Piko Top

Now, to tackle that darn school supply list....!! ;-P
While you're perusing the school supplies at Wal-Mart, go ahead and check out these other talented bloggers/sewists and their Made for Mermaids Back to School makes!

Thursday, July 12, 2018

Love Notions Summer Lace Tour

Posted by Heather at Thursday, July 12, 2018 0 comments

 Love Notions Rockford Raglan

Hello and welcome to my stop on the Love Notions Summer Lace Tour!


 Love Notions Rockford Raglan

Summer is the PERFECT time to add a little lace to your me-made wardrobe! Lace is light, airy and adds a touch of femininity. I love using lace as an accent, overlay or trim!


 Love Notions Rockford Raglan

I chose to sew up the Love Notions Rockford Raglan. For a point of reference, I sewed up a size Small, standard bust (this pattern also includes pattern PIECES for full bust), tunic length, 3/4 sleeve Love Notions Rockford Raglan. I did NOT adjust for my height (5'-0") because I wanted to wear it as a fun, casual tunic. I used rayon spandex for the body of the  Love Notions Rockford Raglan and PRINTED lace cotton lycra for the sleeves. I also added 1 1/4" stretch lace trim to the bottom hem of the tunic. Sew fun!


 Love Notions Rockford Raglan

I really like sewing raglan style tops/dresses because they don't have set-in sleeves and I tend to find them faster to sew up. So, as a result, I've sewn up lots and lots of raglan patterns for myself and my daughter throughout the years (including  Love Notions girl's version, the Wrigley Raglan, seen here). What really stood out about the  Love Notions Rockford Raglan is the curve where the sleeves and front/back meet- it's perfectly curved to fit and flatter a woman's silhouette. I LOVE the fit and drape of the Love Notions Rockford Raglan. It's fitted at the bust and drapes nicely everywhere else.


 Love Notions Rockford Raglan

The "lacy" sleeves of my Love Notions Rockford Raglan dress up an otherwise casual tunic and would even pass the strictest of dress codes. I could wear this tunic to work, to girl's night out, or a relaxing weekend at home- I love a multi-tasking wardrobe piece! Sew much fun joining the Love Notions Summer Lace Tour!


 Love Notions Rockford Raglan

Now, go ahead and check out the other talented Love Notions Summer Lace Tour stops- lots of fun tips and tricks to show you how to add lace to your favorite Love Notions pattern.


 


lace tour
   


***Disclosure: "I received a free pattern in order to review this pattern for Love Notions. The opinions expressed here are my own."***
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Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Jalie Patterns- Diane Swimsuit (3893) Review

Posted by Heather at Tuesday, June 12, 2018 0 comments


Jalie Sewing Patterns- Diane Swimsuit (3893)

Last, but not least, introducing Jalie Sewing Patterns- Diane Swimsuit (3893)! Diane Swimsuit (3893) features a keyhole back cut-out, modest one piece bathing suit coverage and an optional sash. And, as is true with all Jalie Sewing Patterns, the Diane Swimsuit (3893) includes sizes toddler 2 up to women's size 22. That's a lot of bang for your buck!


 Jalie Sewing Patterns- Diane Swimsuit (3893) FRONT

I sewed up a size "N", no sash, Diane Swimsuit (3893) for my daughter. I did NOT make any modifications and the fit was PERFECTION! Straps stay in place, backside is covered- no tugging and pulling, here! *Side Note- Missy has worn this suit to swim team practice multiple times already and it definitely passes the lap swimming test!*


Jalie Sewing Patterns- Diane Swimsuit (3893)

I cannot wait to make a Diane Swimsuit (3893) for me!


***Disclosure: "I received a free pattern in order to review this pattern for Jalie Sewing Patterns. The opinions expressed here are my own."***

Jalie Sewing Patterns- Bobbie, The Magic V Neck (3880) Review

Posted by Heather at Tuesday, June 12, 2018 0 comments

Jalie Sewing Patterns- Bobbie, The Magic V Neck (3880)

Meet Bobbie, The Magic V Neck (3880), another great pattern from the latest collection of patterns from Jalie Sewing Patterns. This simple Dolman-style top features a flattering V neckline and ingenious inner facing that hides bra straps and keeps wardrobe malfunctions at bay. Perfection!


Jalie Sewing Patterns- Bobbie, The Magic V Neck (3880) NECKLINE

I sewed up a size T top without any modifications. Because Bobbie, The Magic V Neck (3880), does not have any set-in sleeves, sewing this up was a breeze. The simple inner facing creates a clean neckline and eliminates the need for neckbands and/or hemming. The style of this top is slightly loose without being baggy.



Jalie Sewing Patterns- Bobbie, The Magic V Neck (3880) DETAIL

I especially love how the inner facing conveniently hides bra straps and eliminates any wardrobe malfunctions! This top definitely suits my style and is so easy wear!


Jalie Sewing Patterns- Bobbie, The Magic V Neck (3880)

***Disclosure: "I received a free pattern in order to review this pattern for Jalie Sewing Patterns. The opinions expressed here are my own."***

Jalie Sewing Patterns- Julia Underwear (3886) Review

Posted by Heather at Tuesday, June 12, 2018 0 comments

Jalie Sewing Patterns- Julia Underwear (3886)

Next up in the latest collect of Jalie Sewing Patterns- The Julia Underwear (3886). This time, I sewed up a set of matching Julia panties and bralette for Missy. 

The Julia Underwear (3886) does require the use of foldover elastic (FOE) to finish the edges of the panties and create the straps for the bralette. This can be a bit fiddly but it's totally doable- take it from me (aka, FOE-adverse ;-)! Slow and steady is the name of the game when it comes to sewing with FOE.

Jalie Sewing Patterns- Julia Underwear (3886) BACK

Step-by-step instructions with accompanying illustrated steps make sewing up The Julia Underwear (3886) set clear and simple. Because of Jalie Sewing Patterns wide range of sizes, I was able to use a combination of sizes in order to create the perfect fit for my daughter. As I've found to be true with all Jalie Sewing Patterns, the fit and sizing is perfection!

The Julia Underwear (3886) is a great scrapbuster project and good staple wardrobe pattern.

***Disclosure: "I received a free pattern in order to review this pattern for Jalie Sewing Patterns. The opinions expressed here are my own."***

 

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