Saturday, November 16, 2013

Wonder Woman Apron

Awhile ago I saw a picture of a Wonder Woman apron and knew immediately that I wanted to make one like it for my friend's birthday.

Wonder Woman Apron

I started with the pattern I made for this apron and modified it slightly. After I had the pattern how I wanted it and settled on the other details (logo and waistband), it was a pretty quick project to sew up.

Wonder Woman Apron

I found the logo through a Google search and adjusted the size to my preference before transferring. It is fused on and then appliqued with a satin stitch. The waistband is stitched on top of the apron front and the ties extend from the ends of it.

Wonder Woman Apron

The neck strap is adjustable with D-rings. This is a good thing for this version - I think the bodice is rather short. If I make it again, I will make it longer. The outer red part is a cotton twill and it is lined with a lightweight broadcloth.

Wonder Woman Apron

I'm happy with how this project turned out and it was a gift well-received!

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Ottobre 1/2012 #33: Girl's Denim Skirt

After botching the jacket part of the "jacket and skirt outfit" plan, I figured I'd still go ahead with the skirt as planned. Until I can make another nice jacket or top, my daughter can wear something she already owns with the skirt.

To keep it versatile, I made the skirt out of denim. I will likely make her a nice winter dress in a couple of months and wanted this to fill in the gap now and also hopefully work into the spring. To guard again growth spurts, I made the pattern quite a bit longer than as drafted. Honestly, between that and other changes, it doesn't look all that much like the technical drawing!

(Pardon the wrinkles in all the pictures. My daughter was snuggled up with a book on the couch when I pestered her for these pictures. She wasn't really pleased at all. Hence, no faces in the pictures!)

Ottobre 1/2012 #33

I used buttons instead of the recommended ring snaps. Because of the added length, I had to use five rather than four. It looks like I should move the top button over a bit so the button bands line up better below the waistband.

Ottobre 1/2012 #33

In the name of simplicity, I left off the belt loops and back pockets. I guess the back pockets weren't just a matter of simplicity. I don't care for rear patch pockets if there isn't a yoke. Just a personal preference...

Ottobre 1/2012 #33

The skirt was a bit big when we first tried it on. Since I want this to fit for several months yet, I opted to add elastic to the back of the skirt rather than taking it in. The waistband accommodated 1" elastic perfectly.

This skirt has been a practical and helpful addition to my daughter's wardrobe and I think I'll probably use the pattern again.

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Ottobre 1/2011 #32: Girl's Military Jacket

My older daughter was in need of some nicer clothes. I found some large-ish leftover pieces of fabric from other projects and thought I would use those to make her a jacket and skirt outfit. I took her measurements and traced off the jacket pattern. She's tall and thin, so I decided I needed to use a smaller size and add length like I always do. Except this time, I only added length to the sleeves and completely forgot about the bodice. DOH!

Thankfully, there is another girl around here that could use the jacket after I cut the extra length off the sleeves.  This girl is not in need of any more clothes, but she sure loves this jacket.

Ottobre 1/2011 #32
Please try to over look that bit of lunch spilled on her skirt!

The fabric is what remained of this jacket project. The pattern is designed for sweater knits. This twill has a good amount of stretch and it worked just fine. I have liked this pattern since I first saw it and I'm glad I finally got around to making it.

Ottobre 1/2011 #32

The flaps are supposed to be fully functioning, allowing the jacket to be worn closed also. But, I was in a hurry and decided to omit the buttonholes and just sew the flap down with the buttons. The pockets are functional.

Ottobre 1/2011 #32

Very small, but functional.

It was easy to remove extra length from the sleeves. To allow for the gathering, the edges of the pattern piece didn't taper in toward the wrist. Getting the gathered sleeve attached to the cuff may have been the hardest part of the project - that circle was pretty little!

Ottobre 1/2011 #32

If I were going to make it again for this daughter, I might decrease the height of the collar a bit - it's pretty tall. But, it does work this way, too.

Ottobre 1/2011 #32

While I was pretty annoyed with myself over this stupid oversight, my younger daughter really, really likes this jacket. She pulls it out of her closet to put on for at least part of the day most days. It's pretty cute. And doesn't she look like quite the little lady?

Ottobre 1/2011 #32

Honestly, she looks like this a lot of the time, too...

Ottobre 1/2011 #32


Monday, November 11, 2013

Using the F-word*

About three years ago I bought a simple black half-zip pullover fleece top. With some embarrassment, I'll say that I wore that top out. I prefer to feel "dressed" most days and stay away from yoga pants and sweatshirts. But, on the days when I knew I'd be staying home or on lazy Sunday afternoons, I was always reaching for that top. It needed a replacement.

In considering a replacement, I hoped to move up a bit from the poly fleece. Cotton fleece? Sweatshirting? Sweater knit? I didn't find a great alternative in the fabric store here and the cost of shipping and duty makes me hesitant to order online. Since the fleece had worked before, that's what I stuck with.

Half-Zip Pullover

The other top was worn out and was exactly what I wanted, so I just cut it apart and made a pattern from it. The zipper was the right length, so I ripped that out of the old top and reused it.

Half-Zip Pullover

I like the side panels. The top is not very fitted, but I think the side panels still provide a flattering shape. While the first top's sleeves weren't exactly too short, I did add an inch to the pattern and like the addition.

It's been good to have this new version in my closet. Hurrah for being warm and cozy on the home front!

* My mom is a former Home Ec. teacher. Her dislike of fleece is so great that it was referred to as "the F-word" in her classroom. :)