Ewok Encounters

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Have you seen the new Star Wars movie? We took the kids over the holidays and they just loved it. In preparation we re-watched episode IV, V, VI with them. This caused an obbsession for lil’ E with Ewoks. He started talking like one, made his own spear out of a wrapping paper tube. His imagination was locked on to Ewoks.

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So for the first time in a while I got really inspired to sew. I’ve made themed hoodies before check them out here and here, but it has been such a long time I didn’t have a pattern that would fit my big now 5-year-old boy. So I modified a Blank Slate Cardigan pattern. I can never say enough good stuff about these patterns. They really are a wonderful place to start any project.

Talking to E about what he wanted, helped me figure out what changes to make to the size 5 cardigan pattern. He wanted it to be more like a shift not with a zipper down the front. So I brought up the v neckline to a regular one, using the back pattern piece as a bit of a rough guide (the back necklines are always higher you know) and cut on the fold instead of cutting 2 pieces.

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He also chose the fabric, a nice warm soft grey fleece, and brown jersey knit for the hood. I did do some convincing to have a light brown inside to the hood, and I’m glad he agreed the lighter colour looks nice next to his lil’ face.

The hood was self drafted off his winter coat, and was the part that took the longest. I wanted to create that hood pulled over your cute bear head look, and the effect turned out really cool. To do this I left the bottom edges of the outside layer of the hood long and rough, I didn’t even worry if it was even or matched up well at the bottom, because it would just be trimmed off later. The idea was you can always cut off more but you can’t cut any on :-D Then when attaching the hood to the sweater; instead of sewing it on together all nice I only sewed the inside layer of the hood to the neckline of the sweater, this left the outside long and created that signature hood of the Star Wars Ewok tribe.

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Personally I think the front under his chin could be trimmed up a bit more but E says no! he likes it as is :) Also this hood design made it so I could place the ears nicely. I had E try on the sweater and adjusted the ears, they are sewn only to the outside layer, all the rough edges are between the 2 layers so it dosn’t bug him.

I’m sure you can tell by his smiley face that he is happy about his new Ewok shirt, he has been wearing it for 3 days solid. And yesterday asked when I would be making the pants ….to cute!

 

Aside

Well Helloo Blog,

I have once again been neglecting you.

The summer came and I was all inspired post KCW. I got a few things cut out for myself, that are happily sitting on my sewing table.

And ya know what happened….I went camping and then I spent time playeing in my new garden….oh and then we got a canoe and fishing rods….we have 3 more mini vacations planed with the kids and family out in the woods.

So my half done projects remain half done.

sigh

howerver the kids summer of full of woodland adventures

and my summer is full of fresh carrots and tomatoes

The projects will all be there in september when the house is emptty of sandy shoes and wet bathing suits. I may even get around to sweeping the floor🙂

Blog Neglect

Batman shorts

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The final project from KCW is some shorts for lil’ E, they are basically the same pattern I drafted for the racer shorts except they are sewn up as a regular pair of shorts. Admittingly they turned out a wee bit long, but E has been hungry every 12 minutes for about a week now so I’m sure there is a growth spurt on the way.
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The fabric was gifted to me years ago, I totally forgot about it. The print is just perfect for E as he love love loves Batman!! (he still wears the Batman shirt we freezer stenciled 2 yrs ago on a weekly basis.) Its a interlock knit so fantastic to work with and extra comfortable for the active boy.

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I did my favorite waistband on them, using a ribbed knit and draw string. If you look in my sewing frenzy the holes for the drawstring were put in the back of the waist lol. I’ll be replacing the string with elastic to correct that, it will make it easier for dressing with elastic anyway. The bottom hem has a bias taped finish. For the pocket I used the same purple ribbing, trimmed in bias tape to stabilize the stretchiness.

 

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This is the last post of what was sewn up for KCW, both boys got a new shirt and new shorts, pretty good for just 1 hour a day at the machine. I do want to try to continue the dedication to sewing. I want to hit the machine for an hour a week over the summer. Not sure if it will happen but I’m going to try🙂

 

 

Racer Shorts

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Racer Shorts

Yes this is another KCW post🙂

One of the projects was racer shorts for Mr. K. the inspiration comes from Made, and Dana’s tutorial on new school takes on racer shorts form the 70’s. I had planned to whip up more than 1 pair of these….however one pair with this material was quite enough!

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The material was a nightmare ! I picked it up in a discount bin, its a athlenctic type knit. Its such a shame really that it is a grumpy material to work with, because its a bright happy blue, really light weight and so it will be comfortable to wear  Its the kind of knit that just skips stitches like crazy,

I stated with a zig-zag…no luck…and then went to my stretch stitches, well my thread kept breaking ! So I switched over to the  serger. It was still a pain😦   the overlock part was fine, but the main seam needle thread kept breaking. Ugg !

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 The saving grace on them was the bias tape that makes them a racer short. It totally stabilized the fabric so its the one part of the project that wasn’t at all frustrating. The detail it adds is nice, Mr. K got to choose the colour. And bonus not hemming😀  I’m already looking at the fabric stash and trying to decide what to make into more bias tape so that I can make more racer shorts.

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I will mention and let you all see the horror of the waistband, and what I tried there. E has a pair of swim trunks that have a boxer like waist with 3 seams all gathered. I attempted it even though I knew the fabric was horrid to sew (stubborn when I get a design idea i guess.) It looks pretty ruff !

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Good news is they stay up on his trim waistline and he has been wearing them all week.

PS: just realized I forgot to say the pattern is self drafted from a pair of his shorts

Mis-Matched Reglans

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Mis-Matched Reglans

I didn’t make time to blog about the projects I managed to finish during KCW, so I’ll try my best to roll them out quickly now that we have reached day 7. Starting with…….

Mis-Matched Reglan T’s

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Some of you might be saying “what is mis-matching?” Its what I call it when you make outfits that go together but don’t totally match, by changing up the trim like here or having a theme fabric like these ones here and here. I absolutely love doing it and think it looks so cute ! (I will even admit it makes me smile when folding their laundry – weird I know.)

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Following the KCW theme of travel, I pulled some jersey knit from the stash that has little cars on it. The accent fabric is up-cycled T’s, so I was able to utilize a few existing hems.

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The pattern is Field Trip Cargo Pants and Reglan Shirt from Oliver and S. It was in size 18m-4T, so I did have to adjust it to fit my now larger boys (and realized how long I’ve been doing this sewing thing). The adjustments where easy ones just a 1\4 inch on the fold of the shirt pieces, and adding length to the bottom.

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I had some major frustration with the neckline on the red shirt. The cute car fabric has minimal stretch for a knit, so even though the pattern piece had been adjusted for the added width, I didn’t compensate for the difference in stretch that ribbing would have had. I ripped the neckline out twice trying to get it to strech around evenly, then tried re-cutting a new piece. When that didn’t work I gave up on perfect. I ripped out a few inches the third time and cut the neckband to add what was needed. So there are 2 seams in the neckband and one of them is on the side not the back. Oh well embrace imperfection and move on because the boy wearing clearly loves it !

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The sleeve length turned out good, I was going for a 3\4 but am happy with how they look on the boys sitting just at elbow length.lemons are for licking

The best feature according to E is the pockets and what he can hold in them.

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They had so much fun taking these photos. I usually have to bribe them and struggle. I guess it helps that they were aloud to climb all over their sisters truck😛

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Mr.K was full of ideas and came up with the Run DMC style pose🙂 and lil’ E was all about what he could put in his pocket. There are so many cute photos from my usually camera shy boys I might just do a photo- shoot post.

PS: yes those are also new shorts from KCW more posts coming on those soon, and you can check out all the fun of KCW by clicking the button below
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KCW Update

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I got off to a great start this session  of Kids Cloths Week, and ran out of steam a bit as the week rolled on. I did sew for an hour each day except for Thursday.

I have not had time to photograph the boys in thier new shirts yet or do a propper post. So that means you all will have some posts with photos to look forward to🙂 I also haven’t updated my project page on the KCW page, or had a chance to look at what everyone else is doing.
So to be  realistic, there is no way I will finish  all that I set out to sew. Sitting down for an hour a day has made me think that I might want to dedicate  a few hours a week to sewing for the rest of the summer.

Hmmm ….lets say 2 days a week for a minimum  of an hour. Bet I could breeze threw my fabric stash and finally buy more (weeeee fabric spree!!) Totally  do-able goal, and I can build the kids summer and fall wardrobe  as well as my own.

KCW day 2

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Just a quick update. I managed to get my pair if mis-matched shirts finished today. It took much more than a simple hour, there was lots of fussing with the neckband on the red one. It was too small, see I had to adjust the size of the pattern for my boys (they have grown out if the Oliver and S field trip pattern I have) and I didn’t estimate the neckband well.
There was much seam ripping and re- cutting and Frankensteining today in my little sewing corner. But it got done yay!

How Does My Garden Grow

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Before I get all wrapped up in KCW I figured I should do a quick update on the garden.

It is beautiful

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All the planting is based on square foot gardening. Which is a high density planting plan that is supposed to reduce weeds and yield good crops. In the left bed we planted pumpkins, squash, and zucchini  at the back; peas, Beans, carrots, beats, and lettuce in the front of the first bed. The second bed is full of tomatoes, and they are just massive; more lettuce, swiss chard, beats and onions. There are also some bell peppers in there and space left open for more planting. The plan is to plant more carrots and beats lettuce, that way we can have a continuous harvest throughout the summer and fall, instead of 50 carrots maturing at the same time.

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We’ve been able to eat a few things from the garden for about a month now. mainly lettuce and swiss chard.

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We over crowded the spring mix lettuce so that we could eat the baby leaves as we thinned it, Our first harvest looked like this and we added it to our store bought salad.

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now we are harvesting whole heads of romaine😀 the boys are accually tired of hearing me spouting off things like, “Have more salad its from our garden, this is the food you planted” I get a “I know Mom” back lol

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The tomatoes have been the thriving, my Dad gave me some pointers on pruning them so that the plant would put all its energy into the fruit. And I just love the smell of tomato vines !

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We have also been able to nibble on our blueberries already when we’re in the back.

The last photo I want to show you amazes me, I had planted a few carrots last year  in a container, and forgot about them. They froze over winter. And then they surprisingly started growing again this spring. Well now they are flowering ! I have never seen a carrot flower.

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