Destination: Kindergarten

I am unsure why I still blog. I don’t enjoy the process like I used to, and I feel the absence of that former joy. So when I finally get around to blogging, there is mixed emotions that result in a more tumultuous experience.

However, with Fall comes school and my son entering public school and kindergarten. Growing like a weed, as they say, has made new pants a necessity. I decided to sew him a small capsule like wardrobe “Destination: Kindergarten” mostly (entirely?) using Ottobre patterns as I prefer too. I started with the need of jeans, and will move onto more fun items this week I hope.

I started with an extensive list of desired patterns and made a second list on the back of my maybe items. One is a fully lined jacket, which I haven’t done before. This is a huge maybe, as I really want to bust through my stash to keep it manageable. All of these fabrics are from stash, which is nice.

My first make was a pattern I have done before, and had to trace the 116cm size. The Charles L. stretch denim jeans. I just love these. This time, I didn’t muck with the pattern at all and it came out just perfect. Sometimes I will adjust the rise or things to attempt to get a better fit, but really these jeans will hopefully last 9 months, from now until next summer. With an adjustable elastic waist, stretch denim, and a mock zipper fly, they are plenty comfortable.

I have forgotten which t-shirt pattern I used, as they have many many different ones. However, this one is a basic t-shirt and I whipped up two. A yellow and black hello kitty print and a really awesome Marine Sea Life knit I bought from Europe (where are the really great children fabrics are from.)

He loves his new clothes of course! The jeans fit great. The red are particularly awesome, with amazing top stitching despite being impossible to tell with matching red thread. The teal pair I went a little crazy on, and added rivets and fun white top stitching. They look great from a distance, but my triple stitch wasn’t lining up correctly. My machine may need a professional to check her out. I have been doing all my own machine maintenance and full cleanings for a couple years. While I love that I can do that, this is the only stitch I can’t get to line up and look right. It could be user error though!

I took a small break and made my husband a new McCalls pattern men’s active wear shirt. The fabric is so soft and so amazing. It is a medium-to-heavy thick wicking knit from the always awesome Seattle Fabrics. It has an almost brushed inside, like a french terry with little loops? It makes it great on the skin, but a mo-fo for top stitching. Seriously. I stitched and picked out a sleeve seam at least 3 times before I gave up and made bindings.

bird and bicycle men's activewear shirt, pattern from mccalls

He seems to like it, and it will do well in the fall when we are biking in cooler temperatures. Next time, I will fiddle with the arms and shoulder connection, and see what I can do about those folds. They seem a bit necessary though, when he stretches up and around they disappear. So I will have to double check.

Last item to report, is the most perfect pair of jeans to date. I have been posting them on instragram because I am so dang proud of these.

Seriously. There may be faults, I may see a few mistakes or where my individual lines don’t meet up perfectly, but these are so polished I would wear them myself. The elastic back waistband isn’t adjustable, though I did add in interior buttonholes so I could add in elastic if I end up needing too. I steamed the heck out of the back elastic after stitching them in and it shrunk up beautifully. The top stitching on the waistband I had to do two times, and you can’t see it because I used dark thread and stitched in the ditch, but I also top stitched the back of the waistband too. The dark stretch denim is gorgeous, I think I got it from Pacific Fabrics or District Fabrics, but I can’t recall anymore. I wish I had more of it!

The gold top stitching thread is my favorite part. Or maybe the lines along the mock zipper. Or maybe the front slash knee patches. Or maybe the back pockets. I love it all!

And most importantly, so does he!

bird and bicycle stretch denim jeans pattern by Ottobre Designs

Soccer!

When your kiddo joins summer Soccer, he needs an outfit! Ottobre to the rescue!

The raglan sleeve shirt is fabulous, but the neckline and arm bands were a bit snug. I will adjust the pattern next time. This is a size 116cm for my almost 5 year old. Ottobre is great,  you know I love them!, but sometimes I just sew without testing and discover the pattern is actually quite large!

The shorts are neat, and they have a woven leg panel (in red) and just one rad pocket on the back. The pattern calls for front pockets but I sewed them together wrong, and in order to fix it I had to recut the front legs. Oops! Luckily, he doesn’t use pockets in soccer!

I used a fusible suede patch I picked up in Portland, a red woven twill, white ribbing and a navy blue jersey. I think they look comfortable and sporty.

Our local Zoo does summer concerts and this year I took him to one. (Yesterday, in fact.) It was a great show, Neko Case, KD Lang,  Laura Viers. Here he is dancing with his best friend. Clearly the outfit is cozy and comfortable!

Pajamas! Pajamas! Pajamas!

It’s my update on my Pajama Sewalong!

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I started with some very much needed but also super awesome Super Mario pajamas for my son. He loves Super Mario and we play almost daily. I knew I had to find a way to make him woven pajamas! i found this pullover Ottobre Pattern and altered it a little bit, I came up with this. Here is the neckline in detail, with a bias tape neckline that pulls over the head. The busy pattern hides the front seam.

bird and bicycle sewing pajamas super mario

You can see by his silly grin that he loves them! He wears the pants more often than the shirt, proving my point that somethings aren’t worth it. I am always preaching about clothes that move with the body, knits and panels and elastic and comfort in attire. He backed me up by preferring knit tops, and I am motivated to continue my pursuit of sewing comfortable clothes and ignoring the fun prints in quilting cotton.

super mario pajamas

Next came my standard MellySews Kid’s unisex pajama pattern. It is always too skinny for my kid, so I add width and they fit fantastic. These are the size 5, and I think the pattern goes to 12. I am duplicating another pair I made a couple years ago (see the original here.)

viking pajamas sewn by bird and bicycle pattern by mellysews

My last pair of pajamas are these super awesome teal and gold STAR pajamas. I love them. I added white stripes down the side of the shirt and legs and love their sport look. He is wearing these now, and loves them. The fabric came from europe, and is of higher quality than I can find here in the USA. I think these will quickly be a staple in his pajama wearing.

star pajamas sewn by bird and bicycle

As it is summer, we wear pajamas A LOT.

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YAY! Star Pajamas! He loves stars!

bird and bicycle sewing pajamas

Technically, these are my 6 items so I am “done” with my sewalong! I have 8 more weeks, so I may continue to add to my pajama collection! Did you sew anything for this sewalong?!