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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Unpicking 3 different stitches

Unpicking 3 Stitches

Sleeve sewn into a armhole?  Collar sewn on upside down?  With all the late night holiday gift sewing going on, sewing mistakes are bound to happen.  Sometimes repeatedly.  Have no fear, most stitches can be unpicked without any permanent damage.  Here are my go to methods with video!  The videos were another brilliant idea from Jill of Oh Crafty One.  Let me know in the comments if they’re helpful.


Unpicking a Straight Stitch

I’m a fan of the pull and gather technique.  I use a dull tweezer to unpick enough stitches for me to grab with the tweezer.  Then I use the tweezer to grab one of the threads, pull and gather down the fabric.  I scoot the gather down the stitch until it breaks or comes out.  This is really quick to do and it saves me from potentially poking holes into the fabric with a seam ripper.  It doesn’t work on stiff or very thick fabric or really short stitch lengths.


Unpicking a Serged Stitch

I usually serge with a 3 thread serge but this example I’m using a 4 thread serge because it seems to be more commonly used.  To unpick, I grab the straight stitches and do the same pull and gather as the straight stitch.  Once the straight stitches are removed, the other 2 threads come right off.  With a 3 thread serge, it’s even faster because you only have one straight stitch to remove.


Unpicking a Cover Stitch

This one was the trickiest to unpick and took me a bit of trial and error to figure out.  Side note: I’m not sure if this can be done with all cover stitches.  I have the Brother’s 2340CV.  If anyone tries it on another machine, please let me know in the comments if it works.

Starting at the end where you finished stitching, slip your seam ripper under the set of vertical blue threads, under the diagonal blue thread and through the tiny red thread loop.  Cut the threads with the seam ripper.  Now you want to gently pull on the looper thread until you get a magically unraveling of the stitch.

Close Up

Thread 1 (vertical blue) Thread 2 (diagonal blue) Thread 3 (red loop)

3 Easy Steps

3 Easy Steps

We all can use less unpicking in our lives but hopefully these tips will help you get through it quickly.

Happy (un)sewing,

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