Vacay Sewing

Pre-Vacay Sewing

Early September Mr DH and I went on a whirlwind vacation to Spain and Portugal. Waffle went on his own vacation to his favorite kennel. I’m not being facetious, the hound loves this place. He also loves the vet and dogs that are try to kill him, so he’s just a lover boy.

Park Guell

A few days before our vacation I decided to sew new clothes. Yes, I can hear your wincing. I managed to cut out 5 tops and 1 pair of shorts. I only sewed up a slimmer version of circus tent tank top seen in the picture below. Talk about a gap in sewing dreams and sewing realities.

Simplicity 1107

Post-Vacay Sewing

When we came back I had a really difficult time getting back to local time. I was falling asleep very early in the evening and waking up at 4 am. Needless to say there isn’t much I could do at 4 am but sew, not that I’m complaining. I sewed up the other 4 tops which were all Kirsten Kimono Tees.  I picked this pattern because there are only 2 pattern pieces, 4 seams and my best chance of getting it completed before we left. The black background fabrics were border prints that I had bought to make maxi skirts/dresses. I don’t like wearing black tops but these are growing on me.

More Kirsten Kimono tees

Unfortunately in my pre-vacay rush two were cut with the stretch going up and down. The tops are a bit snug but they do fit.

Chevron Top and Blue Shorts

This top also had another snafu. I cut 2 front pieces and I didn’t have enough extra to match the chevron print to recut the back. I had to use a different part of the border print so the hem had a bit of extra “design” element.

Chevron Top and Blue Shorts Back

In the pictures are the shorts that I didn’t sew up pre-vacay. It’s made in a beautiful blue pont de roma knit. I had this fabric for a long time and I’ve forgotten how wonderful it sews up. The pattern is a modification of the Jalie jeans. The shorts fits really well. I swear the camera doesn’t add 10 lbs, it adds 10 fit wrinkles.

Happy sewing,

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Janky June Update

It’s So Janky

Did you hear that June is janky sewing month? What you didn’t receive the memo? Well that just shows you how janky this plan was. My friend Caroline over at 4-sisters came up with the concept on the heals of what she calls her janky jeans. I might or might not have volunteered to make a badge for Janky June. I can’t remember if I had volunteered but I know it was not done.



So let’s start from the beginning.  What is Janky June? Janky June is a month long sewing challenge to sew as jankily as possible.  Crooked topstitching? Great. Unfinished seams? 4 gold stars. Puckered stitches? A+. You get the idea. Janky sewing is not only ok, it’s encouraged.



Submission #1: Manhattan Shorts

My first submission for Janky June are my Manhattan trousers turned shorts. Cutting off the legs of a trouser pattern is a janky way to make shorts. These will cup under your butt too much and will cut into your tights when you sit. I doubled down on these so-so shorts and made two. Notice the “fine” (as in good enough) quality of the these photos and my “fine” pressing skills?

Manhattan Shorts

The red pair I screwed up in so many ways I ran out of fabric and had to use a filmsy cotton fabric for the pockets. I have to lose about 15 lbs to fit into these because I didn’t account for the less stretchy fabric. I’m hoping the stuffed sausage look comes into style.

Manhattan Shorts Pocket



Submission #2: Circus Tent Top

Simplicity 1107 Front

I call this top my circus tent top. It’s Simplicity 1107. There is 7″ is total ease in this top for the XXS size and grows to 9.5″ of ease in the XXL.  The fabric recommendation calls for light weight wovens and knits. So if you’re using a knit, the ease is EVEN MORE. I made a XS but my measurements would put me in S. My first attempt at the top had about EIGHT INCHES too much ease. I believe that’s a record for me. In the spirit of Janky June I’m going to have to give Simplicity A+ for the ginormal ease. The extra + for a pattern piece that is not nested with the other sizes and is not labeled with any size at all. A++ Simplicity!! My half-ass solution was to cut off the godet-ish side pieces and attached the back piece to the front.

Simplicity 1107 Side

Too lazy to Photoshop the dog out.

That meant I removed the excess in the godets and removed 8 seam allowances. The back is not as swingy but it’s better than looking like a circus tent.

Simplicity 1107 Back

There’s that dog again. Still too lazy to Photoshop him out.

Lastly check out this fantastic coverstitching. I can’t even blame this on wine or a small earthquake. It was all me. 🙂

Simplicity 1107 Coverstitch

Janky July?

 Since June is nearly over. I vote for Janky July. So who wants to join me in janky sewing?

Jankily yours,

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Link to my Pattern Review.