SEWALONG SEWING

FABRIC AND NOTIONS FOR THE YARI JUMPSUIT

May 31, 2018

With the Yari Jumpsuit sewalong started next week, I wanted to go ahead and talk a bit about fabric choices and notions in case you want to get everything together.

First lets talk fabric. By far, my favorite fabric for the Yari is a linen or linen blend. I just think that the look and texture of linen lends itself perfectly to a jumpsuit. And as a bonus it’s easy to care for, easy to sew with, and cool in warm weather. The negatives to linen is that it can be scratchy or rough against the skin, and it wrinkles. If these two things worry you, I recommend trying out a linen blend. I especially love a good linen / rayon blend as it cuts down on the wrinkling significantly and softens the fabric. Below are a few linen and linen blends that would work really well for the Yari.

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Linen is certainly not the only option though. Any kind of medium weight woven fabric works great. I have tried rayon challis, chambray, and silk noil, all with great success. Below are a few linen alternative fabrics that would be great options.

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Besides fabric, you will need a few notions. You need to some light to medium weight fusible interfacing to apply to the facings and the tops of the pockets. You will of coarse want some coordinating thread. There is a lot of topstitching in this project so getting a close match to the color of your fabric is a huge plus.

You are also going to want to get 5 – 1/2″ buttons for the center front closure. If you are adding length to the body of the jumpsuit, keep in mind that you may want to purchase and extra button.

If you are sewing the sleeveless option, you are going to need 1/2″ single fold bias tape. You can either make your own or just buy the store bought stuff like I did. Your choice.

Lastly, if you are adding in the optional D ring ties, make sure that you purchase 4 – 3/4″ D rings. You should be able to find a few different finishes for these in your big box store, although I am sure there are great vintage ones to be found on etsy or ebay. If for some reason you can only find the 1″ D rings, no worries. Just make your ties a bit wider to compensate.

 

The Yari Sewalong starts on Monday. I will not be going over printing and assembling you pattern, cutting out your fabric, making adjustments, or markings. If you want a refresh on printing your pattern, check out the following post from a past post – Printing / Assembling.

The Yari Sewalong will happen as follows:

Day 1 (Monday June 4) – Facings / Pockets / D Ring Ties

Day 2 (Tuesday June 5) – Assembling the Front / Back / Shoulder Seams

Day 3 (Wednesday June 6) – Neck Facing / Side Seams / Crotch

Day 4 (Thursday June 7) – Armhole Finishes

Day 5 (Friday June 8) – Buttons / Buttonholes / Hems

Wide Leg Hack (Tuesday June 12)

Long Tie Hack (Thursday June 14)

 

Excited to get get started on Monday!

SEWING

INTRODUCING THE YARI JUMPSUIT!

May 29, 2018

I am thrilled to be sharing my newest pattern, the Yari Jumpsuit, with you guys. I am releasing it today as a pdf, but the printed patterns are in the works and I will be selling those as well as soon as they are in stock. (Check my Instagram account for updates on that.)

The Yari has four views, so lots of options depending on your preference. There are shorts versions with an approximated 3 inch inseam and also tapered pants options that hit just above the ankle. In either the pants or shorts versions you can choose to do a sleeveless jumpsuit that is finished with bias tape, or an extended sleeve with a sleeve band.

The jumpsuit has a relaxed princess seam on both the front and back which not only makes it super easy for fit adjustments if necessary, but it also gives you the option to add 3/4″ D ring ties into the seams to accentuate the waistline.

Patch pockets are also added into the princess seams with topstitching that mimics the rest of the jumpsuit.

As with all of my women’s patterns, the Yari is drafted for someone who is 5’5″ tall, but there are two sets of markings to help with adjustments if necessary.

My favorite fabric to use for this pattern is definitely linen or linen blends because the texture and look of linen pairs so nicely with this style and for wearing in the hot summer months. But really any medium weight woven fabric is great. I have used silk noil, rayon challis, and chambrays with great success.

I will be having a sewalong with the Yari very soon for those who want a little extra help. I will be talking fabric and notions later this week, but actual sewing starts next Monday, June 4th and extends through the week. I also have two really great hacks planned right after that which I am dying to show you.

You can get the pdf version of the Yari Jumpsuit for 20% off through the end of this week by entering the code YARILAUNCH at checkout. Click here to go straight to the shop.

I hope you love it!

 

SEWING TUTORIALS

LANDER INSIDE POCKET TUTORIAL

April 27, 2018

Today I want to share a simple hack for the Lander Pants and Shorts where you can flip the pockets to the inside instead of the patch pocket which comes standard with the pattern. And one great thing is that you can do it using the same pattern pieces. You use either the standard button front pattern like I did or the zipper expansion pack.

Cut all pattern pieces out as normal except for the Front Pant / Short and Front Pocket and Lining.

Place your Front Pocket pattern piece on top of your Front Pant / Short pattern piece, lining up the notches.

Trace the curve of the Front Pocket onto the Front Pant / Short.

Cut out two lining pieces using the standard Front Pocket pattern piece.

Trim the Front Pant / Short pattern piece along the curved marking that you made.

Tape the top piece to the Front Pocket pattern piece.

Cut out two of this altered Front Pocket pattern from your main fabric.

Cut out two Front Pant / Shorts with your new Front pattern piece.

Fuse the pocket fusible interfacing to the wrong side of the lining.

With right sides touching, pin and sew the curved edge of the Front Pant / Short to the Pocket Lining.

Trim seam allowance and clip / notch.

Flip the lining to the inside along the curved edge and press. Make sure the the lining is cheated slightly towards the inside so that it is not visible when worn.

Topstitch at 1/4″ from the curved edge.

Pin the right side of the Front Pocket piece (cut out of the main fabric) to the right side of the Pocket Lining along the two straight edges. Make sure the you are not pining it to the Front Pant / Short.

Stitch the two straight edges and finish seam allowances in your desired manner.

The pocket should be assembled, but still free from the Front Pant / Short except for the curved edge.

Pin and baste all layers along the top and side edges. That’s it, assemble the rest of your Landers according the the instructions.

Both the light wash denim and the heart cotton print for the lining are from the Fabric Store. The denim is the perfect vintage wash that I have been looking for and since it is about 11oz and non stretch, it was a great match for the Landers.

Here I am wearing my new pants. Admittedly I made them a tad too tight which is why I am standing so awkward. Hopefully I will fit into them at some point because I LOVE them. I am wearing them here with a sleeveless Nikko Top sewn up in rib knit from IndieSew.

SEWING SEWING FOR KIDS

CAROLINE PARTY DRESS IN LARGE FLORAL

April 4, 2018

I try to make my daughter a “fancy” dress every spring that she can wear for all of the events around that time. It is kinda a birthday / easter / spring concert / graduation dress. This year we decided to try out the Caroline dress from Mouse House Creations because we had such a great experience with her Janie Dress pattern over the winter.

This dress pattern is a pretty good compromise for us. It has a modern, simple silhouette for me, but has the fullness in the skirt section that makes my daughter happy. It’s a good inbetween dress for that 8/9 yr old age where they are still little girls so you want something that feels young enough, but it doesn’t have the frills and bows that would be more appropriate for a toddler.

It was a very simple and easy sew. I lined the bodice and skirt with some maroon cotton which made the inside of the dress really pretty and also added some fullness to the skirt. It also has optional pockets which we of coarse added.

The fabric for the main dress is some gorgeous cotton lawn from LaMercerie. I bought it for a robe awhile back, but thought it would be perfect for this dress. It’s a very sophisticated looking floral and the large scale is really nice on the fullness of the skirt.

We are both very happy with how this dress turned out. It’s always nice to sew up a quick and pretty girls dress every once in awhile to cleanse the palette.

MAKES SEWING TUTORIALS

MAXI LENGTH ROSCOE HACK

March 28, 2018

I have been wanting to create this hack every since I saw a similar ready-to-wear one last summer. It’s pretty much the boho Roscoe dress of my dreams. I don’t really know where I am actually going to wear it. It’s a statement piece for sure, but I am excited to figure that out.

This is a pretty straight forward hack. I knew that there was going to be a lot of volume by the time I added an extra ruffle, so I decided to go down two sizes for a bit slimmer fit in the top. I am petite so I didn’t want it to overwhelm me. The Roscoe has a lot of ease in it. Even two sizes down, I still have plenty of room.

I also lengthened the sleeves. I loved how it worked for my Roscoe blouse earlier in the month so I thought I would try it again. All I did was lengthen the sleeves by 4-5 inches, straightened the bottom, and added an elastic casing. I like it be about 1 inch longer than my wrist to give a bit of billowing.

Other than that, the only change I made was to add an extra ruffle to the bottom of View C. I made sure to cut the bottom ruffle wider than the first ruffle so that it could be gathered onto the first one. I didn’t worry too much about the ruffles being the same length, I just added it and then hemmed the last ruffle once I was all done. I made sure to hem it short enough that I could wear this dress with heels or flat sandals to dress it down a bit.

I used two coordinating rayon crepe prints that I bought in a bundle off of etsy. It has a black background with cinnamon colored geometric shapes. I love how using the two different prints really highlighted the design lines. It would be fun to make it again with different stripes and also play with the direction of the stripes.

That’s it. Really easy hack with dramatic results. This might just be my new favorite dress. Secret pajamas for sure.

Just reminder that Roscoe Month is almost over. Use the code ROSCOEMONTH for a discount on both the pdf and paper versions of this pattern through the end of March.