Sunday, August 16, 2015

Comfy clothes

Am I the only one feeling the need of making clothes in summer? Is there perhaps a pre-historic code that tells us to prepare clothes for winter? It seems like each summer I feel the urge to sew clothes for my kids (2013 and 2014). My quilting mojo has completely vanished 8 weeks ago.

clothes on the fence

It all started with these supercool ninja fabrics that I found in our local fabric shop. The darker one is jersey and the light one is a thick and super soft and cuddly sweater fabric.

ninja fabric navy ninja fabric

I decided to make two hoodies and two t-shirts for my boys (german pattern by pattydoo found here – including how-to videos):

ninja shirt and hoodie

I would have added the front pocket to both hoodies but I am forgetful sometimes…

front pockets hoodie

Here is little boy, trying some ninja moves in his new sweater:

hoodie in action

…and big boy wearing his new tee:

ninja shirt in action

When big boy fell ill some weeks ago, we discovered that he had outgrown his comfy pants (how can his legs be so long while is waist is still so small?! He needs extra long skinny jeans now). So we went to the local fabric shop and I let him choose the fabric.

I ended up making several pairs of comfy pants for him and little bro. Some with  waistbands made from knits and others with elastics in “fold-over tunnels”. Some with pockets, most without. Some with hems and others with cuffs.

shorts with hem twin needle

And this one is my favourite:

shorts with eyelets

It’s a pair of shorts I made from the left-overs. I added eyelets to the waistband and the pattern called for an imitation of a zipper-facing. It took me ages to figure out how to make it but I am happy I did it.

Here are some “in action” shots:

stars long stars shorts

green stars shorts flannel comfy pants

ninja comfy pants

Now we are ready for cold but cosy and snuggly winter months (o:

Do your kids like to wear handmade clothes?

Happy sewing!

Friday, August 14, 2015

Summer s(e)wing


Summer holidays are officially over. The boys went back to school (in fact one of them just started school – more on that soon) and I am back at work.

Not much sewing happened here for the last approx. 7 weeks, but here are some things that I actually finished.

4 Baby Summer hats, for boys and girls, some with visor:

IMG_2326 baby summer hatsIMG_2328 IMG_2327

A baby girl dress for my niece:

Karla's dress

And three picnic blankets:

PHD Picnic blanket res

This one is for my cousin who just received her second degree in law and made her PhD. We threw a surprise party for her at my parents’.
Here are some details of her blanket.

The backings of all these blankets are coated cotton fabrics to prevent the picnic blankets from soaking up possible moisture from the grounds.

PHD Picnic blanket hanging PHD Picnic blanket flip flopsPHD Picnic blanket handle detail PHD Picnic blanket binding

The following blanket was made for my mother’s birthday:

Grandma's picnic blanket rolled up

Grandma's picnic blanket backing and binding Grandma's picnic blanket knotted

And then there was a third one for my sister’s birthday (in her favourite girly-pink colours):

Lisa's picnic blanket rolled up2

Lisa's picnic blanket rolled up Lisa's picnic blanket handle and strips

Three completely different styles to match three different tastes of three different women. Let’s see if I need to make a fourth for my other sister?!

I hope you are all having a great summer?!
Happy sewing!


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