Wednesday, 14 March 2018

Music Class Blouse

I really am trying to sew through some of my long stashed fabrics this year, and when A chose the purple Japanese lawn for her friend's skirt, I asked her if she'd like a little blouse made out of the rest of it. I got the nod, and I was off...

Please forgive the wrinkles, I do own an iron, but this had been worn all day and was about to go in the wash and so I snapped a few pictures first.

The pattern is the Music Class Blouse by Oliver + S, truly one of the cutest girl's shirt patterns. There are lovely little pintucks under the yoke front and back, and a really sweet one piece Peter Pan collar.

Ready for a flashback?

The last time I made the short sleeved version of the blouse, it was also in a Japanese lawn from Spotlight, and A had just mastered her "death stare". You might like to look away from the computer screen if you're feeling vulnerable, it can be quite affronting...


Just for laughs, let's hang around in the past for a bit longer... I made the long sleeved view B version in flannel first, back in the winter of 2012. She would have been about 15 months old...

and then the following year, another winter long sleeved flannel version...

Can you guess I'm a big fan of the pattern? The way the long sleeve placket is done is very simple and is a great introduction to a sleeve placket finish, but if you wanted a proper tower placket then that's now a free tutorial on the Oliver + S website. It would be super easy to mix and match elements of this shirt with the more classic Buttoned-Up Button Down shirt.

And since she has suddenly decided it's cool to wear shirts I might get to update the flannel winter wardrobe again this year. - She has been wearing this old shirt of P's along with her jeggings and rocking a very 90's grunge vibe lately. A new flannel shirt might just be the thing!

Also, throwing out a special Happy Birthday callout to the Oliver + S pattern company who have just turned 10 years old. As you can see, I've been using their patterns over and over for many years and I'm an unabashed disciple of the Oliver + S way. This pattern is no longer available in paper format, but they're having a monster sale of their paper patterns at the moment so check them out, and throw this one in your digital download box as it's a ripper!

Pattern: Music Class Blouse and Skirt by Oliver + S, view A
Size: Straight size 7 - should have added a little body length for that long torso
Fabric: Japanese lawn from Spotlight, long time tashed

Saturday, 10 March 2018

Babies are such cute little diversions....

....and other people's babies are always so perfectly behaved and cute.

I finally got around to visiting an especially handsome and charming (he slept throughout my whole visit which I found very endearing!) little guy born to a sewing friend. Of course I had to sew him some sweet, teensy clothes, cause that is always a great diversion.

This new little friend has just turned three months, so I reached for my Oliver + S Lullaby Layette pattern which I had previously traced off in the 3-6 month size in all views. Thanks past me, you rock!

The tummy and butt room in that bodysuit makes me smile! It's so perfectly "blob" shaped. :)

I had exactly enough of this Japanese cotton leftover to make a long sleeved bodysuit. The fabric originally came from L'Uccello and was used for P's kitchen apron and oven mitts. I'm really digging using up those remnants that I'd kept and then having nothing but tiny scraps going into the bin.

The print is incredibly cute with all these tiny cartoon animals.

For the pants and jacket I thought I'd plan for Melbourne's winter and bust out something warm and snuggly. Some of that marvelous cotton fleece knit fit the bill perfectly. (Maille merveilleuse from Mamzelle Fourmi)

This was the first time I've sewn the pants from the layette set and they're great. I hope the waist band can get over a cloth nappied backside.

When P was this small he had a pair of ready to wear pants that were this style with all fleece tracksuit style material around the back and then denim front panels with all the tiny faux pockets and topstitching of jeans. I always wanted to recreate them but the pattern didn't exist back then. It would be a great way to make baby jeans that are stretchy and comfy - which normal jeans kind of aren't. In fact I'd quite like some fake tracksuit/jeans too!

Yeah I know, babies don't need pockets, but heck, look how cute they are!

For the jacket I used the same cotton maille knit and some navy polar fleece (also used for the waistband and pockets on the pants).

I had some cotton for bias binding that nicely matched the blue of the bodysuit and then figured if I went with more of the beige snaps rather than navy ones, It might all look a bit more "curated".

Ha! I'm curating baby wardrobes out of my stash fabrics now! We've  moved far beyond the point of needing an intervention. :)

Still, I pop my head up out of my rabbithole of sewing madness every now and then and go visit people. We drink coffee, chat, coo over a sleepy baby and suddenly the last minute to midnight sewing of bias binding the night before makes perfect sense!

Pattern: Lullaby Layette from Oliver + S
Size: 3-6 months
Fabrics: All stash - and then the fabulous woman who produced this gorgeous baby restocked me with a big pile of divine fabrics she had been planning to give away at the Melbourne Restash event, but then realised they would suit me perfectly and set them aside!

Wednesday, 7 March 2018

All Day (everyday) Shirt

Up to number three, here comes another All Day Shirt with short sleeves for Flipper.

I wrote a little blog post for Oliver + S about that most simple of alterations - shortening sleeves. But it needs to be said that simple as it is, I still cut the first double gauze version without remembering to flare the seam allowance of the sleeve. So we can all do with some reminders sometimes, right. Here's the blog post: Oliver + S: Long Sleeves to Short Sleeves

Oddly, it looks like the sleeves are slightly longer on this shirt compared to the first two. But they're not. I cut at the same point on the pattern and I did the same 1&1/2" hem. While Flipper wasn't complaining, I'd decided that the TRON shirt was fractionally too short, so this one is bout 3/4" longer in the body. That meant that the cutting line for the straight hem was the height of the side seam, so I just folded up the curved shirt tail portion and cut straight across. Then left 1&1/4" open side vents at the bottom of each side seam.

The fabric needs to be mentioned, right?! All along I'd been searching for a tropical print with a dark background that wasn't completely floral but wasn't like a surfboards and campervan quilting cotton either.

I found this Rifle Paper Co. Cotton & Steel fabric at Brave Fabrics and with a nod from the bloke it was game on.

I mucked up the pattern matching across the front placket this time (after thinking it through for ages then miscalculating the overlap). But how about that chest pocket?

The only way to put something in your pocket is to behead the birdie!  Bwahahaha.

The fabric is a quilting cotton, so I'm not going to rave on about its fabric-y qualities, but you know, it's not bad. He's worn it a few times and it's softening up nicely. It certainly has a better hand than the basic quilting cottons I've seen at the big chain stores.

I'd wondered about which colour buttons I'd need, not imagining for a moment I'd have anything that worked. Then these little pale blue ones jumped out of my button stash at me, and dang if they weren't perfect!

Three short sleeved shirts. He can't complain can he?! And since he doesn't grow, I figure that should do me sewing for him for about three years!

Pattern: All Day Shirt by Liesl + Co
Size: L
Fabric: Paradise Garden Midnight by Rifle Paper Co for Cotton & Steel 
Modifications: Straight hem with side vents and short sleeves
Notions: Buttons from my stash via Buttonmania backroom sale

Saturday, 3 March 2018

More stretch! - Jalie LILLIE 3464 leotards

When A's birthday was coming up and I wasn't sure my retro dress wouldn't go down like a lead balloon, I also thought to make her some new leotards.

This time I tried a new pattern, using Jalie 3464. I made size K and added 1" of torso length. I love that the Jalie swimsuit and leotard patterns have a body measurement that is a loop between the legs and over one shoulder. That way it's easy to work out if your taller than average kid is all legs or all trunk. This one has a long torso for her size.

I bought this glittering purple velour lycra when she first joined the gymnastics club as it's their club colours and was very similar to that year's official leotard. I've now learned that they change the leotard (but not the colour) each year and so I'm doubly glad I'm not paying their full price for the club leotards.

Of course as soon as this one had its first wash, all those larger stick on sequins came off! I suspect they may be mostly adhered to Flipper's cycling kit as we tend to wash all the lycra in one load. He might complain that his bike looks old and tired, but he'll have the blingiest cycling knicks in the bunch!! :)

The second version, which was meant to be a surprise, but she spotted it in the cutting pile, was the same pattern in the long sleeved view.

All of these fabrics came from GJ's. The blue was one of their remnant strips and was only just enough for the front and back panels. This wasn't my original colour blocking plan but when I could exactly use up the leftover orange lycra from last years swimsuits and this remnant of metallic blue stuff it just had to be done this way.

She wore this one for her birthday party at the gymnastics club and while we didn't get any official modelled shots (without other people's kids in the frame), there are a few of her in her natural element - upside down and blurry!

I've had a break from stretch sewing over the last few weeks and have a few regular clothing items still to share, but now, it's time to sew stretch again and get into the second round of swimwear sewathon....