I discovered a new way for me to work, which ups my productivity by a thousand million billion times. My sewing machine, my nite swimmer, my darling little go get ‘em, she was on the fritz. So I took her to the lovely mechanic and was given a two week pickup time frame. TWO WEEKS.
OMGWTFOMGNOOOOOO do not take my baby for two weeks!
So for two weeks I could only serge, pattern draft, trace and cut. So that is what I did! This post is about the kid. He is growing so fast I just can’t keep track anymore. I give up keeping measurements and just measure every time I feel like making something. My toddler is a total resource for crazy. And sometimes a little crazy is all I need. So I cut and prepped for two weeks, and then I just stitched and hemmed and serged for one. I made about 12 pieces total, some of which you will see in my next post.
I whipped up two sets of Winter PJs (again. I have used this pattern in each possible size up to 3t at this point for him. I assume I will use it until he outgrows the pattern.)
I used up some sponge bob fabric picked out by his love for sea creatures by his dad. (I just made up this pattern. I dislike the top stitching along the top edge, creates a little unnecessarily ruffle. Might be cute on someone with a slimmer stomach.) I am so ridiculous when pattern matching. It is nearly perfect.
I finally made the Let It Be t-shirt pattern from Ottobre (in two fabrics!) that I have wanted to test because it is not slim fit. So many patterns these days are slim fit. Slimfit is not apart of my crazy toddler. He is lovable, and energetic, and resourceful, but slim fit, no. Just no.
It fits beautifully.
And, even though I traced this pattern last Spring, I finally made this other Ottobre pattern which I can’t remember the name of. It’s awesome amIright? I love the sleeves panels, and the look is so grunge. Perfect for the 90′s grunge love going on over with the sewcialist crew.
Which brings me to my own addition to the grunge sewalong. A Hot Patterns babydoll pajama in a lovely soft flannel. The lace is bulky along the bottom edge, but is actually quite soft. The neckline is SO LOW you won’t see me in it. Well, someone will. Just not you.
This pattern was a doozy to fit. I swear. The flannel was easy to sew, but it was so huge! The ease of the final garment with no adjustments fell off of me. I took it in about everywhere, many inches, to get it to at least hang on my shoulders and not be too bulky along the elastic underbust area. I think the pattern suggests voile or soft batiste… this flannel is so thin it’s semi-sheer. I made the matching panty/boxers included in the pattern as well. Should be nice for hanging around the house, with a cami. And a bathrobe. And slippers. And hot tea. And a parka.
It is so c o l d in Seattle right now. Frosty!
Do you know why I sew for my kid? Because we are broke. Because I shop sales. Because I can’t afford new clothes, or even consignment clothes. On sale, I can get knit fabric for under $5 a yard, and can make him a whole outfit for around $7 that is new and comfy and will last and is well made and hopefully looks good. These designs aren’t like, super fashionable. These fabrics are affordable. This is handmade because handmade is all I can do for him. He may never appreciate it, he may someday regret it even. I sew because I own two pair of jeans and one has a ripped knee. I sew because for $25 I made everything above, including thread. (Although I am getting pretty desperate for needles at this point. Skipped stitches are annoying.) So that is why I sew. I am working on some more trendy items for him now, something a little more classic, a little more classy. Hope I can get it done this week!
My next post will be all animal print, all the time and include my new first perfect pattern! No hints!
PS: Can you tell I ran out of fun tags for his clothes? I did have a large spool of skinny red bias ribbon. My hubs complains when there is no tag, and the ride of the pants looks funny on a diapered toddler butt when it’s on backwards.
PPS: Sorry for the bad photos. Our camera is not working well and batteries won’t last in it long enough to take pictures anymore. My dark townhouse with no real natural light, and it being fuhreeezing here, I wasn’t going to take them outside. Maybe if I am good for the holidays I will get a new camera! (Hint Hint, Santa, are you reading this?)