See, that stash is totally worth it

You know those City Gym Shorts that everyone and their sister has pinned to Pinterest? I made them.  And they are awesome.  And you want to make them, too.  Gym shorts for everyone!  Even those of us who haven’t been inside a gym in years. I used an unknown cotton lawn that has been in my stash forever, some red lawn I found in the remnants bin, and a thin red double fold bias tape.  The whole thing took just a few hours and I love, love them. I plan to wear them on the beach in Hawaii next month (oh yeah, we’re going to Hawaii next month).

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See the cuteness.

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Check out the detail!

Portrait Blouse Wearable Muslin

I’m not a fan of making muslins. I really don’t have enough time to make two versions of everything I want so… yeah… I just don’t do that. In this case, I found 1.5 yards of a basic blue cotton voile in the remnants bin at Stone Mountain and Daughter and decided to make a “first attempt” muslin with it. I full intended to (and have) worn this out and about.

The pattern is the Portrait Blouse from Gertie’s New Book for Better Sewing. I made a small adjustment to increase the bust size but otherwise followed the pattern. I think for round two I will lengthen the blouse a bit. I don’t often tuck my shirts in and I need a bit more wiggle room between the top of my pants and the bottom of my top to avoid accidental tummy showing (see photo – thank you retouch tool).

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Why am I about to laugh?

Why am I about to laugh?

oh, that's why

oh, that’s why

First Colette Mabel

I am in love with Colette Pattern’s Mabel skirt.  I even love the model they use for in that link – camera loves that girl and the feeling appears to be mutual.  Mabel is a quick sew -about 1 hour – knit skirt project.  I have a heavier knit I plan to use next but for the first time out I used some jersey I had bought for Kids Clothing Week.  It’s a Volcom print of monsters.  The fabric is a bit lighter than what you would normally use for a skirt, think an H&M or Forever 21 level of thin.  I made a standard Large (my measurements were close enough for knit) and am happy with the fit.

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The color is a bit weird in this shot.  The skirt is more like a brick red than a fuchsia but you can see the basic shape.

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You can wear it to get the car washed with leggings and pink sneakers.

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or in the backyard.  Note – it seems I can’t smile while taking my own picture.  I will work on it (I’m not really pissed here – just concentrating).

Kids Clothes Week – Quick Change Trousers

I struggled with Kids Clothes Week this year as my kiddo is at the age where he has very strong opinions on his outfits.  There must be jeans, there must be t-shirts.  No other clothes are acceptable.  It took lovely Ms. Mucho to remind me that there is nothing that says the clothes have to be for your child. So I decided to make a favorite from my own child’s past for a new little one.  These are the Quick Change Trousers from Handmade Beginnings.  I made the 12-18 month size for my friend whose little Z is just about 1.

Giraffe Pants

The really awesome part of these pants is that they are reversible.  Which makes them a bit stronger for that walking/crawling stage.  Also, gives you more chances to use cute fabric.  For one side I used a giraffe print for the main part of the legs and an olive green panel for extra diaper space.  The other side is a ombre blue leg with a mustache bum.

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What I really like here is that the fabric is left over from a blanket made for this exact same baby way back.

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How cute is the giraffe print peaking out when the cuffs are turned?

New Toy!

My new machine is here and I love her.  She has so many tricks and is such a good girl. She knows how to cut her own thread

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and she has a clear bobbin cover so you can see when the thread is running out – which is brilliant.

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and she can take on big old quilting projects without complaint.  She is oh so quiet.  The boy even said so. My husband is now regretting he didn’t get me one back when we lived in a loft (sewing is rather loud in a shared space).

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She still needs a name, though. I’m taking suggestions so feel free to post them.

Barcelona Skirt para mí

I’ve been trying to make more clothes for me because:

  • It builds skills, it’s certainly more difficult than a blanket
  • I know exactly who made it and what conditions it was made in.  If those conditions are inhumane I know exactly who to blame
  • It forces my mind to not think of my body as a ‘size’.  A 10 or a 12 or an L or XL, any of these may be different in any given store.  I am instead a series of measurements, none of which add up to any particular size and have no conscious or unconscious judgement attached.  It’s just me.
  • I am learning a lot about how clothes are made and thus how they fit.  This actually helps a lot when buying clothes off the rack.

It is incredibly slow going.  Making any progress feels like slogging through mud.  For now I’m at the very simplest of skirts.  This is Amy Butler’s Barcelona Skirt.  I used a slightly heavier weight quilting cotton in mustard.  I used the tiered version with the unfinished hems.  The pattern is nice and easy but I did find that my tiers didn’t line up perfectly.  It was ok in the end as the whole thing was a bit too large. I need to learn how much to pull in from my actual measurements. When the waist band of the skirt perfectly matches your actual waist the skirt is actually too big. I wasn’t sure if the pattern was taking that into account or not but I’m pretty sure now that it is not.  Things to keep in mind for next time.

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Also, how do you all get good pictures of yourself in clothes?  Should I be figuring out the timer option on my camera? Because after asking my husband, son and friend to take a picture of me in the skirt, I’m still publishing the one with me standing on a stool in my bathroom mirror.  More things to keep in mind for next time.

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It’s SOOOO hot

…as i posted to a friend’s facebook wall after she informed everyone that it was nearly 85 degrees out.  Two days ago another friend and I were browsing through Old Navy when I said I wanted some sleepy shorts.  She responded that she would have been all over that if she still lived in Arizona but that it was way too cold here for shorts.  WHAT? It’s nearly 85 degrees! It’s well into sleepy shorts weather.  Crazy Arizona people.

Are you thinking “wow, these people are babies”? Yes, yes we are.  Also, check out these babies

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Sleepy shorts for me out of some I-have-no-idea stash fabric.  I know it’s a quilting cotton but, otherwise I know nothing about it.  Oh, except it’s pretty.  No real pattern here, just used some flannel sleepy pants as a guide but cut them off at about the same length as some shorts I have.  I did do fancy clean finish edge and I think that made my sizing a bit off.  Let’s just say I hardly needed the elastic at the waist.

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I did add some stash ribbon for prettiness and (I’m very proud of this) I used the button hole feature on my sewing machine for the ribbon holes.  I have never use it before and, wow, was it super easy.  Nicely done, Singer.

I like them quite a bit.  In fact, I’m wearing them now.  No, there will not be pictures 🙂