Sunday, January 30, 2011

Kid's clothing sewing swap - get out your sunnies!

It's that time again, and sewers were keen so we kicked off another Kid's clothing sewing swap in the sewing forum that I frequent. For those who are new to this concept, it involves sewing an outfit for another sewer's child. For me it is a chance to sew something different (perhaps a girl's outfit?) and to try to be a bit more creative than usual.
Like last year, I'm sewing two outfits and have started on one of them. It is rather bright, but Kaiden and Jordan love it so I hope that is a good indication. Here's a little look at the fabrics I've chosen.

Sunday, January 9, 2011

Bowling Shirt

Another item which I started last year but didn't finish until the other day - a bowling shirt. The style does remind me a bit of Charlie Sheen on Two and a Half Men.

It is getting harder and harder to get a 'nice' photo of Kaiden. Why do little boys insist on such a silly grin?

This pattern comes with options for different colour blocks and opportunities for machine embroidery and I may be more adventurous to give this a try next time now I have sewn it once. It is quite a roomy shirt but it does mention in the instructions that you can use a size smaller for a more tailored fit. And the pattern also includes different lengths so it is easy to lengthen if need be. For the first time though, it is a cotton print selected by Kaiden on a visit to Spotlight. Who could resist a special request for fabric?

Fabric: Spotlight, selected by Kaiden
Pattern: Bowling shirt by the Scientific Seamstress

Saturday, January 8, 2011

Little Lizard Vest

Technically finished last year, but recorded as the first for 2011, a vest from a yet-to-be-released Little Lizard Vest pattern modeled by now fully walking/running/chasing over his big brother, Jordan.

This was my first 'test' sewing which meant that I was supplied the pattern to sew and supply feedback to the designer. There were a couple of suggestions I made to improve the pattern.

The vest fully reversible with denim on one side with bleach features (made by sewing small darts and then rubbing with a small amount of bleach) and a small applique car. The other fabric has a car print. It was the first time I have ever made covered buttons which is hard to believe. Apart from being a bit fiddly and the denim too thick, they are a great idea especially for boys as it is hard to find nice boy buttons.


Car fabric: Sewco
Denim fabric: Gardams
Pattern: Little Lizard Reversible Vest