Emerson Sewing

I’ve been busy sewing lately. Not only have I made things for the kids, I’ve made a few things for myself. I’ve made two pairs of shorts and a pair of cropped pants.

I used the Emerson Pant & Short pattern from True Bias for all three items. I made the chambray pants first and I love them. I wear them constantly. Yesterday I finished the green shorts and today I made the gray shorts. The only change I made to the pattern was increasing the length of the shots by three inches on the gray pair.

I did not love the waistband construction on these pants, and I could not have made these without a walking foot. I’m not entirely sure why I didn’t just do a simple waistband and ignore the directions, I’m never ever ever going to wear a shirt tucked in with these pants, so I wasted a lot of effort on something that will never be seen.

I am not loving my knitting projects at the moment, so I’m going to either cast on a new project or cut out a dress for Audrey tonight. I suppose I could clean my room, but there is always tomorrow for that.

Do you have any patterns you want to make for yourself? Do you also want to copy Alissa and make a Farrow Dress? Should I give up sewing and get back to knitting? It’s too hot to make any decisions.

Sunny Day Shorts

I was at the fabric store with the kids this weekend, and to reward them for being good I let them each pick out fabric for an item of clothing of their choice. Audrey picked fabric for a Minnie Mouse dress. Elliot picked up some knit fabric for construction shorts.

I used the Sunny Day Shorts pattern by Oliver & S. It is a free pattern and is very basic. That was just perfect for the level of effort I was interested in.

I have a few projects ahead of Audrey’s dress, so I was feeling bad about that. Then I remembered the shirt I made in the spring that fits me funny and I was never going to wear. Sometimes it pays to be a large woman with small children.

I did change the pattern a little bit. The waistband seemed fiddly, so I just folded the band in half, sewed it mostly on to the pants, put elastic in it, and then sewed it up the rest of the way. That change allowed me to use 1 inch elastic instead of the 3/4 inch elastic called for in the pattern (yet sadly missing from my stash). Once the waistband was sewn up I pulled the elastic taught and did a zig zag stitch through the middle of the elastic around the shorts to keep the elastic from rolling. I think this will work fine, but if there is some reason I shouldn’t do this in the future please let me know.

I really liked how fast this project was. I can see letting the kids pick out fabric as a reward for good behavior again. I might try making shorts with pockets next time.

Do you have any pattern recommendations for kids?

Sewing

On Saturday I met up with a friend for a trip 30 minutes north to Ames, Iowa. It was an odd trip, mostly because it was taken for the sole purpose of visiting their quilt shop. I’m not a quilter, but I wanted to go check it out (no, there is absolutely no way I’m ever going to be a quilter).

While at the quilt store I looked at the kids fabric, and found some that I knew the kids would love. High on fabric fumes, I decided I would make them both pillowcases. They don’t need pillowcases. I have lots of other projects I should be doing. I ignored reason and bought the fabric.

John went out biking last night, so I took the opportunity to get some sewing done. I made Elliot a Thomas pillowcase. Elliot loves James from Thomas and Friends, so when I found fabric with James on it I knew it would be perfect. For the cuff I went with another Thomas fabric. He is very excited to try out his new pillowcase (perhaps this will get him to sleep more?).

For Audrey’s pillowcase I used My Little Pony fabric with the cuff in a Tula Pink stripe. She loves reading My Little Pony books and her favorite stuffed animal is Apple Jack (one of the ponies).

I returned my MILs serger a few months ago and I’m really regretting it now. I had forgotten how much I dislike French seams. I think I’ll make the kids holiday pillowcases throughout the year, and when I do I’m going to borrow a serger to finish the seams.

Have you been sewing lately?

Rainbows & Donuts

Yesterday morning I was planning on packing before we met friends who were celebrating the end of the school year. I had the best plans to get things done. I was really going to focus.

Then I lost my damn mind. Instead of packing I made the kids matching rainbows & donuts sweatpants. I decided that if we were going to get donuts they should have matching pants.

I love how they turned out, sloppy sewing and all. I used the Mini Hudson Pant pattern and some knit fabric I found at JoAnns. I had issues with the pattern, but I’m 80% sure that was due to SWT (sewing while tired). I’ll be making these pants again. They have a women’s and men’s version of the Hudson Pant, so I’m trying to make holiday matching family pants a thing (I’ll let you know if I get John on board with this).

What crafty obsession have you been sucked into this week?

Tension Headache

I decided to take a break from knitting because of the shawl that shall not be named. I worked up two medium size Christmas themed project bags. I’m going to keep one and give one to a friend who knits a lot of presents for Christmas.

This project gave me fits. I could not get my tension right. My friend even came over to help. I tried 10 different tensions on my machine and kept ending up with thread barf on the bottom of my work.

After days of fighting tension she suggested I try a different thread. It was instantly better. I think it is the sewing equivalent of the help desk telling you to turn it off and turn it back on again. I won’t be trying to work with cotton thread again any time soon.

In the end I have two project bags that are OK to look at from a distance.

Now that I have my tension issues figured out I’m ready to get back to sewing. I cut out a new dress and hope to have it done in time to wear to the BINGO party I’m going to on Saturday afternoon (there will be boozy punch, a cheese ball, and prizes….I can’t wait).

I hope you are having better luck with your crafts than I am this week.