Monday, October 29, 2012

variations on a theme

This may look awfully familiar.  

How do I escape before it's too late?

Same animal fabric.  Same blue piping.  

That's a huge rat right in the middle of his back.  It's bigger than the zebra WTF?!

Actually it's new blue piping.  I used every last inch of piping I made for the Luka hoodie whereas I used hardly any on these PJs.  Had I read through the pattern first I would have realized that I only needed a little bit.

Who is that dork in the animal PJs?  Oh wait...

He's checking himself out in the mirror before making dinner.  The mirror that's still leaned against the wall in the hallway even though it's been 3 months since we moved.  Yeah, that mirror. 

My little chef

These are the Goodnight Sweetheart PJs from Sewing for Boys.  The fabric is the same thrifted top sheet I used for the last Sewing for Boys sew a long I participated in, back in August.  Much like my last project, these are essentially elephant pajamas.  I'm starting to feel quite monotonous over here.

  I cut out the 4/5 size (ahem, 3 weeks ago) and it is without a doubt way too big.  If I go through with my dastardly plan of making the family matching PJs for Christmas I'll definitely have to trace the smaller size for him. 

Help me!
Of course this is what most of our photo shoot looked like.  I had to bribe him with an ice cream sandwich just to get him in the PJs.  Please don't repeat that, though.

This is where he wonders if it was worth it

Since I have so much piping left over as well as a bit more fabric I'm hopeful they may someday come together to make a backpack.  Then he can wear his PJs, jacket, and backpack all at the same time and I can die happy.  Wait, shoes.  He'll need shoes to match.

Maybe someday I'll succeed in coaxing him back into these and getting better pictures.  I really wanted to see how they looked, though, and opportunity is not a lengthy visitor so I snapped these awful late night photos.  Who knows, maybe someday I won't have to bribe him to wear them?

Friday, October 26, 2012

elephant pajamas

Honestly there's just nothing like a pair of quick PJ pants to make you feel productive.

The pattern is (of course) from Sewing for Boys.  I used the 2/3 size since that's what I already had traced.  However, since I planned to hem them I added some length.  Waaay too much as you can see.  Oh well.  I could always re hem them but I'm not sure when that's likely to happen.

As you can see he's still wearing them just fine.  If the extra length bugs him I just roll them up.  I got this awesome wild animal print at the thrift for a song and there's enough left for....  ah decisions, decisions.  I could make a matching top, perhaps.

He didn't want to try them on at first but I showed him that they have zoo animals on them and he went for it.  Actually I had to bribe him with a cookie as well, but now he wears them without a fight.  He even picks them out sometimes!

Here's a better shot of the print: giraffes, elephants, fish, whales.  He likes to point to the animals and say what they are.  Which, as far as I'm concerned, makes them the most educational pants I've ever sewn ;-)

And of course, how he got in my pajamas I'll never know!

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Glam girl

I took a few different aspects of a couple of different patterns and added some of my own ideas and voila!

A little baby dress with contrast Peter Pan collar and ruffle.  I'm pretty happy with how it turned out.  It might just be the nicest thing I've made to date (in it's own way).  I'm just super impressed with how the ruffle turned out.

How cute are those little feet stickin' out of the bottom?!  Of course we live in Seattle and it is October so I had to make her a little shrug to go with it.  Once again this is a mashup of a couple of patterns combined with my vision.

Why are you doing this to me mommy?

Oh yeah, cuz I'm so frackin' cute!

I'm really happy with how the shrug turned out too, so you can probably expect to see another one of these (in pink?) as well as a post of how I did it. 

I should mention that I actually made two of these dresses. The one pictured is in my Etsy shop and the other one is for my baby girl.  The only difference is that her dress has the ruffle and collar the same fabric instead of the contrast.  

They are both reversible though.  I don't know why, since I hardly ever end up using the other side of reversible clothing, but I just love it!  It's like my little secret and it just looks so nice on both sides.

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Autumn mitts

I've been having some major project ADD lately.  The result?  Not a whole lot of finished items.  Most of the items I have finished are for my Etsy shop which I'm trying to get up and running (unsuccessfully as of yet, having not sold anything).  It has taught me the value of blogging, though.  It gives me a sense of accomplishment (real or otherwise being an argument I'd prefer not to have).

As the weather turns cold, though, my thoughts can't help but turn to fingerless gloves and hats.  I don't know why but I feel like I can just never have enough.  Plus they're quick enough that I can finish them even in a fit of project ADD.  Or if I go and cast on a bunch of new projects I can come back and finish them without too much confusion.

Here are a couple of pairs I've finished recently (from upcycled stash yarns no less).  I imagine I'll be making at least one pair for myself this year and I might try some out for my mom for Christmas (which is creeping up if you haven't noticed).