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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Maria Denmark – Kirsten Kimono Tee

Kirsten Kimono Tee 2

Am I the last to know about the Kirsten Kimono Tee?!! Seriously it’s the most awesome summer top ever. And it’s free. Get the pattern here.


Blogger Kick in the Booty

I first saw this pattern on Crafted by Carrie.  Carrie made not one but four great versions. I particularly loved the striped versions. I downloaded and printed the pattern and there it sat on my sewing table. Then it popped up again on No Time to Sew.  Aleah made a great color blocked version. If Aleah, who has “no time to sew” found time to make this top, what was my excuse?

Sewing room clocks says it sew o' clock.

Sewing room clocks says it sew o’ clock.


This Top Sew Up Fast

I’m always curious on how some people sew up something in one night. That’s never the case for me… until now! I grabbed the pattern and cut a straight XS. I’m a pear shape so I usually go a size larger in the hips but I was throwing caution to the wind. The fabric is from my stash, originally from ML Loft. I spent a few extra minutes lining up the stripes and cut away.  I eliminated the neck binding and just folded over and cover stitched. I was done in no time. I threw it on and it fits great.  Could use a little more room in the hips as I suspected but it’s totally wearable. In fact it’s already in my weekly rotation.

Neckline Cover Stitch

Cover stitched neck line instead of neck band.


Matched stripes

They’re Multiplying

I recently had a great day of fabric shopping downtown with my IRL sewing friends Sandra, Aleah and Julianne.   Printed knits were plentiful and I scored all of these goodies.

FIDM ML Loft Haul

My second Kirsten Kimono Tees is the 4th fabric from the bottom in the stack.  I think it came from Michael Levine’s Loft.  I definitely have enough fabric to make a dozen of these to replace my 4+ year old, holey, ill-fitting RTW tees.  If you haven’t sewn up this top, get to it. You won’t regret it.

Kirsten Kimono Tee 2


Bonus Content – Working with stripes

This top looks fab in stripes.  To line up the stripes for the front and back pieces, I just made sure the center of the hem started on the same spot on the pattern.  The back piece is longer than the front so you can only match stripes part of the way up the side seams.

The second tip is to match stripes left to right.  I cut half to the pattern, chalk or clip the CF/CB and fold over the half, line up the stripes and then cut the second half.  This is similar to those who cut on the fold but this way you only have to line up a small section.  The problem with cutting on the fold with a large amount of fabric is that the bottom layer can shift without you noticing.

Cutting Stripes

Edited to add my Pattern Review.

Happy Sewing,

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