More sewing! This is design #40 from the fall 2013 Ottobre Design magazine in a size 134. I think it could use another inch or so in the sleeves. It fits right now, but it would be better if it still fit come January. This is the picture I got when I asked Jack to just stand nicely.
The fabric is a sweatshirt knit that was used for a dye disaster, making it perfect for a tester. It is really soft, and Jack likes it, so we’re just going with it. :)
I was told this is his superhero pose. (Note, I did not ask for a superhero pose.)
I have no idea what is going on here. He’s 8.
Overall, he likes it. The pockets seem to want to keep turning out, so I may do something different there next time. Perhaps a kangaroo pocket on the front instead of the side seam pockets… I have some bamboo velour that I dyed some years ago that would look much better sewn up than it does on my shelf, so we’ll see what happens.
There has been quite a bit of sewing going on here, believe it or not!
This is a well-loved pattern around here. My notes on this one include that I added 3.25″ to it the last time I made the size 10. Without processing the date I wrote on there, I added the same this time in making them for Jack, who is 8. Or eight and a half, as he would probably say. Closer to eight and three quarters, really, but who’s counting?
Anyway, now that my brain has had time to actually think about the date, I realize that the last time I used this pattern, I was sewing for Jack’s older brother, who was 11 at the time. So, I guess I will hope that this kid likes robots for a couple more years, because these are definitely going to be too long. Ooops.
Maybe Jack will be so impressed with the really cool drawstring elastic waist that he won’t notice the fact that they are too long? Most likely he will notice, but won’t care because he is, after all, an 8 year old boy. And that’s okay. Plus, too long is much better than the too short pair he has been wearing from the pile of last year’s winter jammies.
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We are giving away a copy of Bandana-rama – Wrap, Glue, Sew: Kids Make 21 Fast & Fun Craft Projects
Here are a couple fun projects from this book:
Bandana Book Cover
Bandana Shoulder Bag
The drawing closes at midnight on Monday, October 20, so get those entries in! Sorry international friends, this giveaway is open only to US residents.
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I bought these Clover Jumbo Wonder Clips some time ago because I already had these little red ones and I thought bigger ones would be nice to have, though I wasn’t really sure what I was going to use them for.
As it turns out, they are really handy for embroidery. When I have bigger pieces that I am embroidering on, I usually end up holding parts out of the way of the embroidery hoop. My daughter wanted her name on her basketball bag. The side of the bag bounced about, even though I had rolled and scrunched it up. The clips were wide enough to hold onto the scrunched up bag and made it so much easier to control.
ps – I think we’re due for a giveaway, so check back tomorrow to see what I have for you! :)
After making this fantastic test version of hoodie pattern #9, I made a couple adjustments to the sleeves. Then I made it with a Polartec® Wind Pro® fleece. The fleece is a high loft/low velour face. I used the loft side as the inside, which is really soft. It makes up for the fact that this fabric fluffs all over the place when you cut it. The vacuum cleaner and some mailing tape were definitely good helpers for this one.
This is a size 38, with length and a little width added to the sleeves. The pattern is intended to be used with wool jersey, which I suspect might be thinner than the fleece I used. I wanted something warm for the ice rink. I tested it out at hockey practice last weekend and it was sooooo cozy with just a tank top layered underneath.
The embroidery is by Windbell Embroidery and is part of the gradient butterflies series. I didn’t do any thread color changes and used a variegated thread instead. This particular design is almost 5″x5″ and I probably should have used a smaller one. I used a tearaway stabilizer on the bottom and a water soluble on the top. This design stitched out really nicely.
The pattern calls for binding around the hood, which I ignored and instead folded under and coverstitched. I also evened out the front and back pieces so I didn’t put the vent flaps in the sides. I might leave it longer in the back next time. Not sure…