Saturday, January 24, 2009

Stash Fleece into Curtains

Last winter I was thinking about making polar fleece curtains for Eric's room, but never got the project off the ground. Well, the stash contest at got my rear in gear.

Eric likes Canadian things, so I pulled out two pieces of fleece, one red with white maple leaves, and white with red maple leaves, and red and navy fleece. He okayed the project, and I set to work.

I spent quite a bit of time playing with the 4 fabrics, trying to see what combination would work the best. Eventually I figured out that I didn't have enough of the red on white fabric, and that the navy would make up the bulk of the curtains.

I got pretty creative, and hand drew a maple leaf to cut out of the red fleece, and sewed it on to the navy. The white on red fabric was added to the bottom to make up the length. I used what I believe is muslin to line the back.

Sorry for this dark picture. I have a blue valance that goes over the curtains and makes the maple leaf look more centred on the curtains.

I made the tie backs by cutting 1" strips of the 3 fleeces and braiding them.

Hopefully these curtains will help keep his room warmer in the winter, and cooler in the summer, especially with the white lining on the back. They also work very well for room darkening. They don't totally darken the room since the light really shines through the red/white fleece, but it looks neat like that!

All 4 fabrics I used are from stash. I'm not quite sure where or when I got the navy fleece, but it's been around for a while. The maple leaf and red fleece came from the thrift store last winter. The muslin backing came in a box of fabrics that someone my mom knows gave to me when she moved and had to get rid of stuff. I've had it for 4 or 5 years I think.

Friday, January 23, 2009

Refashioning a thrift store belt

I paid 50c for this belt at the thrift store, specifically for the buckle. I wanted to make myself some fun and inexpensive belts out of fabric. The belt actually looks like new and I could have worn it as is, except that I don't like the blue/brown two tone look.

Just for fun, I started undoing the stitching to see how the belt was put together. It turned out that the belt was made out of two pieces of webbing sewn together over an inner vinyl strap.

I completely took apart the belt, and saved the blue/brown webbing for a future use (straps for a cloth shopping bag maybe?)

I stitched this plaid fabric over the vinyl insert, cut it to the proper length for my jeans, and re-attached the buckle. I should have made the fabric a bit wider so it fills more of the buckle, but it still looks and works fine.

The back of my plaid belt. I totally did not plan for the pattern to be centred on the back belt loop. What luck!

I'll be making a few more of these as I can find appropriate belts to scavenge!

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Kwiksew 2668/3115 Pajamas

My new comfy pajamas using the V-neck princess seamed top from KS 2668, and the yoga pants from KS 3115.

Saturday, January 17, 2009

Suitability 2038 Women's Stretch Breeches

I got this breech fabric from Textile Outfitters this spring at $4/metre. That is a fantastic price!

With riding boots on they look pretty good. They could be a little tighter to reduce those wrinkles, but they are very comfortable.

The hardest part was sewing a zigzag down the leg seam. As you can see from the picture below, it gets very tight...

But the seam does look nice when it's done. RTW breeches do have a zigzag or straight stitch down the seam.

Simplicity 9346 Child's Jumper

This is the view C jumper, size 5, but lengthened to between size 6 and 7. It's knee length on her now so hopefully it will fit her for a year or more. Normally she would wear it with a long sleeved t-shirt and tights.

A peak at the "hidden bunnies" facing.

The pattern envelope. Paid 25c for it!

Another peek at the bunny facing.

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Jalie 2796 Skort

This is the original skort that I made last spring. I wore it a lot over the summer.

I find that the shorts on it show below the skirt. I pull up the short legs when I wear it.

This is the new skort I made. I added 3" to the length, plus the print fabric doesn't have a lengthwise stretch, so the shorts stay under the skirt. I did a much better job on the hem this time.

Jalie 2682 Mohair zippered top

I love this pattern. It's easy and quick to sew and makes great top suitable for both casual or office wear.

This fabic must be 10 years old, so I'm very glad to use it. Now I have about 3/4 metre leftover that I have no idea what to do with!

Kwik Sew for Children, more pajamas

Eric in his bug pajamas. The bug fabric is glow in the dark! I left lots of growing room in the pants.

Much to my surprise, Leah likes her new mint green pajamas. Usually she only wants to wear pink. But I did use pink ribbon to mark the back, so she likes that.

Both kids wore their new pajamas to bed. It's nice when they actually like what I've sewed them!

Friday, January 9, 2009

Kwik Sew for Children Book - Pink Pajamas

As you can tell, she likes them! They got a thumbs up!

The sleeves are a little long for short sleeves with the ribbing added, so next time I would leave off the ribbing, or shorten them.

The lettuce hem turned out very nicely.

Simplicity 3536 in Tie Dye Knit

Second top I've made in View A. This time in a beautiful tie dyed polyester?/lycra knit that I found at the thrift store in 2007.

This time I added an extra 4" of ruching to the sides.

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Catching the School Bus at Sunrise

Got this amazing picture of Eric standing on a mound of snow while waiting for the bus to arrive. Eric is one of the last on the bus, so the first few kids the bus picks up must be waiting in the dark.

Monday, January 5, 2009

Simplicity 3536 "Easy" knit tops

View A top in green crushed panne velvet. Works very well on me!

View C top in red cotton-lycra. Sorry it's not the best picture. Fits me well, but I wouldn't mind it being a few inches longer.

Close up. I hate the collar on the top. It's too thick, and it's very noticeable that I couldn't get the collar an even width. The ruching did work out very nicely.

Simplicity 3969 Robes

I had a few metres of stretch terry that I bought in the spring from a garage sale, and it needed a job. I didn't have enough terry for the robe's facings, so I used a cotton print (leftover from cloth shopping bag sewing), and wow! It looks great.

Close up of facing applied to outside of robe, inside tie and outer tie.

Close up of fold-up sleeve.

According to the pattern envelope, I should have made size M. I made XS, and it fits just right. Watch out for these patterns, they always run large.