Monday, January 27, 2014

Sew Easy 102 Football Jersey

This was a super easy pattern to make!  It does run a tad small.  Robbie usually wears an 8/10 so I made the first one a size 8 based on the measurements on the package chart.  It fit very snug, which he didn't like at all.  I decided to do the size 12 and still added 2 inches to the length and roughly 1.5" to the sleeves.  He likes his shirts a little longer, and he'll get longer wear.

I went through several tries of knit shirts before I made one he finally liked.  I think he was trying to show off his muscles here.  Silly boy!

I used a real jersey mesh fabric for the bottom (red) and a shiny black jersey fabric for the top and sleeves.  I had this baby done in less than 2 hours including tracing the pattern on paper.

It is a fabulous first project and a great project for even the expert sewer.

On a side note, I have been working on a dress form for Brittany.  I have the brown paper packing tape form completed.  I am working on her cover, and I finished building the stand over the weekend.  Once I have it painted, I'll at least share that part with you. I am calling Britt's body double BJ (Britt Jr.) lol.  Stay tuned.

Happy Monday.

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Newlook 6232

This is for my oldest boy who rarely asks me to make him anything.  All the boys so far have requested these shirts.  They love them and love that they are original - meaning no one else has one just like it.

I am still fighting the collar on this one though.  I do not like how it overlaps.  I don't know if it's the pattern or me honestly.  I'm leaning toward me. lol

Even if I were to move the button over, it wouldn't work.  The under placket would show.  I would like that even less!!

I am getting much more comfortable with this pattern despite making mistakes nearly every time I make it.  I have such a hard time with the sleeves and getting the plackets facing the right way.  I made some notations on my pattern for the next one I do.  I hope that will solve any future issues.

This is actually a relatively easy pattern, and I have learned so much in using it.  My lower front placket is one of those learned things and still needs some work, but it looks better every time I do it.  So here's hoping for a perfect one next time around.

I will definitely make this shirt again.  I had to make some adjustments to this pattern to fit my large boy.  This is an extra large.  I lengthened the shirt by 2" and lengthened the sleeves by 1 1/2".  He has a bit of a spare tire, so I knew he'd need that extra room.  He also likes his sleeves a bit longer.

The pocket is on the wrong side.  When I tried to remove it to fix it, I got sloppy with my seam ripper and made a small tear in the shirt.  So the pocket stays right where it is.  Like he's ever going to use the pocket anyway. (eye roll).

Please feel free to share your experience with this pattern or ask questions.

Happy Wednesday.

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

First Choice Boxers Modeled

These are my great-nephews.  They love their boxers.  I make them every year, and my niece is so sweet to send me pictures every year.  I thought this year I'd put them up on my blog.  I think they are so stinkin' cute!

I used a fabric that I could cut out squares and use for appliques for the shirts.  The shirts were Wal-mart specials.  That big boy on the left is 6 I believe.  He wears a size 8!  He towers over the 2 year olds.  Can you say football player??!!  LOL

Hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and your New Year is full of joy and happiness.