Wardrobe By Me Patterns

Sew Happy with my New Hoodie

Brrrrr! The weather is still cold and I need to keep myself comfy and warm. So, whatelse will I sew but a new hoodie called, Hope Hooded Sweatshirt  from WBM. I am a big fan of this company. The designer , herself, is really good in drafting the patterns she is offering for all of us.  Yes, I know, there are many good and hardworking designers like her, just to clear that up.  I salute them for doing great job for us and saving us from all the headaches measuring and doing all the Math. Who will put themselves into chaotic steps of drafting a pattern from scratch? Obviously, that’s not me. I can draft my own sewing pattern but, comm’n! I want to live long and sleep peacefully every night. Hahaha! Let’s leave it to the professsionals, sewing is more fun than pattern making, isn’t it?

As I’ve said earlier, I am a big fan of this sewing pattern business. I matched my hoodie to her fellow WBM pattern —- Urban joggers.

Without further ado, let’s move on to the hoodie I am talking about. Here are the important things you need to know about my new Hoodie.

 

Sewing Pattern Name: Hope Hooded Sweatshirt

Style Illustration:

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Sizing Chart:

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Materials Required:                                                                                                                            Medium weight French Terry, Isoli, sweat shirt fabric                                                                  Rib fabric or other jersey with lycra or elastane for the cuff and hem band

Featuring:                                                                                                                                                Dropped shoulder                                                                                                                            Cool cozy Hood                                                                                                                      Kangaroo pocket                                                                                                                                    Rib cuff and hem band                                                                                                                          Optional rib neckline                                                                                                                    Optional sleeveless version

My Finished Projects:

Here are my perfect and match made in heaven outfit from WBM patterns.

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That’s all, folks.. Enjoy sewing!!

 

Please check out the January blog tour participants. Here they are:

 

 

Monday, January 1st: Introduction- Sewing by Ti *** You are here. 😀

 

 

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4th Kathys Kwilts and More

 

 

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9th Threadistry

 

 

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12th Stitched by Jennie

 

 

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17th Back 40 Life

 

 

18th Sewing With D

 

 

19th Ma Moose

 

 

20th My Heart Will Sew On

 

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Sunday January 21st: Flaxfield Sewing

 

 

22nd Tales from a Southern Mom

 

 

23rd Auschick Sews

 

 

24th Sew Sew Ilse

 

 

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26th Kate Will Knit

 

 

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Sinclair Pattern · Uncategorized

Sofia

        Are you familiar with Sinclair Patterns? They are well drafted patterns for men and women. I’m pretty sure that you will fall in love with these Australian patterns. Sofia Pattern is one of them. Oh! What a lovely pattern name! Don’t you think? I do.
So, I had this great opportunity to participate in Sofia sew along and it was really exciting. This is actually my first time to join and complete a sew along. It was nice to watch the facebook live! There were interactions between the host and the sewers, like-  what kind of fabric to use, pattern weights, fabric markers, etc..
Let me tell you about the sew along from day 1 to day 7.
Day1 (Jan. 12th)-Print, cut, tape the pattern and prepare the fabric.
This was the most difficult task of sewing this sweater—- choosing the fabric.. Yes, I have so much fabric in my stash but it is really hard to decide which one whould I grab.sncr1.jpg
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Day2 (Jan. 13th) -Cutting the fabric.
After 2days and 2nights of thinking about what fabric to use, I ended up looking and digging my entire sewing room. My eyes popped when I found this purple and black houndstooth fabric. I purchased this fabric at Joann fabrics not very long ago (It was on sale, of course!).
Cutting fabric is so exciting. It is like playing tetris. Yes, my brain always works hard to make sure my 1.5yard fabric makes it .
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Day3 (Jan. 14th)- Stabilizing shoulder seams and preparing shawl collar.
You don’t want funny-looking shoulder seams. Knit fabrics are soft and if you don’t stabilize them, those bacon waves will show. Really annoying sight.
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Day4-Setting collar in place,finishing and attaching the shawl collar.
Sewing the pattern pieces, hearing the sweet sound of serger, coverstitch and regular sewing machines are like a therapy to me. Take a look at my collar. Isn’t it lovely?
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Day6- Questions, catching up and sharing pictures of sweater.
Oh! man! This day made me smile from ear to ear! My Sofia came out so ammmmmmaaaazing!!
Day7- Voting of Sweaters and announcing of grand prize winner.
There were three sew along-ers who won prizes announced by the host this day. They were so lucky! They deserve it.
 Here is my Sofia.
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     Wheeeewww! That was a fun sew along! And what can I say about the pattern? It fits great, easy to sew, quick to make and looks really cute… My favorite feature is the shawl collar.
 That’s all, lovely people.  Happy sewing !

 

Jalie Patterns

Cutest Footed Pajamas

Who doesn’t like comfy pajamas and slippers? Well, I’m a big fan of pj and slippers; No wonder why I am so inlove with this footed pajamas from Jalie Pattern!

This is my very first time to sew a pattern from Jalie, and believe it or not, I wasn’t sure about their patterns before. I made a little research regarding this pattern company and while I was reading about it, I’ve learnt that it is a mother-daughter company founded in 1983. It made me “wow!”, honestly. I told myself, “Their patterns must be perfected in years” ! And I was right!   Dressmaking and pattern drafting  run in the family’s blood.

Anyway, going back to the footed pj, I am so amazed with how the pattern pieces were made. Instructions are in English and French.  Let me give you more details about this pattern.

Sewing Pattern Name:  Footed Pajamas for Men, Women and Children/ Jalie 3244    Style Illustration: 26195383_1790810920960715_2319224597556832206_n

Sizing Charts: 

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  • A: Footed pajamas
  • B: Pajamas with ribbing ankle cuffs
  • Zipper at center front (and at inseam for babies only)
  • Practical side pocket
  • Ribbing collar
  • Sleeve cuffs
  • Starts at size 12M for the little ones in the family

 My Finished Project: 

I have tons of fleece fabric in my stash, for sure I’ll make more of Jalie pajamas in the future! For my first projct, I have my eyes on Aztec print. One of the cute prints available at Joann Store.

Always remember that this fabric is thick and it has its own brain to slide. I guess we can consider it as one of the slippery fabric. So, you might want to double check the stripes. Yes, I was very careless, didn’t pay attention with the stripes on my fabric. I messed up to that part. Some stripes match but others don’t. But please don’t mind that carelessness of mine. Let’s just focus to the lovely Jalie pj pattern hahaha. pj3.jpg

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So, how can you say no to a pattern like this? Not only comfy to wear in a very cold weather but also cute-looking pajama that will surely love by the whole family. Yes, you can make Mommy-&-Me or Daddy-&-Me or His-&-Hers or family outfit.

Are you still deciding and not fully convince about the beauty of this pattern? You may visit the site and the other projects made by Jalie Pattern Customers here.

That’s all folks. Happy sewing !

 

Free Pattern · Tutorial

Amy Flats

I really love Amy Winehouse! She is my music angel and also my inspiration when it comes to fashion. She carried her wardrobe and wore those ballet flats with confidence. Thosse gorgeous flats with skinny sole look so comfy, I need those  in my life! Look at her flats.

I’ve got no idea where I can buy them here in the USA. Hmnn.. So, I told and promised myself that I will have them by hook or by crook! Call them flats, slippers or shoes; I call my project, Amy flats. Let me share you how I made these Amy-Winehouse-Inspired-Flats.FB_IMG_1506834559146

For this tutorial, I am making size 7-7.5 (US shoe size) Amy flats. I chose ponte knit with contrasting colors of fabric, thread and even red pen for you to see what is happening on pictures below.  There are only two pattern pieces namely, sole and upper part.

The key to get the perfect fit is the kind of fabric you will use.  I used an old t-shirt for my very first flats for testing. For this tutorial, I use fabric for both sole and upper part of my Amy Flats.FB_IMG_1506834452924

You may also use non-slip fabric (Thanks to a friend who gave me some of her non-slip fabric. Bless her heart)  for the sole BUT make sure to use very stretchy fabric for the upper part of the flats. And the seam allowance will become 0.5cm instead of 1cm.IMG_20171006_172740625

If you’re size is around 8 or 8.5 (US shoe size), you will want to use 2way stretch fabric. If your feet are smaller than size 7.5 (US Shoe size), you will want to use less stretchy fabric for this project.

These are my Amy Flats using non-slip fabric and liverpool fabric.

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Please join itsewcolorful fb group to get the pattern of Amy Flats. It will be easier for us to help each other if we are in one group.

Anyway,  enough of the blah blah and let’s get started!

1. Cut the fabric and transfer the markings of the pattern pieces on fabric. You should have 8 pattern pieces, namely:

-2 main upper pattern pieces

-2 lining upper pattern pieces

-2 insole pattern pieces

-2 outer sole pattern pieces

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2. Fold the upper pattern piece and sew the open ends together.  Do the same step for the other upper pattern pieces.

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3. Right sides together, sew the main and lining pattern pieces.

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4. Clip the curve raw edge above the toebox and cut the excess fabric at the back seam.

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5. Turn the right sides out, pin and topstitch the opening of the upper part together.

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6.  Right sides together, pin and sew the outer sole and outer upper part  ( Pin  and sew the lining upper part with them, too) of the flats. Here is the top and bottom view.

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7. Fold and pin the upper part ( Those are lining upper part sides on picture below.) of slippers away from the raw edge of the sole to prevent wonky seams when you sew the slippers with the inner sole.

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8. Go ahead pin the insole right side down on  lining upper part of the slipper partially, like this.

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This is the tricky part of sewing these slippers. You need to pull/push the upper back part of the slippers away from the edge of the sole while sewing them together.

9. Sew from the inseam of toebox very slowly going to the center back seam of the upper part. Once you reached the center back seam of the upper part, lock stitch it and remove the slipper from the machine.Amy14.jpg

10. Try to push the upper part of the slippers inside  as much as you can and secure it with pins just like what you see in the picture below.

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11. Start sewing from the center back seam of the slipper towards the toebox but leave an opening like so.

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12.  Trim the excess fabric except the opening areas.

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13. From the opening, turn the slippers right sides out.

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14. Handstitch the opening at insole.

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14. You now have a pair of reversible Amy flats!

If you want to put ribbons on your flats, you may use ribbonette or store bought Strings.. I made self fabric string for this project.

You may use whichever fabric you love for the cute bows . I cut out 1″x11″ strips, folded, sewed, trim and turned the right sides out using a safety pin. ( You may hand stitch the ends of the strings or simply create a cute knot so they wont fray.)

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Hand stitch the strings on slippers like so.

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That’s it!

Here are my Amy flats!

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Thank you for stopping by and taking your time to read this post.. I will be happy to see your Amy Flats. Happy sewing, everyone!

 

The Fab Clique Fabric Shoppe · Wardrobe By Me Patterns

Waterloo Bouquet on Stretch Denim

Waterloo Bouquet on Stretch Denim is another fabric worth buying for. It is a lightweight fabric which is perfect for creating the latest trending looks in jeans, jackets, skirts, and children’s apparel.  It is two way stretch with 25% stretch from selvage to selvage. This denim has 96%cotton 4%spandex .

I always wash my fabric before working on them. But keep in mind that washing your fabric with raw edge may result to massive fraying. There are some people who secure the raw edges of the fabric before washing to avoid fraying. It’s either securing the raw edge using a fabric glue or zigzag stitch them. I didn’t sew or glue the raw edges of my fabric but it didn’t fray that much.  Here are the settings of my washing machine and dryer.

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WASHING:
Setting: speed wash
Wash rinse: cold
Spin speed: medium
Soil level: light
Drying: Delicate cycle then traditional air drying

This is how much it frayed. Not that bad.

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SHRINKAGE:
Before: 36 1/8″ × 56.5″
After: 33 7/8″ x 55 7/8″
BLEEDING:

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TEST RESULT: There’s noticeable bleeding in water but the print is not affected at all.
The shrinkage in the grainline is 2 1/4″ and shrinkage from selvage to selvage is 5/8″

MY PROJECT:

I used  Haute skinny pants sewing pattern and added a little detail on pocket  for this fabric. Look how lovely my pants are!

 

 

 

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Remember, don’t wait too long to grab some of this printed denim.. You won’t like to miss this colorful fabric.

 

Designer Stitch Patterns · Free Pattern · Pattern Reinterpretation · The Fab Clique Fabric Shoppe · Wardrobe By Me Patterns

Powell Floral on Double Brushed Poly

Powell Floral DBP is an ultra soft floral knit fabric is brushed on both sides and feels very soft against the skin. It has 4-way stretch for comfort and ease. Perfect for gathered knit dresses, skirts, stylish tops, t-shirts, and even lightweight active wear such as leggings and yoga pants.  It has 96 % polyester 4 % spandex fiber content with the weight of 180 gsm.

DBP fabric from The Fab Clique Shoppe always make me smile.  I never encountered such fabric from the shop that I don’t like. I swear, they are comfy on skin and you wouldn’t want to take them off your hands once you touch and feel how soft they are.

This fabric will make a perfect combo with Solid Dark Raisin DBP / Solid Mauve DBP / Solid Olive DBP / Black and White Thin Stripes DBP .

For this fabric, I used Ella cami from DS. This pattern was designed for woven fabric, so I went ahead downsized my pattern. It is always fun to play with patterns; My Ella cami has tiny pocket and I did a little color blocking to add a little drama on my top.

I also used WBM pattern, Urban Joggers.  One of my favorite patterns !  Yes, I am a joggers person and this pattern made my eyes pop! I told myself that I need this pattern in my life, so here I am enjoying and I don’t get tired of sewing short, capri or long version of these pants..

Take a look at my project using the wonderful products from Designer Stitch, Wardrobe By Me and The Fab Clique Shoppe.

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Whichever your style is, don’t forget to share and as always, enjoy sewing!

Designer Stitch Patterns · Pattern Reinterpretation · The Fab Clique Fabric Shoppe

Relaxed Wide Leg Short Pants Using Solid Blue Stretch Denim

I really love Alyse Wide Leg Pant pattern made by Designer Stitch. I made several versions and here is the latest version I came up with.
For this relaxed version, I used blue stretch denim from The Fabclique Fabric Shoppe.  It is perfect for creating the latest trending looks in jeans, jackets, skirts, and children’s apparel.  It has 2 way stretch/25% stretch from selvage to selvage. Lightweight denim that contains 96%cotton and 4%spandex.

It has very good stretch; I would go ahead and  down one size my body measurement if I want them fitted. But this will be my relaxed ones and no need to down side the pattern.

Without further ado, let’s talk about the tweaks I made for this project.

1. Add 2 inches on front/back leg and pocket pattern pieces . (You can also see how short my leg pattern pieces are.)

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2. Follow the instruction given by DS. ( steps 1-8)
3. Tweak parts: (I used multipurpose zippers for this version. Use invisible zippers         if  you want to.) Install the zippers.

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4. Attach the waist band ( no facing/interfacing).

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5. Fold about 1.5cm like so.

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6. Fold  again and top stitch it. ( I hand stitched the inner side of my waist band.)

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7. Serge each leg. ( I used black thread for you to see it clearly.)

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8. Fold each leg , pin and baste to make sure they stay folded while working on the       side tabs .

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10. Cut 2 strips (1.5cm x 8.25inches) and make side tabs like so. The picture are pretty much self explanatory.

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13. I used hook skirt hook and eye closure for my waist band.IMG_5591.JPG

14.  (I didn’t want those visible stitches on leg folds.) I went ahead  and hand                      stitched those  pinned areas.IMG_5590.JPG

That’s how I made them.

Here is my finished project.

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There might be some odd methods or strange things I did but that’s totally fine to me. Anyway, I’m not a professional seamstress/dressmaker, I’m licensed to commit mistakes.

I hope this post helps. Thanks for visiting and reading my blog.

Enjoy sewing!