Up Next: Sanibel Romper

04-sanibel2While I’m normally not one for rompers, I recently saw one so cute that I couldn’t pass up the chance to sew it. Hey June’s Sanibel Romper. This was featured on the latest Indie Sew capsule and everything about it just looked like ‘me’. So I snagged the pattern and contemplated the fabric (until I saw the price 3 yards came to then decided maybe I had better look elsewhere).

I immediately printed off the pattern and was shocked at how LARGE it was (I didn’t even look to see that it was 98 pages!)….. so I set it aside, and contemplated taking it to the copy shop. After sitting on this pattern for over a month, I finally decided that I wasted enough ink doing it at home (plus I figured that the copy shop might be very expensive considering this pattern’s size) so I grabbed my tape and and went to work…. it took me all afternoon to piece it together….. then another afternoon to cut the material (by the way, I settled on a really nice Robert Kaufman chambray from Fabric.com).  In hindsight, I really, really wish that I would have taken this into the copy shop – an entire day to prep this pattern was personally too long. Oh well, live and learn! Now to get sewing on this project. I’m excited to see how this turns out. Details on this one are below!

Pattern: Hey June‘s Sanibel Romper
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Fabric:
Kaufman Chambray in Union Indigo from Fabric.com
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Total Cost:

Pattern….. $12.00
Fabric……. $23.94
Notions…. stash

Total $35.94

Even More Hang Time

04-shortsClearly Easton is in need of new clothes because I have been on a sewing frenzy to make him some. Since I have a tremendous amount of leftover fabric from my last short\shirt combo, I decided to make another pair – because you can never have too many pairs around here (we go through athletic shorts like crazy – Easton wears them to play in, practice sports, and even as pajamas sometimes)!

Once again, I used the Hang Time Basketball shorts (this may wind up being my most used pattern of the year at this rate), with the orange material and remnants from the Fishouflage shirt for the side stripe…. too bad the fish are so large that you can’t see them in the stripe. Even though I still have fabric left over (like I said, I bought way too much), I think I’ll put this pattern aside and work on something else for awhile. I have a ton of projects brewing in my mind, I just need to settle on which one to stitch up first! What is everyone else working on this week?

Marvel Hoodie pt. 2

04-highfivehoodieJust in time for tonight’s show, the Marvel Hoodie project is complete!

Considering this is a jacket, it sewed up fairly quickly and I really, really like the end results. I wound up using a lot more black than what I anticipated because the print is so busy and it just needed something to brake it up (in fact, I originally had cut out the sleeves in this print and changed my mind because it was just too much, even for me). However, like a lot of projects, there were a few grumblings along the way. My chief complaints were:

  • Putting the zipper in a (very) stretchy knit is never fun. One thing the instructions never tell you to do is stabilize the zipper area…. and I never thought of it until after I inserted the zipper. So keep this in mind if you make this project. I also noticed the instructions tell you to baste the zipper, but I never saw it mention to actually sew it down until the topstitching section.
  • The waist and sleeve bands are very small. So small, that there is a lot of stretching required to get it to fit. While it isn’t too tight or uncomfortable to wear, it is a pain to insert and you wind up getting some “gathers” where it’s drawing the hem up when it’s not being worn. I would suggest adding a bit of length to these to make it look a little better and a whole lot easier to sew!

Otherwise this was a pretty straightforward garment to sew, just be sure to allot enough time to work on it so you don’t have to burn the midnight oil to finish it, like me!

Linky Thursday

If you love hexies, but don’t want to have to sew them, try this now-sew, faux version instead and use it to make a ‘quilted’ hobo.

Love to crochet and adore cute projects? Enter to win Twinkie Chan’s latest book!

If you still haven’t sewn the Coachella Shorts, then now is your chance to pick up a free “knock-off” version by Grosgrain, the Wild Flower Pinwheel Shorts.

Remember last week when I mentioned Joann’s Personalized Fabric? (By the way, it’s working now) Here’s a project that’s designed to go with it – The Toaster Lunch Box.

This pleated, crossover top is perfect for springy weather and looks to sew up fast, too (site will need to be translated).

Learn how to sew a strapless dress that sports a fun, wrapped bodice.

If you love the smell of the outdoors and are looking to save energy this spring\summer, then hanging your laundry outside is the way to go. Learn how to sew a clothespin bag that’s perfect for your line.

Tired of your foot pedal always moving while you sew? Then stitch up this non-skid foot pad to keep it in place.

From everything I’ve seen so far, Boho is back. Learn how to make a ribbon & fringe bag that’s perfect for the trend. Looking for something smaller and less Bohemian? Check out this phone wristlet or framed accordion wallet instead (no written instructions, just photos).

I love Love Sewing magazine. Unfortunately it’s hard to find here, but I still love to download their freebies. Here’s this month’s collection.

Marvel Hoodie

04-marvelliveQuite some time ago we bought tickets (advanced ordered….. way advanced) to Marvel Universe Live for Easton. Around the same time, I ordered a fun, Marvel character knit print with the intention that I would make a shirt or hoodie for him to wear to the show….. Months (and months) later, the fabric is still sitting on my sewing table and the show is this weekend! Nothing like last minute sewing, right?

Pushing aside other projects, my agenda for the next few days is to whip up another High Five Hoodie using the Marvel print. Considering that it’s been about a year since I’ve made this pattern and the fact that Easton has taken a big growth spurt, I’ve decided that I’m going up one size – I would rather it be too big now and be able to still wear it next year, then him only be able to wear it for a few months. Consequently, it’s back to putting together the PDF before cutting out the fabric (two tasks that I absolutely dread). The project details are below:

Pattern: Peek-a-Boo Pattern’s High Five Hoodie
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Fabric:
Marvel Packed character knit from Peek-a-Boo Fabrics
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Black Jersey remnant (from unknown project and fabric source):
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Total Cost:

Pattern….. stash
Fabric……. $22.73 (+stash)
Notions…. $2.67

Total $25.40

Side Stripe Shirt

04-jalieshirtAfter yesterday’s short post, I decided that I had so much fabric left over that Easton needed a matching shirt too. So, once again, I cracked out Jalie 2918. Instead of a solid color shirt, I opted to make a matching tee with a side stripe, using the same mods that I used last time… the only difference is that I had enough material to make a wider side stripe!

While I love the end result, this tee came out a little more snug than my previous version. This is in part the fabric (the orange has enough stretch, but just barely) and also the fact that Easton must have taken another 04-eastongrowth spurt overnight because all his current clothing (sewn and ready to wear) is beginning to ‘shrink’ on him! Sadly, I don’t think this shirt will make it the entire summer before it looks ridiculously small on him.

I still have a ton of material left to try again (or I may opt for a different style so he doesn’t have two shirts that look exactly the same) – thankfully when I purchased this fabric, I had lots of coupons so each article of clothing will round out to be about $5 each! Not bad for kids play clothes!

And here is the look all together – as you can tell, he begrudgingly posed for this one. However, I am happy to report that I was able to fix the drawcord issue that I talked about yesterday so he was much happier about that at least!

 

 

More Hang Time

04-hangtimeMy notions (drawcord elastic) arrived in the mail this weekend so I was able to finish up a pair of shorts for Easton…. just in time for him to wear outside yesterday (we were in the 80s…. now back to the 60 today).

Once again, I used the Hang Time Basketball shorts pattern – I skipped the pockets and the piping along the side stripe. I also opted to use a wicking material for the main fabric so I think they should be perfect for summer. Once again, I love the way they turned out, but I made a sewing mistake that I didn’t catch until it was complete…. I manage to catch the drawstring in my stitching and now one side of the waistband doesn’t draw up. Initially this was fine, but Easton got frustrated with it later in the day and wound up changing to a different pair. Hope this doesn’t mean that yesterday was the last day this pair will be worn.

Grill Getter

04-bbqLove to make handmade itmes for the holidays be get stumped when it comes to the guys? Have no fear, my latest project featured in Creative Machine Embroidery magazine can help you out! Learn how to make a BBQ Tool Caddy that would make the perfect gift for Father’s Day. Best of all? You can  get the pattern for FREE online right now!

Don’t own an embroidery machine? No worries, you can still follow the directions as outlined and use a fun, printed canvas for the exterior instead!

Linky Thursday

It’s National Serger Month – celebrate by entering to win a new serger, gift certificates and a KnitFix bag from Girl Charlee.

Little girls love playing superhero too. Now you make dress up even better by stitching up masks to go with their costumes. You know I’m all over the Wonder Woman version! Don’t want to sew up an entire costume? How about a cute cape instead?

No kidding, I just bought a tortilla warmer (you know those plastic kinds with a lid) last week. I never even thought of being able to sew my own!

Looking for a quick-to-sew personalized gift? Check out these adorable applique pillowcases. Want something more unique? Skip the name and sew up these gorgeous pillowcases with deep pleated ends.

A changing pad and a diaper caddy all in one!

Keep everything you need to sew with right at your fingertips with this handy Undercover Maker Mat.

Perfect for sewing on the go: a handy organizer bag (with plenty of pockets) to stash you stuff!

Love space? This tutorial will teach you how to make a gorgeous galaxy (deep space) print at home.

I’m sure that I’ve shared this before, but seeing that summer travels are right around the corner, isn’t it time to make a new retreat bag? I just love this pattern and how WIDE it opens so you can see everything you brought!

Speaking of summer trips, now you can sew on the go (well, you have to be the passenger to do it) with this handy suction cup sewing caddy.

Need something for you little boy that’s perfect for play? Make a pair of slim sweats (joggers). Don’t want to start from scratch, but looking for a way to give new life to too short pants? Try this tutorial instead.

Shopping

This morning I put the finishing touches on two, very large assignments. Hurrah! So how am I celebrating? By starting a new project, of course! This time around I intend to sew up a few more Hang Time Basketball Shorts and a matching shirt (or two) for Easton. Unfortunately, the notions wall at Hancock Fabrics (my resource for the drawcord elastic) was almost completely bare, so I am forced to order online… which means I will have to wait to complete the project for it to come in. That also means that since I went shopping, I had to throw in a couple of other items into my cart…..

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Apparently, I can’t resist material with skulls because I kept coming back to this Michael Miller print and eventually broke down and put it into my cart. After a bit more searching, I also discovered this FABULOUS sparkle vinyl (in red) that seemed to scream “Make me into a purse like the ones Diedelbug Handmade makes!”  I also tossed in a black jersey (because quality fabrics with a 4-way stretch is hard to find locally) and made myself stop shopping…. I also think I have enough projects lined up for the rest of spring that I should be plenty busy enough.