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Monday, 12 November 2012

AJ`s Gym Shirt - By Request

 AJ doesn`t ask me to sew things for him very often.  So when he does I do my best to create what he asks for.  This time he asked for a gym shirt.  He was very specific.  It had to be out of the grey sweatshirt material, it had to be a tank top and no it couldn`t be embellished in any way.  Even adding the black ribbing was a stretch but in the end he really liked it.

The bands turned out perfect on the sleeves but the neckline I am not proud of.  Since I didn`t have a ready made pattern and as usual created my own by tracing an existing shirt, I wasn`t sure exactly how long to make the ribbing.  Turns out less is more in terms of necklines.  It looks pretty good until he puts it on.  The it gapes a bit with the black ribbing sagging in the middle at the front.  I hate looking at it to be honest but AJ loves the shirt and wouldn`t let me take the neckline apart to make the ribbing smaller.  He was too impatient and wanted to bring it to school right away.  Oh well, live and learn!

On the plus side he really does like it and for me that is the best compliment.  Especially from a boy who grabs whatever his hand lands on first (whether it`s clean or dirty!!) and throws it on in the morning.  So this one is going in the success column despite it`s mistakes.

I hope you have and are having a wonderful day!

Sidney`s Dolman Top - Version 1

 This is the first Dolman Sleeve Top I created for Sid.  She chose the fabric and asked for the button detail.  I added the tie at the bottom hoping she`d like it and she did.  The only real problem with this top is that it`s a bit too short for her long back.  That means butt crack showing when she`s playing.  Something I`m not a fan of, as I`m sure most of you out there aren`t. 

Sid still wears this top a lot.  Like every time it`s washed but I really wish I had made it longer.  I`m thinking of detaching the band and creating a wider one.

I love how the tie turned out!  Gives it a bit of style which my little fashionista likes.

I managed to mach of the stripes fairly well.  A fact that I`m proud of since this shirt was probably only my second time sewing stripes.

If I was asked right now what my favorite sewing notion is I would answer ``My neon thread``.  My last 10 or 12 projects have been sewn with neon thread with the exception of AJ`s pillowcase and a few things I created for one of the neighborhood kids birthday.

For the elastic closure I used a hair elastic.  They come in so many colors and are so cheap that you can stock up and always have the one you want right there when you want it.  Hide them from your girls though or they will end up in their hair instead of on their clothes!!!

Hope you have and are having a wonderful day!

Don't Shoot Fall Jacket

My son needed a fall jacket badly this year.  After watching him run out the door and shiver for a few mornings it got started thinking.  After looking through my stash of fabric this is what I came up with.  It's bright and all boy and perfect for him.  The orange fleece was really easy to work with but hard to photograph.  It still looks a bit different in person, almost glows!  The striped lining fabric is a knit I picked up at a garage sale this summer.  I think the two fabrics go really well together and this jacket has become the one we all reach for if we have to run outside for something in a hurry.  It's been washed a few times and worn for almost 2 months and still looks great so I'm calling it a success.

Since I didn't use a pattern there are a few mistakes.  The most glaring and embarrassing one is the bottom band.  It somehow ended up wider at one edge than the other so the edges don't match up very well.  I took a picture of this and posted it because I want you to avoid my mistakes!!!  Measure carefully and be careful not to stretch your knit fabric.  This mistake is surprisingly not very noticeable when he is wearing the jacket.  I guess busy boys cover their Mom's sewing goofs well!!!

I used this tutorial  by Jessica of Me Sew Crazy for the construction of the jacket.  As in how I sewed the lining and the outer jacket together.  It seems confusing at first but just go slow and you will get it.  To create my pattern I simply traced a sweater of my son's that I knew fit him.  I wanted the jacket to be bigger so I added a seam allowance and 2 inches to the front, back and sleeves.  For the hood I did an internet search for 3 piece hood pattern because I didn't have enough fabric left for a 2 piece hood.  In the end I just traced around an existing hood and then drew a line where I wanted the middle piece to be.  When you create your middle piece don't forget to double the width, otherwise you will be sewing it down the middle which would create a 4 piece hood instead of a 3 piece hood.

All in all it was a fun project that I'm happy I attempted.  Especially since my son loves it and has since requested a shirt for gym and a pillowcase (posts coming soon for both).  I haven`t done much sewing for him so it`s been very nice to create things he really likes.

Hope you have and are having a wonderful day!

Thursday, 11 October 2012

Sidney's First Dress

We bought our little Sid a sewing machine for Christmas last year.  Over the past few months she has been sewing on and off and slowly learning how to do it.  Yesterday out of the blue she asked if she could go through my scrap box.  Of course I said yes!  She created a dress all by herself and I'm so proud :)  The only thing she didn't design and create on her own are the lines of stitching down the front of the bodice.  I created those a few weeks ago for a failed project (a fancy dress for Sid for picture day).  Did I mention she's 9?

Jess if you are reading this, don't worry!  I didn't forget about you and all of your gorgeous creations over the past few months.  I just need to take some good pics of them and then they will have their own post or posts too.  I'm very proud of you and your creations too.

So here is Sid modelling her first dress:

I hope you like this as much as I do. 

Hope you had and are having a wonderful day!


Patchwork Fabric Basket (better pics)

I don't usually follow tutorials completely.  I almost always change something or other.  This tutorial by Ayumi on her blog Pink Penguin is an exception.  When you look at my version you will see how truly unskilled I am at quilting.  I still love how it turned out though and so did Sid.  She wanted it immediately and I was happy to give it to her.  It was practice for Christmas presents so all in all I'm pleased.  It's got lots of flaws, not the fault of the tutorial but totally my doing.  I hope I get better at it as I create more for loved ones.

The patchwork fabric is from some fat quarters I had in my stash.  The linen is upcycled from a shirt I got at the thrift store.  And yes I used neon orange thread, I think I'm addicted to my neon thread.  My last 6 or 7 projects have been sewn with it.  Go check out Ayumi's Blog - Pink Penguin for more great tutorials and many beautiful and beautifully sewn items to drool over.

Hope you had and are having a wonderful day!


Grade 1 Denim and Daisy Outfit (better pics)

This little outfit had been on my mind for a while.  When I found a barely worn denim skirt at the thrift store (ladies size XL) it really took shape in my mind.  The daisy fabric is quilting cotton from my stash, purchased in SK at least 3 years ago.  I never used it for it's original purpose, which I now forget, but I was glad to see how well it went with the denim.  The elastic for the waistband is also from the thrift store.  Allie likes the outfit the most of the two I think.  She wears it at least once a week.

Maybe one day she will actually pose for me.  As you scroll down you will see a pic of her posing in front of the outfit lol.  She wanted nothing to do with actually modelling it for a photo shoot.

Warning: there are a lot of pics in this post!

Brown Linen Grade 1 Dress (better pics)

So this year I really wanted to sew all of my kids a few back to school items.  That plan got derailed when I decided to go back to SK for the month of August.  I did get a few things done for Allie though.  This Brown dress was upcycled from a skirt I bought at the thrift store.  The local thrift store has $5.00 bag days.  You get a brown paper bag when you walk in the door and you can cram whatever you want into it.  I look for nice fabric in bigger sizes so that I can bring them home and upcycle them.  After a little thought this is what I ended up with.  Allie seems to like it and wears it regularly.  I plan to make a long sleeve top and some leggings to match this week.  Top and leggings with be made with thrifted knit in while and teal stripes.

Once again sorry for the not so great pics but these are better than the first ones I posted!!!  By far!!  It has a bubble hem and the colorful fabric was from a fat quarter I've had in my stash for a few months.

Hope you had and are having a wonderful day!


KCWC Day 3

Day 1 and 2 were a no go for me.  My hubby was in town, and since we only see him for a week every 6 to 10 weeks, that meant no sewing for me.  I'm ok with that cause I am seriously missing the man!!  After 23 years together not spending everyday with him (he's still in SK settling our affairs there) is hard.  Hopefully it's almost over though :)

So for Day 3 I managed to sew a new top for Sid.  She picked the fabric out herself, so she loves it and wore it to school today.  Without further ado I give you KCWC Day 3 - Thrifted orange fabric dolman sleeve top with tie at the waist.

Please forgive the really horrible pictures.  I am really not a good photographer and it was raining outside so I had to make to with against the wall shots.  Not great I know but I hope you get the general idea.

I have some new pictures ready of the first few projects I posted so I will be re-posting those plus I have a tutorial for this shirt in the works and a few other cute KCWC items on the way.

Hope you had and are having a wonderful day :)