Friday, June 29, 2012

Summer Bloomers (aka Sleep Shorts)

About a year ago, my Aunt Lisa gave me a suitcase packed full of sewing odds and ends that had been my grandmother's. Among them were a set of underarm sweat guards, iron-on elbow patches, several packets of hem tape and rick-rack, a few fabric remnants, and a lifetime's supply of spare buttons. Even after I got them home, they smelled faintly of moth balls and Estee Lauder perfume- scents I always associated with her apartment and for that reason still find comforting. These summer sleep shorts are a quick project I made from stuff in my grandmother's stash:

I lifted the pattern from a pair of store bought sleep pants and used a piece of super wide seam binding for the waistband/drawstring casing.

Are they too sticky sweet for an adult? Yes, they probably are, but they sure are comfortable and came in handy during the heatwave this past week.

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Bringing Back the Skort

Was the skort really ever in style? I am not sure, but I've always been a fan. Never mind that it's a style that's generally relegated to small children, grannies, and high school gym teachers, I think it's a garment of pure genius. For those of us who have never really been comfortable in jeans (please don't tell me I'm the only one), the skort offers the practicality of pants and the femininity of the skirt at the same time! I made this Simplicity 5173 recently as a way to reacquaint myself with the sewing machine since it's been awhile.

I made the top in this picture several years ago from the BurdaStyle pattern Retro Top, which was created by member Zahra and is still available as a free download on their site. The scarf is my grandmother's.

Here's a closer look at the skort fabric. I got a couple of yards of it at a thrift store for a dollar. I think it's some sort of rayon/cotton blend. 

I bought the pattern eight summers ago when I first moved to Philadelphia and rode my bike everywhere I needed to go. I've used it several times since then, usually in version C.

The underskort. I'll make such a good old person some day!

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Kid Sweater

Hello, dear friends-  It’s been a while! I’ve taken a year’s sabbatical from Sally so I could devote more of my weekend and after work hours to school. Now that school is over (Yes, for good!), I’m looking forward to all those sewing projects I daydreamed about when I was supposed to be writing papers.

In spite of time constrictions, I have managed to eke out a few projects over the past year, such as this sweater I made for a friend's little girl:

Hopefully, it will still fit her when this heatwave passes! The green yarn is Knit Pick’s Shine Sport in Green Apple. The cream colored yarn is from some unidentified remnant I had in my stash. I followed this “Sheepy-Time” pattern from the Stitch-n-Bitch Superstar Knitting book, substituting a classic zig-zag for the little sheep.

 Using a smaller gauged yarn for the zig-zag slightly cinched the waist without having to decrease stitches. I’ll have to try out this technique on my next big girl sweater.

Anyhow, so good to be back!