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

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?

The View From Here

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

Now that I have completed January, I’m staring down the barrel at 11 more months of pants sewing. I’m not really sure which direction I want to go. I’ve been having fun collecting pattern recommendations and tips and tutorials on my Scaredy Pants Pinterest board

…but it seems that I have a few courses of action to take from here. I could…

planning for pants sewing
… Pick a pattern, sew and tweak a muslin every time. It is what most people do, but seems inefficient. I would likely start with a Jalie pattern (a basic, elastic waist, relaxed fit, pull-on pant).
… Follow along with Sandra Betzina in her “Pant Fitting Technique” Craftsy course (affiliate link). I’ve already watched the course through and have the pattern. I’m less excited about the pant style because it is more “business casual” than I usual wear, but it  would give me a good idea of what to expect adjustment-wise and she answers her students questions in the class forums and can evaluate pictures of my pant progress. (button below is an affiliate link)
Online Sewing Class
… I could see if Steph, The Consulting Dressmaker, is still drafting “Pants Blocks” for customers (a basic pattern that is used to create other custom fit patterns), although she might be too busy these days with her awesome pattern business. I ordered  a pants block right when I got pregnant with Vinny, then I gained weight too fast and never finished tweaking it. It reeeaally doesn’t fit right now.

… I could try to draft my own pants block. I found an article of how to draft a pants pattern in an old issue of Threads Magazine. This seems rather involved and I wouldn’t have a mentor to help.

planning for pants sewing

What would you do? Which direction would should I go in?

More #scaredypatns2014 posts here.

P.S. The leather giveaway is still going on through Monday. Make sure you enter before it’s too late!

Tiny Sewists

G is proud of herself

I’m guest posting at A Jennuine Life today, sharing one of my kid’s sewing tips for her Tiny Sewists Series.

Tiny Sewists Series

Gianna used this tip to sew herself a pair of fleece pajama pants, with a little help of course.

fleece pajama pants

If you are new here, you might enjoy some of these past kid-made sewing projects.
(Also, make sure you enter the leather giveaway! It runs through Monday.)