Another Jalie Nikita

Posting about my first Jalie Nikita inspired me to sew my next version, this time two sizes up.

Here you can see that this is a much better size for me and the back hangs much more nicely.  This soft bamboo fabric from Pitt Trading drapes beautifully. 

Here is the interesting side seaming and you can also see a thread hanging from my new Jalie 3351 shorts, made up in a super soft nylon spandex, also from Pitt Trading.  

Here is the front, already dirty because I had been for a run, then to the markets, then made smoothies before these photos were taken.  That mango seed was a slippery sucker.


Jalie Nikita

I was so excited by  the new Jalies, that I made up this Nikita pattern when it was first released, during out winter here.  It has only just got warm enough to wear it now.  Only in that time, I have had to stop running and I have taken up swimming 3 times a week.  I am not a strong person and struggle to build muscle, but swimming does seem to have built up my lats and this top is on the tight side (same with a lot of my summer tops, which is a bit sad).  My bust size is still a T on the Jalie chart, and I made a size U, grading out to a W in the hips, but clearly I need to allow extra room across the back.   I'm not sure if I also need to lower the armholes, or if this won't be a problem in a larger size.

I used a t-shirt from a fun run to test out the pattern and I did have to piece in a little bit of fabric to get it to fit.  I used this same fabric for the armhole bands.

I have a lovely soft bamboo lycra to use for my next version.


Not red velvet

Twenty years ago, I was very taken with a girl I saw wearing red velvet pants.  I went out and bought some red velvet the next day (actually cheap red velveteen, because I didn't have much money then).  Only I didn't have the confidence to make and wear red velvet pants.  The velveteen sat in my stash for years and years and eventually I gave it away in one of my house moves.

Then a few years ago I saw this patterned red denim at EmmaOneSock and thought it would be a better way to fulfill my 20 year old vision.  I used an old Vogue Alice and Olivia pattern that had been stashed and never used, V2812.

I still feel that red is a bit dramatic for my everyday, but I did wear these trousers to the pop-up Globe Theatre to watch Hamlet.  I don't think you could over-do the drama for Hamlet :).


Simplicity 8634

I went a bit crazy when I saw all the beautiful printed lycras online at Pitt Trading.  Now I have to sew all the swimwear and leggings!

I recently purchased Simplicity 8634 for $6 in a Spotlight sale.  It seems a terribly good bargain, with leggings, sports bra with cup sizes and t-shirt included. 

My measurements were between M and L, and I sewed up the M.  I had to take in all the vertical seams.  My lycra is very stretchy, but even so, I would recommend sizing down in this pattern.

The leggings pattern includes large side pockets, which I love.  The pattern uses wide elastic for the waistband.  I cut a strip of lycra and encased elastic for my waistband.

I love a bit of matchy-matchy, so I made the sports bra out of the same fabric.

I normally wear a 34B bra, and after reading other reviews of this pattern, I decided to cut out a 32B, and I'm pretty happy with that choice.  I made a few modifications to the pattern.  I eliminated the V piece in the front.  I didn't use the binding on the armholes, instead I changed the order of construction and sewed the lining and outer together with a seam.  For this reason, my straps are narrower by a seam allowance than the original pattern.  I made the bra using 3 layers of fabric; the outer lycra, and inner soft nylon lycra lining and power mesh between the two.

Another happy fabric project :)


Another Jalie Melanie Robe

I knew I wanted a summer version of the Jalie Melanie Robe, to throw on in the afternoons when the wind picks up.  I was thinking linen would be a good fabric choice, and then when I saw this gorgeous linen print in Fabulous Fabrics, I knew it would be perfect.  I love both the colours and the print.  It is definitely a fabric that makes me happy.

I have dressed it up and worn it out with jeans, but mostly it is for throwing on over summer clothes at home.

I made all the same changes to my pattern as my previous version, but I made one further change for this version.  I am likely to wear this open, and the tie dangles down and annoys me when it is open, so I made a secret inside pocket for the tie to sit it when not in use.

I lined the pocket up with the print of the fabric, so it is pretty unobtrusive from the outside.

This is definitely one of my favourite makes for this year.