Sunday, May 19, 2019

Jalie 3903 - Nicole

Nicole (Jalie 3903) is part of the new pattern collection from Jalie. Such a fun little shift dress and so fast to sew up that I was able to make two of them in an afternoon. 



The patterns features a t-shirt, tunic and dress length along with short or long sleeves and a crew neck or turtleneck option. Women's sizes have darts at the bust line. 

I was going for a sporty look with this striped version. 



I figured that a floral version would be easy to dress up and be work appropriate and anyone who knows me also knows how much I love a pretty floral print! 

Since all 28 sizes are included in the PDF download or paper pattern of Nicole I have two little girls asking me when they get their very own knit dress. 




I don't know if I love the stripes more than the floral but Nicole is definitely one of my favourite new patterns!  




Until next time


Thursday, March 7, 2019

Boys Can Wear Pink Season 5

Boys can wear pink, but it doesn't always have to show! One thing I actually love making is underwear because you get to make them how ever you you want, they don't take a lot of time to sew and you get to be as creative and crazy as you want. 



Using Gérald by Jalie, some fabric from L'oiseau Fabrics and my Brother coverstitch CV3550, I was able to sew up some boxers for Sebas. Last year it was the pink shirt (click here to see!). He obviously still wears the shirt because well at the age of 22 he's done with growth spurts!

It was the first time I ordered from L'oiseau, based out in Alberta Canada. The comic book print caught my eye and just couldn't resist. Sebas agreed he liked the print too. Shipping was quick and the fabric is just gorgeous! I kept flip flopping over a raglan style tee or boxers, boxers won.



This isn't the first time I use the Gérald pattern by Jalie, and you can bet it won't be the last. You can see more of them here (click!) on another post.
I wish I could show you more, but this ain't that kind of show 😏


Are you looking for more suggestions and inspiration, check out the rest of the Boys Can Wear Pink tour, then try telling me pink isn't a color for boys!


Monday, February 11, 2019

Basically Jalie Blog Tour

Find out what happens when you mix Jalie patterns, Discovery Trekking Outfitters base layer fabrics and a Brother 3550 coverstitch

I actually got my Sabrina walk into my sewing room, as I was sewing the last seam, saying "hummm, I like that, is it for me?" In all truthfullness, I had made Marie-Claude for me but how could I say no to such a face and I made sure that one of the conditions to getting said top was to get her to model it!


Now going back to the beginning of this project. I gave Discovery Trekking Outfitters a call to talk about the fabric I wanted to try. I spoke to Martha who was so helpful and patient. She spoke of the different properties the Polartec power wool has and I determined that I wanted to use the light-weight power wool. There are three different weights to the power wool : silk weight, lightweight and the heavier one which is more like a fleece. The combination of marino wool on the inside of the fabric and the polyester on the outside of the fabric help keep you toasty warm and dry while being active. The grid space traps warmth and keeps the fabric breathable. The fabric has enough stretch for comfort and ease of movement even for a close fitting garment.

After placing my order I received my fabric quickly, within the week! Washe it by machine and hung it to dry. I didn't want to take the change of shrinking the fabric since it does have wool in it. It washed beautifully and was even softer on the inside that when I received it.

I purchased the pattern some time ago first because I love raglan style tops and second, I also love hoodies. Since I had the pattern version (it can also be ordered online in a PDF home printable version) I traced out the size and pattern options I needed on a thin non-fusible interfacing.



When sewing, I would recommend stretch needles in your serger and coverstitch. My machine had issues with skipping stitches but changing the needles did the trick. I love the pink accent made with the coverstitch (and obviously so did Sabrina).



This pattern has three neckline options to it, I made the hoodie version but you can find a regular neckline and a turtle neck as well. Also included in the pattern are 27 sizes so this is a pattern that will get a lot of use.






Don't forget to enter the giveaway, and be sure to see the other blog posts on the tour! Enjoy!

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Thursday, January 24, 2019

Discovering StickerYou

Ever since I ran out of my satin labels that I got printed what seems like ages ago, I've been searching for an alternative without having to order so many labels at once. Then got an email from StickerYou, had a look at the website and well, let me tell you what I found!

 
Since I started working outside the home I have a lot less time for sewing and custom orders, so that means I don't need to order so many labels all at once. I just don't want to be stuck with more satin labels for the next few years and I was also considering changing the look of them. 

I love the natural look of cotton twill tape but the price of those labels is almost through the roof, not to mention I can't find any Canadian companies to print them. 

Looking over the StickerYou website I saw they make custom stickers, iron-ons, tattoos, window decals, magnets... oh my! So I ordered and about a week later I got this envelope that expressed as much excitment as I was feeling to get my order! 


I ordered some iron-ons to fit on a wide twill tape I had on had and some stickers, all custom made with my logo.



The iron-ons went on so nicely, I didn't have to put too much heat on them to get them to adhere to the cotton.



These label iron-ons would be great for children's clothing at camp or a small business because them seems that resistant, no itchy tags and so easy to apply.




I also ordered some stickers.
You can easily change the size to make it much bigger and get a custom die cut sticker!



Such a cute way to finish off packaging!
I also want to mention that these stickers are viny! They are so resistant and I was able to remove the stitcker without damage to the paper or ripping the sticker and yes I was able to reposistion it and it stayed put!



Final words:
will I order again? Indeed I will. StickerYou based in Toronto knocked my socks off. I was really impressed with how easy the website was to navigate, customize my sticker and iron-on (or what ever product I may need) and the speed at which I received my order.






Until next time,

Disclaimer : I received a free sample of the Sticker You product in exchange for a review but all ideas and opinions are my own!