Apr 29, 2012

KCWC Last Day! - Spotty Velour Vest

I naively cut out the "Selleri" Velour Vest from Ottobre 1/2010 last night so it would be ready for sewing this morning and then read the instructions.  Oh boy, talk about confusing.  I've never had this problem before with their patterns, but then again this is the very first fully lined and possibly reversible (if I bought a double sided zip) pattern I have ever made.  It kind of worked.  Lining the armholes were the real challenge in the end.

After all the pain I found it a pretty good pattern and wished it came in sizes larger than the 92cm one I made.  I'm not sure I would make it in velour again as it really needs to be lined - but maybe with sweatshirting and with binding at the bottom instead of elastic.

I've made it with spotted cotton velour and blue striped jersey both from Spotlight.

Sorry there's not photo with my sick smurf wearing it.  He's having a nap :)

Apr 26, 2012

Reverse Smurf Pants

What's the easiest thing to sew during the nap time of a toddler?  Knit pants of course!  These are the usual "Nunnu" pants from Ottobre 1/2009 I like to make.  I think they're great - and super simple when all done on the overlocker using my Faux Cuff tutorial.  The fabric is a stretchy cotton fabric whose type I cannot remember.  Loopy on the inside and knit on the outside - very stretchy and soft.  The blue reminded me of Smurfs.  Being a bit rushed for time I didn't trace the next size pattern and just made the one I had a little bigger all round.  Bit of a mistake as the crotch area is now a little wide (should have left that part alone).

Giant square crotch
The faux cuff
My reverse Smurf
My little still sick smurf is wearing them to bed tonight.  I won't be sewing tomorrow as I'll be busy helping out the grade ones with their reading, maybe I'll sneak in a little cutting at night for weekend sewing as night sewing in my little house wakes up the sleeping ones.

Apr 25, 2012

KCWC 2012 Day 3

Okay, I missed days one and two.  I have an excuse - my little one has tonsillitis and croup.  I knew as soon as I finished my last blog post about all the things I wanted to make this week that one of the kids would get sick and I wouldn't get much sewing done.  After two days of only cuddles I've been sewing like a madwoman playing catch-up and now have some things to show - thank goodness for a public holiday and obliging husband.

First up, "Taku" pants from Ottobre  Design 1/2009, made with Khaki Cotton Ribstop from Spotlight.  Lots of pockets for Matchbox cars (there's two more on the back) I probably should have made them a little more narrow on the legs and added a faux fly for decoration.

Next up, Burda 9672 View A, made with Owl Print Sweatshirting from Spotlight.

Now I only had a remnant of this fabric, so it was sadly not enough for a hood which would have been cuter.  And because it was all that was left in store I wanted to make the largest size that could fit on the remnant.  It is therefore way too big!  Oh well, he'll fit into it in a couple of winters time.

What's next are you wondering?  No idea, probably something quick and easy until the little one is better.  I'm avoiding the convoluted lined velour vest pattern for the moment.

On even more exciting news - I have completed my zig zag quilt top.  All done Sunday night before the sewing challenge started.

Three quarters of the quilt top is showing

It's a big quilt and I have no idea how I'm going to quilt it.  At least I don't have to worry about it till next week.  Time to do a little cutting!

Apr 20, 2012

Getting excited about KCWC 2012

I've had a great old time digging through my fabric "collection" looking for just the right things for the Kids Clothes Week Challenge Spring 2012 next week.  I'll obviously be doing an autumn/winter challenge not spring, although the weather has been more like summer here this week.  The whole internet sewing challenge is quite new to me and I have no idea how I'll go.  I have grand ambitions though and I'm hoping with a public holiday mid next week I'll get a chance to do more than I thought.

I've got few pieces of fabric that I don't want to cut just yet (of course) so I'm going to use up a bit of babyish fabric while my little one is still a baby (if only in my eyes).  Some spotty cotton velour from Spotlight for a sleeveless hoodie vest, lined with striped cotton jersey.  A warm zip up jacket like these, made with the owl sweatshirting (I'm hoping to squeeze in a large size as it's only a 70cm remnant also from Spotlight).  And maybe a couple of pairs of matchy-matchy pants from the cotton ribstop in khaki.

I should give most of these a prewash hey?
So it's going to be all boys clothes here next week, and I'm sure there will be some stuff ups (especially with that velour).  I should get my overlocker ready!

Apr 11, 2012

Rude looking things from my garden

Lots of little stinkers have been popping up around my garden lately making my garden pong!  This apparently is a Stinkhorn (a fungus that smells like dog poo that attracts flies which spread fungal spores).  Lovely, especially when they're near the front gate.  The spores arrived in a load of tea tree mulch that has rotted down beautifully.  My eldest and I think they're quite funny and he took one to school a few weeks ago for show and tell.  Everyone was amazed apparently.

In other, nicer smelling parts of my garden, I have some sugar snap peas grown from seed.  I could eat them just like that.

Lovely baby limes.  Tahitian limes are so prolific.

And flapjack succulents turning red.

In my last post I wondered if I should go to the 40% off sale at Spotlight.  Well, I did, along with what looked like half of Brisbane.  It's so good to see so many people being busy with their hands (um crafting!).  It did make for a very long queue though.  I did control myself and came away with some quilting fat quarters and couple of 1 metre pieces.  I also bought 5 meters of bottle green tracksuiting for many more years of school winter jackets, but that doesn't count because it's practical.

I also found this nifty thing on my way out in amongst some mugs and bowls, fortunately left there by a indecisive or impatient person.

It's a lazy susan cutting mat (or my husband would call it a spinning mary).  Fiskars officially call it a rotating mat.  I call it fantastic!  I've already trimmed a quarter of my half triangle blocks.  Best $10 ever.

Apr 8, 2012

A daunting task and some buns

I've been procrastinating.  This pile of 396 half triangles waiting to be trimmed exactly to size have been waiting.  Niggling at me to finish.  I hate this part, and I know if I don't do it the finished product will look crap and I will always regret it.  So I'm going to take a break from it.  Or do it slowly over many, many days.  It's school holidays and I really should spend more time with the boys.

I did take them for a little outing to Redcliffe during the week, for a run on the beach and some fish and chips.  I could not leave without stopping in to JJ's Discount Fabrics with their $6 a metre quilting fabrics.  I left with these half metres.

I don't have any girls but I couldn't help myself and bought these two girly prints.  Love those sheep.

Unfortunately my eldest also came home with a temperature and has been sick ever since.  We even went to the doctor's this morning.  Just a virus apparently.  But with sickness comes early morning wakeups around here.  All the better for some Easter morning baking I say.  I couldn't resist some Easter Buns (I leave out the chocolate).  We make these all year round (without the cross) they are too good straight from the oven with a cup of tea.  I even had them for dinner, with a cup of tea.

Proving in the dawn light

Now, I wonder if I should go to the 40% off fabric sale at Spotlight tomorrow or just organise my fabric stash and save some money?  I guess I shouldn't take a sick kid to Spotlight....

I hope you all had a wonderfully delicious Easter!