Friday, July 13, 2007

Shirley's Quilt

This quilt was for Shirley when she was in the hospital. I bought the Quilt at "Winners", and made a label for the back of the quilt with her name/rose embroidery to match the flower design of the quilt.

Jalie 2445 - Pants Workout

These pants are made with lycra/cotton fabric, bought at Timmel Fabrics,
The fit is great,comfortable and best of all quick & easy to make.
**Note** When I first looked at the picture on the pattern cover, I thought the pant style would be too "low"on me ....I thought I would have to make some adjustments, but after tissue-fitting the pattern I was pleasantly surprised to see I wouldn't have to make any changes........the front, on me, is not as low as it appears on the models......Another Jalie favorite.


Pattern Description: Womens lounge wear pants.
Pattern Sizing: This pattern has 22 sizes, from childrens size 2 to 14 and womens size 4 (XS) to 22(XXL). I used the hip measurment and it turned out a little close fitting. I do like my exercise pants a little loose, so I did go up 2 sizes, from a "T" to a "V", and then I was extremely pleased with the fit, it was perfect. (The smaller size is still OK to wear,when exercising at home, the fabric still has allot of give.)
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? It looked exactly like the picture on the pattern.
Were the instructions easy to follow? It is a very simple pattern to make and the words/pictures are very easy to follow and well done. The casing is different, and I was not going to do it as instructed, but changed my mind and did take the time to make it up, and I am happy with the result.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? The style is what drew me to this pattern.The fit is extremely comfortable and very flattering. One of the best I've made and they even fit better than the expensive ready to wear.
Fabric Used: I used Cotton Lycra Jersey, 90% cotton, 10% lycra, from Timmel Fabrics, http://www.timmelfabrics.com/knits.htm It is the very best Fabric for these pants. It washes and wears extremely well, it keeps it's shape.
Pattern Alterations or any design changes you made: I initially thought that the pants would be too low in the waist, but once I made them they were perfect. I made absolutely no changes to this pattern.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? I definetly would made these again, I've already made 2 pairs and have bought more fabric for two more pairs.I plan on making my next ones "capri" length for the warmer weather. I do highly recommend this pattern.
Conclusion For people who are frustrated and cannot seem to find that "perfect" pair of work out pants, this is definetly a must have pattern. The pants are quick and easy to make, and the fit is worth it. I am very pleased with this pattern.
See Pattern Review : http://sewing.patternreview.com/cgi-bin/readreview.pl?readreview=1&ID=19915

Jalie - 2682 Top

This is a very comfortable Jalie top, fabric from Timmel Fabrics. It was sew easy to make. The pattern sleeve design is for long sleeves or no sleeves, I wanted a 3/4 sleeve, so I made mine 3/4 sleeves, and I am very happy with the look. The bodice / neckline was a very different technique but if you trust and just do as the instructions say, it actually does work out. The colour blocking on the bodice was initially an"oops", but I like it that way, so I did the back to match it too. I will be making this top again.
Pattern Review:
Pattern Description:
V- Neck Top, with / without zipper. Raised neckline, with/without sleeves.
Pattern Sizing: This pattern has 27 sizes. Great for mother - daughter.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? The top looks exactly like the picture on the pattern.
*** I should also mention, pattern piece B - Front Bodice, view B, no zipper, has to be cut out x2, Front bodice is doubled. I assumed one piece would end up as the inside and the other the outside of the garment. So I decided I would cut the one piece out of a plain black knit and the other one out of a floral knit, and this would make a nice contrast. To my surprise when I sewed them as instructed and turned them, I had the black knit on the right side (in and out) and the floral on the left (in and out)............ I actually really like the Top like that, so I blocked the back bodice to match the front.
Were the instructions easy to follow? The instructions were very easy. The technique to sew the neckline / front bodice is somewhat different, however it's just a matter reading and doing as instructed and it works out.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? I love the style. The fit is very flattering. The neckline is low, but I wear a tank underneath.
Fabric Used: Black and white floral knit.
Pattern Alterations or any design changes you made: The only design change I made was: I made 3/4 length sleeves instead of long sleeves, (or no sleeves), and I shortened the top by 2 1/4".
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? I definetely will sew it again, and I definetely recommend this pattern.
Conclusion Great pattern, wonderful fit, easy and quick to sew.
See Pattern Review : http://sewing.patternreview.com/cgi-bin/readreview.pl?readreview=1&ID=20087

Flower Design - Cushion

Design used for this cushion is from the "Husqvarna 107 Celebration of Fruit and Flowers", design 1:2.