Saturday, June 19, 2010

Sewing for the Shops

I've been sewing, but not blogging as I have mixed feelings about blogging lately. I think I need to take some time to sort those issues out in my head and then save that for another post.

In the meantime, have a look at what's hot off the machine...

More angels.  Apparently, my daughter was right and people do want these.

hanging angel

hanging angel

hanging angel

This hot water bottle cover is just like these, except it is half the size.

half-size hot water bottle cover

S asked me to make a wedding dress wine sleeve to compliment these sleeves. I think this is good in theory, but it needs a better designer than me to make it work. Current wedding dresses don't really have sleeves, much less straps. The Preacher, whose fashion observation skills are pretty close to nil, even mentioned this. If they do have sleeves, they are made from only lace or bell-shaped - neither of which would work well for this wine sleeve idea. I spent way too much time searching online for wedding dresses and in the end I decided to go with a leg of mutton sleeve idea.  That style was very common in vintage gowns and seemed the most likely to work with a wine bottle.

wedding dress wine sleeve

I wasn't very happy with the result, but S seemed to be pleased.

wedding dress wine sleeve

I always feel good when I get these things done and then start thinking about what I can make for me.  But, when I drop them off, M and S always have more things they'd like me to make.  Tote bags, purses, more (different) wine sleeves...  Just like the blogging, I'm having mixed feelings about this, too.

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Ottobre 01-2010-20 - Paisley Cotton Skirt and Kwik Sew 2918 - Aqua Jersey Top

One of my goals this year was to try patterns from Ottobre since they seem to offer interesting and well-fitting designs for children.  When I was starting to think about spring/summer clothes for my kids, I bought the spring issue. I enjoyed looking through it when it arrived, but I was a bit disappointed as it included mostly designs with long sleeves and long pants.  I think I should have gotten the summer issue (I still might). There are definitely more things in the issue that I will sew (someday), but I started with design #20 - an A-line skirt with a yoke for my older daughter.

Ottobre 1-2010-20

This is a very simple design and I had no problems putting it together.  Like all patterns I sew for my daughter, I added a lot of length to a relatively small size.  She's 118 cm tall, but according to the size chart, her waist and hip measurements corresponded most closely to the 92 cm size.

Ottobre 1-2010-20

I think this is the first thing I've made for her (other than dresses) that doesn't have elastic in the waist (even partially). I'm happy with how it fits.

Ottobre 1-2010-20

I added piping at the top and in the yoke seam.  My daughter insisted on wearing her shirt tucked in because the "pink lines" were her favorite part and she wanted them to be visible.

Kwik Sew 2918 (modified)

I used Kwik Sew 2918, modified similar to how I describe here, for the top. I slashed and spread the neck to make the gathers.

I also made a pair of shorts from Burda 9615 for her to wear under the skirt.

Strange that I chose one of the simplest designs from a magazine that I purchased for it's interesting designs.  Actually, some of the ones that I liked the best were for boys and I'll plan to sew up some of those in the fall.

Friday, June 4, 2010

Headbands (Hooray!)

Tomorrow is my daughter's sixth birthday.  She's having a party on Sunday afternoon with seven friends. My goal for party favors was to avoid junk - both the plastic/toy variety and the edible kind. These headbands were part of my solution.

Party favor headbands

I used Heather Bailey's pattern. The pattern and instructions are great and this was a very quick and easy project.

Party favor headbands

The headbands work well thanks to a piece of elastic inserted between the ends of the band.  The ties are purely decorative.

Party favor headbands

I had a good time working on these together with my daughter.  I did the sewing, clipping and pressing and she turned the pieces right-side-out, cut the elastic, and did some of the assembly. She's very excited about giving them to her friends.

Next Up: I don't know exactly what, but it will be more summer clothes for kids.

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Kwik Sew 2918 - Summer T-shirts

I know that a lot of people think that sewing for boys isn't much fun.  I might agree.  But, when you're looking to clothe your family as much as have fun sewing, I find sewing for my son simpler and faster than sewing for my daughters.

These shirts are exactly the same as the ones I made last year, just one size bigger.  I wasn't sure that I should do that at first, but I couldn't come up with a good reason not to - other than it being a little weird, but I could hardly consider that a "good" reason.  Anyway, my son is happy with them, I used up more of my stash, and he has more much-needed warm weather shirts.

Kwik Sew 2918

Kwik Sew 2918

Kwik Sew 2918

Having new clothes for the kids to wear makes them much more cooperative with getting dressed in the morning.  However, it does not seem to help them with the issue of matching tops and bottoms...

Kwik Sew 2918 

Next up: Birthday party favors!

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Burda 9552 - Paper Dolls Dress

Burda 9552

I actually made this dress about a month ago and don't remember much about making it.  So, we'll have more pictures than text today....

Burda 9552

The border print fabric has paper dolls on it.  The Preacher's grandmother gave it to me a couple of years ago.  There wasn't a lot of it - just enough for the skirt of this dress.  I even eliminated one side seam to keep it as simple as possible.

Burda 9552

Last summer I asked my mom to pick up some black/white gingham to go with this fabric.  I couldn't find any here and she was coming for a visit. After I had put the gingham with the doll print, I wasn't so sure I liked it. I thought some eyelet trim along the top edges would soften it a bit, but I didn't have any in my stash and didn't have an extra hour and a half to make a trip to the nearest fabric store.  So, I made a ruffle out of the  solid pink at the lower edge of the border.  I'm still not all that excited about it, but my daughter loves it.  And, it's her dress, so that's what counts.

Burda 9552

The leggings are made from Burda 9615 and turned out great.  The doll print fabric is pretty lightweight, so the extra coverage is good.

Burda 9552

Next Up: T-shirts for the little man

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Summer Tops

After a few weeks of sewing only window treatments for someone else, it feels good to be back to sewing other things.  Of course, being the beginning of summer, most of those "other things" are going to be clothes for my kids.

I used Kwik Sew 3169 for this top.  I've used it before (here and here). This knit is not very stretchy, so it worked well for a pattern drafted for wovens. Elastic pinching you under the arms is really unpleasant and I wanted to avoid that. I may have over-reacted to that concern and the elastic around the upper arm could be tighter, but it doesn't look terrible.

Kwik Sew 3169

The next top is from a pattern I haven't used before - Burda 9549. I guess there are some changes happening with the Burda site(s) - I don't fully understand, but I know that I'm not able to find a link to the pattern right now.  Bummer, because it is a pretty cute pattern. I did add length to the top and tapered it at the waist a bit.  If I made it straight from the envelope, it would have a boxy, cropped look. That's okay, but not what I wanted this time around. The real picture on the envelope makes it hard to see how the shirt actually fits.

Burda 9549

The neckline and shoulders look strangely uneven in the picture. They don't actually look like that.

This sleeve also has elastic in it, but it is zig-zagged to the wrong side. It also could be more snug.

Burda 9549 - sleeve detail 

Next up: a summer dress for daughter #1.