Over the last week and a half I have been sewing some things. Let me share
First, I made 3 long sleeve tee's for Mr. T with Pattern: Jalie 2918 (shout out to Joy at 21wale for inspiring me to make this pattern! Thanks, Joy!)
This is the second tee I made. I love how it turned out! The cotton jersey fabric is thick enough and sightly ribbed. It has great stretch and is soft.
I tried a new paint that I picked up from Amazon. It comes in a cute tub and from the little I used, this will last forever. If you are interested it is called Jacquard Products Lumiere Fabric Paint 2.25 Oz. Jar: Metallic Silver and sells for $4-6 per tub in a ton of colors. For the fox I used Burnt Orange and for the Zelda triforce I used Pewter. I found that sponging it on worked better than a paint brush.
This green one is the first one I made out of a silky soft jersey, most likely rayon. It was hard to sew because it curled up a lot and was slippery. It is a bit thin too. I'm calling it a "wearable muslin" but T only gets to wear it to bed. :-) I used a size "O" which I'm pretty sure is an 11 US. T is very small and skinny for his age. The sleeve length and shirt length were too long for him. I ended up folding out 2" from sleeves and shirt on the second and third shirts. Otherwise, no other changes. It fits great and I'm very happy with it.
The shirt is easy to sew up. I used my serger for everything except the hems. I used fusible bias tape in the shoulder seams. I have found that I used 3/4 yard in 60 wide for the front, back, and 1 sleeve. Then you need a whole other 3/4 yard for just the one last sleeve to fit :-( This means a bunch of left over fabric. I could make a tank top out of the left over, but I choose to make a few pairs of undies for Miss K.
Sorry, no pictures of Mr. T wearing them. He is at school and it has been so dark and dreary when he's been home after school. I assure you though that they fit him well and this will be a favorite pattern :) If I had one thing to gripe about it, it is that the armpits are very long - but T has only skin and bone there.... eh, it works.
If you would like to know how I do my freezer paper stencils to paint on the shirt you can check out my previous post/tutorial here.
On to the Xmas sewing. I haven't done much. My MIL and SIL requested plastic grocery bag holders. They choose their own colors for them. SIL on left, MIL on right. They whipped up fast and I know they will be well received.
My 2 nephews will be getting Packer fleece snakes. Here is my test one, 1/2 stuffed. He has 2 bells in his tail end so when you shake him, he rattles. My kids now each want one!
That's about all I've been up too. Today is my last day of class and I'll be soooooooo happy to be done, for a few weeks. I start again on the 6th of Jan. Technically as of today I have my MBA!!! YAY!! But I added a second emphasis so 2 more classes to go.
I hope you have a great holiday and enjoy time with your families!
~ Happy Sewing! ~ Kristin ~