Thursday, December 17, 2015

Jocole Basic Leggings into Pajama Pants

Jocole Basic Leggings

I am so happy to share a tutorial from Skirt Fixation with you today.  If you've never visited Skirt Fixation, you should go check Audrey out.  Audrey made a pajama set from the Basic Leggings and Peplum top.  I love that Jocole patterns are so easily modified for just about anything you want to make.  Without further ado, Audrey has some tips to share!

Hi Jocole pattern lovers from a fellow Jocole fan! This is Audrey from Skirt Fixation, and I’ve sewn up ALL (but one...gotta work on that) of the Jocole skirt patterns, and the Peplum top multiple times. Today I have a tutorial for you on how to convert the Jocole Basic Leggings pattern into pajama pants. Because everyone’s making pj’s this time of year, and you deserve some pretty new ones too. Let’s get started.

Step 1: Cut out a 2 cuff pieces. This is sort of play it by ear. I tried on a shirt I’d made around my ankle to see how a wrist cuff worked on my ankle. Turned out perfectly, so I just used the wristband piece from another pattern. If it’s too tight, add width.  You will also want to shorten the length of your leg piece by 1/2 the amount of your cuff piece. Just do this right at the bottom of the leg.Pajama Pants tutorial by Skirt Fixation   Step 2: Fold cuff piece in 1/2, WRONG sides together. Pajama Pants tutorial by Skirt Fixation Step 3: Pin cuff to bottom of leggings. The cuff will be smaller than the leg, and need to be evenly stretched to fit. Pajama Pants tutorial by Skirt Fixation Step 4: Sew cuff to bottom of leggings. You will need to stretch the cuff slightly as you sew. Pajama Pants tutorial by Skirt Fixation Step 5: Stitch the inseam on the leggings and the cuff. Pajama Pants tutorial by Skirt Fixation Step 6: After you stitch your inseam, I recommend topstiching 1/8 from the seam allowance as recommended to catch that seam and make those pajama pants nice and cozy! Complete the instructions to assemble the Basic Leggings pattern. Pajama Pants tutorial by Skirt Fixation That’s it! Simple, right? If you want to see the matching top I made and the other pair of pajamas I made for my daughter, please visit us at Skirt Fixation. Sweet dreams!

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Skinny Pants Sew Along Day 4

Skinny Pants Sew Along

Day 4

Today we finish the Skinny Pants.  I hope you have enjoyed sewing with me and are loving your Skinny Pants!

Simple steps for today:

1.  Sew leg side seams.

2.  Sew crotch together.

3.  Add waistband and hem pants.

You are finished!  Congratulations!  Now, lets see some photos of Skinny Pants in the sewing group.  See you soon.



Monday, November 09, 2015

Skinny Pants Sew Along Day 3

Skinny Pants Sew Along

Day 3

Hello again!  I hope you were able to get your practice pants absolutely perfect.  We are now ready to sew up the pants.  This is going to take just a few steps and less than 15 minutes!

First, cut out your pants and pocket pattern pieces.  You can also see some modifications for High Waisted and Flat Front Skinny Pants below.  If you want to make modifications now is the time, before you cut out the pattern pieces.

Let's start with the pockets today and finish the pants tomorrow.

If you are making the patch pockets for the front, it's as easy as:
1.  sewing the 2 pieces (for each pocket) together
2.  flip them right side out and iron
3.  topstitch the curve if desired
4.  place pockets at markings.

If you are making the back pockets:

You can find very detailed instructions and photos for the back pockets here.

You can also find instructions for Inset Pockets here.  Below is an example of inset pockets.

Here are a few more pocket tutorials we have done in case you want to read more:

We'll finish up the Skinny Pants tomorrow.


Thursday, November 05, 2015

Skinny Pants Sew Along Day 2

Skinny Pants Sew Along Day 2

Day 2 Muslin

Today we are working on the muslin for the Skinny Pants.

1.  Use any old fabric that is something you wouldn't use for anything else.

2.  Cut out pants legs according to the pattern pieces.  I traced the pattern in my size onto freezer paper.   If you are unsure of the size, make the bigger size.  You can always cut more off but we can't add any on.

3.  Baste pant legs together at the sides, inseam and crotch.  Be sure to use a long stitch length so that you can rip it out later.

4.  Try on the pants.  

5.  We are looking for areas of the pants that do not fit properly.  Pinch the fabric together at the places that are too big.  

6.  You can see that I used a fabric pencil to mark the areas that are too big.  You can also use pins or fabric markers.

 Be sure to mark on both front and back pattern pieces.

The waist was big on me so I pinched the sides and back together to get them to fit better.  Be careful not to make them too tight so they can be slipped on and off easily.

7.  Carefully remove the pants if you have pins in them.

8.  You can use a pair of your favorite jeans to be sure the Skinnies look right.

9.  Seam rip all seams so that you have just pieces.

10.  Transfer all markings onto the pattern.  You can see that I have marked on the waist and outside of the leg pieces.

You now have the perfect pair of pants, it's that easy.  If you only want to tackle part of this project today, you can pick back up tomorrow, we only have the pockets to do.

Wednesday, November 04, 2015

Skinny Pants Sew Along Day 1 Planning

Skinny Pants Sew Along Day 1

Are you ready???  Did you buy the Jocole Skinny Pants pattern?  If not, hurry and go purchase the women's version here or the girls version here.

And just so you don't forget, look how cute the Skinny Pants are......


Schedule for Skinny Pants Sew Along

Day 1:  Purchase fabric and pattern.  Put together pattern and cut fabric.

Day 2:  Make muslin.

Day 3:  Cut and Sew pockets.

Day 4:  Sew Legs and Waistband

Day 1

1.  Purchase pattern and fabric (be sure you have fabric to make a muslin).

2.  Cut and tape pattern pieces.  If you are unsure about sizing, go up a size so that you can fit the pants exactly to your body.

3.  Cut muslin fabric.

Tomorrow we will put the muslin together.  This step is SUPER important because skinny pants fit everyone differently.  We don't want to waste fabric so let's be sure everything fits before you use the good stuff.  :)    See you tomorrow!!!



Thursday, October 29, 2015

Jocole Skinny Pants Sew Along

Jocole Skinny Pants Sew Along

and coupon code!

Are you ready for another sew along?  Let's sew the Ladies and/or Girls Skinny Pants.  We will begin the sew along on Wednesday, November 4.  Be sure to grab your pattern/s and check back here Monday for the schedule.  Need a coupon code?  Here are the details....

Save up to 25% with Jocole's Skinny Pants Sew Along.

Your entire cart is 25% off, excluding the Ladies Classic Knit Tee.  

Starts:  Thursday, October 29

Ends:  Tuesday, November 3rd at 11:59pm PST.

Use the code "MamaWantsSomePants" during checkout.  See you back here next week!



Saturday, October 24, 2015

Jocole Blog Tour Oct 24

Last day of the blog tour!!!  We have Shelly and Jona on the last day today.  Shelly from Sew Shelly Sew and Jona from Stitches and Spills are ready to share their cuteness today.  

Shelly made a Pencil Skirt and Cap Sleeve Tee.  Go see more photos and read about what she did here.  

Jona made an Endless Dress and Essential Pants to make a super cute outfit.  Go see the cuteness here.

I hope you have enjoyed the tour as much as I have.  I love seeing all of the outfits, precious little ones and some beautiful ladies.

Thanks for joining us!



Friday, October 23, 2015

Jocole Blog Tour Oct 23

Jocole Blog Tour is nearing an end and I'm so sad.  It's been a fun week but it's time to wrap it all up. Today we have Heather with All Things Katy.   Heather made the A Line Shift Dress, Skinnies and Wide Leg Pants.  Go see what she did here!

XOXO, Kara

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Jocole Blog Tour Oct 22

Today on the Blog Tour we have Nienke with Pienkel.  Nienke made a precious Pencil Skirt for her daughter, check it out here.

We also have a second blogger today, Fenna with FABulous Home Sewn.  She made the Faux Wrap Skirt for her daughter and the Skinny Pants for herself.  You must go see the pictures here!

That's all for today!  See you again right here tomorrow.



Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Jocole Blog Tour Oct 21

We have some awesome outfits on the blog tour today.  Soon cute!

Karli from Paisley Roots made the A Line Shift and Basic Leggings for her little.  Go check out more pictures and see what she has to say about the patterns here.

Jessica from The Berry Bunch is also on the tour with her cute maternity remix.  She used the Quick Dress and Classy Cowl Neck to make this cute outfit.  See what she did here.

Be sure to check out the blogs for a coupon code.



Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Jocole Blog Tour Oct 20

Today we have Sharon with Sweet Pea and Pumpkins with some Mix and Match options.  Be sure to check out her outfit here.  


Jocole Blog Tour Oct 19

Today we have Gemia From Phat Quarters Blog bring us a post about the Pencil Skirt and Peplum Top.  Her outfit is to die for!  Go check it out here.



Sunday, October 18, 2015

Jocole Blog Tour Cot 18

We have the awesome Deb from Sprouting Jube Jube on the tour today.  Go see her cute versions of the Quick Dress here.  Thanks for the inspiration Deb!



Saturday, October 17, 2015

Jocole Fall Blog Tour Oct 17

Today we have Hibbadoray on the blog tour.  Can you even stand the cuteness?   Joey made an adorable halloween costume from the Peplum and Ruffle Leggings.  Be sure to visit her page here to see more photos and read her post.



Thursday, October 15, 2015

Jocole Fall Blog Tour Oct. 16

Jocole October Fall Blog Tour

Lisa is on the blog tour today with her cute Peplum, see her blog post here.

Magda has the Widely Pants featured, see her blog post here.



Jocole Fall Blog Tour Oct. 15

Today on the Jocole Fall Blog Tour we have Pencil Skirts and the Quick Dress Top.  Please go see what Ajaire and Fiona made with these fun patterns.

Ajaire with Call Ajaire made mommy/daughter Pencil Skirts that are adorable.  Pencil Skirts All Around 
Fiona with Gingerbear made the Quick Dress as a Top that I love (the fabric is gorgeous!).  A Spring Quick Top 
Be sure to visit the blogs for a chance to win a free pattern and coupon code.

It's here!  Jocole has a MASSIVE blog tour ready for your viewing pleasure!  I hope you are ready to see some fun takes on Jocole ladies and girls patterns.  For the next week you will be able to see what some awesome bloggers have made with Jocole patterns and hopefully get some great ideas about what you can make.

Here is the lineup of bloggers:

Oct. 15 - 
Ajaire with Call Ajare
Fiona with Gingerbear

Oct. 16 -
Magda with House of Estrela
Lisa with Mabey She Made It

Oct. 17 -
Joey with Hibbadoray

Oct. 18 -
Deb with Sprouting JubeJube

Oct. 19 -
Gemia with Phat Quarters Blog

Oct. 20 -
Carrie with Beri Bee Designs

Oct. 21 -
Karly with Paisley Roots
Jessica with Bunch O Berries

Oct. 22 -
Fenna with FABulous Home Sewn
Nienke with Pienkel

Oct. 23 -
Heather with All Things Katy
Sharon with Sweet Pea and Pumpkins

Oct. 24 -
Shelly with Sew Shelly Sew
Jona with Stitches and Spills

Join us all week right here to see these beautiful creations by these lovely ladies.  Be sure to visit all the blogs on the day of the post for a chance to win a free pattern and for a coupon code!



Tuesday, July 07, 2015

Summer Blog Tour Endless Dress in Happy Home

Summer Blog Tour

Jocole Endless Dress 

with Art Gallery Happy Home Fabric

I know it seems really early to be thinking about the start of school, but is it really?  School starts in one short month and I need to be prepared.  The start of school brings back such memories of my childhood.  I remember being sleepless the night before the first day of school.  Who will my teacher be?  What if I can't find my locker?  What if I can't find my classes?  Lunch time in High School was always so worrisome for me.  Back then, we had to make phone calls (yes, pick up the phone and call someone!) to find out if we had any friends in our lunch period.

My own children don't seem to worry much about the start of school, they are just excited.  Excited for the new year, new friends, old friends, new teachers and especially those new school supplies.  Do you remember that smell?
I made the Endless Dress for the first day outfit for my youngest daughter.  I just love the words on the skirt fabric.  Memories, love, together, happiness, warmth, family......  Those words not only speak to having a Happy Home, but also to a successful school year.

I used Art Gallery fabric from the Happy Home Collection and I just love the colors and patterns, not to mention how soft they are.

I also made the Essential Pants in the shorts length to add a little coverage under the dress.  I use the Essential Pants pattern all the time.  They make perfect shorts and we can never have too many shorts.
Fabrics used:  Entryways Joyeux, To Live by Love, Lotus Beats Echo, Where the Heart is Pure

Please be sure to enter for a chance to win the Endless Dress Pattern from Jocole.

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Fabric was provided by Art Gallery Fabrics.