Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Kimono tops and pants, pants, pants

I finished up some of these projects over the weekend but have finally sat down at the computer. But first. sigh...I have a confession to make. I bought fabric. Not just need to finish a project, need a yard of yellow knit. Nope. Cute stuff. Boy knits at Joann's (on sale). Really, BOY knits at Joann's!! And a cute knit for me online as I needed size tags. January fabric sales make a diet very challenging. Anyway fell off the wagon, but I am back on and planning to participate in stash game on Sewing Mamas Forum. Gotta make sure I know all the rules, but it's just for fun; sew what ya got and no buying new fabric or you lose points.

First project! A little kimono lightweight jacket for little i and coordinating fancy pants. Well they aren't fancy as in frilly and only wear to church, just more involved then the typical 10 minute pants I've been making.
This was marketed as a girl's pattern but I thought it would be cute for my guys too! I did a halfway length, they had a short jacket or knee length jacket and I decided about the middle would be good. I used snaps instead of ties and the fabric is featherweight cord.


The reverse or lining (I made it fully reversible!) The two prints used were cause err I couldn't decide. No really! It had nothing to do with the fact I only bought a yard of each and didn't have enough of either to do the whole top :)

Close up of the prints. I love the animal print!


The back of the jacket. This came together really quick! I can see myself making another one :)

Green fancy pants. From Ottobre umm 1/08, I think? I haven't got the new one yet so pretty sure that's the spring one I've been using. The fabric is a diagonal lime green/regular green twill. Very nice to sew and perfect weight for spring. I did a boo boo and forgot seam allowances (again) and kinda goofed the billows pocket but it turned out pretty nice. Oh and I didn't use a zip like they said to cause, yeah it would be 2.25 inches long. really? all that work for less than 3 inches of zipper? So I added snaps instead and they coordinate with the kimono top. Two
of the tees coordinate with the pants too!

Fixed up Woollybottoms footies. Managed to get my hands on some woollybottoms (made of recycled wool, hard to get around here :) and little i loved them so much he wore holes in the legs where the back of the leg meets the foot! I took off the old feet, attached new ones with an extra long footbed that folds up behind his heel so he hopefully won't do that again. I had to use different fabric, and we picked out the robot fabric so it matches his shirt. He was so nice to show off my machine appliqued suede grippies on the foot.


Desert Pants also from afore mentioned Ottobre. This is such a cool pattern you only need one cut of fabric. Not two like I cut this morning! I added a super huge pocket that I am told can fit a checkbook, keys, 5 cars, a pencil and wadded up tissue paper.

Annnd this would be the second cut of the fabric! I cut it down to baby n's size added a not quite as huge pocket and reverse appliqued a tee I had sitting around. Gotta say reverse applique is fun!! The rocket print was just perfect to reverse applique.

A kimono top for me. I had finished this awhile ago but had some stitches come undone so it's been sitting in the sewing room in the dreaded mending pile. I know the picture is terrible but it's dark brown jersey, has lovely drape.


Last project!! Yes I am showing you my dirty laundry. Sorry about that! An open wetbag for my used kitchen towels and washclothes. I had been putting them in the hamper but it's cloth and would get smelly and gross and I would take apart the whole thing to wash it. Not. Fun. I then just piled the dirty towels in front of the garbage can in the kitchen and that was gross. So this has been in the back of my mind for awhile and I finally got some white PUL to do it. It's in two parts the outer fun fabric is lined and then the white bit is the PUL that can be pulled out and thrown in the wash. I can make more PUL liners as needed and keep the cute fabric cube in the kitchen :D.

Okay that's it. Thanks for sticking with me through all of those projects! I did proofread this but blogger spellcheck isn't working and blogger's giving me fits. Sorry for the poor grammer and terrible spelling.

Lots more to come!
Annmarie

1 comment:

seemommysew said...

wow....you've been busy! Everything looks great! I love your snap idea. I have some pants planned and was not looking forward to doing such tiny, fiddly zippers. And your kitchen washcloth idea....I'm going to copy that too! I always have stinky washcloths piled up on top of my washer, falling all over the place. But no more! :)