A striped shirt for me

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Once again I’m posting long after a project has been done, worn and washed. So its not really a spring top sew along project, but this is as good a time as any to blog it don’t ya think will all the shirts posts going on. Any way I guess the good thing is that I can talk honestly about weather or not the garment works as real wearable clothing. This time its a shirt for me. I drafted the pattern off a store bought T-shirt that I love the fit of.  And it turned out great (Yes the original is long sleeved too) I often alter or smoosh 2 patterns together so it was nice to see that I can do a straight copy and have it fit all yummy like the original.Its not too tight with a slight tapering in the waist area. This creates a easy fit that is still flattering to my curves.

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I got this fabric during the knit sale this past summer at my local store. Click here here and here to see other projects that have come out of the same sale. I am also not letting myself buy any other knits until I’ve sew threw a bunch of my stash. Sew many plans sew little time. :-)

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Anyway the fabric is great,  its a ribbed knit with lots of  stretch, so I used a zig-zag stitch and the serger.  The bottom hem is not hemmed at all, its a strait serge left raw. It looks finished and its fast. I do tend to cut a few corners in the name of ease and speed. And on this project I cut where ever I could. I’m kinda short on long sleeved shirts in the wardrobe this winter. (told ya it was a long gone sew, its spring already)

stripeT5I chose not to hem at all, it the name of ease and speed. Instead on the cuffs and neckline I used some leftover Fold Over Elastic (FOE.) I had it kicking around from when I had made some cloth diapers. I have used it before on the boys pant legs and what not. It’s like bias tape but stretchy, and can be a great way to make something look finished with little time.  Awesome right?

the circulation in my arm it cutting off aaaahhh

the circulation in my arm it cutting off aaaahhh

Wrong ! It was great for the neckline and solves some if the fussiness of broken stitches and ironing. However I made the wrists too tight, the elastic gets annoying when you push em’ up. And I do tend to push em’ up when I wash dishes, wipe up a mess…. um…. constantly. I may rip it out and hem up the sleeves regular style. In the mean time I’ve been stretching at them, hoping to relax the elastic a bit.

All in all I wear this shirt frequently, and still love it after a whole season. I plan on making a summer shirt project out of this fabric too.

 

Kids Cloths Week Up-date…or should we call it Un-date…?

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yep its an un-date… because the last project didn’t get finished and I have been avoiding writing that xP

 I did not finish KCWC this time around, it shouldn’t be such a big deal to say out loud. Right…?…I just could not pull it together for the last day. However I am still feeling good about the accomplishments that week, I finished 2 bottoms for Mr.K and only have hemming left on Mr E’s pants. I kinda find it humorus that I completed two projects from the lost pile of projects,  and then added a pair to it as well. Two steps forward one step back I guess.

The good news about taking up the challenge is that it has got me excited for spring sewing. So I’m gonna jump in on Spring Top Sew Along which is happening over at Made By Rae.

KCWC day 6 skater shorts

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All of the sewing today (day 6) has been on a different project than the one I am chronicling here. I finished these last night, and am so pleased with the way they turned out. Can’t hardly believe I started them last summer, but that my friends is the truth. The poor project got tossed aside in moving frenzies. Forgotten. Until last week when I was combing through my fabric stash on day 2 of KCW. I got ridiculously excited I remembered them and crossed my fingers that they would still fit at least one of my boys.

The pattern is blank slate pants. Which is just an awesome pattern that everyone should have in their arsenal (more on that later.)   It features some amazingly cute details that I never thought I could pull off. Such as welt pockets ! check them out !

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Now, I use very little patterns in my sewing. Why you ask? Well I have bought traditional patterns for work scrubs and sweaters for myself in the past; long before this blog. And the results we often ill fitting (usually way to big then my attempt to fix them would make it weirder so I was basically wasting my time and $$) or there were instructions and pieces that I just couldn’t figure out. So I’d get all frustrated and give up :P

Sewing blogs taught me how to copy cloths for my kids from their existing wardrobe. The results were sometimes odd but the material was free old t-shirts and the time spent was small. As my skills have increased I recently dived into patterns again but this time from trusted bloggers that have been teaching me over the past few years through their awesome tutorials.  Blank Slate Patterns are fantastic ! Easy to follow picture instructions laid out just like a tutorial.

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So I want to give a big shout out to Melissa from Melly Sews, Melissa is a madly talented seamstress and this pattern is great ! Lots of optional detail, and her fit charts are always my favorite. I can fit my lean boys easily in waist and length, totally customizable size wise.

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I made a size 5 to fit my slim Mr. K in the waist and went with a 7 in the length for a board short look.  I totally feel like a sewing rock star because I made ‘ welt pockets’ for the first time !  And how cute they look on this little guy’s shorts. The teen daughter was even impressed and said I should make a matching pair for lil’ E, which I may cuz i love matching them up.

I chose to do a mock fly with snap in place of a button. Brave enough for pockets but not for a zippered fly yet.

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The length did work out ok even this a winter of growth spurting between the start and the finish. I do tend to cut things long by a few inches whenever I make something, and it worked to my advantage, even rolled they are an ok length. I do think they are so cute, the fabric is this crazy woven stuff I picked up with scrubs in mind. They checks give a nice subtle sophistication. We could almost pretend its suiting material.

some serious pouting going on

some serious pouting going on

So far K hates these pants, he believes that it is to early for shorts. It took much convincing to get him to wear them for hem placement fitting. And almost a melt down to get him out in the april sunshine for a few photos. Hopefully he will like them by the end of may.

 

 

CKWC day 5 ?

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Its 1:00 am on the west coast as I write this day 5 update, so is it day 5 or day six…? Well whatever day it is I had a great sewing session. I completed the shorts that got abandoned last summer. and damn they look cute  !

I probably could power through and finished E’s pants. All that is left is to hem the pant legs and do the waist. But I want them to fit just right…. so instead of measuring a sleeping child and hoping it translates well, I’m going to bed :)

 

KCWC day 3

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A very successful day for me, hit the machine in the earlie hours after school drop off but before busy coffees and errands.

I devided my work between 2 garments and had a small tiff with my serger. So no completed cloths to show yet.

But still a victory the sewing plus other stuff in life got done today. Which really is the point right to carve out space in our lives to be creative. All within balance (i usually sew in tangents) ya lemony goodness !

Day 2 Kids Cloths Week Challenge

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Its here again the spring addition of KCWC, and for me it is perfect timing. I hadn’t been keeping up with my blog reading lately, so when I logged in yesterday looking for some spring sewing inspiration I was happily surprised. Its Kids Cloths Week Challenge !! I’ve been hearing my machine call to me and been thinking of sewing some spring stuff. And knowing that sewing mommas all over the earth are sitting down this week too, clearing some space in their lives to be creative, it gets me all excited !!

In my complete not knowing-ness I missed out on day 1, but was able to get some time in sewing today, plus planning a few projects. I have not completely unpacked my fabric stash (or installed shelves in the cupboard for storing) So it was almost like going on a treasure hunt. Sorting threw and choosing some fabrics.

I found a pair of shorts from the end of last summer that never got finished. And discovered a pair of cut out pants for K that I think are from the fall. They got pushed aside in the christmas rush. My goals are to finish at least these 2 and pump out at least 1 pair of pants for E.

I did get my hour in already today but the kids are in bed and I’m feeling really pumped so I’m gonna get back at it :)

Mr Lemon does shirts

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The other day Mr Lemons turns to me and says “we should do shirts!” Freezer paper stencil are one of our family’s favorite crafts, you can see some of our creations here and here. So on my next yarn buying trip the boys chose a few small blank T’s at Michaels. It is so hard to tell from these first photos that these shirts are fluorescent.

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Usually I organize the crafting, but this time Mr Lemons got inspired and did all the prep, planning it all out, drawing it up and cutting it all out. Then on a gross rainy evening it was all set to go.

let the madness begin

let the madness begin

The inspiration this time around was Minions. Despicable Me is E’s favorite movie right now and we are all obsessed with the game minion rush on our hand helds.

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We mixed up some grey for E its his new favorite colour, orange is now his number 2  favorite lol

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The result was 2 amazing Minion shirts. And no they could not possibly be any brighter :-D allowing kids creative freedom often leads to bright colours.

And yes as always they wore them the very next day !!

now they look flourecent

now they look florescent

This last photo was actually  taken a few weeks ofter our shirts were done, I think on the third wearing. The shirts had already been threw the washing machine twice. The great thing about my disorganization is that now you can all see how well freezer stenciling holds up in the wash :D

Leg Warmers !

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Fresh off the loom these are my yummy new legwarmers. I’m quite sure they are just the first of many! The yarn is nice and thick and soft. It should wear nicely getting softer and softer. I code the variegated greys with a pop of pink as most if what I wear is black or dark. My daughter is forever mocking the lack of colour in my wardrobe, she says grey doesn’t count as a colour it’s just pale black.

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I wear a lot of legging and in our damp coastal winters legwarmer are perfect a must to keep away the chill. However they are difficult to find in stores, and when I can find them they are always black or cream.

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I have attempted knitting myself a pair before but didn’t finish them because of how painfully slowly I knit. So glad I found the loom knitting now I can make myself piles of legwarmers lol. I used a small size loom, and weight if yarn.

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The cuff was worked on round needles with a knit 2 pearl 2. I haven’t figured out how to do anything fancy like that on a loom yet, but would love to. So if you know any good tutorials please leave a link to them in a comments.

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And keeping with things I have made in pairs (slippers mostly) one is slightly tighter at the cuff. I must have had too tight of tension for my cast off, I will blame the tense episode of Downton Abbey I was watching :)

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Slipper Socks

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So my yarn obsession continues. I had been using a borrowed loom from my friend and have since purchases some looms of my own. At the request of one of my boys I knitted up a pair of slippers for each of them. K even chose the yarn at the store, its vibrant and busy just like them. This is the tiny loom used, how cute ey? Thinking it could be used to make mittens for next winter too.

yarn For a pattern all I did was check out the amazing stuff on pinterest  and winged it. The socks are  just a tube with a space knit in for a heal. To do that you  knit on one side of the loom for a few rows, I did about 8 rows, that’s what it took to make my rainbow tube bend.

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I haven’t perfected this yet, the looms technique that is shown with on pinterset is always an adult sized round loom, so  it didn’t translate too well onto my little rectangle. I created an odd kinda hole that where the heal pocket should’ve joined nicely, I hand tacked it up at the end. Thinking of playing with it on a larger loom before I attempt another tiny socky.

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looks like he has grey feet, nope just socks under there lol

As always the boys were just thrilled with their little slipper socks ! Weirdly the fit is a bit short….honestly I sized them using their feet. Mr. Lemons says they must have grown in the 3 days it took to knit the slippers.  Possibly as K is eating everything in sight this week. Or possibly my heal hack job was part of it :)

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fits a bit better on bear toes