Sunday, July 17, 2016
My little guy is very much into Marvel super heroes lately. He has a gazillion Marvel action figures and Legos; he has started playing the Lego Marvel Superheroes video game with his brother; and at bedtime he almost always chooses a book featuring Iron Man, Spiderman or the Avengers.
When he went to they fabric store with me a few weeks back he picked out this Avengers fabric, so I decided to make him some pajamas with it. I used a vintage sewing pattern for the pajama pants. The pattern has only one piece for each leg which worked well for this fabric since it is a pretty large scale pattern; it allows the images to be unbroken by a side seam. I modified the pattern slightly by making the legs straight instead of tapered.
For the t-shirt I used the raw-edged raglan pattern from Sewing for Boys (affiliate link). This is my go-to t-shirt pattern for the kids, although I rarely do the raw-edged thing. It is super quick to sew up on my serger and, for pajamas, I can just leave the sleeves and bottom un-hemmed. In this case, I was up-cycling an old shirt of mine for the sleeve fabric, so I re-used the hems.
I appliqued a few leftover panels from the Avengers fabric on to the front of the shirt with a zig-zag stitch and - as my little guy would say - "Wall-la!" a comfy matching set of PJs.
Monday, April 25, 2016
The kids had a day off of school on Friday so I took the day off as well. What the big kid wanted to do most on his day off was to sew a new soft toy. He and I have been sewing up quite a few soft toys lately, which I will have to share in another post. But the little guy often gets left out of these projects. He rarely asks me to sew him anything until after he sees something I have sewn his brother, and then he just wants his own copy. Usually at that point I don't have the time or energy to make another. Last week, however, I took him to the fabric store with me and we talked about what he would like me to sew for him. He told me he wanted an Iron Man Mark 2 shirt. So on Friday I made that my first priority. I have a metallic silver spandex knit fabric left over from another project which I decided to use for the Iron Man figure. I then found an Iron Man coloring page that I could use for the shape. I printed out the coloring page and traced the outline onto Wonder Under (affiliate link). I ironed the Wonder Under onto the back of the silver fabric and cut out the shape, then ironed it onto my t-shirt fabric.
I used the raglan tee pattern from Sewing for Boys (affiliate link) and upcycled a 3X men's tee that I got at a bargain store for the main fabric, reusing the hem. The sleeve fabric is from an upcycled jersey sheet - also re-using the hem. Yay for not having to hem! I then printed my coloring page onto freezer paper and ironed it onto the top of my silver fabric applique. I machine stitched along some of the interior lines of the figure using black thread and a short stitch length to make ripping the paper out easier at the end. After I ripped the paper out I sewed around the whole figure to define it and added a white felt circle for the chest unibeam.
After all that detail work, sewing the shirt together was a breeze. My little guy immediately put the shirt on and started showing off his Iron Man moves.
Tuesday, October 13, 2015
When my intangible work takes up most of my time, I really find myself craving the tangible. So, this past year, when I didn't have much time to sew, I found a project that I could do a little bit at a time - while watching the kids or watching TV. I had a couple of sheets that were the big kid's that had seen better days. They were ripped and faded but I didn't want to throw them away. In the condition they were in they were not suitable for giving away, nor were they suitable for making into clothes or quilts. So, I decided to make twine.
Winding the twine is kind of meditative and satisfies my need to be doing something productive even if I don't have time to sit in front of the sewing machine. And it is easy to do a little at a time. I don't quite know what I will do with the twine when I finish - perhaps crochet it up into a basket, like this one?
This website had my favorite tutorial for making fabric twine, in case you want to make some too.