Posts Tagged ‘ gray ’

Button panel sweater, springtime style

AKA the replacement.

Pullover w button front because spring

Tried the pattern in Cottonish yarn. Worked really nicely.

Added about 2-3 inches to each sleeve for Mr. Baby’s long monkey arms.

Pullover w button front because spring

Two booboos. One – too much garter stitch along sleeve edge. And two – skipped a garter row in the green.

Pullover w button front because spring
Pullover w button front because spring

Can’t believe I had to go out and buy some given the overflowing status of the button box, but it needed 10 and I wanted them to match.

This is the right size, but the neckhole is sort of giant for reasons I cannot explain. Maybe he’s just too big for this square neck style?

All details here via Ravelry.

Pants pants pants

Mr. Baby needed some pants so I tried out some baby pants patterns last fall.

Same basic shape – two pieces and an elastic waist. Started with gray stuff from the stash to try them out and finished two wearable muslins. I cut size L / 18 mos for both.

For knits:

s1546 baby outerwear copy

Decently basic gray waffle knit. I think this fabric’s from Gaffney’s.

pants O gray waffle knit s1546 size L 18 mos

Stitched and zig-zag finished on good old Singer Stylist 776.

pants O gray waffle knit s1546 size L 18 mos

In truth, the fabric will make better shorts for summer than pants.

Then for wovens:

S1564 baby separates copy

Using some distressed gray bottomweight cotton also from a pile. I wonder if it was waxed at some point? It emerged from the washing machine with interesting lines and marks on it.

My search for a flat-front baby pants pattern for 12-18 mos turned up zilch. (This freebie’s available once he’s a size 2-3.)

I gave it a try though on this pattern, marking the waist at each side and stitching the elastic casing just across the back part.

pants O gray cotton pockets s1564 size L 18 mos
Top-stitched a fake-o fly because it looks cute.

pants O gray cotton pockets s1564 size L 18 mos

In retrospect, should have marked the waist at about 1″ toward the front from the exact side, because now the flat part wraps farther around than it should.

pants O gray cotton pockets s1564 size L 18 mos

pants O gray cotton pockets s1564 size L 18 mos

Also should had placed the pockets more toward the front than right at the exact side point since they’re now skewed toward the back.

pants O gray cotton pockets s1564 size L 18 mos

Live and learn. Both are decent everyday pants for Mr. Baby to wear.

And now I know how they fit.

Long dress all done

Took a beloved T-shirt pattern and lengthened it into a solid gray dress I will wear all spring.

gray long dress

Raglan sleeves, nice scoop neck that’s not too deep, long length, ruching around bumpy middle. That part photographs terribly:

gray long dress

And I did the hem with a band I sewed onto the dress’ wrong side at the bottom so there’s texture.

The style was inspired by a thrifted wool-blend dress that went down to my feet. And there’s enough old gray Gaffney’s knit leftover to make something else.

And refashions, too

More inspiration for spring:

Gray paisley silk, pristine condition. Must cut down to something sharp. It’s really a giant dress, with covered buttons.

gray silk paisley

Purple heather knit. Already an awful ugly T-shirt.

purple heather knit

And fabrics

For spring consideration, stuff kicking around the house.

A gray and black and lilac on white rayon blend.

purple gray black white rayon blend

Gray twill.

fabric-gray twill 2

Gray and white leopard poly/rayon blend.

gray black white leopard rayon blend

Black and white dotted cotton blend.

fabric-dotted-black

Magenta sheer silk.

silk magenta print

Purples (except the velvet)

purples

Purple on white polyester

purple and white polyester crepe

Fun, c/o Gaffney’s and Vogue, mostly. Yard sales, too.

Spring inspiration

First I’m looking at shapes:





I keep picking up patterns in these shapes is the good news.

Strange craving

I never crave Anthropologie.

It never occurs to me to even look there.

Only my sister in law gave me spectacle-printed tights and some giant bangles for Christmas she found at Anthro.

And now I find myself wanting this dress.

Right? How very sewing blog of me. Writing about thinking about copying Anthro.

But the ruching is flattering. Lovely color. Sleeves are good, too. I think I have a pattern that’ll do this. I think it’s even a Project Runway. I know I have some gray wool kicking around, too. I hoard fabric, remember?

So can I just sit down already and do it?

Crap. Now I want this bathing suit, too.

No wonder I don’t go shopping.