Showing posts with label 01/2009. Show all posts
Showing posts with label 01/2009. Show all posts

Monday, March 12, 2012

Ottobre 01/2009-5

For Duncan's "Make it in a Metre" tee, I wanted to go in a somewhat different direction. Instead of a raglan sleeve, I went with a set in sleeve. but an envelope neckline. I wanted to use the astronaut fabric as a decorative element as well.
I immediately thought of the "Muksis" tee from the 01/2009 issue of Ottobre. I've made it before for my nephew, and I even had the correct size traced. I just love how cute it is.
I used the astronaut jersey for the adorable pocket as well as the sleeves. There is a lot of binding happening on this tee. Last time I made it was pre-coverstitch machine, and it was a surprisingly quick sew, even then. Now, with the coverstitch binder is was crazy fast. I did all the binding and made the cuffs of rib knit. The white body is cotton-lycra jersey.
I used my coverstitch machine to attach the pocket as well. To keep the turned under edges nice and sharp, I stitched some fusible thread onto the fold line on the wrong side and fused the hem edges down. It gave me a nice crisp edge that didn't wiggle around. I used magic tape to position the pocket for stitching, which also eliminated any movement there so that it stayed where I wanted it to. The end result is darn adorable. Duncan is going to wear it a lot!

Thursday, December 15, 2011


I had to derail some sewing plans thanks to a very active boy who managed to wear a hole in the knee of his only nice pair of pants. You know, the really nice, lined ones I made him a month ago. Seriously!! They only lasted a month!

So, I pulled out his TNT pant pattern (Ottobre 01/2009-23) and whipped up another pair.
This time, they have knee patches. I made these from a flannel backed twill that I've used for pants for him before. Those wore well, kept him warm and were comfortable. Plus, the flannel side of the fabric is cozy, so I didn't feel like they needed a lining, which made them quicker to sew.
The only embellishing I did was to quilt the patches in straight lines and topstitch the side and crotch seams with dark grey thread. For the patches, I just used the worn out pair to determine size and placement. I put a piece of thin batting under the patch for increased sturdiness. Let's hope these last longer than a month...

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Ottobre 06/2011-34 & 01/2009-23

Both of these patterns are reruns, but I ran into some trouble I thought I'd share.
I made this outfit for Logan as a Christmas gift. The top is Ottobre 06/2011-34, which I made here, and the pants are Ottobre 01/2009-23, which I have made 10 times in various sizes. Needless to say, we like this pattern. For this iteration, I used a poly velour from Fabric Mart for the shirt as well as to line the pants. He has a velour raglan top made for him by his Oma that he wears all the time, but which is showing it's age. I used sueded cotton twill from for the pants outer.
Oma's version has a cool zombie embroidered on it, but since I don't have an embroidery machine, I picked up two Cars patches from Joann and stitched them on. Cute, huh? This was not where I had trouble though. The trouble came when I attached the neckband. This velour has less stretch than the rib knit I used the last time I made this top, so I made the neckband a smidge longer to compensate. It would have been fine, except that this velour curled like no jersey I have ever seen, and when I tried to stretch it to stitch it to the neckline, it curled away from the serger and out of range of the needles. Add to that that my serger has been misbehaving lately and you have a recipe for disaster. Three different neckbands, four broken needles, some basting and a bit of swearing later, it actually looks pretty good. What I learned was that if you have a jersey that curls like a mad fiend, basting the edges together with a zigzag stitch before you serge will tame the curlies. Word to the wise. The cuffs look much better. I basted them.
The pants have some decorative twill tape at the back pocket openings. Mom brought this home from Expo a couple of years ago and I have been awaiting the "perfect" project. I'm not sure this is perfect, but it was about to become To Good To Use, and we can't have that. I think it's a cute touch and it coordinates nicely with the top.

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Ottobre 01/2009-23

Hey look! Logan really does wear stuff I make him!
It seems like my Logan clothes posts are always unmodeled, but I caught him this time at the park , after thoroughly bribing him with Sonic. And this was still the best picture I got of the pants...
This is yet another version of the elastic waist pants from the 01/2009 issue of Ottobre. I have actually lost count of the number of times I've made these for Logan, but I've traced three different sizes. This pair replaces his last pair of nice-enough-for-chuch pants that he *sigh* blew a hole in the knee of earlier this week. I skipped all of the patches and pockets on the front, since I wanted them to be church-y.
On the back, I used the pocket from pant #23, the "Tarhuri" pant. Logan loves the double pocket and I have yet to meet a boy who doesn't like to play with velcro. Double win, there. I stuck a little bias tape tab into the edgestitching of the pocket, just for fun.
The coolest part of these pants is on the inside. I decided to line them with some soft cotton jersey. The outer fabric is a thinnish twill, and it is getting pretty cold. This monkey fabric is fun, but a little too juvenile for Logan. This way only he knows it's there, but it will help keep him cozy on the playground.

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Baby, it's cold outside!

After all of the Halloween sewing, I was so ready to do some selfish, easy sewing! I pulled out some pink jersey and an easy, but new to me cardigan pattern and had it (and a cardi for Myra) all cut out, when Logan blew the knee out of his favorite pair of pants. Y'all, I'm not gonna lie, I've been turning a blind eye to the desperate need that sweet boy has for new pants. He wears shorts as much as possible, but it really is getting cold, and his pants are veering dangerously close to the "high waters" territory. Naturally, he refuses to wear all RTW pants. So I traced out the next size of our favorite Ottobre pants from the 01/2009 issue.
I made them out of fleece. Logan loves fleece pants, and who can blame him? They're warm, soft and comfy. This pattern is basic, although Ottobre includes a ton of fun pockets and patches so that you can dress them up. For these two pairs, I only added a cargo pocket to one pair, inspired by a pair I saw in the mini Boden catalog.
I oversaturated the image so hopefully it would show the pocket. I used the coverstitch to hem and attach the pocket and left the edges raw. Hopefully, this makes them look less like PJ pants and more like daywear.

While I was cutting out the grey pair, Mitch wandered in to the sewing room. He petted the fleece and commented that it was quite nice, then in a subtle for him move, mentioned that his very favorite thing that I've sewed him is his fleece Kwik Sew pullover (which he was actually wearing at the time). Mitch doesn't ask for much, and I had plenty of that grey fleece, which was quite nice indeed.
I've made this pullover (Kwik Sew 3570) quite a few times as well, twice for Mitch and twice as gifts. I have to say that it is one of my favorite patterns, too. It is quite easy to sew, looks nice and fits Mitch's athletic figure well. If you sew for men or teenage boys, you really ought to have this pattern in your arsenal. It works just as well in jersey or interlock for a casual top as it does in fleece for a snug pullover.
This time around, I tried something new with the neckband that I really liked.
I know this picture isn't that helpful. Here's the skinny. The instructions have you sew the neckband on right sides together to the neckline, insert the zipper, then fold over the upper half of the neckline (basically a fold over facing) and stitch in the ditch around the neckline to secure it. Now this is fine, since the zipper eliminates any need for the neckline to stretch, but I always thought it looked sloppy on the inside. This time, instead of stitching in the ditch, I simply stitched the two seam allowances together using an overedge stretch stitch on my sewing machine. What the picture is trying to show you is the black serged seam (which was the first neckline to neckband seam) and on top, the overedge stitch to secure the facing. It's a bit hard to see since the thread from the second pass matches the fabric so it sort of disappears. Anyway, I really like the way this turned out - no floppy seam allowances around the neck - so I'll be doing it this way going forward.

Now, back to my pink cardigans!

Friday, March 18, 2011

A pair of pants

Actually two pair...
Both my boys have Easter pants!  I've used these patterns before for them, so I won't gab on about them.  Logan's are from the basic pant from the 01/2009 issue of Ottobre.  There are three different designs that use this base pattern, so you really could mix and match all the pockets, tabs and patches to get a unique look every time.  I went with very simple cargo pockets this time.  The shirt is the star of this ensemble.  For Duncan's pants, I used the Simplicity 3765 pattern that I use for all my baby pants, with cargo pockets placed like Logan's.
Here is a closeup of the wee pair, lightened so you can see the pockets.
I'm so excited to have all of my boy Easter sewing done!  Next up will be Myra's dress, then I think I'll do mine.  I'm in need of some selfish sewing!  After that I should be ready to tackle a real man shirt for Mitch.

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Refashion: Men's cords to boy's (Ottobre 01/2009-23)

Logan has shredded two pairs of pants in as many weeks, so I needed a quick way to replace them.  Enter an old pair of Mitch's cords and the pattern I made for him last week (already traced!).
The pattern is a quick and dirty elastic waist pant.  Of course, Ottobre gives you tons of fun pocket and detail options, but for these, I didn't use any of them.
The front pockets came from the original pants and I didn't add any back pockets.  That made these crazy quick to make.  Good thing, since corduroy isn't all that sturdy and these are on their second life already.
I neglected to take a before picture, but here is how I laid them out for cutting.  First I slashed the inseam and the front crotch, then laid them flat right sides together.  I lined up the side seams as best I could, then placed the pattern pieces to incorporate the front pockets on the front pant piece and an unembellished section of the back leg became the new back pants.  As you can see, I'm not going to get away with this for too much longer - Logan is getting too big!

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Ottobre 01/2009-23 "Tarhuri" pants

Logan put a hole in his only pair of dress pants a couple of days ago, so he needed some new ones for church.
This style is from the 01/2009 issue of Ottobre, and is a basic elastic waist pant with three different pocket and detail options.  I made the other two styles last year - here and here, so I knew that Logan liked them.
The front pockets are lined, and are intended to extend up as belt loops, but I omitted the belt loop extension, as I wasn't planning to make the coordinating belt.  Mostly this was to save time (I sewed these Saturday night to wear to church Sunday), but also because Logan doesn't wear belts.  I also skipped the velcro side tabs that hold up the pants when rolled up, since these are church pants and that seemed a bit casual.
Here is the back.  The back pockets are super fun!  They are sewn as a unit, with the flap as a part of the pocket back.  Ottobre intends you to sew them on along the flap fold line so that they hang down and can flap up.  I thought that would annoy Logan, so I sewed them down along the bottom and sides like a traditional patch pocket, so I ended up with a double pocket.
 Tuck something in behind the flap,
or under it!  Logan played around with his pockets a ton!  One thing that I didn't like about these pants was the fabric I chose.  It is a flannel backed twill from FFC, which I chose because it is nice and warm, but it is also too thick for these layered pockets, so they are a bit bulky.  Logan likes them though, so overall they are a win!
Most importantly, they are good for running!

Parting shot:
The Wee Professor sports his gear.

Sunday, December 26, 2010

Ottobre 01/2009-5 and 06/2009-5

Now that Christmas has passed and presents are opened, I can finally share some of my creations with you!  This was the first thing I made for the holidays - way back in November.
It's an outfit for my nephew, who is 16 months old.
The top is Ottobre 01/2009-5.  Ottobre calls it the "Muksis" tee.  I love the fun kangaroo pocket, and all the bindings.  The envelope neckline allows for easy on and off.  I was afraid all those details would make this tricky to sew, but I should know Otto better!  This was a super quick and easy sew.
Here is a closer shot of the pocket and hem binding.  They are stitched down with a twin needle, so they look nice and are stretchy.  I love that the cuffs roll up to give the tee built in growing room.  And I'm very happy with how well the stripes came together, both across the pocket as well as sleeve and side seams.
The jeans are Ottobre 06/2009-5.  This is such a super pattern!!  The pants are lined - I used the same soft jersey as I did to make the tee.  The waistband is ribbing, which makes it soft.  The pattern calls for a drawstring, but I prefer to avoid those in baby clothes, as they can be a choking hazard.  I just ran elastic through it like a casing.  The jeans-style topstitching and faux fly are super touches.
From the back you can see the cute pockets and the yoke.  It doesn't actually provide any shaping, but gives a more authentic jeans look.  I did all of the topstitching on my Singer.  It was so nice to have a dedicated topstitching machine, or I'd have been changing thread and needles constantly.  As you can see, the cuffs are rolled up to show the lining.  More room to grow!
I also knitted a little cap to go with the whole look.  Ravelry notes are here.  Little B is going to be one well dressed little dude!

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Ottobre 01/2009-25 "Nopsa"

Thanks to everyone for your thoughts on my mini wardrobe plans.  I think the solids (and the pinstripe - not a solid!) will be good and versatile, but if a cute print in a lavender/blue jumps at me, I may change my mind...

Logan's Easter ensemble is complete, so now I can get back to my selfish sewing.  Hee-hee.
These are to go with his Thomas the Train shirt that I made last week.  They are the "Nopsa" pants from the 01/2009 issue of Ottobre.  They use the same basic pant pieces that the "Teku" pant that I made him for Valentine's Day, which was great since I knew they fit and I wouldn't have to trace them off again.  The difference between the two is pocket style and placement, as well as a few belt and tool loops.  There were also supposed to be knee pads on this version, but since these are church pants, I left them off.
Here is the back.  I messed with the saturation so that you could see the pockets.  The color is actually a dark navy.  Aren't those nested back pockets cool?
Up close.
The other pocket is pretty sweet as well.  The front pocket curves over the side seam and becomes the upper  back pocket.

Next up is a Great White shirt for me, and I need to get to tracing and altering patterns for the Mini Wardrobe contest.  I can't start cutting fabric until the 16th, but I can get my patterns ready!

Monday, February 8, 2010

Stash question and Ottobre 01/2009-21 Valentine "Teku"

What a fun response to my last post about stashing!  Or rather, collecting.  Thanks for the reminder,  Carolyn!!  You guys are awesome.  I'm glad to see that I am in such good company  :-)  I did want to get some feedback for Sister's question about buying for your collection.  Here is what she said -
"I'm a back-of-the-envelope person - I didn't even know what "stash" meant! And my burning question for you stashers is how do you know how much to buy? I used to sit in the store and flip through catalogs, then walk around with the envelope getting supplies. But now I see that's not satisfactory when the craving hits and I can't get to the store. On my way to stashing!"
So, all you stashers and collectors - How do you know how much to buy?  For me, I know that generally a simple knit top takes about a yard, a skirt a little more and pants generally 2.  I often end up either overbuying, or with not quite enough because I've decided that the fabric that I thought I wanted to make a blouse out of suddenly screamed dress to me.  That's when we get creative with layouts...  I've seen a cool set of cards that help you decide how much to buy based on your size and the general style of garment you think you will make from the fabric, but I've never used them.  You can check them out here.

And in other news - Logan's Valentine pants are all done!
They look a little pink in this picture, but I assure you, they are a vivid, true red.  Mitch would have a bit of trouble with pink on his manly boy...  I like all the crazy pockets,
and as an added bonus, they are the perfect size for a Matchbox garage.  Sweet, eh?

Next up is the matching skirt for Myra.  I'm using the twirler skirt pattern that I drafted for her, but adding the cute heart shaped pockets from Ottobre 01/2009-19 - the Herrta skirt.  It's gonna be cute!

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Ottobre 01/2009-21 "Teku"

I really couldn't wait to try out one of my new Ottobres!!  This is a sort of mock-up for the pants I'm planning to make Logan for Valentine's Day.  I wasn't confident of his size, so I decided to make a basic pair in the size I think he needs (92) to try them out.  He also has been bugging me to make him some more fleece pants for naptime, so I figured I'd kill two birds with one stone.
So, here are the fleece version of the "Teku" pant from the 01/2009 issue if Ottobre.  I didn't do any of the embellishment or pockets, so they were a crazy quick sew.  This is the basis for like four different pairs of pants, so Logan is about to seriously upgrade his wardrobe in the pants department!
The fit in the straight 92 is good, so we're going forward!  Logan really likes these.  (You'll find his dump truck shirt here.)  I already cut out the "real" pair from some red rayon/poly "Linen Look" fabric.
Perfect for naptime.