Monthly Archives: March 2014

More Owen Clothes

I made Owen another pair of pants from my Oliver + S Field Trip Cargo Pants pattern. I left the cargo pockets off this time because I think they still rock without them, and they take awhile to make.




I used a poly/cotton twill from for these and I really like the fabric. I like having some polyester in there so the pants aren’t so wrinkly.




I also decided to use up the last of my camo fabric to make a t-shirt for Owen (using my pattern). I was hurrying to get the t-shirt done and I made the neck opening too tight. I knew I should have ripped it off and put another strip on that was just a bit bigger. But I didn’t because I thought maybe it would be ok if I just ironed it.

When he’s wearing it, he looks like he has an itty bitty pin head since the opening is waayy too small. Oh well. You can’t win them all!


Fishsticks Everyday Camp Shirt



I had some fabric left over from the last shirt I made for Jon, and so I I used it to make Owen a new shirt using the Fishsticks Everyday Camp Shirt pattern.


This pattern is easy to use and has good instructions. The only thing I can think of to improve it would be if the pattern included a guide for where to place the buttonholes, instead of just measurements for where to put the top and bottom button and instructions on how to decide where the other buttons go. But that’s not too big a deal, now is it?

I embroidered Owen’s name on the pocket.


It was hard getting some good pictures of him because he didn’t want to stay still, but the apple helped.



My Sweet Little Polo

Last August, I wrote about a sweet little polo top I made that was based off of a shirt I love from Downeast. I meant to make another one right away because there were a few things I did wrong that I wanted to see if I could get right.

Well, 7 months later I finally made another one.


I wised up this time and used my sewing machine (with a triple stretch stitch) instead of my serger to join the yokes to the front and back, and to attach the sleeves. Those places have gathers and the serger cuts the gathers off.


Front gathers


Back gathers



After I sewed those parts and the gathers were safe and sound, I finished the seam allowances with my serger.

I’m still trying to find the best way to do my placket. I interfaced half of the placket this time, but I think next time I’m going to go no interfacing and see how I like that.



I used some Ibiza stretch jersey knit from for this top. It is wonderful fabric that is so soft and has a great drape.

I am working on making a pattern for this top, and hopefully it will be done in the next several weeks.


Another Oliver + S Raglan T-Shirt (For Ezra)

Ezra loves his last Oliver + S Raglan t-shirt so much that he wears it as often as he possibly can. So I decided it was time for another one for sure.

I made this one orange and white, and he calls it his “Emmet shirt” ( he just watched the new Lego movie for the first time).


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I wrote before about how I had to take my coverstitch machine to get fixed. I got it back and although it definitely works better, it still skips whenever it goes over any thickness of fabric. It can only handle two layers of thin jersey. I am disappointed because I’ll have to take it back to get fixed.

For this t-shirt, I used a chain stitch around the neck to topstitch the seam allowance down. A regular coverstitch was out of the question. But by being very careful, I was able to hem the bottom and sleeves without too much trouble.

I finally got a little smarter while making this t-shirt and I figured out a good way to mark where I need the stitching to go for the hem. When you use a coverstitch machine, the outer needle needs to go just to the inside of the raw edge of the hem. If it goes too far to the left, both needles won’t catch the raw edge. If it goes too far to the inside, then you need to trim the excess off or it won’t look clean.

So, first I put the shirt wrong side up on the machine and made sure the outer needle was just to the inside of the raw edge of the shirt hem. Then, I put a small piece of masking tape there to mark where the folded side of the t-shirt needed to be to keep a nice, even hem.

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Then I flipped the shirt over and aligned the folded edge with the tape and I had a cheap seam guide to help me make a clean stitching line and not accidentally miss where I needed the needles to go.

Of course I removed the masking tape promptly after so I didn’t get sticky build-up on my machine.

Sometimes when I try to pull my thread ends to the back of the shirt they get stuck and won’t go to the back easily. So I use a needle to thread them to the back of the shirt. It’s way easier than trying to use the tweezers from the wrong side of the fabric, which is what my manual recommends to do.

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Take those threads straight to the back!

Anyway, another t-shirt is done for Ezra. We drank berry smoothies the first day he wore it and he spilled all down the front of it. I was pretty sad because it didn’t come out in the wash even with my heavy duty stain remover. So I followed the advice in this article and poured boiling water over the stain, and then soaked it in vinegar for awhile. It completely took the stain out. Woo hoo!


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