Sunday, November 19, 2017

Fleece mittens and Hats for the 5s

The ones they had from LL Bean they've really outgrown. I found very similar patterns online and there is enough fleece left over from pajamas that I didn't have to buy any.

The hat is super straight forward. It's a free pattern from Crafty Gemini. There's a video showing how to do it. The only thing is that the child's size seems pretty snug for my two. I would recommend people just go ahead and make the adult size.

The mittens are from here based on this. Great pattern only trying to resize - one of my pictures wasn't the same size as the others so I had to sort of hand draw. Here, too, the inside piece should be smaller than the outside to not bunch. They are probably too small for him. I haven't made hers yet but I'll make them bigger for sure - but not longer. These are pretty long.


Here's another pattern that is super hyped. People absolutely love it. I did a sew along this past week and sewed a few pair. It's just not awesome for me, but it's ok.

They were using fancy clips in the picture. I broke out the binder clips.

This pair for Ms5 is so nice and she likes them but won't wear them because they're too plain :(

This is a pair for Mr.5. The blue fabric is just somehow thinner and a lot more curly than the others. He doesn't use the flap so I think I'll just omit for future pairs.

This is the same pair with bad lighting. The point is that I had to repair a spot I cut into when I was trying to trim the seam allowance :(

This is sort of my second pair. The first was out of a cotton jersey and they didn't really work because there was no vertical stretch. This fabric was from the discount bin at GStreet and I have no idea what it is. It might be modal spandex or rayon spandex. They're soft but there's too much leg band at the bottom, too low leg holes in the front, and not enough low coverage in the back. If I win one of their contests I might try the bunzies but otherwise I'll probably try to adjust these by holding the pattern up to some off the shelf.

Birthday gifts for Baba

These are standard patterns from the internet. I didn't follow the instructions to make the lining pieces smaller and it shows. Also, I ran the stiff interfacing only up to the seam allowance and I should have gone farther. All in all, not too bad. The fabric is from G street's $4.97/yard bin, with 25% and then with $10 off the order.

Ninja pants

I found another fabric store and among other things, got some discounted active wear fabric. I wanted to make either pegs for pirates or the Ninja pants from 5 out of 4. There are lots of guides but still - figured ninjas had less negative ease.
Well..  meh. They slide down and are slightly see through.
So apparently I need a full seat adjustment. And bigger thighs and smaller waistband. I'm wondering if I could add a gusset up the side or if I have to throw away. 

Sunday, September 3, 2017

Jalie 2908 Jeans

It took a lot longer to figure out what I wanted to do with these than the sewing itself actually took. So much advice from all over the internet but it turned out that these are actually fairly close as the pattern was written. One thing that's really nice about Jalie patterns is that they go from children's sizes all the way up to my size. Still, based on advice I left an inch seam allowance all around and I ended up using most of it most places. In fact I still need to add quite a bit more on to the height of the back and fix various wrinkles but overall they're definitely wearable.

I first tested the pattern on some pants for Ms.5 out of ponte:

The fabric is an as inexpensive as possible stretch black denim from Joann's. It's very stretchy so I wonder if the jeans will relax a lot. 
I pinned them at the seam lines and tried them on wrong side out. Ouch - does every one else get full of holes and scratches when they do this. I finally sewed them and tried them on wrong side out. There is still not enough room in the back. I need to read up on how to get rid of the wrinkles and still have enough room.

The calf was sitting funny so I sewed the front at the original seam line but the back all the way out to the edge:

I'm glad they have a wide waistband. When I tried them on, I realized that I needed more to try to keep the back up (since I had no plan to undo yet again and re-cut the yoke). I ended up doing a 3 stitch zigzag to sew 1.5" elastic to the inside. I sewed it stretched ~10%.

I don't have a serger, so all the seams are zigzagged, but I worry that won't be enough. This really wants to unravel. The top stitching is a triple stitch with a regular charcoal colored all purpose thread. The back pocket - I saw something like it online. It is basically couched (?) crochet cotton. I do hope the white cotton does soak up the black dye from the fabric. 

The button and the elastic came from Walmart. I'm not sure how well either will hold up, but they're good for now. 

They're done:

Sunday, July 23, 2017

More on my Simplicity 1916.

In a previous post I posted that I had finished this and some of the changes that I've made to the pattern. In this post show a little more detail on what changes I made, show some pictures of it on me that my daughter took, and link to some of the advice I followed.

Pattern review has 44 reviews of this pattern so there's a lot of advice to follow. Some of the most helpful was from MsKnitSew.
But her full bust adjustment seemed too much for knits that could stretch and that also have the overlap. it was more like what you would do on a woven fabric. Instead I follow these instructions from Maria Denmark for changes that weren't too great. What's so helpful about her advice is it talks about going from the high bust and then only adding on the difference between what a b cup would be and what you need.
I used Cashmerette's full bicep adjustment. I had never even heard of this kind of adjustment--I just thought you would add on to the sides-- until I ran across it on somebody else's pattern review but I'm glad I tried it. As I said I needed about 2 inches and then I even made the seam a narrower seam allowance. I made the adjustment and then put the sleeve cap back on. It still for nicely into the sleeve.

You can see in the picture that I'm not wearing very smooth pants but still I probably could use more sway back adjustment. I forgot to mention that I did grade to a 24 at the hip I probably could have even gone farther in the middle of the back.

Also could have taken in a little bit at the back middle of the shoulders at the back of the neck. I don't know if it got stretched out in sewing or if it's just too much fabric back there but there's kind of a little bubble back there by the back of my nape of my neck.
After all this I can see why people spend a lot more money to get fancy patterns that are specifically made for people my shape. The big for one needed so much that I practically made a new pattern out of it. But now I can reuse it without a lot of extra work.

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Knit blouse for me

This is a Simplicity 1916 pattern.
I'm so spoiled by making stuff for the children that pretty much I can make the size on the package and it fits perfectly well.  for me, it's much different. even though it should be my size it required lots of changes.

I need to edit this to come back and add all the links but I saw a bunch of pattern reviews and made those changes first. First I added more than an inch to the overlapping sides on the top for more modesty. Next I lengthened the top almost an inch and a half based on other suggestions.

I did a simple full bust adjustment and that didn't take into account lengthening so I lengthen the top a little too - about half an inch. Then I did a full bicep adjustment. I couldn't believe that the top that was supposed to be a size 18 or so supposed to fit after doing the full bust adjustment had a sleeve circumference more than two inches less than a shirt that fits me well.
Well after all these changes I didn't really have enough fabric. I think the arms might be cut upside down but it doesn't feel like there's a lot of nap and the image seems to be symmetric. Also the point is incompletely pointy on the end of the overlapping top pieces. I was sure I would have to do something different with the armhole but that actually works just fine because of the way I did the full bicep adjustment.

The fabric is super soft and thin and very nice it's probably a rayon actually instead of a cotton. It would have been much easier in a thicker less stretchy fabric. It should be very comfortable to wear though. I'll have to post a picture of it on I wonder if I should have done more swayback type adjustment.