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Monday, August 20, 2012

Yet another border print and 6 pairs of pants


Do you keep track of your sewing projects? I keep mine in a spreadsheet for the year, and noticed that in the last 6 weeks, I've stitched 25 Ottobre garments in a row! That's all kid sewing, mind you. I enjoyed making myself a Jalie top this weekend, which I show you soon.


This brown one has been worn and washed multiple times, now. It's a raglan sleeve and the sleeves (front and back) are gathered to the raglan seam. Very cute, but a little lost in the print.

Interestingly, the neckline is faced but the top edges are left raw. So there's a double layer raw edge, which is coverstitched close to the edge. I almost ignored the instructions and 'did it my own way', but reconsidered. Why not try something new?  It doesn't look any worse for all those washes.

Pattern is Frenchie Stripes T-shirt (Ottobre 1-2011-30). It's 3/4 sleeved, but I shortened the sleeves.

I gave Sara free choice from my personal fabric stores, and she chose my favorite border print knit, gah!


The striped shirt is Daisy T-shirt (Ottobre 1-2008-39). With these two shirts, I overcame my temporary hatred of clear elastic and have now sworn to use it anytime I ever have to gather something. It's so easy to get perfectly gathered fabric - at least compared to the traditional method



After the shirts, I went crazy and made 6 pairs of my favorite Ottobre pants, the Neat Beat Pants (6-2009-17). The girls got 3 matching pairs - denim, khaki, and navy twill.



But this time I added back pockets and I really love how they look now.


I've made so many of these, Grace will *only* wear pants with front yokes and elastic in the back. They must be really comfortable.


The navy twill pairs . . .


The lightweight khaki stretch twill pairs . . .


This is just one of the 'model' shots she  insisted I take.  



And the denim pairs . . .


9 comments:

  1. Wow, that's some serious sewing. Great work!

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  2. At least your children look impeccable and have great fashion taste. They must take after their wonderful Mum :)

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  3. You have been so busy, and your girls look adorable in their sweet new clothes! I take my hat off to you, sewing all your children't clothes as well as your own; bravo! And I'm impressed that you have a spreadsheet to keep track of you handmade garments. I just have my blog.

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  4. great outfits as usual...you do certainly keep very busy making everyone's clothes! I have used clear elastic to gather and never particularly got on with it but perhaps there is a knack I have yet to discover!!

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  5. It is very impressive that you sew your children's clothes, these are lovely garments and make a very pretty and practical mini wardrobe for each girl, how lucky they are!

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  6. You need to hide your favorite fabrics before letting the kids loose in your stash!lol The tops look great and I LOVE the Neat Beat pants with pockets!

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  7. Hah! DD almost didn't let me sew my recent pajama pants because she wanted the fabric for herself, so I feel for you. Great garments, and pants is the best TNT to have anyway!

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  8. I am SO impressed (as always) by your practical kids' clothes sewing. You are so inspiring, thank you Joy!

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  9. Your Jalie top and the children's clothes are so cute! You did a great job on all of it. I am impressed that you keep your projects on a spreadsheet and that you have accomplished so much sewing in such a short period of time. Super woman!!

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