Friday, December 21, 2012

Cowl-neck T-shirt with matching pants

Well, I decided to make one more quick outfit before my children were on Christmas vacation.  Here is a cowl-neck t-shirt I made using Ottobre's 301 Creative Design pattern.  I found a cowl-neck tutorial here by "Off the Cuff Sewing Style."  Oh my gosh...this was so easy to do!  I scooped out the neck of the t-shirt pattern.  I cut the cowl neck 18" (the neckline measurement) x 8" (the depth of the collar) using my rotary cutter.  


I can't remember where I bought this knit because it was a while ago.  No one really cared for the color.  However, when I was making the camel-colored funky pant by Crafty Mamas, I then realized this knit would be a perfect match!


This is my last sewing project for a week or so.  Partly because of Christmas, more because it is forced upon me--my washing machine broke today!  I am unable to prewash my fabrics.

Sadly, my attempt at making Ottobre's Jolie dress jumper didn't work well for me.  I got stuck after putting in the invisible zipper.  The next step and the following step just didn't compute.  I tried anyway and ended up with a big frustrating mess.  So, if anyone is successful at making it, please share with me how to proceed after the zipper.  It was turning out so nice.  I should have made it in a muslin first...sigh.  So, this outfit was born out of my failed attempt at the dress jumper.  I had to make something to restore my level of confidence. hahaha

Thanks for stopping by~Shirley

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Have a Merry Christmas!

I just wanted to wish everyone a Merry Christmas.  My sewing has slowed a little in preparation for the holiday.  I am really looking forward to Christmas break with my children and husband.  I cherish the time we all get to spend together, all under one roof. Being a military family, you never know if you will spend the holiday together or not.  This year we do. :)

My next project to be is a dress jumper for one of my girls.  I'm using the "Jolie" velveteen pinafore dress pattern in the Ottobre 6/2009 issue.  I'm trying to make it identical to the photo.  I'll also be making a matching long sleeve shirt to wear beneath.  If I can't find a brown scarf to match, I may try to make that as well!

Until my next posting, have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Sincerely,
Shirley


Friday, December 14, 2012

Blogger Award



I got Blogger Award today from Claire at SA Curve!  Claire, you put a huge smile on my face.  I just love Claire's blog.  She is such a talented seamstress!  Now it is my turn to share some of my favorite bloggers with you!

My nominees are Claire at SA Curve for starters.  I just had to bounce this right back to you Claire because I am always looking forward to your newest creation, which has led to me adding patterns to my wish list.  You have brought my sewing up a notch with your neckband tutorial (check it out on Claire's site), as well as having your 3/8 inch seam allowance ruler.  Having that little tool makes adding seam allowances a breeze to my Ottobre patterns...and fun too!

Another favorite of mine is 21 Wale.  You totally saved me with your cargo pocket tutorial the other day.  I just love seeing what you make for yourself as well as your children.

Justine at Sew Country Chick is one of the first blogs I ever followed.  She is so talented. I don't think there is anything that Justine couldn't put together and she does it with such flair and style!

Liza Jane Sews is a blog you want to head over to right now if you are making or going to be making maternity clothes!  Liza, I really enjoy your blog and seeing what you are making.

Amy Stebbins is a blog I discovered through linking parties.  She is very talented and made one of the most gorgeous coats ever.  Her creations make her look like she just walked out of a fashion magazine. :)

Suzie at No Moa not only sews fantastically, but her fabric choices are spot on.  AND she even embroiders cute little things on her creations.

Thank you SA Curve for nominating me!!

 7 things about me:

1.  I am a stay-at-home mom who sews for myself and 3 children.  I hope to get up the nerve to make my husband a shirt one day--yikes!
2.  I am a Science Fiction movie/show lover.  I even went to a few Star Trek conventions...my first one in L.A. nearly 30 years ago.  SG1 is my all-time favorite SyFy series.
3.  I overcame my fear of water and learned to waterski and wakeboard.
4.  I love to go fishing but don't like to bait my own hook.
5.  I like red wine.
6.  I absolutely love being a mother and a wife.
7.  I graduated from a medical transcription course and got my RMT.  However, I loved the course much better than the actual work, so my dreams of being an MT were short lived.  I discovered I would much rather be sewing. :)

1.  Thank the person who nominated you.
2.  Add The One Lovely Blog Award/The Very Inspiring Blogger Award to your post.
3.  Share 7 things about yourself.
4.  Pass the award on to 10 nominees (or a few less if you are short on time).
5.  Include this set of rules.
6.  Inform your nominees by posting a comment on their blog.


Ottobre Creative Workshop 303

This morning I finished my holiday t-shirt using Ottobre's Creative Workshop 303.  I used the "U-Neck" option.  There are 3 neckline options; O neck, V neck, or U neck.  I really like the fit.  I think it's a great length too, although next time I may add an inch.  
This is a size 38.


I used the same jersey knit fabric for the neckband that I used for the sleeves.  When preparing my neckband, I always zigzag my long edges together before attaching it to the shirt itself.  If I skip this step, sometimes I miss catching both edges.  

I lined up the deer using my back pattern piece instead of the front.  I wish I had noticed this before I cut it out.  When I lined up my front piece to match where I had cut out my back, it was then that I noticed my deer were going to be too high on the front.  So, a couple of the deer have their antlers missing.  I got the layout right for my girls.  It just goes to show you that you have to pay attention every time you lay out your fabric!  ha ha  

Thanks for stopping by!  ~Shirley

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Ottobre Creative Workshop 301 T-Shirt

Look at this cute fabric!!  I love this Fair Isle fabric knit that I purchased from Girl Charlee fabrics.  It is absolutely perfect for this time of year.  I made this shirt using Ottobre's Creative Workshop 301 pattern for the first time.  I am a huge fan of Ottobre, and I really like the simplicity of this pattern.  It is definitely a good one to have on hand for a basic t-shirt to pair up with anything and everything.



When I saw this fabric, I immediately knew I wanted to use a solid color for the sleeves and neckband.


I made a pair of "Crafty Mamas Funky Pants" to go with her new shirt.  The pants are made from a medium weight knit also purchased from Girl Charlee; the colors match perfectly!


My daughter said, "oh my gosh!!  I just love this outfit!"  

Thanks for stopping by~Shirley


Monday, December 3, 2012

Jalie 2918 (Boys/Mens T-Shirt)

I am very pleased with the Jalie 2918 t-shirt pattern for boys and men.  This pattern ranges in size from 2 to 22--wouldn't it be nice if every company did this?  Can you imagine only having to buy one pattern and being able to use it as your children grow into adult hood?  Yes, I am one of those mothers who hopes that my children will still want me to sew for them even when they have children of their own.  I told my son that if he ever decides that he doesn't want me to make his clothes, and this is okay, to just let me know.  His response..."Never!"  


One thing I really like about this t-shirt pattern is there is an actual pattern piece for the neckband.  Cut it out, sew it on, and it is a PERFECT fit.  That is enough in itself for me to return to this pattern time and time again.


He is wearing this shirt with his Ottobre Hi-hat pants I made; see them here.  This is the shirt I had planned for these pants.



If you have ever wondered about how a double sleeve is sewn, you sew up the side seam on both sleeves and then put them together, baste the edges, and then sew them as one piece to the shirt part of the fabric.  I always wondered that myself, so I thought I would pass that along.  It is super easy.  The downside to a double sleeve is FOUR sleeves to hem for one shirt--ha ha ha.  That's okay.  Even that is pretty quick with my coverstitch machine.  


I love this fabric!  Both fabrics were purchased from Girl Charlee fabrics.  They are my go-to-place for knits.  Rarely do I buy a knit fabric anywhere else now.  I am extremely happy with their quality and selection and price!  

Thanks for stopping by~