Saturday, September 14, 2019

Picture Day!

Thing 2 has a habit of wearing Mama-made shirts - usually with Mama-made ties! - for picture day. He's done this for the last four years at least (as I try to tick off the shirts in my memory), but shockingly I've apparently never blogged them?  Anyway, this was stitched the night before picture day, and somehow I was done by 11 pm. I used Fashion Sewing Supply's Pro-Welft Fusible Interfacing and the tutorial from Gigi Sews to add a lined yoke. This is M2146, size XL. He still has some room to grow in it, thank goodness!


And just check out that pattern matching across the front! I'm ridiculously pleased with it.

Tuesday, July 23, 2019

More PJ Pants!

Thing 2 had a birthday recently, and he needed some smaller gifts to go with the bigger one we'd already gotten. So PJ pants were my immediate idea! The milk and cookies flannel has been in my stash for a long time - I eked this pair out of what I had! And the Chicago Blackhawks woven fabric was from a sale earlier this summer. (I also have some fleece for Christmas PJ pants - shhh! Don't tell him!)


The milk and cookies pair was S8022, size M. I wasn't sure how it would do in a flannel (although I believe flannel was listed as a recommended fabric), so I did the 3/8" SAs again. The Blackhawks pair is KS 3042 size XL. The others that he has in that pattern and size have some decent growth room, so I figured these would last awhile. The fabric was too expensive to want him to outgrow it quickly!

Saturday, July 20, 2019

Quick Gratification

Sometimes you just want to sew something that will be done in short order. I am working on a giant cutting project to then be able to start assembly-line sewing a bunch of stuff, but I just wanted a bit of instant gratification today. So I cut this travel pillowcase from the last scraps of my Wonder Woman flannel and some blue tie-dye flannel I've had floating around for some time.


From cut to done was maybe half an hour? And now a coworker's daughter will have a new travel pillowcase to take to daycare for naptime.

Saturday, July 6, 2019

A little detour!

So I follow Kadiddlehopper's blog, and she has just started posting ahead after a bit of a hiatus. And today I saw that her most recent post was a free pattern/tutorial for a reversible scrub cap. And it just so happens that my cat-sitter might love a new scrub cap! So I had to drop everything and try this out!

Thing 2 helped me pick the fabrics. One side (the "main" side to me, just because this is the one I knew she needed) is rainbow cats.


And here you can see the back.


And the reverse is this multicolored paw prints on black. I think it goes with the rainbow cats pretty well.


The orange bias tape is homemade, from the bias tape I used to trim a friend's baby sling (looks like I didn't blog about it, but I made a black linen sling, trimmed with orange bias tape - she loved it!).

This worked up quickly in about an hour or so! Hopefully it fits the cat-sitter's head!

Monday, July 1, 2019

Knit PJ pants!

Thing 2 has been in dire need of new PJs for a long time now.  He had outgrown the few pair that he still wore, but he wore them anyway.  I refused to buy new PJs, especially since he tends to only wear the pants, and especially given my current state of fabric.  So I finally decided to bite the bullet and stitch some up, as I'd been promising forever to do.

First problem - the pattern I thought I could use proved to be problematic.  It's a men's/boys' pattern, and Thing 2 has outgrown the boys' sizing but not yet reached the men's.  So off to JAF I went, where I found S8022.  I was intending to use fleece fabric from my stash for these, so I figured a one piece pattern would be ideal.  These are size M in the boys' sizing, and he loves them!  I made this first pair basically as is just to test it out, which worked well.


For the second pair - also a knit from my stash! - I used the same sizing, but decreased the seam allowances from 5/8" to 3/8", just to give a little more room for growth.  Probably not as important with the thinner knit but would definitely help with the thicker fleece.


There has already been another (not pictured) fleece pair from my stash, as well as another knit that I simply couldn't resist.

Friday, June 28, 2019

More boxers!

We've mentioned before how boxers are a go-to gift for the men in my life.  So of course I needed to sew some new boxers for Thing 1's recent birthday.  I bought these fabrics a year ago (with his approval - he's of the age where you don't just pick for him!) and even cut them out then, but with all the upheaval in my sewing room, there they sat.  So his birthday was motivation to finally stitch them up.  These are size XS men's.


Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Cocoon Cardigan

I mentioned the Star Wars cardigan I made for myself when I blogged about my niece's cardigan.  Well, this is another one from that pattern, Cocoon Cardigan from Patterns for Pirates.  I bought the knit Tardis fabric at JAF quite a long time ago, with intent of making this cardigan for a friend who's a die-hard Whovian.

I got Thing 2 to model it for me for pics.  It's not his usual style (well, maybe - when combined with PJ pants!), but he looks pretty dapper! ;)


This is size S, with the short bands and 3/4 sleeves.  I did add the patch pockets, and I also added short bands to the sleeves to avoid having to hem them.


I hated sewing with this fabric, but I love how it feels and looks.  And my friend loved it, which is what's important!