Long, Long Summer with Remnant Skirtini

It may be Labor Day weekend, but summer’s not over! Not for Central Florida anyway, it will continue to be hot and muggy here until mid-October.

Continuing in the vein of the last Jalie Tankini post, I followed through on my intention of creating that adorable skirtini.

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Jalie Skirtini

Pattern 3023 has to be one of the cutest swim suits ever. It has a camisole top with a built-in shelf bra, optional drawstrings in casings on the sides that can have beads threaded on them, or can be tied in a bow. The bottom has a wide waistband and can be made with a flirty little skirt, if wanted.

I’m happy to report that I didn’t have nearly as much trouble with this version as I did with my first try! I did make use of the excellent Getmystitchon blog tutorial once again to do the straps. Piece of cake! The worst problem I had was discovering that I accidentally cut one of the waistband facings out of fabric that had a big notch already slashed into it. Mulligan waistband facing!

unwanted notch

Ooops

The recipient of this project picked out the two contrasting colors from my spandex-remnant box. What a beautiful match of colors! These photos don’t do justice to the metallic gold splashes all over the fabric of the camisole and skirt. Really gorgeous! And…as you know, half-price at JoAnn’s because they were remnants! Fabrics like this are usually about $15 per yard. This suit, for a twelve-year old, took less than a yard. It did, however, take a lot of thread to make this. Compared to a basic leotard, this skirtini had a bunch of stitching. Layer upon layer.

skirtini

side view

Attack of the Mad Tankini

Now that our Family Beach Weekend is OVER, I FINALLY finished the swim suit I was attempting to make for a family member! She picked out the color and pattern of fabric, and I chose one of two awesome Jalie tankini patterns that I splashed out for! Yes, Jalie patterns are expensive considering that I usually buy Simplicity, McCalls, or Butterick when they’re on sale for $1 or $2 a piece, but when you realize that one Jalie pattern has just about every size you’d ever want to make, and the styles are très cool, I will, of course, pay more!

Jalie tankini pattern

Tankini pattern

Jalie patterns are either downloadable, or shipped from the company in Canada. They may also be in retail shops, but they aren’t in any shops around where I live. My next project will be the beautiful and modest skirtini that you see included in this pattern.

tankini

finished tankini

I must admit, this finished project is one of the worst things I’ve ever sewn. Do you ever have sewing days when you sew the back to the back lining instead of the front? And then, when ripping out the seams, gouge holes in the fabric? And when you decide to use the cover stitch on your serger, which you haven’t used in a long time because you’re flat scared of the thing, your thread breaks? And then when you try to do it over, another thread breaks? And then when you’re trimming the seam allowance, you cut a hole in the hem, not the underside, but the side that shows to all the world what a klutz you are? And you run out of bobbin thread, so you wind a new bobbin, and the thread wraps all around the post instead of inside the spool? And when you try to get it off, it gets all tangled and you have to throw it in the trash? And then you run out of thread and don’t have any more of that color so you have to finish the garment with a different color thread? Yeah, that kind of stuff.

I could never have finished this project without the able assistance of Meigan at getmystitchon.blogspot.com . Usually I have no problem following the instructions in a Jalie pattern, but the straps on this one had me completely flummoxed. Meigan, thank you for posting this excellent tutorial; I followed it and survived just fine! After following your instructions, the straps were the least of my worries!

The sides have optional drawstrings in casings that can be drawn up to look like ruching. Normally, if I ever have to make tiny fabric tubes and turn them inside out, I’m a basket case and require therapy for an extended period of time. This pattern has a genius method of turning a tiny narrow tube! You can even add plastic beads to the drawstrings, or just knot the ends and tie them in a bow. I think they add a lot to the overall cuteness of the swim suit.

Jalie tankini

the fabric looks tie-dyed

So there it is! Not the most perfect job, as you would be able to tell if you saw it up close, but now that I’ve finished one, I’ll work on another one and maybe it will be more finessed than the first! This project is ideal for using remnants of spandex-infused fabric. The straps and waistband can be in a contrasting color, thus using small pieces of end-of-bolt and remnant fabrics that otherwise might get thrown away, and are sold at JoAnn Fabric for half-price!

Beach-loving Memory in Silhouette (Weekly Photo Challenge)

Daytona Beach sunrise

Daytona Beach sunrise

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Zig-zag Weekly Photo Challenge

zig-zag building

Cary Quilting Co. (Cary, NC)

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Cosplay (with Remnants!)

They sat in a drawer for years, those fabric remnants. Bet they never guessed they’d find a life as a pre-teen’s animé idol cosplay get-up!

I was led to the source of the costume via Netflix: one Black Butler episode. And then, I was given a detailed description of what was needed: a brown vest, a red-and-white striped neck tie, and a red long-sleeved jacket with tails, trimmed in black.

This is the pattern we chose and modified.

jacket pattern

pattern for both vest and jacket

I had a few remnants of brown fabric. The one that was ultimately chosen was a crepe-backed satin, but she wanted the matte side, not the shiny side, to show. The shawl collar on the vest was of a brown ultra suede, but she wanted the dark brown shiny reverse side to show. I altered the pattern to fit her slender frame, and cut out the back except for the collar and facing, and about 6 or so inches around the waist in back. The character wears a red and white striped sash tied around the neck in a loose bow. The would-be cosplayer speedily found such a remnant in the stash, and we made the tie in no time.

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And to complete the outfit, she has a white oxford shirt, she has ordered shoes and a kool-aid-colored red wig, she will find red spectacles, and she will wear the jacket as does the character, off the shoulders with the collar bunched-up around the elbows.

jacket

jacket

Hello, Manga! Netflix has a veritable vault full of animé episodes…

Summer Lovin’ [photographical]

summer crape myrtles at the shopping center by the gym

summer crape myrtles at the shopping center by the gym

just a few short months ago, in spring

just a few short months ago, in spring

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Remnants of a grand past: Beautiful Old Buildings in Charleston

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