I have a huge garbage bag full of fleece I got for free, and I wanted to start using some of it. I used one of my son's hoodies to trace a pattern, and appliqued felt to make the design on the front. The cuffs are just black rib knit. I made it a size big so that he can wear it this next winter; its a VERY warm hoodie, and I don't know how much longer he will be able to wear it. It was pretty easy and quick!
I altered the waistband, made custom pockets and belt loops, stitched down the seams and left off the contrasting cuffs. They are a faux linen and cotton. I put on a plain red nylon belt to show off the belt loops.
My "model" was having a meltdown, so no face in the pictures
And here is a shirt I appliqued for him several months ago, which matches great!
I actually altered the whole thing to be a size 12 month, it came in 12M/2T combined size and it looked like it would be too big for my baby to be around winter time, so I just shaved a bit off each piece to make them smaller. If you haven't made a coat before and are looking for a simple pattern, this is only a few pieces, the directions are quick and easy, and the outcome is adorable.
The coat is made of 100% wool, and the lining is cotton.
I printed out all the pattern pieces, cut and assembled. There were 5 sizes, each a different color, so it was easy to cut. The outside is a blue wool blend, the inside is red cotton. It took me a few hours to put together, and I made a few alterations. It is a VERY wide coat, almost like a swing coat, so I altered the pattern to be more slim. I also completely changed the button placement, because I wanted them closer together, and it didn't fit my son right with how far it overlapped. I didn't add the cuff bands because I forgot to buy 2 extra buttons.
The pattern was easy to follow, moderately easy, and I love how it turned out. The inset sleeves and buttonholes were a pain, but when aren't they? I didn't iron before I topstitched, which made the hem a little funky, but it is alright. I have enough fabric to make another and work out the kinks.
My son loves to model, he smiles big and says "EEEEEEEEEEEE!"
So after trying for 3 days to make a pants pattern for my 2 year old, I gave up. Every pair was wrong in some way. I started looking online for patterns, almost bought one, and then decided to just go glance at my pattern stash, just in case. I found a pattern that I had bought for the shirt, but the included pants were PERFECT! Flat front, elastic back, front pockets, contrasting cuffs and waistband. Just what I had been trying to make! I started at about 7:30 and had them done by 11:00. They are chocolate colored 100% linen, and the contrasting fabric is Martini by Alexander Henry, which I believe is out of print, but I found it on clearance at a local fabric store. My son is asleep, but I can't wait until morning to try them on him!
So, after trying 3 times to make my own pattern work for some toddler pants, I give up. The first pair came out too tight in the butt, the second pair were shorts and I didn't make the rise high enough, and the last pair were too puffy in the crotch, and not high enough in back, and the length wasn't long enough. I am just going to modify a commercial pattern at this point. UGH! I can't make a muslin and try to fit them; he is two, and barely lets me put pants on him. I just have to make them and hope they fit. I really want a pair of flat front pants, with a flat waist band on the front and elastic in the back, and I want them to be somewhat skinny. If you know of a pattern that would fit around a 3T, let me know!
So I wanted to make my son a pair of pants from my own design, and I had some cheap woven flannel and thought I would give it a go. I took all his measurements, designed them as flat front, with elastic in the back of the waistband to fit them around his butt. Since they were flat front, the rise measurements were different for the front and back. I spaced and made the rear rise the same as the front, about 2 inches too short, meaning the pants did not stick out enough in the butt to go over his diaper very well. The waist also could have been an inch bigger arond, maybe two. I added what I thought was plenty of ease, but I guess not.
So, lesson learned...when in doubt, add two inches! If they end up too big, at least they aren't too small. I am going to try these again, but with some cool blue and black buffalo plaid from the Walmart remnant bin. Wish me luck! And don't do what I did!
After watching Pee Wee's Big Adventure recently, and seeing some PW tattoo flash, I decided he needed to be immortalized in stitches in my living room. I found a picture of a Pee Wee stencil thing, added text in Paint, flipped it and printed it, traced over it with some tracing paper and my transfer pencil, and ironed it onto some cotton. I stretched it too much in my hoop so it's kind of warped, but I am going to try and iron it with some steam tomorrow and see if it won't flatten out. I HAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAATE doing satin stitch, and this drove me nuts, but it's all done and now I have filled my quota for the next decade or so. Took me two days, several hours, but honestly less than I thought it would take. I may make another one with a different face and saying, just to practice my stitches.
The finished product is roughly 7"x7" or so, and I cut it to 8x10".
I posted some of this in the quilting thread, but wanted to share here as well. I made a quilt, bumpers, crib skirt and memo board with a collection of out of print fabrics called "Polly Goes To Paris" by Henry Glass. I just kind of winged it for everything, and the crib skirt and bumpers were easy; just rectangles. The quilt was hard because it's cotton, minky dot, and vintage chenille squares, all of which have varying amounts of stretch. The back of the quilt is minky dot as well. If anyone is looking to do something similar, I can post some tutorials I found helpful, it would just be way too much to post all at once here. Looking for some feedback, as this was a lot of work!
If you want to see close ups of the fabrics, you can google "Polly Goes To Paris" and see some better photos!
I decided to make my own crib set for my baby girl on the way, using fabrics from the "Polly Goes To Paris" collection by Henry Glass. It was out of print when I got my heart set on it, and it took me about 4 months, countless hours, and tons of contacts to track down all the prints. The main fabric was so hard to find, it would take me a whole page just to tell the story, but I got it!
Anyways, I made the quilt using squares of the Polly cotton, minky dot squares, and vintage chenille squares (bought from this etsy seller: http://www.etsy.com/shop/teelady). The back is a darker pink minky dot fabric (sorry, forgot a pic) and I just used store bought black binding. It was SOOOOOOOOOOOOOO hard to sew three different types of fabric together, but I made it work with a lot of pinning and patience, and it turned out pretty nice.
I also made bumpers and a crib skirt and a memo board, which I pictured. I busted all of it out in about 2 days, so I'm tired but relieved! Now I can relax and wait for the baby to come.