Friday, May 25, 2018

Mini-Capsule Wardrobe for PR Weekend

I love to make Capsule Wardrobes, especially for travel. This time, though, I am cutting it pretty close with other commitments, the end of school, and life. I'm still not done, as of today, but I'm hoping that I'll get my last top done tomorrow. I'm posting it on here, unfinished, because I want to be able to show you these pieces before I have to leave. I get on the plane Sunday night. Yikes!

Here was the plan:

These are cropped Vanessa pants and they are like the best, secret pajamas, EVER. They are a denim blue Tencel. They look a bit like denim but they are flowy and soft. 

These are the Jalie 3243 pull-on pants in a brown linen. I'm not sure how great these will be in a travel wardrobe since they will wrinkle like a bitch.  

This is Jalie 3130 and it's my favorite button-up top. I especially love this version. The fabric is soft, like a flannel, and it's a dream to sew. 

Isn't it cute with the Rova dress?

Then there is this Jalie sweatshirt #3355. By the way, when I started this wardrobe, I didn't set out to make all Jalie patterns. But, when I thought about easy, fast, patterns that fit, they all turned out to be Jalie. I used the sweatshirt pattern to attempt to create a drapey, luxe sweatshirt. I'm not sure I love it. It's a sparkly knit and I created a facing for the bottom and back. 

I folded the facing to the right side and left the edge raw. 

The back is two pieces and overlaps in the back.

I don't think I love it with the Rova dress under it. It looks a bit sloppy. My rule is always that you need something form fitting either on top or bottom. This is a loose on the top and bottom.

Well, that's all I have done so far. I was going to make a tank with a blue fabric, but I might make a t-shirt with sleeves instead. I'm still pondering the last piece . . . 

Monday, May 14, 2018

Ottobre 05-2018 #34 Off The Shoulder Top

I recently bought an off-the-shoulder top for one of my twins. She liked it so much, that I decided to make another out of the (*cough, cough) copious amounts of fabric I have. I bought a very pretty rayon challis a while ago and it was begging to be turned into a girls' top or dress. In diameter, they measure exactly on the size 134 even though they are 11 years old. They are long and lean, these two. I ended up making the size 140 but lengthening it to the 152 length which was about two inches. Thank goodness for that since she needed the extra length. It's a simple top with elastic at the bottom of the arms and elastic around the arms and across the bodice and back. The shoulder ties keep it up on the shoulders.

I made the bodice/back/upper arm elastic a little smaller than they recommended and I probably shouldn't have done that. It's snug and makes the top want to ride up a bit. It's not too bad. We'll see if she gets annoyed. The directions called for making a casing and then sliding the elastic into the casing and then connecting it. Instead, I attached the elastic like I usually do to a knit and serged it onto the raw edge, folded it over and zig-zagged it. It's great except it's not easy to modify the elastic is needed. Dang it. I like the cute little shoulder ties. 

This time of year is always SO BUSY. I'm hoping in the next few weeks I'll be able to actually sew. I am going to PR Weekend and I'd like to make some special stuff but I don't know if I'll have any time!!! 

Sunday, April 22, 2018

Ottobre 02-2016 #2 Loose T-shirt

Behold, a loose, casual t-shirt. I know, I know, nothing exciting and not really even exciting enough to blog about, but I wanted all you people to know that I'm alive and well. Just buuuusssssyyy. Sooooo busy.

I made two of them in size 34, which is my normal Ottobre size. I did forget to add my inch to the bodice and I'll show you why I do it below. This makes it super obvious where my extra torso length comes from. The white one is a barely-stretchy burn-out knit. The striped one is a rayon-lycra.

You can see that it's just a very simple loose t-shirt. It's has a tiny bit of a high-low hem and it's slightly flared at the hem. 

I tried to be creative with the pocket and cut the top edge on the fold and left the edges of the pocket raw. You can't really tell on the busy print.

Here's the wrong side of the fabric where you can really see the "burn-out" of the burn-out knit.

See the pocket? If I had added an inch above the bodice, it would have lowered the pocket and everything below it. I didn't (because I forgot and I'm a dumbass) and now the pocket is awkwardly up high. I could have also just moved the pocket down but them the waist point and hip point would still be too high. On a pattern like this, it's certainly not a big deal, but on a more fitted pattern, it's very noticeable. 

Again, with the creativity. I put the pocket on the cross grain. WHAT?!?!

Matching stripes like a boss.

Overall, two simple t-shirts that fill a void in my wardrobe. I have lots of fitted tops and lots of long-sleeves longer tunic but nothing quite like this. I think these would also be really cute with a vest. Do people even wear those anymore? They should, because they are cute! 

And an update on my new purse, I freaking love the thing. The pockets are easily accessible and perfect for my stuff. The cross-body straps are awesome too. I'll definitely be making another one when this wears out or just to have one in a different color.  

Monday, April 16, 2018

Hot Patterns Niarobi Leather Purse

So you guys know that I've been trying to find a great pattern for a leather purse. I tried Hot Patterns Red Hot Mama Tote here and, while it is large enough, there are some issues that I don't love about it. There's nothing wrong with the pattern if you can figure out the directions. The pattern just doesn't work for me. Namely, the giant pouch in the middle of the bag is too big and sloppy. Yes, that's a thing. By making that purse, I also learned that there is such a thing as too many pockets. I can never find anything in it. I also don't love the handles and where they are. That's an easy thing to change and modify so that's not really a big deal. I went looking through my purse patterns and went back to the Niarobi bag which I've made before. I know that I like it a lot and wore it until the teal suede got all scratched up and the handle got all stretched out. Having more experience, I would have changed some things when I made it the first time. But, this time, I love it. It is THE bag and I added a bunch of well-placed, thought-out pockets for my stuff. I bought this leather remnant at Tandy Leather (which I just discovered and have since been back about 9 times) for, wait for it, $24.99. There is enough left over to make another whole bag!! While I was there, I actually bought three skins. One is a dark brown and one is an embossed leather with a cool pattern on it.

The only modifications I made to the pattern was to make the straps long and add a buckle so it is adjustable and I can wear it as a cross-body bag. That's my preferred way to carry a bag. 

Look! Blue skies!!! I love the neutral color of this bag too. 

Here's what you want to see. The close-ups. 

See the vertical-ish lines on my facing? It's because I stitched in the ditch from the front to make the facing behave. This baby was NOT staying down until I did this. And yes, I used a rubber mallet on the seams. When I make this next time, I will move the pocket placement down 3/4" or so.

I used Antique Gold for the metal hardware except for the magnetic closure. I could only find that in bright silver. 

Here is how it compares to the Red Hot Mama Tote.  They are both pretty large bags. The Niarobi bag is just simpler and looks sleeker. 

And this is my true test of whether the bag will work for me. Can it fit these two things?

A few other details:
  • I used a 100 and 110 leather needle and a Teflon foot. Midway through construction, I felt like my needle was having a harder time going through the leather so I switched to a new needle. 
  • I used a quilting cotton for the inside lining. 
  • The magnetic closure was bought at JoAnn's and the other hardware was bought at Tandy Leather. 
  • I used Eco-Flo EdgeFlex in Neutral for the raw edges of the leather on the straps and the loops that attach to the bag. 

Monday, April 9, 2018

Ottobre 02-2018 #18 Workout Tank

I've been working out a lot lately and needed a good tank for when I'm at Orange Therapy. I used some Nike wicking waffle knit and an athletic knit I picked up in Las Vegas. I chose to use this newest Ottobre for the athletic tank. I'm really happy with the fit. This is my normal size 34. The only thing I will change next time is to lower the neckline by an inch or so. I wore it today to Orange Theory so the spots on the front are sweat. Just keepin' it real for you guys . . .

I really like the princess seams on this top. I did do my normal 1" addition for the torso. You could also add a circle skirt instead of the bottom panel and have a cute summer dress. See how high the neckline is?

I used my coverstitch attachment on my Janome with the Nike fabric and it worked really well. And I think I've successfully tackled tacking on my new machine!

I have more things to show you but I just need time to photograph them! And I'm working on a leather purse. More on that later!