Ziggi Moto

Style Arc, Ziggi Moto Jacket in wool melton, sewing by SewFearless.com

This is probably the hardest and coolest thing I have sewn to date –  a moto jacket, in wool melton (from Fabric.com), using the Style Arc Ziggi pattern.

Style Arc, Ziggi Moto Jacket in wool melton, sewing by SewFearless.com

I’ve been hearing good things about this indie pattern company for a while, and when Stacy Sews and Sew Maris announced their jacket sew-along, I knew it was time to take the plunge.

Style Arc, Ziggi Moto Jacket in wool melton, sewing by SewFearless.com

The jacket was going to be difficult construction-wise,  so I decided to not stress over tweaking the fit. There were a number of sew-alongers messing with raising the armhole and the like. Eek! I am so not there yet. Knowing myself, I would have ever gotten past the muslin if I went in search of fit perfection. I bought a size 18 (based on my bust), lengthened the sleeves and inch and let out the hips 2 inches in the side seams. Those two tweaks alone set this jacket miles above anything I could find in the store.

Style Arc, Ziggi Moto Jacket in wool melton, sewing by SewFearless.com

Style Arc, Ziggi Moto Jacket in wool melton, sewing by SewFearless.com

When stretching your skill set, make sure you have a clear goal in mind. Are you learning construction? New fabrics? Fit? Keep that goal in focus and let the other things go. We can’t be experts in everything overnight.

Style Arc, Ziggi Moto Jacket in wool melton, sewing by SewFearless.com

Style Arc, Ziggi Moto Jacket in wool melton, sewing by SewFearless.com

The wool was lovely to sew, very forgiving, substantial.  Perhaps, it was just a tad too thin for this project, but good enough. For the lining, I used a gorgeous anti-static from Jo Ann’s.

Style Arc, Ziggi Moto Jacket in wool melton, sewing by SewFearless.com

Style Arc, Ziggi Moto Jacket in wool melton, sewing by SewFearless.com

As far as the pattern goes, the pattern itself is lovely, but the directions might as well have been in Latin. Stacy and Maris’ posts are awesome though and following those will keep you on the straight and narrow. The zipper lengths for the sleeves and pockets indicated in the materials were longer than the lengths marked on the pattern. It wasn’t a big deal to work around it though. The only part that I got really tripped up was that my lower back lining was 3/4″ shorter than it needed. I checked and rechecked my pieces, so I am sure it is a pattern problem and not a construction/cutting error. Style Arc patterns are one-size, so maybe it is just for the size 18? I’ll write them and ask.

Style Arc, Ziggi Moto Jacket in wool melton, sewing by SewFearless.com

Style Arc, Ziggi Moto Jacket in wool melton, sewing by SewFearless.com

Here are some of the super helpful construction tutorials that got me through this project

Style Arc, Ziggi Moto Jacket in wool melton, sewing by SewFearless.com

Style Arc, Ziggi Moto Jacket in wool melton, sewing by SewFearless.com

Stylistically, there are lots of things to love about this pattern. The inverted triangle shape of the front panel with the asymmetrical zip looks way better than most jacket openings over my mom-pooch. The mini-peplum butt-flare thing curves around my back and butt in the just the right places. Again, it is super flattering in a hard-to-flatter area. And the zippers, oh, the zippers! They were a pain in the boo-tay to install but I la-la-la-love them. I have mine custom cut at Zipperstop and they are of amazing quality. I’m glad I splurged there.

Style Arc, Ziggi Moto Jacket in wool melton, sewing by SewFearless.com

I would have never had the courage to begin, or the knowledge to finish this jacket, if it hadn’t been for the encouraging hand-holding of the Ziggi Sew-along leaders Stacy Sews and Sew Maris. Thank you, ladies! You are wonderful teachers. It was an honor to learn under you.

Style Arc, Ziggi Moto Jacket in wool melton, sewing by SewFearless.com

Sharing Sewing Moments

Ziggi Moto jacket - in progress

I’ve been writing about my projects on this blog for a good number of years now, and I used to write posts giving little updates of my “Works In Progress.” Since then, Social Media has exploded, and I’ve found that these little snippets feel more at home as updates on those channels. There is something so great about being to share these sewing moments as they happen, because no one else at home is going to appreciate a beautifully top-stitched seam quite like my sewing friends do.

#scaredypants2014

If you follow me in any of those places already, you would have seen that I have a couple of big projects that I am working my way through these days – a jacket, pants which I failed to complete for March (ooops!), and my next sewing pattern. I’ll post about all these things on the blog when I have something more substantial to share. (It won’t be too long. I should have my jacket it done within a week, I hope.)

leather color blocked tote

In the meantime, if you want little snippets about my projects, I am actively posting them in these places:

Instagram

Facebook

Twitter

Do you use a flavor of social media to share your Sewing Moments too? I would love to see what you are up to! Tell me where I can find you in the comments of this post. If not, what are you working on these days?

 

Triangle Tank

Straight Lines and Angles

My girl Jess, who writes at If Only They Would Nap, has challenged her blogging friends to experiment with the “geometric” trend in their sewing in her blogging series titled Straight Lines and Angles. Today, I get to share my project with you.

Wiksten Tank, Cloud 9 fabrics, sewn by SewFearless.com

I feel a little bit late to the Woven Tank Party. Wasn’t this last year’s thing? Except this one has triangles on it. So hopefully, that is enough to make it This Year’s Thing.

Wiksten Tank, Cloud 9 voile, sewn by SewFearless.com

I bought two rayon woven tanks last fall and I have been wearing them to death under sweaters, cardigans, and jackets all winter. (They make some appearances here and here.) It’s time those hard workers received some reinforcements!

Wiksten Tank, Cloud 9 voile, sewn by SewFearless.com

This is the Wiksten Tank pattern. I wanted it lose and drapey around my middle, but fitted in the shoulders to keep it from looking sloppy. I chose size “L” by comparing the pattern to my fav rayon tanks, then slashed-and-spread the pattern through the waist and hips to add a total of 8″ to the hips.

Wiksten Tank, Cloud 9 fabrics, sewn by SewFearless.com

I am also late to the Sewing With Voile Party. (What’s this year’s thing? Double Gauze?) Better late then never! Because it turns out, voile really is lovely, super light and airy, and oh so comfortable to wear. I’ll be adding more to my stash soon, I hope.

Wiksten Tank, Cloud 9 voile, sewn by SewFearless.com

The fabric is from the Palos Verdes organic voile collection for Cloud 9 Fabrics. I could claim artistic reasons for the slight green tinting from the original, but really I was lazy/stupid and tossed it into the wash with another (emerald) voile, which then bled like crazy. Fortunately, the little bit of emerald in the print means no one will know but me, and now you. (Emerald! you know, last year’s color.)

Wiksten Tank, Cloud 9 fabrics, sewn by SewFearless.com

“Late” or “On Trend”,  I love this tank that fits just like I want and is full of colors that make me giddy. 

Enough about that, check out all these other bloggers stitching up some geometric inspiration!

Straight Lines and Angles Bloggers

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Wiksten Tank, Cloud 9 voile, sewn by SewFearless.com

Gauze Swaddle Blankets

Gauze Baby Swaddle Blankets

They didn’t have these fantastic lightweight swaddles when I first started having babies (dude, that makes me sound so old!), but I can see why they are all the rage with the new moms these days. Large enough for a decent swaddle, but breathable for the summer months.

Gauze Baby Swaddle Blankets

The fabric is “Island Breeze Gauze” at Fabric.com, and there are some really fabulous colors there as of this posting. They are just a hemmed rectangle the full width of the yardage (52″) by roughly a yard and a half. (I followed Dana’s guidance as far as hemming goes. No need to iron this wrinkly stuff.)

Gauze Baby Swaddle Blankets

Baby gifts are always so simple to make, that they are almost embarrassing to give. (Here you go, I made you some fabric rectangles! I hope you like them!)

But then again, babies’ needs are so simple that the simple gift is the most appropriate. Isn’t it?

February Blues

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Jalie Pants   #scaredypants2014

To be honest, I’ve been avoiding this post for weeks, and I would just not post at all except I promised I would.  So here goes.

Don't be Scaredy Pants - 2014 sewing resolution - sewfearless.com

For my February #scaredypants2014 project, I made myself a pair of Jalie 3243 pants – an elastic waist, pull on pant.
I hate them.

Jalie Pants   #scaredypants2014

I had thought making a pair of looser fitting pants would be easier. However, as it turns out, it made it more difficult to identify fit issues. I think these pants could really cute, but I think I need to learn more about fitting my body before coming back to this pattern. In my TWO muslins, there was a tightness in my inner thighs, so I added more there. I thought I had fixed it, but in my real fabric it is way to baggy saggy now, even after I took the seams back in.

Jalie Pants   #scaredypants2014

Combine the fitting problems with my unfortunately fabric pairing, the result is the equivalent of medical “scrubs”, or pajama pants. It’s far too stiff, even after a couple of washes. A looser pant needs good draping to be flattering.

Jalie Pants   #scaredypants2014

The construction of the pants themselves were incredibly simple. I could see myself banging one out in just a few short hours once I have the fit right.

I’ve already gotten over the disappointment of these pants. This is supposed to be a learning experience and every failure is a step closer to mastery. My goal for March is to have at least my first round of muslin tweaking for Sandra Betzina’s Craftsy Pants Fitting course (affiliate link) completed. That and I am joining in the Ziggi Jacket sew-along. It’s looking to be a good month!

Jalie Pants   #scaredypants2014

Also, this photo? It sums up my life right now – legos, diapers, and a pendant broken off my necklace by a certain mischievous little monkey.