Thursday, June 29, 2017

Figgy's Strikes Again - the Zephyr Romper!

I do NOT know how I haven't made more of these!!!  I love this Zephyr Romper by Figgy's and wish I'd made Camden one for each of the past two years.  She has only ever had one of them, and I loved it to pieces!  
OMG!!!  May of 2013!!
Well....okay.  I DO know why I don't make them more IS a bit fiddly, though not difficult, really.  And I have been putting it off in favor of quicker things to sew...especially since Tiberius arrived in our lives, aha!

The pattern is awesome, and it's another that is best to assembly line sew, in my opinion!  As with last time, I also made two dress versions, yet to be blogged (as in, I finished them last night, in the midst of having a cold, LOL).  I used a fun fabric I bought way back when I purchased the fabric for the first I'd made.

One of the fiddly bits is in making the braided straps, BUT....I made them simpler this time by NOT sewing tubes out of my knit fabric strips...I left them raw.  Smart move, I KNOW!!!  I also did NOT cut them on the bias, as I found the top dragged a bit last time I made this.  As for the button loops, I'm just plain silly and SHOULD have made tubes, but I thought I was a GENIUS and had another plan...that then involved me hand-sewing the tubes shut.....not good times, but whatever.

Also, not photographed is a defect:  I didn't realize until after I'd sewn the WHOLE OUTFIT that I didn't manage to get the end of one of the button loops caught under the original seam, so, it's dangerously exposed and could probably fall out at some point.  I could try to fix it - but maybe later, aha!  I do wish, though, I'd looked at pattern photos, as I wouldn't have moved the buttons so far over.  Another strike against me, as I did that on the dress versions last night, too.

The cuff pieces are a bit of work, but I used the knit on the outside, attached a knit interfacing, then lined the cuffs with shot cotton.  I also hand-stitched those into place after I knotted them.

Lastly, I totally took GENIUS to the next level by just not reading the pattern at all.  I attached the bodice to the shorts and completely forgot about that whole elastic casing, there was a bit of SERGED seam un-picking.....oops.

Overall, love it!!!  Just bummed about the button loop situation - and thinking it won't fit for long.  I sewed the size based on her chest measurement, but it's a bit snug getting on, so, I'm sure the same'll go with the dress versions I made.  Last time I made all of these, she got a LOT Of use out of them, so, I must have sewn based on age last time or something.  Such is life!

Days in the life.....

Best spot to read, really!

It's That Time Again! Figgy's Banyan Shorts and Tees!

When she tells me it's hard to NOT stick her tongue between her teeth when she smiles
The Banyan Shorts and Shirt outfit by Figgy's is one of those simples pleasures sorts of deals!  The shorts are NOT a quick sew, if one were to put zipper/fly installations into the "not super fast" category, but I love them, and while I'm not always super pleased with the job I've done, I think they are cute from the OUTside, aha!

The shorts went together fairly well, and I made sure to work again from stash, as I basically had to!  I used the same corduroy I used here, and thanks again to Brianne of the Cookies 'n Bees blog for that gift!  I used a fun extra button I had lying around, courtesy of the time I made the Sunnyside sweater.  For the fly facing and waistband facing, I used a bit from the Daphne Knickers I just made, too!

When I make this outfit, I like to make two tees - killing the birds and stones and making it more versatile/colorful!  I actually used the brightly colored stripes another time I made this, too (pictured in this blog post), but I had enough, so, I gave it another go!  As always, I do not hem the shirt or sleeves.....keepin' it real, y'all.  As it was, the serger was making me insane.  It preferred sewing with the bright stripes, in general, but when I attached the neckband, it was hating life, and it then preferred the pink stripes, LOL.  Also, I don't know that I'll ever get a perfect neckband, but whatever.  I'll move on with my day ;)

This pattern is honestly pretty easy - the only thing I changed, I think, was to make the waistband longer on both sides, because I think there was an error on the length of one side, so, I just made both longer, aha!  I sewed up the size 8/9, and it fits pretty!!!  Camden is not that old!  :O  So crazy, aha!

As always, days in the life....

The state of things

I go many moons between cuts...felt much better here!

High Desert Museum Time

A Simple Project - Daphne Knickers

I don't know why I haven't completed more pairs of the Daphne Knickers by Violette Field Threads, as it really IS a great, simple pattern!  One can doll it up with the ruffles, but I kept things simple by leaving them out (read:  laaaaaaazy/ain't nobody got time).  The first pair, I made a MILLION years ago here.

Anyway, f'real, there are technically three pattern pieces, I think, so, they sew up insanely fast, if you leave out the ruffles.  The only thing that DOES slow a person down is the binding at the cuffs.  That can get a bit fiddle, as it's a small area, and I had to fix the first one after my first try.  I'm sure there was much cussing at the sewing machine (side note:  as a kid, I firstly NEVER cussed...and secondly, we didn't use that term in northern Michigan; we said "swearing"....anyone else??!).

I had originally purchased this fabric for an All Spice Dress by Paisley Roots, but I knew I NEEDED it for the capris when I was looking through my stash, so, I'll need something else for the All Spice (first time I made it here)!  I just love me some cute florals - also, this fabric is a RARE Joann Fabrics purchase.  :O  Speaking OF, I do plan to make a Paisley Roots Saffron soon, as that is, hands-down, one of Camden's favorite dresses EVER (also, I SWEAR I blogged the first version, but I can't find the post).

Anywho.....short enough post for a simple enough project!!!

Days in the life of....
It is rare Matt gets to hang out at Shevlin with us!

Photo time for this year's Mary Poppins
   Blast-Ended Skrewt, LOLOL
It is rough waking up in the morning....

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Thank Goodness for Last Year's Scirocco

Late to the game...but also ahead of the game??

That's how we'll view the project,  Honestly, y'all, I have been so awful about sewing.  It makes me feel horrible inside, and I know it shouldn't, but because I'm pretty stubborn about making the kids' clothing, they haven't had anything new in a while.  I mean, I DO buy Tiberius t-shirts, and I buy Camden camisoles (sorry, dudes...Target has my money where the camis are concerned....but could they make RED, please?!!!!), leggings and some plain or striped tees.  Other than that, though, when I see cute sweaters or fun dresses, etc., I can't be bothered, nor do I have money to spend on the types of things I like, anyway, aha!  I truly just like to be able to make their clothes.

Problem numero uno, though:  I haven't been sewing all that much.  I last truly made Camden clothing in December, and I am still light years behind on sewing ANYTHING for Tiberius, other than his pajamas.  I took a mini knitting break recently, too, as that was sucking up all crafting time, and I think my brain was slowly dying, as a result.  That break is sort of over, but I had pumped out four to six sweaters in a three-month span, and I think I needed to chill.  I am working on socks now, and I'd like to work on Matt's Quadri hat.  Maybe I'll cast that on next week.

I am getting back into the sewing room, though, in that I've started a quilting class at Modern Domestic (yes, my favorite place on Earth!).  I'm taking a class with Meredith.  She is a great instructor, and I always have fun when working with her.  I also convinced Matt's mom to take the class, and I think she is having a good time, as well, as she'd been really looking forward to working with Meredith for quite a while.  We are working on the quilt, Quicker by the Dozen, and I actually have a bunch of homework to finish today, for tomorrow's class.  There are two classes left, and all that'll be left is quilting and binding - yay!

Clearly, quilting is NOT garment sewing, but I'd like to finish the quilt and then crank out a few outfits for the kids for summer weather.  But speaking OF, I'm already ahead, as mentioned above ;)

I actually purchased this fabric for myself a few years back, and naturally, I saw it in my stash and thought it'd be super pretty for a Scirocco for Camden, aha!  I always have a good time making the dress.  As fancy as it looks, it's straight-forward and easy.  One can sew a regular hem on all the skirt ruffles and lining, or one could use a rolled hem.  I went with a regular hem this time around, and on the bodice, I used a wee bit of lace, given to me by a friend.

When I first finished it last year, I felt it was too big for Camden, especially in the elastic band in the back.  I told her for months and months that I needed to bring in the elastic, but laziness won out, and I never did until just a couple weeks ago.  I hope, then, that it'll fit nicely through the whole summer so she gets enough wear out of it :O  I believe I made the size 7/8.  She always loves this dress pattern, so, I can't wait to make the next....after sewing all sorts of OTHER patterns (I actually have two blouses to blog about, too, as soon as I finish the coordinating pants).  And of course, trying it on her NOW, it seems it'll be too small before I know it!  How does this happen?!

\And then....other nonsense we've been up to!!!
These three....giggles, fighting...and weirdness!!
I made a mean strawberry rhubarb muffin with this haul from great grandpa's!

Our first date night in quite a while!

The nighttime photos kill me, aha!
All smiles before he decides he is NOT a fan of these quesadillas
Matt's mom working away on her Quicker by the Dozen
Don't worry - I want to make the one on the wall, too!