Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Saturday, September 21, 2013

Remake of Papa's Plaid Sweater

This is all that is left of Papa's sweater
Good bye Perry Ellis sweater...
He gladly let my Grandma use it to make this
racer back vest and leggings for me.
Hello, Sassy Little BBC Racer back Vest
by ShwinDesigns
 with a little remake by Grandma Deborah


Grandma bought these yoga shorts for only $3 at a summer clearance. Look what she did with them!!!!!
A gathered skirt made out of featherweight wool.
This fabric raveled and Grandma finished some edges with bias seam tape.


Grandma also made a soft, bright, red t-shirt to contrast with the black and white fabric.
Smiles from:
Miss C and her Grandma

Sunday, September 15, 2013

Bubblegum Inspired Outfit

My candy inspiration for the second sewing challenge from
 Project Run and Play  is

My first design inspiration as I thought about bubblegum was
 the delicious pink color of bubblegum.

Of course, who could think about bubblegum without envisioning blowing huge bubbles....
until they burst all over your face.
Girl with bubble gum bubble bursting against her face
So I began my hunt for bubblegum pink fabric with bubbles... and here is what I found:
  Fleece that is soft,
warm, and just right for a little girl that likes to wear dresses in our cold Northern Illinois winters.
Remember twirling the end of your blown bubblegum bubble to save them?
Bubble Gum Paperweight
 Well Miss C loves twirling in her new bubblegum dress.
 This jumper features a twirly, swirly skirt.

Though I love the soft bubblegum color of the fabric, I provided some contrast to the design when I chose to use a soft grey shade as a contrast.

 The first contrast comes from the blanket stitched edges around the neck edge and built in belt. The grey long sleeved t-shirt is made from a soft organic cotton knit soft. I found that the construction went quite quickly. I even reread an old Stretch and Sew book from years ago to calculate the length of the 
self-ribbing at the neck edge.

Miss C holding her bubblegum roll, and showing off some of her ballet moves.

  Fleece does not ravel; therefore, there is no need for a seam finish or edge finish.  I decided to use my sewing machine blanket stitch to quickly sew the bodice and facing together in one quick step.  Sew and trim... that's all there is to it!
To highlight the lower waist, I added a grey belt dotted with pink mini-dot and darker grey buttons. The belt is topstitched with a machine blanket stitch too.
The hat is the final touch to the perfect bubblegum inspired creation.

I created the hat by searching on the internet for some basic instructions, and then just having a go at it! I found that I needed to add some elastic inside the band since fleece doesn't have any stretch. Miss C told me that she really likes the hat because it makes her feel "fancy."

...And that my friends is my candy inspired outfit.


Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Striped and Solid Knit Pullover Top

Hurrah! It's time to be a part of Project Run and Play Season 7. 
My granddaughter has grown so much this summer that she really needs some new clothes for the upcoming school year.
I love this soft fabric.
The first challenge is a remake of Oliver + S's Popover Sundress.
Here are some of the changes that I made to the basic sundress:

  1. I used a soft cotton knit striped fabric and a knit waffled French terry fabric for the outfit.
  2. I shortened the bodice front and back to make this pullover top.
  3. I added two inches width to both the front and back bodice at the "Place on fold" to add fullness so I could gather the bodice to the front band.
  4. I interfaced one half of the front band and then topstitched the band to give it more shape and strength.
  5. I used the bright yellow stripe to create a piping that I inserted in the bottom of the front and back band.
  6. I cut the widened bodice into 2 pieces ( five inches from the bottom) and  inserted a very full gathered ruffle into the seam when I sewed them back together.  This gave the longer top more body and swing.
  7. I also made striped leggings, a striped t-shirt with a gore of solid French terry knit inserted into the back of the t-shirt. and solid pants with back striped pockets to coordinate with the top.
Comfort is the most important factor in whether or not my granddaughter will wear the outfits that I sew for her... and this outfit is comfortable!
Details are what makes an outfit special... and this outfit has details-gores, topstitched seams, decorative pockets, ruffles, and piping.
Making both solid and striped pants added variety to the outfits that can be created.
Lastly, creating different layers will be important in our cold Chicago winters. T-Shirt + Pullover tunic top + pants = warmth.


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