Sunday, January 14, 2018

Walk the Plank Pajamas


I made S some pajama pants using some Star Wars fleece I found in the remnant bin at JoAnn. Usually I use CKC's Taylor Pajamas, but I decided to try the Patterns For Pirates pattern called Walk The Plank. The CKC pattern uses a casing for the elastic and the P4P pattern has the main fabric serged to the elastic at the edge, then turned over and topstitched while stretched.
I tried a similar method on the cat pajama shorts and my sewing machine threw a fit trying to sew the stretched elastic (ended up doing a casing instead), but I decided to give it a try with the serger. I previously preferred casings because I could have S try on the pants at the last stage of construction, and also possibly let out the elastic at a later date if I left extra. He usually outgrows by height before waist size, though, and he was around for me to try the elastic around his waist before doing that step of these pajamas. 

Sunday, January 07, 2018

Skull Nina Dress



Made for Mermaids Mama Nina dress in double brushed poly from So Sew English. So fast and easy. I'm getting better at setting up my twin needle for hemming and using the wash away hem tape. For the bobbin thread I use stretch serger thread wound by hand.
I didn't realize this was a directional print when I ordered it (the upside down skulls are smaller), but I was still fine with 2 yards for size green because there wasn't any stripe matching or anything.

Wednesday, January 03, 2018

First Sew of 2018- Ragdoll Raglan


Patterns For Pirates Ragdoll Raglan in slub rib poly/rayon/spandex knit from JoAnn. When this pattern was first released I didn't really think I needed it until I realized it would make a great warmup top for the gym. It's a dolman/raglan hybrid with the option for an open back.
This fabric is really soft but the magenta color bled really badly during prewashing. I hope it is ok now! It was part of my Black Friday sale haul.
I used a thumbhole cuff tutorial that I found on a random blog. This isn't the official P4P thumbhole tutorial that comes with the add-on pack for the other raglans.
I used a twin needle on my sewing machine to hem the back opening pieces. I highly recommend using wash away hem tape to help stabilize.
Update: of course I spilled chicken grease all over my shirt while wearing it for the first time. I used Dawn to get the stain out (eventually, after 3 washes). I used Color Catchers and didn't see any bleeding of the red color.