Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Monkeysbug Sweet Sailor Ruffle Shorts

Monkeysbug (Kate) has some gorgeous patterns for sale on Etsy, this one is no exception.

Unfortunately, no modelled shot to show you though. While J could fit into the larger sizse of these short, there was not enough chocolate in the world to convince him that this was a good idea just so I could take some photos. 


Over the past weeks I've been reading a few suggestions about basting tape and fabric glue for basting. This reminded me that I had a can of basting spray which was excellent for holding the pocket in place while sewing. Something to remember for the future especially with tricky/fiddly pieces.


Here's the review:

Pattern Description: Girls' elastic-waisted short with side ruffles and back pocket.

Pattern Sizing: Various sizes are available on the pdf pattern. I made a size 3 and a size 2 (for presents)

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Yes. Although I left the patterns off as I felt they weren't really needed on the fabric. 

Were the instructions easy to follow?
Good instructions and photos. Had no problems with sewing them.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? I like that they are shorts but with a feminine touch.

Fabric used: Cotton fabric from my stash. Ruffles made from fabric recently purchased to make a hat and quilt for my son but instead ended up on these shorts. Cotton fabric from a friend's stash for the pockets.

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: A few ladies on the sewing facebook page I follow have made the pieces of fabric longer so there can be more ruffles. I think that is a great idea and I'll be doing this next time.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
Yes and yes. It was easy enough for beginners to sew and I think they look very cute. Great for contrasting fabric.

Conclusion: Highly recommended pattern

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Oliver & S Sketchbook shorts

Now when your husband tells you that your little boy has no "nice" shorts to wear (that is, he just play shorts in his wardrobe), you know it is time to dedicate some sewing to your oldest boy.

For me though, the jury is still out on these shorts.


Firstly, I was a bit peeved that there were a number of errors / omissions in the pattern, basic stuff like seam allowances. Not one, but two errors (I can't remember the other one). These errors are listed on the Oliver & S website so please go look there before you trace off this pattern.


Secondly, I was peeved when I cut out the shorts and forgot to add the seam allowance that was missed off the pattern so I would have to compensate for this when sewing.

Please excuse the dirty marks as the photo as taken after the shorts were given a serious workout.  

Thirdly, I discovered that the fabric had a small hole in it on the front AFTER I cut it out. This I could get around and why there is a cute parachute guy on the front. I made the applique and sewed on the parachute lines using silver thread.

Looks like I need to cut a few threads and resew some of the lines.
My review

Pattern Description: Boys' elastic-waisted shorts with faux fly.

Pattern Sizing: sizes 5-12 were in this envelope. I made a size six but in hindsight should have made a size 5 for a better fit.  

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Yes

Were the instructions easy to follow? Good instructions and illustrations. Had no problems with sewing them. 

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? I didn't like the E&O on a pattern. This is not a cheap pattern and I was disappointed that there were basic things missing (like a seam allowance). Easy to fix - if you remember! I think the waistband should be slightly wider so I'll add this in next time if I make these again. 

Fabric Used: Cord and printed drill purchased from Spotlight in 2011.

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: I used a contrast for the pocket inserts. I also did a full elastic waist as it looked a bit big on my skinny soon-to-be six year old. 

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? I'm not sure if I'll sew these again.If I did I think I'd make them in a crisper fabric like a linen, denim or drill. I also like a version I saw with a ribbing and drawstring waist.

Conclusion: Buy this pattern for the shirt and not the shorts. 

Saturday, November 3, 2012

Hotshot for Josh

Perfect for the budding chippie! 


I was a little bit busy with the knitting needles over winter and finished off a cute little size one Hotshot vest as a present for the latest addition to the neighbourhood.  He was born five weeks early, so it will take him a bit longer than expected to fit into it, but I do like to knit ahead so they can grow into it rather than outgrow it too quickly!

Featuring my own embroidery design

And in case you didn't guess, his Daddy works in the building industry so I embroidered my own design (a hammer and saw) onto the front. In hindsight I wish that I have left more space between the two but I was too far down the track of the embroidery before coming to this conclusion. I also confess that I made a mistake with front neck but I hope that it isn't too obvious.


The yarn is 100pure wool which I haven't knitted with before and I found it nice and soft on the fingers.  It is a great price but the downside is that is not Aussie wool.

Hard to believe that there are now 12 boys aged between two weeks and six years in our immediate street.  We keep saying that there must be something in the water!   

Yarn: 100pure wool (colour: Gentle Knight)
Pattern: Hotshot by The Little Rascals