Thursday, October 27, 2016

Halloween Genie

She's a beauty. This involves so much of my past. We were broke this year and had to create something for free. So here is a list of what went into her costume:
A dress from my high school choir days
A shower curtain
A pattern from a purple high school dress
A belt inspired by one my mother made me for the  King and I.
Fabric left over from one of her dresses several years ago.
Zippers lace and beads were all leftovers from past years.
The whole costume is inspired by Dove Cameron's "Genie in a Bottle" outfit

Saturday, December 26, 2015

Christmas Eve PJs

Size 10 for the two biggest kids. Size 8ish for the youngest kid.
I've been wanting to try this pattern for quite awhile. I kind of detest the printing and taping and cutting that goes along with pdf patterns, so I held off until now. To avoid the annoying things that come along with pdf patterns, I took this one to the copy shop. It was around $9 to print the pattern and the instructions. It was worth it to me. 

I thought these would take a long time to put together, with the contrasting fabric and pockets and all, but they were a surprisingly quick garment to cut out and sew up. I totally plan on using this pattern again. It fits the kids really well. Slouchy enough in the hips and snug enough at the ankles for lots of comfy lounging. The only downside is that 10T is the largest size in this pattern. So I'll either have to draft up as they grow, or I'll have to buy the Hudson Pant pattern and see if it has sizes that will fit the kids in the years between kid and adult. I should probably just buy it anyway and make a pair for myself already.
The deer is a design from OESD, the moon is from my embroidery software, and I designed the tree. The adorableness of this design is killing me. But not literally. That would be dangerous.
The shirts are a modified version of Simplicity J0473
All fabrics purchased at Jo-Ann Fabrics.

The kids seem to really like their pjs this year. And overall, I like them, too. They sure are fun to look at with the bright happy colors. 

Notes for me for next time: I used this pattern for last year's Christmas Eve pajamas, too, (size S this year for all three kids) but I tried to modify it to a v-neck instead. So I didn't have a pattern for the neckband. And it's been quite awhile since I attached a neckband. So I have forgotten my tricks that I thought I had mastered. Anyway, I am not happy with how the necks on these tops turned out. (User error.) The boys' necklines are very loose and fall off their shoulders. Afton's neckline is gathered into the neckband and looks home-Ec-quality. I may unpick the necks and try again. And the size: Small? sheesh. These things are ginormous on my kids. I forgot that the Big 4 patterns run so big. And I didn't take any notes on last year's pjs. So I'm assuming I made them A&E's pjs XS last year and maybe I graded down from an XS for R's. But the knit I used this year was much more stretchy and light and flimsy, so that probably also contributed to the "bigness" of this year's tops. I also modified the sleeves by adding a cuff to each wrist. I should hem these since E's top is already running like a pair of nylons in one spot where it got stretched too far.
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Monday, December 21, 2015

Santa Art

There was no sewing involved in this post.
We've been coloring at our house lately. We went up to the mountains to visit the snow for a couple of nights, and we didn't bring a coloring book. So I took a stab at drawing a couple of coloring pages.

Reid added his own Santa and rocket booster to the coloring page.
Ho Ho Ho!!

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Monday, December 14, 2015

I made something!

Instead of an ugly Christmas sweater, 
I made an ugly Christmas satchel for a Secret Santa exchange at work. 

I used an embroidery design from OESD #12220 and stitched a bunch of button holes around the edges of a circular piece of fabric so I could run a green ribbon through the holes to close up the top. The white fabric at the top is a scarf I made probably three or four years ago for Lady Band. 
Merry Christmas!
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Monday, September 14, 2015

Mini Sutton Blouse

I made this top using the Mini Sutton pattern from True Bias.

I bought these chevron fabrics forever ago and I had to frankenstein them together to get a complete shirt. But I think I prefer it more than if it were all made out of the black and white chevron print.

The method of adding the button placket was something new to me. It works! And it looks sharp. It's always nice to learn a new way of sewing up something. I'd have to make it a few more times before I could do it without the instructions, though.
And then I couldn't stop making Mini Suttons so I modified the pattern and did one more, but turned it into a dress this time. I omitted the button placket since the fabric was so stretchy  that buttons were unnecessary. This has got to be the most comfortable dress on the planet.

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Friday, June 19, 2015

Simplicity 1660

Last week I finished this top.
 Simplicity 1660, view B. 

I found the fabric at Walmart back last November for $2/yard. The lace was left over from an unblogged baby blessing dress I made almost 10 years ago. So, this shirt cost me about $5.

All the seams are french seams. I chose a size S, I think. But I guess I have a lot of hips so I ended up adding a spacer strip of fabric on each side seam, grading from two inches wide near the armpit to three inches wide near the hem. Other than that, I didn't make any adjustments. I did use self-made bias tape to finish the sleeve opening. 

I discovered that lots of starch was the key to successfully hemming this top. And I learned that carrying a bag with exposed velcro is not a good combination with this fabric. Sad face. The velcro on my stupid tote bag made a bunch of runs in the back of my new blouse. Boo. I pulled it this way and that way so it looks almost better again.

Hooray for sewing again! I almost finished it before Me Made May ended. Next year I may actually have enough self-stitched clothes to participate.
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Thursday, June 18, 2015

Frida Kahlo

My sewing mojo may have returned...
 Afton chose to represent Frida Kahlo at her 4th grade Wax Museum last week. The picture above was her inspiration.
Afton made the necklace and sewed most of the beads to the black headband.

I made the rest of the clothes. The skirt is self-drafted; it's even lined! The shirt based off of Simplicity 3511, but the largest size I have is size 4. Afton runs about a size 7 or 8 in most patterns so I just did my best to grade up to a 7. I used my Bernina embroidery module to embroider the butterfly on the yoke, just to add some interest and some fanciness. I also bought a new hemmer foot for my sewing machine which makes the nicest narrow hem without doing any pressing or trimming. It was worth the pretty penny, because I know I'll be using this foot a lot in the future. I also used my gathering foot, which I already owned, to gather the second tier on the skirt. I've never really played around with that foot, but it sure saved a lot of time since the skirt had so much volume on the bottom. Thankfully, there are a few youtube videos out there on the interwebs to walk me through the process of using the different feet.
I loved that she wanted the unibrow and the hint of a moustache, although in the pictures, her unibrow doesn't show up quite as much as it did in real life.
She killed a fly the other day and said, "Frida Kahlo's still got it." I love it.
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