Testing Lekala 5202


Bust fits pretty well. Hip curve starts a little too high and it’s too tight at my lower hip.


Not bad…I did a small sway back, but looks like I need to increase it just a smidge. I need a small dart at the outside arm.


There’s excess at the tummy and you can see the hip curve isn’t right, plus the need for the dart at the back arm.


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The Hotpatterns Love Continues – Two T-shirts and a Marrakesh in progress

You all are going to think that all I ever sew is Hot Patterns, but really…what’s not to love?!!!  Now that I have my basic fit alterations mostly down, and my sewing level has progressed that I can now deal with most issues that crop up, I’ve been enjoying the hot patterns stash that I’ve accumulated over the years.

For review here first is the Once, Twice, Three Times a T-shirt.  I wanted to make the patched version b/c I think it’s awesomely fun.  🙂



For the first version, I re-purposed a t shirt that my hubby got on our honeymoon, 9 years ago in June!  I tweaked the neckline to a shallow v, and  I LOVE how it turned out.

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After that success, I quickly made on in a a rust red…and this one I made to be reversible!



I love both of these tops so much.  I know they’re going to be staples in my play wardrobe throughout the summer.

Right now, I’m working on a pair of Marrakesh pants in this gorgeous linen that a friend gave me!  I hope to have them finished today!




I have a vacation to Maine with my mom, sister, and friend from college coming up, so I’m kind of focused on fun play clothes!


Happy Sewing!

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HotPatterns Cote D’Azur #4 and the HotPatterns Denim Diva Trouser Jean

You’d think I’d be done with this pattern!!!

Just to recap…. Here’s 1, 2 and 3.   These are in weekly or almost weekly work rotation.


I had this awesome fabric from Needle Nook, in a gorgeous colors.  I cut out another version just like the last three, but then while working on I decided to leave the sleeves off for the cap sleeve version.  I LOVE it!!!!  I thought I’d be done with this version after this one, but I think there will be more!


A week or two ago, Hot Patterns had a Sew Something Saturday event on their facebook page.  I enjoy the camaraderie on the page and wanted to participate.  I really needed a pair of smart pants for work on Fridays. I live in Wichita, KS, and seriously, my jean options are cowgirl pocket bling…or skinny jeans.  I’m not a fan of either.  I looked through my patterns and decided that the denim divas were perfect.  It’s an old school HP and I made two pairs ages ago. My skills have vastly improved since then, so I decided to try it.  The only change I’ll make to the next pair is to add another inch on center back.  I think I have about three inches added already.  My favorite things about these jeans is the front pockets….they’re easy to do, and I much prefer them to the slant style.  I stole a contoured waistband from a Kwik Sew pattern because it just came with a straight one as packaged.  I know that a contoured one works much better for my curves.   Here’s the pattern and finished product.


The HotPatterns love continues.  I think a version of this one is up next!


Happy Sewing!

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Jalie 2005, Hot Patterns La Strada

First up is Jalie 2005.   This is an out of print pattern, but I think it was hugely popular back in the day.  I tried the boatneck and really, I don’t like boatnecks that much, so the shirts were seldom worn.   But this time, I wanted to give the V neck a try.  All in all, it needs some tweaking, but the fit is great.  Seriously, I love how i can basically sew a Jalie with minimal adjustments.  In fact, in this one, the only thing I think I did was add about 3 inches in length.  On the next one, I could use a smidgen more at the hips, and i need to add a little ease to the biceps.  This is a lovely, super stretchy knit from Needle Nook Fabrics.  She calls it a Milano knit.  All I know is that it’s buttery soft.   And I have it in a few more colors too! 🙂



Sorry for the chopped off head, but I took this picture first thing this morning and I looked half asleep.

With the leftovers, I tried out the Hot Pattern La Strada T that has been nicely aging in my pattern pile for a little bit.  It’s not quite done yet in these pics, but its almost there.



And on me!

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It’s not quite done yet because once I put it on, I realized it was clinging at the hips.  I think that’s partly due to the fabric, and partly because I did a small bust adjustment and removed some of the width at the hips and forgot to re add it to the sides.  I posted for help on the Hot Patterns facebook page and got several suggestions, from steam blocking, to adding a side slit, to a godet and several said to just leave it alone.  I think tomorrow I’m going to try to insert a little godet in there.  I went through the scraps today and I do have a chunk big enough so I’m going to try it.  I had time to to do it today, but I was just done and needed a sewing break.  When I go back to it tomorrow, I’ll be nice and fresh.

Last weekend, I also made a muslin of the wrap top in the Hot Patterns Triple Torque Knit tops pattern.  I forgot to snap a pic of the pattern cover, but it has three styles of knit tops in it, one is a faux wrap, on has a big drape from the one shoulder  and one has draping at the tummy.  I liked the way the faux wrap looked, so I tested it. This is some seriously crazy fabric.  All in all, it’s a good start.  I didn’t do a small bust adjustment in that muslin, so I added it later. I also need to raise the armholes and tighten up the neck band a little bit.  I think it’s a good top, I just got side tracked.  Maybe this week I’ll get back to it.  I REALLY like how the neck band is graduated in size.  I think that looks very snazzy.  🙂


That’s all for now…work has been keeping me pretty busy so my sewing is mostly limited to the weekends right now.  Hopefully things will let up soon!

Happy Sewing!





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Hot Patterns Cote D’Azur Knit Top

Oh Hot Patterns Cote D’Azur knit top….let me count the ways in which you are spectacular!

1 .  Now that fitting is done, I can sew one up in a couple of hours (probably less time if I really rushed.)

2.  The V Neck is high enough that I don’t have to worry about any overexposure in the office.

3.  The bust gathers are flattering.  My husband even noticed that they were “enhancing.”

4.  It’s comfortable as all get out!  It has something to do with the dropped cap sleeves…heck, I’d even call it cozy…and it’s just an ITY top!

5. The length is perfect (To be fair, I added 1.5″ on for my long torso).  But it’s long enough to tuck into skirts and not have it pop out!

6.  There’s a choice of cap sleeves, a little longer than elbow length sleeves, plus a top, tunic or skirt, so tons of versatility.

7.  The V neck is EASY to sew…although it can take a few tries to get right.  Baste first, check, then stitch with regular stitches when you’re happy.

8.  The neckline lays nicely flat and perfect…with minimal effort!

Enough…here’s the pics of the two I’ve made so far.  There’s at least one or two more in my immediate future!



And on me:


For adjustments, I made what I’m quickly considering to be my norm, at least for Hot Patterns.

1/2 ” forward head

3/8″ hunchback

1/2″ tuck in front neckline

1.5″ added waist length

1/2″ swayback

.5″ SBA.

I think I have this one about spot on…these tops are fantastically comfortable.  I think this one is going to have to get stored in that special spot with my top favorite patterns!  Probably once spring rolls around I’ll make a dress version or two.  I’ve already decided that I’m going to use the short sleeve version on a could of yards I have in the the fabric collection.  Occasionally, if I see a print that I like, I’ll just buy a yard with plans to make it into a T shirt some day. I think this pattern will work phenomenally for that.

Happy Sewing!




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Hot Patterns Deco Vibe Artemis Knit Dress

On a facebook page I’m on, a group of us were talking about our goals for the year.  I was feeling rather goalless, as in there’s nothing big I want to accomplish in life.  My job is good, home is good, everything is good.  But…one lady came on said her goal was just to get stuff done…ahhhh, now that I could relate to.  So, I’ve chosen that for 2017, my goal is to “just do it.”  And It can be whatever I want it to me.  I’ve applied that to my sewing and have been sewing the things I want to make…not necessarily need right now.  Frankly, there’s nothing I NEED right now…all is pretty good.  Sewing what you want to make is much more fun than sewing something that you need!   On top of that decision, I’ve had a bit of an epiphany lately about some fitting adjustments and I think I’ve got them pretty well down…at least for Hot patterns brand.  I have a sneaking suspicion that I need to make similar adjustments in other brands, but I haven’t put that to the test yet.

Without further ado…here’s the Artemis.


This dress is soooooo gorgeous!  I have no idea where I’m going to wear it, but something will come up, I’m sure.  I need a nice wedding!

It’s made from a textured knit from Joanns.  It’s a fairly recent purchase, and I want to run over later today and see if they still have some in stock.  It’s nice fabric.  Putting this dress together was easy…In fact, this could easily belong in the Hot patterns Fast and Fabulous line in my opinion.  I made a quick muslin with my adjustments, then plowed forward with the dress.  The armbands are a little difficult to wrap your head around by reading the instructions.  But frankly, I don’t know how to write them better. My advice would be to read the instructions, baste it together, then adjust if you need to.  You’ll know when it’s right.

For documentation purposes, here are the adjustments I made:

1/2 ” forward head

3/8″ hunchback (I can never remember what that’s really called) with a dart added to the back neckline

1/4″ tuck in front neckline

2″ added waist length (will probably do 1.5″ next time)

1/2″ swayback

8″ added length for the skirt.  The pattern comes with a band, and I knew I didn’t want that, so I just lengthened the skirt so that it would be long enough with a healthy hem.  I ended up with about a 3″ hem.

Also, I had to let the seams out below the waist as far as I could.  My knit didn’t have as much stretch as the one for the muslin did and I didn’t account for that!

I think that was it…I am ECSTATIC to have my adjustments mostly worked out.  I have bought a lot of Hot patterns over the years and I’m excited to be able to use them and know what to do.

In fact..in the manner of just do it…next up is going to be the Cote d’Azur top.  I’m hoping it works and I can churn out a couple of work tops from it.  I adjusted the pattern last night and will do a quick muslin later today.


Happy Sewing!




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Jalie 2682 X 2, a Hot Patterns Layering Tank, Vogue 9207d and some other things

I’ve been on Christmas vacation and don’t go back to work until tomorrow, so I have had sewing time!!!!!!!!! Yay!!!!  It’s been so awesome!

Things I’ve gotten done:

Two Jalie 2682.  Seriously…I LOVE this top.  I went up three sizes to ensure that they’re be big enough in these thick fleeces.


I recently bought some zippered pull over tops like this from Land’s End ($14 Each!!!!!) and they’re very nice.  I think between the 2 I bought and the 2 I made, I should be set for awhile.  I also bought some vests from Lands End and they’re really, really nice too.  I’m not a huge shopper, but the next time I want clothing like that, I’m going to go there first.  My sewing room and piano are both in the basement so I spend a lot of time down there and it is a little cooler than upstairs.  I find that with a fleece and a vest, I’m comfortable!

Here’s a pic of my hubby in his Fallout Apron!  I bought this fabric from Spooflower last year and made him some things for Christmas.  I only had just enough to make him an apron…and i had to put the print on it’s side.  There wasn’t even enough leftover for a pocket!  He doesn’t care…it’s his favorite video game, after all!    This is  KS 3613 without any length adjustments.  Kevin is about 6’4″.


On to Vogue 9207!


Overall, I like it!  I should have done a forward shoulder adjustment on it though.

That brings me to the next thing…the Hot Patterns Layering Tank. I worked carefully through my fit issues and love the result I got.  I did a series of muslins  and posted on the HP Fb page.  Here are the adjustments I made:  3/8th” forward head, a 5/8th” SBA, a 1/4″ front neckline tuck and I curved the front dart out by about 3/8th”.   I love my end result!  And this goes together very quickly!


Today I plan to work on a sheath dress. I’m currently deciding between Mccalls 2401 or Burda 7137.  I want to take the fitting adjustments excluding the SBA and apply them to the pattern and see what happens.   I would love to have a fitted sheath dress…that actually fits!!

By the way, I’m also on Instagram as fabricthreadclothes. I’ve never been a big instagrammer, but I’m going to try it out and see what I think.


Happy Sewing!


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