Self Drafted Tank and Jalie Jean Take Two

April Fool’s

As many of you have figured out by now my April 1st post about launching a pattern line of stacking ring dress, macaron hat and lobster bib was a joke. For anyone who missed the post or want to have another laugh I highly advise you go read it now. I’ll be here waiting…


Self Drafted Tank

Welcome back. I have a few things to share. The first is this self drafted tank.

Self Draft Tank Front

I’ve been wanting to make some tank tops for the summer.  I love my Kirstin Kimono tees but I don’t like the tan lines. I was going to make more of the So, Zo tanks but the thin strap leaves my bra straps showing, so this tank is perfect. I also love the interesting arc shaped seam line that lets me play with stripes.

Self Draft Tank Side

I do love stripes. I’m hoping the horizontal stripe, bust gathers and empire-ish seam could do my small bust some good. So far I’ve made 3 of these tops, they’re so quick to make if you’re a sloppy sewer like me.

Self Draft Tank Back



Jalie Jean Take Two

The second thing I wanted to share was another version of Jalie (pajama) Jeans. This version is in blue with an orange topstitch. I did a fancier “fly” front design.

Jalie Jean Part 2 Fly

And no more thigh pockets! I tried out a new pocket design that was a partial success. I like the design it’s just not center. Oops. If you missed the post on how I sew on the pocket design check it out here.

Jalie Jean Part 2 Pockets



Serger Clean Out

I cleaned out and oiled my serger for the first time in a decade. I’m not even sure if I’m suppose to oil the thing. Just like taking apart a sewing machine, make sure you take lots pics and lay out the components in the order that you take it apart.  Don’t ask me how I know, ask the extra screw. So I did eventually find where that screw was suppose to go. Phew!

Serger Clean Out



Waffle’s 7th Birthday

Lastly it was Waffle’s 7th birthday on April Fool’s. If I had to give up sewing or the dog, I give up sewing. Love this little guy.

Waffle Turns 7

This is my favorite pictures of him of all time. He had such a bobble head. The pic has that soft glamour shoot look. Y’all remember those from the 80s?

4 Weeks

Happy Sewing,

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16 Responses to Self Drafted Tank and Jalie Jean Take Two

  1. Mads says:

    Your tank is so cute! I love it in the stripes. And Happy Birthday, Waffle!! Baby bassets always look so hilarious with their enormous skulls (in a cute way)–how cool that you have that picture of him as an itty bitty basset baby!

  2. accordion3 says:

    Nice drafting! Loving the stripe placing too, and those jeans look very comfy.

  3. Kay says:

    Ooooooh! That’s a fabulous tank…If you aren’t releasing that as a pattern, could you please show us how you did it? I can see how the cured seam line is made, but how did the gathers come into the picture? share please.

  4. Carrie says:

    Love that tank top! It fits you great and look super comfortable (same with the jammie jeans 🙂
    Also, Waffle is just the cutest thing! That puppy picture is too adorable for words

  5. aleah says:

    I love that tank! If you’re not going to release it as a pattern (which you really should, it’s super cute and not like anything else I’ve seen lately), can I at least trace your dodgy draft next time I see you? 😉
    Waffle’s so cute! I love the kitten pics we have of our cat too – they’re so adorable when they’re tiny.

    • Yes, you are welcome to trace my dodgy draft. I might actually clean up the draft before then. Every time I make it I’m fixing the same problems on the fly. I want to see your kitten pics. So adorable.

  6. rtrittel says:

    Your tank is lovely – well done! Oh, that ‘bobble-head’ Waffle is soooo cute! Can’t blame you for loving that little guy!

  7. Ginny says:

    I adore your tank!!! It’s so fun, feminine and flattering. Will there be a pattern? The jammie jeans look so comfy and cute — I should make something similar. Great sewing!!!

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