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M is for Moto Joggers by Hatchling Patterns

You guys!!!!!!!!!!! I’m so excited to share this pattern with you and be a part of the M is for Moto Joggers Pattern Tour!

M is for Moto Joggers Blog Tour | MadeByJaime

As you may know, I’ve made wedding dresses. I’ve made quilts. I’ve made kids clothes. I’ve made wallets. I’ve made stuffed toys. But I rarely make or even buy lounge wear. However, the M is for Moto Joggers Pattern*, the first women’s pattern from Hatchlings Patterns, has changed all that for me. This style has been around for a little bit and I’m not usually the type to jump on every new trend, but I’m definitely sold on this style even if it is a little late in the game. I’ve made three versions taking advantage of several of the pattern’s options so I hope you’ll stick with me through the whole post to see how versatile this pattern is!

The first version I made is a size large, full length, no pockets, original waistline. My measurements fell in between medium and large so I felt it was safe to start with Large and take in if need be. I wanted to make the simplest version first to see what I had to work with. I got the fabric, a soft, stretchy, warm, mid-weight knit, at F&M Fabrics locally. For those of you not in the area, they are online at www.thefabricmarket.com. This fabric is interesting on both sides so I made the main part in the stripe and the cuffs in the grey sweater look on the reverse side. These pants are SOOOOOOooooo comfy.

M is for Moto Joggers Blog Tour | MadeByJaime

I felt like these were the “loungiest” version I made and the waistline is very generous. Hatchlings Pattern describes the pattern like this: “The pattern is designed to sit 2 inches below the natural waist, with extra room across the hips, a very slightly dropped crotch and skinny/tapered legs.

M is for Moto Joggers Blog Tour | MadeByJaime

They are roomy and comfy and I definitely see myself on Saturday morning with my coffee and iPad loungin’ on the porch (after soccer season, of course).

M is for Moto Joggers Blog Tour | MadeByJaime

The second version I made in size medium in the capri or under-knee length. This fabric is also from F&M Fabrics/TheFabricMarket.com, but its a super soft, lighter-weight charcoal knit. Out of personal preference, I lowered the waistline 3.75 inches so it sits more on my low waist/hips.

M is for Moto Joggers Blog Tour | MadeByJaime

These are PERFECT for workouts and I fully intend to wear them to ballet class if it should ever cool down here in CA. Hopefully you can see where the waistband hits me here.

M is for Moto Joggers Blog Tour | MadeByJaime

This version is loose in the right places, stretchy where you need it and the cuffs will keep the pant leg in place even with active movement. I want to wear these all the days….

M is for Moto Joggers Blog Tour | MadeByJaime

For my third version, I wanted to use the back side of the version 1 fabric for the whole garment. Since it’s more of a solid, I thought it would be a great chance to add the moto detailing. I also really regretted not putting the pockets in my first version. So Version 3 is size medium, lowered waistline with pockets and quilted knee. I was cruising Pinterest for how to style my new moto joggers and was inspired by this look

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So I grabbed what I could to try and replicate it from my closet.

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I think it’s so fun how this style can go from lounge to workout to every-day! This pattern has many more length options and I love, love, love the waistband construction – just align the elastic with the pants top edge, serge in place, fold down and stretch-&-sew a few rows. No extra waistband piece, not threading the elastic through a tube. After making my first pair, the second pair was done in an hour, cut to wear. And while the more trendy styling is fun, we all know this picture below will be me most every weekend from now until spring!M is for Moto Joggers Blog Tour | MadeByJaime

The M is for Moto pattern* is currently on sale for $9 AUD which is around $6.50 USD and it will be at that price for the duration of the tour! If you have not jumped on the jogger bandwagon, now is the time to join the rest of us in this comfy goodness! And be sure to stop by to see all the other versions on the tour:

October 26th
Paisley Roots, Sew Not Perfect

October 27th
Create 3.5, Miss Castelinhos, Fa Sew La

October 28th
Whisk ‘Em, Nap Time Creations, Made By Sara

October 29th
Friends Stitched Together, From A Box, Made By Jaime

October 30th
Max CaliforniaHouse Of EstrelaMade By Amanda Rose

October 31st
Rebel and Malice, Ma, Me, Mi… Mo 

 

*Any link marked with an asterisk is an affiliate link. If you make a purchase after clicking the link, I will earn a small commission. Thank you for your support!

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Cowgirl Costume & New AGF Fabrics

Cowgirl Costume | MadeByJaime

 

Happy Friday! Some of you may remember earlier this year I posted this Cowgirl project on Instagram. Well I finally got around to blogging about it over at TheFabricMarket.com. I got absolutely everything I needed from their local store, F&M Fabrics, as they have the best prices overall, but especially for costuming. Click here (or the picture below) to read the post over on their blog and get all the details.

Cowgirl Costume | MadeByJaimeAdditionally, I have some big news! I am now carrying Art Gallery Fabrics in my Etsy Shop, including two prints from the new Bound line by April Rhodes! As always, my shop has free shipping with a $40 purchase with coupon code “ship40.” I hope you’ll come check it out and spread the word!

New Art Gallery Fabrics at JJsSupply

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Let’s Go To The Opera

Opera Costumes | MadeByJaime

A few month’s back I was asked to make two dresses for a local high school opera production. When I got the text of the pattern I’d be using to make the dresses, I was immediately ecstatic. Simplicity 1715 is an Edwardian style dress that reminded me of Downton Abbey. My husband and I had just caught up with the series and I couldn’t wait to re-create one of Lady Mary’s styles.  Opera Costumes | MadeByJaime

The fabric had already been purchased for the blue Lady Mary dress, but a second dress required black and red satin so I headed to F&M Fabrics (TheFabricMarket.com) for those supplies and they had everything I needed.

This dress pattern was…interesting, to say the least. I am not a true costumer, per se, and this pattern was written specifically for costume. The construction methods seemed very unorthodox for someone whose training is in clothing construction and bridal.
Opera Costumes | MadeByJaime

The base of the outfit is this corset. It is unlined, but made with boning applied to the seam allowances. The top edge is finished with bias tape and the bottom with piping. The pattern called for every closure to be hook and eye but since this was not to be used for many girls, just the one I was sewing for, I decided on zippers.

After the corset was made, you start to construct the outer garments. Here is a close up of the bodice overlay. It was intended to be loose & drapey with gathers on either side front and a crossover V in the back. Opera Costumes | MadeByJaime

The skirt and skirt overlay are then constructed as individual pieces and then the finished satin skirt, with waistband and everything, is placed on top of the corset piece and just stitched on! They could have easily made it a dress, in my opinion, but instead it was this strange two piece thing sewn together. I also replaced the hook and eye closure with a zipper again, then attached the skirt overlay. The belt was constructed separately and placed at the waistline where the skirt was sewn to the corset.Opera Costumes | MadeByJaime

The end result was beautiful – it was just such a strange construction process. Here are a few action shots from dress rehearsal and the stage.Opera Costumes | MadeByJaimeOpera Costumes | MadeByJaimeOpera Costumes | MadeByJaime Opera Costumes | MadeByJaime

The second outfit used the same corset from the Simplicity pattern with added trim at the top and a tulle ruffle at the bottom. The skirt was made using a handwritten tutorial and photos and included 3 layers of circle skirts, a built in petticoat and elastic waistband.  Opera Costumes | MadeByJaime

It was fun to delve into some more elaborate patterns again. I truly enjoyed learning about costuming techniques throughout the process and it’s such a joy to see the dresses in action. This is the same customer I was altering dresses for last week for her next level in Jr. Miss. This beautiful young lady is going places!

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Sweet Innocence Christmas Dress

Sweet Innocence Dress Pattern by MyTreasuredHeirlooms | JameSews

Merry Christmas! I hope you enjoyed your time with Family & Friends – we’ve had a full week of celebrations!

Sweet Innocence Dress Pattern by MyTreasuredHeirlooms | JameSews

A couple months back, Annastasia,  the designer at My Treasured Heirlooms, announced she was in the process of updating her Sweet Innocence Dress and she was looking for a few seamstresses to sew it up and help spread the word! I instantly fell in love with the look of this pattern. It’s so classically girly and feminine and I thought it’d make a great Christmas Dress. It was a little cool the day we took pictures so DD insisted on wearing leggings underneath and turns out…while she has some great handmade clothes…she’s lacking in the dress shoes department so boots were the closest acceptable footwear available. HA! We’ll just pretend it’s purposeful and call it “Country Christmas” Sweet Innocence Dress Pattern by MyTreasuredHeirlooms | JameSews

When I walked into F&M Fabrics (online at www.thefabricmarket.com), they had just gotten these Christmas prints in and I was immediately drawn to them. This cotton has a little bit of polyester in it so it’s easy to work with, but has a great drape and a soft feel (not to mention less wrinkling).  A few weeks later when I was actually ready to get to work on this pattern and needed a fabric for the underdress, I was directed to their poly cotton solids. Again I love the benefits of this blend for garments – easy to work with but not as stiff as quilting cottons. Thefabricmarket.com has a great selection of colors at a great price – see them all here.
Sweet Innocence Dress Pattern by MyTreasuredHeirlooms | JameSews

The Sweet Innocence Dress Pattern includes patterns for 3 dresses, 2 under dresses, and pants in 2 styles and comes in sizes 2 to 10. The updated version offers 4 different sleeve lengths! I chose view A with the cross over front and I just love it. The fullness of the skirt and the ruffle gets me every time – so precious.  This would make a great Easter Dress or Birthday Dress too and with all the options, no one dress would ever have to be the same! I hope you’ll check out the Sweet Innocence pattern, as well as the rest of My Treasured Heirlooms‘ shop!

Have a Happy New Year!Sweet Innocence Dress Pattern by MyTreasuredHeirlooms | JameSews

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Airplane Quilt

Airplane Quilt | JaimeSews

Well this is a finish 8 months in the making! I’ve finally finished the airplane quilt for the newest member of the family on my husband’s side.

Airplane Quilt | JaimeSews

Looking back, I purchased the pattern back on April 11, 2014 and the fabrics at the end of April with the intent to make the quilt for Megan’s shower in May. If you follow me on Instagram, you may remember seeing some pictures of fabric and even the airplane blocks around August.

Airplane Quilt | JaimeSews

When Megan and Brian found out they were having a boy, they chose a really great grey, white, navy and orange airplane themed crib bedding set. I started looking for a quilt pattern but quickly noticed a majority of the airplane quilt patterns were applique. I do not like applique. I was determined to find a pieced airplane quilt pattern so I kept looking and found this one by onebeelane on etsy.

Airplane Quilt | JaimeSews

I had a few problems with the pattern, but I can’t say whether the problem was the pattern or me! There were template pieces for the plane parts but I had never made anything with templates before. I mean, I get the general idea, but it wasn’t a method familiar to me. I did notice, though, that the measurements of the pieces were on the template drawings so I used my rotary cutter and tried to cut them out that way. After chatting with Kitty of One Bee Lane on etsy convo (she was very helpful, by the way), I realized my block ended up being a little smaller than intended. But it was square and I thought it was cute so I just went with it!

Airplane Quilt | JaimeSews

I really loved the method they recommended for making the flying geese. I have to admit, I was not looking forward to making that border, but this method went super quickly and I was done in no time.

Airplane Quilt | JaimeSews

 

I backed it in Minky, as always – a super soft chevron texture from F&M Fabrics. The final measurements are 51″ x 61″, a good grow-with-you size I hope Carter enjoys for many years.

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Holiday Jammies

Ruffled PJs Pattern by Once Upon A Sewing Machine | JaimeSews

Hi! Thanks for stopping by my blog as a part of the Ruffle Pajamas Tour by Once Upon A Sewing Machine!! I’d love to get to know you and keep in touch so don’t be afraid to leave a comment or chat with me on facebook, twitter and/or instagram!

Traditions are a great way to celebrate the holidays. When I was little, my grandma always put a swimsuit in our Easter Baskets and I know many people give PJs on Christmas Eve. The Ruffled PJs pattern, available in sizes 12 months through size 6, is a great choice for continuing or starting this tradition!!

Ruffle PJs Pattern by Once Upon A Sewing Machine | JaimeSews

When the kids and I went to F&M Fabrics (online at TheFabricMarket.com) to look for flannel to make these PJs, the choice was made for us as soon as we saw this adorable camping animals print. A helpful employee pointed out this cute pink coordinate, which we thought would be perfect for the small bodice ruffle and the pant cuffs. (Side Note: My daughter is 3 and consequently is going through a phase where she MUST have her sleeves rolled up and don’t even mention the word elastic. Hence, our sleeves have no elastic and they are rolled up. The original pattern design has cute elastic gathered sleeve hems)

Ruffle PJs Pattern by Once Upon A Sewing Machine | JaimeSews

My daughter’s measurements landed right on the 3T in the chart provided in the pattern so that is what I cut, even though I was worried it might be too small. The top is very roomy, as described in the pattern description, “for movement and twirl” so every little girl will love that. I wish the pants were a smidge longer but they fit perfectly otherwise. To make room for the cuff option in size 3T, I was instructed to cut 3″ off the pant leg so next time I may just cut 1 or 2″ instead.

Ruffle PJs Pattern by Once Upon A Sewing Machine | JaimeSews

The instructions were clear with photos to illustrate each step. The only thing I did differently was use the cuff to, in essence, hem the pants (maybe this affected the length somehow?). Let me show you what I mean.

First I sewed the side seams and the inseam of the pants.

Ruffle PJs Pattern by Once Upon A Sewing Machine | JaimeSews

Then I sewed the cuff pieces together at the side seams (the instructions recommend sewing each one to the pant leg before assembling the pants).

Ruffle PJs Pattern by Once Upon A Sewing Machine | JaimeSews

I pressed the tubes in half, wrong sides together.

Ruffle PJs Pattern by Once Upon A Sewing Machine | JaimeSews

And placed them on the pant leg, lining up the raw edges of both pieces.

Ruffle PJs Pattern by Once Upon A Sewing Machine | JaimeSews

Then I sewed, serged and pressed the cuff down. There we go – no additional hemming!

Ruffle PJs Pattern by Once Upon A Sewing Machine | JaimeSews

The Ruffled PJs Pattern is on sale for just $5 this week!

Ruffle PJs Pattern by Once Upon A Sewing Machine | JaimeSews

So go get your copy and don’t forget to check out the other stops along the blog tour! (just click each name below)

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Marbella Dress Tour & Giveaway

Marbella Dress | MadeByJaime

Hi & thanks for stopping by for the Itch to Stitch* Marbella Dress Pattern Blog Hop!

I’ve always loved Audrey Hepburn. I know I’m not the only one. As a teenager she was a great role model – classic, beautiful, charming, graceful, timeless. I love her in this iconic photo wearing that boat neck dress with tulip skirt pegged down to the floor. *swoon*

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Lovely, but a little impractical for daily wear. Insert the Marbella Dress by Itch to Stitch Designs*.

As I mentioned on Monday’s Post, when I first saw the Marbella Dress I was over the moon for Kennis Wong’s design! I’m sure a lot of it had to do with it’s classic feel and clean lines. I was so thrilled to be able to test such a lovely garment pattern. The Marbella Dress features a wide boat neck, front and back yokes allowing for color blocking, feminine princess lines that allow for a close fit in the bodice, roomy, slightly above knee tulip skirt, functional in-seam pockets and invisible back zipper closure (description from the Itch to Stitch website*).

Itch to Stitch Marbella Dress Pattern | JaimeSews

The group of testers and Kennis were so wonderfully helpful through the entire process. Before cutting into our fashion fabrics (mine being this solid blue, slightly textured bottom weight from F&M Fabrics), several of us started with muslins (practice garments) from solid cotton or leftover fabrics to get the fit just right. This pattern has sizing for A/B/C/D cups (I KNOW!) so the bodice fit wonderfully in front right off the bat. However, I did have some pooling of fabric at my lower back. That was quickly remedied by a sway back alteration on the appropriate pattern pieces. This is a common alteration for me on all patterns, one I failed to do (since I skipped the muslining stage) on my Easter Dress and really regret! As you can see in the picture below, the alteration was worth it! No extra fabric, just smooth seams.Itch to Stitch Marbella Dress Pattern | JaimeSews

Another change I made to the pattern was to blend between sizes. This is also common for me as my measurements always do land a little smaller on top than on bottom. At first Kennis and I did not think it would matter since the skirt is so roomy, but after some mystery fitting issues with the first muslin, I cut a larger skirt and attached to the practice garment after resolving the swayback and the correct size skirt made all the difference in the world. Itch to Stitch Marbella Dress Pattern | JaimeSews

I really want to emphasize that these are alterations I have to do every time I sew for myself so it was definitely not the pattern! In fact, the pattern itself was wonderful to work with. Everything fit together beautifully. And I really adored the techniques outlined in the instructions. They made me a better seamstress by walking me through some steps I am usually in too much of a hurry to consider (like trimming the lining pieces slightly to make them turn a little inward so you don’t see the lining peak out from the front of the garment). Little things like that, and more outlined in the instructions, really contribute to a professional finished product! Itch to Stitch Marbella Dress Pattern | JaimeSews

I think this dress has a lot of potential to be drastically different just by changing the fabrics! The fabric I chose is great for fall/winter with a jacket or sweater, but a floral would be great for spring and the yoke and bodice would lend themselves beautifully to color blocking, as you can see in some of the others’ tester versions. So be sure to click around below and follow the tour – you won’t be sorry!

ALSO – enter to win your own Marbella Dress pattern here!

*The Marbella Dress pattern was given to me in exchange for sewing and testing the fit and pattern details. Opinions are all mine. This post does contain affiliate links*

Wed, October 15:
Ann from The Pattern Studio by 1 Puddle Lane
Lindsay from Design by Lindsay

Thursday, October 16:
Debbie from Stitch It Now
Jaime from Jaime Johnson

Monday, October 20:
Darcy from Ginger House Designs
Stacey from All Sewn Up by Stacey

Tuesday, October 21:
Diane Guess Post on Itch to Stitch
Ajaire from Call Ajaire

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Coachella Shorts

I’m so excited to share with you the inaugural pattern from Striped Swallow Designs!

Striped Swallow Designs Coachella Shorts | JaimeSews

I was chosen to test this pattern and it will be ready for release very soon so be sure to like their facebook page so you can be one of the first to know! The Coachella Shorts are low-rise girls shorts with a fun piecing detail that works well with all kinds of trim. You could use pom pom trim, lace, bias tape – anything really – to spruce them up and make them truly one of a kind each time you make them!

Striped Swallow Designs Coachella Shorts | JaimeSews

I chose a soft chambray from F&M Fabrics and a giant pink rick rack I had on hand from Pick Your Plum.

Striped Swallow Designs Coachella Shorts | JaimeSews

The back fits well and with no pockets, you can construct these shorts in a flash!

Striped Swallow Designs Coachella Shorts | JaimeSews

The 1″ wide waistband is secure and comfortable. As soon as my DD woke up from her nap and put them on, I couldn’t get them off of her! She absolutely loved them. I definitely see more Coachella shorts this summer and with sizes 12 months through size 12 included, they just may be a staple summer pattern for years to come.

Striped Swallow Designs Coachella Shorts | JaimeSews

Be sure to check out Striped Swallow Designs’ Website and Facebook Page. Then check out the other tester versions of the Coachella Shorts below!

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JaimeSews on Zulilly

Hi Friends, I have some fun news to share with you today. Several weeks back I was contacted via Etsy convo by someone saying she was a buyer for Zulilly. I had a mixture of reactions – initially I let out an audible and gleeful, “HA!” Then the rational side of me rushed in and said, ‘Riiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiight…a buyer for Zulilly…is this a scam?!” But indeed, it was not a scam, and truly she is a buyer for Zulilly.com!

JaimeSews on Zulilly

Tarah and I spoke on the phone the next day and she mentioned she was interested in the Maggie Mae. Of course I was thrilled since Maggie Mae is my absolute most favorite design. I contacted Shauna from ShwinDesigns to double-triple check it was OK to use her pattern for the Zulilly event and she was very gracious and encouraging. Then I looked at my fabric and thought the Geekly Chic Fabrics from Riley Blake Designs would make adorable Maggie Maes so I got to work!

JaimeSews on Zulilly

I had picked up some of this chambray from F&M Fabrics just a few weeks before and thought it would work well with the Yellow Glasses. I also got my buttons there. All the dresses had to be made before the event was scheduled so I was in production for about 2 weeks making 33 tunics – 30 to sell and 3 as samples to mail to them for photography.

 

JaimeSews on Zulilly

Samples were in the mail 2 weeks ago and I got word last week that the Maggie Maes would be included in today’s Trend Talk City Kids’ Boutique!

JaimeSews on Zulilly

Zulilly is a great place to get a super deal on your favorite brands. And you’ll want to grab these Maggie Mae’s through them since they are almost 50% off retail!! Anything that remains will be listed in my Etsy shop for full retail price.

So I would love it if you would help me spread the word!

And if you’re a boutique owner interested in working with Zulilly, you can apply right here. The people at Zulilly were great to work with and they are interested in helping small boutique owners grow – so check it out – it may be a good opportunity for you too!

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Handmade Easter

For those who celebrate, I hope you had a wonderful Easter weekend! As a little girl I always got a new spring dress to wear on Easter Sunday and it’s a tradition I just can’t shake. The past few years, I haven’t been able to get a new outfit for Easter for whatever reason, but this year I was determined to not only make something for the kids, but to make something for me too. You’ve seen sneak peaks on instagram and facebook if you follow me there, but I wanted to do a round up here with all the details.

I posted a while back about pattern testing the Lorelei dress from E-Beth Designs. I had another dress/fabric picked out for her, but since so many people commented that this one would make a good Easter dress, I went with it!

Lorelei Dress | JaimeSews

The fabric was an Alexander Henry I got at JoAnn’s, along with the matching Kona Cotton solid. You can get the Lorelei pattern here.

Lorelei Dress | JaimeSews

For my son, I used the Classic Oxford Pattern from Peek-A-Boo Pattern Shop {affiliate}.

Classic Oxford | JaimeSews

Mr. T picked out the fabric and buttons at F&M Fabrics himself (now online as thefabricmarket.com) and we were pleasantly surprised that he almost matched his cousins exactly!

Classic Oxford | JaimeSews

Then…at the last minute, I was able to pull a dress together for myself! I got my fabric from F&M Fabrics in the same shopping trip as my son. I had taken another dress pattern to the store but when I saw this fabric, I really loved it and decided it didn’t fit the dress pattern that I originally had in mind.

Garden Party Dress | JaimeSews

I ended up using this free multi-sized pattern (did you hear that, FREE) by Honigdesign. It’s called the Garden Party Dress. You’ll want to click here to see the original versions. I altered the neckline and made it sleeveless, but the original pattern has some great features and it’s a dress you can make in different fabrics and sleeve lengths to wear year round! Believe me, you will want to have it in every color!

Garden Party Dress | JaimeSews

It was a wonderful day with an outside service at church, time with family and yummy food. I hope your day was just as great! I’d love to see your handmade Easter outfits too – feel free to leave me a comment to let me know what you made!

Happy Easter 2014 | JaimeSews