I love sewing lingerie, garments and home decor. About a year ago I discovered that I also enjoy drawing and also painting with watercolors. I started learning to draw by using books from the library, sketching and painting with watercolors. With this new love for art,
Men’s Flannel Stewart Plaid Pajamas – McCall’s 4244
My husband loves the flannel pajamas that I made him last year for Christmas so I decided to make him another pair this year. This fabric is 45 inch wide cotton flannel in Stewart plaid. I purchased all of this fabric that the store had, which was 4-1/4 yards. I needed every inch of the… Continue reading Men’s Flannel Stewart Plaid Pajamas – McCall’s 4244
Breton Striped Top for France – Burda 6722 Top and Matching Scarf
The fabric, from Stonemountain and Daughter in nearby Berkeley, rivals similar Saint James striped knits, and it sews beautifully. It is easy care wash and wear and it gets softer with each wash.
Barrett Bralettes and Acacia Panties made with Fabric from San Francisco Area Fabric Stores
I'm heading off on a vacation to France soon and I've been busy making lingerie for my trip. Nothing is better on a trip than having lots of pretty new lingerie in my suitcase! If you've been following me on Instagram (@jolirosestudio)...
A Breton Striped Dress and a French Navy Dress – Both from Burda 6722
This was my first time using Burda patterns and I had a fantastic experience! Burda 6722 is well-designed pattern...
London Calling! Pink and Orange Blouse – Simplicity 8454
I just finished making another modified version of Simplicity 8454, this time using a Robert Kaufman fabric called London Calling Lawn Stem Pink. It is a perfect summer-weight lawn cotton with just the right drape for this pattern. I purchased this fabric at the Fabric Outlet in San Francisco. This blouse has the same bodice as… Continue reading London Calling! Pink and Orange Blouse – Simplicity 8454
Gingham Ruffled Sleeve Blouse – Modification of Simplicity 8454
After months of wearing sweaters and knit tops, I wanted a comfortable and stylish top for the warmer spring weather. I knew this new top had to have ruffled or flounce sleeve. Pattern I had a couple of patterns in my collection for tops with flounce sleeves, but I wanted a ruffled sleeve like this… Continue reading Gingham Ruffled Sleeve Blouse – Modification of Simplicity 8454
Black Velvet Bralette and Panties
I recently purchased this lovely stretch velvet in black and burgundy and on the same day, I discovered a new bralette pattern by Madalynne, called the Barrett bralette. You can find this free (yes, I said free!) Barrett bralette pattern here. If you've been following my blog, you know I am a big fan of… Continue reading Black Velvet Bralette and Panties
Bonne Nuit Mon Cheri! Men’s Pajamas using McCall’s Pattern 4244
I recently made two sets of pajamas for my husband as gifts and I am really happy with the results. These two sewing projects were very satisfying; my husband loves his new pajamas, and the fact that I made them for him, and he wears them every night. I don't know of any other garment that I've made that gets so much wear.
Base Layer Bodysuit – Simplicity Pattern 8435
Viola! I just finished making my third bodysuit! I've been wanting a bodysuit for a long time, ever since I grew out of my last one when I was 10 years old! Bodysuits are making a comeback after taking a long hiatus. There are many patterns for bodysuits available for the home sewer and also many bodysuits ready-to-wear on-line and in brick-and-mortar stores.
Learning to Knit Cables – Wool Cabled Hat, Scarf and Mittens
One of my goals for 2018 is to knit more and learn new techniques. Most of my knitting has been focused on using the stockinette stitch, a row of knit and then a row of purl. Recently I taught myself how to knit cable patterns. This scarf, hat and mittens were my first foray into… Continue reading Learning to Knit Cables – Wool Cabled Hat, Scarf and Mittens
Knitted Wool Vest – Splitstone Vest Pattern
I recently finished knitting this brown wool vest. The pattern, called Splitstone by designer Alicia Plummer. is available on Ravelry. I used Rowan's pure worsted wool made in England that I purchased at Fibre Space - a Yarn Universe in Alexandria, Virginia. If you haven't been to this wonderful indie store yet, you need to… Continue reading Knitted Wool Vest – Splitstone Vest Pattern
A Tailored Shirt for the Fall from Simplicity 1538
I just finished sewing this tailored shirt using Simplicity 1538, view B. This was the first time that I've made a shirt from this pattern and I am so pleased with the results...
Black and Pink Lace Bra and Panties – Bra from Pin-up Girls Patterns and Panties from Kwik Sew K2325
Hot off my sewing machine! I just finished a partial-band bra and pantie set made from black stretch galloon lace and fushia powernet...
Butterick #6446 – Blue Gingham Dress
After a summer of sewing for other people and for our new home, I decided it was time to make a dress for myself. I love gingham and...
Kimono Robes – Made from Cotton Fabric from San Francisco’s Fabric Outlet
Making these kimono robes was a win-win for both me and my twin - she has a new robe and I have a great pattern, in two lengths and two chest widths, that I'm sewing again and again.
Fresh Peach Cobbler with Cinnamon and Vanilla Bean Ice Cream
Nothing says summer like peach cobbler made from fresh peaches, warm from the oven and served with vanilla bean ice cream!
Raspberry Ricotta Cake
This cake is light and moist with raspberries and vanilla and delicious any time of day and throughout the year. It is not too sweet and great for brunch. The aroma as it bakes is heavenly!
White Lace Bra – Partial Band Pin-up Girls Bra
This lace bra was a fun pieces of lingerie to make - I know there are many more lace bras in my future!
Yummiest and Easiest Waffles EVER! Overnight Yeast-Raised Waffles!
I love this recipe because in addition to the results, amazing waffles, you make them the night before, store the batter in the refrigerator, and in the morning, add the baking soda, stir and make waffles! Just 15 minutes from the time you wake up until you are EATING THE BEST WAFFLES EVER!
A Pretty Rosy Chemise and Panties from Butterick B6031 – A Pattern Review
This was my first time using a Butterick pattern by Gertie. I followed Gertie's Butterick pattern 6031 to make a chemise and panties from sheer stretch mesh and stretch lace. They turned out really pretty, don't you think? I made the chemise, which is a modified variation of version C, and the panties, version D,… Continue reading A Pretty Rosy Chemise and Panties from Butterick B6031 – A Pattern Review
Two Bralette and Panty Sets from Simplicity 8228
I recently made two bralette and panty sets using Simplicity 8228. This fabulous pattern was designed by Madalynne "Maddie" Flanigan. I also have her other pattern, Simplicity 8229, which is an underwire bra and panty. I am really looking forward to making these. If you haven't yet had an opportunity to make intimate apparel… Continue reading Two Bralette and Panty Sets from Simplicity 8228
The Life Changing Magic of Sewing Your Own Bras!
After I made my first bra, I was hooked on making bras! I knew I had finally figured out what I want to do with my life. It felt like magic!
Double Bubble Pink! A Dress from Simplicity D0657 and a Bodysuit from Simplicity 8435
I recently purchased this 100% cotton double knit, double bubble gum pink fabric at Stone Mountain and Daughter in Berkeley, California to make a muslin for dress I planned to sew using Simplicity D0657 pattern. I found this fabric upstairs where all of the fabric is half price. So not only was it the fabulous… Continue reading Double Bubble Pink! A Dress from Simplicity D0657 and a Bodysuit from Simplicity 8435