Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Ottobre Kids Sewing

Ottobre 1/2012
#31 Cheveyo Cargo Sweatpants
Size 152

 Fabric:  Lightweight Sweatshirt Fleece in Navy (Fabric.com)

Here is a pair of sweatpants I made for my son!  I'm pleased with the fit and the most important thing is he likes them!  

Since I don't have a flatlock stitch (for sewing the waistband area, which is just basically turning down the fabric to the inside), I just used a stitch I thought would look nice.  It did get a little hung up where the pocket seams are since there are multiple layers of fabric to sew over.  Not a big deal and not really noticeable once wearing.

Per my son's request, I did all the top stitching in silver thread.  I especially like the top stitching lines for the faux fly.  I used a triple stitch there.  There are two small buttonholes at the front waist to pull a drawstring through.  I found some at my local fabric store in a large variety of colors!  I'm so happy to not have to make my own anymore.

These pants have pockets at the hip and also cargo pockets on the side of the leg.  With the exception of the cargo pockets, these pants sew up quickly.

Even though you can't see it here, I did triple stitch the hem, which looks really nice.  I kept them a little long for growing room.  I told him to just turn them up if he needs to when he doesn't have any shoes on.

I'd like to make these again in a heavier weight fabric.  I didn't pay attention to the "lightweight" in the fabric description.  They are fine, but probably not very warm to be wearing with snow.  However, they make a great pant for lounging around in.

Ottobre 4/2013
#32 Remainder Velour Pants
Size 128 with an extra inch added to the length
Ottobre Creative Workshop 301
Size 134

Fabric:  Brown velour and a striped sweater knit from my stash

If you don't have the Ottobre Creative Workshop 301 pattern, it is a nice t-shirt pattern to have.  I've made this a few times.  However, this time my daughter kept pulling at the neckline.  I cut off the neckband at the seam and then scooped out the lower front neck by an inch and put another band on.  I'll have to go back later and make this adjustment on the pattern.  I just folded the front of the shirt in half and "fingers crossed" made the cut. ha ha  Fixing things is not my favorite.  I'd almost rather make something from the start then have to work on it after it is finished--silly, I know.

For a little interest, I changed the direction of the stripes and added a band at the end of the sleeve.

I also added a band at the waist.  I found trying to hem this sweater knit difficult.  I started to, realized what a pain it would be, took it off the machine, chopped it off, cut a band and sewed it on with my serger.  Easy!

I've made these pants before here.  They weren't really a favorite of my daughters then, but she has since grown fonder of the style.  I think because she has grown into the size where they fit a little better on her.  I omitted the drawstring since she doesn't like them.  Anything with a drawstring, including store-bought dresses. will be cut off by her!  That's fine.  It saves time without the added button holes.

Fun puppy fabric for the pocket linings.

Thanks for stoppying by ~ Shirley

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Victory Pattern--Lola Dress

Victory Pattern--Lola Dress
Size 2
Alterations:  Shortened skirt pieces by 2 inches

This is actually my 2nd attempt at the Lola Dress; my first version is here.  This time things went much better with a different fabric type!  

I love this dress.  So far, this has to be my favorite knit dress I have made.   It makes up into such a nice and tailored fit due to the princess seams.

After you get your pieces cut out, it really sews up quickly since all can be assembled by serger if you have one.  I do recommend basting your bodice to the skirt first to make sure that your seams are all lined up.  With such a busy print, it may not be as noticeable if I was off here, but a solid fabric definitely would be glaring at you.

I trimmed my pockets in a stretch faux leather, the same fabric I used for my leggings.  To do so, I trimmed an inch off the top of the pocket and cut my leather trim in strips of a 2.5 inch width.  

For the "triangle" shaped piece at the neckline, I also cut it from the faux leather, but I used the back side so the black would be more muted than shiny.  If you look closely, it actually looks like that piece is off center, but it is not.  The triangle falls right in an area of the fabric that has little black triangle points, so it makes it look like it is off center.  Oh well.  

Fabric from Girl Charlee:
Black abstract shapes on cream ponte de roma knit & black stretch faux leather
Ribbing purchased from Fabric.com (I had some scraps left over from my son's jacket)

I have been sewing up some leggings and other clothing for my children, as well as crafting.  I just celebrated my 47th birthday, so I couldn't let this week pass without a new outfit for myself!

I wish everyone a Merry Christmas!  I'm excited for Christmas break to come; I love the extra family time.

Thank you for stopping by ~ Shirley

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

American Ships Quilt Progress

I'm still slowly working on my son's American Ships quilt.  I finished another ship today and thought I would post the last 5 that I've completed.  

As much as I try to establish a monthly completion goal for myself, I'm having a hard time sticking to it!  With it being winter now, I'm going to focus on trying to complete two a month.  If the mood strikes, maybe one a week--that would help speed things up a bit.  I have been working on this for a few years now (big sigh).  My first passion is sewing clothes and now I have added knitting a sweater into the mix of my hobbies.  Focus, focus, focus!  Sometimes I find it more appealing to start something new than to finish something I have been working on for a long time.

See previous blocks completed here and here.

Thanks for stopping by ~ Shirley

Friday, December 12, 2014

Christmas Sewing

One of my girls has a gift exchange next week in school, so I made up this fabric drawstring bag with goodies!

I made a stuffed puppy and bought some chocolates to include with it.

Pam at Threading My Way has a fantastic drawstring bag tutorial here.  It is fully lined and has boxed corners at the bottom!  These sew up so quickly that it would be quite easy to make several if you needed to.  In the past, I have tried to box the bottom of fabric bags but was unable to get each side to match until now.  Pam's tutorial is so well written and has wonderful photos to guide you along your way.  

And who wouldn't want a stuffed puppy?  I have the sewing and pattern book Girl's World, and one of the patterns included is this cute little puppy that is very easy to make....definitely a beginner sewing project if you are new to sewing.

I also made two more fabric bags for a couple of the male teachers at school for their Christmas gift.  I will buy some chocolates to fill them with.  For the ladies, I am making potholders.

Thanks for stopping by ~ Shirley

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Lining my Sewing Box

Over the Thanksgiving holiday, we went to a flea market known for its antiques.  I was so excited to find this sewing box!  I don't know if it is an antique or not, but I love it.  I am actually going to use it as a jewelry box.  

I like inexpensive jewelry--big chunky necklaces--so I have been needing a way to lay them out since hanging them has resulted in a tangled mess.  I didn't want a "jewelry box," but rather something that could be used as one.  When I saw this sewing box, I knew it would be perfect!

This morning I measured each compartment and cut out the dimensions plus a 1/2 inch seam allowance.  I also had some cream vintage lace on hand that my Aunt Nancy sent me earlier this year.  I think it looks rather Victorian now. :)  The fabric is Moda's Cinnamon Spice by Blackbird Designs.

I used quilt batting between the layers of fabric to give it a pillow-like touch.  I sewed the lace within the seam, just finger-holding it as I sewed it together.

4 compartments in the right top side.

2 compartments in the left top side.

I had enough lace for all but the bottom piece.  It opens up quite wide!

Thank you for stopping by ~ Shirley