It is common to hear people say they are afraid to sew with knits, but I really like them. Knits always seem more forgiving to me when lining up seams.
This is the hip length short sleeve version of this top. Normally, I have to add length to tops, but this one feels like it may even be a touch long. When it came time to topstitch, I used a spool of regular sewing thread and filled a bobbin so I would have thread for both needles. Since the underside of the fabric is white, I just went with white wooly nylon in the looper of my coverstitch machine.
Even more important, I used the iron before coverstitching. I have a tendency to be lazy and just run hems through without first pressing them. But, look! Things turn out so much better if they are nice and neatly ironed first.
Why can’t I remember this and always spend the extra 60 seconds with the iron?
Not necessarily in that order. Yesterday was a great day.
First, the UPS man was so kind as to bring me a package with these:
Very excited to review this book, and do you see there are two of them? Giveaway coming next week!
Second, I have been trying to remember to use Twitter more. Yesterday I realized, there is this whole section I never knew about. Twitter has always been kind of a strange beast for me. It was like shouting things out and never knowing if anyone was listening. Today I clicked on that little bell icon – oh, look at that! Notifications. (I am sure at this point my very techy latest app husband is shaking his head at me in horror if he is reading…) I would like to apologize to all the people who have been tweeting at me and thank everyone who’s been retweeting, I am so sorry, I did not know you were out there!
Third, this cute layette set from Oliver+S popped up in one of my feeds the other day. Mamas have asked in the forums for a good layette set that is made with wovens instead of knits. There are many options for knit sets, but patterns for wovens have always seemed more difficult to come by, so it is great to see this new set from Liesl at Oliver+S. If anyone has made it already, please let me know how it went! (images used with permission of Oliver+S)
Continuing with the theme of fabulous things, this was the outdoor temperature when I took my daughter to basketball at 7pm. There is hope that we might actually have spring this year. I can’t wait!
This weekend, we will be wrapping up winter sports with four hockey games and three basketball games for two kids. I do not see a lot of sewing in the next couple days, but this afternoon I am checking out a new retreat center. Our current location is fantastic, but this new place is a bit closer to civilization, so it is worth checking out.
Also!! If you have not entered the giveaway for the sewing class from Craftsy, here is the link! One entry per person, so get signed up! And it is super easy, seriously. It will be harder to pick a class if you are the winner than it is to get in this drawing! Sewing Mamas is a Craftsy affiliate, so if you shop with them through our links, it helps keep Sewing Mamas afloat. I really appreciate their doing this giveaway! Now go!
Have a great weekend!
Things are completely crazy over here as we are coming to the end of basketball and hockey seasons. Throw in spring soccer starting, school conferences and a bunch of great things in the works for Sewing Mamas and it is just plain busy!!
This morning I tried to take a picture of me in the reflection of the bathroom mirror, which lead to an “If You Give a Mouse a Cookie” scenario – clean mirror, notice the rest of the bathroom needed cleaning, start more laundry, discover the washing machine decided today was a good day to leak all over… sigh. In the end, I decided a picture of the hoodie alone might be simpler.
Looks kind of mulberry colored there, but the fabric is maroon. It is a 100wt Polartec fleece. Very nice and soft, but it reflects the flash like crazy!
First, minor modifications. I added 2″ to the sleeves. Now that I have tried it on, future versions will also get 2″ added to the length of the body. It is okay at the current length, but I am pulling at the hem whenever I am standing.
Second, small oops and a little pucker. The oops is that I think the crossover part should be at the corner. And the pucker, well, that is really another oops. It is not too bad when worn, though. I got my husband to take a picture so you don’t have to see the selfies in my dirty bathroom mirror!
A little closer so you can maybe see how the neckline/hood is. The maroon color looks more true in these pictures as well. Kind of an odd look on my face in this next picture, I was trying to give my husband photo taking instructions while he was shooting pictures. We’ll just roll with it. :)
The next one will probably be the shawl collar version rather than the hood. The hood is okay, but since I am not going to wear the hood up, it really ends up being more bulk.
OH! If you like the hood, Jeri did a tutorial on how to make a contrast lined hood for this pattern. You can find it in our downloads – right here! Be sure to check that out, she did a great job and it looks really nice.
Here’s a second run at this pattern. I took three additional inches out of the rise and it is much better. Zoe cut about three inches from her hair, and it is also much better. :)
This pair is fully lined. They are currently serged at the bottom and folded up for a cuff. Since we should have warmer weather in a couple months and Zoe will likely grow up but not significantly in the waist, I will hem them next fall. I told her these are weekend house pants or pj pants only, not school pants. Here’s the difference in the rise:
The other thing I did differently on this pair is I understitched the pockets. This helps keep them inside the pants so they don’t try to roll out.
It looks like this inside the pocket:
I traced these in a size 12 with an inch off the top of the rise for Zoe and then added two inches to the length.
This picture was just after her basketball game, I suspect she won’t be so willing to model without prepping in a few years!
Zoe loves them, but… they are huge in the rise. I should take out at least 3 inches, maybe 4 if I make them again. And, since the rise is so long, she’s stepping on the hems. Good news is, I think the length I added will be just about right once I adjust the rise.
After yesterday’s post about the Spring 2014 issue of Ottobre, I was wondering how the sizes were distributed in this issue. So, I decided to count them up!
If you are sewing for a girl:
If you are sewing for a boy:
A quick note about these numbers. First, I’ve excluded the items in design #3, which are accessories, a headband and slippers for infants. Second, the number of designs for girls is typically higher than those for boys simply because a lot of items for boys work just as well for girls when made in girly fabric. However, a dress is a dress no matter what the materials.
This season has been such that I’m getting this posted as the Women’s issue is enroute to many. Germs and lousy weather have made things challenging around here, but the spring issue of Ottobre is always a nice pick me up.
Jumping in, I love the owl shirt on design 19. It has a good size range, running from 86-128. It would even fit my 8 year old second grader, though I would have to leave off the owl. The cargo pants in design 18 would work for him. There are two versions of these pants, one for boys and one for girls. The design elements of each are different enough that I did not realize they were the same pattern until I was looking through the instruction set. Both designs 18 and 19 are sure to please both boys and girls depending on fabric choices.
The folks at Ottobre have done something similar with design 20, a pair of comfortable pants described as “Relaxed Fit sweatpants.” I am not sold on these pants. Ottobre wants to convince me they are a “fresh” design with the lowered crotch, but I think that makes them look saggy and ill-fitting. Of course, Minnesota is not the epicenter of fashion, so perhaps this is a coming trend we just have not seen here yet. Either way, I think I will pass on that one. The hooded sweatshirt and knit top with a flared bottom is a cute look.
Moving into the 110-146 range, the sets shown in designs 28-30 would work well for my fourth grade girl who can sometimes still wear a 146. She really liked the yoga pants (29) and those will work with some additional length.
The 128-170 size range offer a comfortable v-neck top and jeans for boys. For plus size boys in this range, there is a long sleeve t-shirt, jacket and jeans. For girls, there is a blouse, a dolman sleeve top, a short sleeve top, jeans and a fleece jacket. I really like the look of the fleece jacket. It looks simple enough to tackle with only 7 pieces. The blouse is so sweet with its pintucks but it might be too cute for my fourth grader. It is hard to know these days.
Of course, there are some adorable baby things in this issue. There’s a fancy boy’s outfit with overalls, a vest and cap, and a simple but lovely christening gown. For those looking for something more fancy, there is a beautiful silk christening gown as well. Baby girls get a party dress and there are a couple cute pieces made with soft knits for boys and girls.
This is the pattern I used a few weeks ago when I was making pajama pants. This pattern is not very curvy, so it’s good for both boys and girls. Older girls might want more definition, but I’m sewing for an almost 10 year old girl and 7 year old boy, so it still works for both of them.
These tops match the pants I made earlier, but I didn’t have quite enough of the frogs, so I put green sleeves and added a green stripe to the front so I could piece the front in frogs.
Everything is a tad big, but give him a month and it’ll fit.
This boy cracks me up. And why is he wearing two different socks? Who knows.
The girl still needs tops to go with her pj bottoms. I started cutting those out last night and realized I traced the top in size 12 even though I made her size 10 bottoms. Oops. I’m going to sew up the one I’ve cut out and see how it fits before I trace the 10. It might be okay. We’ll see.
Michelle Patterns is having a big $5 Friday. ALL patterns are $5 or less!
If you don’t already have her classic bucket bag, now’s a good time to grab it! Her patterns go together quickly and all the pieces fit properly. Here’s the cross-body bag I made last winter:
This bag isn’t available any more, but the bucket bag is very similar. Her grocery bag is also very popular, if you don’t have it already, you should take a look.
Pop over to Michelle Patterns and check it out!
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It’s always fun to flip through the latest Ottobre pattern magazine when it arrives. This issue is no exception.
This coat is done up in wool, but I’d like to give it a try in a heavy Polartec fleece.
There are a couple tops that are also extended as dresses. I like this raglan. The fabric choice in the dress gives it a different look, too.
There are a couple blouse patterns and some dressy office clothes that I don’t see myself wearing, but they are nice looking if I were in need of such a thing. This wrap dress as cute and not too dressy. I just don’t know where I would wear it!
Did you get this issue? What are you planning to sew?