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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So, Zo… for My Sewing No-Jo

Big Thanks and a Round of Hugs

First off I wanted to thank everyone for your encouragement and tips on getting through my no sewing mojo aka sewing no-jo slump.  I wasn’t sure about announcing my pity party on my blog because… well… there are a gazillion worse things than having a major case of no-jo.  I’m glad that I did because everyone’s comments really lifted my spirits.  Looking back at my blog posts I looks like I lost my sewing mojo over 2 months ago.  Though it was at a low level for about 5 month prior to that.  Aleah, you’re probably right that I coincided with our move.  I’m getting back in the saddle with some quick projects that I can enjoy immediately.  Thanks everyone!

So Zoe Camisole Front

So Zoe Camisole Back

So, Zo… Vest/Camisole/Singlet

From everyone’s suggestion the remedy for no-jo was to pick a simple project.  What could be more simple than the So, Zo vest, camisole, singlet or whatever you call it in your part of the world.  In the US we call them camisoles.  It has 2 pattern pieces, and very little fitting aside from getting the circumference right.  A warning on the sizing: it is a camisole so it’s has very little ease, think Spanx-like ease.  So I went up 1 size because I wanted mine to not be so figure hugging.  I should probably have gone up another size or 2 in the waist and hip areas.  I picked the bicycle print from my recent swap meet shopping because the small amount of yardage I had was perfect.

I lined the camisole with a nude lightweight knit because the bicycle fabric was incredibly see through.  Like see through to my belly button, see through.  To make the lining I cut the front and back the same as the fabric but just a smidge less ease but not at the very top where the layers meet.  I put the layers together with the seam allowances facing each other.

Insert Lining

For the straps I only had enough fold over elastic yardage in white or black so I went with black.  Unfortunately it’s a skimpy 1/4″ when folded which looked really unbalance.  I ripped it out using my unpicking a cover stitch tutorial and ended up not folding the elastic.  I placed it on top and did a triple cover stitch.  I’m definitely not the neatest sewer.

Fold Over Elastic

Lastly since there was already a lining, I attached some bra cups to the lining for another no-bra-needed garment.  I was too lazy to take out the machine so I sloppily handstitched the cups in.  Mr. Detective Houndstooth did a great job pinning the straps on so that it would blend in with my bra straps if I chose to wear one.  I like option of not having to worry about if my black bra was in the hamper or not.

 

 

Jumping for Joy (Literally)

To work on my modeling skills I decided to add some action poses.  It was really hard to time it correctly and keep my face from looking horrid.  It ended up being pretty fun and good exercise.  Here are some tips of you want to try this.  I used a self timed shot with the camera on a tripod.

Tip #1:  Start your timer a few times to figure out when the picture was taken.  My camera had 7 slow beeps and 7 quick beeps, snapping at the 7th quick beep.  I would start my jump at the 6th quick beep.
Tip #2: Look down.  Since you’re higher up, you need to look down at the camera or you get that unflattering up-you-nose shot.
Tip #3: Let your hair down.  I think if my hair was down it would have given the photo more dynamics and movement.
Tip #4: Have fun.

I use to be a dancer but I’m way out of practice so I went with an easy jump.  Here is my best take.

Jumping for Joy The walls of my sewing room is a leaf green.  It reminded me of a green screen, so I decided it would be fun to add some fun backgrounds from our vacations.

Canada

This is me over a glacier water lake in Canada.

Versaille

This is me in Versaille.

If anyone else wants to put me jumping somewhere fun, here a pic of just me with a transparent background. Right click and save as.  If it doesn’t download as a .png with a transparent background, e-mail me at detectivehoundstooth at gmail dot com and e-mail it to you.

Cut out

I hope that was as fun for you as it was for me.  Anyone have any other super simple patterns I should explore?

Happy Labor Day Weekend (for those in the US)
and Happy Sewing to everyone worldwide,

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Link to my pattern review.