Gray Theory Stretch Denim

I got to sew today for the first time in awhile and it felt soo good! I have missed it.

I have been working away at a huge pile of awesome Theory stretch denim I got from Mood. I got a swatch of it a few months ago and it took me forever to decide if I wanted to order some or not. The description said it had a very slight stretch, and the swatch was so tiny that I couldn’t tell for sure how much stretch it had.

But I decided to go ahead and order 5 yards of it and I’m glad I did because it rocks.

I made Owen a pair of Sunny Day Shorts out of it.

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I like this pattern cuz it’s free and easy to customize. I added front pockets.

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And some square back pockets.

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I had to add several inches of length to this pattern though because it’s really short for boys.

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I also made Seth a pair of Sunny Day Shorts.

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More front pockets.

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And I made one double welt pocket on the back.

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I also made a pair of capris for me out of this denim. I took some pictures of them right after I finished them (not on me) and I’m going to put them up here just in case I never get around to having Jon take some of me wearing them. At least I’ll have some documentation.

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Do you like my duct tape?

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Now I’m finishing a pair of shorts for Ezra and then my 5 yards will be almost gone.

Other Than Sewing

My mind has been occupied with other things lately, mostly my husband’s sister Alisa. She battled cancer for eight long years, and she finally ended her battle yesterday by passing away peacefully with her family by her side.

She passed away on her and her husband’s 15th wedding anniversary, which is so tender and symbolic to me. I believe that families are eternal and that death is not the end of marriage so it is very fitting for her to leave this life on her anniversary. Her family will be with her again!

We are leaving soon to spend the next several days with Jon’s family so it will be awhile before I’m back showing projects on here. I have a few that I have finished but I haven’t taken pictures of yet, and I don’t know if I’ll get around to it. I might just start over when we get back home instead of playing catch up.

Undercover Hood (Again)

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I made another top with my Undercover Hood pattern-this time wtih short sleeves. And my hair is pretty much going to look as bad as it looks in this picture until the end of the summer, because biking season has begun! Today we rode bikes to swimming lessons. It’s so much fun, but my bike helmet isn’t really helping my hair out at all.

Anyway, I like this pattern. I shortened the sleeve and widened it to make the short sleeves.

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I got this fabric from Mood Fabrics, and it is a nice piece of fabric! It is so much stretchier than the ponte I used to make this Undercover top so this shirt is a lot looser.

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I need to make more of these to wear all summer since they’re so comfy.

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Ethan Button-Up And More Art Museum Trousers

We had to go to a wedding last week and all the boys needed black pants and white shirts for it. Owen didn’t have either of these things, so I made him some.

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I’ll just say now that none of the pictures of the shirt and pants show a lot of detail, but they’re good enough I think because I don’t want to take any more!

Anyway, I used my trusty Oliver + S Art Museum Trousers pattern for the pants and I’ve talked about that pattern a bunch of times already. I used a scrap of black twill I had left over from some pants I made for Jon.

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For the shirt, I used this Ethan pattern from Sis Boom Patterns.

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It was my first time using that pattern, and I thought it was pretty good. I had some trouble understanding how to do the front buttonhole placket. I’ve never seen it done in that way before, and I did it wrong the first time. Then I realized how to do it right so I ripped it off and fixed it.

The pattern has 1/4″ seam allowances, and I hate 1/4″ seam allowances. The instructions said to glue things a lot before sewing with a fabric glue stick, but I think it would have been better to have just included bigger seam allowances in the pattern than to have to glue things together.

I just added more seam allowance to my pattern pieces before cutting out though, so it wasn’t a big deal.

Also, the pattern only came with long sleeves and I wanted short sleeves, so I just altered it a little to make short sleeves.

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I didn’t have time to order any fabric, so I went to a thrift store and bought an enormous men’s shirt and cut it up to make this shirt.

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Now that the wedding is over, Owen is left with new Sunday clothes and I’m happy about that.

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Ezra’s New Art Museum Trousers

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I made Ezra a pair of Oliver + S Art Museum Trousers almost two years ago and he’s been so good to them. He hasn’t even outgrown them-except that they were getting a bit short on him.

Then he skinned his knee and got blood all over them and I decided it was time for a new pair. I cut the same size as the last ones (a size 5) and just made sure they were longer.

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I used the scrap of twill I had left over from my Ginger skirt¬†and I think it made some pretty rad boy’s Sunday pants.

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I am loving making welt pockets lately. They’ve taken me a lot of practice, but I think I’m (slowly) getting better at them.

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I do love this pattern. I think this was my sixth time using it and it makes some super Sunday pants.

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Violet Top By Colette Patterns

I mentioned that Jon said one of my recent makes (a top for me) looked like a clown costume. After he said that, I couldn’t look at my top without thinking of it that way and it was a real bummer. But I hung the shirt up in a place I could see it and I looked at it and examined it every day for a week. After that week, I decided Jon was nuts and that I liked the top after all.

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I used the Violet Top pattern by Colette Patterns. I used some stretch poplin from fabric.com and the color is not what I thought it was going to be. It’s a lot brighter and I was going for a more subdued yellow, but the fabric was cheap and I think it goes ok with my Ginger skirt.

The fitting of this top was a little hard. I went with a size 8, because that’s the size I used for my Ginger skirt. I made a muslin first (actually, two muslins!) and that was good because the 8 fit in the arms and across the back, but it was like a tent in the bust and in the torso.

I did a small bust adjustment (actually, Jon helped me with that because it was blowing my mind.) and also moved the bust dart up. The bust dart was sitting below my bust. I read some other reviews that said the same thing about the bust dart.

Then I graded the side seams down to a size 2. I also added a little bit of length to the top, and if I make it again I think I’ll add more because it’s on the short side.

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I messed the collar up a little bit. On the muslin, I realized later that I had overlapped the front more than the pattern said to. So I shortened the collar to accommodate, but I shortened it too much. I’ll have to fix that for next time.

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I also took some width out of the sleeves. They’re still pretty full even after that, so they are some wide sleeves for the view I made. But I like ’em.

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Oh, one other thing was that I hate facings that aren’t sewn down securely, so I tucked the facing under all along the fronts and around the collar and sewed it down.

I think that’s it.

I think this is a good dressy top for me and clown costume or not, I’m going to wear it!

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