More Jalie Leos

Whipped up a few more Jalie leos for my gymnast. Turns out, when the fabric instructions say “Hand wash cold, line dry” they mean it! I was throwing her leotards into the dryer, and yup…they shrank!

Jalie Leotard pattern sewn by Falafel and the Bee

My Falafel choose this screamingly bright fabric that reminds me of stuff we wore in the 80’s, and then proceeded to look like Joan Jett (or maybe Pat Benatar) for all the photos.

Jalie pattern leotard sewn by Falafel and the Bee

Have I gushed enough in the past about this pattern? In case I haven’t, here’s a little more. I love love love this pattern. I custom fit it to my child, and now all of her leos look like, well… they were made for her. The first time I was introduced to Jalie Patterns was for The Bee’s Black Widow costume. Simple and to the point, and really easy to make fit adjustments to.

Jalie Leotard pattern sewn by Falafel and the Bee

It was 40 degrees out and she was wearing only a leo.

Jalie Leotard pattern sewn by Falafel and the Bee

I did manage to get a smile from her. This other fabric, she has dubbed her “Oil Spill” suit, because you know, it looks like the rainbow found in oil puddles.

Jalie Leotard pattern sewn by Falafel and the Bee

The size I made for her is actually a 5, graded to a 7 in the hips. I lengthened the torso, by splitting the pattern in half at the waist, and adding 4 inches. I did have to lower the armholes for these new suits. She is 11, wearing a size 5, so the armholes don’t leave room for her muscles. It was a super easy alteration that I eyeballed.

Jalie Leotard pattern sewn by Falafel and the Bee

These leotards fit great, which means she tugs a whole lot less! They stay in place, and it really makes all the difference.

Jalie Leotard pattern sewn by Falafel and the Bee

If you follow me on Instagram, you have seen this already. A friend gifted us a 12 foot balance beam, and it currently resides in the middle of the living room.

I have only tripped on it twice so far. Cheese Louise.

Emerald City Comicon Recap

Yesterday, my whole family went to the Emerald City Comicon over in Seattle. My feet are screaming at me today, but we had a great time. A definite highlight was sitting in on a Tom Felton (Draco Malfoy, for those who don’t know him) interview/question and answer hour. Well, that AND the fabulous cosplayers. I enjoy that the most (you can see our photos from last year here).

Emerald City Comicon

EMERALD CITY COMICON

King Fergus and Queen Eleanor (AKA me and my husband).

Emerald City Comicon

This is the only photo we got as a family, and sadly, we were headed home, exhausted.

Emerald City Comicon

My Falafel spied Belatrix and Luna Lovegood, and had to have a photo with them. Super nice Mom and daughter. LOVE that people get into character when you ask for a photograph.

Emerald City Comicon

Uruk-Hai statue at the Weta Workshop booth. It is amazingly huge.

Emerald City Comicon

Curvy Catwoman. Rawr.

Emerald City Comicon

My husband and I were geeking out over these two. Hellboy 2 is one of my favorites, and they did a great job with the costumes.

Emerald City Comicon

Merida, meet….uh, Merida.

Emerald City Comicon

Moana was one of the sweetest women, and she gave my Falafel a green “heart” as a present for posing with her. She was handing these out to kids , and telling them to take care of the Heart of Te Fiti for her. My girl was THRILLED.

Emerald City Comicon

Super tiny-waisted Poison Ivy. Even with a run in her stockings, she looked FABULOUS.

Emerald City Comicon

Me and my Bee (The Queen and Merida).

Emerald City Comicon

Close up of that Uruk-Hai

Emerald City Comicon

This was another highlight. These guys are still rock-stars to me. LOVE the Weta workshop team. I was a little tongue-tied and star-struck. The convention is a little bit of a sensory overload, and I have such trouble focusing. Nothing like thousands of people to throw off my concentration.  He, on the other hand, was incredibly nice and seemed right at home.

Emerald City Comicon

I don’t have a seperate post for my costume because I finished it right before we went (um, like the night before). That dress was a beast to make. I used a Simplicity costume pattern, that I had to muslin the heck out of. The pattern pieces didn’t even resemble the originals after I was done. The wig is actually two wigs. I cut up a black wig to add some length to the brown one. Not being a fan of wigs (I find them cumbersome and itchy), I am glad I don’t need to wear it anymore, but glad it did the trick for my costume.

We were stopped quite a bit for photos, so if you happen to see any on social media, please let me know!

Wee Dingwall cosplay

Today I am sharing the easiest of all our costumes, Wee Dingwall cosplay for our Falafel. You can see Fergus here, and Merida here.

Wee Dingwall Cosplay: From Brave

I had trouble finding the exact tartan for this, so I just went with this flannel. It is different from the one I found for Fergus. You wouldn’t believe how difficult it was to track down matches for both of them. Ultimately, unless you are obsessed, or looking at a photo, you wouldn’t know, right?

Wee Dingwall Cosplay: From Brave

My girl was trying to make a Dingwall face, but she ended up just being silly. A lot.

Wee Dingwall Cosplay: From Brave

I followed the same tutorial for making her kilt, as I used for this one. And I made her brooch the same too.

Wee Dingwall Cosplay: From Brave

The hair is tricky. We have tried everything to get it to be a different color (without dyeing it), including smashing up white eyeshadow, and making a paste. But nothing worked. So I think she will have to go with her natural brown. I just put a little oil in her hair and used the blow dryer on it for these photos. For the actual day, we have gelatin to put in. That should do the trick.

Wee Dingwall Cosplay: From Brave

For fun and a touch of whimsy (and really just to make her giggle) I used banana fabric as the liner of the sporran.

  Wee Dingwall Cosplay: From Brave

Totally works.

My Falafel wasn’t thrilled with this costume choice, but I think she makes it pretty great. Not too many girls in Brave, if you aren’t Merida. We’ll see if anyone recognizes her!

Fergus from Brave cosplay

Welcome, if you are here from the Cali Fabrics Blog! And Welcome back to everyone else! As you may know, my family and I are headed to the local ComicCon in about a week, and of course, that means I made our costumes. We are going as the royal family from the movie Brave. You can see The Bee’s Merida costume here. I finally talked my husband into doing a Fergus cosplay. It was a bear of a costume. heh.

Fergus from Brave cosplay

 I didn’t realize how many fiddly little components there were, until I started to make it. My favorite, though is his bear cape.

Fergus from Brave cosplay

Cali Fabrics supplied me with this incredible Black Mongolian Faux Fur, that I knew would be perfect. You can read more about it over on my post on the Cali Fabrics Blog. The only thing I did to it, was add a chain to connect both sides. Done and done.

That brooch was made from a yogurt container lid that I cut the center out of and painted. The stick that fastens it is a wooden chopstick painted the same color. I’d say, that component was the most difficult to troubleshoot. I went through all the viable materials, in my head, until I came up with good ol plastic lids (which we seem to never run out of).

Fergus from Brave cosplay

The sporran and sash were made with this dark brown distressed leather look fabric, which Cali Fabrics also provided me with, and sewed up quite nicely. It is more of a grey, in real life, though. Nonetheless, it sewed up like buttah.

Fergus from Brave cosplay

The kilt fabric, I found on Etsy from Fabric LA. It was shipped super quickly and arrived in perfect condition, faster than I anticipated. To make it into a kilt (or a faux kilt) I followed this fantastic youtube tutorial.   I forgot to photograph the back, so you’ll have to trust me. It is pleated nicely.

Jim made the belt buckle by taking the base of a banana holder, and sawing off parts. Then he connected it to a weightlifting belt, and put it on backward. After these photos, I actually stained it a darker color, and like it even better.

Fergus from Brave cosplay

The tunic is a piece of leather someone gifted me on the Buy Nothing Project! It is ideal for this project! I punched holes in it along each side, and then cut a thin strip of leather to lace it up with. No sewing required. And The Bee actually knitted the chainmail. I thought about making real chainmail (for about 30 seconds), and then quickly came to my senses.

Fergus from Brave cosplay

The helmet is a kid’s viking helmet we found thrifting, and the hair is just orange yarn, teased and hot glued on. It is my husband’s least favorite component of this costume. Without it, I think he looks like he belongs on the Game of Thrones (which, honestly, he would like so much better).

Fergus from Brave cosplay

FInally, the peg leg. Cheese Louise, that one was tricky. In the end, I took a stocking, cut it into a tube, slid it on his leg, then stuffed it randomly with batting.

Fergus from Brave cosplay

My husband plans on shaving his beard like Fergus, but he is waiting for the actual day. He doesn’t have as much padding as the character, but I think people will get the gist. He’s “lean” Fergus.

Fergus from Brave cosplay

I can’t wait to share my costume with you, but I suppose I should finish it first (YIKES)! Wish me luck! I will share what I made our Falafel, this week. It may give you a giggle. It certainly does for me.

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**Even though I recieved some of the components for this costume, as always, my opinions are mine, mine, mine.

Boys CAN wear pink: Season 3

Today I have the pleasure of joining in the fun with Handmade Boy’s FABULOUS series

If you remember back, I sewed up something for the very first Boys CAN wear PINK season, for my husband.

I couldn’t resist sewing something else for him….

Boys (and men) CAN wear pink!

…because boys AND MEN CAN WEAR PINK. See above proof.

It is just a color. One that my husband looks good in. Why should he not wear it?! In fact, there is a great little article from npr that gives a brief evolution of this color.

Boys (and men) CAN wear pink!

Please excuse the color differences in these photos. This close up is the actual color of the boxers, but the weather being what it has been lately, made photography challenging, to say the least. Plus, my husband doesn’t make it a habit of being photographed in his skivvies, and was a little camera shy.

I had just enough of this incredible white mouse fabric to whip him up a pair of boxers. I have been making all of his underwear for years now (spoiled much?), and he always enjoys a good novelty print. Because I only had a yard, I had to change the orientation of these sweet rodents, to vertically. I know that normally, going against the grain like that would not be wise, but this cotton has a little stretch, and is a good quality, so it works just fine.

  Boys (and men) CAN wear pink!

I have used the same pattern for years (see above links). One that I drafted (with some help from the tutorial) especially for him. He hasn’t really changed much since 2009! Still same size.

Boys (and men) CAN wear pink!

Now he has a fun pair of unders that he can wear…under his clothes from now on.

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Rivage Raglan Pajamas

Lately, I have been doing a lot of sewing for my Falafel. For one, it takes a lot less fabric to sew for her, than anyone else in our family. The Bee, though has noticed this, and made a request that I sew her up some pajamas. How could I refuse my almost adult daughter?!Especially when I really love sewing for her too.

In the Blank Slate Patterns Facebook group, I saw a photo of Melissa wearing a shirt made from her Rivage Raglan pattern *affliate link*, and I knew it was perfect for this project!

Rivage Raglan Pattern review: Making Pajamas

This is one of the most straightforward, easiest patterns EVER! Like all Blank Slate patterns, this one was spot on with sizing. I didn’t even muslin.

Rivage Raglan Pattern review: Making Pajamas

After seeing the cozy fleece jammies I made for Falafel, my Bee wanted some of her own. It was no problem at all to work with the fleece. I did embellish the pattern just slightly by adding rib knit cuffs (there are only cuffs on the short sleeves option), and because these are pajamas, and I wanted the neckline a little higher,  I sewed on the rib knit neckline a little different. I folded the tube in half width wise and sewed the raw edges to the neckline. Done.

Rivage Raglan pattern review: Making Pajamas

For the pants portion, I just took a pair of knit pants that fit her, and used them as a pattern.

Rivage Raglan Pattern review: Making Pajamas

The fleece doesn’t fray, so no hemming required!

Rivage Raglan Pattern review: Making Pajamas

This was the perfect quick project that allowed me to sew something practical for my 17 year old,  while not breaking the bank.

Rivage Raglan pattern review: Making Pajamas

The best part is, she LOVES these. Especially the shirt. She wore it to bed atfer we photographed it, and then to her Archery tournament the next day. She asked me to make her another. THAT right there, is proof it’s a winner.

*Even though I received this pattern for free, as always, all opinions are mine, mine, mine. I love sharing wonderful things I find with you.*

Self-drafted PJs

My girl needed some new pajamas, and since it has gotten so cold here, they just had to be fleece. She had one pair already, of store-bought pajamas that I liked the fit of, only they were getting a little small on her. So I made my own pattern using them as a base, and giving her some room to grow, in these self-drafted pjs.

Self-drafted pjs

Heh. I have to tell you, I really don’t know any popular music. At. All. So when my kids schooled me on that song, I had to look up the video and then attempt, in a very exaggerated, comical way, to embarrass said children by trying to do the dance that accompanies the song. Watch me Whip…

Self-drafted pjs

Anyhow, these pj’s didn’t take long at all to make. In fact, that is part of the reason I love fleece so much. It doesn’t fray. It sews up super quick, and is really forgiving.

Self-drafted pjs

I placed her old ones on top of a piece of tracing paper, folded the arms over (toward the middle) and got the lines for the bodice (it is a raglan sleeve shirt). I made sure to add a good 1 inch to all seams, so they would be slightly big. I folded the bodice part up and spread out the sleeve to do the same. I did make sure the neckline didn’t get added though. I kept that the same so that it would be tighter.

Self-drafted pjs

The ribbing on the sleeves and the collar was quick and unscientific too. I estimated the size by holding it up to the width of the sleeve. It worked perfectly.

Self-drafted pjs

I didn’t bother even hemming the shirt because as I said before NO FRAYING!

LOVE THAT FLEECE.

  Self-drafted pjs

The pants were even easier. I just folded them in half, placed it on the paper, and traced. They are super big on her, but that was the goal. I would like these to last through to the Spring, at least!

Self-drafted pjs

Now my girl has another pair of warm pajamas, and she really never wants to take them off. I’d say they are a hit!

What have YOU made lately?

Gymnastics Tank Leotard Pattern review

Remember the Jalie leotard I sewed up for my daughter? Well, I sewed up another of Jalie’s patterns. And here’s a little spoiler:

I LOVE IT!!

Jalie Gymnastics Tank Leotard pattern review

Gymnastics Tank Leotard pattern

 What I am posting about today is the wearable muslin. As with the other pattern, I knew I would have to make some adjustments to the length. My daughter seems to have a really long torso. Only I didn’t know how much until I sewed it up.

Jalie Gymnastics Tank Leotard pattern review

She measured a size 5 in the chest, and a size 7 in her hips and waist, so I graded it out as I traced the pattern. When she put it on, she couldn’t stand up straight because it wasn’t long enough, so instead of trashing it, I cut the leo in half at the waist, and added a 4 inch panel! It now fits her perfectly.

Jalie Gymnastics Tank Leotard pattern review

I then went back to my copy of the traced pattern, and made adjustments, so next time it will be one whole piece. Although, I do like the way the band looks, too.

Jalie Gymnastics Tank Leotard pattern review

Pattern details: This one is a bit different than the Lillie pattern. The one big change that my daighter is in love with, is the binding instead of elastic around the arms and the neckline. I must say that I also like that part. It adds a pop of color, and it is a smooth fit.

Jalie Gymnastics Tank Leotard pattern review

This pattern comes in 22 sizes which span from girls to women- obviously full of awesome right there. It is available in PDF or paper, like all of Jalie patterns. It also comes with applique pattern pieces that I am going to use for the next leo I make.

Jalie Gymnastics Tank Leotard pattern review

Since this is a sport that my girl is passionate about, and she will be doing it 5 times a week, I am beyond thrilled that I can custom make her beautiful leos for her workouts that not only look great, but fit her like, well… they were made for her.

Jalie Gymnastics Tank Leotard pattern review

This pattern is a keeper. It is simple and customizable and it was super easy to make fit adjustments if you have someone who needs them.

Jalie Gymnastics Tank Leotard pattern review

*Although Jalie provided me with this pattern, as always, all opinions are mine, mine, mine. I really love sharing the wonderful products I find, with all of you.

Jalie pattern review

Happy New Year!

I have been waiting to share this Jalie pattern review with you, until it was nice enough outside to photograph it. Finally, I gave up, and set up my indoor lights. Twice. You’ll notice two different hair cuts and colors (hair chalk).

Jalie Lillie gymnastics leotard pattern

Firstly, let me start by saying I love Jalie patterns. I also used one to make The Bee’s Black Widow costume and it was just as easy to use as this one. I will also say that my Falafel is…um let’s say, particular. And when I sewed up the pattern as it was written, she said it had “too many seams” on the inside. (????) So I merged two of the pattern pieces together, and instead of three stripes, there is only one on each side.

The other thing is, she has a very long torso and quite the backside, apparently. To compensate, I lengthened the crotch, and widened the back bottom.

On this first one, I forgot to bring down the leg opening in the front, though, and consequetly it is cut a little high.

 

For the second one, I remembered, and it fits better. Although, I think I accidentally used the wrong sized front piece (I tried two different ones), because the pattern isn’t actually supposed to bunch like that.

The thing about leos (as my gymnast calls them), even in RTW (ready to wear, or store-bought), is they all fit differently! I can never just pick her out one in her size, and have it fit in the arms and length and crotch area. Some are tighter, some are looser, even when dealing with the same size in the same brand. When I think about it, though, this seems logical. There are so many different shaped gymnasts, and the fit of the leotard has to be almost customized for each one, because they need it to stay in place when doing their routines.

I was on a mission to get hers as close to perfect for her individual body as possible. The Lillie pattern, made it easy to customize. I love Jalie patterns’ simplicity, and straightforward directions. Super comprehensive. AND not a whole lot to print. I really love that. They also offer paper patterns (opposed to PDF), if you don’t want to print at all!

The thing that took the longest was cutting out the pieces. Sewing it goes incredibly fast. You can whip one of these out in a focused hour. If you get one of those. Ha!

I was also on a mission because these suckers are expensive! Much more cost effective to make them.

There is a long-sleeved option included in the pattern, that I cannot wait to give a try, too!

Have YOU made leotards?

*Even though I was provided the pattern for review, as always, all my opinions are mine, mine, mine. I enjoy sharing the terrific finds I find with you.