Wednesday, November 16, 2011

One for the boys

My almost 4yr old son hardly has any shorts to sleep in so it was about time I get off my butt and make him a pair. I tell you if I didn't know how easy and fast it would be I'd have started these a few years ago! I don't actually have any pyjama patterns I liked so I used a shorts/pants pattern from the Japanese book that I have. I have no idea what the name of it is though. I just know I have not made anything from it yet, until now. It is pattern number 44.

I found this beautiful knit fabric at Spotlight. It is called Toybox and perfectly soft and not too thin. You know how it is, when you make something out of knit and the fabric seems to be way too light. This is not the case. It's beautiful to work with. I cut out the largest size from the book which is 100cms. The boy is about 102cms so I was hoping it wouldn't be too small. It turned out perfectly. I used my overlocker to do all the seams and I used my new stretch twin needle to hem up the bottom legs and waist. It looks so much more professional when you do it this way.
 

It took me a while to find the page on how to sew it up but it's easy once you do it a few times. I am normally a ninny who sews up the side seams instead of the butt/crotch pieces.






 

The front and back views. Sorry for the blurriness. So hard to get a boy to stand still!

Here are the finished shorts. I really love the way they turned out. I will be making many more of these for this summer. We had a few days of blistering heat and today it's windy and about to rain. It's not exactly time to put away the quilts and coats just yet.

What are you up to?

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Distracted

Well Spring has made a late entrance around these parts of Sydney. This weather has been crazy I tell you. It's been cold, rainy and sunny all in one day!

We have been feeling the heat so much so today that I really wanted to make this wrap dress that I've been talking about forever. I've used the pattern before for my maternity top.
It's not finished yet. I have only put the bodice together and skirt. I wanted to see if I could make a simple dress, omitting the top panel. I don't think it's working out.

 The bodice JUST fits. I'm holding it together in the pic above. After some reading the fabric you're meant to use is anything stretchy like knits. However, I had this lovely synthetic thing I picked up when Spotlight had their 30% off storewide. I think it really suits me and drapes over my bumpy pokey bits. It's rather low cut too, lucky I am wearing a singlet underneath. I am suppose to put facings on the edges rather than folding the edges under twice and that is why it is probably more open.



The problem I see is that I haven't cut out the front wrap panel so that's why I currently have trouble wearing it. See there are no zips so unless I plan to put in a side zip I need to cut out a top front panel.

I'm going to think about it a bit more........
I've decided to stick to the instructions and put in facings and make it a proper wrap dress. That means it won't be finished any time soon. I need to buy some facings (bias binding).

In other news I also recieved these in the mail: (squeal!!!)
 






I'm incredibly excited!!! The first is Overlock Sewing which contains simple items such as a skirt, t-shirt and cardigan. The second is Simple Chic. Both were from yesasia and they were free shipping.
I can't wait to get started on something else but I must finish the other unfinished projects around here.

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Almost finished blouse.

I have this friend whom I met from Playgroup. She's awesome and we are similar in our tastes and dilemmas. She comes over and we have fun playdates with her two girls.
Turns out she likes sewing too so yesterday I showed her my stash of patterns and got her into Japanese Pattern books. This sounds like trouble... he he.

She also inspired me to take some time out and sew. So I did. The babies slept and I sewed, and sewed. There were no bathroom or food breaks.
I just sewed until one of them woke up. I felt really good. More inspired. I wished I could have kept going.

 

I am excited. These are parts of the Oliver + S Puppet Show Blouse. I've had them cut up for a while now.


I've been cooking too, from Apples for Jam. We made Tessa's Banana Bread and we gobbled it up. There are no pics to show. I tried the Lentil and Sausages but the kids only liked the chicken sausages. We might try some cookies as we start gearing up for Christmas. Ahhh, it will be just around the corner in no time!