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An old pattern and getting over a sewing block!

22 May

This is admittedly not my favorite outfit. However, it came together pretty quickly using things I had on hand, so that feels good. 

ImageThe top is the Sailboat Top by Oliver + S, using the thrifted fabric that I used to make the full skirt from my last post. I used this pattern only once before to make the pants in the 18 month size, which incidentally, still fit my 3 year old. Anyway, back to the shirt: I went ahead and sewed up the 3T size, and while the fit of the shirt is otherwise great, the sleeves are too long. Instead of rehemming, I’m just going save this shirt for a longer armed version of my kid (that should take a few months).Image

I also made a mistake with the placement of the buttonholes. They seemed a bit close to the seam after I sewed them, so I was going to account for that with a smaller seam allowance when I attached my sleeves; I forgot but just went with it since they still work.Image

I do like this pattern, especially the top stitching that is used to tack down the facings. 

The shorts, though simple, are very exciting for me as they represent moving into a new realm as far as sewing goes! I made them using a Japanese pattern from this book! Yay me! Image

I’ve been inspired by bloggers like Sanae and Cherie to delve into Japanese patterns since the styles are adorable and unique. I did look for pattern books during our late winter trip to Japan, but didn’t have luck (maybe I was distracted by a short time frame and 4 stories of fabric….). I purchased this book in late March at Kinokuniya Bookstore

The shorts came together very easily, and even taught me a new waistband technique using an opening in the casing’s seam through which to feed my elastic. The size 90 fits my kid perfectly. I did wish I had a serger with this project, however, because the fabric I used frays a lot! Not sure what they are going to do in the wash, even though I finished the raw edges with pinking shears and/or a zigzag stitch. 

ImageThe fabric from the shorts was cut from an old pair of trousers that my husband bought at Celio in Paris back in 2006. It took him a long time to admit they were looking shabby, but he is quite tickled that they can live on with our little squirt.


Next up….hard to say, but I’m looking forward to sewing my way through more Japanese patterns!



A Bear Hat for Little Bare

3 May

I was gifted Little Things to Sew from a couple of girlfriends last fall and immediately knew I would make this sweet hat for my gal. This was a pattern that I traced early in 2013, cut out in February and sewed in late March. Not the greatest timing, but it has been worn a couple of times, and hopefully will be in the rotation again in the fall.


I used a thrifted purple denim in the hopes that her favorite color would encourage her to keep it on her head, and lined it in a white fleece that my husband found and rescued for me 10+ years ago.


I  bought a lovely gingham ribbon for the tie. I don’t have a lot of ribbon stashed away, and besides, it was a perfect match and reminded me of Japan where we had just traveled as a family of three.


I love this sweet hood!


Pattern: Cosy Winter Hood from Little Things to Sew

Size: Medium

Fabric: Thrifted denim and rescued fleece

oliver & s bucket hat – KCW Day 3

26 Apr
I had extra material from The Michelle Jacket and thought I’d love to see it as a hat, too. Not wanting a perfect match with the jacket, I switched up the coordinating fabric and used a lively bee print (Locally Grown) by this gal. How perfect that my gal was watering her garden while modeling.
This was a fun hat to make. I found the top stitching around the brim meditative and used different colored thread in my bobbin (yellow as opposed to dark pink) to ensure a perfect match on both sides.

IMG_9767 IMG_9766IMG_9775 I was a bit flummoxed to find the directive to hand stitch the 2nd cap onto the rest (I’ve never been good at reading the directions all the way through before starting something), but with a 2 hour meeting for preschool on Wednesday, it turned out to be just fine. The hand stitching wasn’t as bad a I thought it would be and I was able to fit the cap in a way that I didn’t think possible when first slipping it over the rest of the hat (it actually seemed like it was going to be way too big). I wouldn’t have liked the results had I skipped that step; I tried, believe me.

Next time I make this, I plan to use the modifications made by Jessica, cutting a longer brim and avoiding the hand stitching. Yes, I do think there will be a next time as I don’t think it will fit my kid for much longer.

Pattern: reversible bucket hat from Little Things to Sew
Size: Medium. This fits daughter perfectly, so next time (and there will be one) I’ll make a large.
Compliments: my sweetie said it looked store bought, and then apologized that that’s even a compliment. I’ll take it!