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Funky Floral Explosion and Everything That Sparkles Ain’t Gold…It’s Blue!

This is Seamwork’s Aires pattern!  Yes!  I subscribe to Seamwork Mag and when you do, you  will receive 2 credits each month to purchase patterns from the mag!  Cool, huh?!  I’ve always been a fan of Colette patterns, so this was a no-brainer to subscribe to the mag!

My thought/plan for sizing and alterations:  my waist is between XL and 2X, my hips will fit  Large (full tummy, no hips or a$$).  So, I will cut size XL and adjust hips to Large. 


I used the overlock/serger for most of the construction.  


Why I picked this pattern?  Unlike traditional leggings, these have panels in which you can use contrasting fabrics like a mesh, or whatever.  Even if you decide to use main fabric for all panels, it still gives an interesting look!

Well, I did not alter the hips to a large and just cut a straight size XL and they fit me perfectly!


I love them!  (I’m holding the waist, because I need to purchase more elastic for the waistband 😜). 

Happy Sewing!

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My Skinny Jeans Are Sew Liberating

(Pun intended…hehehe!)

Can I say, I will make loads of these jeans! I cut them out one day (I HATE cutting out patterns!), and sewed them up in one day…today!

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Any(body) would fit these jeans perfectly! The waistband is rib knit and elastic, there are faux front pockets and fly, but the rest of the jeans are constructed like a “regular” pair of jeans. The pattern suggests to use a twin needle (I didn’t have one), but I did have and used a ball point needle and did the double stitch lines by sewing 1/8″ from the first stitching. I think it came out quite well!

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I sewed the sides with 1″ seam allowance because I have narrow hips and “noassatall”. All other required seams to construct were fine. Next time, I will lengthen maybe 2″, I like a little “scrunch” at the ankles. I will also move the back pockets up a little and more toward the center back, or cut them a couple of sizes smaller.

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Now I’ve been Sew Liberated, I need stretch cotton in red, black, navy and white for spring/summer!

Love, Peace and Sew!