Hi everyone! Today I am very excited to welcome you on my stop of the Plaid and Boots blog tour with Laela Jeyne Patterns! The idea behind the tour is to show how versatile her patterns are and how they can be styled in very different ways for every occasions. The tour already covered Date Night, Thanksgiving, Black Friday Shopping and Game Night/Bonfire but today’s theme is my absolute favorite theme: Christmas Lights and Tree fun!
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Christmas is my favorite time of the year. I love everything about it: the dressing up, the music, making/buying presents, setting up the tree, the outdoor decorations, the family reunions. Therefore you will understand why choosing my theme was easy!
Laela Jeyne has lots of patterns that can be used to create Holidays looks, but today it’s all about the preparation. I wanted to create a comfortable seasonal outfit that I could wear to set up the outside Christmas decorations (or help setting up, because there is no way I will ever climb on the roof). The all new Willa Vest and Sydney Slouchy Raglan to the rescue! We were blessed with a very warm November so far and my outfit was perfectly adapted to the weather. Plus, I flelt put together enough to go out and about. I am already imagining wearing it with a fitted bordeaux jersey dress and tights. In my book, that’s a win!
If I am a Christmas fan, I am definitely not a winter fan. Ahah! I would skip winter anytime. Actually, I do like winter, from a cozy chalet in front of a fire with a nice glass of red wine. But that’s another story. Weirdly, I do love winter sewing. I love to sew outwear, I love wool, cozy flannel and plaids so, so much! Yep, sewing kind of reconcile me with winter a bit and I have been wanting to sew a quilted vest for a while. I tought I would do it for the kids but, when I saw that the Willa Outdoor vest was available in ladies sizes as well as childs’, I knew I needed to make one for ME.
You will have to excuse the photos, I am not skilled in self portrait yet. I ordered a remote to help but will receive it only next week. You should have seen me focussing on my mannequin pressing the button and running to take the place of the mannequin. Well, let’s just call the photos where I am almost out of the picture artistic.
I was at the end of my size range, so I decided to upsize. I wanted to make sure that I would have enough ease for a quilted fabric and even to wear it with a heavy sweater. It’s perfect with a light shirt like my Syndey or warm sweater underneath and this way I can wear it longer.Where I live in Quebec, the winters gets really cold very fast. Of course you can do your regular size and have a more fitted look like Allie’s. Her version is awesome, by the way, go check it out!
Quilting the fabric was suprisingly easier than I thought! The worst part was to make sure it would be simitrical on the front (and boyfriend came to the rescue here with his measuring/technical skills). I started by tracing the seam allowance on the pieces and from there, I traced a grid pattern using 2 1/4 inches squares. Because it has a princess seam front, I couldn’t match the front completely, but considering this, I think I did a very good job! I did use a walking foot and basted the fabric to my batting with a fabric temporary adhesive (505).
Sewing this vest felt like it was all written in the stars. No, really, I chose the fabric at a local shop, it’s an almond nylon which was exactly what I needed and it was in the discount section. Then I came home and I found the perfect shade of heavy weight coat lining left over from my Amsterdam Coat and the perfect shade of Kona cotton to do my binding. Of course on top of things, I also had the perfect shade of off-white faux fur in my stash. The fur was an addition by me, the pattern doesn’t include it but the hack is pretty simple. Usually, the hood edge is binded and the base of the hood is sewn right side to right side. I did the contrary so I could insert the fur: I sew the hood edge right side to right side and binded the base with a bias strip. Easy peasy.
I love it with the hood too! The fur adds this little girlyness/cozyness that I like.
While my zip is inserted beautifully and all is lined up very well on both sides, this is not my dream zipper! Yes it’s the perfect shade, but I feel it looks a little sad. I would have loved to find a not too shinny brass gold zipper with an almond tape and a pretty zipper pull, but I would have had to order online and would never have received it on time.
Unfortunately, I have to admit that I sewed the worst welt pockets of my sewing carrier. I did many welt pockets in the past and I always did them perfectly. I even shared a tutorial over the summer on the blog just to tell you how comfortable I am with welt pockets. This time, I will blame it on late night sewing. Note to self: when you are too tired to tell the left from the right, STOP sewing please. And the result of my tiredness is welt pockets inserted the wrong way and while I tried to correct this by tacking the pocket bag towards the front where it should be, the corners are unfortunately pulling from it. Also, I should have listen to the little voice in my head telling me to interface the welt facing but no, somehow I thought my light weight corduroy had enough structure to keep the shape of the pocket well. WRONG. My only option to clear up this mess was to stitch the pocket closed. I am sad that I can’t use the pockets this way, but at least they look clean and pretty from the outside. Oh well, I guess this means that I’ll have to sew another one sometime soon! Right?
The shirt you are seeing me with is the Syndney Slouchy Raglan. I did the slim sleeve, v-neck and round swing hem. It’s super slylish with leggins or a skinny jeans but you will have to forgive me the absence of photo of the raglan alone, it was quite cold outside. Brrrrr. I used a fabric outside of my regular color palette. I usually go for bolder/darker colors but I was in the mood for a soft and casual winter wonderland look and tried to pull it off. Thoughts? The blue polka dots fabric (Chads Retreat from their new in-house collection, september 2016) was graciously provided to me by Art Gallery Fabrics, our sponsor on the tour. It’s always exciting to personnaly receice mail labeled coming from Walter Bravo. Ahah! Yep! Definitely a fan of Art Gallery Fabrics here… This is a cotton lycra jersey and it has the perfect weight and drape to make the Sydney. If you are looking for a quick easy project this is a good place to start!
Selfish sewing makes me feel so good! How about you?
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