Showing posts from May, 2014

Pajama Jorts! - Ooh La La Leggings

This past week Papercut Patterns released their new collection - well, "new" as in, half of them are slight modifications to previous patterns.  For example, the Ooh La La Leggings in knee- and mid-calf lengths.  Well, I am a psychic, because three weeks ago I was cutting out a magic pencil skirt and realized I had enough fabric left over for some leggings, and I made knee-length Ooh La La Leggings.....not knowing that this would be one of their 'new' patterns.  

All I did was measure where I wanted the pants to hit, add a hem allowance, and cut there.  They are leggings so they should be pretty fitted along the length of the leg, so you really shouldn't need any other alterations other than just adjusting the length.

My fabric is an awesome denim-look knit from that I bought in denim blue and a blue-black.  It's super soft and easy to sew. They're like those pajama jeans they sell on infomercials.  I made these on my serger, and they were…

Copying Ready-to-Wear - my faux-wrap dress

A confession: one of my favorite dresses to wear is not something I've made, but something I bought.....maybe 10-15 years ago....from Joyce Leslie (oh, are you not from Jersey? It's a clothing store. Apparently they're still around! I haven't been to a Jersey mall in a while).  Its a polka dot poly-jersey faux-wrap dress:

I love the fit! I love where the waist hits, I love the bodice, its 'fun' but not too low, I don't have to keep checking to see if I'm falling out of it, I like the shape of the skirt, I even like the little gathered sleeve, and it's comfortable (for polyester).  I've tried to find and sew a pattern that I like just as much, but haven't been able to.  The Cake Tiramisu was close - I love it from the midriff down, not crazy about it in the bodice/sleeve.

So last week I decided to try and make a pattern using the original Joyce Leslie.  I have no real technique for this, other than crawling around the living room floor with a…