In between folding a mountain of laundry, I somehow managed to finish off all the Jayhawk boxers (I apologize for the poor picture quality, no one was around to take my pictures so I used my camera phone and a mirror). This project was truly a labor of love – not just in the construction itself, but in all the applique work as well… three times over. It was well worth it though, as my mom, Taylor, and I have a set of shorts that are not just cute, but no one else will have. I had hoped that these would have been finished well before the cold weather started in (I began this project back in September), but seeing that Christmas is only two weeks away, they are now Christmas gifts. Scratch one more item off my ‘to do’ list! What’s left on yours?
I glanced through the stack of projects (and magazines) that is my cutting table and decided it was time to get back work on my Jayhawk Boxers. I had originally intended on finishing this project up before the weather turned cold, but since it’s almost the holidays, they are now destined to become Christmas presents. I spent an entire evening ‘preping’ my materials. This particular pattern has you pressing all the hems before you sew which is nice because you don’t have to spend much time in front of the iron while you’re sewing, but at the same time I feel like I haven’t accomplished much since I really have nothing (completed) to show. Fortunately, last night I added the waistband to all 3 boxers and quadruple stitched them all for a more ready-to-wear look… now with any luck, I’ll have a chance to get back in the sewing room today and finish ‘the fly’!
Aside from some new fabrics that I pre-purchased, the only other thing that I asked for my birthday was some time in the sewing room…. and I got it this weekend. Sadly, the only thing I really accomplished was a lot of applique. While it’s a lot of work out of the way, I kind of left feeling like I didn’t do much (I think I should have worked on something that either would have been an instant gratification project or I could have seen more progress after several hours worth of work). I think in the end, it’ll be worth all the work, but in the mean time I can’t help but feel disappointed.
Consequently, I think I’m working on a couple of shirts for my Onesie Swap – I think that there’s an instant gratification project or two in there! By the way, since I got my new computer (I believe it’s coincidental) I am no longer receiving notifications about comments being made on the site (the comments, unless considered spam by the program is being posted, I just don’t always know that anyone has said anything) so it’s taking me quite some time to respond to questions or comments.
The one nice thing about ‘prep work’ is that a lot of it can be done while sitting in front of the tv… and that’s what I’ve been doing! I’ve managed to trace a smaller size Tommy Boxer for Taylor and cut out the fabric and applique lettering for three shorts. I spent the rest of the time debating on how I want to sew the appliques (do I want to do a zig-zag and keep it neat or straight stitch close to the edges to let the edges ravel?) and what shirts I might make for my partner in the Week of Baby Onesies swap. Once again I was paired up with a fantastic crafter and I’m excited to get to work! I have a lot of ideas, I just need to narrow them down and get started.
I also want to thank you all for the comments in yesterday’s post! I am also thankful for insurance coverage (now let’s hope our premiums don’t go up)! We’re also getting the ball rolling on roofing estimates and tarping the rest of the roof before it rains again next week…. keep in mind it won’t be me on the roof – I’m the crafty sort of DIY person, not the home repairremodel sort!
I know I should be working on my Amy Butler Blossom Bag, but I’ve had the material from my next project sitting on my table for some time and I think I had better get to it before the temperatures turn cold (it’s still in the mid 90s here) – it’s another round of the Tommy Boxers! The last round of boxers were such a hit, I’ve decided to make 3 sets of University Kansas shorts with “Jayhawks” along the seat (inspired by the ‘University’ themed wear found at Victoria Secret). I’ve managed to trace all the lettering for the 3 shorts I think when it comes to cutting them out, I’ll probably regret not going with a shorter saying like “Hawks”. I’m hoping to cut everything out and have it ready to start sewing by the weekend. Now let’s hope I can take in some sewing over the weekend!
We are in another ‘record breaking’ heat wave here and it is HOT! This post isn’t so much about the sweltering temperatures so much as it as about my sleep attire choices. As much as I love sleep pants, it’s just too hot (even with the air conditioning cranked) to wear them so I’ve made the switch to boxers. Besides the fact that the Tommy Boxers were simply adorable the heat helped me make my decision to buy this pattern…. and I wasn’t disappointed.
There are a lot of boxer style patterns out there, but I believe that this is probably the most ‘authentic’ design that I’ve ever used. They were also very easy to put together – the instructions and illustrationsphotographs were great and there were lots of helpful tools and tricks included as well (I liked that they had a hem guide which I think is perfect for beginners who want to sew this up right away but don’t have a seam gauge, and I LOVED how they gave you elastic measurements and how they had you marking it evenly across the waistband). The only disappointment was the fit which is much more ‘relaxed’ than what I expected. According to the size guide, Taylor should be a small and I’m in the medium range – both were very large on us. Next round we’ll size them down.
Overall, I loved this pattern – they look great, are a unique styling (with a one piece seat which makes it easier to embellish), and you have the ability to add some fun lettering to the rear like ready-to-wear styles. I can’t wait to make more!
With family here this weekend, Monday came way too fast. I didn’t really have the opportunity to do a lot of sewing (although I did clean my sewing room and can now see the cutting table once again), but I did manage to start on the Tommy Boxer pattern. I worked my way through page 8….. and really haven’t done much sewing at all – just lots of pressing hems. I was a bit disappointed that I actually didn’t have the opportunity to run my machine, but I think all the pressing should make the actual construction go much faster. I’d take a picture, but there’s really not much to see. I think I’m going to try to conserve my energy (which I am finding tough to do with a toddler having summer fun) so I can sew a bit this evening…. I really need to make a dent into my sewing list!
Now it’s off to take Taylor to cheer camp! It’s hard to believe that it’s already time for camp and practices to start – let alone school in just 3 weeks. Where has the summer gone?
In honor of Comic-Con (that’s going on right now), here is my own superhero modeling his new costume (it needs altering, there is no way he can do ‘to infinity and beyond’ without tripping). In keeping with the Comic-Con theme, for those of you who are as big of Star Wars geeks as myself, here’s a great article on Mythbusting Princess Leia’s Hair. I probably could have told you that those buns weren’t do-able, I had the Princess Leia Barbie with the styling hair as a kid and never could get any of those looks to work.
As for the boxers, the fabric is cut and ready to go! I made a small for Taylor and a medium for myself, but I can already tell (just by looking at the seat) that they are going to be huge on me. They are supposed to be a ‘relaxed’ fit, but I think it might be a bit too relaxed for my taste. Consequently, I’m skipping the lettering on mine…. I might be able to fit a sentence on the backside. By the way, this project has been added to the sidebar!