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....