Wednesday, October 16, 2013

MADE Kid Shorts

Getting back into my sewing vibe, I fashioned these Kid Shorts by Made with the front pocket version with full elastic.

K loves them although there was a bit of a grumble about the pockets being on the front when he had in fact asked for back pockets. This is despite of prior confirmation of front pockets!  He gets in those kind of moods.

They are a perfect fit for his size, being size 7. Normally I make a size 6 but I wanted the extra length. To give you an idea, he turns 7 in December. I topstitched in yellow. 

I love that this pattern goes up to size 10. Most of the pdf patterns only go to size 6 or so. There are a number of variations to this basic pattern (racer shorts, flat front, back pockets) with full instructions on the Made website.

The fabric is retro drill from Spotlight. I will be interested to see how long the colour lasts or fades over time. The fabric itself seems nice and sturdy. I had lovely customer service from the gent behind the counter who cut it for me. We had a long conversation about the lack of prints in stock for boys. There is one thing for sure though, K will stand out in the crowd! I think is it a perfect print for his age and the pockets break up the other print. 

Love, love, love them. I'll include a modelled shot in an upcoming post.

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Sunday, October 13, 2013

Back from retreat

I'm just back from my first craft retreat in five years.....I had forgotten how relaxing it is to immerse oneself in a hobby WITHOUT a single interruption except for food and chat. Being with a bunch of women there was also no toilet roll running out and the toilet seat was always down.  When I woke up I felt like I had been in a deep sleep for hours, thinking it was mid-morning when it was 7am, and delighted in being able to eat without a child on my lap and the bed totally and absolutely all to myself. All meals were cooked for me and there was no washing up.  Ahhhhh bliss. 

The good thing about the retreat was that it was open to any form of crafter. There was a mixture of scrapbookers, knitters, a sewist, crocheters and card makers. A friend of mine from school invited me when she found out I was a scrapbooker of the past so I dug out my supplies and made a few special purchases (like ink and washi tape).  I have found that I love ink and I love washi tape even more. Scrapbookers will notice that my layouts feature alot of the older Basic Grey and Kaiser Craft. Like I said, five years since my last retreat and about four years since I last scrapbooked.

Being that I hadn't scrapped in such a long time, I enjoyed playing around again with paper and glue. It  has been a long time. Here are the end efforts of my weekend.  Apologies for the poor photos but this is just a quick show and tell. 

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PS: I do feel like I have somehow betrayed my sewing machine but I'm sure all will be quickly forgiven.