McCall’s 6224 PJ pants for nephew

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? Super easy to whip up in 30 minutes or less. The fit is true to the RTW child sizes. Since I am sewing as a gift and don’t have access to any children for fitting, it’s quite a feat for me to figure out correct sizes. PJs with elastic waist are great because if you err on the side of being too big you can say “I sewed these too big on purpose so the kids can grow into them”.

Fabric Used:Cotton flannel in frog/camo print

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: I added some length to the 6 to make it closer to a 7.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? I’ve sewn this twice already, previously with the matching top in sweatshirt fabric.

Conclusion: My new go-to day-before sewing gift, I’m going to stock up my stash with cute cotton flannels.

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One Yard Challenge

Another PR challenge for me. Thanks to Fabric Mart’s free 10 (15?) yard bundle with a $75 purchase, I have some fun 1 yard remnant pieces to play with. For some logic-defying reason, remnants free me to try to new patterns and get creative in a way that I don’t with carefully selected expensive fabrics. I think it is the nervousness of screwing up whatever idea I have planned for the expensive fabric.

The One Yard Challenge

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The Easter Jumpsuit: Burda 01-2012-145

Here’s the PR review, with photos of older niece.  I couldn’t get the younger niece to pose for a photo in her pink gingham version, and I forgot to take construction photos.

Pattern Description: One piece jumpsuit for girls, shown in magazine as an astronaut costume

Pattern Sizing: 104-128 cm, I made a 110 cm which is roughly a child’s size 4

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Yes, it looked like the line drawing. The photo is of a costume, so it takes some imagination to translate an astronaut into an Easter jumpsuit.

Were the instructions easy to follow? Instructions? I rarely sew pants, and then only with elastic waist, so getting the zipper in just above the crotch took me a few tries.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? I prefer Burda patterns to the big 4 because I find the drafting to be more accurate; once I figured out the crotch and zipper fit this was equally well drafted.

Fabric Used: Purple and white gingham cotton from Piedmont Fabrics in Oakland, CA. (I made a pink and white version for the other niece, alas, no photo). And, drumroll, pattern only requires 7/8 yard.

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: I didn’t cuff the shorts and used ribbon for the waist tie.  I will probably cuff the shorts if I make again, I was worried they would be too short with a cuff but appear to have plenty of length on a real-live child.  I serged all seams except the front seam where the zipper ran.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? My niece really liked it, so I am considering making another in floral cotton or corduroy.

Conclusion: A well received gift. I like using the Burda children’s patterns to sew for nieces and nephews because I can use magazines I already own and it is a nice use of remnants or 1 yard pieces.

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Vintage Sewing Contest

Vintage Contest I entered the vintage sewing contest on PR last month – my first sewing contest. Having a deadline was helpful for productivity and I enjoyed the camaraderie and seeing everyone else’s projects.

What worked:  The pattern pieces were drafted better than most of the modern Big 4 patterns.  It was also appreciated that the pattern was pre-cut.

What didn’t:  While cute on the envelope, the cut doesn’t really suit me, the dress hangs straight down from the neck, and the collar is higher than in the photo.  The muslin fit better than the final project, which is in a mohair sweater knit I had in the stash.  The mohair is from Discount Fabrics in SF bought in late 2010, in hopes of recreating some of the Fall 2010 DVF looks.  Mohair tends to bother my skin, and I must not have realized when purchasing the fabric.  A belt cinches the waist for an acceptable look, but so glad I didn’t use the expensive D&G fabric I was considering.

Technique:  I serged all seams, and used a straight stitch to put in the pleats.  I used lace hem tape for the sleeves and hem, then blind stitched by hand.

If I were to make this again I would use a woven.  The pattern (vintage 18) is also too big, and scaling down was inconvenient.  I thought vintage pattern sizes ran much bigger, but apparently I am closer to a vintage 14 or 16, which seems odd because I am around 12 RTW.  I’m having such difficultly lately figuring out my size in Big 4 patterns, thank goodness for Burda magazine.

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Rex’s birthday bed

One year old!

Faux fur ($27/yd) left over from a Burning Man costume for ex bf … dog bed seemed an appropriate usage.  Stuffed with memory foam pieces from a bean bag, and I sewed an interior case for the memory foam.

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Rex’s first Halloween costume

Introducing the new iPhone 4S … Pattern is Simplicity 9520 (I think).  I stayed up late the night before painting apps.

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Ta-Da Coat (Burda 11/2010 #147)

I made a coat for my niece for Christmas.  Actually,  two coats.

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Pet Beds for Christmas

I couldn’t get Lexi to face the camera.

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Grocery Totes

Holiday sewing  -  and of course the requisite “test versions” for myself.

Sleigh with presents and family photos courtesy of my mother.

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a sewing mess

Long story, but I’m between housing places and schlepped all four sewing machines plus most of my stash to my parents for my holiday sew-cation.

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