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.

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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.

camoflage 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.

 

skull denim skirt

 

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.

Raglan shirts

Little boys in raglan shirts are so very dear. Add rolled up jeans and chucks?

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Raglan sleeves are so much easier to sew too. Nice big front for ironing on, or painting, or otherwise installing something cute? Love.

I’d like to come out of this Kids Clothes Week 2015 with some new raglans for him for spring.

So I’m giving this freebie pattern a whirl on a test drive. Green stuff is leftover knit from an old dress project, the white knit is from the stash, probably thrifted.

None of this so far fits the week’s upcycling theme, but there’s no way I’m going to proceed with cutting up lots more sweats and t-shirts unless I know this pattern fits.

Mr. Baby has a giant noggin.

Kids Clothes Week 2015, AKA trying to sew with others

One of my favorite things about a hobby like sewing is that I can do it anytime for five minutes here, for an entire afternoon, late at night, whenever. And I don’t need anyone to help.

So the success of online social sewing threw me for a loop. I don’t participate in tons of community sewing projects because they turn something I quietly enjoy at my own pace into another something I have to get done.

That rant aside, I’m going to try this Kids Clothes Week 2015 challenge or sew-a-long or whatever it is. Chock full of good ideas. Some giant sweatshirts and t-shirts and sweaters that’ll chop up well for Mr. Baby are taking up space in the sewing room. And maybe I’ll find some good ideas for little boys.

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I guess I’m signed up here.

 

Feels so good to finish!

pants O pile finished!

That is a pile of real baby clothes on the left. Completed and ready to go. By the time you read this, Mr. Baby will already have worn the airplane pants and flannel-lined khakis.

The right side is another story, but one step at a time.

Wrangling pins and such

Right before this baby was born, a lady friend sent me a present. For me. Which was rare at that time. So very appreciated.

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It’s a happy bunch of Peruvian ladies. For pins and such.

I just keep them by my machine. They’re good for morale.

For pins and such, I like a knife bar. It’s magnetic, so everything sticks. I almost mounted it on the wall, but realized while it’s free, I can use it like a wand to pick up spilled pins and needles and all.

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Seam guide. Scissors sharpener. Machine foot. Washers for weighing.

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Pins.

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