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Striped long cardigan

A long, long time ago,
I can still remember…

(Okay, sorry.  It just popped into my head as I started this post…
…because I intended to do this project a very long time ago.)

Way back in 2013, when I was making our Peter Pan family costume (which, in fact, did not include Peter Pan himself…), I bought 1.25 yd of this chevron knit fabric for $6.10 on clearance at JoAnn while I was buying the material for Husband’s Captain Hook coat.   (That day I also bought the fabric for my pink striped maxi skirt!)

All along, I had this fabric earmarked for this cute and easy-to-sew cardigan freebie pattern from iCandy Handmade.  But it literally took me until last fall, when I was preparing for my mini-retreat with my cousin, to print the pattern and cut this thing out.  And *then*, I didn’t even get it finished in 2017!  I finally finished it on January 3, 2018.

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I decided to lengthen the cardigan, which meant that I needed to buy some more fabric for cuffs and the collar/binding.  I spent $2.65 in November 2017 for 1/2 yd of soft black knit (wish I’d written down exactly what it was!), and sewed this up in random bits of time over the course of a couple of weeks.  Let me emphasize that this was not a difficult pattern! I was just prioritizing everything else above it!  Haha.

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In the end, I love how this turned out.  I think it’s going to be really versatile and a great layer for several seasons of the year.  Maybe someday, I’ll make another.   Hopefully it won’t take me this long the next time 😉

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So… funny story about the fabric for Husband’s Star Wars pajamas

Somehow I did some very poor addition and the first cut of fabric I purchased for his pajamas was only enough for either the shirt or the pants, but not both…and with a significant amount left over after making either one of those pieces.  There was enough left to make pajama pants for the kids, so I had the bright idea that they could have coordinating jammies with Daddy!  And then I sort of felt left out, so I purchased even more fabric so that I could also have coordinating pajamas!

The kids’ pajamas are made with the Blank Slate Snuggle PJs pattern.  I actually had a hard time finding just the right navy blue knit fabric for the tops… and in the end, I found just the right color in some men’s Hanes T-shirts!  I bought three 4XL shirts and cut them up for the new PJ shirts for the three of us.  I also added white piping at the cuffs of the pants so that they’d match Daddy’s pajamas!  The shirts are trimmed with white knit fabric to mimic the white piping.

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For my pajamas, I modified the pajama pants pattern from Simplicity 1504, and I made myself a Blank Slate Texana Tank with a placket made of the same Star Wars fabric.  It should have buttons, and it *will* have buttons in the near future, but I didn’ t have matching buttons on hand!  I finished these three sets of pajamas on December 23, and I didn’t want to make a trip to the store to get more in time!

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And so in the end, our whole family has coordinating pajamas!  I am pretty excited about this, and there’s a very high chance that we will have more matching jammies in the future!

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Last year, I promised to make my beloved Husband some pajamas for Christmas… except I didn’t get to them until this year!  Right before Thanksgiving, I completed this set for him.

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I used Simplicity 1504 (shirt, pants) and lengthened the pants by several inches.  In future incarnations, I’ll also lengthen the sleeves for him.  In the end, I was impressed with how nice the pajamas look, but I will say that the pattern itself is terribly written.  There were a number of missing markings on the pieces, and the directions themselves were only so-so.

There is piping on the shirt and on the pant cuffs, and I’m pretty proud of how it came out– this is only the second time I’ve used piping, and the first on a garment!

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I love this Star Wars fabric, and I wanted to do do as much pattern-matching as I could.  The ships are level across the pant legs, and I was happy that I could highlight an X-Wing on the shirt pocket…

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…and a happy coincidence resulted in the ships lining up all the way down the back of the shirt and pants!

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Once upon a time (back in October 2015), I sewed a royal family of costumes for us, and my queen’s gown was selected as the winner for BurdaStyle’s costume contest that year.  As my prize, I was allowed to select three kits from their online store, which resulted in a LOT of patterns!  From the very beginning, I was fascinated by this hooded cowl tunic, and I’ve wanted to make it for literally years now.

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In July 2016, I spent $12.38 to purchase grey knit for the project, prewashed it, and then I prioritized other things.  For over a year.

A few weekends ago, at the end of October 2017, I went on a lovely mini-retreat with my cousin, wherein we rented an AirBnB, trucked our sewing machines and supplies to meet in the middle for about 36 hours of sewing, talking, sewing, eating, and more sewing (there was sleep in there, too!) . But more about that later.  In preparation for the weekend, I gathered many of my to-do list projects and got them ready for sewing.  This was one of them: I pieced the pattern together, traced the seam allowances, and cut everything out.

And then I didn’t work on it that weekend.

But that was ok!  I did other things, and this tunic was still cut out, ready, and waiting.  So in the couple of weeks after the sewing weekend, it was “easy” to actually assemble it.

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It wasn’t as easy as all that, though.  I have to admit that the sparse instructions were a little too sparse for me.  It helped to look at photos from a woman who’d posted about the construction to give me a visual.  I also struggled with matching the shoulder seams properly– perhaps I didn’t add the seam allowances correctly??  I finessed them into place, and they seem to have worked out okay in the end…but I still prefer to have the cowl cover them up…

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The hem length was just right for me– I’ve styled it here with a pair of leggings, and I ended up shortening the sleeves by over 2″ (which was a good thing, since getting the pattern onto the fabric was a very tight squeeze!).

The cowl is big enough to be worn as a hood!  I don’t know when I would actually wear it up over my head, but I enjoy the thought, haha!

 

The dress itself is super-comfy, and I think it’s fairly flattering.  The large cowl needs to be arranged “just-so” to ensure that there isn’t unsightly sagging in the front.  Overall, I’m very pleased with this dress.  I am definitely a dress-lover, so to have another cool/cold weather dress is fantastic.

 

 

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I had the honor of testing another Blank Slate Pattern recently– this time, a kids’ pattern!

The Snuggle PJs pattern was just released on Tuesday, and I made a set for V!

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The pajama top is a pattern for knit fabrics, and has this cool envelope neckline for easy dressing, and there are short-sleeve and long-sleeve options!

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The pants pattern is for woven fabrics.  These pajammies (yes. it’s a word. :)) that I’m showing off here are more of a spring set– short sleeves and a lightweight quilt cotton for the pants.  But can you imagine snuggly flannel pants with a cozy long-sleeve top?!

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Between the binding on the shirt neckline and the potential for contrast cuffs and waistband on the pants, there are endless opportunities for color combinations!  I actually made some “faux piping” (just a simple narrow fold of fabric) and inserted it between the pant leg and cuff to pull the pants and shirt together for this set.  I also decreased the rise quite a bit to fit V where she wanted the pants to lay on her waist.

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This was an incredibly quick sew, and it’s such a cute and satisfying result!!  I already have more in the works– both for V and for B.  The pattern comes in sizes 3 months to 12 years!  Make sure you check the size chart, because V is wearing a size 6 even though her RTW size is more often a 7.  B will also be sporting (in the future) a set that is a couple sizes smaller than his RTW size.

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Of course, Duck had to be involved in the photoshoot– Duck is V’s closest companion!

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Check out the pattern at Blank Slate, and keep an eye out here for future snuggly PJ incarnations!

P.S. Quilt HERE.  Pennant banner HERE.  Bird mobile HERE.

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This new pattern from Blank Slate Patterns is really awesome.  The version with sleeves is perfect for fall, and it’s actually making me look forward to cooler weather!  I had the opportunity to sew this Valetta top before its release (it released today!!), and I was so delighted for the chance.

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The Valletta top is a blouse that has the feel of a tunic.  I like the high-low effect of the hem and the pretty gathers below the yoke.  There are really cute details like ties on the sleeves and self-made cord with tassels!

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This paisley polyester crepe fabric is special to me.  It had a previous life as a caftan that my grandmother had made for herself…

She had basically folded over a length of fabric, cut a head-hole, and stitched up the sides to create the arm holes, so it was easy work to take it apart…and there was plenty of fabric for me to cut out my Valetta.  Whenever I wear this top, I will think of her.

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The only changes I made to modify the pattern for myself were to lengthen the front and back by 1,” and I used pearl cotton rather than regular embroidery floss to make my cord and tassels.  I added a bit of extra top stitching around the neckline and across the yokes, too, to mimic the top stitching on the sleeve seams.  I’m discovering that I am a fan of topstitching!

I’m really pleased with the way this top turned out.  I’d love to try the sleeveless version of Valetta, too!  Thank you, Blank Slate, for another opportunity to sew for you!

 

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VBS superhero apron

On Tuesday morning of VBS week, I had no idea what I was going to do for myself for superhero night (we had the kids covered–see my summary post for VBS this year).  I almost gave up, but during breakfast, I had a flash of inspiration: I could make myself a superhero apron!  I served on the snacks team, so an apron was definitely appropriate– and since I love aprons anyway, the work I put into it wouldn’t go to waste!  I wear aprons all the time in the kitchen (you would think I would have more by now…).

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The kids and I hung out in the craft room almost all day!  I was sewing like a crazy woman, taking these final scraps of comic book print cotton and blue solid cotton to embellish the striped upholstery-weight apron base (thank you, S, for the upholstery fabric!).

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I used the basic shape of an apron I already own and love.  It was purchased for me by Husband at the beginning of my love affair with aprons, and I’d long ago traced it to make another one for a friend.  So I pulled out that pattern, lengthened it and left off the original bias ruffle.  Instead, I ruffled as many strips as I could eke out of my scraps of comic and blue cotton and went to town!

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I’ve determined over the years that pockets are an absolute necessity on my aprons.  I sometimes need to check out at the end of the day, whether it’s during dinner preparation or doing dishes, and I listen to podcasts with headphones to my phone.  You can be sure that these apron pockets securely hold that phone!

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In the above photo, you might notice that the top edge of the comic book ruffle at the hem of the apron is just finished by a serged overlock.  That is for two reasons: 1) I literally got this apron to a wearable state minutes before we needed to leave for the church!** and 2) I ran out of blue cotton.  I wanted to make a little binding strip to cover that edge (like at the top of the pockets and the top of the apron itself), but I have no more blue.  I’m just going to leave it the way it is.

**I was glad for many reasons that I finished the apron in time for Tuesday evening’s VBS– the next day, the contractors started demolition on our upstairs hall bathroom, and the plumbing replacement we did required a hole to be cut in my craft room ceiling first thing Thursday morning!

 

 

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