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Thursday, December 16, 2010

Simplicity 2287

Simplicity 2287

I bought this only for the mockneck. I’m really not sure what’s going on with the other items in this wardrobe pattern, but they sure are hiding a great mock-neck pattern. I usually hate turtlenecks, but it’s been so cold I felt like I really needed a warm top. And mock necks are easier on my neck.

Fabric Used: Modal/Spandex jersey

Front:

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Back:

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Gathering in front:

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Sleeve Detail:

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A 4” inch section is gathered close to the end of the sleeve. I lengthened the sleeves to full length instead of 3/4 sleeves. I didn’t use the suggested 1/4” elastic. I just used elastic thread in the bobbin.

Back Slit:

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I omitted the zipper and added a slit in the back for detail.

Conclusion: Love it! I wore it as soon as I made it. This is a great basic pattern that lends itself to some fun design details. I can see changing it up a little and making more.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Self-Drafted Jeggings

I haven’t been able to post for awhile. The Holidays really make life crazy, don’t they? Well, I did want to take a minute to share the jeggings.


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Not my skinniest look, but I like them. A side view to see the fit (I look a little skinnier here, lol):

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Don’t worry, I’m keeping my promise to only wear this with tops that cover my bottom.

These look killer with heels- and boots- but I decided to keep it real and wear flats for the photos. I also just wanted to show how they look with flats. When I was considering making a pair, I was searching online for photos. And all I could find was were photos with sky high heels which for me is not very realistic. I’m really only going to wear heels when I need more of a going out look. I have a more casual lifestyle and I really wear flats all the time. I mean c’mon, I’m a mom of a 5-yr old and I work from home. So here you go, a jegging photo w/ flats.

Fabric Used: Some mystery stash stuff from years ago. I have no idea what this is. It’s a really thin tencil/spandex (I think) woven. It’s funny b/c I bought this stuff around 2002 (yeah!) to make a pair of those denim look trousers that were in. Never happened and fast-forward 8 years they just happened to be perfect for leggings.

Pattern Notes:
I was going to use the McCall jeggings but I was worried about fit, so I used my knit pant block and turned it into these. I didn’t make a muslin, I just kind of used measurements and make adjustments on the pants as I sewed. There could definitely be some fine tuning, but I’m happy overall with how they turned out.

Fly Front
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There’s a button on the inside. I felt that buttons were more secure than hook-n-eyes since these are so tight. I didn’t do a fly facing b/c I thought it would add bulk but I used a metal zipper. Big mistake! If you use a metal zipper, you really should have a fly facing. My panties provide a good enough barrier, but definitely a lesson learned for the future.

Side Zips
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jegging preview

Conclusion: I feel more trendy in these, but I’ve decided I’m definitely more of a boot-cut girl. I’m going to stick with what works. I might get 1 or 2 more straight/narrow cut pants, but bootcuts are going to be my mainstay, despite what’s in style right now.

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On the sewing front, my UFO pile got another addition. B5352 is half sewn, but needed to be set aside. That dress almost made me quit sewing, for real! I would’ve tossed it but I used my EOS $20/yrd rayon jersey so I can’t. So, I took a 2 week long break to clear my head, and then I made some quick and easy knit tops to make myself feel better. I’ll get photos and do a quick write up soon. I took photos of my tops on the same day I took these jeggings photos, but the flash made my tops see thru. I almost felt like a celebrity, lol.
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