Clothing the children · Sewing Projects

I might have unblocked my sewing mojo

At last. Finally. I’ve made something. Two things, in fact!

I had a bit of a break over the summer after I made a top and a vest for myself, and then even more of a break as we had a new floor put in the kitchen and everything (EVERYTHING) in the room had to be moved out and relocated (some…most…of it is still relocated. Let’s just close the door on the spare room and never go back in there…) which included the sewing machine. And with one thing and another I just couldn’t be bothered.

then I could.  Because I had some lovely fabric and the children demanded clothes to be made from it. It’s a lovely heavy jersey, grey background with trees and bears printed on it. Just right for autumn and winter.

I made the boy a long sleeve top (trusty old Ottobre design) with an adapted neck line. Adapted because I wanted to have the option of him wearing it rolled down like a normal sweater or rolled up like a polo neck in place of a scarf. And not at all because i cocked up with the original neckband and ripping it out made me cry and not want to try it again.  Not at all.

anyway, is always the case, he LOVED the top. To look at. To wear?  Let’s look at how he reacted…

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Note – you can see my multifunctional collar there. Once you get over the wee face of “no mummy, mummy not do that me”. Anyway. It got worse…

IMG_0744He ran away at this point. Dragging the top off.  The child has no appreciation of my mad sewing skillz.

Anyway. On to the other child. The slightly more appreciative one. The one who occasionally agrees to wear something I have made for her on her request.

she asked for a skirt in the same material.  I searched a bit for patterns but only half heartedly as I knew I could just whip one up in an afternoon.  Then I laughed at myself because that’s what all these bloggers say, and they do indeed whip up their items in one afternoon while I am sitting there at my kitchen table, swearing as I jab myself with the fecking seam ripper, unpicking a badly sewn neckband.  But I gave it a go.

once I had tidied away the den

IMG_0749Okay, so maybe i got started first and then when shit got real and I had to attach that skirt waistband to the skirt, I procrastinated and tidied away the den. Potaytoes potahtoes. (Also – the children were upstairs rampaging through another room, I wasn’t a total killjoy, they had abandoned the den.)

Back to the skirt. My pattern – self drafted. So only myself to blame, really, if things went wrong.  Waist band was made out of two wide strips (measuring I don’t know inches long because I forgot to measure it), joined at the short ends to make a circle. The skirt was one long strip 36 inches wide by 15 inches long. I sewed up the short ends to make a circle, then pleated the top edge all the way along so that it fitted the waist band. Neat.  Then I folded over the waistband and hand stitched at each 1/4 mark point. Two reasons – my top stitching is shit, and I was running out of black thread. It looks ok. Then I hemmed the bottom, brought it up about 2 inches due to my tendency to always make things too big.

End result:

IMG_0750Aces.  (And ooh – lovely floor!)

inside:

IMG_0751Finished!

and how long did it take me? Guess!

LESS THAN AN AFTERNOON.

two hours, tops. And that includes den tidying away time.

I don’t have a picture of my daughter wearing it, because she only put it on for five minutes and wouldn’t cooperate. She claims it’s a thumbs up, so i feel like I can force her into it now.

But I am pleased. I’m happy with the makes and the finish of them. And as I have noticed over the summer that I am choosing to wear clothes I have made over shop bought stuff, I am in the game for making more items for myself.

Lets see what autumn brings.

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Gifts · Sewing Projects

Things got a little out of hand (aka a thank you present for a teacher)

So. E wanted to give her teacher a robot as a thank you present at the end of this school year. Only she didn’t want to just give him one. No, she wanted me to make him one. As I am a sucker for outlandish requests and generally end up falling for the pleading eyes of my child, I agreed.

My initial plans were for a modest sized robot, maybe the size of a hardback book. Nothing flash, nothing that would take me long. Just something simple and fun to say thank you.

Aha. A ha ha. Ha.

(That is hollow laughter, by the way).

I present to you: a robot. 20170611_173338

 

And to show the scale (before I put the feet on), here the robot is with my 2 yr old

 

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It’s huge. Gigantic. I’ve named it what it the enormo-bot.

I hope the teacher likes it and isn’t creeped out by it.

I used fabric in my stash and followed no pattern at all.

Construction

There are two big buttons on the back and the button panel at the front has some crisp metallic paper folded inside it to give some noise effects.

The body, arms and legs are all stuffed with non flammable stuffing.

The hands are actually two clothes pegs with cardboard glued to the back of each side. Then stuffing glued on top. Then fabric sewn around. The push parts of the pegs are inside the arm.

The face was drawn by my 6 yr old.

Cardboard was use to give a bit of support and form to the body and the base of the feet.

Otherwise, it was an exercise in panic and determination. It has taken me around 6 weeks (obvs not working hard out the whole time, I’m not a mad woman) to make this behemoth and it is finally finished. 2 1/2 weeks before the end of term. Hurrah.

My 2 yr old is in love with it (much like my 6yr old is in love with her teacher, hence this symbol of love for him. Her love. Not mine. He’s a great teacher but I don’t feel as strongly about him as E) so I will make another one for him. I will intend to make it this same size so no doubt we will end up having to move house in order to have enough space for it.

Farewell enormo-bot. It’s been interesting. I hope the teacher likes you (and doesn’t run, screaming, from me in the playground)

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I’ve been Me Made Maying

on instagram. Not here.

Ive worn everything I’ve made, most of them twice now. And it’s made me realise that I need to:

1) make more clothes

2) get better at fitting my clothes

so I’ve started making a new short sleeve topwith a FULL BUST ADJUSTMENT. This is PROPER FITTING STUFF, folks. Normally I just make things too big then shove in a dart or sew side seams narrower until it fits. But no more! I want my clothes to fit, not just be “not too big”.

anyway. Ill blog the top when it’s done. But I have no photos of my Me Made May journey so far because I delete them as soon a ive put them on instagram. You should be pleased not to see them though. You see, most people doing this thing either get someone else to take the photos, use a proper camera with a clicker thing or a proper sized mirror. I’ve just been taking photos in the grubby (since cleaned) mirror in the bedroom in the eighteen seconds I have spare in the morning. Lately, the photos have featured tired eyes, WTF eyebrows and a general air of “i will brush my hair when I’m good and ready”. Instagram can keep those photos, as far as I’m concerned.

aaaanyhoo. Must go. Toddler is awake and I’ve promised him chocolate buttons in return for not touching my sewing things. We both accept that I am the naive one in this arrangement…

Clothing · Sewing Projects

Finally! I made my Renfrew!

about two years ago, my sister gave me a fabric+pattern Sewaholic Renfrew kit. It was either for Christmas or my birthday, so long ago I cannot remember. And it has sat in my sewing stash ever since.  Occasionally I would pull out the fabric or have a look at the pattern, but I always folded it away again because i was a bit reluctant to cock up the nice fabric and was concerned I’d end up with something unwearable.

then I made my cloud top last week. I love it. And it gave me the confidence to just cut the damn fabric. In the space of a week, I cut out the pieces, sewed it together and I’m wearing it right now.

IMG_0509(Maybe I should have brushed my hair after all… never mind. Hello!)

now, there are a few things I’m a bit unsure about. What does “finish the seams” mean? Because when I finish my seams, that’s pretty much me looking at the seam I’ve stitched and then muttering “that’s that done then” and moving on. I will assume this is the case for everyone.

another is the sizing on the packet. Do i go with my measurements – this was a 14 on this pattern – or by the “finished garment” measurements? Because I’ve ended up with a top that is at least one size too big. I’m not too worried about that (my superior clothes washing abilities will get it shrunk in no time) but it’s a bit unclear which one I should follow. If I go for the finished garment size I could end up with something too small…

anyway.

i like it. The fabric itself is a lovely heavy jersey, just right for the inbetweeny snow/sun weather we have these days (often the same day) in nearly highland Scotland. I like the way the neck is finished (“there, that’s done now“)

IMG_0508Although I have got a tiny pick up on the front neck, I don’t care. Because I MADE THIS AND I AM WEARING IT AND ISNT THAT BRILLIANT?!

i like the cuffs and waistband insertion too

IMG_0507I didn’t top stitch around the seam here because I was worried about over stretching the cuffs. Because of the over sized nature of this (next time I’ll size down), the sleeves are quite loose already. But as I said, my wonder washing techniques will sort that no problem.

here it is, in all it’s glory

IMG_0506I love it.

and what I love most of all is that I actually did it. Fandabbydozi.

next item on the books is a cloud to for my daughter. Her expectations are worryingly high…