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:
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.
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:
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.
Not sure what he is doing in this pic. Dancing?