When I originally saw this pattern (CJ patterns Body shaper) I didn't realise how clever the shaping works to hold me in. It does hold me in and the fabric didn't roll off shape.Test version #1The waistline is designed to sit 2 inches above the natural waistline and the legs are 6 inches or so … Continue reading Shapewear – CJ patterns Body shaper
Activewear/swimwear is a Jalie specialty. I was given two new Jalie patterns to use with dyesplosion from Funkifabrics.SwimshortsEvery Summer there’s usually a beach picnic and I find it a hassle to keep changing from picnic clothes to swimwear. These Jalie swimshorts (3351) suit my needs for both situations. A view of the swim shorts with built in … Continue reading Jalie swimwear – part un
Earlier this year at Cabramatta, Jodie, Mel, Steffi, Susan and I caught up for lunch and a bit of fabric shopping. Susan and I spied this pineapple print linen/cotton blend for a steal, so we both bought some.I've used Vogue 8815 peplum top with a self-drafted lined skirt with side seam pockets.These simple pieces work in … Continue reading Pineapples anyone?
Shapewear. Do you bother wearing shapewear? Would you make shapewear? Well it was a slow news day when this article came up last week. So I reacted to this 'celebrity secret' in a sewing way.Control brief with tummy panel on the left and shape shorts on the rightIf you've sewn activewear, shapewear is easy enough … Continue reading Jalie shapewear
I’ve sewn activewear for a few years now. Lessons learnedWhen I first started working with activewear fabric I got it wrong for a lot of reasons.I didn’t understand how to finish the seams properlyThe fabrics I chose didn’t have enough recovery or were a one-way stretchI kept choosing cotton/lycra that show sweat and don’t breathe well.The … Continue reading For what it’s worth
This is my first Burda dress (11/2012 #116) this year using Spotlight fabric and lined with tricot. This pattern doesn’t need lining and doesn't come with lining pieces. I added the lining so there are no ‘visible lines’ or 'clinging skirt' syndrome.Burda patterns provide just the pattern with no seam allowance. In the past this was … Continue reading Burda wrap dress
Yoshimi sent me some amazing fabric last year and I felt this jumpsuit McCalls 6969 would do it justice with a hint of lining to 'make it work'.With a bit of fabric stash diving I came up with a light weight black stretch woven for lining and some buttons. Earlier this year I made a couple … Continue reading Thanks Yoshimi