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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Jumping on the Jalie Jeans Bandwagon

Jalie Jean Front

The One and Only Jalie Jeans

There has been gazillion makes of the Jalie Jeans starting from a few years ago.  A few like.. uhh.. 5 or 6 years ago.  But hey I hear from Oh Crafty One Jill that bootcut jeans are coming back so I’ll be on trend…soon.

Being comfortable is always on trend in my book.  So I made these with jegging fabric which is a super comfy knit that looks like denim.  (Am I fooling anyone?)  I eliminated the zipper because it’s stretchy enough to pull on.

Jalie Jean Front Close Up

Back Pockets!! Ahhh!!

All my attention to detail to topstitching and making look like jeans and I blow it on the back pockets.  I might have not transfer the pocket placement onto my tracing.  I also might have just decided to wing it and plopped it down somewhere in the butt region.  Unfortunately I didn’t check the placement until the waistband was sewed on.

Jalie Jean Back

Oh man.  They’re way too low.  Past my butt low.  Here’s a close up of the horror show.

Jalie Jeans Pocket Tragedy

Yes, I can unpick it and resew.  I’m just afraid the cheapy fabric won’t make it through the unpicking.  Another option is to wear long shirts.  Or we can just laugh and make gangsta pants jokes like Mr Detective Houndstooth and I did last night.  LOL



Bonus Content:  Back Pocket Topstitching

One thing I did do right was the topstitching design on the back pocket.  I traced the pattern onto very thin gift wrap tissue paper.  I pinned this on the pocket fabric and stitched through both layers.  Because the tissue is super thin it tore off easily.

Jalie Jean Pocket Topstitching GuideJalie Jean Pocket Topstitching

I like the pants.  I applied a lot of my fitting changes from the SBCC Manhattan trousers.  I’ll definitely make another pair.  This one without absurd thigh pockets.  Link to my Pattern Review.



Happy Sewing,

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