Sunday, February 19, 2017

I love Paprika! The Jasper variety....


I made the Jasper sweater 2 weeks ago and I loved it!  Now time for the dress!


Jasper Sweater

I wore it twice. Literally. By the end of the second wearing the fabric looked like a cat had used it as a scratching post on the side where my purse and arm had rubbed against the body. I was so bummed! Especially since it was over $10 a yard. (Joann's -- beware!) Now it will be my camping jasper. So what's a girl to do?  I made another of course. The Jasper dress this time. 



See my "design feature"?



I made the size 6 again.  I was afraid it might be too short  but I think it will be fine with tights and boots.



Beautiful welt, what is wrong?




I did a beautiful job on the welts. Only to discover I had attached them to the pocket lining instead of the dress front. Oh no! I had no more fabric to cut another. I decided to put the whole pocket OUTSIDE of the dress. My design feature! 



Hidden pocket now sort of a kangaroo pocket!




Not sure why the close ups appear black. Fabric is dark blue. I just realized I did not add the collar tab, I like it better without on this version. Just like with the sweater, I made the sleeves and cuffs slimmer by 5/8", I also sewed the back princess seams about 1/4" deeper from underarm to waist  




Pocket design feature put to use!




Princess seams make for a nice fit


Not sure if I made a cutting error or not, but the hem band was too short in the back. I tried pressing it to release the gathers, but it appeared to stretch out the band. It is in the washer now, hoping it springs back in shape!


Back, you can see the stretched hem band

I will be making at least one more, because I have to try out the hood version!

On another note, today is my middle daughter's

30th birthday. I made her a True Bias Ogden Cami.


True Bias Ogden Cami

I lengthened it by 6" and fully lined it. I also used sliding bra closures so that the straps would be adjustable



Full lining

Thank you for stopping by! Have a lovely week!  

Stay Happy

Keep Sewing

And if you can't sew

Count your blessings


What a difference a year can make!




Saturday, February 4, 2017

Paprika Jasper Sweater

I think I bought this pattern about 3-4 weeks ago. I printed and taped! Only to discover that I had no tracing paper!  I finally picked some up yesterday at Joanns.

Jasper by Paprika Patterns         While there, I bought 2 yards of this gorgeous sweater knit. Tossed it in the washer and dryer yesterday. Came out beautiful. This morning I traced off size 6. I debated 6 or 7, as 6 is based off B cup and 7 is based off C cup. The pattern said to go with your hip size, if your chest was a 6 or 7. It was right. The fit is great. I went with the hoodless version. 
Front view. I love it.
It did not dawn on me to center the horizontal pattern down the center front and back!  I am so happy with the fit and fabric, that I decided I just don't care!         
Side. Pattern matching perfect on this side!

I was very happy with the princess seams, they really make it  a nice fitting sweater, instead of being bulky.    

Back view    

Again you can see how I did not center the pattern on the fabric. lol  

Welt pocket    
Welt pocket
    I was a little nervous about the welt pockets in such a bulky fabric. I followed the tutorial on Paprika Patterns. Was a breeze.   
The collar is my favorite feature!         I really love this pattern. Very flattering, comfy and fun. I will definitely have to try one with the hood.  Stay happy Keep sewing And if you can't sew Go sledding with a cute boy. 
My boys.