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Saturday, December 19, 2009

Some sewing to show at last!

Wow. It's been a while since I posted. Christmas is nearly here and life is busy, busy, busy.

I finished the Burda shirt dress finally and it has been worn a lot, so I guess it passed muster. The sleeves are normally folded up when DD wears it. DD also hasn't decided on where she wants the belt loops set, as she has worn the belt at both waist and hip level. They will probably never get done. :)


After the shirtdress was out of the way, I turned my attention to a project for the junior classes at school. In the past, I have made quick calico stockings for the 5 and 6 year olds to decorate and fill as gifts for their parents. Usually I take the easy way out and straight stitch everything and turn through, with absolutely no inside finishing. This time, I decided to overlock/serge the edges instead. All those curves were interesting, to say the least. Thank goodness for Debbie's tip on serging inside corners. After the time put in, 60 stockings didn't seem to make a very impressive pile.


The next project up was a tee-shirt for my DS. The kid is growing like a weed and I think he's just passed his father in height. He passed me ages ago, lol. The way he always seems to sprout up in spring and summer, I wouldn't be surprised to find out he is part plant.

I went for the Kwik Sew 3299 pattern that has positive reviews on Pattern Review. By his measurements, DS should have been an XS which would have required sizing down. However, after comparing 2 tees he already owned, I made a Medium. I know he likes a baggy fit, but I think next time I'll go down a size to Small.

For this trial I used a piece of the fabric I bought off Trademe. It's 100% cotton rugby knit with not a lot of stretch, so it was probably lucky this tee is a loose fit. The lack of recovery meant I unpicked the self-neckband and replaced it with a ribbing band. DS aims to put an iron-on print on the front once he finds "THE" picture he wants. Excuse the fold lines down the center - at least they're proof that for once he'd put his clothes in the drawers folded, lol.



And just because I said "other people's sons put their arms out" ....



Blogging might be a trifle quiet for a while. Or busier, depending on how I cope. We lost my father last Sunday to post-surgery complications. As you can guess, things have been hectic and we're all devastated, especially Mum. There is a lot to sort out which will keep me busy.

Anyway, Have a Merry Christmas Everyone!

9 comments:

Mary Nanna said...

Congratulations on getting any sewing done at all, and consolations at the passing of your Dad. Very hard time for you. Your children look fantastic in their kit. Your daughter looks way cooooool in her shirt dress, and pleased to see the Trademe fabric found a good home.

Audrey said...

My sympathies on your father's passing. I really like the shirtdress. That is a great plaid. I wish I had a girl to sew for, but instead I also have growing boys. Mine have very boring color references; brown, olive green. Though on the positive side, T-shirts are quick and fun to make, and are appreciated. Tell you son I liked the action (arm raised) pose. It looks more like he is saying "Look at this great shirt my mom made me!"

beangirl said...

I'm so sorry to hear about your dad and I hope you're all coping. Sometimes sewing is a good way to escape from everything for a few minutes (which you already know). What you've made and shown us here is great, I really love that dress!

Merry Christmas and I'm sending you my bestest thoughts today!

Angie said...

I'm so sorry to hear about your dad!! Praying God's peace be with you as you sort out and cope with the changes.
The sewing looks great! :)

Sherril said...

Keely, I'm sorry you lost your dad. I hope you find some comfort in your family and from sewing. That shirt dress looks great on your DD and thank you for reviewing the t-shirt. I really should start sewing for my DS. He too is growing like a weed.

Rhoto said...

Oh, Keely, I'm so sorry to hear about the loss of your father. Especially hard for your mother during the holidays, eh...
Soft hugs,
Rhonda in Montreal (PR)

Kat said...

So sorry to hear about your father.

When you mentioned your son I had to smile. My son is now at my height. When did that happen...overnight? I think so.

Sue said...

Sorry to hear about the difficult time your family is going through. Look after each other this Christmas...

Janine said...

My deepest sympathy for you and your family. It's always difficult losing a loved one, but particularly so at Christmas. Nothing can replace your Dad but you do have the good times to remember.

Janine