Hello stitchers! Today we get started on the Brindille & Twig Layette Sew-Along! This is a three-piece sew-along, sized preemie to 6T!
Pretty cool to wait for the kids to get off the school bus and they’re wearing clothes I made. In Nels’ case – the newest in a long line of wool blazers, this time a houndstooth. For Phee, a cloak-hooded sweater with thumbholes.
And I hadn’t blogged either! Yet. Been busy.
Made from a sweaterknit bought from the now-closed Grays General Store here in Hoquiam, there wasn’t really enough yardage to make a full sweater with a hood. But I’m pretty crafty and I managed to piece it together by designing the sleeves in two pieces each. Lined the cuffs and the hood in a soft organic cotton knit:
I love super-full hoods. And of course: thumbholes! THEY’RE SO HOT RIGHT NOW
Phoenix is growing so fast. A lovely young lady.
Nels, male model. Adorable times One Hundred! You know. I made all the clothes pictured: the Finn hat, the Flyer Jacket, the skinny wool trousers (Banyan by Figgy’s), and the hooded pearl-snap shirt. AW YEAH. Hell I (arguably) even made the child. Yeah. Yeah I’m pretty awesome.
OK, so down to brass tacks: I have two new garments to show you, and two patterns to discuss. Across the internetz many (mostly)lady-bloggers are sewing up a batch of boy patterns. They are all PDF indie designs, have a wonderful size range of 3 months to sizze 16, and they are all featured on sale this week. I was honored to be asked to participate. August 26th I will be submitting my second entry. If you like what you see here, you might pee your pants on the 26th! No, really. It’s that good!
I fell in love, instantly, with this semi-sheer little knit in “tomato and ivory” colorway. In between working for clients, it’s important to sew something that kind of warms my heart. So I did.
It’s also quite gratifying to make someone something and watch them snuggle right into it, and wear it all day long.
Stripe matching as per usual: LIKE A BOSS
Twin needle at the hem:
Next up: pattern testing three patterns for a blog tour (wonderful!), making a silk blouse for a client, and mapping out a drover’s coat for another client. Far less a “housewife” these days than a preoccupied, semi-bitchy tailor!
Look. Not all monsters are spooky, or creepy. Some are “cuddly”. In fact that was listed in the job description from this particular client!
The 100% cotton “teeth” lining the pocket opening:
Phoenix, who at a size 6 doesn’t quite fill out this size 14. It is pinched at the back with clothespins but as you can see, the bust is still too large. Still – she was a willing and available model. She wants to be paid. Thoughts?
I am so pleased with how this turned out – 100% accurate to the sketch I provided the client. It is not only gratifying I can sew what I can draw – it is practical.The client only pays once they’ve agreed to the garment’s sketch and price so at that point we are likely to both have a good experience. So far, the system has worked out well. I provide a 100% refund (no questions asked) and I am also pretty selective at which clients I take on.
As always, you can read a bit more about construction in the Flickr tagset.
Up next: a silk blouse, planning out a drover’s coat for a trade, and maybe even a project for my own family!
So Phoenix drew a hoodie the other day. It was so awesome I decided to make it. I particularly liked the “wings” on the hood – she sketched a detail shot and everything:
So here’s what I came up with:
OH SNAP so soft. Actually the hoodie is very lightweight – almost tissue-tee weight. This of course made tiger-stripe appliques a really fun challenge. By that I mean, lots of angry tears.
The floral was a very lightweight cotton recently gifted to me by a local alterationist who I adore. I wanted something feminine and homey to contrast with the bold cosplay elements of the piece. The back:
Up close of the “wings” – with Phee’s little dots in there for good measure:
The horn – the same European Linen I used for the recent slacks sew-a-long:
And my favorite detail – the hidden side-seam pockets at the front side panel. Very cozy, only enough room to warm a hand, very lightweight:
A closeup of the stripe applique:
And a closeup of a happy hoodie recipient!
More construction details in the Flickr tagset, as per usual!