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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!

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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 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.

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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.

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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).

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The second version I made in size medium in the capri or under-knee length. This fabric is also from F&M Fabrics/, 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.

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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.

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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….

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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

Inspiration Photo (source)

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 


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Remix The Stitch: The Capitol Hill Maxi

Hi there! I’m Jaime of MadeByJaime and I’m so glad you’ve stopped by! I’m up today on the Remix The Stitch Anniversary Tour & Giveaway with my twist on Straight Stitch Designs‘ Capitol Hill. Just for reference, here’s Kimberly of Straight Stitch Designs rockin the original version of the Capitol Hill:

Kimberly describes it this way: “CAPITOL HILL is style meets comfort with a scoop neck, double pleat detail at the front and 3 skirt options.  Make the Capitol Hill as either a dress or a tunic with elbow or long sleeves.  You can go for classic with a gathered skirt in both knit and woven or mix it up with a half or full circle skirt.  You can also band the sleeves or just do a simple hem.”

About a week before really thinking through what I was going to do to remix the Capitol Hill, my local fabric store posted this glitter chiffon fabric as a part of their weekly Create This Look. I couldn’t get this fabric out of my mind so when I had a kidless hour, I ran down to F&M Fabrics (online at and picked up 3 yards. You guys…it’s 3.99 A YARD and comes in 3 color ways! I also found a really stable mid-heavyweight knit and got several yards of that for the bodice and underskirt and got to work.

Straight Stitch Designs' Capitol Hill Remix | MadeByJaime

I cut the bodice and waistband first. I had a remnant of a bright pink knit but it was much thinner than the black knit I was using for the bodice and I was concerned it wouldn’t hold up the layers of the skirt I was planning. So I also cut the waistband in the black knit and layered them together as one fabric. I must stop here to say Kimberly has included a short video on how to appropriately fold the front bodice pleats so if the instructions are confusing for you in any way, the video clarifies everything!

Once I tried that on and knew it fit, I moved on to the skirt. Because the knit’s thickness, I was concerned that a half circle skirt would be a little much so I used this tutorial to cut an a-line skirt from it. In this episode of True Sewing Confessions, I must tell you, I did not appropriately account for my hip measurement and it turned out quite snug. At first I liked how it felt – kind of like built-in spanx! But I realized, after getting it all together, that it would start to ride up and affect the drape of the bodice. I fixed it after the fact by opening up the side seams and adding gussets (triangle pieces of fabric) from just above my hip to the hem. This allowed for better movement and overall drape of the dress.

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After cutting the under layer, I used the half circle skirt pattern piece included in the Capitol Hill file to cut the chiffon. I just opened up the chiffon and folded the 3 yards in half and instead of cutting on the hem line included, which is knee length, I just continued cutting to the fabric edge. I used a measuring tape to find out how far beyond the pattern that took me (22.5″ if I remember correctly) and just marked that distance across the entire bottom edge with chalk. I used that as my cutting line and the length was generous enough to have some room to work with, but not wasteful (for reference, I’m 5′ 7″).

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I knew I wanted to do something different with the sleeve to continue to mix it up, but I didn’t have it nailed down at the outset. I briefly thought about making the neckline and/or sleeves from the chiffon, but it quickly went from nod to the 70’s to over-the-top so I used the black knit for the neckline and decided to use the Capitol Hill Sleeve pattern to draft a tulip sleeve.

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I used this tutorial but drew 2″ down from the under arm seam, instead of 1″ as instructed. I also added 1/2″ seam allowance to the bottom edge only after drafting, as the sleeve cap and side seams already included seam allowance.Straight Stitch Designs' Capitol Hill Remix | MadeByJaime

The black is such a strong color, I worried the elbow length or long sleeves would overpower the dress. I absolutely love how the tulip sleeve turned out – I think it adds some subtle femininity in line with the flowy floral.

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I hadn’t made the Capitol Hill before so I had fun exploring it’s possibilities and remixing it as I went. The pattern itself offers so many options without remixing, but it is definitely a pattern you can add your own flair and style to.

Don’t forget, Kimberly is offering 50% off all Straight Stitch Designs patterns* (PDF and paper) and 40% off her Stitch Kits now through September 20th and you can see it all here*. See all the other Remix the Stitch styles here:

Tuesday, September 8th
Meg Cookin’ and Craftin’ | Jennifer Ginger Peach Studio

Wednesday, September 9th
Ajaire Call Ajaire | Heidi Handmade Frenzy | Stacey Boy, Oh Boy, Oh Boy Crafts

Thursday, September 10th
Melissa Rebel & Malice | Annika Näh-Connection | Abby Sew Much Ado

Friday, September 11th
Katie It’s Hard to Hear Up Here | Jane Buzzmills | Lisa Mabey She Made It

Saturday, September 12th
Elena Randomly Happy | Allie Indiesew | Jess If Only They Would Nap

Monday, September 14th
Jaime Made By Jaime | Lauren BASTE + GATHER | Sara Made by Sara

Tuesday, September 15th
Audrey Skirt Fixationy | Teri Fa Sew La | Hayley Welcome to the Mouse House

Wednesday, September 16th
Emi Just Add Fabric | Rachael Imagine Gnats | Teresa Dandelion Drift

Thursday, September 17th
Kaysie | KZJO’STUDIO Rita Conversas de Hermanas | Stephanie Swoodson Says

Friday, September 18th
Andreia In a Manner of Sewing | Nienke Pienkel | Abbey Sew Charleston

And now for the Giveaway! Here’s a reminder of the lovely prize package being offered (To enter, see the rafflecopter widget below)

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*Any links with an asterisk indicate an affiliate link. If you make a purchase through that link, I earn a small percentage. Thank you for your support! I also was given a pattern by Straight Stitch Designs as a thank you for participating in this bloggy celebration. Please see my *Disclosure tab above for details. 

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Black Friday Through Cyber Monday Sale!!

Hey all – I hope you had a great day yesterday with family & friends and that the joy and gratitude remain throughout the season! I wanted to let you know about a sale I’m running today through midnight (PST) Cyber Monday  in BOTH my shops!

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So head on over to or and please share & tell a friend!

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New Patterns & Pattern Sales

Thursday is always an exciting day for me – First of all, it’s my down day. The day I get to veg, or sew, or catch up, and generally go nowhere. The second reason I love Thursdays is because a lot of pattern news seems to happen the last half of the week. {This post contains affiliate links}

As I mentioned last week, Peek a Boo Pattern shop is launching their Spring Line! Last week they released the Boardwalk Hoodie & Henley. This week it is the Castaway Cargos – and today only they are 15% off regular price!!

Peek A Boo Castaway CargosNow you all know how much I LOVE Blank Slate Pattern’s Coastal Cargos (I blogged about them here and here). But I am so intrigued by the knit waistband in these cargos – I think they would be PERFECT for little guys and gals who aren’t big enough for a real button and zip waistband yet. They can be made for boys or girls and in shorts or pants with a size range of 3 months to 12 years!

In other great pattern news, Blank Slate Patterns is having a Charity Sale this week! From Designer Melissa Mora:

This week is Congenital Heart Defect awareness week. As this is an issue that hits close to home (one of my sons has a CHD) I am running a sale and donating 50% of profits this weekend to the Children’s Heart Foundation.Now through February 16, you can get 10% off your order with the code HEART2014. Or, if you’re buying 4 patterns, use the code BUY4GET5 to get a 5th pattern for free!

Blank Slate PatternsSo it’s a great day to plan some weekend sewing! I have made several patterns from these shops and have loved every one of them so you are sure to be thrilled with the finished product and have a great time making something your little ones will love!