Wonder Woman Tofino Pants

Hey friends. I made another Sewaholic pattern, the Tofino pants. Yes, just like everyone tells in all the reviews, blog posts, and social media pictures, they are baggy. Bag-eh. Bagsy bagsy bagsy. However, they are very cozy, but anyone with a small dog or cat or crawling infant could trip in these, so make and wear with caution.

sewaholic tofino pants in wonder woman flannel by bird and bicycle

sewaholic tofino pants in wonder woman flannel by bird and bicycle

I love WW, as everyone should. Her lasso of truth, invisible jet, her island of amazons, those Grecian robes… she is a goddess among superheroes. So naturally when this flannel came out I needed some immediately!

sewaholic tofino pants in wonder woman flannel by bird and bicycle

Width. Did I mention width? These baggy baggy baggy pants take width to a whole new level. Granted, now that I have made one pair, I could have gone down a full size. I need to shorten the crotch depth/length and adjust the width, but I was too anxious for WW pants and whipped up a pair with few alterations. If there is a next time, I made just remove the side panels completely.

sewaholic tofino pants in wonder woman flannel by bird and bicycle

The piping is a nice detail and gives some structure to the swaying fabric down my hips, but the flannel is pretty stiff. These are more lounging pants than “sleeping” pants for sure. I think if you made these pants in a voile or something thinner and smoother they would be quite lovely.

sewaholic tofino pants in wonder woman flannel by bird and bicycle

Not a bad make, and again, very comfortable for late night Netflix and my famous coconut popcorn (which is really just air popped corn with melted coconut oil and salt, so not really famous, but it should be famous it’s delicious!)

Do they make me look like Evel Knievel too much? You can tell me, be honest.

sewaholic tofino pants in wonder woman flannel by bird and bicycle

Does this count as pattern drafting?

What does my little guy love? Superheroes. What inspires me most to sew? My little guy. So when he asks for costumes, I make it happen. I wanted them to be comfortable, easy to wear, and useful. Often the costumes you purchase are thin nylon or polyester, hot and not breathable, and not made to last. (Can we say that about all ready to wear clothes?) I took his dream of being Ironman and made it work for me, too. Pajamas!

Using a simple knit pajamas pattern I cut and redrew them into costumes. Some shapes were fused and appliquéd and some were color blocked. I tried to be true to outfit of the superhero, without having it be lycra-tight.

Iron Man pajamas in progress Bird and Bicycle

I used JoAnn’s cheap jersey and interlock, and using coupons I think I spent less than $20 on all my supplies for the three costumes. Ironman was the easiest to make, as it was all 90′ angles and one circle for his glowing chest. Ironman is his favorite, but there is no decent “gold” fabric that isn’t metallic. I want me kid to be comfortable, sleep in them, wear them all the time, so jersey it is.

Ironman Pajamas by Bird and Bicycle

Rulers are my favorite tool (after scissors.) I used a ruler and the angles on my cutting mat to make the perfect star for Captain America. I was quick and sloppy about my topstitching but luckily my 4 year old doesn’t care.

Capt America Pajams bird and bicycle

Fusing Knit Fabrics bird and bicycle

As you can see, the star and the red torso stripes are appliquéd onto the main shirt. The sleeves and “boots” of the legs are not. The fusible interfacing made it ridiculously easy, with a zigzag stitch and easy on the tension.

Captain America Pajamas by bird and bicycle

Finally my absolute favorite (maybe because Logan/Wolverine has been my crush since I was in 7th grade?) are the wolverine pajamas. I even managed to get the V points of the “boot” on the lower legs. This costume was the most challenging and the most rewarding. Logan has gone through MANY costume variations, but I went with the classic one from the 90’s. The neckline is a complete disaster, because I used the interlock for the neckline. DO NOT USE INTERLOCK FOR NECKLINES.

wolverine by bird and bicycle

My sneaky secret is that I actually made these all in April and May of this year, but he is still wearing them all! The wolverine photo was taken last night, and you can see his happy face! I love using my skills to make others happy! I think this is my first foray into pattern drafting, but maybe it’s just color blocking an existing pattern? I don’t know the technical terms. I just make awesome shit.

I hope you are all enjoying your Fall sewing! Kid’s Clothing Week is starting soon (or did it already start?) and the HOODIE SEW ALONG with Kelly (which I am overly excited for!)

PS: Do you feel an odd awareness when you curse through typing, or is that just me?

sewing for babies!

If I tell the truth, I wasn’t really into sewing until I started sewing for my husband and child. I find greater joy and better quality in my sewing when I sew for other people. It’s easier to measure them, and I like the appreciation I get that I can’t seem to give myself. Sewing for others is what I love to do! So here are the two tinydresses that I whipped up for Melizza of PinCushionTreats!

A whole lot of us Seattle area sewists got together and had a fun baby shower for the hilarious and joyful Melizza. I am hoping we can continue these social sewing events, even without a baby to celebrate!

First up is a pinafore wrap from the Imagine Gnats pattern. I love this pattern, and have made it quite a few times as gifts. This one is a lined in a yellow gingham (when I bought a bolt of it for my wedding!) and the top is japanese linen. I used giant pearl snaps instead of buttons, as I find them easier to put on a squiggly baby.

pinafore by bird and bicycle

The second dress I made is from an Ottobre magazine of course. It has adorable puffy sleeves with elastic shoulders, so it should just pull on an off fairly easily. It is their smallest size, 60cm, and I can’t wait to see it on her little baby to be! When I saw this cotton+steel lawn print, I instantly thought of Melizza. She wears these colors and would like the print. It was a breeze to sew, and came out very darling I think!

ottobre dress by bird and bicycle in cotton + steel lawn

I have been really loving sewing lately, and will hopefully post some fun projects I have been working on this past week soon! Fall is beautiful in Seattle, and the sun is warm. I am biking a ton and have some Duathlon Shorts by Fehr Trade cut and ready on my sewing table. I am off to get to it!

PS: Thanks Melizza for the pictures! Next time I need to remember to take pictures before I give the gifts!