Friday, August 29, 2014

Sailboat Top and Pants


This week I have spent a lot of time thinking about back to school sewing,  shopping online and waiting for fabrics and patterns to arrive in the mail.  While waiting for things to come in the mail I needed a sewing project.  I really should have sewed the sketchbook shirt I cut out for Luke last June.  But I decided to make Stella an outfit instead.  While looking at my patterns I realized the Oliver and S Sailboat Top and Skirt pattern only went up to 3T so that made my decision easier.

I love the skirt but thought pants might be more practical.  Her preschool is at a gymnastics center and they do gymnastics each time she goes.  I figured pants would be better if I was going to have her wear this to school.



I made a size 3 for both the top and pants.  I didn't do any changes from the pattern.  I added a little lace to the top where you top stitch.  For the pants I cut the elastic to what was recomened for a size four  because I thought sometimes pants and shorts are tight around Stella's middle.  But I'll have to take it in because it is a little too big.

The top fabric is Fig Tree Butterscotch and Roses. The lace and buttons are from my stash.  The courdoroy for the pants is also from my stash.  I've had for over five years.  Some fabric I can date to before I had kids.  Actually a lot of fabric I can date like that.

I am very excited about the first day of school outfit I have planned for Stella and the lunch bags I am making the kids.  I'm still not sure about the backpack I'll be making Stella.  They start school in a week and a few days so I think I am going to start needing to set the alarm super early to get all this done. 

And a few modeled pictures ....


Friday, August 22, 2014

Puppet Theater





I don't know where to begin writing about this item.  This has definitely been one of my favorite items in Little Things to Sew (probably tied with the penguin backpack).  I have thought about making it for a long time.  The challenge really motivated me (um.. at the last minute) to finally do it.  (Sorry about the wrinkly photos - I finished it yesterday and we have been keeping it rolled up when not in use)

I have always loved the look of the theater.  We also happen to be really into puppets in our house.  We have always been doing puppet shows and often making our own puppets.  We use to drape a quilt over a gate in our home and stand behind it to do  a show.   But it was time to take down that gate a few months ago.  So we really needed something like this. 

The pattern and instructions are wonderful. I thought sewing with canvas might be tricky but it wasn't for this.   I think we may have small doorways because it is really snuggled in there but it fits. 

Everything was from my stash except for the canvas.  Even though I have so much fabric I actually had a difficult time finding a fabric that I had enough of for the house that would look okay. Finding the other fabrics and the ribbon too was a little tough.  But I love how it all came together.

I wish the Little Things to Sew cover to cover challenge would go another year.  I still want to make everything in it.  I think the art smocks and aprons should be next once I have all the back to school stuff, halloween costumes, Luke's birthday items, and Christmas sewing completed.  So maybe I'll get to them in January.




I could write a few more paragraphs about how much I love this theater.  I think it is one of my favorite things I have sewn.  And my kids are so excited about it too.  I think I need to stop typing and go play with it right now. 


Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Rollerskate Dress


 Pattern:  Oliver + S Rollerskate Dress
Size:  3
Fabric: Japanese Kokka cotton linen blend bought at last summer's quilt show
lining: green polka dot quilting cotton
Trim: matches the fabric I can't remember where I bought it
Modifications: none

I bought this pattern last year I think.  I was on a modern fabric buying kick and I thought this pattern would be good for those fabrics.  Well those fabrics aren't my favorites right now.  But I really wanted to make this pattern along with all the other patterns I have bought and not tried yet.  I have so much fabric I wanted to use something from my stash.  So this is what I came up with.
I am pretty happy with it.

I cut it out yesterday and sewed it all today.  And I am slow.  This pattern is so easy and quick to make with great directions which I really need.  I really enjoyed making this.   I think I'll have to make this one next summer too.

My kids love it.  They love Little Red Riding Hood which is why I think they are so into this dress. While sewing my son kept coming in to tell me it "looks really good".  As you can see Stella thinks so too.  When it came time to try it on she insisted on wearing this hat she picked out at Target in the spring.   She cracks me up.  So here are too many pictures:










Saturday, July 26, 2014

Birthday Party Dress - Kids Clothes Week Day 3-6


Pattern:  Oliver + S Birthday Party Dress
Size: 3
Fabric: Calico from a little sewing shop that has closed
Trim: Eyelet from the same shop

I love how this dress came out.  It has the least amount of mistakes I have made for a clothing item.  I am pretty proud.  

On day 2 I worked a long day and couldn't sew.  But Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday I sewed and sewed.  This took me way more than an hour a day.  I am slow.  Wednesday I had a hard time with sewing the facing.  I was confused with the plackets.  Our internet was out so I couldn't go on the forum.  I just couldn't figure it out despite the great instructions.  I didn't understand how the plackets were suppose to be looking when I sewed the facing on.  An hour later when the power came on I checked the forum and it had such clear pictures and redirection that I was able to do it. 

I finished the dress yesterday morning.  I was up early to sew today before going to the Maine Quilt Show.  I really wanted to make a doll outfit for Bitty.  I only had time to start but I think it will be pretty cute.  I will post later in the week about the outfit and the quilt show.  Until then here are two more pictures of the dress and my beautiful girl.
 




Sunday, July 20, 2014

Catching Up (maybe Kids Clothes Week Day 1)

I lost interest in sewing clothes for my kids after finishing the vintage jacket.  I think it was a combination of heat, schedule changes, and interest in other projects.  In that time I started Luke's Christmas stocking, a pair of socks, a new quilt, and a granny square blanket for Stella.  Someday I'll finish the sweater  I have been making her for the past couple months.




I did start and finish this hexie pillow.  I used random scraps and 1 1/2 inch hexies.  This chair in my sunroom has needed a pillow for a while.  I have a lot of scraps cut to make more hexies so at some point I will do another hexie project.




This was a real quick project I did from a magazine called Your Homemade Home that I impulsively bought at Joann's last weekend.  We have some ugly hangers that really bother me.  So I did three and if they hold up I'll make some more.  It was enjoyable to have a quick finished project.




Here was another quick project from the same magazine (sorry about the lousy photo).  Stella has been really into her tea pot lately which makes me so happy and just melts my heart.  She usually places it on one of her quilts which is really cute but I thought I'd make this special for her tea parties after I saw it in the magazine. 




Like I said I had been in a sewing rut.  Thankfully Elizabeth suggested we sew this top together from
Girly Style Wardrobe.   I had so much fun sewing with her before that I agreed with excitement.  This is pattern A from the book.  The hardest part was tracing the pattern.   I actually realized after I had cut out the fabric and started sewing that I had made a mistake.  I cut the back bodice too short.  I didn't have enough fabric to cut a new one so I sewed a strip for the back using the fabric I used for the pockets.  I kind of like my mistake.  I am still not sure if I did the lining the way it is suppose to but it seams to work for me.

I sewed the 100cm which is the smallest size.  Stella is usually a 3T.  It is a little big on her but that is good because I would love for her to wear it next summer. The main fabric is a DS quilt fabric from Joanns and the other fabric is some essex linen that I won last summer.

The skirt she is wearing in the pictures is the 2+2 skirt I made last winter.  I was going to make her a matching skirt but I think I will just pair the top with this one.  I may even try her wearing this top over a long sleeve shirt in the fall.

I am hesitant to say I am doing Kids Clothes Week because I stink at sew-a-longs.   I'd like to try this time around.  I have a shirt all cut out for Luke.  If I can only find the first part of the sketch book shirt pattern I can make it. 

So here are more pictures of my girl modeling the top.  I have to say it is getting a little easier to get pictures of her.

 

 

 

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Vintage Jacket




As you can see I was able to find some buttons for Stella's jacket and finish it.  I had it almost done two weeks ago but had to wait for some buttons to arrive from Germany.  Here is where I found them.  I am pretty happy with them though I wish the trim was silver instead of gold.

This is the first vintage pattern I have made.  It is Simplicity 6812 and is from 1966.  It is a size 3. I should have made it back in March so she could wear it a little more but I think I must have become busy with birthday stuff.  Then I realized it was a size 3 and I thought I better just go ahead and do it.  It is a little big so it is possible it could fit her next spring.  It should fit in the fall but I don't think it would be suitable for fall with the white collar.

The fabric is some cotton polyester blend seersucker I bought online.  I can't remember where.  I probably should have had the stripes going up and down but I thought the sideways looked more little girlish.  

I was nervous to make this because I read somewhere vintage pattern's  sewing instructions aren't as detailed as today's patterns.  And it wasn't detailed but it wasn't too bad.  But the view I made (view 3) seemed lacking in explanation.  So I didn't really follow a lot of the instructions and sort of winged it.  The area under the collar doesn't lay that nicely but otherwise it came out pretty decently.  I actually love it just because I love the stye and the collar with the trim. 

I have been buying other vintage patterns so I do hope to make some more. I seriously can't even look at them without buying them.  Even if I never make them I love just looking at the envelope.  This one is no different and you can see cover here


Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Button Help



                                                                                     

 I am making a little seersucker spring jacket from a vintage pattern for my girl.  I have been searching all day online for buttons for it.  I am trying to find large buttons for a coat that are vintageish looking.  I wanted a pearl-like shank button.  I can't find any large enough.  The pattern actually gives totally wrong information about what is needed for buttons but I am thinking something around 1 1/2 inches would look good.  Does anyone know where I can find some?  I may break down and look at some jackets in some second hand shops and cut them off but that could be costly for buttons.  I don't even know if this jacket will turn out.

I was going to start Luke's t-shirt before this jacket but my husband threw out the piece of ribbed knit fabric he found in the dryer.  He thought it was a scrap and trash.  I was a little annoyed at first but I think it is funny now.   I am lucky he doesn't throw out half of my craft stuff.