Jalie is doing something new this year. They are releasing a holiday pattern and this year it's all sorts of gift bags. I've made all of them so far except the bento bags and they are Jalie quality just like everything else. My favorite is the one I posted a few days ago. You can get 50% off this pattern, but only for a few days!
Wednesday, November 22, 2017
You guys were totally right. This is a fun green coat. I was skeptical about the color against my skin, but I think it's okay especially since I'll probably be wearing a big chunky scarf much of the winter. The coat was very fast to construct since it had just a few pieces. There were no closures to futz with so finishing it up was really fast.
Even without the scarf, I don't think it looks too dressing gown-ish. Because it has a very relaxed silhouette, there were not many fitting issues. I did add my extra inch between neck and bust (without disturbing the armholes) and did a small swayback adjustment. I did make a muslin of this before I even got my wool
This is not a fully bagged lining. The wool hem and lining hem are not connected. The wool hem is hand stitched up under the lining.
The wool is great to work with. It's plush, thick, and fabulous. I put both of the wools in the washer and dryer on the Wool/Hand Wash setting and they both came out looking fine. I always do that to pre-shrink my wools.
Thank you, thank you, thank you for helping me make up my mind with the green. I think you guys were definitely right! At work, I've already gotten a load of compliments. This was a fun and satisfying project to make up.
Oh, and the bag on my last post? Yes, it's a special Jalie pattern they are putting out just for next week. You'll save 50% on the Galaxie 1 pattern. The coupon code is 50OFF2017 and it's valid from November 24th to 27th. This pattern is ONLY in PDF format. There are several bags in this little pattern and they are all cute. My favorite is the one on the last post but there is also a wine bag, pencil box, gift bags, and the one I made.
Sunday, November 19, 2017
There is a new pattern coming out. Can you guess who created it? No hints. Just guess. It is not FABULOUS? I love the handle. It's a bag within a bag. The totebag and inner bag are connected (you can also make it without the inner drawstring bag). I'll use it for workouts. My shoes can go in the outside bag and my clothes can stay clean inside the bag. There is also a smaller version of this bag. It's the perfect size for lunches. Actually, the pattern has a ton of bags. This is just one of several. Any guesses?
Friday, November 17, 2017
I love this Ottobre coat. I love the simple lines and the closure. Inside, there is a tie from the front to the side and then there is a self-fabric tie front. I always find in the winter that 1) I'm too rushed to button all my coat buttons and 2) I'm wearing a variety of bulkiness. Sometimes I'm wearing a thin knit top with skinny jeans and sometimes a thick, chunky sweater. If I have a very tailored coat, it is tight when I'm wearing my sweater, but loose when I wear the thin knits. With this coat, you'd be able to snug it up when you needed to.
Here's my dilemma. The other day I was needing some retail therapy and I had this coat in mind as I shopped. I bought three yards of both of these wools. Yes, I bought the green. Why? I don't know. I was apparently having a crisis. I do like the green but would it be too much? Mind you, I do like bright colors and flashy coats. I don't know why I didn't buy one of the jewel tones on the right. My wine wanted the green, I guess. Should I do it? It would certainly make a flashy wool coat.
On the other hand, I also bought this somber black with white. It's kind of boring, but it would make a very nice, if boring, coat.
Here's what I can tell you. Both of these fabrics are high quality, thick, and nice. Any thoughts?
Wednesday, November 15, 2017
I knew when I first saw this in the Spring Ottobre that I would make it. It's nothing crazy, it's just a t-shirt with a hood. But this is why I think Ottobre is fun. The hood is interesting and the trim application is something new. I love those little details. I figure they can wear this with a tighter t-shirt underneath. You could totally do this with a regular t-shirt pattern.
I used a cotton knit for the front and hood and a Merino wool knit for the sleeves and back. I used orange FOE for the hood trim.
First you use FOE to bind the hood and then you use a contrasting strip to hide where the FOE comes together. I think it's a cute detail.
I nailed the FOE application by using my center guide foot. I used this dotted orange as a fun accent. I also like it because it has the gold dots like the main fabric does.
The back is a purple Merino wool. I think it will nice and warm as a cover-up. All of this fabric was in my scrap bin. I love using up scraps!
Monday, November 13, 2017
This is another Ottobre knit dress. This one is from the most recent Ottobre Women's magazine. This is a super easy pattern. There are just three pieces. I used a very stretchy knit for this dress. There is very little waist shaping on the pattern and I expect that it will look very different in a different knit.
You can see that the neckline in front is pretty high. In the back it is lower.
I did do a slight sway back adjustment on this dress. It's hard to tell if I need to do more of an adjustment. This knit is heavy as well as thin and the skirt material pulls down on the bodice.
Overall, a very simple knit dress. I live in knit dresses in the winter time. You can add a cardigan, a chunky scarf, or a belt. Then slip on some knee high boots and you're dressed!
Saturday, November 11, 2017
This is another Ottobre knit dress. I made this before in a polyester ponte knit. This time I made it in a sweater knit. I love the long sleeves and the cozy design. I had forgotten how short it was. Next time, I'll add a few inches. It's so short that my mini-skirt slip shows sometimes! This baby is shhhoooooort.
I used my coverstitcher binding attachment to add the neckline and pocket opening binding.
I love these colors together!