Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Crib bumper

Occasionally, I take custom orders to make things like crib sets. Here is a crib bumper I finished last night. So cute.

Remind me to post more crib bedding sets.

Clouds by Gunila Axén
Bead Stripe in Gray Fabric by Lotta Jansdotter

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Being creative

Saw this on Loobylu today.

Wait, this story sounds kind of familiar.

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Chef outfit

Pattern: Ottobre 1/12013 #17 Chef Emil jacket, #18 King of the Kitchen hat, #19 Relazed pants
Fabric: Thick white rodeo cotton 1.375 yds $6.59 (JoAnn Fabrics), 70% polyester/30% cotton black gingham check 3/4 yd (~ $4.00 Hancock Fabrics)
Notions: 7 blue buttons for jacket, 3 tan buttons for pants, elastic for back of pant's waitband
Total Cost: ~$11.00
Size: 104cm jacket, 52cm hat, 92cm pants
Child's Age: 3

I decided to make this chef's outfit for Super Disgusting's 3rd birthday because he's at that age where he loves playing with the toy kitchen and bringing me orders of food.  Also because I'm up to my eyeballs in plastic toys that are literally going to put me in the looney house and I had no desire to buy him any more.  So he gets the hand-me-down plastic play kitchen and a new chef outfit.  Is that lame?  It's all about managing expectations. Right?

I made the smallest size available in all three pieces. I found a really good white cotton for the jacket and hat at JoAnn Fabrics right away, but no luck there with the black gingham check.  I finally found some at Hancock Fabrics. I like it because it's a poly/cotton blend and it won't wrinkle. It's light-weight and he can wear the pants like regular clothes.  I didn't have black buttons so I just used some blue ones from my cheap Walmart stash.  There's a lot of top-stitiching on the the pants and as a default, I started with black thread.  I decided that was boring and switched to aqua.  Then I thought that might be too much so I changed it again to aqua and navy. ??? I never made up my mind.

The only thing that came out poorly was the embroidery on the hat.  Ironically, I was hell-bent on getting this right.  I tried to do it first as a machine embroidery. It didn't look good.  Then, I tried to hand embroider it like a machine.  Yeah, that was kind of dumb.  Then I decided to get serious about it and hand embroider it with some kind of loop stitch I invented using embroidery floss.  It came out fabulous!  Until I went to sew the band on to the top of the hat and realized I had marked it upside down.  Ottobre people, it would help people like me if that had already just been on the pattern.  At that point, I rebelled against my drive for perfection and decided to go on.  Super Disgusting is kind of an up-side-down fork guy anyway.

The outfit came out great.  I was very pleased with it.  I intended to make the t-shirt too but didn't get around to it. Maybe later. I was sewing the pants the morning of his birthday! To save time, I omitted the back pockets and only did the flaps, and alos the fly because he's three and these pants have elastic on the back of the waist which is actually perfect for him. I have to say, I've really been enjoying my subscription to Ottobre.  I love having a collection of patterns to chose from for any of the kids whenever the mood strikes.  Now if only it could be this way with my Burda subscription.

Friday, February 15, 2013

More undies

Aren't those knock knees impressive
Pattern: Ottobre 6/2010 Pikkumies #16
Fabric: Old onesies
Fabric Price: almost nothing
Notions: FOE (fold over elastic. I'm still trying to remember what it means)
Size: 92cm
Child's Age: 5

After perusing the isle of JoAnn Fabrics for some cute knit fabrics to make more boy undies, I found nothing.  Surprise, surprise.  I was also in the process of cleaning out Super Disgusting's dresser now that he no longer needs diapers, wipes or onesies.  Yes, I make them wear onesies until the furthest point possible.  I don't like diaper fabric showing up from the pant's waistline, messy shirts, and irritated tummy skin.  Also, I don't like to give them ANY opportunity to find out what goes on in their diaper.  It's a very effective strategy.

Anyway .... onesies.  What to do with all these cute onesies.  It dawned on me, I could make underwear out of them!  This was a very revolutionary idea for me.  Things like this don't occur to me often, even if others have been doing it all along.  So here is my stack of onesies.  Of course, I've only managed to make ONE since this revelation.  The first Pikkumis I made were slightly lose, so I made these a tiny smaller by not adding the 1cm seam allowance.  I guess that was too much.  They're a bit snug on him, but luckily and sadly, they fit my 5-y.o. pretty well. Yup, he may be taller, but he's actually smaller in girth than the 3-y.o.

This time, since I had just received my awesome new sewing machine, the Juki F600.  Did I mention I bought an awesome, new sewing machine.  My birthday is the day after Christmas. I've learned to stop moping over crappy, overlooked birthdays and just get myself awesome gifts.  Well, I made the undies pretty much entirely with this sewing machine instead of the serger, including the decorative faux overlock top-stitching.  I used white FOE elastic but I just didn't fold it over.  Is that a thing?  Can you do that?  I don't know, it seemed like a good idea at the time.

Friday, February 8, 2013

Free Sewing Class from Mimi G

Mimi G is having a free beginner sewing class for the next four weeks.  It's a video class.  This is amazing for anyone that wants to learn to sew!

Free Sewing Class