Saturday, April 5, 2014

I have been sewing....


Well, hello there!  It's been awhile since I've posted but never fear, I'm back.  While I was gone we spent a week in Florida (a much needed respite!), visited with family, outdoor track & field and indoor flag football seasons started, and we celebrated the first birthday of the 2014 birthday season.

 
One of MG's birthday present requests was for a pair of jeggings.   Luckily, I had just enough jegging fabric left over from a few years ago to sew one more pair. 
 
 
Jeggings
 
pattern:  Ottobre Design 04/2011, #20
fabric:  knit denim fabric from Jo-ann Fabrics
size:  122
mods:  added 4 inches of length
 
Jeggings
 
Her other request was a jean jacket like her big sister's.  Yes, I could have sewn one but instead I picked up a like new one at the thrift store right before we left for vacation.  I had grand plans on sewing the little girls all kinds of summer clothes for Florida.  But as so often happens, time got away from me and there was no way I could do that (and sleep too).  The girls are so rough on their warm weather clothes that I hate to pay full price at the store.  And right before we left, any warm weather clothes in the stores were not on sale.  A morning spent at the thrift store netted the girls several pairs of shorts and tops to supplement what clothes still fit from last summer.
 
I did manage to sew one new top for each of the little girls to wear while we were on vcation. (BK is sick today so no pictures of her top yet.)
 
 
pattern:  Ottobre Design 03/2012 #25 "Hopscotch Tunic"
size:  122
fabric:  large scraps from my stash left over from other projects
 
This pattern was not a good choice to try and make when I should have been packing.  My hurried attempt didn't produce very nice results.  In particular, the gathering of the sleeves and woven skirt section with clear elastic were horrible!  Once we got home, I chopped off the skirt section and unpicked the sleeves to fix it.  I ended up gathering the old fashioned way (basting stitches) and am much happier with how the top looks.  It's still not perfect but I don't cringe every time I see it.;)
 
 
"Hopscotch Tunic"
 
One other sewing project that I finished over a month ago is another button down shirt for K.  This time in a plaid shirting...
 
 
 
pattern:  Ottobre Design Women 05/2012 #7 "Gardener Cotton Shirt Blouse"
size:  34
fabric:  cotton plaid shirting from Fabric Mart Fabrics
 
 
"Gardener Cotton Shirt Blouse"
 
 This shirting fabric was bought for my son but when it arrived the cornflower blue was a little more purple-y than P would have liked.  K's high school colors are purple and gold and she had been wanting a plaid button down shirt so the fabric didn't go to waste.  I used a yellow, subtle floral for the inside collar stand and inner plackets.  
 
 
"Gardener Cotton Shirt Blouse"
 
 
Since I'm in a confessing mood, K hasn't worn this shirt at all.  I used a heavier weight interfacing for the plackets and collar and she doesn't like how stiff the button placket in particular is.  Maybe a few turns through the washer and dryer will help?  It's a shame as the chambray shirt gets worn pretty much every time it's clean.
 
I'm looking forward to sewing sun dresses, shorts, swimsuits, and tank tops as the weather slo-o-o-owly starts to warm up.  It's officially spring after all...even if it doesn't feel like it!
 
 
 
 

32 comments:

  1. I'm glad you are back!
    Love MG's jeggings & K's shirts - I hope she does get some wear from it :-)

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  2. Missed you Cindy.
    Lots of lovely sewing!
    xx N

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    1. Thanks, Nicole! The break and vacation was just the thing I needed to get my sewing mojo back.;)

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  3. Good to see you back, Cindy. K's shirt is fabulous with the contrasting yellow. Such a shame it's a little stiff. I did find with my kids, that the older they got, the more the little details mattered. Definitely worth trying to soften in the wash and / or dryer.

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  4. I hope you enjoyed your holiday here in Florida! I know what you mean about time. I haven't posted anything since the beginning of February! I've been busy with lots to share so I better get to it! I can't believe how grown up MG looks in these photos. Time... there is never enough and what there is goes by so swiftly! The shirts are all great and I love the jeggings.

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  5. So glad you enjoyed the trip :D It must have been wonderful to get away and enjoy some warmth. I am loving those jeggings and the button up shirt too. Too bad that K hasn't worn it because it looks so professional! Maybe a vinegar soak would soften it up a bit before washing and drying?
    And I find that when I'm hurrying or frustrated with a project I don't usually end up with good results. I'm glad you were able to fix it when you got home because it looks so cute on her!
    I am beyond delighted to start sewing spring/summer and the brand new Ottobre (03/2014) looks so amazing that I can't wait for it!!!

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  6. I really love that shirt! I can see my kid wearing it a ton! All these projects are fabulous:) and look store bought!

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  7. I would love a plaid shirt like that for myself :)

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  8. Too bad she doesn't wear it, it looks really good. Glad you gad a good time in Florida!

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  9. Great sewing! Welcome back. :) Major bummer about K not wearing that shirt, it looks awesome on her. Yeah maybe wash it a few more times and see, eh? You never know...

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  10. Great projects! My favorite is the plaid shirt - hopefully a few more washings will soften it up :)

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  11. Yay! Glad to hear you had such a restful time in Florida. The pop of yellow on the collar of the plaid shirt is a real standout detail...and I heart that flamingo fabric (despite its trickiness to work with). You'll be proud of me, I'm sewing tonight! More burp cloths. Though I have it on my docket to try my first dress this week or next. It's going to be REAL simple, so don't get your hopes up too high...tee hee. ;-)

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  12. Welcome back! :) Glad you had a nice time away in Florida! Respite is oh so good! Everything looks awesome -- I especially love the plaid shirt....beautiful sewing!!

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    1. Thank you, Cheryl! I have a Burda top for the little girls cut out of the leftover fabric from K's shirt. I'm hoping to get it sewn during KCW.

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    2. Oooo - that sounds nice! Can't wait to see what you make! I've pondered participating in KCW but am too chicken!! I'll watch and cheer you on instead! LOL

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  13. What a gorgeous plaid shirt! I thought high school girls weren't as concerned about comfort as the rest of us. I love the flamingo fabric on the other shirt. It is so adorable. Great job on the jeggings too!

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  14. I'm blown away by K's shirt, Missy would flip for it. So much to love about all of those gorgeous pieces.

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  15. I love all of these pieces! But especially, perhaps ironically, the plaid shirt - the item that's not getting worn. Can you just add a few inches to the sides and send it my way? Ha. Hope it softens up in the wash.

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  16. Yeah! You're back! Thanks for linking up! I love the jeggings! As for the plaid shirt, we've had that problem with the interfacing before too...sometimes it does soften up in the washer/dryer sometimes it doesn't so it's worth a shot.

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  17. You have been busy! I love everything you made, and it's great that your back.

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  18. Great round up! I'm an old fashioned gather myself :) Never have had much luck with the clear elastic! K's top is so great I hope it does soften up after a few rounds in the wash! Glad to see you back, hope you had a great trip!

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  19. I love that purple and gold plaid shirt. It is too bad that the interfacing makes it uncomfortable for her. And the jeggings are super cute.

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    1. Thank you! I think the button placket isn't quite so stiff anymore so hopefully, it'll start being worn more!

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  20. Great job on the sewing! I would try to wash that shirt a bit. I bet it will soften up once it goes through the washer and dryer a bit.

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    1. Thanks, Stacy! It has softened up a bit.:)

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  21. I love that plaid shirt - I hope K is able to wear it eventually. MG's leggings are so cute and she's looking so grown up. Nice score on the jean jacket!

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  22. I keep coming back to K's shirt. Do you know of a similar pattern for younger girls? I am on the hunt. I have bought the perfect fabric to make Boo a summer shirt like K's and can't find anything yet. I flipped through all my Ottobre's but came up with nothing.

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  23. I keep coming back to look at K's shirt. It is so nice. Do you know of a similar pattern for younger girls? I have bought some lovely check fabric to make a shirt for Boo and now can't find a pattern. I can't see one in any of my Ottobre's worst luck, and I thought they would definitely have one.

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