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Monday, November 26, 2012

Neglect not the girl

Despite the lack of posts detailing the projects I've made for Z this fall, she has received her fair share of sewing love.  Her vertical growth continues at an astonishing pace, so I was astounded one Sunday morning to discover that she had nothing long enough to wear to church.  My length "requirements" aren't too modest, but when one can see fanny during metanoias, it's time to look at the wardrobe.

I made this jumper (and yes, it looks very "homeschool") using a combination of patterns from this book and this book.  The pattern on the corduroy was a compromise, something I am willing to do to ensure that a handmade item gets worn--which it has been.  The details of the bodice would show up much better with a solid fabric.  The gathers at the bottom get lost in all of the flowers.

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Nesting? Panicking?

This week and last have been a flurry of forehead slaps and gasps.  There's nothing like the last couple of weeks of pregnancy to draw attention to all of the baby supplies we're missing.   And most of them are silly things, like baby socks and tiny baby hats.  Apparently all of my previous children have been blissfully barefoot and bareheaded until six months of age, because I can find neither a tiny sock or a tiny baby hat in the house.  Thankfully I have lots of yarn, and baby items take very little time to knit.

Also, the boppy we purchased when Z was a newborn needed some attention.  After all, three other babies have spit-up, leaked diaper matter, or otherwise wreaked havoc on it.  I don't know why I didn't think to protect it more and earlier, but I am finally wise.  I purchased a waterproof cover, and then followed this pattern and tutorial to make my own "attractive" and washable cover.  I used a knit fabric that I purchased a few years (for $1!) so that I could practice sewing with knits on something that didn't require fussy sizing and adjusting.  The whole effort was quite easy, although my fabric stretched a little, resulting in a cover that is a little too big.  I can definitely see myself making another (and another and another) using woven fabric, and perhaps a different kind of zipper.

Saturday, November 3, 2012

More Froggy Pants

When I finished the pants for the new baby, I immediately cataloged the remaining frog flannel for T.  There wasn't enough left to make up an entire pair of pajama bottoms, so I improvised with some leftover green Kona cotton.  I usually try to find fabric for under $3 per yard, but the Kona cotton solids are worth every penny.  The quality is tangible.

I added a waistband and cuffs to this pattern.  I also taped the back and front pattern pieces together to save myself some sewing time. Well, in theory.  I ended up making a bad decision about the construction and had to rip out a couple of seams.

Once again I added a special tag for Mr. T.  He loves the owl, and of course I appreciate the sizing on the back side of the tag.  The waistband is a little funny, as my waistbands usually are.  I still can't figure out how to  sew them neatly.  They're functional, just not beautiful.  Any hints?

The pants fit him just right, despite his generously sized diaper area.  The length leaves a little extra room.  Maybe we can get another winter out of them?

Thursday, November 1, 2012

For the (big) boy

I love the thought of the KCWC, but rarely do I have two nights in a row free for sewing, let alone seven.  Since our "schoolroom" and "sewing studio" occupy the same exact space, the thought of changing up the room daily is just too much work.  I have been doing more sewing this fall than ever before, and mostly on Friday and Saturday nights, when I can just leave the mess out for the weekend.  My impetus for sewing has derived from an actual need, too, which has given me no end of satisfaction.

Take these pajama pants.  When I unearthed this season's hand-me-downs for M, I found a single pair of pants that could be taken either as sweatpants or pajama bottoms.  When in doubt, relegate to the pajama drawer, I say.  Still, one pair of pajamas?  Not enough for a messy six-year-old. At least with two pairs one can be in the washer while the other's being worn, right?

So, off to the fabric store for some half-off flannel!  I brought M along and allowed him choose from among some very hideous patterns with the thought that he'd be more likely to wear something he had a say in.  (For the record, my vote was something like this.)

I was surprised at how quickly this project came together--I had the fabric purchased, pre-washed and sewn up in time for M to wear the pajama bottoms to bed that same day!  I drafted the pattern from a pair of too-short pajama bottoms, and followed a hybrid of these directions and the ones from this book.

And I write the above not to toot my own horn, but to encourage anyone else out there.  
Seriously, if I can do it, anyone can.

And last, but not least, my favorite touch: a little tag made from cotton tape, a bug stamp, and this.  (Although I'm not sure whether I put the tag in the front or back.  It's really hard to tell.)