Saturday, August 9, 2014

More Girl's Sewing

I still had a little scrap of the Girl Charlee bird-print fabric left, as well as my tee scraps, so I was able to eke out a baby shirt for another friend. I stuck with the Anytime at All Tee, this time in size 6 mo. I flared out the sides slightly and just guessed at where to stop for the hem (since the baby sizes are for onesies rather than shirts), trying to make it slightly more tunic-like. I also went for 3/4 length sleeves. All of those changes were total guesses since I don't have access to the baby in question to check it, so hopefully it fits!

Anytime at All Tee, 6 mo

Since I'm going to be sending it through the mail quite a distance, I thought it would be silly to just mail a tiny t-shirt. I decided this would be a great opportunity to stitch up a baby dress I had been envisioning for a while. Using Anna Maria Horner's free pattern, the Piece-a-Cake Dress, I divided it up into 3 tiers (just eyeballing to get gradually bigger on the way down), cut out my separate tiers, and stitched them together, making my overall front and back pieces.


 Piece-a-Cake Dress

Things were going well till I was sewing the front and back together and realized I had somehow cut one of my bottom tiers about 1/2" longer than the other. Yikes! I still have no idea how it happened. Because I was using the existing decorative hem from one of the shirts, I couldn't just fix it in the hemming, which is my usual answer to that problem (yes, it happens to me with some frequency. Precise I am not). After fiddling with it for a few minutes, I finally decided to just create a small tuck right above the decorative hem and stitch it down. You can totally see it from the inside, of course, but it really isn't noticeable if you're just looking at the outside. I made that the backside, obviously. LOL

Piece-a-Cake Dress

I was going to do the rolled hem on the sleeves called for in the pattern, but after fighting with my rolled hem foot for several minutes, I decided it would save time to just rethread the serger and use it to do a rolled hem. It's a little bit stiffer than I'd like, but it works.

Piece-a-Cake Dress, original hem
The hem--you can see why I wanted to preserve it!

I have to say I don't think the pics do this one justice. It's very cute in person, and the light linen makes it feel so nice and summery. It really is exactly what I was envisioning! It's so nice when that happens.

I think the total cost on this one less than $1 since the thrifted linen shirts were all from the 20-cent rack and the bias tape (used in the neckline) was thrifted as well (25 cents--still marked on the bag!).

Bonus picture of Soren giving me one of his famous looks.
Toddler princeface

Thursday, August 7, 2014

My Little Bronies....Shirts!

Will is really into My Little Ponies right now, and of course, I've not come across anything at the store that's MLP and not in ultra-pink/purple colors. So, I offered to make him a shirt with his favorite pony--Rainbow Dash--on it. Soren's not really into them, but he didn't want to be left out and ordered up a Spike shirt.

I spent more than a couple hours working on these things. I don't think I've done such a complicated shape as Rainbow Dash before. And Will was not thrilled that I didn't stay accurate on the rainbow parts (he noticed that the "cutie mark"--the lightening bolt thing on the flank--didn't contain any red), but that was just too fiddly for me. Instead, I just sewed a bunch of strips together and then laid my shapes on them; I did go in the correct order for the colors in the tail, at least! I had to do the rainbow part twice because I accidentally adhered my heat n bond to the right side of the rainbow. Because of course of I would do that on the fabric I'd have to totally reconstruct.

Bronies Shirts


Bronies Shirts

 Spike was easier, though I used more colors in sewing the applique down. You probably can't tell, but there are 3 different shades of green fabric and corresponding shades of thread too.

Spike
Bronies Shirts

Bronies Shirts

Both shirts are the Flashback Skinny Tee. Will's is the 3T in the length of a 5T. That was a perfect fit when I made his Batman shirt in March, but, silly me, he's grown since then, so this one's a bit snug. He'll probably outgrow it soon. I'm thinking I'll cut the applique out of the shirt (with the back) and move it to a new shirt. I don't want to lose all that work so soon! Soren's is a straight 3T and none too big in this stable knit.

Still melts my heart when he smiles!
Bronies Shirts

Bronies Shirts

Gotta have a walking stick
Bronies Shirts

Digging in the dirt
Bronies Shirts

Bronies Shirts

Bronies Shirts

"I'll hug you, Mama!"
Bronies Shirts

Bronies Shirts

Friendship is magic!!
Bronies Shirts


Will begins to suspect that this whole "adventure walk" might have just been a ruse to get pictures...
Bronies Shirts

Monday, August 4, 2014

Aztec-Inspired Colette Myrtle

Myrtle, attempt 1

Because nothing says Greecian goddess like an Aztec-inspired print, right? Hahahaha.


Myrtle, attempt 1

Myrtle, attempt 1

I kind of don't know what I was thinking. Well, except being desperate to get 3 yards of something. I liked this print, though I need to learn to pay better attention to the scale information. Because holy-huge-print, Batman! I was envisioning this as being much smaller scale. I also ordered some bicycle print and was shocked at the huge print scale. Eeek! (Both fabrics from Girl Charlee.)

Myrtle, attempt 1

Sadly I didn't bust much stash on this. I did make a muslin with some smoke-stained knit, so I guess that was a bit of busting. I don't know what other people do for their knit muslins--it's so rare I actually come across knits for really cheap I am loathe to actually use any of it for muslins unless it's truly, truly hideous.

Myrtle, attempt 1
Hmmm, I hope the construction crew across the street is focused on their work.....

I decided I needed to do a real non-hopefully-wearable muslin since the first Myrtle makers popping up were complaining of too much ease in the pattern and super-deep cowls, etc. My muslin showed that it fit me pretty well--maybe because I was really straddling the line between medium and large in my measurements and going with the medium erased the ease?

Anyway, once I made my muslin, I decided I'd double the back bodice so it could be lined too and avoid having to do the turn-and-hem on the back neckline and armholes. I simply serged the back neckline and back armscythes with right sides together, leaving the shoulders alone, so that they could be sewn per the instructions, and then just treated it as one piece. Unfortunately I decided to double-needle around the back neckline and armholes, even though it was unnecessary, and it stretched out my neckline horribly. Grrrrr..... I tried steaming and drying it, but that didn't do the trick, so I had to take two darts of about 3/4" each to fix it. I didn't have that issue at all with my muslin, so I really think it was the fabric stretching and not the pattern in this case.

Myrtle, attempt 1
Gaping mostly fixed. Sigh.

Otherwise, this went together really easily. I meant to totally make Version 2, including the tabs, but then I forgot about them when I started assembling. Oops. Version 2 is short, y'all. I thought I'd save myself some fabric by cutting the shorter length to start with since I usually end up shortening Colette dresses a couple inches. Mistake! I had a to take the tiniest of hems possible on this (I considered just doing a rolled hem, but I knew with how awful this fabric acted it would be lettuce-edged which I didn't want). I don't think I can wear it to work it's so short. Maybe in the fall with leggings and a jacket?

Myrtle, attempt 1
SO short!

I'm not sure I'm sold on the cased elastic/blousing as being a falttering look--at least not on me. It could be being made worse by the fabric, which is really quite beefy and not super-drapey as far as stretchy knits go. I do think it looks better unbelted, unlike the Moneta.

Myrtle, attempt 1

Myrtle, attempt 1
I do kind of like the blousing in the back. Maybe it's just under-boob blousing I dislike?

Some folks also mentioned being unhappy with the armholes on this one. I actually really liked the armholes on this one (as opposed to Moneta which has major gape issues in the sleeveless edition), and I don't mind the wider shoulders. I kind of find it balancing?

Myrtle, attempt 1
My armholes were perfect for me. 

I also saw several folks talking about the cowl being too deep, which would have been an issue in my muslin knit, but in this beefy bad  boy, the cowl just kind of stays in place, so it's actually not flashy unless I bend COMPLETELY over, and if I did that, everyone would see up the super-short backside, so....I'd be having other problems if that were to occur. LOL

Myrtle, attempt 1
No boobs!

Overall.......I'm kind of "meh." I'm sure I'll make another (or two!) because it is a SUPER fast pattern, once I could wrap my mind around what we were doing with the casing, but I'm not sure I love it. Maybe I should stop snapping up the Colette knits since I keep not really loving them on me? Mabye stick with the Lady Skaters and Comino Cap, which I think are much more flattering for me.

Bonus kid pic. Look what Will can do.
Spiderpig