Monday, May 19, 2014

Beetlejuice, Beetlejuice, Beetlejuice!

The final pattern from the Just Add Jeans Collection, The Daytripper Top. This is another top that I wasn’t too sure about at first. Apparently, when I'm "not too sure" about something, I end up with something amazing. It still rings true.

This is my favorite of the bunch, even if it reminds me of Beetlejuice.

Maybe it's BECAUSE it reminds me of Beetlejuice.

Anyway, I cut a size small in the longer tunic. I love the subtle high-low hem on this. It pairs excellent with jeans or your favorite pair of faux leather leggings and sparkly shoes.

Do you know what else this reminds me of?

Oh Noes!! My Retinas!!!!

It reminds me of the Robin Thicke/ Miley Cyrus performance, but in a good way. Is it even possible to be reminded of THAT in a good way? I think so; as long as I don't sew nude latex hot-pants, I think everyone will be ok.

Thursday, May 15, 2014

School Teacher Top

This pattern is the other reason I purchased the Just add Jeans Collection, the Parisian Top. It looks sophisticated and chic. Just search for this top and you will see all the beautiful and sophisticated versions made by everyone. and yet mine....

makes me look like a school teacher. I look like a very chic school teacher, but a school teacher nonetheless.

I think it's a combination of the peter pan colar with the heavy lace. It seems so strange on me, and yet I think it would look cute on someone else.

The Good: The pattern itself is great. Excellent instructions, exceptional fit, wonderfull construction.

The Bad: My version

The Verdict: I need to redeem myself with another version of this, in much different fabrics.

Oh well, I can't win them all.

Monday, May 12, 2014

City Slicker


This is the City Girl Top from See Kate Sew. I must say, I love this top. I loved it from the moment I saw it. This top is (almost) the whole reason that I purchased the Just Add Jeans Collection. It's oversized and comfortable while still looking chic and put together.

I mean, come on......


The Bad: ... I got nothing

Verdict: I absolutely plan on sewing a lightweight, sleeveless version.

Whew! I'm out!

Friday, May 9, 2014

Sewing Rabbit Membership - April

I didn't forget April, I swear. My computer is broken, so now I have to upload all of my pictures at the local library's computers. As if it wasn't bad enough trying to take pictures of myself in public, now I have to upload and edit all the pictures in public too. People already stare at me like I'm a crazy person; I don't need to add to it. ;)

Now for the good stuff. I only finished one of this month's patterns. The Ojai Wrap. I wasn't too thrilled about this pattern when I first saw it. It was a cute top, but wasn't really my style. But, I'm trying to expand my horizons.

What have I learned? I'm a terrible judge at which patterns I'm going to end up liking. This is awesome! It IS very much my style.

... insert crazy person comment here

I chose an odd striped knit from my stash that I had previously purchased from Golden D'or for 99 cents a yard. It's a well written pattern that is easy to follow and even easiler to sew. I finished it in one evening.

No complaints about this pattern from me. It even looks great belted.

That's all for now , folks!

Friday, May 2, 2014

Wild Flower Top

This past month, I made it a goal to sew all 4 tops from the Just Add Jeans Collection. In the past, I have been guilty of buying pattern bundles, and sewing 1 item from the entire bundle. Lately, I've been making the effort to sew (almost) every PDF pattern I buy. Woo Hoo!

The first top of the bunch is the Wildflower Top. It's actually the last one that I finished sewing. I still need to take good pictures of the other ones.

I cut a size small and it fits great. I omitted the "under-shirty thing" (technical term) from my version. I want to be able to put different color camis underneath, depending on my mood.

I'll be honest, this was the one that I was the least thrilled with when I bought the pattern pack. My thoughts on this one were "meh." I am truly glad I sewed it anyway. It turned out great!!!! And double bonus that the ribbon and the fabric were both in my stash.

The Good: The pattern was well written and easy to follow. The fit is superb. The final product is awesome. It went together in one evening; it was such a quick sew. There are different sleeve options. And what's this I hear about making a dress version and maternity options?!?! Yes, yes, and more YES!!!

The Bad: The instructions for the sleeves, particularly hemming the sleeves, were somewhat lacking. I also wish that the top were slightly longer.

Verdict: I absolutely plan on sewing this again. Highly Recommended!

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Hey Sailor!

My cousin recently had a new, sweet baby boy!! Yay Babies!!! What better way to celebrate the birth of a new baby than by sewing a cute outfit for him?

This is the Peek-A-Boo Pattern's Anchors Aweigh Romper. It's so stinkin' adorable! I mean look at it!!

The pattern takes a bit of time, but it is worth the effort. The instructions are super easy to follow and well written. It's so cute, I had to make coordinating outfits for hiw two older sisters. How can you not?

For these dresses, I used The Goodship Dress from One Girl Circus that I purchased as part of the Sew Fab pattern bundle last year. I whipped the 2 dresses in the same time it took me to make one romper. All three were sewn together in one week. I highly recommend either pattern to anyone.

I ended up liking the romper so much, that I made one as an Easter outfit for Mr. Man.

My heart melts!

My only complaint is that, as with a lot of the Peek-a-boo patterns, the toddler sizing seems to be one size too small. This is a size 3 and it fits him perfectly (he's normally a size 2T). I've just learned to cut a size larger.