Sunday, December 29, 2013

Recycle Shirts into Underwear!

Don't you love it when you have one of those light bulb moments!  So today I have been making underwear using Jalie 3242 (see my previous post...today).  Then I thought about the pile of  shirts that my daughter has outgrown; those soft comfy shirts that have been washed over and over and over.  Why not turn those into underwear?  You have to make sure though that whatever shirt you use, it has a good amount of stretch in BOTH directions, otherwise, your underwear is going to be too tight.

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Low-waist bikini


Below you'll see a pic of various shirts I pulled out to recycle, the bunny pj top being one of them.  That shirt was too small to use for a pair of underwear completely, so I cut out the applique and zigzagged it onto white fabric.  It was my daughter's idea to cut the bottom scalloped edge of the shirt off to use as a trim on top of the underwear--love that idea!  Even though the "hop bunny applique" was stretchy too, it did compromise a little of the stretch.  I'm still in the learning curve with these undies, but I'm enjoying experimenting.  I'm really focusing on budgeting costs with sewing, so I am continuing to look around through the piles of clothes that get tossed to the side once outgrown.  There has got to be other uses that I haven't thought of yet! LOL


I really want to experiment with little scrappy fabrics on undies that are small enough to not compromise stretch but make it fun to wear.


It feels so good to recycle and get more mileage out of clothing.

thanks for stopping by ~ Shirley

Jalie 3242 Underwear


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Bikini Low-Waist
Size 127 (K)


How does one photograph underwear for your blog?  I pinned it to this room divider thing we have.  Not the best photograph, but this pattern definitely deserves blogging about!  I have made the boys briefs using this pattern, and those are fantastic with an excellent fit.  One of my girls asked me a while ago to try making her a pair as well.  Since I forgot to buy some this weekend when we were at the store, I felt now would be as good a time as any to try it out.  She loves them!  This obviously takes so little fabric that you can make several very cheaply.  This took maybe 30 minutes from cutting out to finishing...if that.  They are really fun and easy to make.  So much so that I will try this pattern out for myself eventually.

For the waist, I purchased elastic from Sew Sassy Fabrics.  
For the legs, I used 1/4" braided elastic.

I finished sewing my son's wool coat!  I am now waiting on the toggle buttons to come in the mail.  After I attach them, I will be posting pictures of it.  I'm so excited and happy with the results.  It took me several hours, but I am hooked on making coats now.  

Thanks for stopping by ~ Shirley



Friday, December 13, 2013

Ottobre 3-Piece Outfit

Ottobre 1/2009
#30 Tintti sleeveless jersey top Size 134
#31 Tellervo jersey tunic Size 134
#33 Minna miniskirt Size 128 cut at length 170 with 1" hem



This is a great outfit!  I had a lot of fun sewing these pieces up this week.  Elasticized shirring is actually pretty easy.  Instructions are included in the 1/09 issue.



This outfit is really perfect for school.  I tend to be old-fashioned with their skirt lengths.  I like them a little on the long side, which is easy to accomplish with Ottobre patterns.  I just cut the size width and trace it out to the longest length.  You can always cut away an inch if need be.


I used a crinkle jersey knit for the sleeveless top, a jersey knit for the long sleeved t-shirt, and a twill for the skirt.  Twill is kind of stiff, but my girls said they like a skirt made from it.  I did a lot of hand stitching on the sleeveless top.  I didn't want my stitches to show along the straps.  


I got my shirring to match up perfectly on the side seam!  Love this top!  

These photos were taken this afternoon after school, so the outfit was kind of wrinkled.  In the morning it is too dark for pictures.


I like this skirt pattern.  It is very basic with simple pockets and invisible zipper at the back center seam with a button closure on the waistband.  It doesn't even take a whole half yard, so it's cost effective and you can have several as part of your wardrobe.

I'm still waiting for my son's coat fabric to arrive in the mail, and I had planned on making me something, but I couldn't resist sewing up this outfit!  My daughter already wants this outfit in another color, and my other daughter has put in a request for an outfit for herself.  My sewing que is bursting at the seams!

thanks for stopping by ~ Shirley

Saturday, December 7, 2013

Querida with a Puppy!

I finished another coat!  Here is the Farbenmix Querida with an appliqued puppy for my other daughter.  She loves anything to do with puppies, so her applique suits her.



I used an anti pill fleece fabric, lined with flannel, and Warm & White cotton batting in between.  This coat is so cozy, soft, and warm!


Nice and long to help keep her legs warm.  I kept the arms long as well.  It helps when they forget to wear their gloves.  


You can't have a puppy without puppy paws!


Puppy and paws are made from felt.  This time I had to use a darker felt as a background.  The felt I chose for the puppy matched the coat fabric perfectly and blended in completely!  


Now on to making a wool coat for my son!

Thanks for stopping by ~ Shirley