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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 ūüôā

 

 

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A Golden Pick-Axe

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A Golden Pick-Axe

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My little E is possibly more obsessed than his brother with mine craft. He plays “pretend MineCraft” on a daily basis assigning diamond armor and golden pick-axes to me as we walk threw our day. While I was sewing up K’s Creeper Shorts, E started telling me what he wanted on his. A golden pick-ax

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The pattern again is clean slate pants by blank slate patterns. For E’s shorts I used a straight up size 5 in width and length, sewn up with the front pocket option.¬†The size¬†fits him well. The material is from the stash again, its actually the accent material from K’s MindCraft shorts. The little square pattern works so well in this¬†theme. ¬†The applique material is jersey knit from the stash, its actually queen size jersey knit sheets I grabbed from Jysk on clearance.

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Jersey knit posses some¬†challenges when using it as an applique, its too bad I didn’t have any suitable fabric in anything other than this oober stretchy knit. ¬†(You can read my applique tips in the previous post here,) the biggest issue is usually warping of fabric, and jersey makes that trickier because it is so stretchy. To help with this I used fusible interfacing on the main brown fabric to make it ¬†hold its shape better. I added it before cutting out the ax, and in hind sight I should have for the light brown too, with all those tight snips. But at the time I was worried it would make the entire thing too bulky and thick.

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The whole thing ended up being bigger than first imagined, because the pick-ax is designed on an angle, in order to cut it all out and make it sew-able I had to increase the size. It was a tricky one too, and I’m a bit unsatisfied with it.

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I mean its totally recognizable and cute, but its a bit warped and sloppy looking. Part of he problem was that it is designed on the angle and I didn’t think about that until cutting out the light brown. I ¬†had to add a bit of¬†overlap¬† or end up with 9 light brown squares. The on the fly cutting did not turn out well ūüė¶ and the sewing together compounded it … so the middle is pretty warped.

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see it the flap is not over the zipper

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so i sort of fixed it

 

 

 

There is one other error on this project and its the zipper fly. This is only my second fly so I’m not too sure what happened. There is no real flap over the zipper. I must have mis-aligned something, even though I was following the tutorial I managed to goof. But hey its all apart of learning new stuff right !? ¬†I fixed it by messing with the waist a bit manipulating the fabric so that it had a bit of a pleat thing, that could sort of pass as a regular fly (couldn’t explain it if I tried)

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No one will notice that zipper anyway, everyone will be checking out the fabulous top stitching in golden thread 

And you all know what matters most ! That the boy will not take them off ! He is so excited and loves them so much.

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Minecrafting

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Minecrafting

Are your kids obsessed with Minecraft?

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So naturally when thinking of summer projects for them I wanted to theme everything around those blocky characters. I had a total blast doing it too. I used appliques and some painting on this project. I love the look of appliques so will give you a lot of tips in this post.

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I used the Clean Slate Pants pattern from Blank Slate, size 6 in width and 8 in length, as K is tall and slim.¬† I’ve used this pattern before and it has become a go-to for me with kid pants. It you haven’t ever used one of Melly’s patterns and are on the fence, jump off and grab one. Her instructions are great! I have reached new skills as a sewer by using them. And this is my first time doing a FLY !!! Her step by step instructions and photos made it easy !

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my first working zip fly yay!

The fabrics are all from the stash, and so old I can’t remember where from (yay me getting through the stash.) The blue cord has been used before on¬†capries for E, and the accent material was originally bought to make scrubs (never happened) but doesn’t it have the best little block pattern for minecraft themed projects ūüôā

The inspiration¬†for the pants came from a google search of minecraft¬†images, I knew I wanted¬†to applique¬†but wasn’t sure what¬†might work for¬†my oldest K. He is getting a bit more particular¬†in his tastes.¬†Then I ¬†found this little gem and it all took off . I loved the idea of him peeking through.

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The creation of the applique took a few steps. First was creating¬†the Creeper, I¬†masked off a checker type grid with some tape and randomly painted the squares. Once the first pass was dry, I did a second sloppy grid so the that it wasn’t a checkerboard pattern but really random looking like in the game. I used the 2 shades of green and the white mixing them together for more randomness. Yes I did get totally OCD on the Creeper lol.

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¬†Making the cut out was easier than you would think. Everything is so square it was just a matter of measuring out a grid pattern and cutting strait. I mapped it out on paper then simply used¬†the template as a guide to cut the pants. If you do something like this¬†I highly¬†recommend¬†double checking your design as you go.¬†Make sure¬†that its looking the way you want, because we all know you can’t uncut something.lemons are for lickingmccreep3

Now lets take a minute to talk about applique, it’s a¬†great quick way to make a garment totally custom.¬†The key to it looking awesome is¬†nice neat straight¬†lines and no warping or shifting of the cloth as you sew¬†it on. ¬†The tricky part is that if you have a major error your mucked up a mostly finished piece. So here are my tips…

  • try to match fabric as best you can in weight and type¬†–¬†this is not always possible but if you can it makes thing easier
  • woven non stretch¬†fabric is way easier than knits, you can still use knits and I do lots, just go slow and easy
  • speedy sewing will warp a knit applique
  • base/sew your applique¬†in place in stead of pinning, you can either rip out the stitches after or zig-zag right over them
  • OR use an iron on adhesive to hold your applique¬†in place –¬†great choice for thin rolly¬†knits
  • on your corners don’t do a traditional needle in fabric turn, take your needle right up and manually line up your fabric to get a crisp corner
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So for my creeper I based him in place, the green knit was quite heavy so slow and steady = no major warping. I also sewed all the way around my brick cut out. The two woven probably could have been done without any shifting or weirdness but why take the chance. I also have to show you all how close I came to running out of thread while working around the cut out.

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eeeks look at that thread !

At the request of K a¬†Enderman¬†was added as a back pocket.¬†I happen to also have purple cord scraps around to use for the eyes. You can see here the quick zig-zag used to hold the eyes in place. The pocket is actually attached like the appliques, because the black material is a really heavy knit sweatshirt material so ironing and folding the corners in would’ve created way too much bulk.

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When you put it all together it looks like this.

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With a Creeper creeping around in front¬†… and an Enderman on the back

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Some functional side pockets and a happy small man who will pause his video game for a quick a photo shoot !

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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 ūüėõ

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.

 

 

summer muscle tops

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One of my favorite things about sewing for my boys is making miss matched clothing. This time they have miss matched muscle henleys. I used the same main fabric (another knit that was on sale yay!) and changed up the accent fabrics.

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The pattern is Hipster Henley by Blank Slate Patterns. This is a great pattern, the step by step picture instructions simplified the placket making. This was my first ever placket ! ! I feel like such a grown up sewer doing a placket with buttons!

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The only modification on the pattern is that it has no sleeves. The arm holes are finished with ribbing, not only do I like the colourful look its easier than a hem ūüôā The bottom hem was left raw and rolls up nicely. I just love that knits don’t fray, I love not having to finish seams. –¬† I have a really great pair of kid shorts that I’m procrastinating finishing because its a fraying fabric that needs serging and ironing.

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Now if anyone looks closely the button holes are not the best. I had quite a time getting the button hole function on my machine to work. I have used it before with no issue, so I think it was because of the knit fabrics stretchiness. If you have a tip for this please let me know.

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The fabric is a light soft knit from fabricana, they had a knit sale so I grabbed all sorts of stuff just a bit ago. At $3 who can resist. K’s was finished first, and after each wash the fabric feels softer,¬† E’s shirt was finished last week just in time for some summer weather.¬†

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And I must say for on the fly photos (since that seems to be the only way they get taken these days) you can hardly tell it was all done on different days..

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….expect for this great dancing shot 8-P