This spring has been right on time. We enjoyed mild weather near the beginning of April. The maple trees have taken note and started blooming early! We have loved seeing all of our spring bulbs coming up: crocuses, dwarf irises, puschkinia (pictured below) and daffodils. A winter storm came a few nights ago, so I hurried and cut a few tulips that had opened to enjoy inside.
Carita Joggers by Pattern Niche
The cold spell gave me an extra push to finish a pair of joggers that has been on my table for a while. I don’t really enjoy sewing black clothes, but they match with EVERYTHING. Since I wear my Inspire powerstretch fleece leggings regularly, I decided a pair of black Carita joggers in the same fabric would be a great addition to my winter wardrobe. (Let’s be honest…in the Northeast, I wear winter clothes fall, winter and spring!)
A few years ago I made some Carita Joggers with some healthered grey bamboo/lycra french terry. I should have sized down. They are huge! They did not flatter my flat derriere so I didn’t share them with you. I knew that sewing the same size in the powerstretch fleece would yield a better fit, and I was right!
The hoodie string/ drawstring is also from The Fabric Fairy. I love that they carry lots of colors now. I always make sure I’m stocked up on the basics (white, black, grey) just in case I need them for projects. I added some elastic in the center of the drawstring so that the tie has some ‘give’. Because who wants to untie their drawstring to use the bathroom? Not me!
Marie Claude Raglan by Jalie Patterns | Modified Cuffs
Isn’t this athletic poly/lycra knit print from The Fabric Fairy cheerful?! I love it! My friend, Emily made leggings out of the same fabric, which you can see here. I used mine to make a Marie Claude raglan, drafted with thumbhole cuffs. I made this pattern once before and decided I don’t like and don’t really use thumbhole cuffs. I removed them and added regular cuffs. (I removed 1″ from the sleeve edge and drafted wrist cuffs that were 90% the circumference of my sleeve edges.)
LOOK – just by chance the print lines of the cuffs line up perfectly with the sleeve!
I edged the hood in some white athletic poly/lycra. This pattern has a ponytail hole. How functional! Next time I will reduce the height of the hood…something I find myself doing on every pattern I come across. This will also help bring the ponytail hole lower down.
And now to plant some cosmos in my greenhouse, because SPRING!! 💗 💗
Well, if you’ve made it this far, here is a shameless plug for my sewing classes this spring:
I am a sewing instructor at Quilter’s Corner in Ithaca, New York. We are currently teaching over ZOOM, so that means that you can take my classes wherever you are! I teach beginner sewing with knits classes, as well as pattern adjustment classes. This spring, I’m also teaching a class on different types of knit fabrics. I will also include tentative summer class dates in the tab ‘Zoom Classes‘, as well. To register online, click the links provided below or call the shop at (607)-266-0850.
Take a Zoom Class with Me!
Tuesday April 27th 10:30-12:30
Have you ever wanted to delve into sewing knits but feel overwhelmed with all of the choices? In this lecture Stephanie will talk about their similarities, differences, and techniques to sew them that are different from sewing woven fabrics. You will learn which knits work for which types of clothing and how to select them for your projects. The class kit (included in price of class) will contain 12+ knit samples that you can label for future reference.
Sewing with Knits 101: T-Shirt (2 session class)
Tuesdays, May 4 and 11, 2:30-5pm
Make a knit T-shirt while learning tips for sewing with knits, including cutting out, stitching, neckbands and topstitching using a sewing machine. Pattern required.
Saturday May 1st 10 am -1 pm
Are you frustrated with the way your tops fit? In this class we will go over common adjustments for fit issues including: a small or large bust, narrow or wide shoulders, full tummy, and length adjustments for a tall or petite height. Learning how to adjust patterns for your unique body will give you confidence to sew your own clothing. You will practice these adjustments on 1/4 scale patterns, then we will allow some time at the end to adjust your own patterns, if desired. Intermediate Level – must have experience working with clothing sewing patterns. A 1/4 scale pattern is included in price of class.
Tuesday May 25, 12:00-3:00 pm
Learn to sew panties using the Bunzies Pattern (hip sizes 30″-58″). You will learn basics for cutting out knit fabric, sewing seams, assembling bands and topstitching. Cost of printed pattern is included in price of the class.