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Knit Moto Jacket Sew Along and Tutorial

Ann Siegle

The Christine Jonson Moto Jacket 1006 is the classic cool-girl jacket designed for stretch fabrics. The Moto features classic asymmetrical zipper, collar, shaped body and single piece sleeve. This jacket is designed so a beginner sewist can tackle a cool-jacket project without having sewn jackets before. You can make it in traditional black, or go upscale in burgundy, add a punch of color with coral or pale blue or even try gray and print stable knit fabrics for fun.

The Sew Along and Tutorial will take you through the process of sewing your own Moto jacket. We recommend sewing it in 4-way Ponte di Roma “Ponte” knit fabric. This jacket can also be made in a stretch wool, stretch denim, cotton Lycra or stretch double-knit fabric. Any stable, stretchy, jacket-weight fabric can be used, but your FIRST Moto should be made in a ponte knit.

The Moto Jacket sew along will be in four parts, from fabric and size selection to styling and wearing.


October 6

Order the pattern at the link below, get your fabric and cut your size as per the Perfect Sizing Worksheet and the pattern envelope. We recommend rayon nylon Ponte knit with Lycra, 4-way stretch. We cover how the sew along works, how to select the size for your Moto, how to pair up the best fabrics for the best results for your Moto, how to cut and prepare pattern pieces. Videos will be posted below each section once they are complete.

Stretch ruler: download and print one here (with instructions on how to use it.)

Calculate your size:  Download the Perfect Sizing Worksheet™ (paper PDF) 

Lesson one video: what you’ll need and prepping your pattern, cutting it out.

October 13:

You will need some strips of interfacing for the zipper insertion, and a zipper (as per the pattern envelope.) You’ll be sewing the Moto body assembly in this segment

October 20:

Sew the Moto body – you’ll sew the Moto zipper, facing and sleeves


October 28:

Hem your Moto and then style it!

We’ll show you how to style the Moto, how to modify it in other fabrics, add pockets, rivets and other details.

How it works: 

1  Join the Christine Jonson Patterns Facebook Group

2  Join the event in the pinned post to participate and see group posts

3  Sew yours at home on your schedule, following along with videos that will be added to this blog post or LIVE on our Facebook page.

4  Post on the group with questions or progress photos

5  Post your finished photos when done!

20% off discount code available from October 1- 31, 2018. Get yours by joining the Christine Jonson Sewing Circle on Facebook and looking for the pinned post at the top.

Sleeveless Turtleneck, Cropped Pants, Oversized Cardigan Trends for Fall 2018

Ann Siegle

Streetstyle trends for fall 2018

Spending time watching people in some big California cities this summer left us feeling a bit, well, retro! 

Christine Jonson Sewing Patterns Sleeveless Turtleneck Pinterest

Shown here from Style at a Certain Age, we love the sleeveless turtleneck look for fall. 

We saw several trends in (cooler) San Francisco worth noting for fall:

  • The “Carrot” pant – wider, pleated at the top, and cropped or pegged near the (cropped) ankle were everywhere. These are sleeker than their 1990s counterparts – the leg is definitely slim from hip to hem. 
  • The sleeveless turtleneck returns! Wear it cropped at high hip with a wider shape over higher waist pants or (gasp!) tuck it into high waist jeans
  • Oversized cardigans with dropped shoulders pair nicely with the turtlenecks (so do jackets, in plaid or boucle)
  • Sporty sneakers with platform soles are perfect with the cropped pants, as are short booties

Skinny pants stil abound, the carrot shape returns, but we also saw some wide legs and some very flared legs too – in short, pick the pant style YOU want and wear that. 

The sleeveless turtleneck was fun to see again. For those of you who loved it back in the 1990s, you CAN wear it again! Try it classic, as found in Base Wear Two or make it wider at the sideseam below the bust down to the hem and crop it at high hip (but below your taller waistband pants.) Stripes were everywhere, but we also saw it in camel and black (of course!) Worn with a textured sweater knit swing cardigan (Swing Jacket) or even a collarless jacket in a sweater knit (try the Double Collar Princess Jacket with none of the collars) the cold-arms thing won’t be a problem. Whatever you do, don’t repeat the 1990s trend and match your sleeveless turtleneck with your cardigan – they should be different colors in the 2018 variation. 

If you want a wee bit more upper arm coverage, try Three Tees with the turtleneck option on the sleeveless top. It has a slight cut on cap sleeve that will work well with this look. Make it in a light haatchi sweater knit, or even a midweight sweater knit. 

Of course, there is the slight ridiculousness of being outside, in the cold, in a sleeveless turtleneck. That argument still rings true, but it makes a great layering piece under skinny-sleeved jackets or cardigans (and also allows you to layer more comfortably.) 

As for footwear, sneakers, particularly the style with the platform bottom with either Velcro or ties were everywhere. Pants were cropped above ankle (cold arms and ankles this year is trendy.) These are perfect Autum/Spring outfits – you’ll no doubt have to cover up your ankles when winter arrives by wearing booties or warmer socks.





Double Collar Princess Jacket Sewing Pattern: Sew Your Own Boucle Jacket, Cropped Blazer or Long Jacket

Ann Siegle

The Double Collar Princess Jacket is your go-to for an EASY to sew fall/winter/spring blazer or jacket pattern. The Double Collar (or single collar, or no collar at all) jacket is impeccably designed with a forward-shoulder seam (to keep the jacket from rolling back when worn), shapely princess seams and multiple, customizable lengths. 

For fall 2018 we're seeing tons of menswear fabrics - glen plaid, tartan plaid, tweeds. Of course, nubby boucle (knit or woven) are always popular cool-weather fabrics, too. This jacket is a great place to print-mix with your tee shirts.  For fall, we're seeing a lot of pink/rose and gray - here we're showing a textured thinner rayon/wool/poly that looks like a pink solid but is print textured. It looks great with a heather gray and dark gray stripe tee shirt knit. The lighter textured woven fabric is perfect for the double collar - a chic couture detail that adds an extra something special to your outfit. On the right, a brown/cream heavier wool fabric would work great with a single collar. Shown here with a stripe French Terry, this mix of neutrals will look fabulous with jeans.

If you're heading for Spring 2018 in the southern hemisphere or a warm climate, this jacket is fabulous in linen! It's unlined, so it's cool and comfortable. You can also choose a rayon-blend twill or even a silk twill. 

And you can make a classic "French Jacket" (you know the one we're talking about!) by omitting the collar altogether, cropping the jacket at high hip. No fussy couture sewing necessary You can add trim, including hand-crochet trim, or ribbon trim to the edges of the "French Jacket" version to look just like the famous designer jackets.

On our model, Kay, shown above, it's deliciously cozy in a boucle knit and wears like a sweater coat. You can see the detail of the double collar really stand out in a lighter weight fabric like a linen, twill, silk twill or lightweight wool blend. 

Wear with:

  • Jeans
  • Tee shirt - try the bateau-necked Keyhole Top (without the keyhole), or Three Tees for a slouchy almost-dolman tee, the Banded Neck Tee from Travel Trio One or the Raglan Tee from Travel Trio Three
  • Take Along Dress
  • Perfect Pant Skinny
  • Perfect Pant Classic Wide Leg (with a cropped jacket)
Double Collar Princess Jacket 427
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Exploring an easy summer knit dress sewing pattern with pockets - Take Along Dress

Ann Siegle

The Christine Jonson Patterns Take Along Dress is a cute knit dress sewing pattern with pockets! The dress features FIVE sleeve variations - from sleeveless to 3/4 flared sleeve - and a cute above-the-knee length. The dress is so simple to sew that there are just NINE steps to complete the dress. It's beginner-friendly but expert sewists will find the dress so fun to embellish with dye, embroidery, heat transfer vinyl or stripes and matched border prints. 

Let's dive in to the dress! From the graceful boat neck, the dress is close to the bust before flaring gently out over the waist and hips to a swishy hem. The pockets are cut-on, meaning they very nearly disappear into the side of the dress. Their placement was exacting - Christine spent many test samples getting them to hang just so - they don't poof out and they don't show when your hands aren't in them. As for putting your phone in them, we do recommend stabilizing the wrong side of the knit pocket with a tricot interfacing. This will help the pocket hold it's shape. In addition, sewing a small triangle onto the front side of the pocket will anchor it to the 'front' of the dress.

Top row: Take Along dress with flutter sleeve, 3/4 flared sleeve and cap sleeve. 
Middle row: Pattern tester friends flutter sleeve, cap sleeve, sleeveless, 
Bottom row: Pattern tester friends short flared sleeve, cap sleeve (under Moto Jacket) and flutter sleeve (under Moto jacket)

The dress finishes above the knee - but there is a lengthen/shorten line and testers who have made it have made it the actual size, 1" and 2" longer depending upon the look they were going for. 

You can make the Take Along dress in any stretch knit fabric, from Ponte to rayon lycra, to athletic lycra or cotton lycra and slinky. You could even try a less stretchy knit like a French Terry for fall if you go up a size. Depending on the fabric's stretch and recovery (using the Perfect Sizing Worksheet) you can go up or down a size. The flutter sleeve can be left raw edge when cut with a rotary cutter, and the cap sleeve can be doubled before being stitched into the dress, for a no-hem finish. 

The short sleeve (about elbow length) is flared, adding a fun look to this great dress. The best part? It goes with everything and to everywhere, from work to casual, from dinner to the beach. Our testers have even made it in stretch mesh and stretch eyelet for a swim coverup! 

Jogger pants sewing pattern - inserting a slash pocket into a dart

Ann Siegle

Your favorite super-simple relaxed jogger pants sewing pattern doesn't have a side seam, but you want pockets in them. You can easily adapt a slash pocket into a dart to create roomy pockets in your jogger pants sewing pattern with a few simple steps.

 Easy pockets in a pair of pants that has no side seam!

Easy pockets in a pair of pants that has no side seam!

1) Grab a jogger pants pattern (we're using the Christine Jonson Sewing Patterns Cuff Pant with leg width modifications shown below)

2) Grab a slash pocket pattern - a slash pocket is one that has an angled front, a longer back pocket piece and a front pocket piece with an angle on it. The back pocket piece becomes the new side seam

3) A ruler or the Cuff Pants pattern (link below)

You'll need:

A slash pocket from a sewing pattern (any slash pocket will work. The Cuff Pant pattern has one in it.)  This includes a back pocket and a front pocket piece. A side seam pocket will only have ONE pattern piece, this is not the right style. 

Mark the side seam on your pants by lining up CF and CB seams and folding the pattern at the side seam. Draw a shaped dart (see illustration).

Watch the 15-minute how-to video, including how the jogger looks on our Customer Experience Evangelist, Ann (CJP size 12)

Your dart should be 3" longer than your pocket opening, so lay your pocket down on your pant or skirt pattern, line up the waist edges of both pocket and pants and mark a point 3" down from the bottom of where the pocket attaches.

  • Cut your shaped dart out of your pants pattern
  • Assemble the pocket as directed by your sewing pattern, sewing the slash side first,
  • Attachthe pocket pieces together around the curved edge,
  • Sew the bottom leg of the dart below the pocket
  • Voila! You've got a great pocket where your pattern had none before!


Making the Cuff Pant in to skinny jogger pants:

  • Lay the pattern piece out flat.
  • Trace the pattern piece.
  • Using a ruler, starting at the crotch seam, draw an angle down to about 3" above the cuff, about 2" in from the side seam. Straighten the angle to go straight down (this will make the cuff and/or casing easier to sew) to the bottom of the pattern. 
  • Cut and sew the pants according to directions if you want to use the cuff version. 
  • If you want to use cased elastic hems, fold the hem under as directed for the cuff, and sew one row of casing 1/2", leaving an opening to thread elastic in. Thread elastic into the lower casing, leaving it loose enough so the pants hug the ankle but don't bind up when you sit and stand. Stitch the casing closed. Sew a second row of casing stitches, leaving an opening, and insert that elastic in, sewing the casing closed. 
  • Done! 

Cropping the Cuff Pant to a wide cropped pant:

  • Measure your inseam to your lower calf (below the widest part of your calf but several inches above your ankle)
  • Transfer that measurement to your pants pattern as your finished hem length
  • Draw a line 1.5" below that mark to create your cropped cut for the new hem
  • Sew the pants as usual, edge serge, press up the new hem 1.5" and topstitch from the right side.
Cuff Pant 945
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