Friday, January 29, 2016

Alpine shorts by Terra's Treasures

Like I mentioned in a previous post, I can't resist a boys' sewing pattern with a point of difference. 

Let me introduce the Alpine shorts by Terra's TreasuresHere is the pattern description: 
The Alpine Trousers are a structured well fitting pant. They feature a flat front with elastic back waistband, side and back pockets and optional faux fly. Also comes in Shorts length. 

The main fabric is from my stash, a drill originally from Spotlight, with the contrast fabric from a previous project scraps. This fabric was gifted to me by a friend quite a few years ago (yes I keep fabric for a while, including scraps).

The shorts were an easy sew. Mr K's verdict are that these are comfy. My only tip is to check the pattern and instructions before sewing the faux fly version. These are the flat front version in size 10 (Mr K is aged nine and these have some room to grow).  

Saturday, January 23, 2016

Lazy Days Hat

23 January 2016 
Nearly five years later, and another Lazy Days Hat. This time for Mr J.  This is in the large size and Mr J is six.

10 February 2011

A Make it Perfect Lazy Days bucket hat to build up the hat stash. A easy sew, a bit fiddly to get the edges to match but nothing that I couldn't conquer. Great for using up some left-overs, and Kaiden was very impressed that it matched his jacket.


Looking at this photos - where has my baby gone? This is a little boy and one who is nearly ready to go to school!

Fabric: From Sewco, left over from jacket
Pattern: Make it perfect Size Medium

Pattern review here.

A Mother's Heart - first finished knit of 2016

This may be the first finished knit of 2016, but that was just because I had to wait for buttons to arrive. I wasn't really that quick in getting a project off the needles.

This is a cowl using the pattern "A Mother's Heart" by Kate Eades using Colour Adventures wool. I love this wool, it is lovely to knit with, but oh so expensive now our dollar has dropped. I ordered it a couple of years ago through a Ravelry co-op.

The features I like about this cowl are that it has buttons, so I didn't need to knit a large number of stitches in the round. You can leave it unbuttoned and wear as a scarf, or button up and wear as a long cowl, or doubled over. You can also triple it for your child to wear. It was an easy knit and I will definitely knit it again.

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

It's an endless summer...endless summer bucket shorts

I am always on the lookout for something a little bit different in boys ' clothing, and I couldn't help myself when I saw the Endless Summer Bucket Shorts by RabbitRabbit.

Described as, "Featuring contrast side panels and waistband; large projected pockets and a slim, yet comfortable fit and professional top to toe construction, these long line shorts will be perfect for Summer adventures."

The Endless Summer Bucket Shorts are designed for light to medium weight woven fabrics and feature twin topstitching.

I used poplin donated to my stash by a friend, together with leftover cotton drill from other projects. As mentioned by the designer, this is the perfect pattern to showcase coordinating fabrics.

The fit for my nine-year old (made size nine) was pretty good. Instructions were clear, although these shorts do take slightly longer than other designs to make because of the curved pockets and top stitching.  Somehow I haven't made the leap to twin needles and I instead do twin topstitching by doing two separate lots of stitching. This, of course, makes it a longer than really necessary project!

Mr K liked the shorts and while he doesn't use the pockets for collecting stones and sticks (yet), they do have a practical element. The shorts come in up to size 12, which means plenty of sizing for my boys and make the pattern a good investment. I can definitely see another pair of these in our future!

Sunday, January 3, 2016

The first for 2016 - Banyan Tee Shirt

My first project for 2016 is a Banyan Tee Shirt using the pattern by Figgy's. It is described as a 'relaxed fit tee'.

Figgy's have a small pdf pattern range for children, mostly girls. Here is the pattern company blurb from their website:

Figgy's is a creation stemmed from love, passion & dedication. What started with the idea of a sewing company and one single pattern became the acclaimed Patterns by Figgy's and transformed yet again into the company that it was always meant to be; Figgy's. We create simple to make patterns with modern style and contemporary taste that won't be out of style in a season or two. Alongside those attributes you will find well written instructions, professional illustrations & the security of knowing that each of our patterns has been tested by professional and non-professional sewists. There is an African proverb that states "It takes a village to raise a child" and at Figgy's it is no different. Here is who works and lives in our village.

I cut the Banyan pattern out earlier in the year in the maximum size (8 -9 years). The fabric was purchased in a mixed lot of boy stretch fabrics directly from Korea. It was through a Facebook group, and I removed later removed myself from the group to prevent future temptation :). 

Six months later...the tee shirt is sewn up and the verdict is in. At the time of cutting, Mr K gave it his thumbs up but now it is is thumbs down, ' people will laugh at me Mum'.   

Fortunately, Mr J does love the fabric so the tee is now his. He especially loves the pocket.

It was a simple sew, although because I don't sew tees often and the neckband fabric didn't have enough stretch to fit the neckline so I had to unpick and recut. In the end I don't like how the neckline has turned out as I think the fussing and unpicking stretched the fabric. When I look at other finished versions, the neckline also doesn't lie flat so perhaps this is the relaxed look?

Would I recommend buying the pattern? The pattern is OK. Tees aren't my favourite item to sew so for me, I wouldn't get value for money from $10 for this pattern (I won this pattern through a blog giveaway).

My thoughts on sizing. The sizing runs on the small side. I would add length to all sizes. 

The fabric is cute and was easy to sew and being 100% cotton it should be nice to wear. The fit is a bit large for Mr J but he loves it and it will get wear, even if it is around the house. The neckline isn't sitting properly in the photo and I only had one chance for a photo so this is it.....