Friday, 22 July 2016

THOSE Baseball shorts

You may remember that when I made my first set of baseball shorts using the Carolyn Pajayjay pattern, I asked Trevor if he wanted a pair, but like, using a men's pattern (No. The answer was no.).

Well, that didn't pan out but a friend Dwayne wanted some!
I used the Jutland pants pattern to make these awesome baseball shorts for Dwayne. I used variation two because I really didn't feel like learning how to make welt pockets just yet. Plus, if I made welt pockets, I couldn't have made these:
OOOOOOOOOOHHHHYEEEAAAAAASSSS. I bought some really nice white quilting fabric and hand embroidered the baseball stitches on to the pockets.
I'm actually a little jealous I didn't think of doing that for mine. The pattern was at times a struggle, but I've never made something like this before. Most confusing was actually the markings for the pockets, so one came out just a wee bit funky, but it isn't really noticeable.
I used the leftover fabric from my own baseball shorts, and interfaced everything because I didn't think that the fabric would be strong enough to withhold the wear and tear otherwise. I was also worried because it is pretty thin, I didn't want them to be see through. The outside looks a bit crinkly as a result, but overall I think strength is more important. (You can see what I mean below.)
I consulted with Dwayne and we purchased some amazing buttons that went with the theme.
I found the zipper fly instructions to be a bit confusing and I didn't find the picture helped as much with zipper placement, so I had to unpick the bottom where I caught the zipper guard (or maybe I was supposed to? I don't know.)
It still turned out pretty good, but I ended up stretching the fabric out just a bit during this fiasco. Also, I had to stitch over some lines on the fly, so it's not as pretty as I would have hoped, but again, I'll take strength over looks, because these will actually be worn during baseball. See the inside of this trainwreck:
I mean, it is functional, so that is all that really matters.
Ooooh, check out how well the inseam lined up:
I went ahead and did all the top stitching and made the little bar tacks too.

Now, for the best part.......I bought labels!!!!!!!!!!!!!! (Ignore the quick and terrible stitch job on them.)
I went through the Dutch Label Shop and am SO pleased with how they turned out. I can't wait for Dwayne to put them on! (On a related note, if they don't fit imma gonna cry).

I'll be sure to update this post with some glamour shots once Dwayne picks these suckers up.
{My jam}

Sunday, 10 July 2016

One year.

It has been a year tomorrow since our niece came into this world, and although it took me until last September to have her literal "birth day" quilt done (two months late), I managed to get her first birthday present done in much less time (and on time for her party!).
You may recognize the fabric and pattern from the dress I made for my cousin's little girl back in January. The fabric I bought at my favourite local quilt fabric store, Modern Bee, and the pattern is the Georgia Twirl Dress.
Not a ton of changes for this, but I did make the same size as last time, 3T, so that Henley can grow into it. I overheard mom complaining about snaps on baby clothes, so I swapped out the snaps on this one for a nice big orangey-red button that I got from a bunch of vintage notions my sister gave me.
Instead of making the two layers of skirt different lengths, I went ahead and make both layers the same so the dress could be reversible. We really wanted one side to be cutesy.....
....and the other side to be badass.
I used the same Force Awakens First Order fabric as the inside of one of my Portsides.
I finished the dress by basting the skirts together and binding the two layers with some vintage bias binding (also from Jamie). I thought it would be a nice way to ensure that the skirt doesn't fly open, but it would also allow the dress to be put on very quickly and easily with a squirming toddler.
Trev and I are really happy with how it turned out and my sister and brother in law seemed to like it, so another baby dress FTW!

What have you been sewing?
{On Repeat.}

Tuesday, 31 May 2016

Meta Circle Skirt and a Brontesaurus

Apologies in advance: I set up an elaborate shoot with a friend and forgot to charge my camera so these are all done via phone.
Hey-o! How are you all doing? The school year is winding down here and the weather is gearing up to be a scorching hot summer (joy.). I've been super productive lately, but mostly outdoors.

After making ALL. THE. PORTSIDES., I desperately needed to make something for myself. I hadn't been a selfish sewer in SO long. I thought that now would be a good time to revisit my goal of making a functional tee for wearing with my skirts. Enter the Bronte.
I bought this pattern last year sometime but never got the chance to make it because of the quilt and Portsides. I figured this quick little window of time would allow me to whip one up.
 I found the construction to go pretty quick all in all and the instructions were easy to follow. I used the same gray Ponte knit as both of my mother's day gifts from last year. I like the idea of using Ponte for tees with a bit more substance, but I'm not entirely sure it is a good idea. It is super easy to work with since it is a stable knit, but I found some of my seams, especially the shoulder seams, to be a bit bulky. It took a LOT of steam from my iron to get them to calm down. I'm thinking I might give the plantain a go in some Ponte just to see if it is better without the overlapped shoulder detail. I know, I know, just buy some jersey, but I have like five cuts of Ponte that I'd like to use first.
I cut out a size 10 and graded out to a twelve at the hips. I feel that the fit is pretty good.
Unfortunately, I forgot to check how my fabric would deal with my iron/heat. If you look closely, you can see that when I used the steam setting, I made the fabric shiny on the back. I also did it on the arms, though it is less noticeable.
I accidentally used a different coloured thread to sew on the middle button on the left side so I made the right match. I used a plain wide zigzag for the top stitching and I rather like how it looks.
The circle skirt took a bit longer to make. The fabric that I got was only 45" wide so I had to piece this whole thing together in four panels. And me being me, I HAD to pattern match.

I'm very pleased with how that turned out. I mean it took friggin long enough. As part of my efforts to really take my time with my garments to make a handmade wardrobe that I will wear often and that will last, I bound all the seams inside the skirt.

As you can see above, my side seams are closer to the back than they should be. I didn't stay stitch the waist and it stretched out like MAD so I just took some fabric out of the I suppose this isn't a "true" circle skirt but whatever.
I used my rolled hem foot again, and still had trouble going over the seams. Any tips for dealing with this?
I got the fabric for this skirt at a local quilting shop. It is an Art Gallery Fabrics print called Pointelle Shade and it feels lovely and soft and drapey. I love that it is a circle skirt with circle fabric. What can I say? It's the little things in life.
I made the skirt so it would fit a 29" waist which is a bit bigger than mine but I figured I would ENSURE I could wear this in the winter when I eat all the things. In order to piece everything together, I added a 1/2" of SA to each side of my pattern piece. It seemed to work out pretty well.
Not the greatest picture but you can see how the skirt falls a little nicer.
Overall, even with the issues I had with the top, I'm pleased with the outcome here. I've already gotten a few compliments at work, and I look forward to making some coordinating pieces to go with each separate all while working through my stash. More than anything, I look forward to swishing around in this skirt.
Swish Swish!
Let's not forget our daily outtake (trust me there were lots to choose from):
Shanen: Spin! I'll take a video so you can get the skirt twirling. Me: Ready? I am.
So, big questions: What tee patterns have you tried and liked? Have you ever tried using Ponte for something like a tee and been successful? Should I give up entirely and save the Ponte for a different project? Am I overthinking this entirely? Any tips, tricks, and suggestions are appreciated! I really want to make things I can wear easily over and over again and feedback is always helpful I find.

Take care :)