Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Kwik Sew 3527 and 2704

The onesies I made the twins from Kwik Sew 2704 are probably the most worn things I have ever made so I knew I would be making more as pyjamas for this winter.
I used the same pattern for Eva and Kwik Sew 3527 for Olive. The patterns are nearly the same, the only differences are the crotch piece in 3527 and the size of the zip.
Both are great patterns. I just need a trip to Spotlight to buy some more fleece and I'll be making a couple more.

Sunday, March 22, 2015

McCalls 6792

I think the 80s might be missing a shirt. Hope they don't want it back as I'm keeping it. 
 It is McCalls 6792. I thought this would be another very quick top to make, but it took me a bit longer than I thought. The fabric was a bit slippery to it took a while to cut out. I had to unpick the corners of the yellow a few times and they still aren't perfect. This patterns has a lot of ease, it is lucky you can make it up and take it in where you need to before doing the hems. I needed to take it in all over and quite a lot on the lower sleeves. I also gave it some waist shaping on the back seam. The only other change was to do a narrow hem at the neck instead of the facing.
I love this shirt, I'm not sure I need to make another colour block shirt, but maybe I might need a dress in the future.

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Ottobre Jeans


The tagged quite a few pages in the latest Ottobre (1/2015). There are some great basics in there. Olive needs jeans so I chose pattern #12 and some stretch denim left over from another project.
 This is a great pattern, they are basically elastic waist pants with pockets on the front and back. They are nice and baggy and look very comfortable to play in.
Olive wasn't feeling very smiley yesterday.
 She did manage to stand still for a few photos.
 I love the orange top stitching.
 And I learnt how to do bar tacks on my machine.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

The Paper Pieced Home Sneak Peak

A sneak peak at something I am working on. I love how it is working out. 
It's from The Paper Pieced Home by Penny Layman.
I'll be sharing the full block next week, but meanwhile check out some other blocks from the book from these wonderful people.
 
The Paper-Pieced Home
Blog Tour Schedule
 
3/16       McCall’s Quilting / Sewing Machine Block
3/17       Love of Quilting / Review
3/17       Sandi Sawa Hazlewood  of Crafty Planner / Watering Can Block
3/18       Quilty Pleasure (Quiltmaker blog) / Review
3/18       Imagine Gnats / Rotary Phone Block
3/20       Verykerryberry / Lion Block
3/21       Artisania / Cast-Iron Skillet Block
3/23       Where the Orchids Grow / Lamp Block
3/24       Katie Blakesley of Swim Bike Quilt / Layer Cake Block
3/24       House on Hill Road / Oven Mitt Block
3/24       Lee Heinrich of Freshly Pieced / BBQ Grill Block
3/26       Pink Penguin / Allie-Gator Block
3/26       A Happy Stitch / Giraffe Block
3/27       Bijou Lovely / Jar Block
3/27       Two Little Banshees / Saucepan Block
3/27       Charise Creates / Espresso Mug Block
3/30       Karen Lewis Textiles / Couch Block
3/31       Poppyprint / Clawfoot Tub Block
3/31       One Shabby Chick / Stack of Books Block
3/31       During Quiet Time / Sleeveless Dress Block
4/06       Pat Sloan The Voice of Quilting / Author Podcast Interview
 
By Penny Layman
Interweave/F+W; $26.99
 
 
 

    Tuesday, March 17, 2015

    Saturday, March 14, 2015

    Jenna Cardi

    I always have great plans to knit a cardigan over summer so I can wear it in winter, once again things didn't quite go to plan, but luckily I discovered the Jenna Cardi pattern and in one day I have a new cardigan!
    To test it out I used some grey/silver very stretchy jersey that was on special at Textile Traders. I cut out the pattern according to my measurements, but I ended up taking it in a bit before I added the bands. I also had to take the sleeves in a bit as they were a bit loose for me. I made the waist length version with the 3/4 length sleeve, I would prefer it a little longer with skirts and jeans and the arms a few inches longer for winter so I have recut the pattern a size smaller with those changes.
    Otherwise this was smooth sewing as the pattern was well written and easy to follow. I found some slightly stretchy interfacing in my stash so used that for the button band. I was a little worried about sewing buttonholes on jersey, but I practised on scraps first and didn't have a problem.
    So now I just have to learn to make bras and jeans and I won't have to go clothes shopping again!
    
     


    Monday, March 09, 2015

    Ottobre 4/2010 Hoodie

    
    My twins love plain zip up hoodies, no patterned fabric, no crazy colours. Grey sweatshirt fabric can be hard to find at my local Spotlight, but I managed to walk in there last year when they were unpacking new bolts so I grabbed a few metres. They did agree to coloured zips so they can tell which hoodie belongs to them.
    I used a pattern in Ottobre 4 /2010. I didn't line the hood and altered the shape of the .pocket to eliminate the gathers and binding.
    Grace gave it the thumbs up so I'm sure I will be making more.