Thursday, December 29, 2005

Simplicity 4487

It's been too long since I last sat in front of my machine. In all fairness, I have made some things, but they were doll clothes for my daughter, and I just didn't feel like photographing them.

I'm making this new shirt in View C (the green one on the pattern envelope). I got some lovely silk charmuse type fabric on sale at Joann's earlier this month. It's a milk chocolate, with some western themed designs on it, but in a feminine style. I really like the style in view C, despite opposition from a friend (I don't think she's a bow type of girl, lol) I also think I'll be able to wear this with my dark chocolate moleskin jacket I made back in September. Well, stay tuned for the finished project.

Thursday, November 10, 2005

KS 3036

I've had this pattern sitting in my stash for quite awhile. I loved the look of the cowl neck on view C, as well as the scoop neck on view B. But, I don't get to sew a lot for *me*, so this pattern has sat.

Tonight I was looking through a box of stash, and I came across a beautiful dark red velour (almost a deep rose) that I had used to make a dress several years ago, that had about 2 yards left. View C, with the cowl, requires 2 1/8 yard, so my cowl isn't quite as full, but I really like this pattern!!! This was SO easy to sew up. Three pieces to trace, 10 minutes to cut, and the shirt was done in under an hour. I have a pink interlock that I definitely plan to try view B with.

Another thing I did different: the hem on this has a 1 1/4 hem allowance. I normally add 2" to all KS patterns, because I am tall. Since I had the cowl, I did not have enough fabric to add 2", so I did a 1/2" hem, and it worked great for me. I did a size LG, and it fits PERFECT (meaning if I gain 1lb., I'm in trouble....but it looks so nice right now!) I may make this in an XL on the next go around, but we'll see.

I can't wait to wear this top!

Friday, November 04, 2005

New Look 6317, Shirt

I like all the pieces in this pattern set. The shirt, the skirt, the jacket. They are all just "me". So I started with the shirt. I have, what I thought, was this yummy paisley fabric from Joanne's. Yep, about three years old (ahem, I think I bought way too much fabric three years ago!!!).

First and foremost, let me state I like this pattern. The pattern was simple, should have been fast, and the fit seemed pretty accurate to the sizing chart listed. I didn't even add length, as I wanted it to hit at the skirt, as the photo shows.

All that being said, I'm not overly fond of this shirt. This fabric was a BEAR to work with. It's a polyester, which I knew going it, but I had no idea it would eat through needles the way it did. I even resorted to my microsharp needles, and while those were better, did not stop it from skipping in large sections. I did not even attempt to top stitch around the mock turtle neck, because I know it would have come out bad. It looks nice on, but if you look at the inside stitching, you would swear my daughter sewed this, it's sloppy looking. However, none of that shows when I wear it, and I've determined that that's the important part here. This fabric still goes perfectly with the olive stretch twill I plan to make this skirt in, so this shirt stays.

And to make sure it was the fabric, and not something wrong with my machine, I made my son a pair of pajamas afterwards, and they stitched out beautifully. I'll have to see if I can find some tips about working with this type of fabric if I choose something like it again.

Ottobre PJ's again

My son saw his sister's pajamas, and started begging for a pair. What's a mom to do? Luckily for him, lol, I had planned on making him some anyway. I have this really nice flannel that I got from a coop...umh....almost 3 years ago (ouch, I'm seeing a trend here in my posts....) with fire engines all over it. We had just taken a trip to the fire station with his school, about two weeks ago, so this was perfect.

I didn't read the directions at all for this pair, since I had already made his sister's. Since he's average for his size, I did include seam allowances. I made a 98cm (which is the equivalent to a 4T). The only change I made, was to put piping between the sleeve and the cuff, the pant leg and the cuff, and around the collar. The buttons are not as red as I would like, so I may head out to Walmart to look for a true red set, but otherwise, I think these turned out nice. He was happy too, and ran to put them under his pillow for bedtime tonight.

Tuesday, November 01, 2005


I don't like them together. I'm sure there are those that would disagree with me. But it just screams too busy!!! to me. I've got plenty of white t-shirt knit though, and I noticed Walmart has some simple long sleeved shirts in basic colors (and they were only about $5, no complaints there!), so I'm not even going to sweat this one. She's even got a great denim jacket I bought on the clearance rack last spring, that just now fits, that will look great with these. I predict these pants will be a favorite in her wardrobe...

Ottobre Cross Over Shirt

View 3 - I read recently on that Ottobre 1/2004 was their favorite issue. I must admit, I wasn't too sure when I first got it. But now that I've had it for awhile, and I see how much I've made from it, I must say, I agree.

This is design 16, cut in a size 122 cm. I made no changes to the sizing on this one. As is usual for my daughter, I did not add seam allowances either. The changes I did make would include:

  • I made this before, and found the double layer for the crossover to be too bulky. This time, I traced the top piece, and sewed it into place. It probably only goes down about an inch past the armpit.
  • I used fold over elastic to bind the top - you can't tell in this photo, but I set my iron too hot, and it sort of melted the scalloped edge on this FOE. I didn't think about it being synthetic. It really isn't terribly noticeable unless you're looking for it, but I was afraid I would really mess up the fabric if I tried to take it off. And for some reason, it's photographing a bit on the wavy side, but it isn't in person.
  • I lettuce edge the bottom and the sleeves - this made this sleeves a tad long for her, but she'll grow into them. I don't own a serger, so I used a zig zag stitch, and I thought it looked good. More importantly, my fashion savvy daughter gave it a thumbs up, so it stays.

I meant these to go with the pants listed below. Before I dyed the fabric (these are both PRR's from a previous season, but only the shirt is dyed) they seemed to look good together. I'm thinking of getting some white velour, and making another shirt, because I am not happy with how they look together. She's got plain jeans that this will match just fine.

New Look 6314

View B - I really enjoyed making these pants! They went together super fast, and look nice. My daughter is really tiny, and we have such problems with getting the waist to fit, even on things I make, if it's not an elastic waist. She really likes the the look of flare pants, so this pattern worked well for both of us. I omitted the floral appliques, as well as the front pocket (but I will add that on the next pair I make) as I felt they would be way too much with this busy denim patchwork look. I cut a size 6 in length, and a 4 in width. I did use a 5/8 seam allowance, and these fit really nice. Still room to grow, not too snug, not too baggy. I am going to go back to Walmart and stock up on this pattern, so I can keep making it as she grows.

I made a top to go with it, but I'm not sure I like the combo together. More on that in another post....

Monday, October 24, 2005

Shirt Details

Ok, just had to post a few details on this shirt.

A School Outfit

My DD took on a real sudden growth spurt at the end of the summer. Consequently, all the clothes I had planned on having her transfer into when the weather cooled down are now too small (of course). Normally when this happens, her pants still fit, and I become a fiend sewing up tops. Well, surprise! She outgrew the tops AND the bottoms. And so my next sewing crisis began.

This shirt is another Ottobre pattern (I did mention earlier that I love these patterns) The photo doesn't show the beautiful curve on the facing, but it just makes this shirt. There are also elasticized gathers at the wrist. I used a collar stand for the first time, and that turned out well too.

The pants are a Simplicity pattern, and unfortunately, I have no idea which one. I made these last year, and even though I chose a size based on her measurements, it didn't even begin to fit. So I packed them away, and they are going to work nicely for this year. I didn't intend for them to coordinate with the shirt, it just sort of ended up that way. There is a 4 inch split at the bottom front of the pants, and I embroidered on the one panel. It looks OK, but next time, I will embroider more, and further up. This just ends up looking a little lonely.

Back To School Shirt

My oldest son has been watching me sew, probably from the time he was born. Periodically, I made things for him, but boy clothes are just not as fun as girl clothes!

Well, he started kindergarten this year, and asked when he could expect his "mommy shirt" to be ready. Oops! I'd been planning on just buying him something. This is Ottobre 2/2005, and he just loved it. I used a small blue, green, and yellow plaid. This pattern had a lot of nice details (pleated pockets, the epaulets, pockets) that he really liked.

Of course, now that it's getting cold, he's been asking when his next long sleeved "mommy shirt" will be hanging in his closet (no no, I haven't created monsters...) But I think, with costumes needed for Harvest Fest, I should be least for a little while!

Tiered Dress

Another Ottobre pattern. I think I could make my children's entire wardrobes from these pattern magazines, and never run out of ideas!

This fabric is lots of lavender buttons on a purple background. The buttons are sort of swirly, and it reminded me of a 50's pattern for some reason. I got the fabric on sale locally for a really good price, but when I got to the collar, it looked too 'homemade' (and I don't mean in a good way!) I decided to do the collar in the coordinating solid of the underskirt, and I think it worked really well. If the cuff's hadn't been done (and turned out perfect for once!!) I would have done them in the coordinating fabric too.

She loved this dress though, and wore it for picture day at school.

Sunday, October 23, 2005

Ottobre pajamas

I noticed in the new Ottobre magazine, a pattern for pajama's for kids. I found this ironic, as I just finished a pair from an older issue.

First, I must say, I love these pajama's! I don't know if it's the pattern (which is really good) or the fabric I chose (surprisingly from Walmart) but everyone who's been over to my house while I've been constructing them has asked me to make them a pair, lol. I am debating making 'me' a matching pair. I think she would get a kick out of it, and I just love the fabric combinations!

Just in case you can't tell, the poka dot flannel is a pale pink, and the stripes on the pocket, collar, and cuff's are the same colors as the poka dots. I don't have the snaps on this *yet* because I didn't want to wake up my family. But I'll get that done tomorrow, so she can start wearing them (it's getting cold here)

Tuesday, October 11, 2005

City Dress

I have made this dress before. I liked it (well, I still do). However, I inevitably got one of two questions:
  1. Oh, your pregnant, congratulations!!!
  2. Oh, someone passed away, I'm so sorry.

So, while I thought the black knit (I think I would call it interlock - I bought it on eBay, so I'm not sure) would be basic and practical, I've decided to make another one in a different fabric. The new one is being made from a Burgundy slinky, with a salmon flower print stamped on it sporadically, a touch of mustard, and moss green stems and leaves. I have never sewn with slinky, and this fabric has sat in my stash for almost 3 years, so I might as well sew it up and move on, right?

I tried on the unhemmed version tonight, and because the slinky is heavier, it pulls it down, and I don't get that pregnant look. I was very pleased, but then again, I liked the last dress too. The thing I like best, is that this dress is SO comfy.

OK, this is what it looks like off me. I just realized I haven't done the hem yet, so that will be next. Posted by Picasa

A few things I changed. I fall between a LG and XL in the bust on almost all KS patterns. If it's a knit, I don't worry about it, since I know I'll have the stretch. But a woven can prove to be challenging. Since the seam allowance for this is 5/8, I decided to sew the princess seams and side seems at 3/8, and the collar, sleeves, and cuffs at 5/8. This worked really well for me since this fabric doesn't unravel. I am planning to make this jacket again in a denim I bought from a fabric co-op, and I'm hoping to get the same great fit.

I've been seeing all these GREAT jacket for the fall. I got to thinking about what patterns and stash I have in my vast collection, and this pattern came to mind. I have a really nice, dark chocolate moleskin fabric that I bought at Hancock's - hmm, probably four years ago. I thought it would be perfect for this jacket. I will be leaving off the belt, as they do not tend to be flattering on me. This KS pattern is OOP (why do they do that to all the good patterns?!)

Almost a finished product - I'm on the hunt for snaps (maybe buttons if I find the right ones) for this jacket. I have to say, I'm very pleased with this jacket. The fit is great, I love the fabric, and this longer style and princess seams is such a flattering look for my body type. Posted by Picasa

Monday, October 10, 2005

This is my sanity

With a busy family, it seems like life is constantly on the go. But whenever I can sit down in front of my machines, and get some sewing time in, I feel...human again! If you're reading this, and you love to sew too, I'm sure you understand.