April 30, 2013
Thank goodness for KCW....I actually sewed something!
No, it wasn't an hour a day for seven days, as I usually strive for during KCW but it was one complete garment.
This time around that feels tremendous!
Amongst the chaos of the last six weeks my body has craved sewing in the way I imagine most crave coffee. But time and let's be honest, energy were just not in my favor.
Then last week the internet exploded with fantastic clothes created in the name of KCW and it was just the inspiration I needed.
Sunday evening I set to work threading a newly inherited serger, which proved much more difficult than the actual shirt I created.
So thank you KCW.
It's so good to be back.
March 13, 2013
Still have this song stuck in my head...
Excited to be back for the second round of Sew in Tune.
We love music in this house. In the past months my oldest Mae has taken a liking to Yankee Doodle, which he has just recently stopped referring to as 'Yankee Noodle'. This kid has the entire song memorized at the age of 3.
So I had my song.
Set to begin sewing.
Then a week ago I just wasn't feeling it.
As I went through my music library looking for inspiration I came upon Carly Rae Jepson's, Call Me Maybe. Have you seen this video? Love it! My favorite is the band in the garage....their skater look is definitely something I love, beanies and all.
Bam. I had a new song and I was set.
Carly and the boy seem to wear white throughout the entire video so I created a white hoodie. I modified the Made by Rae Flashback Tee and added a pop of color with the green zipper. Wanting to keep the reference to the song somewhat subtle, I hand embroidered a phone cord and stenciled on a telephone.
The black skinny pants were a necessity to go with Converse and beanie to mimic the band. A few months ago I bought the Skinny Jeans Pattern from Peek-a-Boo Pattern Shop and have never gotten around to sewing it up. Used a thicker black knit and created a 3-D back pocket to suggest an old rotary phone dial.
Make a 3-D Zipper Pocket
Make sure to create pocket and attach to pants prior to sewing leg pieces together.
You will need:
*If not using knit add some length to strips of fabric to account for lack of stretch in fabric.
Place 2 strips right sides together and draw rectangle in center.
Rectangle should be the same length as your zipper and 1/2 inch wide.
Sew around entire rectangle.
Cut down the center of the rectangle.
Make sure to stop 1/4 inch from edge and cut Y shape towards the corners.
Turn fabric so wrong sides are together and press.
This step is a little finicky but use your iron and go slow.
Place zipper behind window and sew in place using zipper foot.
Can use pins to hold zipper in place but will have to remove them as you sew around.
Loop strip in circle, sew 1/2 inch seam and press open.
Sew one of the circles, right sides together, to the outside of the loop.
This step is hard to explain. Just make sure right sides are together and push your loop inside out as you sew.
Unzip the zipper and repeat for other side of pocket.
Pin on pants and sew in place.
I again used my zipper foot to get as close as possible to the outside edge of the pocket.
Zip up your pocket and finish pants according to pattern directions.
March 2, 2013
February 28, 2013
I came home from work the other day and Case was wearing this shirt, something I made for Mae when he was obsessed with fish almost 2 years ago.
Just a basic baseball style tee with some freezer paper stencils that I cut out with an x-acto blade.
The stencil on the back are the Korean characters for fish.
This is the first shirt I made for Mae that was decent enough to hold onto for 2 years for Case. There were a handful that were definitely worn by Mae but weren't worth keeping...if that makes any sense.
So fun to see Case wearing things I made so long ago. He also is keen to fish and every time he sees one he starts making the kissing sound. ha.
Sew In Tune coming Saturday...
February 14, 2013
First valentine as a mama.
I wish I could have titled this post pr&p week six.
That was my hope but it was just not reality this time around.
With pants almost complete and a hoodie that is still a sketch it was just too much to get it all done in time.
But gosh....life is good.
January 24, 2013
Week three. Boy week- by far my favorite!
I started out this week with the blazer, intended for Case. The kid really needs some new jackets/hoodies but when I misjudged the size, the blazer was passed up. I was then on the mission to create a few pieces to complete the look for Mae.
The green fabric was an easy choice, Mae will wear anything green. It is a super thick interlock knit from Stitch Simple that I had ordered a few weeks ago with prize money from a sew-along challenge last season. With the stripey knit, black top-stitching, and pouch back pocket these are Mae's new favorite 'comfy pants'.
The turquoise tee, although a bit much with the green pant, was the perfect compliment under the dark blazer. We have a great love of chop sticks in this house so it seemed the right decal for the back of the shirt.
The blazer actually began as a picture in my head as I have followed the Basic Bodice Design Series over on icandy handmade. I know there are quite a few patterns out there for blazers but I wanted to see if I could design one based on a basic bodice, especially since I wanted the collar a bit different. The blazer is fully lined and all knit so wears just like a hoodie, comfy enough for a boy to run and play in.
Pattern- Oliver+S Sailboat Tee bodice- self drafted from there
Fabric- Body- Interlock knit upcycled from old polo
Lining- from my grandma's stash (I had a tee of this crazy bear fabric as a young kid!)
Pattern- Made by Rae skinny tee with freezer paper stencil
Fabric- upcycled turquoise tee
Pattern- self drafted
Fabric- green interlock knit from here- love this stuff
lining fabric upcycled from old pair of baby pants