Ottobre PJ’s

I just love Ottobre Patterns. The magazines have patterns for children of all ages, and even though I sew 95% boys patterns only, the variation of styles and multitude of sizes makes owning the magazines a dream. This is from 2010, I think called the Pitka? I am terrible with pattern names. It’s fall, and new pajamas were in order. Best part: all made from scraps in the stash! YES!

Let’s start with outer-space jams!

Ottobre PJ/s by Bird and Bicycle

I got overly excited about this scrap outer-space and decided I needed to have cute knee patches. WIth the perfect knit fusible interfacing, it was actually ridiculously easy. My anxious anticipation was entirely unnecessary.

Ottobre PJ/s by Bird and Bicycle

He needed an “earth” badge. One of his favorite first movies was WallE and he has been pointing out earth to me ever since.

Ottobre PJ/s by Bird and Bicycle

The size 98cm fits my rather large 3 year old spot on. I love the rib knit+elastic waist band too. Cozy!

Ottobre PJ/s by Bird and Bicycle

Any other lazy sewists out there? Sharpies to the rescue! I use some sharpie fabric “paint” markers and <3 the back of his clothes, in hopes that one day he will actually learn to dress himself. At this point, I have my sincere doubts.

Ottobre PJ/s by Bird and Bicycle

He sat still for about three minutes this photoshoot. I had to give up for any quality pictures.

Ottobre PJ/s by Bird and Bicycle

My second set was even faster than the first, as it is for all patterns I think. The stripe fabric is left over from my plaintain, and was just perfect for the arms and legs.

Ottobre PJ/s by Bird and Bicycle

I wasn’t sure about highlighting this point or not, but honesty is important my mom taught me so here we go. I had wanted to topstitch the front and back panels in the pants. I do that for his boxer briefs and find that flat seams seem better. I have no real idea but I like flat seams so, why not? Except my coverstitch ate them, and I had a gaping hole, and somehow avoided tears about it. I had to take a break and have a cuppa tea and then came back and gently had to cut the pants out of the baseplate. However, a little bit of fusible and a patch and very, very carefully lined up the stripes and voila! I patched it!

Ottobre PJ/s by Bird and Bicycle

You can barely see my mistake if you squint or like me, just don’t put on your glasses.

Ottobre PJ/s by Bird and Bicycle

Seriously, how do you get such good photos you parent bloggers? Really? Bribery? I tempted him with cookies and screen time and all he would do was run in circles and sing the ABC song. I think he is saying “H” at this moment.

Ottobre PJ/s by Bird and Bicycle

Well, he got rewards anyway. Donuts with his Uncle Nic!

Ottobre PJ/s by Bird and Bicycle

 

I do love sewing, and this week is KCW too. I wish I could join in the fun! With a “story book” theme I had many ideas but I just can’t participate this week. Too busy with other projects! I assume with Halloween many of you other sewists are up to your ears in fun projects! I have been seeing some amazing sh!t on Instagram! With fall coming, I am sewing up all my wool jersey and listing out my holiday christmas sewing too. Wish you all well!

 

MaLora

My garden tour

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There isn’t much more I love than being outside with my kiddo. We had an amazing garden (my first ever!) and enjoyed it’s fruits all summer. We were lucky to have so many tomatoes we will be enjoying them most of winter too! Here is my kiddo trying a ground cherry.

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I am not Montessori teacher, but in my yard or the woods or at the beach, I find it easy to be magical and  make science exciting. We discussed bubbles at great length.

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My kid is the type of person who chases bees down, picks them up, and never gets stung. How he can hold bees and they leave him alone I don’t know. Maybe he scares them with his bravery? He quickly learned not just types of bugs, but we have quite the bird population too. He says the Stellar Jay “squawks” and the hummingbird “tweets” and the many finches are rather quiet. The dragonflies were amazing, and here is a brilliant red one that loved my tomatoes.

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This pumpkin and it’s friend (I only got two, because my kid loved to “water the plants” and white mold attacked the majority of my squash plants.) are now safely in my pantry, waiting to be carved up in a few weeks for halloween. My kid is happy to have his throne back, and he stands atop this old stump triumphant.

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Seattle has so much rain, there is little I can do about my yard being mostly moss. The mushrooms came as a bit of a surprise.

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The only reason I could ever really get my kiddo interested in gardening, is because we get to play with water. He loved “washing” our tomatoes each day we harvested.

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I am just feeling so lucky to have had this gorgeous garden at all. We rent our home, and many places don’t have the space or allow you to garden. I am excited for next year, and have bigger and better plans for our back yard garden! I want raised beds, and different plants too. I wouldn’t say that my small garden saves me money at all, in fact, it might break even or be more costly for me to grow my own food. This is a hobby just like sewing I think. The first few years you make big mistakes, you learn a lot, you create waste and have some failed experiments. However, with each year, it gets easier, and you get smarter. I have all winter to read more of my master gardener’s book, and pay attention to the sun light. Plan and rearrange my plantings. For now, I am happy it’s rainy and cold. I get warm tea and toast, and am going to go bake some pumpkin bread before I sew some new patterns today. I hope you liked my garden tour!

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Wool pants

[WARNING: This post is laden with photos! And very little text, so feel free to skim.]

These are my new favorite pattern from Ottobre. They are the “froggy” pants, size 104 cm (roughly a 3-4t I think.) I do love Ottobre, and while their directions are scant, their patterns never fail to deliver (and delight!) And, as usual, I always forget half way through tracing the pattern to add seam allowances. So my pieces are a bit wonky, but with additional markings the pants came together so quickly I made two in two sewing sessions (maybe 5 hours for two pairs of pants.)

Wool Pants from Ottobre pattern, by Bird and Bicycle, size 104cm

The fabric was from stash, as all my clothes are this year. No new fabric for me until I empty my shelves a bit more. I am hoping to be able to buy fabric in 2015, early winter. However, how I yearn for silk jersey and wool jersey! I feel like a  predatory animal looking at GorgeousFabrics.com and perusing fabrics at my local stores (I am able to buy notions, like rivets! So I am feeling super lucky! And less like a wold, hungry, forced from the woods into humanity, lurching at every sewist’s fabric stash with a glint in my eye…. Anyway. The fabric is a delicious dark blue wool, but it does have a bit of a nap and some strange horizontal pattern to it. The more I worked with it, the more it reminded me of furniture. This is why I fear I must not buy fabrics online. Too many disappointed purchases. The wool is excessively soft, and durable, and will be great for my climbing toddler as he tumbles around the playground. I used some scraps of flannel as well, as you will see.

Now, let’s show the insides first.

Wool Pants from Ottobre pattern, by Bird and Bicycle, size 104cm

The front has articulated knee panels, and I lined them with flannel for extra padding. I regret not adding actual plushy fleece or something. My kid is in the bruising stage of growing up, although I doubt any amount of padding will help. Coordination is a skill, and I wish I had more myself. You can see I faced the waistband as well, more for cuteness than anything else. And while all the edges are serged with white, the seams are sewn in a matching dark blue so the thread won’t show at seamlines. The fabric was extremely thick, but something in the wool was not just fuzzy, it was not unraveling, it was… fuzzing apart. If that is a thing? Lots of bits of fuzz all over the place.

Wool Pants from Ottobre pattern, by Bird and Bicycle, size 104cm

The knee panel I stitched to hide the edges and have smooth lines, hiding the raw edges inside, kinda like when you sew underpants panels. This is not in the pattern, I just made it up. YAY for sewing!

Wool Pants from Ottobre pattern, by Bird and Bicycle, size 104cm

Wool Pants from Ottobre pattern, by Bird and Bicycle, size 104cm

Here I changed the light sensitivity to show the details of the inner “mock fly” that I copied from some RTW pants my son wears constantly. I was so pleased with how it came out! Just a couple inches and with an elastic in the back of the waist band, it’s perfect! I couldn’t be happier. I love making s*** up when sewing. It brings me joy to problem solve!

Wool Pants from Ottobre pattern, by Bird and Bicycle, size 104cm

Here is the top view of the waist. You can see the elastic in the back, and my half mock fly. The directions call to sew the elastic to the outside of the pants as well, but I have no luck in that. Every time I attach elastic to a waistband that isn’t a knit fabric, the waistband gets all mucked up. And tips readers? I have an elastic stitch, a triple zip zag, for attaching elastic, but it doesn’t seem to help. So instead I just attach the elastic, far too throughly, at the ends, and once in the middle back, and call it good.

Wool Pants from Ottobre pattern, by Bird and Bicycle, size 104cm

The articulated knee panel from the outside, and a close up of the fuzzy napped wool. This is very close to the true color of the wool as well, a rich blue. It reminds me of old military uniforms, which inspired me to add some fun silver rivets and button. Do you see the wood grain on the silver button below? It’s more from grandma’s magic button stash. I added two rivets to a super tiny angled pocket on the leg too. I was going to add even more, but decided little metal rivets would just scratch up slides and swings and all manner of playground equipment.

Wool Pants from Ottobre pattern, by Bird and Bicycle, size 104cm

Wool Pants from Ottobre pattern, by Bird and Bicycle, size 104cm

Again, this “froggy” pants pattern is super fun. The front bellows type pocket on the thigh is super fun. The pattern suggests velcro and I may add snaps later but for now, my kid ignores all pockets on his clothes. The large flap and pocket even holds my iPhone5, so it’s pretty roomy. Maybe soon he will start collecting things? If you sew for little people, do you add all the finishing touches like rivets and pockets, knowing they will be ignored?

I know my child wasn’t feel up to snuff today, and I insisted he try them on anyway. I bribed him with my chalk marker.”Parenting win!” I told myself, but really, a total fail at any decent photos.

Wool Pants from Ottobre pattern, by Bird and Bicycle, size 104cm

More failed attempts at cute pictures, but you can see my stash in the back corner as he stands on my cutting table.

Wool Pants from Ottobre pattern, by Bird and Bicycle, size 104cm

Wool Pants from Ottobre pattern, by Bird and Bicycle, size 104cm

Wool Pants from Ottobre pattern, by Bird and Bicycle, size 104cm

Here are the front of the pants, in all their glory (Can pants be glorious?). It was so great to work with wool and flannel on these cold days. Fall is cold and grey and wet this week, and you can see my giant mug of Bourbon St. Roiboos in the photos above. I live to drink this in winter, and am searching for new chai tea at home to try. Anyone have any chai favorites that is a dry tea bag and not a liquid?

Wool Pants from Ottobre pattern, by Bird and Bicycle, size 104cm

 

Well, good for you to making it through this giant picture post! I am happy to know you are here, and read/looked all the way. What are you finishing up making for “Sewing in September” month? I spent the last two weeks mostly secret sewing, and then a couple toddler pants, and I have plans for a zip jacket with the exact same fabrics used in these pants, but I don’t know if I can get this all done in two days.

Love,

MaLora

PS: Also, a great discussion about #selfishsewing over at Gillian’s blog. It has a hefty amount of comments, but I found all of them valuable and a great read.