I had been spying this pattern for AGES but couldn’t justify paying the 19 euros for it. When I saw it for crazy sale over the holidays I just had to nab it. It is the Jamie Jeans pattern from Named clothing.
I got crazy and decided to not do a muslin first. I WAS going to, but I didn’t have quite enough fabric of the crap stuff so I just threw my cares in the wind and went for it on my special fabric. I bought this super awesome 4 way stretch stuff back when I was trying to make those awful Clover pants, which never panned out. I’m not sure exactly what these are made of, but I got about a yard and a half at a small apparel fabric shop here in Austin that I had never heard of and haven’t gone back to. Truth is, it was awesome but in the middle of nowhere and I forget where it was and also the name.. oops. I’m sure if I do enough research I’ll find it again. I think I paid like $30 for the yard and a half, which was totally like “OUCH” for me to pay that.. Like a ding a ling I didn’t ask how much it was until I paid. So THANK GOD these things turned out alright!!! Because while it seems a shock to pay that for a small bit of fabric, $30 is pretty dang cheep for pants!
I’m aware the fit of these aren’t *perfect* but they are pretty darn great for not having altered a THING on the pattern. I’m sure the stretchiness of the fabric forgives a lot of faults. Sewing these up was a total breeze- until the damn waistband. I fiddled with the dang thing forever. I probably could have figured it out a bit sooner, but both kids were all over me so one task ended up spanning several days, which was SUPER frustrating. I understand that there is SOME ease to consider when attaching the band, but there was like FOUR INCHES to have to stretch that sucker. And when I was trying to stretch it, the interfacing kept ripping, causing me to curse everything in sight. For real though, it was making me feel like I was doing something wrong. I think I DID do a tiny something, which was make the fly shield a tad too big since it was my first one ever and all, but that would have only given me an extra 1/4 inch, not really enough to create the problem I was having.
I searched all over the blogosphere for someone who maybe had the same issue, but it seems most blogs just rave about patterns without saying much negative. I did find someone who helped me out a bit, she also had an issue with the waistband. (Thank you, Elizabeth!!!!) She suggested the same thing I was thinking, to just take out the god forsaken interfacing. I just put some where I was going to make the buttonhole and sew on the button to give those bits some reinforcement. Then I stretched the dickens out of it and fit it onto the pants, crossing my fingers that it wouldn’t look ridiculous in the end. There is a little puckering, but you can’t see it when I’m wearing them because it all stretches out :)
I’m mostly pretty stoked about all my top stitching, except for at the fly. The stretchiness of the fabric + the craziness of my kids + my lack of patience and care to rip it out and do it all again caused the front to be a tiny wonky. Whatever, no one should be looking that closely to my crotch ;) I used a grey thread, but it looks white in these photos.. One of my most favorite parts of these pants are those little pocket accent things! I used some scraps from the Van Gogh print I used on the back of that triangle quilt. I love the tiny pop of color!! And that button was this awesome ornate thing that I got from a big lot of antique buttons at Uncommon Objects here in Austin. Unfortunately, the details didn’t show up in the photo. Oh well.
I would like to try these again, this time with an actual stretch denim :) Of course I’ll have to probably alter the pattern for those, without that stretch, the crotch will have to be dealt with and also the baggy knee thing that is going on (which, as I’ve noticed, happens with all my pants, so I’m not sure that is real issue..) I’ll also have to figure out that waistband thing since honestly there is NO FREAKING WAY I’ll be able to stretch anything denim-like that much. All in all, I’m totally psyched about my first pair of wearable pants!!!!
I don’t know about anyone else, but I am OVER the winter (maybe it is the gorgeous weekend we’ve been having) and I am totally ready to start sewing some spring dresses!! I already have one laid out, half sewn and another on the burner :D
I sewed up this little Mara Dress either in November or early December (I can’t remember exactly when) but I’m only getting around to blogging about it now. More blogging in 2015! I’m trying, see?? Anyways, I know, I know! I’ve been sewing a bunch of Compagnie M lately! What can I say? I like em!
ANyways, Marte is working on making some of her patterns on paper and wanted to perfect the pattern before they went into print so she asked me to test out the new draft :) There was just some slight alteration to the arm holes.
This time I decided to sew the “long sleeve” version, only I made them short sleeves (ha) due to lack of fabric, honestly! But also I wanted to make sure we could wear this dress all year round and long sleeves don’t exactly work in summer in Texas!
I had some lovely Nani Iro double gauze fabric that I had gotten for 50% off (WHAAT!?) It was 7/8 of a yard in a remnant bin. HOORAY FOR ME! I had been holding on to it for quite some time waiting for something special. But when this came up I was like YES.
I used some awesome pretty silver trimming around the yolk that I bought during the fabric shop hop here at a store called Walker Hall Design. 25% off that, WOO! The buttons were pretty silver things I got for I think 75% off during the sad sad closing of A Common Thread. I bought the whole lot of them. Can you tell I’m a sale freak? haha.
There isn’t much to say about this dress that I haven’t already said here . I really like it and so does Millie, which is awesome. Double gauze is CRAZY soft and comfortable. The only problem with it is that it is insanely wrinkle prone. I actually ironed this dress before the photo shoot, but you’d never know it!
Of course, even though the gold doesn’t exactly match the silver, those pants are the Go To leggings I sewed up here. I still want some for myself!
I know I said I finished those Jamie Jeans last weekend and that I would blog about them, but I asked Millie to be my photographer earlier this week and the pictures are BAD. Ha! Either she is no photographer or I am no model but holy moly! Those photos should not see the light of day haha. Maybe I can get Jake to get some decent ones this weekend. We shall see!
MAN it feels good to do some simple quilty sewing! It had been way too long! I finished my first block for the Block of the Month I joined this morning and it was so satisfying!
I’ve seriously needed some time for myself lately, Quinn must be getting his molars in because he hasn’t been able to be apart from me in ages and I’ve desperately needed some alone time. Seriously, the kid won’t even let me shower alone. So this weekend has been AMAZING to me with Jake being home. He let me finish those Jamie Jeans yesterday AND I had this morning to make this little block. It only took me about an hour but that is all I really needed, I guess. And right now for the first time in over a week Quinn is actually asleep WITHOUT the need to be on top of me!! FREEDOM!!!! I love that kid but WHOA. Momma needs to regroup sometimes! So let’s all send a silent (seriously, SHHH! Please don’t wake him up) thank you to my sleepy little man for giving me what I have been so desperately needing :D
Well hello, 2015!
I had made some New Years resolutions, one of which was to blog more.. Apparently I’m totally slacking ALREADY since it is the 10th of January and this is only my first post of the year.. OOPS.
Things have been crazy here lately! I know I haven’t posted a single thing since the beginning of the holidays, life gets a little hectic around the holidays :) We had my family come stay with us for over 2 weeks, that made it 8 people living under one roof! I know it sounds insane, but it was really fun and I was very sad when they all went home. Seriously, they second they walked out the door it was SO QUIET. And it has taken me over a week to clean up the house in the aftermath! I’ll be honest, it still isn’t clean. HA!
Anyways, even though I haven’t posted anything, I did do a lot of gift sewing! Unfortunately I took zero photos!! What is wrong with me??? I think I was trying to “live in the moment” more recently… I’ll list them off here though :)
I made Millie’s school teachers little make up bags and stuffed them with nice hand lotion and lip balms since skins get dry in the winter. No pics. I thought about taking photos, but it just didn’t end up happening. They looked real nice, I promise! And sewing them up made me remember how I actually do enjoy sewing little bags, they are super fast and rewarding projects :)
I sewed up some cute unicorn head bands out of felt for Millie and my niece Evie. I had made one for Millie, then Evie went to see Santa and apparently the only thing she told him that she wanted was a unicorn head band (I was planning on making one for her anyway) so Christmas morning I whipped one up in a flash so she could have one too :) There is ONE picture of this, ha! No details, of course. These were fast and dirty, my friends.
I made my dad a rice neck warmer for his birthday, I used a really soft flannel and put some lavender essential oils in it so it would be relaxing. I made a nice U shape that curved a bit inward at the ends so it would fit a neck neatly and comfortably. My mother swiftly stole it, hahaha, even yesterday she said she’s been using it every day. Poor dad! Looks like I’ll be making another one and sending it in the mail!
My friend Jen (HI, JEN!) told me “So last year, you made me an awesome infinity scarf. You better step it up this year” LOL I find it hilarious how awesomely direct she is. Anyways, the Julia sweater is right up her ally so I made her one. She promised me she would model it for the blog which means there WILL be some photos in the future of that one :) The fabric I found was SO JEN I just couldn’t handle it :)
Last, but not least, I made an awesome shirt for Jake. He also took the direct approach. “Hey since I fund your sewing addiction, maybe you could make something for me one day”.. Oops! It took a lot of time and effort for this one and I’m pretty proud of it!! It is always hard for him to find collared shirts that fit him properly since he has a broad chest, so things are often either tight there or they fit his chest and bellow out too much around his waist. He was super happy to finally have a shirt tailored exactly for his body :) I will force him to model this for me too. Maybe this weekend :)
There are lots of sewing related things I’m excited for! I’m currently sewing up some Jaime Jeans from Named, which honestly are destroying me.. I hope to finish them up this weekend.. The waistband will be the death of me. But I am in desperate need for new pants so I’m excited about finishing them and hopefully they will be wearable!
I joined my local quilt shop’s Block of the Month thingy, which I’m super excited about. Honestly, after the annoyance of this waistband issue I’m having, I’m excited to just sew a few straight lines for quilt piecing! Plus I’ve never done a BOM before and I’m excited to learn some new blocks!
This Christmas also made us realize we are ONE blanket short in this family, which means to me that it is time to make a quilt again!! So when Jake asked me last year “How many blankets do we need, Michelle?” Well apparently the answer is ONE MORE!! haha!
HOLY MOLY there is SO MUCH to say!!!
There is also something SUPER EXCITING that I got for Christmas that I want to talk all about that that will be saved for another post because there are SO MANY details of crazy!
Okay this was very wordy and not so picturey so I’m gonna sign off and make some breakfast.. It does feel good to blog! I need to get my arse in gear! More details of all these things and more to come :D
Heyoo! I’m super excited to be on the Compagnie M Julia Sweater pattern tour! I was SOOO excited when Marte asked me to test this pattern, I actually recently bought a dolman type shirt and LOVE it and was wanting to sew some up for myself. Then BOOM here is this awesome pattern, just dropped into my lap!
I sewed up two shirts in the testing phase, both of which I’m pretty excited about :) The first one I made, I used a nice grey knit I had and wanted to accent it with some amazing stuff I had leftover from another project. (soon to be blogged) I decided to do a faux placket.. Which is offered in the pattern, but of course I deviated and did my own thing because I’m an idiot? lol.. Anyways, it was really easy, I just cut two strips about and inch and half tall and as long as the sleeve tops. I simply cut down the grey part to account for the added fabric in the placket (minus the seam allowance) so I could keep the original sleeve width. Super easy :) I LOVE the look of those stripes down my arms!!
The only problem with the first sweater is that the waist band is a bit too tight, but that was fixed during the pattern testing. I think all the testers felt the waistband needed to have a bit more give ;) It isn’t so tight that it keeps me from wearing it, though! Because of that (and because I’m excited about cozy shirts) I decided to sew up another one for fun. I have 7 yards of this blue stripy fabric that I got in NYC.. I think I may have been swindled (they wouldn’t tell me the price until I spoke with the owner, who was like “OH that is very nice fabric, $24 a yard, but I’ll give it to you for $10 a yard if you buy the whole rest of it” I talked him down to $8 and walked off with a huge heavy load of this stuff. Who knows, maybe it really was $8 a yard and I just walked away with the whole thing for no good reason, lol!)
Anyways, I wanted to play with the stripes so I cut the front at a 45 degree angle so I could make a chevron. Instead of cutting it on the fold, I just added the seam allowance to the center front when cutting. Let me tell you, lining up tiny stripes is NOT EASY!! That is why I decided to just cut the back in one piece with the stripes horizontal, haha!
You know what I love about these sweaters? I mean OTHER than how fast they are to sew up and how awesome having cuffs and waistbands is (NO HEMS, YAY!)… They are SOOO COMFORTABLE! Something about having looseness at the armpits, I feel like if this shirt were gloves, it would be mittens… Does that make sense? Well it does to me! Also, I wore this shirt to Jake’s work Christmas party and the next day, he said “I really liked that shirt you wore last night. Did you make it? It looked great”. So basically my own husband not only noticed it but also complemented it and that is SO amazing because that man doesn’t usually talk about my clothes. Made me feel pretty darn wonderful!
Anyways, this shirt has a bunch of options too, I just made the basic one. There are ways to color block, there can be font pockets and different necklines. I think I’m going to have to sew up the pocket one at some point soon, gotta love cozy sweatshirt pockets.. Go check out the other folks on the pattern tour and see some amazingly creative versions!
Fun photo credit to my awesome mother-in-law, who actually seemed to enjoy taking photos, unlike my photographer husband (HI Jake I love you!) lol!
suck it in! suck it in!
Oh, hey there! It’s been a while! These past few weeks have been pretty rough. Millie got the flu pretty bad, then Quinn got it but thankfully not as bad because we caught it in time to get some Tamiflu, thank goodness. Then this weekend I got mastitis SO EFFING BAD I couldn’t move. It was horrible. I felt like I had the worst flu I’ve ever had only I also had incredible pain to go along with it. FUN! But all of us are FINALLY feeling 100% now so YAY!
I have, however, done some sewing in that time though. I need to find my sanity, somewhere, right?? These pants were sewn before all the sickies set in. I couldn’t take pictures of Millie in them because the fever brought out 3 huge cold sores on her face and she was very embarrassed by them, which made me sad, she kept telling everyone she saw- waiters, grocery check out people, that she had bad sores on her face :(
Back to the pants… These are the Peek a Boo pattern shop’s skinny jeans. I’ve sewn them before and I have other pant patterns, but I really just wanted to whip out a pattern I already had traced out so I could get to the cutting and sewing part instead of the printing, cutting, taping, tracing, cutting etc that comes with PDF patterns!
I went all out and did the elastic casing inside the seam this time, unlike last time.. Those first pants were way too big on her and kept falling off, oops! But the good thing is the old ones fit now! The silly part is that means I didn’t have to bother with the elastic this time!! OH WELL! Anyways, sewing this pattern again made me remember what an annoying time I had with the waistband.. I think there is just a bit too much ease.. it is kind of hard to make it fit to the pants.. Other than that, though, I do like the fit of them.
I had a fun time sewing a simple little design on the back pockets. To be honest, I had a good time doing all the top stitching. I’m angry at myself because I didn’t really pay attention when I took the picture of the front detail. It totally did not come out, when the button on the front is one of my favorite things of these pants! It is an old antique gold button with red in the middle that I picked up from Uncommon Objects, here in Austin. As a matter of fact, even with the hearts on these pants, Millie wasn’t really excited about them until she saw that button! So the whole reason she is into these is completely lost in this blog post. lol!
That material, by the way, was 7/8 of a yard in the remnant bin at Joanne’s. Hello 50% off! YAY! I know it looks like just polka dots, but it is actually little white hearts on a nice stretch denim. Oh, and that little sweater she is wearing is the Figgy’s Celestial Pullover I sewed up for her last year. Hooray for it still fitting!!
During that fabric shop hop last week, as I was about to walk out of The Cloth Pocket, I saw this ridiculously amazing golden fabric. I knew I could not leave without it.
This fabric spoke to me. It was not simply gold fabric wrapped around a bolt. Much like Michelangelo and the statue of David, this fabric was already leggings. I just had to carve them out.
Seriously, I haven’t been this excited about a sewing project in a while! I CAN’T EVEN HANDLE looking at her in these pants. I used the go to leggings pattern that I’ve been holding on to for a while now. I have NO IDEA why I haven’t sewn leggings before. They are SO fast and SO easy and SO satisfying.
I wouldn’t have styled her this way in this little outfit, but sometimes what Millie says goes in fashion and I can’t and won’t argue, as long as she is happy to oblige me in some fun pictures. Even she knew the outfit was a bit silly. “These shoes probably don’t match, right Mommy?” “Nope, not at all. You want to change them?” “Nope!!”
I made the size 5 and lengthened them to a 6. I didn’t want to deal with elastic so I just made a tighter band with the gold. When I make them again, I’m going to heighten the rise in the back. Apparently having a butt that easily pops out your pants is something that runs in our family :/
Anyways, I sewed these up SUPER fast the morning before we left to go to the Texas Renaissance Festival. Jake was like “Are you serious?? NO you cannot sew right now!” I was like “I’m almost done I swear! You will be glad I made these!!” He was both shocked at how quickly they were sewn and extremely happy to see Millie run about in these awesome pants…. Which, incidentally, really DO make you into a rock star. I mean seriously. Just LOOK at this little thing, she climbed ALL THE WAY UP to the top of the rock climbing wall, Merida princess dress, gold leggings and all :)
Even though I already had gotten the Bimaa sweater last year, I caved and bought it again (with more sizes and apparently the pattern was perfected) during the friday fiver from sew mama sew a couple weeks ago. So glad I did! I really do love this pattern and I love how I can use it for both kids with the different neckline options.
This fabric was bought at Joanne’s and I swear it was SO WEIRD TO WORK WITH. When I bought it, I didn’t really realize that the stripes were vertical. When I was laying it out to cut it I was so confused. The stripes were vertical and I was a little upset about having a vertical striped sweater for Millie… but then I realized the grain line was the stretchiest… what? So I decided to just cut it horizontally. It took some creativity on my part to get this squeaked into 1 yard that way, but I persevered! I sewed up the size 5 on this 5 year old girl, making zero alterations. I just love how fitted this little sweater is. I will also add, I sewed up the 5 last year too and even though my other version had way slippier fabric, I think this really was drafted better.
As weird as it was, this really is a neat knit, lots of texture and I like it. Last week Millie declared that the weather was colder than she had EVER felt it. That is when I decided to sew this up for her, to be nice and cozy for the bitter cold weather. You know, the bitter cold 29 degree temps that we have here. Trust me. I am from a colder climate, I am aware of how fortunate we are to have lows in the 20’s. These are the season’s highs for lots of people. However, we live in Texas and weather can be fickle. It was in the 70’s today, but poor Millie has a fever and so she was FREEZING. Other than that she seemed to be happy and feeling well, so I took the opportunity of her being home from school to take some photos :) Good thing I had sewn her a sweater! She was more than happy to model this today :)
I tried to get her to give me little genuine smiles when taking pictures. I asked her to imagine that I had just given her a puppy or a pony to get some surprised smiles.. But then I was like “or would you rather just have a lollipop?” She said “A LOLLIPOP!!” and proceeded to pretend to shove one in her mouth. Thank goodness for easy things making my little love happy! No furry lives needed to make my little angel ecstatic, haha!
I think I’ll be sewing some more of these for both kids this winter.. They are so fast and easy! Quinny still fits in his old one too so that is awesome! Now I just need to find a Bimaa for grown ups :)
Woohoo! I’m pretty excited to be on the Compagnie M Lotta Skirt tour! When Marte selected me to be a tester for her skirt, I was over the moon! I loved being a part of the Mara action tour and was excited to work with her. I just love the gathers and the cute pocket detail with the buttons.
I have to admit, I had this fabric hoarded for quite a while. It is a walk in the woods by Aneela Hoey for Moda fabrics. Apparently it is out of print since I was holding on to it for so long! I was SUPER excited when I bought it but could never figure out what to sew with it. Nothing seamed right or perfect enough.. Until the Lotta skirt! I knew I was taking a risk cutting into this while the pattern was still at its testing stage, but having sewn Compagnie M before, I kind of knew Marte was very detail oriented and wouldn’t really have to worry about any weirdness in the pattern pieces. And thank goodness my faith panned out because this skirt fits Millie PERFECTLY!!
I wanted to keep things simple and have the main fabric be the eye catcher, so I just used a red quilting cotton for the pockets and light blue buttons so they could accent the birds and mushrooms. The pattern gives the option of adding button hole elastic in the back waistband so you could sew a size up and have it last a bit longer. I sewed a size 4 for Millie, she fit within those measurements and I definitely did not need to do that elastic in the back! Seriously, this fits her beyond perfect. I did add 2 inches to the hem, though since she is pretty darn tall. It closes with an invisible zipper (which, I admit, I need a little more practice with) so it is very clean and professional looking.
Millie saw this skirt when it was *almost* finished and was like “Is this for ME?? I LOVE IT!!” That made me really excited since she is usually more of a dress person than a skirt person. She has already worn it 3 times in the couple weeks or so that it’s been sewn, which says a lot since she wears a uniform to school!
As for the construction of the skirt, everything went pretty smoothly. Marte gives a really good way to do even gathers in the instructions, which was kind of like DUH! I don’t know why I never thought to sew them that way!! I always just gather everything and hope for the best.. This method was WAY more geared for perfection :) Everything lined up exactly as it should and everything is explained thoroughly.
Another REALLY awesome thing about this skirt? It comes in women’s sizes too!! After seeing some of the ladies versions on the tour I definitely plan on sewing one up for myself too!! And right now the Lotta Dress is 10% off with coupon codes.. The one for girls (size 1-10) is lotta-girls-10 and the one for women’s (sizes 12-14 yo and 34-46) is lotta-women-teens-10.