Wednesday, December 17, 2014

A little yarn detour....

So last winter at some point, my sister-in-law posted the link to this slipper pattern and said she wished she could make these.  I took the bait - asked about colors and sizes - and ordered the pattern.  I never did get around to making them last winter, but this fall, I realized that I needed a portable project for lunchtimes at one of my jobs.  These came out, and they've worked out great!

The solid green ones are for my sister-in-law.  The other two pair are for my niece.  By foot measurement, the red/yellow/green ones should have been the right size, but they seemed awfully big (quite possibly user error!).  So I also made the purple/green ones in the smaller size.  (The purple/green variegated yarn was leftover from the slippers that I haven't yet finished for my aunt!)  I figured that even if the smaller size is right, she'll eventually grow into the larger one.

A close-up of my favorite buttons.  I found these at JAF, and I really wish they'd had other colorways to fit my slippers.  These are so cute!

To be honest, these are totally not my style.  The cuffs are way too foofy for me.  But if that's your thing, I can highly recommend the pattern.  It is well-designed and well-written, and it really works up quickly.  I could see myself using it again, if I thought the recipient would like this style.

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Dribs and drabs

My sister-in-law likes having matching mother-daughter stuff.  Not sure that she's quite taken it to PJs/loungewear, but hey!  Why not?  :)  I made her a pair of Tigger PJ pants last Christmas (she hasn't gotten them yet - shhhh) when I accidentally cut the wrong size for another friend.  Now I made a matching pair for my niece!  These are from the Kwik Sew Sewing for Toddlers book.

A friend commissioned some special flannel pillowcases for some friends, and I was happy to oblige!  There are two of these, and I hope that the recipients love them as much as she hopes.

And more key fobs!  I think there will be a few more to come - don't think I have any teacher ones left - but these are for a few coworkers and friends.  The short ones are for my boys for stocking gifts - they like putting them on their backpacks as zipper pulls.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Some new PJs

When I made Thing 2 the new Angry Bird Star Wars PJs, I also cut out the regular Angry Bird PJs.  And there they have sat for the last almost two months.  But this weekend, I got them stitched up.  The top is a purchased T-shirt, and I added appliques.

While I was at it, I had also cut out some PJs that were supposed to be for a friend's son's birthday - back in July.  Oops!  I finally finished those up.  They're flannel, so he may still be interested in wearing them before spring.  Hopefully.  These are a flannel from my deep stash - I believe it was part of a Christmas gift about ten years ago!  Glad to finally be using some.

Monday, December 8, 2014

Upcoming gifts

I had the brilliant idea a year or two ago to make infinity scarves as Christmas gifts.  And I tried it out on one scarf, and that's where I left the idea.  (Too many ideas, not enough time.)  So this year, I decided to revisit it.  And I actually made a few already!

This is a woven cotton shirting - I think - that I found at HF.  For something that's not flannel or fleece, it's still fairly soft.  I chose it mainly for the color/print, which is perfect for one of the recipients.  This made 3 scarves, so a total win.  

This fabric is one of the Plaiditude collection at JAF.  It's a brushed cotton, and it's soooo soft!  I wish they had enough left of the other colorways that I liked, because I would buy it all!  This one made 2 scarves.

With each of these, I used scissors instead of my rotary cutter, and I carefully followed the lines of the plaid to cut them.  Normally I'd be all about the rotary cutter and ruler, but my obsession over matching the stripes took over.

I really think the recipients will like these.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

And still more stockings!

We have previously documented my love for the StudioCherie Burlap Stocking pattern (minus the burlap).  Well, I'm at it again.

First up, monogrammed stockings for a wedding gift: I don't know the couple's tastes and preferences, so I didn't want to use novelty fabric.  Instead, I went more classic.  She has always liked more of a bright blue or turquoise, and he is a soldier, so I chose a darker blue.  Both colors are remnants from my last set of stockings, and the red print used for the piping was also a remnant from the last set.  All I had to buy to make these were the linen blend and the muslin lining.

While I was getting my sewing mojo back, I decided to throw in a stocking for my buddy.  She's into martial arts, and I had made her a scrub shirt for her birthday, using fabric I found on eBay.  I still had plenty of remnants left, so I used that print for the cuffs and back of the stocking.  The red print used for the piping on the above stockings is the one used for the front here.  I found a black print in stash which became the piping, and I bought another black print for the monogram.  Here's hoping she loves it!

And the back....

Sunday, October 12, 2014

I'm back!'s been forever, but I'm finally back.  The palate cleanser project to get me back into things was a new pair of PJs for Thing 2.  I did some retail therapy awhile back and bought two one-yard cuts of Angry Birds flannel to make him new PJs.  And I bought the coordinating T-shirts around the same time, so that I could get these done....and then they sat.

But here is the first one!  The shorts are from KS3042, size M - they're long on him, but that just gives some room to grow.  And I chose one of the motifs to add to the shirt to tie them together.  Thing 2 is wearing them now, which makes me happy.  A good way to ease back into the sewing....

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

A long time away....

It's been just about two months since my last posting.  Part of the problem is that I started working a lot more over the summer.  That's good for my bank account, but not so great for getting projects done.  But the bigger issue is that honestly I've been missing my sewing mojo for quite some time.  I hope to get back into the groove and start putting up projects again soon, but we're just going to have to see....