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Seth’s T-Shirt

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I finished Seth’s Valentine’s t-shirt. And I try hard to salvage most of the things I sew even if they don’t go as planned, but Jon’s t-shirt is a definite did not finish project.

It’s just that I’ve noticed that sometimes the thread breaks a little bit in my serged seams in areas of a lot of stress (like the armpit).

Last week when I was pulling my running top over my head, a thread broke in the armpit because I pulled too hard. I was trying to think of all the reasons that the thread would break and one of the things I came up with was that maybe I needed to use a smaller stitch length (I usually use about a 3) so there would be more thread to help make the seams strong.

So for Seth’s t-shirt, I turned the stitch length down to about 1.5. That was a bad idea because it made the seams really thick. And wavy because there was more thread there than my poor seams knew what to do with! But in my defense, they were super strong.

 

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I used my t-shirt pattern for this t-shirt, as usual (a color blocked version).

I asked him to put his arms down at his sides and he told me that would look stupid.

I asked him to put his arms down at his sides and he told me that would look stupid.

Seth’s t-shirt came out ok, but not great.

For Jon’s t-shirt, I decided that maybe since I had changed to a smaller stitch length that I needed to change the differential feed to compensate for the waves I was getting.

I’ll be honest and say that I knew that the differential feed changes the way the fabric feeds through the feed dogs, but I didn’t really understand how it changes it or what the numbers mean on my differential feed dial.

So I changed the differential feed to a 2 and serged up the seams in Jon’s t-shirt. That did not go too well! The seams were puckery and awful looking.

So I did some googling so I could learn exactly what the differential feed does, and then I understood that since I had it set on 2 I had actually gathered the seams in Jon’s t-shirt. Not what I wanted to do, but it did make some lovely gathers in the sleeve caps 🙂

I wasn’t happy that I ruined his t-shirt. I hate the feeling that I wasted time when projects don’t turn out right! I was so mad that I stomped around and this is what I wrote in my sewing notebook under Jon’s t-shirt entry:

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But now I know more about my serger at least. I still don’t know why my seams would pop sometimes, but I think I probably need to do a better job of adjusting my tension (and definitely going back to a longer stitch length!). If anyone knows why my seams would pop, I’d love to hear why.

Now, I’m working on making me some more jeans. I’m working on trying to fix the dreaded leg twist I’ve been getting. I made a muslin last night and I think I know why I’m getting the twist, but until it’s 100% fixed I won’t be sure. If I can’t figure it out, I’ll probably fly into a rage and pull all my hair out or something!

 

Two More Shirts

wpid1745-20150214-014940.jpgWell, I didn’t get all of our Valentine’s Day shirts finished this week. I am the room mom in Ezra’s class at school and so I had to plan and do his Valentine’s Day party. That took a lot of my extra time and then tack on that we’ve had more illness this week (I am so done with sickness!) and there wasn’t enough time to make all of them.

But I got Ezra’s and Owen’s done and I’m happy about that.

For Ezra’s, I used my Children’s T-Shirt Pattern.

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I used a size 6 for him for the first time (He turned six last September). And I widened the sleeves a little bit. I do that with all of the t-shirts I make with this pattern for my boys. I was trying to make the sleeve work for a girl too and look a little feminine. But for my boys I like it wider.

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I used some fabric from Banberry Place for this shirt. Ezra loves the print and says it’s his “Captain America shirt”.

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The fabric is super, super thin. I’m worried it’s going to fall apart after a few washes. And, the fabric came with small holes all down it in one section.

Can you see the little holes there?

Can you see the little holes there?

I emailed the company about the holes because I wanted to keep the fabric and I was just hoping to have a price reduction or something. But I never heard back from them. So I decided to work around the holes and it turned out alright.

For the collar, I used some Laguna stretch fabric.

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Ezra was in a super bad mood when I took these pictures. I had to promise a treat when it was over so that all of the pictures didn’t look like this:

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For Owen’s polo, I also used my T-Shirt pattern.

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I used a collar from a different pattern I have. For the placket, I measured a ready to wear polo Owen has so I would know how big to make the rectangles. Then I cut down the center front of the t-shirt and made the placket with my cut rectangles.

I made a little facing and sewed it over the collar seam allowance.

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I should have cut a longer slit for the placket, because it’s just a tad snug going over his big head. Next time I will make it longer.

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I think I might need to figure out a better way to do plackets, though. I sewed on the two separate strips and then pulled them through at the bottom to the inside of the shirt and then tacked them down really well. It was so hard to get them looking right! I would rather sew a fly into a pair of jeans any day than make a placket the way I’ve been doing it.

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This fabric was also from Banberry place. I used some of it already to make a t-shirt for Seth and I realized that because of its weight, it would make a better polo than a t-shirt. It’s a bit heavy for a t-shirt. But it’s nice fabric.

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Next up, I’m going to finish Jon’s and Seth’s t-shirts!

 

 

Two Easy Projects

After I finished my last pair of jeans I decided to sew a couple of easy things.

First, I made a t-shirt for Seth.

wpid1486-20150107-161911.jpgSometimes I have a hard time finding knits with good boy prints. But I found this fabric at Banberry Place and I like it. This was the first time I ordered from them and they had some cute fabric.

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Don’t mind all the wrinkles in his shirt. Or the shadows in all of these pictures.

Then I made some lounge pants for me. When I was first learning to sew I made me a pair of pants using this Burda pattern. That was two years ago, and I have worn those poor pants to death because they’re so comfortable. So I wanted some more.

wpid1490-20150107-162150.jpgI wanted some black, medium weight fabric for these pants. I was looking at fabric.com, and the only black medium weight knit I could find at that time was scuba knit. I’d never used scuba knit before and I thought it looked ok.

Then it came and I realized that I don’t like scuba knit! Unless it’s for workout gear or something. But I decided to use the fabric anyway, and I probably shouldn’t have. I hate the slicky feel of these and I don’t know how much I’ll end up wearing them. At least I’ll know to never buy scuba knit again, so it’s not all in vain.

The winter sure cramps my picture taking style because Jon is never around to take pictures for me when there’s any light outside. But I talked Seth into taking pictures of these pants for me, and I only had to pay him fifty cents to do it! Hah!

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Two T-Shirts

I made Owen a long sleeved t-shirt with my t-shirt pattern.

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I found this adorable monkey knit that I wanted to use, but I thought that making the whole shirt out of the monkeys might be a little too much. So I color blocked it (maybe I monkey blocked it?).

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The shirt was already dirty by the time I got around to taking these pictures. I tried to sponge off some of the dirtiness, and that is why there is a wet mark on the pocket.

 

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Close-up of the wet mark.

To make my pattern long sleeved, I took a long sleeved t-shirt he already had that fit well and used that for a reference. I measured the length of the sleeve and then made my pattern piece that long. Then I measured the width at the bottom of the sleeve and made my pattern that wide. Then I connected those points to make the rest of the sleeve and then added seam allowance.

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Blowing kisses.

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Ezra watched me make this monkey shirt and asked if he could have a new t-shirt too. So I made him one when I was finished with the monkeys.

I didn’t get great pictures of this shirt, but he’s already worn the heck out of it (and I only finished it last week!) and it’s got stains and stuff. So these pictures will have to do.

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He chose the color scheme. But I was very happy to go with these colors because the first ones he picked looked eye-wrenching together.

I used some jersey with spandex for both his and Owen’s t-shirts, like I always do.

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More School Clothes

I’ve been dutifully working on Seth and Ezra’s school clothes. I’ve got two weeks left to finish my goal of three outfits each, and I’m so going to make it!

I finished another pair of Oliver + S Sunny Day Shorts for Ezra. I made them the same as the other pairs I’ve made because I know Ezra will wear them if they’re like that.

I used some tan twill I had left over from some Sunday pants I made for them awhile back.

 

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He's so twiggy that it almost looks like there's no body in these shorts in this picture!

He’s so twiggy that it almost looks like there’s no body in these shorts in this picture!

After I finished the shorts, I made two more t-shirts for each of them. I used my  t-shirt pattern for all of them, and I color blocked them. It’s kind of boring that I made all their new shirts just t-shirts, but that’s really all they want to wear.

I used Kaufman Laguna Stretch fabric for all of them too, with the exception of one of Seth’s t-shirts. I wanted a little bit of black for that one and all I had left was some black that is not good quality. I thought it would probably be ok, and it was ok but the fabric has no recovery so it stretched when I serged the collar on and never rebounded back. Grrr!

Here’s Ezra’s new shirt #1:

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He chose green and black because he said they are “ninja colors”.

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and Seth’s new shirt #1.

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Seth doesn’t care what colors I use.

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And here’s Ezra’s new shirt #2:

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I put a sassy little pocket on this one.

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and Seth’s new shirt #2. This is the one with the neck that stretched out a little bit.

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This is his I can’t believe you’re asking me to put on another article of clothing so you can take a picture of me face.

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Then I said something that made him laugh.

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Now to make them two pairs of pants each. I hope the fabric I ordered for Seth’s second pair gets here in time!

New Tops

I bought a cut of fabric last summer that was $2.99 a yard. It was so cheap that I couldn’t pass it up, but when it came it didn’t look all that great. The fabric was pretty thin and not the best quality and so it’s been sitting in my stash all year.

Last week I decided I was sick of looking at it just sitting there on the shelf so I made a top out of it using my Burda pattern. It’s the same pattern that I have used for my running tops.

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It’s definitely not my favorite shirt I’ve ever made, but they can’t all be super duper awesome, right? And I’ll definitely wear it.

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While my machines were all set for sewing with knits, I decided to make Seth and Ezra each a t-shirt. School starts one month from today (yikes!) and I have a goal to make them three new outfits each.

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I planned on keeping the shirts hanging nicely in the closet until school starts. But I am just not good at that! It almost pains me to see new clothes hanging in a closet without getting any use. So when I asked them to put the shirts on so I could take pictures of them, I let them keep wearing them the rest of the day. I figure they’re going to get stained very shortly after they start wearing them regardless of when the wearing starts.

I used my t-shirt pattern for both shirts. I color blocked Ezra’s like I did his last one.

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The pocket on the front is a bit big, but I dig it.

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Seth’s color blocking was easy-I just made the sleeves, collar, and pocket one color and the body of the shirt another color.

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I used Robert Kaufman’s laguna stretch fabric for both shirts. I can’t remember if I’ve already talked about this or not, but I’ve gotten very picky about what knit fabric I use to make our clothes. There have been a lot of cuts I’ve bought that ended up being paper thin and the stuff I made out of them got holes really fast so now I try to only buy fabric from designers I know make good fabric.

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Now to live it up this last month of Summer while making school clothes at the same time.

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