26
Feb 14

Distracted Sewing: Kirsten Kimono Tee (free pattern)

I admit being distracted is usually my normal state. But when I made this tee, I was having a serious brain fart. Good thing it was so easy and idiot proof that it still worked!

The Kirsten Kimono Tee is available as a free download when you sign up for MariaDenmark’s newsletter. Don’t worry, she won’t spam you or anything. It’s only two pieces and so easy to sew up.

My fabric was a twisted mess of a piece of rayon jersey from Girl Charlee. I had washed and dried it a couple times, tried to iron it and make do, but it was just, ugh. Since this was a quickie muslin to check fit I used it anyway. It was a tie-dye print that was much to tie-dye-ish in person, so I used it wrong side out.

So after fighting with it and cutting the two pieces out I noticed something was off… oh, yeah, the stretch was going in the wrong direction (top-down instead of side-side). Holding it up to me it seemed that it might still fit so I started sewing. Then I cut the neck binding too narrow…and tried to use it anyway. Big mistake, and had to cut it off. I made a new binding wider than the directions called for, and it worked for the most part. It’s not as tight as I would like it, but it looks ok with the boat-neck style.

This will end up being a great gardening tee for summer time.

KKimonoT


25
Feb 14

A Flannel Tunic: Simplicity 2255

I ran across this flannel one day…it was thick and lovely. It felt like a blanket to wear. Perfect for a tunic over leggings. Perfect for Simplicity 2255, because this pattern has an option with little ruffles along side the upper button placket. I love plaid flannel, but I want it to be just a little feminine.

This was my first time working with plaid anything, so I was a plaid matching virgin. I did just fine except for the button placket. I had just run out of plaid matching fabric and had to go with the only available strip left. I would have loved a bias cut placket.

I love this shirt. My family must be sick of seeing me in it. It really feels like I’m wearing a favorite blankey…a blankey that fits.

Simplicity 2255

 

It’s hard to see, but instead of turning a narrow hem on the ruffles I just serged the edges. The look is great on the flannel (gray thread), and the ruffles are much softer than they would have been with a hem.

S2255-2

 

The tunic has vertical darts on the back for great shaping.

S2255-3

 

Yay! Matchy, matchy!

 


25
Feb 14

Silhouette Yoga Pants

What temp do you set your thermostat to? I have ours set to 67F when I’m home alone, but a bit higher when Mr Domestic is home…and then he makes a fire…he’s very cold. But I tend to just wear warmer clothes instead of heating the air. This winter I needed to upgrade my warm wardrobe for the Polar Vortex.

Yoga pants are great to wear around the house, but they’re just not very warm. I could put long johns underneath, but that’s just bulky. So I made a pair of VERY warm yoga pants. The pattern I used is Silhouette Patterns #3400 Three-Piece Yoga Pant.

Silhouette Patterns Yoga Pants

 

The fabric has some lengthwise lines running through it, like a flaw or something in the weave. It doesn’t hurt anything though for these casual pants.

fleece yoga pants-3

 

Pattern Description:
Yoga pant with 3 pieces: front, back, waistband.
Pattern Sizing:
4-18, 14w-28w. I made a size 10.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Hard to tell from their photo, but yes, it looks like the line drawing.
Were the instructions easy to follow?
Yes, very easy.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
The pants were very quick to make up and fit very nicely.
Fabric Used:
A very warm fuzzy fleece from JoAnn’s. It was leftover fabric from another project. I only had enough for the front and back, so I made the waist from another leftover piece of micro fleece. It worked out great, as I like having a thinner fabric for the waistband.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
At first I was afraid the size 10 waist wouldn’t make it over my hips, so I made that part a size 12 and with a thinner piece of elastic I had on hand. Big mistake – the waist was too big and the elastic was inadequate. So I got new elastic (2″ wide), cut a size 10 waist, cut the serged size 12 waistband off the pants, put the new one on…perfect!
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
Yes! These are too comfy to only have one pair. I think anyone could make these, they are so easy.
Conclusion:
I’m looking forward to trying out many different fabrics and different looks for these pants.

fleece yoga pants

 

Yes, my waistband is off center a bit. That is on purpose, as I sewed a fleece loop into the seam on the inside so I could put them on in the dark and feel the loop on the back. I didn’t want too much bulk at the intersection of the seams.


25
Feb 14

A Drape Neck Top: M6612

One day at JoAnn’s a piece of animal print sweater knit jumped right into my hands. Really. It was a bit over 1 yard and of course enough for a top. I don’t normally wear animal prints but I guess I was feeling  a little wild that day.

McCalls 6612

 

My aim was to make something I could wear over my favorite fleece leggings. Something that would cover my rear end, ya know? So I picked McCalls 6612, because I happened to have a copy and even though it said I needed 1 5/8 yds, when I laid it out I could actually fit the pattern on my little yard of fabric (but I did shorten the sleeves and length a bit).

Pattern Description:
Close-fitting, pullover dresses have neckline/sleeve variations and narrow hem.
Pattern Sizing:
Misses 8-16, Women’s 18W-24W
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
For the most part.
Were the instructions easy to follow?
Mostly. I had trouble with the back neck area, but that’s probably just me. Otherwise it was pretty simple.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
This was the first drape neck type top I made, and while the drape neck is ok, I later made one from another pattern that I like much more. I also took off the rouching on the sides, it seemed like it added too much bulk, maybe because of my sweater knit. The pattern ran large, I was swimming in it until I took it apart and cut it down a couple sizes in the shoulder/bust area.
Fabric Used:
Polyester sweater knit.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
Shortened length and sleeves, narrowed shoulder (a lot), removed side rouching.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
I would never do it again in a sweater knit, but possibly in a lighter knit fabric.


25
Feb 14

Stuffed Yeast Breads

Who doesn’t love a stuffed bread? Sweet or savory, they can be a breakfast, main dish, dessert, or midnight snack. They can be served warm or cold and can be made ahead of time and even frozen.

Here are a couple of my favorite and surprisingly easy recipes.

Sausage Stuffed Bread

 

Stuffed Breakfast Crescent from King Arthur Flour (before baking)

 

Sausage Stuffed Bread

 

After baking. I changed the filling a bit, substituting parmesan for the cheddar and sprinkled the top with bagel topping before baking.

 

Raspberry Cream Cheese Coffee Bread

 

Raspberry Cream Cheese Coffee Bread, from the King Arthur Flour recipe for Jam-Filled Sour Cream Coffee Bread.

My change here was to substitute my home-canned raspberry pie filling for the jam. So yummy! What’s your favorite stuffed bread?