Category Archives: 2011 PROJECTS

Ahoy, Mickey

I really dislike having to change my serger thread so while I had black in my machine, I thought it was a good opportunity to finish up a quick shirt for Easton. I really loved this pirate themed Mickey shirt when I first spotted it at The Fabric Fairy so I snagged it up whenever it became available. After receiving it, I realized it’s a bit on the thin side – not the best material for pajamas, but perfect for a ,so I opted to use my favorite mensboys pattern, Jalie 2918. I used the double layered sleeved view of the pattern and a contrasting black interlock to complete the look. I like the way it turned out, but Easton insists it’s a pajama top and not something you wear to school – I guess I’m not the only one that thought it looked like it was destined for sleepwear!

Glow In The Dark

Rounding out the last of the toddler pajamas is this fun skull print version. What makes it so fun? It glows in the dark! I had picked this print up last year from The Fabric Fairy (they still have it, although it’s now a ‘special order’) and LOVE it – not only is the print fun, but it glows very brightly! I was a bit of a risk using it (it gives Easton an excuse to stay up and something to look at), but everyone seems to like them.

With the pajama sweatshop finished, I’m now onto make a few swap items for my Christmas Stocking Swap partner. I’m excited about some of the projects and fabrics I’ve picked up!

Two New Sets

With the temperatures dropping at night, I’m very thrilled that Easton has at least two new sets of pajamas to wear. His favorite? The blue, ‘tattoo flash’ set… he couldn’t wait to wear them and I had a hard time getting them off of him. The shirts were very easy to put together and sewed up without a hitch. Now, it’s time to change up the serger thread and put together the last set!

Half Way There

After a very long week, I was happy to finally have an opportunity to sit in front of my sewing machine. It was just enough time to work on 2 pairs of the toddler sleep pants from Kwik Sew 3510 (I would have worked on the third set, but I need to change the thread in my serger before I sewing it). Since this is my third year working with this pajama, I’m not sure what to say that hasn’t already been said – it’s a great TNT (tried ‘n true) pattern!

I plan on spending part of my weekend finishing these up – it’s getting really chilly at night! What is everyone else working on?

Cutting, and Cutting, and Cutting…

It’s been so long since I’ve done any ‘assembly line’ type sewing (making several of the same clothing item), I’ve actually forgotten how long all the ‘prep work’ takes. I actually thought I would spend some time behind my sewing machine this weekend, but instead, all I did was use my scissors. I am, however, ready to sew 3 pairs of pajamas and one long sleeved, boys’s Jalie 2918! Now I’m just crossing my fingers that someone decides to take a nap so I can get started… it’s getting chilly at night and he definitely needs some new sleepwear!

Kwik Sew 3510

Fall has arrived – the days are getting shorter and the nights are getting cooler. Around our house, it’s almost time to give up those short pajamas and crack out the long pants…. which means, it’s pajama sewing time! I picked up several fun prints right before The Fabric Fairy closed, including a tattoo design and a Halloween print. I also pulled out the glow in the dark skull print from my stash to use for this round (hopefully that won’t be too entertaining at night that Easton won’t sleep).

Even though I’ve made this pattern for several years, Easton has grown enough that it’s time to trace off a new one. I still need to cut into the fabric, but have been spending my time getting things ready for a neighboorhood wide garage sale (how crazy am I for doing that?). The nice thing about this particular pattern is that it really doesn’t use that much fabric, so I should have enough left over for next year (or at last enough for some contrasts) or a shirt. The details for this project are below:

Project Details:

Pattern: Kwik Sew 3510

A variety of jersey prints from The Fabric Fairy

Materials & Cost:

Hello, Kitty

One other project that I finished up over the weekend was Simplicity 2317 – the pajama set(s). I decided to eliminate the ‘fly front’ on the boxers and just sew them up as an elastic waist pair of shorts…. I just really didn’t see topstitching the fly (on a knit) as a good idea. The fit? Spot on! These shorts look and fit very much like the pattern cover and are much different than anything Taylor currently owns. So, now she has something to wear while it’s still warm (tank and shorts) and can change it up as we cool off with the t-shirt. Which combo do you like the best? Sound off here!

Major Modifications

I knew going into sewing the shirt for Simplicity 2317, that there were going to be some modifications needed… it just looked huge. Little did I know that before it was all over, I would have reworked most of the top. Here’s a breakdown of all the changes:

Starting from the underarm to the hemline, I shaved off 1/2-1″ from each side of the front and back pieces. I also ‘contoured’ them a bit so it has more of a ‘babydoll’ style to it rather than a boxy fit.

I took 1 1/2″ off the bottom of the shirt. Even after I put in the hem (1″) it’s still a little long so I probably could have taken off another 1″ and the length would have been fine. (Speaking of the hem, it still needs pressing).

After all the changes, the sleeves length just looked wrong so I wound up taking off 1 3/4″ to their length. While the sleeves look better, the shoulder area looks too wide and I’m wishing that I would have taken it in at least an 1″.

Lastly, I added an iron on. Can you believe that I found one at Michael’s that was the EXACT design as the fabric itself? Let’s hope that it retains it’s color and quality through a few washings because it was a real booger to get transferred onto the shirt (I think it took longer to iron on the image than what it took me to sew up the shirt).

Now it’s onto the shorts!

Kitty Tank

If you’re looking for an easy knit tank, Simplicity 2317 is the pattern for you. This pattern is comprised of two pattern pieces, 5 steps, and no bindings! The down side? The fit around the armholes seems to be a bit loose and possibly a bit deep (you can see this a bit on the photo). Since this a nightshirt, I’m not too concerned. However, if I decided to make this view as ‘streetwear’, I’d make a few changes in the fit (I think this could be remedied by taking up the shoulder seams as well as the inside seams under the arms).

Now to tackle the t-shirt, but this time, I’m making alterations!

2317 Cutout Concerns

I’ve managed to cut out all the pieces for Simplicity 2317 that I intend on using: View A, the tank and knit ‘boxers’ as well as View B, the t-shirt (I thought when it finally gets chilly at night this would be a tad warmer than the tank) and have some concerns already about the possible ‘fit’ of everything.

First off the ‘boxers’ appear very close fitting – more like boxer briefs than a loose fitting boxer. I’m afraid Taylor will think this looks ridiculous on so I opted to go up a bit in size so they might have a more roomy feel. The t-shirt is also a problem…. it’s huge (both length and width)! I’m guessing that this is because the shirt is designed for both men and women in mind, but honestly, I don’t see how this is going to work with the boxers if I use it the way it currently looks (think very short nightshirt). The tank, however, seems perfect… and easy to sew. Consequently, I’m starting with that first and then dwelling on how I can change up the rest of the pieces to work for a picky teen.