Friday, January 13, 2017

Ottobre 01/2015 #29 Leggings

Okay, you guys have seen me struggle fitting little Miss Thang and her leggings. I have struggled because she has a totally different body shape than the twins and me. This time I measured her and compared her to the Ottobre sizing chart again. I decided that I would try these leggings. They are made to fit “a child whose measurements are 4-5cm larger than the measurements on the chart.” So, husky sized? I hate that term. However, it does seem to be her size range. She is measuring only 118cm on the height chart but larger on the hip measurement than 116 or 122. I decided to make a size 128 in an abundance of caution. I should have made the size 122 because these are too big. That’s better than too small right?


I also used a fabric that was pretty thick. I should have used thinner fabric. However, I think this is a better starting point than the other pattern. It’s hard to see here, but the front rise is still too long.
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See? Way too big. You can see there is lots more room in the rear though and that’s nice.
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I used the Omnimotion stitches on my new Viking to make some fun stitching down the side. This thing can make stitches side to side that are 40cm wide!! How is that possible? Crazy! See? Too big!
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The stitch quality on this thing is amazing. But, I digress . . .
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So, notes for me for next time:
-- make the size 122 (save the 128 for later!)
-- use a more appropriate fabric choice.
-- take 2-3cm out of the front rise.

Any other advice from you ladies? I’ll make another set in a week or so and she can try them on and we can go from there. I would really like to get a perfect legging pattern for her because that is what she wears 95% of the time. Once I have the alterations perfected, I can just make the same adjustments to the next size as she grows!

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Ottobre 06-2016 #29 Knit Top For Girls

This is the line drawing for this pattern. It’s from the last issue of 2016 of Ottobre. I knew right away I wanted to make it. It’s perfect for sassy girls. The back has a cute, bound cut-out. I made the size 140. My girls are about 138 cm tall, but very thin. I didn’t modify anything on this because I figured it being loose wouldn’t hurt anything.


I made mine out of Merino wool. It’s cold here and we are up to our ears in Merino wool knit fabrics. I really need to put some more on my Etsy shop. I really like how it turned out. I used a Cotton + Steel fabric for the ruffle on the bottom and some random rib knit for the little keyhole back. I used glitter black felt with Wonder Under (I think?). I ironed it in place and then topstitched.
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I just finished it with a serged overlock stitch.
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I’m totally getting the hang of my coverstitching binder!
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And my new Viking 965Q? Well, she’s amazing. I never realized how hard it was to topstitch something when you don’t have that automatic needle down option. That makes it SO NICE to do things like this!!!! I’m glad I didn’t start sewing on something nice like this and then move to my vintage machine. Don’t get me wrong, I love them (and sewing on my new machine feels like cheating!!!!), but they all have their purpose. The purpose of the 965Q is precision sewing and making my life easy. I still have my doubts that it will sew through thick things like my Necchi. Time will tell.
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Monday, January 9, 2017

BEST HUSBAND EVER, really this time . . .

While on our Christmas travels, we found this beauty at a Goodwill for $30 (because, duh, it’s blue!). It has all the original bobbins, feet, and the manual. I oiled it, and it works great. It has the cams for decorative stitches and everything. I was especially excited because none of my machines has a blind hem and that’s a stitch I really actually need. This little blue baby DOES have the blind hem so I was excited. And this blue color, *swoon*. The cord is even the same teal color. My husband was really interested in it and was asking lots of questions. He was trying to figure out what exact stitches I wanted, needed, and what I hoped for. I sure thought he was asking a lot of questions, but I’ll talk machines with you ANY DAY. ANY FREAKING DAY. So, anyway, I probably talked his ear off. I don’t remember. I probably blacked out because I was so excited someone wanted me to fill them with information. I think I literally went into what each stitch does and he sat there and listened. I probably had wine. Isn’t she pretty???


THEN, when we got home (at 4am after missing a flight), he pulled me into the sewing room and there was a box sitting there. A large box. A new and shiny box. He bought me a BRAND NEW VIKING 965Q. He knew that I loved Vikings and this is like the Cadillac of Viking sewing machines. This baby does EVERYTHING!! I’m still getting used to it and it’s AMAZING! Blind hem? You bet your ass. And over 300 more!! I haven’t done much with it, but I already LOVE the needle down position and the automatic cutter. This is fully automatic and it’s buttonholes are lovely. I’ve been going back and forth the past couple of years about getting a nice all mechanical machine versus a nice computerized machine. I guess my husband has been listening when I talk. Is he amazing or WHAT??!?

I want to spend all my time with her and cuddle her.


Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Finally Up and Running!

I’m not going to lie. My house is in shambles, my purse is missing at the moment, and I have no idea where the moose meat is for dinner. But you know what? My sewing room is up and running and that’s something. I actually made something and it’s cute. It’s a total hack of this type of shirt (from Saks):


I, of course, used my Jalie TNT 2805 t-shirt. It was really easy. And pardon the not smiling. All the other pictures are too fuzzy, not good angles of the shirt, or something else. I’m not sure I’m in love with this print either. And can you tell it was taken by a little person, with a phone, from far away. Siiiigh. This, people, is why I have my own camera (somewhere) and a tripod (also somewhere).



Because I am that lame, I did not take pictures during construction. This is a super easy hack. You just cut it out like normal. Then you eyeball the amount and cut it off the top of the sleeves.


Then, hem or coverstitch the cut-off section of sleeve.


Oh look, directions. It’s easy. Trust. Notes for next time. I will open up the neckline a little and try the 3/4 length sleeves. The fit is nice and the cut-out is about right. I may make it a tiny bit smaller next time.


I probably will only be posting a bit on my blog while I try to organize my new house and deal with the holiday season. Fun fact: We hosted Thanksgiving this year with camp chairs and tables on saw horses. There were 25 people and we ate two turkeys, ham, and a prime rib. (And I got an Instant Pot and I’m in love.)


More later! Promise!

Friday, November 18, 2016


Well, you knew there was big news, right? Well, we found a beautiful house and are in the process of moving!!!! You knew it had to be big to keep me from sewing, right? Here are just a few pictures to let you peek at it. The inside is big, beautiful, and bright. It's also a mess right now. A complete and total mess. I'll be back to sewing as soon as I can. All my sewing items are in one corner of the garage just begging me to be unpacked. 

Isn't it pretty? I absolutely love the birch trees! It also has quite a bit of privacy which I also love. 

Saturday, October 15, 2016

Stewing in my juices . . . not really . . .

Hello people of the world. :) Many of you have emailed me expressing concern. You guys are so sweet!! To answer some questions for you all.
  1. All is well. 
  2. Yes, I'm fine.
  3. No, I'm not mad/sad/annoyed/pissed about the Rue dress. :) It is what it is and I was "invited not to continue on" for the fourth round. That's okay. I'm NOT heartbroken, embarrassed, or sitting here stewing in my angry juices having a tantrum. I didn't particularly like the pattern, but other people made amazing dresses out of that pattern. Yes, I think there were issues with the pattern, but again, some people made AMAZING dresses even with those problems. 
  4. Yes, there is big news and I'll share when I can. No, I'm not pregnant. Oh, the HORROR. I love my children, but NO. My uterus is on a permanent, well-deserved vacation. 
  5. I've just been REALLY busy. I have managed to sew some in the past couple of weeks. I've whipped up a couple of those new Kwik Sew patterns and I really love them. More on that later. 

On another note, I love the newest Ottobre magazine that came out for kids. It has a lot of of larger kids/ tween patterns which is what I need to be sewing. Here's the tech drawings and a few that I just love so I'm showing you close-ups. I circled the ones I really liked. 

And this top in particular caught my eye. I love the hem, the ruffle, and the applique. I would probably do this as a freezer-paper stencil, but it's pretty much the same thing. The girls are in the 134 size range but with length added for two of them and no length added for the third one. My son is getting closer to that 170 size range. Eep!

I love this cute knit dress. This would be perfect for my girls. 

They have a ton of pull-on pants just like the popular Jalie Eleonore pant. There is even this "slim" sized pattern which is exactly what I need for the twiggy twins. I love this cardigan too. 

I just love the knit tops with fun details. That's my favorite part about Ottobre, really. 

These are great too. My son would love both of these. He's always  cold and wearing long sleeves year round. 

And Ottobre made an announcement on Facebook the other day too. Next year, they will be published seven magazines; four for children, two for women, and a new "family" issue. It will have 10 men's patterns and patterns for the "between tween and adult" sizes. I'm excited to see this new edition. It looks like it will also have some plus sized patterns and some maternity wear. 

And yes, I'll tell you the big news once all is settled and things calm down. :) You may not hear much from me for the next month or two though. Know that I'm okay and having fun!!! 

Monday, October 3, 2016

Colette Rue Dress–Sewing Bee Round 3

Okay, I did finish my Rue dress. It's kind of a mess. The bodice is cute in theory but obviously didn't work for me. I used size 2 (I think? I'm trying to think of it like pushing out a baby - once it's over, you forget) and added three inches to the bodice for my torso. Admittedly, I do have a long torso. I usually add an inch to Jalie, Burda, and KwikSew patterns. This is still higher than my natural waist. Maybe adding another inch would have helped? In these pictures, it looks fine. Well, it looks okay. I do, do, do super love the fabrics and colors together.



Here it doesn't even look bad. And I love the little belt I made. I'm keeping that even if the rest of it is going to donation.

But this, siiiiiiiiigh. Look at those bodice wrinkles. It's like I've got the Eye of Sauron on my torso. Well, I guess only if The Eye had a horizontal slit and not a vertical one. It's really too bad too, because I love this fabric.

If I stand perfectly still, The Eye goes away. The sleeves are wonky and, ugggggggghhhhhhhhhhh, well . . .  I'm just not going to be surprised when I get "invited to not progress to Round 4 of the Sewing Bee." There are so many good versions of this dress at I think most people made many muslins and did quite a bit of pattern drafting. Those are not skill sets I have. Whatever.

The red is a thin, crinkly gauze.

I really love the belt.

The zipper is put in perfectly and the lining is great too. Oh well. I tried my hardest, right? I'll be curious to see what the next challenge is even though I won't be in it.