Thursday, May 14, 2015

Burda 05-2015 #101 Ruffle Coat Update

I figured you guys would want an update on The Coat. The tweed is beautiful, but not sturdy enough for all this detail. I went ahead and interfaced the entire thing. SO. MUCH. INTERFACING. Wow. I spent one whole night cutting, one whole night interfacing, and one whole night wrestling with the ruffle. It’s been slow, but fun, going.


I found the perfect silky print for the lining.


It turns out you do need the full 3 5/8 yards to make this coat. I had originally bought three yards when I first saw this coat. Now, I’m just waiting on the rest of the fabric to come from Mood. I have completed the lining (I did that first) and done the top of the coat. I still need to do a bunch of clipping, grading, and understitching on the collar. In this picture, things are not lined up where they should be.


Look at that collar. I can’t help thinking that this is going to be amazing, or clownish. I hope I find it amazing when I’m all done. It’s definitely going to be a statement piece.


You can tell here that it’s pulling in all kinds of crazy ways. I really need to clip, grade, and understitch. The weight of the immense collar is pulling the facing and lining out of the coat from the neck. I still need to figure out the shoulder pads.


I’m totally copying Burda’s coat. Hopefully mine turns out as well.

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Burda 5/2015 #101 Ruffle Coat

I was smitten by this coat the first time I saw it in the May BurdaStyle. I’ve started on it. I even did a muslin of the top of the coat (which I NEVER do!). It looks good so far. Tomorrow I’m going to start cutting into my scrumptious fabric. (Ruffles on the wrist, I’m in love!! And I don’t even like ruffles. Something is wrong with me!)


Here’s the line drawing. The buttons are only for looks. There are five sew-in buttons that hook it together.


I may have liked it enough that I bought fabric that is almost exactly the same as the Burda garment. This from Mood Fabrics and it’s to. die. for. OMG. It is slightly more green in real life (although your monitor probably does not look like mine.


Questions for you jacket makers.

  • The giant ruffle collar calls for “fine tulle” to be placed between the two layers. I assume this is to help it be a bit stiffer so the collar doesn’t collapse. The only kind I’ve ever seen is the floppy stuff at JoAnn’s. Would that work? Could I just interface it instead? I’ve never seen something call for tulle for support.
  • Can I make my own shoulder pads? I don’t want some giant monstrosities. Where should I look for information on that?


Actually, no. I will cut into my lining fabric tomorrow. I always do the lining before the jacket. I learned that from Anne.

Saturday, May 2, 2015

Jalie 3247 - Crop Top Hack

Today I realized I don’t have many cute, easy sporty tops that I can wear without a sports bra. My kids and I have been doing a lot of races recently (3k, 5k, etc.) and I’m often screaming cheering them on from the side lines. No one would ever call me competitive, *cough, cough*. Anyway, sometimes, I have to add an extra “helpful hand” by running the last mile or so with them to “motivate” them. Again, *cough, cough*. (It’s totally legal, these are just fun runs and not for times or anything.) I usually wear running clothing to these events because I do end up in the chute sometimes and run for very short periods of time.  Today I decided I need some more tops for these occasions. Enter Jalie 3247. I’ve made the bottoms before and turned them into a swimsuit.

Today I turned the crop top into this. Underneath is a sports bra. I couldn’t run a marathon with it, but it does nicely for these little short distances.

It covers well in all the right places and the back straps are really comfortable.

Aren’t they colorful? These are leftover scraps from this FunkiFabrics lycra.

Do you see I just happened to have (from NCSM) black sparkle FOE??

Basically I just made a regular and long version of Jalie 3247 and put them together as one. The only really difference is that the band on the bottom of the shelf-bra is not rolled up in the fabric, and is instead just sewn on. I didn’t want a roll of fabric and elastic to show through my outer fabric. Also I wanted to minimize any seams against my skin.

Don’t mind my “octopus legs”. I was keeping them long until I decided how long to make the straps. Since these pictures, I’ve snipped off the extra length.

Here’s how I did it in a nutshell. I cut a short and long front and back. I lengthened the front and back by looking at Jalie 2805 and just eyeballing it.

I put the short version inside and treated them as one when I applied the FOE.

Then you just follow the Jalie directions. Make the ties, fold over the straps to make a casing for the straps to go through, attach the straps to the back of the top. Like I said the only thing I did differently is to attach the red band (bottom of the shelf bra) directly to the lining fabric.

Ta da!!! Do you love it? I love it. I can see many more of these in the future!!!

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Burda 08-2014 #116 Open-back Dress

How much freaking fun is this dress??? It’s like business in the front and party in the back. Not only with the open back, but with a mullet. People, it’s like two-for-one!


See? Party!!!


It’s a really fun to wear party dress. Or summer dress. I really like it. Okay, the details. Siiiighhhhh. You people. It’s a dress for a woven pattern, but I used an ITY knit I bought at, wait for it, the National City Swap Meet. Don’t you love this fabric? It’s ombre and colors that I love. And I made a dress with a mullet. (And an open-back!)


The pattern calls fro bust darts, but I didn’t put them in this knit. I just stretched the front bodice to fit the back. Darts in a thin knit often do not work out and I didn’t want some wavy-ass dart in my pretty dress. I love that there are hearts all over the dress.


There is elastic in the waist and you make a self-casing with the seam allowances. In the woven version, you have a bodice lining and you sew a casing line to form a casing. For me, since I wasn’t lining it, I just made slightly larger seam allowances and then topstitched those to form the facing. (Apparently I like the back opening because I took a lot of pictures of it.)


The skirt is very full. (And FUN!)


Hearts on my butt.


The directions have you line the bodice so there is no hemming the sleeves. Since mine is just one layer, I bound the sleeves and neckline for a pop of color.


The directions are wrong here so I thought I would help you guys with color coding. They tell you to insert the red elastic and then sew it together. WRONG. They mean to tell you to baste it to the seam allowances. Then you sew the bodice to the skirt which locks in the red elastic. Then, you sew the casing, insert the yellow elastic through one of the buttonholes (alllllll the way around the front), and then pull it out the other button hole. Then you sew small ties to the ends of the elastic. Ta-da!!!!


Do you love it as much as me?? I’m looking pretty smug here.



And one more back shot because I can. Mwaaaa haaaa haaaa. Apparently, I shouldn’t drink wine before writing blog posts.


I’m going to work on my Burda Challenge item next and it’s a doozie!

Monday, April 20, 2015

Jalie 3245 - Another tank

I had to do it. I had to make another one. The pattern was sitting on my table to be put away and this fabric was sitting next to it. What’s a girl to do??!? There’s nothing much to say. Super easy and cute Jalie tank made from pattern #3245. I just folded and coverstitched the neckline and armholes. I’ve made two others of this pattern and a whole load of the other version of this pattern; the raglan top.

I wore this to work today with a black cardigan. I love, love, love the graphic-ness (that should be a word) of this fabric. This is a doubleknit I got from the National City Swap Meet (of course!) for $2.00/yard. It’s such nice fabric!! I really like the back of this pattern.

I have no head. Why do I think this would be fun over a pair of teal polka dot pants? I’m all about graphic and bright this spring.

More later!

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Palate Cleanser - Jalie 3355 - Floral Sweatshirt

Remember that last thing I made? The fluffy thing? The pirate thing? Yea, well, I needed something easy that was a win. Immediately. Like I needed something now. Enter Jalie 3355 (and really, if I’m being honest, Jalie anything). Something easy that was guaranteed to be a win. I bought this fabric at the National City Swap Meet a bit ago and knew when I bought it what I would use it for.

Let me tell you. This girl is so helpful. This girl really does love her sweatshirt. She does. Really. This is her favorite expression. She actively tries not to smile. I made a different Jalie sweatshirt for her and she will wear it until I force her to take it off. She says she likes things with pockets. And cozy things.

Here’s a more accurate picture of her true personality.

You probably can’t tell but I didn’t add the hem band to the bottom of this one.

Here’s the front of the pattern.

When I make this again, and if I leave off the bottom band, I’ll make the pocket a little larger and move it up a bit. Usually the bottom of the pocket only gets 3/8” smaller because it is a seam allowance. Since this time it’s a hem, I lost more of the bottom of the pocket. Oh well, she still loves it.

Damn photo bombers.

With my new Janome Coverstitcher (ssqqqqqqquuuuuuuuuuuuueeeeeeeeeeee!!!!!!), I sewed on the wrong side to make this pattern on the right side. You can’t really see it. I should have done it with contrasting thread, but oh well.

Aaaaaahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh. I feel better now.

Friday, April 17, 2015

How to Add Line Drawings to Your Pictures

I’ve gotten a ton of questions lately about how I get the line drawings into my pictures. I have to give all the credit to Melissa of Fehr Trade for what she said in one of the posts at PatternReview. Then I had a head-slapping moment and I’ve done it ever since! So here’s your little tutorial. It’s not hard, but easier to explain with pictures.

Go to the Burda Archives or the BurdaStyle and find your line drawing. This might actually be the hardest part because Burda isn’t known for keeping things easy to find. I use Burda’s French website, but they haven’t been updating the magazines for 2015 (but they do go all the way back to 2006!!). Find your line drawing, right click (on a PC, I have no idea what you do on a Mac) and select Copy Image. ETA: You can also get line drawings from Simplicity, McCalls, etc. The only difference is that you will need to crop out the other versions of the pattern first. Well, unless you want all the different versions on your picture. I do this sometimes with Burda too. They will show the front and back, and I only what the front or something like that. 

I’m using Adobe Photoshop Elements, but any program with layers will work. Make a new page. Click CTRL V to paste your precious line art into the new window. You can also just clock from Image from Clipboard. Both ways work well. 

Use the Quick Selection Tool to select all the empty space around your line drawing. Notice how the dotted lines go around the outside of your line drawing to the borders. You’ve selected all the white space around the line drawing. This is where I used to delete the white space, try to crop the photo, make the background transparent and try to use the crappy line drawing. Trust me, this next step makes this worthwhile.

Here’s the head slapping moment (for me anyway). Type SHIFT + CTRL + I to select the inverse (so now you are selecting your line drawing (duh!). Then, while your line drawing is selected (the dotted line will be around your line drawing now and NOT the outside edge), just type CTRL C to copy. Then go to your lovely photo and type CTRL V to paste it in.

You can change the size of the line drawing, position it where you want it, etc. In my program, it pops up automatically as its own layer. If yours doesn’t, just make a layer and paste it in on that blank layer. I should add that I’ve already corrected this photo and changed the size to the final size. You don’t have to, but photos are usually large and line drawings are small. You’ll end up with a micro-line –drawing and you’ll end up enlarging it so much it starts looking bad and distorted.

Hope that helps you guys!! Obviously I chose a random line drawing and a random picture to go with it. Ha!