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!

Saturday, December 22, 2018

Jalie 3896 - Yoko pour moi / Yoko for Me

Vous avez surement vu le nouveau patron Yoko de Jalie? Tellement un beau cadeau de la part de Jalie parce que Yoko est gratuit à télécharger!

English version to follow.

Les 28 gardeurs sont incluses!
Un beau patron de base, tellement facile à réaliser et a modifier selon les besoins. J'ai allongée le mien de 3 pouces pour avoir une longueur tunique et maintenant je vais pouvoir porter Yoko avec Clara pour un look décontracter et confortable pour le temps des fêtes.

Le tissu est un tricot mélange de laine, polyester et lycra de chez Club Tissus a Saint-Hubert. Super facile d'entretien!

You must have seen the new pattern from Jalie? Meet Yoke! And guess what, its free to download!
You get all 28 sizes in this pattern! 

This pattern is so easy to sew up and to modify. I added 3 inches length to mine for a tunic length and now I can easily wear it with Clara leggings for an easy comfortable look for the holiday season!

Go download yours today! (click!)

À bientôt!

Friday, December 14, 2018

Jalie 3886 pour JubeJube

Je voulais faire un cadeau à JubeJube, un petit emballage pour le bas de Noël. Heureusement je garde mes retailles et la quantité de tissus demandée pour faire des petites culottes n'est pas énorme!  

Équipé de mon patron Julia de Jalie (3886), des chutes de tissus, des élastiques pliés doubles, le ScanNCut de Brother de chez Pénélope machines à coudre et le nécessaire pour faire des appliqués au fer je me suis mise au travail.
Malheureusement, il n y a pas beaucoup de site internet pour se procurer des fichiers SVG en français, mais j'ai trouvé celui-ci (click) avec plusieurs modèles gratuits!

Je me suis amusée et j'en ai fais des jalouses... ma cocotte de 20 ans voudrait des belles bobettes aussi!

Le patron Jalie est super facile a suivre et avec 28 grandeurs incluses dans le patron, je vais pouvoir m'en servir assez souvent!

À bientôt!

PS. Si vous connaissez des sites en français s'il vous plait me les transmettres dans la rubrique commentaire.  

Sunday, November 25, 2018

Jalie - Galaxie 2

I love this tradition that Jalie has started! Last year it was all about bags with Galaxie 1, all types of bags perfect for gift wrapping and gift giving. With Galaxie 2 you'll find the perfect kitchen accessorie for handmade gifts.

Get Galaxie 2 at 50% off until November 26, 2018 with the code GALAXIE2018 at checkout!

The first project from this pattern was the apron and headbands... in a JubeJube and Amelia size!

Some of the features on this fun apron, also available in adult sizes, include a generous front pocket (perfect for puting that recipe) and adjustable straps that slide through grommets.

Yeah, they're both looking at me wanting to bake some cookies...

Those headbands kept their hair out of their eyes and dare I mention away from the food. I can hear it now, Amelia asking me for every colour of the rainbow now that she knows how comfortable it is to wear.

Then length of the apron really offers good coverage to avoid spills and stains.

And yeah, Amelia wants another cookie, ha!

Until next time,

Monday, August 13, 2018

Retro Romper One Thimble No. 20

A new issue of One Thimble (affiliate link) is out! Hard to imagine that One Thimble is celebrating its fifth year with issue No.20! 
You'll want to read this post all the way to the end and enter the giveaway for a $50.00 voucher for your next purchases of the One Thimble e-zine. 

It never fails, when Thread Faction gets a pattern published in One Thimble, it's the first one I have to try out. This issue Thread Faction has two patterns in the e-zine!

I started with the Retro Romper. I love everything about this style! JubeJube says she's super comfortable in it and I think she looks beach and play ready.

I used a cotton lycra blend that I had in my stash and snaps for the closure. Buttons ca also be used and tips for button holes in knits are given in the tutorial.

Instructions and tech drawings are really well done (as usual with Tread Faction) and included are some tips for sewing knits. For a size 7, I didn't even use up a full meter of fabric and including printing and pattern assembly I spent maybe 90 minutes on this sew.

The second pattern from Tread Faction in this issue is the Ringer Raglan. I just had to make a coordinating tee for Amelia. I used the same cotton lycra blend on the sleeve and used a plain white for the front and back... added a little whimsy with the Big Ocean Appliqués by Swoodson Says.

What I love about this raglan is the binding at the sleeve. I was able to use the same red binding on the neckline and the sleeve as I didn on the romper and I just think the contrast makes everything pop.

The appliqué was so fun to put together. I used prints that maybe wouldn't go well together for a garment but put them together as an appliqué and I think it turned out really cute!

So many fun things to sew in this issue like the Rock Pool Catch and the Saltwater Skirt, but also so many fun things to read too!
There's a great article about formalwear by So Sew Katie. This article gives a good jumping off point to making your own formalwear and couple of those is to use Pinterest as inspiration and not skimp on the quality of fabric. Check it out for yourself.
You'll also find a couple of extra fun tutorials, fun things to sew like the sun glasses case by The Crafting Fiend and the tote bag that can also be used as a beach bag by Libby and Mae.

Ok, enough from me, besides I need to go sew some more from this issue of One Thimble!
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