Thursday, February 12, 2015

And another one.

Here is another shirt I made! This is actually the first, but I've worn it so much that it is usually in the laundry whenever I think about taking a picture of it. It is another Hey June pattern. This time, the Lane Raglan. According to the sizing chart I was a size M, but a size M is a little too roomy for my liking. I think this fits more like a sweatshirt and would be really cute with a thicker knit, but this is a jersey knit so it's just a little baggy. But that's ok! I still like it and I still wear it often. The fabric is from Girl Charlee and it was on clearance (yay) so I picked up two yards and used it to make the girls some tops and had enough to make myself something too.

Awkward city take #2! At least these pictures were taken during day light hours and I "hired" a photography assistant to use the remote for me. I'd say they are an improvement from last time.

Look at that side seam, perfect! 

This side, not so much.

I made this before I had a twin stretch needle so I just top stitched around the cuffs, hem, neckline and armholes with a single needle for some detail. This shirt is soft and casual, just my style. I have a bright blue scarf I like to pair with it, but yesterday, when I took these pictures is was a balmy 63 degrees and no scarf was necessary. Today, however, it is 35 degrees and I will be wearing my parka all day and sipping hot tea. I'm such a cold weather wimp.

I loved this pattern and have another in the works. I'll be sewing up a size S this time and I think 3/4 length sleeves? I figure that will bring me some warm weather.

Happy Thursday y'all. I can see Friday from here!


Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Sewing out of my comfort zone

I sew for my girls quite a bit. I wouldn't say I'm an expert, but I'm no novice, either. One area of sewing I don't venture into very often is selfish sewing, sewing for me. In fact, since I started sewing again after Leilani was born, I have made myself about 2 things. No joke. This doesn't include the 5 or 6 refashioned items that I made years ago and blogged about. The 2 items I did make, never even made it onto the blog. That's how much I liked them, ha.

Well, that has changed. Since January 1st, I have made myself two shirts. Two shirts that I actually like and that I actually wear. I didn't like what I made before because they were made with woven fabric and not comfortable, these shirts are knit and so soft and comfy.

I ventured out of my comfort zone even more and took some pictures of myself in one of the said selfish sewing items that I made. Please pardon the awkwardness of what you are about to see. There was a crying toddler involved who was not going to wait for mama to take pictures of herself, much less let me properly focus my photos. It was nighttime so light was non-existent, plus, I think I'm just awkward in pictures.

This is the Union St. Tee and the fabric is from my December Knit Fix from Girl Charlee (duh). It's the same stuff I sewed with for for Day #2 of KCW last week. I've said it before and I will say it again. This fabric is SO soft and I love the print. It is almost too busy to wear without a cardigan, but that's ok. I think it would look good with a navy blue infinity scarf to distract from the floral madness going on there.

 The pattern is great for those just starting out with knits and you can customize your sleeve length or add a v-neck. I opted for the scoop neck and applied the neckband in the way I usually do to reduce bulk and make it look more store bought, I guess. I used my double needle for a nice top stitch on the neck line, arms and hem, it helps with a clean, finished look.

So yeah, I am pretty proud of myself for sewing this up and actually sharing it. I see myself making more and more items for myself because I can make what I want and enjoy the process. Win win!


Sunday, February 8, 2015

Kids Clothes Week Day #7

Well, Kids Clothes Week is over. I don't know what happened, but by the time Friday rolled around I just lost my motivation to pick up my camera. I finished Both of these skirts for Day #5 but just didn't get around to posting them. 

These skirts made from "upcycled" new tank tops (thank you, clearance racks), a few t-shirts that I didn't wear anymore and the skirts are cut from the bottom of two sundresses that I hadn't worn in ages. 

I used this tutorial for making these skirts, but used 2" elastic as the waistband. They were easy to sew up and the girls really like how fun and "ruffly" they are.

Here are a few "sort of" before pictures.

And here's after!

Bella was absolutely thrilled to be posing for pictures today. Be careful, she can see into your soul with that glare.

Look, those are BARE legs, it was actually somewhat warm today! I hope it lasts...

I had so much fun sewing for Kids Clothes Week, can't wait until the next one! Hope y'all are having a good weekend.


Thursday, February 5, 2015

Kids Clothes Week Day #4

Whew! Still going strong with Kid's Clothes Week. I finished these Lulu Dresses yesterday, and my girls love them! 

Leilani's dress was my first time using this pattern so I stuck with the instructions on the neck/armhole application. Her dress also has fun pockets!

I switched up the trim application on Bella's dress to reduce the bulk and I like how it looks. I folded the trim in half and reduced it's length until it was about 75% as long as the arm hole or neck hole. Then I stretched it out to fit each hole and serged it up and then top stitched the seam for a nice finished look. That probably doesn't make sense, but it's done exactly how I did it when making the Lulu Top for Day #3.

Bella said NO pockets and then whined when her dress had buttons instead of pockets. Go figure. :)

The fabric is from Girl Charlee, the white is a plain old t-shirt jersey, so it's a little thin but perfect for when it is hot and sweaty here in the south. The blue print is so cute! It is also from Girl Charlee and is a Cotton Jersey Blend. It is nice and think and so soft. If I have enough leftover I would like to make myself a skirt for this summer. Can you tell I am yearning/wishing/hoping/praying for warm weather?

Benny Boo had to get in on the action, but no, I didn't make his outfit.

This is such a fun pattern to sew! There are so many cute options. I can't wait to sew up a few more for warmer weather.


Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Kids Clothes Week Day #3

Today I finally created something with the theme "upcycled" in mind. I am pretty disappointed that I forgot to take pictures of the before. But, try to be creative here and imagine two mens tank tops in this reddish stripe knit. Yeah, ugly. No wonder they were on clearance for $1.97 and there were about 500 left. Well, I saw some potential in them and turned them into a Lulu Top which is another fun pattern by Jessica of CINO

This was my third time sewing this one up so I got adventurous and changed the neck and arm hole trim application a little bit to reduce the bulk and am very please with how it turned out. 

I used the bottom of one of the tanks for the bottom portion of the top so I didn't have to hem. Shortcuts are always nice. I made Miss L a size 6 and it fits great!

Can't leave sissy out. :)

I'm happy with how this turned out and can't wait for some warm weather so she can actually wear it!


Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Kids Clothes Week Day #2

Well, another day of sewing is behind me. Another frustrating day. It's like the kids know I want to sew so they everything in their power to prevent me from sewing. It's fun. I like it.

Anyway, I made two more Nessie Tops. I'm addicted, I admit it. I made a size 6 and 5 this time for Miss L and Miss B, respectively. The length was much better this time around and they should last until next fall.

Miss L refused to pose for pictures, which is really strange for her and Miss B wanted to pretend she was sleeping. So overall, the sewing and photographing of these shirts was over the top fun! Can you tell that last sentence is just dripping with sarcasm?

The fabric is from my December Knit Fix from Girl Charlee. If you don't know what a Knit Fix is you need to find out because for fabric addicts like myself, it really is a fix and I need love it. I have a "me" shirt cut out and waiting to be sewn from this same floral and I can't wait to sew it up. This fabric is so buttery soft and has a nice 4-way stretch. I'm not sure exactly what it is though. But I like it none the less.

Hope your day is great! I am determined to make this day better than yesterday. I hope the kids are on board with me, HA.


Monday, February 2, 2015

Kids Clothes Week Day #1

Well, after a terribly disappointing end to the Super Bowl, I thought I should start the day off with some Kids Clothes Week sewing. This Seahawks fan needs some distraction! The theme this week is "Upcycled" but these shirts don't fit the theme. I do, however, have a few projects in the works that fit the theme, so I hope I can finish them this week. Wish me luck or long naptimes for the baby.

First project, somewhat coordinating Nessie tops. This is a pattern by Jessica of CINO and it is really cute and fast to sew up. I've been sewing with knits quite a bit lately and I am kind of hooked. 

Little brother had to be included in the photo shoot, how could I say no, he is just too cute. The fabric is from Girl Charlee (duh) and it was a bargain deal so it's not my favorite, but I thought it might be a good start for my stretchy sewing adventures and I couldn't beat the price. It is very soft and not too stretchy, but it is a little sheer.

Benny says "CHEESE!"

I've sewn with knits previously but with my old machine was terrible and chewed everything up and I never used a ball point needle (rookie mistake). This time around I am using a stretch twin needle and utilizing my serger which is also adorned with ball point needles. Let me tell you, those needles make all the difference. Sewing with knits really is fun and there are so many cute fabrics available!

If I could change one thing I would have added a few inches in length to both sizes, I sewed up a 4 for Miss B and 5 for Miss L. They are torso children, especially L, (thanks to their daddy) so these shirts are just barely long enough and will be too short if they grow too much more. Other than that, these are cute and I can't wait to make more!

This girl looks way too grown up lately!
I'll have more to share tomorrow.