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

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

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.

Foliage Hat

This project is brought to you by the color Emerald. 

"Foilage" Knit Hat - Made by SewFearless.com

I haven’t been much of a “green” person in the past, but there is something about Emerald that has won me over. It is so bright and happy and has enough blue undertones to please me. When I saw Emily’s gorgeous green hat on Instagram, I dropped everything and ask my sister to help me make one too.

My local stores disappointed me in their color selection. so, my sis Beth sent me over toKnitPicks to go shopping. I chose “Shine Worsted” in “Macaaw”, which is deliciously soft, and the color is just what I had hoped for. Beth also convinced me that I should try the pattern “Foliage” by Emily Mooney. For the first (several) reads, I had no idea what to make of the chart and all the abbreviations, but I slowly worked my way through each stitch and technique, watching videos on KnittingHelp.com and practicing with scrap yarn. It was surprising what my fingers could remember to do even when I couldn’t consciously remember anything from my last knitting project two years ago.

"Foilage" Knit Hat - Made by SewFearless.com

I messed up the first time and knit it way way way to lose .The hat was too big even for Andy. Such luscious yarn was too good to give up on, so I “frogged it” and knit it over again. totally.worth.it. The hat is still looser than in the pattern photos, but the slouchy hat is so hot right now maybe I can call it intentional?

"Foilage" Knit Hat - Made by SewFearless.com

Do you know what? I actually liked this crazy pattern. My complaint with knitting in the past has been the boring factor – stitch after stitch, row after row of the same thing. I was literally going cross-eyed with boredom trying to finish my cowl. This pattern, however, has enough variation to keep me on my toes, while repeating enough that it was easy to keep track of where I was.  If I hadn’t already knit this hat twice, I would want to cast- on another right away.

"Foilage" Knit Hat - Made by SewFearless.com

I’m still concentrating on more “fun sewing” this week. Do you have any happiness-making projects on your sewing table?

Dragon Boy

Dragon Shirt - sewn by SewFearless.com

The middle end of January is obviously the very best time to share a Halloween costume, right? The truth is, with all the school cancellations we’ve been having, I haven’t had much time for sewing. I really can’t complain though because the kids have been doing awesome playing together. It’s a nice perk of having so very many little kids – built-in playmates, and I would be free to sew like woah if it weren’t for a certain 11 month old boy.

Dragon Shirt - sewn by SewFearless.com

Matthias asked for a “dragon costume” for Halloween last fall, and even though I reeeeallly do not like sewing costumes, I somehow ended up sewing 4 of them last year. (what?! Darn children, and their sweet enthusiasm. How do I say no to them?!) [Read more...]