Saturday, January 26, 2013
Thursday, January 24, 2013
I've been more excited about sewing lately, than actually sewing. For better or worse, this culminated today in the online purchase of a used coverstitch machine. Until, a couple of months ago, I don't think I had even heard of a coverstitch machine. And until recently, I didn't even realize my humble Kenmore serger couldn't do this stitch, so naturally, a necessity emerged for the, now trendy, coverstitch machine. I got the Brother 2340CV, which I think is the least expensive in this category.
I was also pretty stoked with the latest issue of Ottobre magazine (1/2013). There's a few things I'd really like to make. I'm easily won over by the fabric patterns and colors.
These boys' undies are supercute! And I have to make them with this fabric which is, of course, available from Ottobre's Etsy store for a small fortune. Who to make them for? The five year old, or the recently potty trained two-year old. I can probably only afford one pair. Especially after the coverstitch machine purchase. These will be the most expensive underwear ever.
I also couldn't resist this chef's outfit, which will be so cute for my little guy that loves to make me food in the play kitchen and bring me my orders. Of course, I don't think he's ever seen a chef's outfit before, but who cares, right?
Saturday, January 12, 2013
|Sometimes people get a little fed up with me when I'm taking their picture.|
And voila! That's how I got Monkey Pants into a dress!
Thursday, January 10, 2013
I don't think I've made a single thing for myself since starting my Burda magazine subscription. Partly because my kids have been needing clothes more than I have, and partly because I've found some of the Burda styles not to my tastes or not flattering for me. There have been a few things that I've really liked, but I don't really need them. However, I had the opportunity to go to a holiday party and this skirt immediately popped in my head from my mental Burda database. I could have worn something way more casual, but hey, I just needed an excuse to make the skirt.
Monday, January 7, 2013
Fabric: Cotton plaid (< yard, JoAnn Fabrics 50% off)
Fabric Price: ~$4.00
Notions: invisible zipper, 1 small button
Child's Age: 8
[Coat: Janie & Jack clearance; Shirts: Old Navy; Hat: Janie & Jack clearance; Tights: Target; Shoes: Mini Boden on their 3rd year. Yes, I like to get my money's worth.]
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I thought this would make a cute skirt for winter and I new it would look great with her orange coat. My only concern was with the fit. Her waist is quite tiny but her hip measurements is more in line with the Ottobre chart. I considered trying to make it smaller but didn't want to risk messing it up so I just went with the smallest size on the pattern, 128cm and figured this 100% fabric would shrink again. She tends to push anything that is fitted high at the waist down anyway. It turned out great. (I only say things like this when I generally don't expect them to, not just because I'm overly anxious to congratulate myself).
It was fairly easy to make for a pretty cute result and super cheap. It's not wool but I figured it would do for one season. I even bought extra fabric to make myself a pencil skirt to go with my bright green elf sweater.
I didn't take the time to do a little photo shoot of the skirt so here are some photos from a home school, online school, field trip to a quaint art museum in a small town nearby.
Saturday, January 5, 2013
McCalls 4952 Kids 3-8
Sizes: Pants 3 and 4; Boy shirt 4; Vest; 5 (was too long); Skirt 8
Total fabric cost: ~ $75.00 (all from JoAnn on sale, except for bandannas)
Shoes: Walmart mud boots $15.00
[Pattern includes girl's and boy's costumes. Striped shirt was not made. Girl's shirt made from Ottobre pattern.]
Pattern: Ottobre 6/2012 Top #31 modified
Size: 122cm (even though it states the smallest size is 128cm; the pattern has a 122cm size)
|"What else is in there?"|
It was funny how they very quickly appropriated the money bags.
|So there you have it. Other presents, nowhere to be seen. At least this time, the costumes got equal play with the boxes which they turned into a pirate ship|
The shirt came out quiet well. The vest I made too big for my little 5yo. (I was trying to save time on tracing the pattern). The sash is enormous, but decadence is fun.
|Certain people where very serious about their poses.|
|He's not smiling, not because he's not having fun, just because they decided pirates don't smile in pictures.|
And last but not least, I rummaged through my stash to find some fitting quilting fabric prints for the bandannas. I especially love this one with the flies. I almost want to wear it just for the hell of it.
Tuesday, January 1, 2013
Here is the stripped down version in my sewing studio, a.k.a. Santa's Workshop.
The inside was never lined before. And yes. My dad used wall paneling to make this back in the day.
I lined the outside with faux crocodile print leather (vinyl) from JoAnn. My husband finally owns every air gun known to man therefore I felt quite justified in demanding that he produce one that could put out the perfect size staple for this project. We used 18 gauge staples, 1/2" long by 1/4" wide. I know, because I had to go buy more at Home Depot on Christmas Eve. Yes that's how I like to spend my Christmas Eve. Not relaxing by the fire with a cup of hot cocoa. Why?! Why would I want to do that?
This part was pretty easy once I got over all my phobias of misfiring air gun accidents. The only setback was that sometimes the staple had too much force and would cut through the vinyl fabric completely. Also, my arm was very sore the next day.
|The inside tray with pirate goodies.|
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