Pattern: Jalie JeAnne Pjs 4016
Date Sewn: 12/24/2020
My Measurements at the time: 40 bust, 32.5 waist, 46.5 hip
Size Sewn:For the top I made Size Y graded to a BB at hip; for the bottoms I made Size BB
Alterations: 1/2” forward shoulder on top. Pants: 1/2” knock knee, Lowered the front rise by THREE inches, my elastic waist in the pants was 1” x 37”.
Fabric: A gloriously soft waffle knit. It is so smooth and feels wonderful to wear. It has 30% stretch in the height and 70% stretch in the width. I don’t know where I got it, when, or anything sadly. Bad record keeping on my part there.
Thoughts: I love them. I really do. At first I was disappointed the top was so loose and big but I have come to enjoy it. I also feel like it needs 1” added to the legs. When I walk the pants become too short. However now I seem to wear them all the time as the weather gets colder. They are so soft and nice to curl up in.
I also took the Jeanne leggings pattern part and remade some too big Wall-E pj pants into leggings. The too Big “before” pants on right above and the now leggings on the left.
I added the 1” to the leg length and used the same pattern and alterations as above. This fabric is a less stretchy cotton jersey and the pants are a tiny bit too tight – but now I’ve lost a lot of weight and they fit just right. this fabric doesn’t have the right stretch for the pattern, oops. But I love them anyway.
Sewn: 01/02/21. I had them in my refashion pile for at least 3 years so I am glad I got them sewn up.
Pattern: Lekala #4321 Top
Date Started: 09/04/2020
My Measurements at the time: 37 high bust, 39 bust, 31 waist, 45.5 hip
Size Sewn: custom to my measurements above
Alterations: 1/2” forward shoulder adjustment (common for me) and I took 1/2” off back yoke & bodice from armscye to waist.
Fabric: Gray Scuba Blue Triangle Stag on White Cotton Jersey Blend Knit Fabric. 50% Cotton/50% Poly. I used 1 yard. I purchased it 07/08/15 for $6.60/yard. I got it from Girl Charlee before I realized how terrible of a company they are and how shoddy their fabrics are. I like this fabric, but I would never buy from them again. The accent is Aqua cotton lycra from purpleseamstress. A really awesome place to buy fabric and an awesome seller; seriously Mel is amazing. she ships faster than lightning. I used 1/4 yard for the accent and it is $6.50 a yard. So total for the top is $8.23
Thoughts: Well I sewed these completely different than the instructions stated. I’ll list the steps I took below. When making the top the front bodice was 1/2” too long at the hem to where the back bodice didn’t meet it. I had to chop off that 1/2” on the front to have an even hem. I also cut the back as one piece. For some weird reason they wanted it cut as two with a seam in the middle. I like the look of the top a lot. I just don’t know how well it wears. The front yoke piece likes to buckle up and you can see straight down my shirt when I move my arms forward. I don’t appreciate that. I feel like it wears a bit awkward even if it looks cool. I will have to see how much I even wear it.
Steps to sew: 1 sew front yoke & facings on top edge only; 2. sew shoulder details on curved edge only to facing; 3. sew darts; 4. sew front yoke to front bodice; 5. turn back neckline 1/4” under and topstitch. 6. sew back to shoulder facings; 7. line up shoulder sides with notch at top on front yoke and baste. Make sure to do the same spot on both side, make them even; 8. attach sleeves; 9. add buttons; 10: sew side seams and 11. hem.
Thanks for reading and being with me on my crazy journey!