Monday, September 29, 2014

Summer's Last Hurrah: Bombshell Swimsuit

A couple of weeks ago we had the pleasure of going to Panama City, Florida for our annual visit to my in-laws. It was hot and humid, and daily swimming was a must.
 
 
What more can I say about the Bombshell Swimsuit pattern from Closet Case Files? It is well-drafted, easy to sew, and looks great on a variety of body types.
 
I used a matte black nylon-spandex from Spandex World. I also purchased a black swimsuit lining from them. I got the bra cups on Etsy.
 
 
 
I didn't make any changes to the fit or construction. And, as I am one of the last members of the online sewing community to sew this, I will let you refer to the multitude of reviews from others who have gone before me.
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When we arrived back to New Mexico, the weather was already beginning to change. Fall is in the air and I am now planning my cool weather sewing plan.
 
~Jenny


Thursday, June 26, 2014

Fehr Trade XYT Top

No glamour shots here- you are in for some dirty and sweaty action shots today!
 
I consider myself a very amateur runner. Before completing the Couch-to-5k training program, I couldn't even run one minute without huffing and puffing. Now I can do a 5K!
 
For this year's first 5K, I needed a new top of course. And because I'm fasting, I had to make one.
 
I opted for the Fehr Trade XYT Workout Top. Check out this site for some great workout wear patterns.


 
I made the 'X' style. I love the back with the little peek-a-boo... too cute!
 
 
I used a nylon spandex from Spandex World with a "dia de los muertos", or "Day of the Dead" print... which is very popular in this neck of the woods. I had to wonder what the UPS man thought of my large package with "Spandex World" printed all over it.
 
The top went together very quickly on a conventional machine. I used a long, narrow zigzag stitch for the vertical seams. For the neckline, arm, and hem, I used a decorative serpentine stitch. It looks better than a zigzag on the outside but still allows the fabric to stretch without popping seams. I attempted to use my double needle but kept ending up with skipped stitches.
 
This was during the first mile- still smiling!
 
I originally was going to sew in the hidden bra. I used power-mesh and tested the stretch as instructed. I got to a point in the sewing where I could do a test fitting and eek! That hidden bra was so tight, I couldn't get the top over my shoulders. So I took it out.
 
I don't know that you can tell because of the dark print, but I ended up sewing a band to the bottom of the shirt to give it a bit more length. I felt like the top was riding up on me at it's original length. The band added about 2 inches and it is much more comfortable on me.
 
A high-five from my buddy at the finish line!
 
I am very pleased with how this came out and plan to make more. Two ladies came up to me after the run and told me how cute my top was!
 
~Jenny

Monday, April 28, 2014

Easter Ginger

Yep, I've turned into one of those moms. You know- the kind who match their outfits with their daughter's. At least it's only on special occasions.



For myself, I made the Colette Ginger skirt. This is a great pattern for a basic, A-line skirt. It went together super quickly. I like the high waist style. It is flattering and has a bit of a vintage vibe.

I used a cotton stretch sateen print from Gorgeous Fabrics. It's been in my stash for a while until I could figure out what to do with it. I originally intended on making a dress with it. I love the colors and large floral print. However, I thought it would be a bit overwhelming on me as a dress so I opted for a skirt. I think it turned out nicely.

One word of caution. I fell in-between sizes on the size chart so I opted for the larger of the two. I still had to let out the waist seam allowances by 1/4 inch on each side- 1 inch all the way around.



I am really happy with this skirt and received lots of compliments the first time I wore it. This is another one I could see making up in several prints for lots of options.

For the baby, I used Simplicity 3854 to make her dress from the same fabric. For such a little dress it was actually quite fussy! The instructions would have you finish the neckline and sleeves with bias tape. Despite the bias, I couldn't get the tape to stretch enough to lay flat after stitching. So after fighting with it, I ended up cutting a lining for the bodice and finishing it that way. I then preceded to sew the lining in incorrectly and having to rip it out- at least that one was my fault.

In the end, it did come out really cute. I love the poofy skirt! And, I made her the matching headband!

 
 ~Jenny