Hurray, finally I made something from an activewear pattern that I actually like! This is the Jalie 3670 Loulouxe Skort. I made the version with leg bands and two pockets (obviously!).
I added about 3 inches to the skirt length (ha) and flared the front skirt panel a bit more, but otherwise followed the straight size for my hips. And it’s very comfortable!
I’m not sure exactly which fabric this is since I bought two cuts of black activewear knit in the same order and they weren’t labeled when they arrived. I wish I knew because I like this fabric a lot so far, but the other one still smells faintly of rubber, even after washing twice. (I used that one for a dress; will post about that soon.) Otherwise, they are a similar weight and conveniently don’t curl, so I didn’t have to hem either garment (hurray!). UPDATE: I contacted the retailer and they said they think this one is their Interloc Wicking item #4325. At that price, I’ll definitely try ordering again!
The best thing about this tunic is that it finally gave me a chance to use the scraps of black-and-white rose print quilting cotton I’ve been hoarding for years! I loved that print and never could find it again, and all I had left were a few pieces that were too small for most things. Well, they worked out great in this!
The pattern is the Torii Tunic from Serendipity Studio. I found it yielded a pretty loose fit on me (in contrast to the pattern photos) when I made up my usual size and I ended up using 1-inch seams on the sides to get a closer fit (the pattern uses 1/2-inch seam allowance). It’s still a bit loose, but that’s what I wanted–figured it would be something comfy yet protective for hot summer days.
Hmph. This fabric‘s color is listed as “orchid” and on my screen it sure looked like a lovely pale lavender (I mean…I don’t know what colors orchids come in!). So it was a bit of a surprise when it arrived! It’s definitely pink, very pink. Luckily, I’d just snagged one yard on a whim (in an ongoing quest for quick-drying, cool activewear), so I shrugged and made something with it anyway.
This started with with good old McCall’s M7349, View B, but cut short. I lowered the front neckline a bit into a gentle V and added some pockets in the side front panels. They’re kind of weird and small, but also kind of fun.
Well, I’d say this is fairly flattering on me, though I don’t love the color. I’ve worn it for dance a couple of times and it does dry quickly, but the true test will come in a few months at camp. I have a few more yards of activewear knits for more items in a more “me” color (black, haha), so hopefully I’ll have some stuff I’m more enamored of in the near future….
I had just enough fabric leftover from my last dress to make this simple circle skirt. It’s all cut in one piece, and then the waist is serged to a loop of 2-inch-wide flat elastic that serves as the waistband. That’s it! I didn’t even bother hemming it. Hurray for this lovely, stable knit!
Don’t judge too harshly–I’m not claiming this is an accurate movie replica. But it’s a dark gray A-line skirt with two box pleats in front, so it’s close enough for me. I started with the skirt from the Laneway Dress, since it met my two requirements: A-line and (IMHO) flattering on me.
Then I drafted box pleats for the front, used the contoured waistband pattern I’d already made for an earlier skirt, and added a lining since the skirt is wool. Center back closes with an invisible zip.
This is some random wool I picked up from Fashion Fabrics Club on sale and it’s actually pretty nice; kind of wish I’d bought more. On the down side, it doesn’t want to hold a crease AT ALL. I wish I’d edge-stitched the pleats; they’re already falling out after just one day of wear. (And this after sewing them down by hand and leaving the stitches in for over a month!) Ah well.
Next up for the uniform, I’m planning to knit a sweater vest. We’ll see how that goes!
Last autumn, I completely fell in love with a dress I saw online, but I didn’t feel like I could justify spending ~$75 on it when I didn’t really need a new long-sleeved black dress. Fast-forward several months and Fabric Mart was having a sale on some delicious viscose/lycra ponte. I snapped up a few yards (for far less than $75) and when it arrived I realized it would be perfect for re-creating that dress I’d fallen in love with!
I started with McCall’s M7349 and made these modifications:
- Increased the flare of the skirt from the waist (generally necessary for me with this pattern anyway).
- Drafted asymmetric bell sleeves.
- Replaced the neckband with a short funnel neck. (I didn’t actually have to change the neckline at all–it’s very high on me–but instead of using the neckband pattern piece I cut a rectangle about 3 1/2 inches wide x the length of the neckline, joined it into a circle, folded it in half, and sewed it onto the neck with a 1/4-inch seam allowance.)
- Added in-seam pockets.
(I still haven’t found a good place to take photos in the apartment. This is the least-cluttered spot, but it sure is ugly!)
I’m alive! I took a break thanks to the holidays and a stressful move, but now that I’ve finally settled in I’ve finished my first sewing project in the new place: potholders.
Nothing much to say about them! The outsides are a quilting cotton, and between are 2 layers of cotton batting and 1 layer of Pellon 975 Insul-Fleece. Edges are bound with store-bought double-fold bias tape. I honestly can’t remember what tutorial I followed, but there are tons all over the web if you want to make some for yourself.
Anyway, I have four other projects in various stages of doneness, and two knitting projects in progress. So I am working on stuff! Just haven’t finished much yet.
It’s another Simplicity 1251! This pattern comes with a template and instructions for needle-felting a rose design on the sleeves and hood. Now, I wasn’t going to needle-felt by hand and I don’t have a machine that can needle-felt, but I liked the idea of adding something to relieve the stark black of this hoodie. I worried that hand-embroidery would be too delicate (the idea was to be able to throw this in the wash easily), so I decided to try fabric paints.
The paint I used is Jacquard Lumiere #223 (“Brass”), which I found, to my surprise, at my favorite local trim store, Pacific Trimming. (Never having been in the market for fabric paint before, I just never noticed that they had a rack of it in one of the windows. It’s also available at Dharma Trading Co., for those who aren’t NYC locals.) I found a nice leaf template on Etsy (I got the 9″ x 9″ size), unearthed some unused makeup sponges, and my attempt at fabric painting commenced. Turns out it’s kind of difficult to stencil on sweatshirt fleece, but I’m still pretty happy with the results!
Oh yes, the fabric is the thick, cozy Beefy Cotton Solid Fleece from The Confident Stitch (thank you to Lladybird for linking to that). I’m so glad I discovered this because I’d been having a really hard time finding thick sweatshirt fleece. (It’s not like sweatshirts are rare items…why is cozy sweatshirt fleece so difficult to find??) (Side note: This does shed A LOT in the wash on the first washing–I’ve only washed it once so far and am hoping now that all the edges are finished it won’t do that again…but oof! The drains in my laundry room were not happy.)
Unfortunately, this particular fleece actually isn’t a great match to the pattern–the fabric has very little stretch and the pattern calls for some, so the hoodie ended up being pretty tight (even after I reduced the side-back and sleeve seams to 1/4 inch), especially in the upper arms. That is totally my fault, though–I would absolutely use this fabric again in an instant, but maybe with a pattern for a nonstretch woven (or perhaps I should’ve just made a bigger size?). Anyway, it’s wearable without anything underneath, but doesn’t quite fit the bill for what I’d intended: a warm tunic to throw on as an extra layer.
So we’ll see how much wear I get out of this garment. But at the very least, I’ve now discovered that stenciling on fabric is quite easy and quick, and I’ve found a great source of sweatshirt fleece, so even if I don’t end up using this particular make too often I’m pretty excited about those two facts!