I had great ambitions this month. Then, work happened. It’s been nuts lately. One week I had three hearings in three different counties. One of those was even my first oral argument in front of the Court of Appeals! It was super stressful (I only found out on Friday I was handling the oral arguments on Wednesday…) but I loved it. It was one of those things that reminds me of exactly what I had envisioned being an attorney could be. Speaking of being an attorney… This month’s Sew the Show selection was Parenthood. Somehow I had missed this show when it was on tv, so I did some research (via Netflix) so I could participate in this month’s challenge. While I will admit that I’m now sucked into the show (I’m on the second season now), I have a bit of a gripe. Why do shows always seem to show female attorneys as failures as moms? The character of Julia bugs me – she’s a successful attorney so she constantly messes up when it comes to her daughter and, in fact, her daughter prefers her dad to her mom? Maybe it only bugs me because I’m just starting this mom/attorney dual role and I’m worried I’ll mess it all up. I don’t know. But, for once, I’d love a show depicting a female attorney who also has kids who adore her. Anyway, on to the sewing! I picked the character of Kristina, the quintessential mom. So it’s only fitting I show shots of myself with the kiddos. She often wears tank tops and cardigans, so I decided to recreate that look. I made my tank top – a Greenwood Tank by Straight Stitch Designs with a cotton spandex knit from Girl Charlee’s May Knitfix. And I made my pants – Jalie 2908 Stretch Jeans with a corduroy from Pacific Fabrics. I had intended to whip up a cardigan, too, but that just didn’t happen this month (not that I have a shortage of cardigans in my closet, but it’d be nice to have some I have made myself). Maybe next month! I’ll provide a detailed description of the top and pants soon (including how I intend to modify those pants!), but I wanted to make sure I got this posted in June!
You guys, I love the Golden Girls. Seriously. In fact, the only category for which I was ever of any use to my team in trivia was the Golden Girls (which, surprisingly, came up fairly often in our old trivia spot). I’m useless at pop culture, but I’ve seen just about every episode of the Golden Girls. So, when I found out about Sew the Show AND it happened to be the Golden Girls, I just knew I had to participate. Of course, actually coming up with a Golden Girls inspired outfit proved fairly challenging. I wanted to make something that I might actually wear, but still wanted something that seemed like it fit in with the theme.
After much thought, I finally decided to make a kimono jacket and a tank top to go under it. I was going to make a pair of pants, too, but… babies… work… life… I ran out of time.
The jacket is Simplicity 1318, view b. The pattern is very simple and straight forward. To keep the insides looking nice, I used french seams throughout (french seams on the sleeves were a bit tricky…). The fabric is an Italian printed linen from Mood. I was looking for something that seemed like it would be in Golden Girls but one that didn’t look too “Florida retirement home” style. I found this fabric on moodfabrics.com, ordered it and hoped it would work for the kimono jacket. It’s a little stiff, but I think it works. I made a straight size medium with no alterations and I am really happy with the way it turned out. The pattern has quite a bit of ease, so, if you’re between sizes on this one, definitely size down.
For the tank top, I used a knit I’ve had in my stash for a while (no idea where it came from at this point). I used Simplicity 5379, an out of print pattern I’ve had in my stash since I started sewing clothes. I love the fabric, but I’m not loving the fit of the tank top. Guys, I really need a good basic knit tank top pattern. I’ve tried out a few of them (this one, the Style Arc Diana Top, modified the basic tee pattern from the Sew U Home Stretch book, etc.), but I have yet to find one that I like! It seems like it should not be this hard to find a basic tank top pattern that looks nice. But, I did get to use my new cover stitch machine (to be blogged about later…) which I loved. This makes working with knits so much better. Between that and my serger, this was a very quick make.
This was such a fun challenge – taking a TV show and trying to make an outfit inspired by it, which I might actually wear. I can’t wait to see what next month’s show will be (at it’s new home here).
I’ve been on a knits kick lately. With only a limited amount of time for sewing, I love quick projects and knits are about as quick as it gets – especially knit projects for the babies! I’m all about the instant gratification.
After making the giraffe onesie, I decided to look for a pattern for a onesie with sleeves to make a few more outfits for the boys and I found the perfect pattern from Brindille & Twig. This bodysuit pattern can be made with short or long sleeves from Preemie to 3T sizes. I wish I had found this pattern earlier – I could have made outfits for the boys when they were too small to fit in all of the newborn clothes we had purchased for them before they were born.
This pattern is very quick. I purchased, printed, traced, and cut out the pattern, cut out all of the fabric for two onesies, and sewed them up all in one evening after the boys went to bed. I made the 6-9 month size for my 5.5 month olds. They are just a tad big, which is perfect. The boys will be able to wear these for at least a week (I swear – they outgrow clothes by the day they are growing so quickly).
Construction is very easy. I used my serger for all of the seems and attaching the binding, and then used a narrow zig zag stitch to stitch the binding down. The grey fabric was a 1/4 yard remnant I found a while back that I’ve just been holding on to until I figured out what to do with it. This is the perfect project to use up small quantities of knit fabric!
The white polka dot fabric came from April’s Girl Charlee KnitFix. KnitFix is a deal Girl Charlee offers once a month where you buy essentially a grab bag of fabrics. For $69, you purchase 2 yards each of 6 different fabrics, but you don’t know what fabrics you will get until you receive the package in the mail. It’s kind of a fun way to build up your stash of knits, and it ends up being only $5.75 per yard, which is a great price for knits. Of course you run the risk of getting stuff you don’t like… But I’m not too worried about that. I can always use up my less desired fabrics to make gifts for others who will like those fabrics more.
For the snaps, I used Babyville snaps and the Babyville Snap pliers. The pattern doesn’t say to use any interfacing behind the snaps, but I really think there should be some to strengthen that area. I worry that the fabric won’t hold up to the constant snapping and unsnapping. But maybe It would hold up better if I used a different type of snap. I’ll have to look into different snaps. Babyville snaps are just so easy to use! I think I’ll use interfacing behind the snaps next time, too, just to make sure the onesies will last for a while.
I will definitely be making more of these onesies in the future. And I look forward to trying more of the Brindille & Twig patterns in the future. If all of their patterns are as well written as the Bodysuit pattern, then this may become my go to pattern company for baby basics!