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Shorts!

Can you tell which are handmade and which are from the store?

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Shorts! Lots.

Stash khaki fabric used to mock up a Christmas outfit. Liked them so much, I yanked the turquoise basting and restitched for real.

Camouflage cotton cut from an old skirt of mine that’s now too short.

Denim skulls also cut from a skirt from the same wonderful pattern, so also too short. The denim was tricky – I ran out of fabric so had to craft a waistband from denim scraps lined with light black cotton. But it worked.

Not pictured: Navy terry scraps from a nephew’s baby romper. These have a slightly wider waistband  — I didn’t fold the hem under inside but instead zig zagged it down to reduce some of the bulk of the fabric. The knit won’t unravel.

All have grosgrain tags stitched into the back of the waistband so it’s easy to tell back from front.

How to… upcycle and save yourself some hemming

Save a step when upcycling shirts into a new shirt!

Line up the hems if you can before cutting.

Like on this raglan t-shirt with a straight hem. Its sleeves also have straight edges at the cuffs.

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I lined the body up against the hem of a white t-shirt, and the sleeves on a black one.

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One less step now at the end. It’s all hemmed!

Making lots of baby pants

I can’t say enough nice things about this Simplicity 2907 pants pattern. It’s unisex, it’s simple to make, pops onto the baby easily with an elastic waist, and its four-part design allows for cutting a variety of styles. And using the same pattern over and over means working faster without cutting corners.

First, though, I used photocopies of the pieces to make the pants a little bit skinnier.

pattern adjustments via photocopier

Took 1/2″ off each side; Mr. Baby is long and lean.

pattern adjustments via photocopier
Then I lined up the fabrics on the dining room table Sunday and traced and traced and traced. Each pair needed about 1/2 yard.

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Some of the pants will be four pieces, as written. Some have solid backs but two-piece topstitched fronts. Some I converted into two-piece by lengthening the fronts by about 5 1/2 inches on each side. The wovens will get pockets, the knits and fleeces will not.

Mass cutting followed. Then lots of pinning together. Then stacked according to thread color, which is how I’ll sew them, a color at a time.

These four-piece pants got cut from a UFO denim skirt from a time when I had zero understanding of grain.

pants from UFO denim skirt

Otherwise, why would I have used straight ribbon to finish the waistband? Hence the resulting mess.

pants from UFO denim skirt

Just enough left to get pockets.

pants from UFO denim skirt

We’ll see if these pockets actually work. It was a tight fit in the end.

How to… sew a lot at a time

In sum, you work an assembly line. You do lots of the same thing in a sitting.

I traced and cut four pairs of boxers in one sitting. Same pattern, same markers, same lengths of cotton in four designs. Traced then cut. Then pinned them all.

Sometimes, the assembly line is the way to go.

Now it’s time for a bunch of sewing. Two piles make it all go faster.

White thread on the left, black on the right:

sewing pile, white on left, black on right

White part of baby shirt, blue on white Star Wars boxers, green on white shamrock boxers:

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Marvel comic printed boxers, camouflage baby shorts, denim baby shorts. Green boxers — that one actually needs its own thread.

Black thread pile

Right now, the machine is threaded with black. I ran a bunch of seams already.

Black thread pile

No rushing, but step by step. This is how I have to manage with so little sewing time at a time.

Also late: a little love

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Valentine’s style.

Better late than never.

My favorite Simplicity 9958. Two identical pieces, takes only about a yard of fabric.

This is the only boxer pattern I’ve ever used for Mr. Husband and we’ve customized it a bit to suit his taste. Shorter legs. Velcro dots across opening. Nice underwear elastic.

Kids Clothes Week, delayed edition

My parents ended up spending that whole week with us. Only downside to that, and I do mean the only, was that I got done zero sewing that whole week.

I am late in getting my upcycled projects made:

Shorts finally cut from camo skirt.

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Same shorts from skullie denim skirt. This was a really tight squeeze, so the inside of the waistband might have to come from something else.

 

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And while at it, more shorts cut from an old remnant of navy terrycloth I had bought to make a romper for a now-8-year-old nephew.

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Pile of t-shirts and sweatshirts to cannibalize remain in a pile in the sewing room. Mr. B could use some decent sweats…

Sticking to it

Ah geez, such temptation.

Eve Jacket Pattern by Schnittchen

Been ogling this jacket for myself since Oona posted it. Giant hood. Quirky shape. Simply and delicious.

And today, stupid Vogue Fabrics sends me a discount code for beautiful coat fabrics in my favorite color for a very limited time during a Blizzard of Savings.

http://www.voguefabricsstore.com/Wool-Blend-Boucle-Fabric-Light-Texture-Coating-Eggplant-21.html

Wool Blend Bouclé Fabric – Light Texture Coating – Eggplant #21 – Vogue Fabrics

Normally, I would have snatched it all up and added to the pile. This time, I am trying very hard to resist. The temptation came so very fast though. They’ll have another sale, right? The jacket pattern isn’t going away. I can always give this a try when my other projects that I started because I loved them are done and thusly loved.

As you are my witness, I am resisting. For pete’s sake, it’s only February.