Friday, January 31, 2020

Sponsored Post- The Fabric Fairy Swim fabric featuring Jalie Diane (3893) Tank Swimsuit

Posted by Heather at Friday, January 31, 2020 0 comments

Happy January 2020! New Year, new start, new RESOLUTIONS! However, this post isn't about New Year's resolutions- rather, it's about a goal that my almost 10 (I can hardly believe that she'll be TEN in less than a month...!!) set at the beginning of her swim season...

Back in September 2019, with a full year of competition swimming under her belt, Missy was asked by her fourth grade teacher to make some goals for herself in the new school year. One of her goals was to make a "BB time" (a certain qualifying time that allows her to swim in age group sectionals for her region). Her two best strokes are the backstroke and butterfly. She had six chances in six meets to make it happen... and she did!! She made her qualifying "BB time" in her third meet (and very first away meet!) in 50y backstroke!! Woohoo!! I couldn't be prouder of her hard work, dedication, and practice! She definitely has a sense of athleticism that she clearly didn't inherit from me!


Now, because Missy swims year-round and because she is literally in the pool three to four days a week, it should go without saying that she goes through A LOT of swimsuits! A LOT! While I cannot sew her competition suits (those are strictly regulated- that's a good thing!), I do enjoy sewing her practice suits- it's her chance to show off her individual personality in a pool full of mermaids and sharks. ;) 

As my sewing has evolved and Missy has matured, I find that having her personally select fabrics makes the whole process more enjoyable for all. Missy's current favorite colors are teal and purple. So, when she laid eyes on The Fabric Fairy New World Nylon Spandex Swimsuit fabric, it was LOVE at first sight! It's just perfect and eye-popping on the Jalie (3893) Diane Tank Suit (my go-to swimsuit pattern- the pattern comes together easily, is a great pattern to mix and match fabrics and is stays in place during practice)! I coordinated it with the White Pindots on Laribe Nylon Spandex Swimsuit fabric, also from The Fabric Fairy. I fully lined the suit in swimsuit lining also from The Fabric Fairy Now, she's ready for the pool in her mama-made!


***Disclosure: "I did receive free fabrics from The Fabric Fairy. The opinions expressed here are my own."***

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Sunday, May 26, 2019

Jalie Patterns- Kate (3901) Gymnastic Leotard Review

Posted by Heather at Sunday, May 26, 2019 0 comments

Jalie Sewing Patterns- Kate (3901) Gymnastic Leotard

Missy swims year-round and that means that she's in the pool at least three times a week. That also means that she goes through a lot of suits, she's tough on them and that her swimsuits need to not only fit well, but withstand the stress and frequency of lap swimming and swim team drills. These are all reasons why I love sewing swimsuits!


Jalie Sewing Patterns- Kate (3901) Gymnastic Leotard

Kate (3901) Gymnastic Leotard is part of the new Jalie Sewing Patterns Spring Collection. By adding the width of the elastic in the arm and neckband, serging on and then flipping, I was able to modify the Jalie Sewing Patterns- Kate (3901) Gymnastic Leotard into a great swimsuit! It has great back and front coverage and fun front/back neckline detailing. I sewed up a size "O" graded to an "N"in custom fabric from Peek-a-Boo Fabric Shop.


Jalie Sewing Patterns- Kate (3901) Gymnastic Leotard

Of course my little mermaid loves her new swimsuit and I'm happy to report that the Jalie Sewing Patterns- Kate (3901) Gymnastic Leotard (as a swimsuit) passed the swim team practice test! ;)


Jalie Sewing Patterns- Kate (3901) Gymnastic Leotard

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

Jalie Patterns- Nicole (3903) Mock Neck Top and Shift Dress Review

Posted by Heather at Sunday, May 26, 2019 0 comments



Jalie Sewing Patterns-Nicole (3903) Mock Neck Top and Shift Dress

Last, but not least, a Jalie Sewing Patterns sew for ME! Jalie Sewing Patterns-Nicole (3903) Mock Neck Top and Shift Dress is part of their new Spring Collection. This simple top/dress pattern is the perfect base to create a wonderful me-made wardrobe!


Jalie Sewing Patterns-Nicole (3903) Mock Neck Top and Shift Dress

I sewed up a size "U" Jalie Sewing Patterns-Nicole (3903) Top in cotton lycra (I believe that i got this lovely floral in a box-o-pretties from Purpleseamstress Fabrics awhile back). I did shorten the top to account for my height (5'-0"). The bust darts really help in giving the pattern shape and sets it apart from all other t-shirt patterns. The sloping of the armcyce is perfect- no gathers or creases of an ill-fitting garment, here! I can't WAIT to sew it up as a dress!





Jalie Sewing Patterns-Nicole (3903) Mock Neck Top and Shift Dress


Jalie Sewing Patterns-Nicole (3903) Mock Neck Top and Shift Dress

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

Jalie Patterns- Nikita (3902) Workout Singlet and Swing Dress Review

Posted by Heather at Sunday, May 26, 2019 0 comments

Jalie Sewing Patterns- Nikita (3902) Workout Singlet and Swing Dress

It's springtime and my favorite Canadian PDF sewing pattern company, Jalie Sewing Patterns, is releasing their newest collection. Today, I'm showcasing the Jalie Sewing Patterns- Nikita (3902) Workout Singlet and Swing Dress.


Jalie Sewing Patterns- Nikita (3902) Workout Singlet and Swing Dress

I sewed up a size "O" open back top. I used some thin jersey knit (found at Hobby Lobby) for the front and cotton lycra from Purpleseamstress Fabrics for the rest of the top. I love the detailing in this pattern! The racerback and cut-out opening look impressive but are easy to achieve (I promise!). The wrap-around back and slit sides give the top dimension and make it easy for the wearer to move. The Jalie Sewing Patterns- Nikita (3902) Workout Singlet and Swing Dress is the perfect top or dress for working out and upcoming hot summer months!



Jalie Sewing Patterns- Nikita (3902) Workout Singlet and Swing Dress

As with all Jalie Sewing Patterns, 27 sizes are included in the price of just one pattern! Each pattern includes measurement and yardage charts. Step-by-step illustrated instructions make the pattern easy to understand (plus, you can always read the full instructions BEFORE purchasing, on their website!). 


Jalie Sewing Patterns- Nikita (3902) Workout Singlet and Swing Dress

Also, I wanted to mention that I paired the Jalie Sewing Patterns- Nikita (3902) Workout Singlet and Swing Dress with the Jalie Sewing Patterns Clara (3887) High -waisted Leggings and Julia (3886) Bralette. Can (I just say that the  Jalie Sewing Patterns Clara (3887) High -waisted Leggings are AHHHHH-MAAAAZING.....!?!??!?!??!?! I LOVE that the Jalie Sewing Patterns Clara (3887) High -waisted Leggings do NOT have a front seam and the contoured waist and gusset construction are the perfect fit!)

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

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Basically Jalie Blog Tour- Swim Basics

Posted by Heather at Tuesday, February 12, 2019 11 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!
 

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