Monday, February 12, 2018

Athletic pegs, Isabel/Cassie dress, cat beds


More athletic pegs, this time the main fabric is the Joann "superflex" which is fairly similar to Supplex. I wanted to test the fit before cutting into my Zenith & Quasar Supplex. I heard that a lot of people size up in that fabric. These are probably a little too big. Because I sized up, the gusset looked horrible and I had to take it out. I also ran out of clear elastic and used cotton swimsuit elastic and it didn't work as well. I took the waistband apart, made it a little smaller, and put clear elastic in and they worked a lot better. Next time I'll try a different gusset shape and cut matching slices out of the leg fabric so adding the gusset doesn't add extra fabric. (In that case the main function of the gusset will be altering the direction of maximum stretch.) The multicolor fabric is Yoga Soft Spandex from Zenith & Quasar. I got a bundle of a yard each of the Yoga Soft Spandex, their solid Heavy Supplex and their multicolor Supplex. Which is enough to make at least a couple pairs of capri-length Peg Legs. The YSS is more slippery than I prefer on its own, but it works for the color blocking.

This dress is Made for Mermaids Isabel wrap dress with the skirt(s) from Cassie. The original Isabel skirt is less twirly. The Cassie is a half circle skirt. This is DBP from So Sew English. This is size "yellow".



From the dress scraps, I made another pair of Bunzies, this time "booty" cut with high waist. I used C/L for the liner and bands.

I had a friend offer to trade some art for cat beds and this is my first prototype of a pattern I found online. It is Rocky-approved! All cats love fleece, pretty much.

Wednesday, February 07, 2018

Cricut Maker


Just bought a Cricut Maker cutting machine. Above is what I made on the first day. I bought it mostly for cutting vinyl and felt, but I've gotten sucked into some of the cards/papercrafting projects on the 2 week trial of the subscription service for images/projects. "This is the back" cut files were a Patterns for Pirates freebie...which sort of kicked off my whole interest in getting one.



More stuff I made over the weekend...bootleg BPAL decal for my imp case. 😂

Preschool Weaving


A few weeks ago I was in charge of "special project" at S's co-op preschool. I brought this  classroom tapestry loom and finished a wall hanging during class. I used tshirt loops, yarn loops, and fabric strips with slits on the end for weft so I could lark's head knot them together and keep going. The kids mostly helped by picking which color/texture to go next, but a couple of kids were interested in handing the weft back and forth to me from the other side of the loom.

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Sunday Sews- Fleece JRRs, Bunzies, adult WTP


I spent this weekend fighting off a sore throat, so I stayed home and sewed. I had enough fleece left over from S's pajama pants to make matching Jolly Roger Raglans with fleece on the front and solid C/l for the rest of the shirt. I ordered more fleece from JoAnn during a recent 70% off sale and made myself a pair of Walk the Plank pants. I had enough left to make S a matching set of pants and shirt. Unfortunately the elastic on mine is a little too long and it would be a huge pain to undo the stitching to shorten it. I might put in a drawstring.
I also made my first pair of Bunzies (pattern from Stitch Upon a Time on Etsy) with some C/L from JoAnn (print) and Purpleseamstress (solid). These are high waisted, full coverage.

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.

Tuesday, December 26, 2017

More joggers/pegs/boxers


Some recent FOs in this polygon animal print cotton/Lycra from Vinegar & Honey Co. Baby Bear Joggers (size 4 with size 3 length elastic in waist) with drawstring in waistband and pockets. Gradually working my way through the more complicated options. None of this is particularly hard, but switching between serger and sewing machine and setting up twin needle or making buttonholes is mildly annoying. Capri length (actually slightly longer than capri cut line) Peg Legs with contrast contour waistband since I only had 1 yard. Remind myself to set differential feed back to zero before serging clear elastic in waistband. Haven't tried the trick where you feed the elastic through the hole in the foot of the serger. Used leftovers to make size 3 Pirate's Booty boxers. There wasn't a big enough piece to cut the main boxers piece as designed. I folded the pattern piece and added seam allowance to create side seams. I did the same thing on the boxers I made with leftovers from the blue fabric. 

Friday, December 22, 2017

Slouchy Headwarmer Gifts


Patterns for pirates free Slouchy Headwarmer pattern in various fabrics for Sean's teachers. It's a 4-way neckwarmer/headband/ponytail beanie/beanie. Swim fabric for swim teacher, athletic fabrics and CL for gymnastics teachers, Liverpool and French Terry for preschool teacher. I cut most of them larger than the suggested 20 x 20.

Family raglans, pegs, joggers, and new Cocoon


Patterns for Pirates patterns: Jolly Roger Raglan (kid), Baby Bear Joggers in jegging knit and black CL (cut with pattern piece perpendicular to selvedge for better stretch in this fabric). Relaxed Raglan banded tunic length with off-the-shoulder hack (only 1.5 or 2" taken off neckline, not 3 as in the blog post for the hack), capri length Peg Legs in the jegging fabric cut sideways. They are a little too loose compared to the ones cut the other direction, lol. I will have to go back and put elastic in the waistband.
Cole's Creations pattern- Jerry's raglan
This was my first time doing full length sleeves on any of these patterns and they were all a little too long for all of us, lol.
Penguin fabric is Joann Doodles cotton interlock, sleeves are all C/L from Purpleseamstress, jegging knit is from Purpleseamstress.
This time I did the elastic waistband on the joggers instead of the yoga band. Next time I'll get fancier and try the drawstring waist and pockets.


Cocoon Cardigan from Patterns for Pirates in French Terry from So Sew English. Super comfy. I wish the lower sleeves were a little less fitted so I could push them up more easily. Undecided on whether I'm going to topstitch around the band. There's a slight amount of waviness but it would probably block out with steam. 

More JRR and Peg Legs

2 more Jolly Roger Raglans. Green CL from Purpleseamstress online. Science fabric is flannel from JoAnn. The back of the shirt is the green CL. Sushi fabric is Doodles from JoAnn.
Black/white DBP left over from Nina dress. So Sew English. Used black CL for contour waistband and put in clear elastic. Jegging knit Pegs from Purpleseamstress. It has slightly more stretch in the direction parallel to the selvedge. These are pretty tight in my usual size but probably would have been ok one size up. I still wear them under dresses/skirts.

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Wiggle Dress


Patterns for Pirates Wiggle Dress in some stretchy floral from JoAnn. One of the pattern testers used this fabric and it looked amazing on her. I got the last 2 yards in the Bay Area, lol. It is slightly spongy like scuba but has a really interesting texture (not sure if it would officially be considered Liverpool, but similar).  The instructions have you baste the seams and try it on (then flip it inside out and pin out any excess). Came out great. Basically just needed to bring in the hips to my usual size (I cut XXL all over to start with). The sway back adjustment built into the pattern was sufficient for me. I was a little nervous about topstitching the elastic in the neckline, but I was having a really good day with my twin needle and it turned out perfect.