Wednesday, February 19, 2014

fleece onsie

One of my goals for 2014 is to sew a bit more for my son.  He always appreciates me taking time to make him things and truthfully as he's getting bigger and outgrowing kids stores all while not really growing into adult stores or styles its becoming a bit more necessary.  Believe it or not he already has two pairs of fleece one piece onesie style jamies but they are all he will wear no matter how dirty they are so with all our lounging around the house days he needed one more pair at last.
I used M6475 and fleece from my stash.  I'm not sure why I had the pattern I must have felt compelled to buy it during one of the many patterns sales at JoAnns.  Its not a great pattern but its not bad either it just sort of is what it is I guess.  The instructions for the pockets were not very good and mine ended up uneven so at that point I gave up on the instructions and just did what I wanted.  The fit is good though.  I cut him an adult xs.  He is almost 5ft 4in but very skinny and they fit well.  I did add wide elastic to the sleeve and leg cuffs since they were both just a touch long but the way he's been growing there was no way I was actually going to shorten anything.
At first I didn't think I had enough fabric to make him these bc I didn't have 3 yards of any particular fleece.  I'm on a stash diet though so I decided to use a 2 yard piece of grey fleece plus some green that was left over from making Neil's fleece jamies a few years ago.  I think they work together plus we are not talking about church clothes here.
Here is the back view.  He is pleased.  His only complaint is that these do not have feet.  The pattern did have booties but I know him well enough to know that those would have just gotten lost.  I know Jalie has a version of this with feet but since it seems to be a pretty easy to find Big3 style I will probably just stick to those.  I'm not a huge fan of tracing patterns and don't trace Big3 ones since I always buy them on sale.  I'll just label this on XS for if and when Emily is this size and wants one.  When he needs a bigger one I may buy the bigger pattern and find some fleece on sale.

Sunday, February 16, 2014

love love love

Let's see where to begin.  My one project at a time rule is going well at least in terms of not feeling so overwhelmed despite the fact that we have been quite busy and some of my other goals have kept me from my sewing room a good bit so far this year.  Its also lead to my finishing some things well before they are really needed.
That was certainly the case for Emily's Valentines outfit.  I think most of this fabric came from a mystery box that I ordered a year or two ago.  I had a large scrap of the languages of love main print and matching stripes and less then a yard of the heavier pink fabric.  All three went together but I knew I needed to get them used before she got too much bigger.  This outfit already required some creative pattern piece placement in order to get all the pieces cut out of these 3 fabrics.  That's part of why the pants have ruffles.
Both patterns are from Ottobre.  The top is the number 18 jersey blouse from the 1/2009 issue.  It was fairly easy to make.  I didn't really read the directions so I'm not sure how they were I just put the top together.  It was supposed to have some shirring in the front but I didn't feel like doing that so I just gathered the bottom panel onto the top one for the front and back.  I also used fold over elastic for the neck and sleeves instead of ribbing.  Emily likes the top but it is very hard to get over her head.  If I  make it again I will cut the neck a bit larger.  The pants are number 13 from the 1/2010 issue.  They are supposed to be made from woven fabric and do not have ruffles but  I liked the leg shape so I went with them.  My initial plan was to just add a tiny ruffle at the bottom but my fabric not long enough so I cut them as long as I could and then cut a ruffle from the leftover fabric.  Emily loves these and I like them better then some of the ruffle pants patterns I have tried bc they are a bit slimmer until you get to the ruffles.
We haven't been to school since Tuesday because of the snow.  Emily had to wear this outfit though.  She has been waiting for weeks now.  Here she is writing love in the snow.  Don't worry though I've washed the outfit so that she can wear it to school on Monday.  This also counts as a stash diet post.  All of this fabric was in my stash I think it only ended up being about 1 and 1/2 total yards though plus a scrap of fold over elastic.  Oh well its still fabric leaving my stash which is great.  I feel guilty when I look at all my unused fabric so its nice to be reducing that a bit as a time. 

Thursday, February 13, 2014

100 Days of School

After our first round of snow days Feb 10th ended up being our 100th day of school this year.  I did not sew anything but I did fancy up a ready to wear tee shirt with my silhouette and 100 sparkles using my hotfix applicator.
I'll be honest and say this seemed like a great idea and it was but putting on 100 tiny little things one at a time took a while. 
We took a before school picture and it was just too cold to go outside for better light.  Emily was pleased though and her class thought it was neat.

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Drapy Black Sweater

I know things have been super exciting here lately but alas I am flowing up my black top post with a drapy black sweater.  In my defense I have been without a black sweater since I left mine in the back of a rental car in Atlanta more then a year ago.  Its not like I couldn't have purchased one in the interim but I didn't really love the one I lost so I wanted to wait until I found one that I really liked.  I suppose I am still waiting but I got Jalie 3248 for Christmas along with some light drapy sweater knit so I figured it was time to take matters into my own hands. 

I was initially drawn to this pattern because of the pockets and they do not disappoint.  It took me a bit to figure out the construction directions but once I did they made perfect since.  Honestly, if I had read them to begin with instead of just looking at the pictures I would have probably gotten it much faster.
Here's a front view.  I've been trying to add some comfy lounge type clothing to my wardrobe lately and this outfit is surely an example of that.  I do think the sweater could work with fancier clothes as well though.
Here is a side/back view.  I sort of wish it covered my butt but its just not long enough do do that on me.  I could add some length but I probably won't.

Generally I like this pattern and plan to make it again.  The only thing I don't love is that even though I sized up it doesn't really meet in the middle.  I don't think its meant to but since I have a larger chest this means the sweater often falls to the outside of the girls.  On a side not looking at some of the pictures I think I should start tucking sometimes.  I'm realizing that the pants are making my stomach and hips look bigger then they are and lets be honest here I certainly don't want that.

On a stash diet note I used most of a 3 yard piece of fabric for this. I've also made myself a brown top but haven't worn or photographed it just yet.