Monday, 30 December 2013

Fancy Holiday Winter Wear

Hi there!

I hope everyone had a nice Christmas, Hanukkah or other holiday... though there's still New Year's to come, so I think reality will not set in until next week when it is back to school and back to work full-time.

In the meantime, I thought it wouldn't be too late to share my efforts at sewing some glamorous holiday outfits for the kids!

First off, here's my little cutie in some holiday gold and tulle.

Gold and Tulle Christmas outfit by Cicely Ingleside

My inspiration for this was this outfit from "Tutu du Monde" which I found on Pinterest.
Source linked here. 
To make the skirt, I started with an underlayer of a crepe material. I cut it about twice as wide as my daughter's waist, and sewing a long basting stitch at the top, and gathered it to the waist length. Then I did the same thing for two layers of grey tulle, two layers of lavendar, two layers of pink and two layers of white tulle. The grey was cut to the longest length, and each subsequent layer I made two inches shorter than the last one. I sewed the whole thing to a gold sparkly elastic for the waist. Note that all the layers make for some bulk, so if you try this, don't make the elastic too tight. 

Gold and Tulle Christmas outfit by Cicely Ingleside

The gold jacket was made using this pattern for a Ruffle Bolero Jacket by Heidi and Finn, which I found on Etsy. I skipped the ruffle and the lining, and finished the edges with gold bias tape.

I thought I would try and make the shirt something she could wear again, so I used white t-shirt cotton and washable stretchy gold material. I used gold t-shirt paint to make the gold dots on the t-shirt using a little sponge. Really, anything round could be used for this. The pattern was the cute Sweet Bonnie Top by Shwin Designs.  I decided to skip the zipper in the back of the shirt that the pattern includes because I already had so much going on, but this was a mistake because when it came time to put on the shirt on Christmas day, it wouldn't fit over E's head!  So I had to cut the back and later add a button.

I also made my daughter this dress for an event earlier in the month.

Amaryllis Christmas Dress sewn by Cicely Ingleside

I loved this pattern for the Amaryllis Dress by blogger Melly Sews and her pattern line called Blank Slate Patterns! Most dress patterns are somewhat similar in that they add a skirt to a bodice, but this was really different. The front bodice snaps around the back of the waist, while the back bodice and skirt wrap around to layer on top of the front skirt. Okay, so I am not describing it well, but I certainly could never have engineered this myself. It is reversable and has a layer of tulle in between the skirts.

Amaryllis Christmas Dress sewn by Cicely Ingleside

My iPhone pictures are really grainy, but you can tell by this pose that she felt special in the dress:

Amaryllis Christmas Dress sewn by Cicely Ingleside

Berkshire Blazer sewn by Cicely Ingleside

Unfortunately, this picture is even more grainy!  I sewed the pattern in sweatshirt material, after getting this idea from other blogs who had done this. I thought that would make it both sort of dressy but also wearable every day. The arm patches are blue corduroy.

I also made him a classic dressy shirt, using the Sis Boom Ethan pattern by the Scientific Seamstress. Wow, that is a comprehensive pattern - a separate pattern set for each size, with three choices for arm length and body length. Okay, so I made the arm and body a bit too long, as I am wont to do, but he will grow into it! (I went one length longer than the pattern's standard. I always over-estimate!)

Christmas Dress  Shirt sewn by Cicely Ingleside

The material was from a new sewing store here in St. John's, Newfoundland that sells organic and specialty fabrics called Fiberlily.  This is really very exciting, for a city that only has one major fabric retailer and a couple of quilting stores. I can't recall what these two grey and blue fabrics were made of: I think they were a recycled synthetic material but they are lovely and feel and look almost like non-wrinkly linen. After I washed the shirt, my husband accidentally hung it up in his own closet. He said he wanted it.

Actually, this made me realise I need to get some more boy-friendly fabrics in my stash, because when I went to pick one to sew with, I only found solids like this that were suitable - whereas N would probably prefer a pattern, being six years old. (Okay, he would probably pick florescent Angry Birds or something, but I won't go that far.)

I will leave you with some action shots. Here is N, about to bring down his Harry Potter wand and turn you into a frog:
Christmas Dress Shirt sewn by Cicely Ingleside

And here is E, jumping on the bed, which is her favorite "pose" for when I make her do photoshoots and she actually agrees to sort-of-cooperate:

Gold and Tulle Christmas outfit by Cicely Ingleside

Happy New Year's!!!!

Saturday, 7 December 2013

Winter Wear - Subtitle: I Can't Believe I Made an Actual Coat

Winter Wear made by Cicely Ingleside

I remember when I first started reading sewing blogs and I saw photos of people who had made kids' coats and I thought "How did they do that?". So I am a little astonished that I made something that actually turned out to be an actual coat. Really, it wasn't much different than any other sewing project - except that the fabric was thicker. Although I will admit that when I was sewing the lining on and it was all inside out, I had to hold my breath when I was turning it back frontwards, certain that it would look crazy. But it is an actual coat!!

I hadn't planned on making any winter wear, but I found this gorgeous red wool at the sewing store - only two metres remaining. This is the kind of thing they never have - it's usually all polyester blends. And it was on sale for half price!  

First I tried making a hat. I started with this little gnome-like hat:

Winter Wear made by Cicely Ingleside

I used the Pixie Hooded Vest pattern (without the vest) by BigLittle that I found on Etsy. I lined it with a blue winter-themed cotton with little red birds on it.

Then my son wanted one too. So, trying to make it more masculine, I used a grey wool blend and lined it with a foresty-deer print (leftover from this dress I made). 

Winter Wear made by Cicely Ingleside

So these hats were very cute, but I figured they won't cut the wind. I had been considering buying the Winter Wonderland pattern collection by Pattern Anthology (which was sold in a bundle of 8 patterns for a couple of weeks, but now are available separately), and after starting to get all winter-sewey I decided I couldn't resist. The collection included a pattern for the Arctic Trapper Hat by See Kate Sew. Here's the one I made my son:

Winter Wear made by Cicely Ingleside

I used blue wool and bought some fake fur, which was soft but surprisingly on the expensive side. So for the non-visible insides I used some fleece. Very proud of my frugal-ness because I found fleece blankets at a discount store for $10 and now I have way more than I need. And even though the fake fur was a bit pricey, the pattern barely uses any and I have tons left.

For my daughter's coat, I used this pattern I already had bought as part of a package deal: the Bubblegum Coat by SeeKate Sew. I lined it with a silky white lining from the fabric store - it has some slight fuziness to the non-visible inside to give it a bit of warmth - the fabric store salesperson told me it was called 'Kasha' I think? Kesha?  (Not the singer.)

Winter Wear made by Cicely Ingleside

The pattern was easy to sew, and the thick material wasn't that bad to work with either - except for a few broken needles.

My daughter has worn this coat and hat out a few times and we have received so many compliments, which was very nice! 

Getting into the winter spirit I also made a scarf out of the white fake fur by cutting two long rectangles, sewing them right sides together, leaving an opening of a few inches, then turning it right side out and stitching up the opening. Unfortunately I didn't get a good picture of it, but you can kind of see it around her neck in this photo where the kids are pretending to pet the deer on our new front hall wallpaper. (Which I luurve! My husband, not so much. Post about the wallpaper to come later once I eventually manage to paint the un-papered walls and hang pictures again.)

Winter Wear made by Cicely Ingleside

Tuesday, 19 November 2013

Holiday Present Idea: Homemade Theme Boxes - Crafts and Forest Fairies

Holiday Present Idea: Homemade Theme Boxes by Cicely Ingleside

Today I thought I would post what was one of my first crafty endeavors. Last Christmas, I made my kids some personalised "theme" present boxes. I took some cardboard boxes and covered them with these funky and inexpensive IKEA fabrics. This was very easy - I cut the fabric to fit and glued it on with simple craft glue.  

Then I chose a theme for each kid's box. My son loves arts and crafts, so I bought him some special art supplies, like nice markers, pastels, paints, coloured washi tapes, construction paper, and a craft book: Kid Made Modern by Todd Oldham. I also included some special crafts he could do: some wooden tops he could paint, and some 'bubble magnets' to assemble and put on the fridge - I purchased them on Etsy from the shop Urban Homesteaders.

For my daughter, I decided on a "forest" theme. 
Holiday Present Idea: Homemade Theme Boxes by Cicely Ingleside

I used some more of the IKEA fabric and made a playmat she could roll out as a forest floor. Again, very simple - cut two pieces of fabric the same size, place right sides together, and sew around it, leaving a space of 5 inches or so on one side. Then pull the fabric through the opening to turn it right side out. Iron it, and sew up the opening.

I had an idea that I wanted to make a felted house because I'd once seen one in a store. I had taken a workshop at a local knitting store on basic needle felting, and so I tried to make a house that way. Bad idea. It was not strong enough for a three-dimensional structure. Here's what it looked like though. Later I put it in the washing machine on a hot cycle to try and felt it some more, and that helped a bit. 
Holiday Present Idea: Homemade Theme Boxes by Cicely Ingleside

A lot of my ideas for this present box were inspired by the Etsy shop Beneath the Rowan Tree and her blog. I bought her instructions for needle felting these cute hedgehog balls. That gave me the basic understanding of how to do them, and I made other animals - most of which I had seen on her site, and one or two I made up.

Holiday Present Idea: Homemade Theme Boxes by Cicely Ingleside

Here are some of the other things I included in the box:
Holiday Present Idea: Homemade Theme Boxes by Cicely Ingleside

The little house at the back left was made using a pattern for "Wee Dwellings" by Beneath the Rowan Tree. It was knitted, then felted in the washing machine, and then the decorations were needle felted on top. It was much more successful than my own improvised house above! To make the toadstools, I used instructions from the Beneath the Rowan Tree blog, and painted some old drawer pulls that I had taken off this dresser I had restained. I think you can also buy unfinished drawer pulls at a hardware store.

The leaf-style doll beds are made of felt, and I sewed them with embroidery thread, once again copying them from Beneath the Rowan Tree. I bought the little wood peg-people who are inside from her Etsy shop - she painted them in a lovely manner, and they are styled after the characters from the book Children of the Forest by Elsa Beskow, a Swedish children's classic from 1910. (Nothing to do with Game of Thrones, which apparently is the first internet match for that title!) I put a copy of that book in the box too.

Finally, I knit the "Chocolate Dahlia Flower Fairy" (it looks like a flower when you turn it upside down!) using this pattern purchased from the knitting website Ravelry.

The boxes have been a hit, and they have lived in our living room over the past year - they are good for storage and don't look bad or scream "kid toys" because the fabric kind of goes with my decor. (Am a big fan of funky prints.) My only recommendation to anyone who thinks of doing this is to use a more sturdy cardboard box than I picked. 

I had thought about doing a "winter theme" box this year, but I don't think it will happen. But maybe next year. This was part of my effort to make Christmas a little less commercial - and to go with all the other name brand stuff they received from Santa!

Tuesday, 29 October 2013

I promised you home decor...

Slip-covered chair by Cicely Ingleside

My blog description says that I have an interest in home decor, but I haven't posted much in that area to date. I have kind of fallen down the sewing rabbit hole. When I started reading blogs, I was seduced by 'easy DIY posts' (I call them the gateway drug), but became more and more addicted to sewing.

BUT .... I have finally completed a couple of the many home decor projects on my list. And only one of them involves sewing. Even though the wallpaper I bought last spring is still sitting in the box on my kitchen floor.

First up is a rocking chair slipcover!

Here is the before picture:
Slip-covered chair by Cicely Ingleside

My grandmother gave me this chair as a present when I pregnant with my first child, and it has received a lot of use, nursing both my kids every night when they were babies. Now it sits in my daughter's room. As you can see, the existing cover had ripped. The colour was a bit bland anyway and I had always meant to cover  it.

I bought a fabric called "Ghost Wing" in Aqua by Anna Maria Horner, which is a linen/cotton blend. I love it!  Pink and turquoise, which is very much my M.O. I couldn't resist making a shirt with the rest, and hopefully not too many people will realise I am dressing like my furniture. AND I bought the same fabric in another colourway to make some Christmas presents. 

I improvised by tracing the existing pillows, and first making a white cotton cover, which I used as a lining. Then I tried them on the pillow and made adjustments, then made an identical piece with the good fabric. The back and seat pieces were fairly uncomplicated to do, and I added velcro at the bottom and back to keep the pieces on but removable and washable. The arm covers were complicated though, and I don't think I did an ideal job - but hey, it looks decent enough. 

I think it's all a big improvement though!
Slip-covered chair by Cicely Ingleside

Audience, for my next project I present to you some spray-painted side tables!  Here's the before picture:

Spray painted side tables by Cicely Ingleside

Very ugly and chipped particle-board. Never again will I buy this kind of furniture from a mass-market store. However, these are my very functional living room side tables. My water (okay, vodka and lemonade) glass is sitting on one as I type now.

I should have sanded these before painting them, but I was lazy. I thought it might not matter with spray paint. But it would have been better. Lesson learned. Also, I originally took off a little doohickey from the spray paint can that I realised afterwards wasn't supposed to come off, and the first coat was drippy and uneven. In the end, I needed three cans to cover two tables.

It was very easy, though. I simply put the tables on a drop cloth outside and followed the instructions on the spray paint can. Don't remove any doohickeys from the can unless instructed to do so.

Spray painted side tables by Cicely Ingleside
The truck was helping to weigh down the drop-sheet since it was windy!

The blue colour went on more evenly than the pink. Even after three coats, the pink is not totally fully-covered, or matte.

For better results, sand beforehand!  I have instructions for simple sanding in this post. Even adding a coat of primer wouldn't be a bad idea either, I suspect. 

Here they are now in the living room. Once again, a definite improvement on what they looked like before!

Spray painted side tables by Cicely Ingleside

Wednesday, 9 October 2013

Silk Velvet: 1920's Style

Silk Velvet Dress by Cicely Ingleside

The last time I wore velvet was my Grade 12 Grad (that’s Canadian for “Senior Prom”). It was the 90's. Picture a fitted black velvet bodice, with a voluminous taffeta skirt in dark purple. A big purple taffeta bow on the back and taffeta shoulder straps.

I haven’t been very interested in velvet since then, especially the un-breathable polyester velvet that is so often used for girls’ fancy dresses.  But then last spring I was watching Season 3 of Downton Abbey, which is set in the 1920's. And the characters were wearing these really gorgeous velvet dresses. Around the same time, I came across this pattern on the BurdaStyle website, and loved the rich look of the velvet.

I ordered myself some real silk velvet and silk chiffon from the Etsy store Silk Fabric.  It is really lovely fabric – the velvet is silky, soft, rich coloured and lightweight – and the silk chiffon really is iridescent.

Silk Velvet Dress by Cicely Ingleside

But I was too scared to make the dress!  Then I saw that one of the themes for ProjectSewn this fall is “Fashion Eras”, and I decided to use it as motivation to sew it up as my ‘20s era fashion.  Besides the fact that I sewed the zipper on wrong three times and had to unpick the shoulder straps more than once, it wasn’t actually that bad to sew the velvet. I used my new walking foot, and boy was that a worthwhile $40 purchase.

Silk Velvet Dress by Cicely Ingleside
I have to say, though, HOW BAD this pattern was when I originally downloaded it. The formatting was crazy, and, for example, it didn’t even indicate that a zipper was needed or how long, but in the last step made reference to sewing one in. I was so frustrated I emailed Burda with a million questions. 
They do have good customer service, because in about a week they emailed me back. They apologized and said that their older patterns are not formatted properly on the website, so they sent me the pattern formatted nicely and legibly. Although this was WAY better, it was still frustrating because the only picture on the pattern was the cutting layout, which I don’t normally use anyway, and so there was a fair bit of guesswork as to how the pieces were supposed to fit together. Also there are no seam allowances. (Seriously, why????? There is this thing called computers which I’m sure could easily add them for the Burda pattern designers.)

BUT, it all came together in the end. I didn’t have enough silk chiffon for the bottom pleated part, so I cut apart an old thrift-store skirt I had and sewed it on. Fortunately that worked well. I wonder if should put the sequins all over the front of the bodice like the pattern picture has?  

Silk Velvet Dress by Cicely Ingleside

Monday, 30 September 2013

Birthday Dress from a "Japanese" Sewing Book

Birthday Bubble Dress by Cicely Ingleside

Hey all, if you are wondering why the title of this post says that this week's sewing project is from a "Japanese" sewing book in quotation marks, it is because it is from a sewing book from Japan, but I can't claim credit for following Japanese instructions; I used an English translation.

(As an aside, this reminds me of when my husband and I lived in Montreal in the early 2000s, near a Rona hardware store. The slogan on the store was "Au "service" de notre clientele", which, translated, means "At the "service" of our clientele." We used to wonder and joke about why "service" was in quotation marks. Were they being facetious?  They didn't really want to be of service?  Okay, truthfully it was probably just a French language subtlety that escapes me, but at the time we sure thought it was funny.)

Back to the point of this post, it is week 4 of Project Run and Play, and the theme is "Your Signature Style". I decided that I would post this to the Sew-Along, because polka dots are definitely one of my favourites, and I love bubble skirts - I even have one myself.

Recently, it was my daughter's 4th birthday, and I wanted to make her a pretty dress, but one that she could still wear regularly.  Here she is on her birthday:

Birthday Bubble Dress by Cicely Ingleside

I had always wanted to try a Japanese sewing book, because they have very cute, minimalist, tasteful and sort of voluminous or puffy styles. (I can't figure out how else to put it!) Although with bizarrely somber child models - no cracking of smiles there! But I was just not up to trying to broach the challenge of a sewing book written in Japanese. 

Then I was at the bookstore and came across one translated into English - score! It is this one: the Girls Style Book by Yoshiko Tsukiori. 

I swear I did not intend to make the dress on the cover so exactly. I bought the book here in Newfoundland, and then I took a trip to New York, where I visited the wonderful store Purl Soho.  (Now, I swear, a year ago before I got into all this sewing whoo-haw, I would have sought out cool clothing stores on my first trip to the Big Apple. But now, this was pretty much my most exciting destination - what a gorgeous store with such gorgeous knitting and sewing supplies!) I saw this Nani Iro polka dot double gauze fabric and decided to buy it in blue. I must have had the book's front cover, which shows this dress in blue with white polka dots, in my subconscious.

I also made the matching headband, but my daughter didn't want to wear it for long:

Birthday Bubble Dress by Cicely Ingleside

I was proud of myself for figuring out the book and the pattern (even though it was in English). However, I am always nervous about making things too small, and so I ended up making it a bit too big. Since it has lining and I had sewed on the ribbon by hand already, I thought I'd do more damage than good if I tried to take the dress apart to make it smaller. So I just added some tucks around the bodice to tighten it up. It's still a bit loose, but she will grow into it, and will probably wear a long-sleeve T underneath for the winter.

Here she is in action, playing with a ball and scoop and looking stylish.... (The party shoes were quickly abandoned.)

Birthday Bubble Dress by Cicely Ingleside

Happy birthday, my sweetheart. xo

Monday, 16 September 2013

Welcome to the Candy Shop!

Hey there! This week is week 2 of Project Run and Play, a blog event where the very skilled and impressive sewing-blogger competitors have a kids' clothes sew-off, and the rest of us normal sewers vote and maybe participate in the sew-along. I decided to pick one week to sew along, and chose the week whose theme is Candy!  Yum. 

The idea of Candy just invites over-the-topness, I think - like Charlie and the Chocolate Factory or Katy Perry outfits. I had some elaborate ideas but eventually settled on something that will be more wearable. I invite you to visit our candy shop....

Candy Shop clothes by Cicely Ingleside

Sorry, the kids already ate all of our wares.

First off, our candy counter attendant Mr. N.:
Candy Shop clothes by Cicely Ingleside

N wears a shirt with Baby Star Wars characters I made and blogged about here. The apron was made by his friend's mom, and decorated by him as a Christmas craft. Pants are model's own.

I made his 50's style diner hat using Simplicity 3836. The pattern didn't have head measurements and so I guessed and made a medium for this 6 year old, which was too small. Ay yai yai. But he took one for the team and wore it for the phptoshoot. (Anything for candy!)

Now, the candy inspiration for the dress was...
Candy Shop clothes by Cicely Ingleside

colourful candy sprinkles!

I used the Tinny dress pattern by StraightGrain, and did some splatter-painting to make a sprinkles-inspired look.

Candy Shop Sprinkle Dress by Cicely Ingleside

I'm a big StraightGrain fan, and this pattern was very impressive. The engineering that must have been involved in getting the measurements to work out so precisely, especially with the collar, dress and facing, is impressive. And in following the instructions, I sewed what I think was the first decent zipper ever. I almost wimped out and put on buttons, but I'm glad I tried it because now I feel much more confident about zippers. I followed the pattern but added a slightly longer blue skirt layer underneath.

Candy Shop Sprinkle Dress by Cicely Ingleside

How (Not) To splatter paint:

1. Pick a rainy day to do your project. Decide it is a good idea to start this when the rain stops and it is dark outside but soaking wet everywhere and windy.

2. Place pattern pieces on old waterproof-ish tablecloth outside. Start splattering fabric paint onto pieces. As pieces blow away, keep weighing them down with various items you have around, only to have the other sides of the pieces blow away and spread paint everywhere.

3. Eventually realise that painter's tape would solve this problem. Tape down the pieces and have more success in splatter painting. This part is fun. Find that Tulip-brand fabric paints make better sprinkles, and the thicker screen printing fabric paint makes better long streaks.

4. Come back two hours later. Discover that the wet ground soaked through your (presumably) waterproof tablecloth and soaked the fabric. The paint has started to spread out into diluted circles. Fortunately, I liked this effect.

5. Find that snail has taken up residence on your bodice piece. Try to remove snail without touching it (due to personal squeamishness) by shaking it off, getting paint everywhere. Bring tablecloth inside, along with numerous earwigs. Kill earwigs and squeal a bit.

6. Let dry.

Candy Shop clothes by Cicely Ingleside

I hope you enjoyed your visit to our candy shop!  Please come again when the staff stops eating the merchandise.

Candy Shop clothes by Cicely Ingleside

Wednesday, 11 September 2013

Back-to-School Clothes: Girl Edition

Well, it is fall and time for sleeves and long pants (sniff!). As promised last time, here are the girl clothes I have made recently but been slow to post I made specially for the back-to-school period, all purposeful and organized-like.

Little Red Riding Hood Tunic made by Cicely Ingleside

This is a top made using the Shwin Designs Maggie Mae Tunic/Dress pattern. I really like this pattern - almost more so after seeing my daughter wear it again. The cute rounded shape of the bodice is very unique.

The fabric is a Little Red Riding Hood themed linen I bought on Etsy - previously used for her ruffled skirt. The floral fabric is from my local fabric store at least a year ago! This photo below is of the shirt back. I am still amazed that I found buttons that match perfectly - light brown with red flowers. Unfortunately you can't quite make them out in the photo.

Little Red Riding Hood Tunic made by Cicely Ingleside

Actually, my lack of good pictures is probably my primary reason for not posting these clothes earlier. I had one photo shoot where I got some great poses! .... but had my finger in front of the lens!  I tried again with mixed results:

Little Red Riding Hood Tunic and Red Button jeans made by Cicely Ingleside

Above is my best shot - yes she's on the floor. What is hard to see is that she is wearing a pair of Lovely Rita skinny jeans - which I also made using a Shwin Designs pattern.

Here's a close up. Boy, that's some quality photography.

Red Button jeans made by Cicely Ingleside

The pants are great, though. Very cute. I will definitely use this pattern again. Without the button tab on the bottom, they are a basic skinny jean. 

Pink Squirrel dress made by Cicely Ingleside

I made this above dress recently when my daughter E had her cast on, and needed more dresses, as she couldn't wear pants. I showed her my fabric stash and asked her what fabric she wanted.  She picked this fabric called Squirrel (Sunset) by designer Tula Pink, which I had ordered online from the Ottawa store Fabrications. It is an incredibly cute fabric, and might be best as an accent fabric, or combined with a neutral, but I think you can get away with 'busy' when you are three and a half years old!

The pattern I used is the Zig Zag Dress pattern by See Kate Sew. The thing that I really liked about the pattern is that there is extra volume in the front of the dress - it's a loose style. Hard to tell because I couldn't get any standing photos. And buttons in the front instead of the back make it very different.

I learned to use piping with this pattern! V. exciting.

Pink Squirrel dress made by Cicely Ingleside

Here is a photo of E in the dress, with me holding her for balance due to the cast. Thank goodness it is off now! (The cast, that is, not the dress.)

So there, now we're all ready for back-to-school-daycare.

Wednesday, 4 September 2013

Let's Pretend These are Back-to-School Clothes Instead of Me Being Slow to Post

It's the first day of school here in Canada, and my son N just started grade 1 today. My daughter E will be in Kindergarten next year. Where did the summer go?

I thought I would catching up on posting some clothes I made a month or two ago, and pretend they are fall back-to-school clothes and that I am that organized. They are the most recent things I made, but it just takes me forever to do pictures and post them!

First up are some jeans I made my son:
Fluorescent stripe jeans by Cicely Ingleside

I thought I'd try and find a boy way to get in on the fluorescent craze, and added fluorescent yellow strips up the sides. 

Fluorescent stripe jeans by Cicely Ingleside

The pattern I used for the pants is the Shwin Designs Number 9 Trousers pattern. I made the shirt using this tutorial by Cirque du Bebe with a purchased T.  I purchased the cool image download from Madame Bricolage on Etsy, printed it on Lesley Riley Artist Transfer Paper, and ironed it on. It worked well, but I will warn anyone who does not have an inkjet printer!  I knew when I bought the transfer paper that it only worked with inkjet printers, and I have a laser printer. I figured that I could go to Staples. But no, Staples does not have inkjet printers for use!  Who knew?  The woman there warned me that it would melt in a laser printer so not to try it. (Now I kind of want to, just to see if that's true.) And the public libraries did not have inkjet printers. I ended having to ask a friend to print them for me. Thanks, Kumi and Mark!

Now here is a top I made my son with a kind of 'bowling shirt' aesthetic:

Bears and Bowling Top by Cicely Ingleside

It is the Shwin Designs Maxwell Top Pattern, using the fabric Kokka Trefle Mustaherukka Blackcurrant purchased from Miss Matatabi. I love the cute bears on it, and it's a nice cotton/linen blend.

I'm finding that I learn something different from every pattern-maker I try. With the Shwin Designs patterns, I have come to appreciate what a difference top-stitching makes. And I learned how to install snaps with this top pattern too. I really do think I am learning way more by using blogger-made patterns like these because bloggers are so thorough in their explanations, and everyone does things a little differently - unlike big commercial patterns.

Bears and Bowling Top by Cicely Ingleside
Not sure what he is doing in this pic. Dancing?

Bears and Bowling Top by Cicely Ingleside

That's it for now!  Next post I will catch up on the girl clothes I made recently. Happy September!
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