The first FO I have to show you I actually started before Christmas and finally finished at the start of this month. I’ve said it before, it’s really rare for me to have a sewing UFO, knitting hell yes, but with sewing once I get going on something I normally see it through to the end. The reason I didn’t finish these Lisette Simplicity 2245 trousers off is that when I’d sewn the legs together and tried them on they didn’t fit me which was annoying as according to the sizes on the pattern they should have done. Does anyone else have issues with Lisette sizings? I made a tunic that should have fit according to the pattern measurements but still doesn’t.
Anyway, I got around to getting these done, they still don’t fit but as I’m slowly shrinking they should do soon. They are unhemmed as I won’t know where I need to hem them until I can actually wear them.
I didn’t add as many buttons to the tabs as the pattern called for as I want them to function as belt loops, for the same reason I added another two at the back. This fabric is very odd, it’s almost like a mock moleskin. It’s really soft but I’m sure it’s going to pick up cat fur and dust like no-one’s business. Anyway, hopefully I will get to hem these soon and take them for a spin.
Out comes Kwik Sew 1556 again, I only used the larger sizes for Jim but I’m making up for that by using all the smaller ones for Piggle now.
I bought this fabric for Jim when he was about Piggle’s age but never got around to using it. That’s the good thing about having 2 boys, I get to have a second pass through my fabric stash to use up all the shorter pieces or younger prints for the second one so they don’t go to waste! The only change I make to this pattern is to cut the sleeves as one piece rather than doing the cuff for them. This size is still a little too big to get away with for Piggle but he is still fitting into last year’s pyjamas at the moment so once they get to short we’ll have the next size all ready to go.
Something I love is finally using up a piece of fabric I’ve had for longer than I can remember. This particular cotton has been out over and over again as I’ve tried to match it with patterns and it finally found one that worked, Simplicity 2059. I have to admit that until I saw this blouse made up by another blogger (wish I could remember who it was ) I’d completely ignored it on the pattern as it looked so plain and dull. I’m glad to say that it’s a lot more interesting made up and I’m looking forward to wearing this one when the weather is a little bit warmer (I don’t think I have a cardigan besides the black one I live in that would go with this and it would be a shame to hide the back).
The back gathered section is a little hard to see in this picture so I took a blurry close-up for your viewing pleasure…
This went together really easily and quickly, the only problem I had was when I ran out of thread with only the sleeves to attach and the hem to do but I was saved by my Mother delivering some more to my door. I added two inches in length to this and I’m really glad that I did as it would have been too short for me otherwise. That’s actually saying something as I am quite short in the body so make sure that you check the length of this before you make it (I’m not a fan of waist-length anything).
So, onwards to more pyjamas, this time for Jim from Simplicity 3124.
He has these on now and looks like he may have just escaped from clown prison… I was disappointed to see that the shirt isn’t going to last long on him, he appears to be long-bodied at the moment. I will need to remember to do a smaller hem on the pair that I’ve already cut out to sew next and to lengthen the third and final pair when I make them.
And last but not least the last of Piggle’s summer pyjamas.
This is another piece of fabric that I bought specifically for Jim when he was little. When he went from babygros to ‘big boy’ vests I ironed on appliques to the front of them all (was lazy with Piggle and never got around to it, opps) and one of the designs I used was of these ‘dancing dudes’ as we used to call them. I snapped up this fabric when I saw it on a co-op but his tastes changed and I ended up using other prints for him. I was going to foist it upon him this year, maybe for shorts and a short sleeve shirt as it was only 2 yards, but when Piggle saw it he got very excited and said he wanted it so he got it. This is Kwik Sew 1556 again and now that these are done it’s been put away for a few months before I need to pull it out for new winter pyjamas.
I was thinking today that it’s funny that I’m not incredibly bored with pyjamas yet. Adding together the years I’ve been making them for the boys I have now sewn about 11 years worth and I intend to keep going for as long as they will let me. I’ve already started keeping an eye out for older boy’s fabric for Jim as he won’t want to wear cartoons or animal prints forever and things like stripes and stars will be used instead. Some years I do try different styles and patterns but this is relaxing sewing for me, I can sew 2 pairs in a day (and have time to work on something else if it’s a full day I’ve got available). I feel the same way about t-shirts for the boys and I can’t wait for the new MiniKrea pattern I ordered to arrive so I can get tracing and cutting and fill up the boy’s drawers with some new fun print t-shirts for the summer. I do love sewing new patterns too and trying out new things for myself and the boys but it’s the repetition, the memory of what I made with the pattern for Jim that I’m now using for Piggle and the fact that they both get really excited about their new pyjamas and want to wear them right away that keeps me going back. Remind me of this when I’m swearing my way through the next 2 pairs required for summer won’t you?!?