Saturday, August 31, 2013

Dr. Who Tardis Board Shorts..

The Bear grew like a weed this summer, and I decided to make him some new "adjustable" shorts that could be let out in the waist and hem so that he can wear them through next summer.  Of course, now that he is 10 years old, he makes his own fashion choices. So, I took him to the fabric store to select the material that his shorts would be made out of.  I admit that I was a little skeptical about the criteria that his decisions were based on ("Ooh, this one looks kind of spacey!"), but the fabric reflects who he is, so I am not going to complain.

Obviously, I had to pick up a pattern since I don't measure. Ever. And, luckily, the fabric shop that I went to had this on one of their racks:
 All was well when I traced out the pattern for a 10 year old, and cut all of the pieces. But as I prepared to construct the shorts, I stumbled upon the MOST RIDICULOUS POCKET INSTRUCTIONS EVER!
 Dear Patterns by Figgy,
Your pocket instructions suck.
Sincerely, SewGlam.

5 hours later, I was at my wits end trying to figure these pockets out. So, I did what I always do - I ignored the instructions and did my own thing. Unfortunately, that means that I paid $12 for pattern pieces. Oh well.  The shorts came out pretty great, and my kid is happy.
 Now, trying to get a 10 year old away from the video games long enough to take a few pictures is a real task.  Especially if you want to get it done without having to deal with attitude.
 Oh, and as the title mentioned, I took some artistic liberty with the "spacey" fabric.
 My son is a Dr. Who nut. These are the only pair that I did side pockets on, and my hand embroidery leaves something to be desired, but he has a pretty unique pair of Tardis shorts now.  After 3 pair of very boring board shorts, I needed to do something more exciting. You would not believe the amount of work that went in to these pockets, but it was a labor of love:
 "Sharp looking shorts, kid!"
"Whatever, mom. Are we done now??"
*sigh* "Yes."
Ingrate. ;)

Friday, August 2, 2013

Summer Shifts and Serger Stress

Sewing projects have been piling up on my idea sheet these past few weeks, and I can't seem to sew fast enough to satisfy my ambitions.

I have had a pattern for a stretch knit summer dress that I've been wanting to make for awhile, and I finally found some fabric that inspired me to give it a go.  I decided on a "criss-cross" technique for the front of the dress, and I am SO GLAD that I own a serger. Jersey is a nightmare for me, and, without a serger, I would have never completed this garment.  With the serger, the sewing part of this project only took me 20 minutes.  Cutting, on the other hand...Grr.
 I will definitely have to adjust the pattern in the future, now that I know how the fit is a little "off" on my body type. I already had to shave a couple of inches on each shoulder strap, but it looks like I will have to take in the waist in order to give it more shape. For a lightweight summer shift, this dress is awesome. I could (and might) sleep in this thing!

After that project, I started on a dress inspired by this DIY Crop Top tutorial that I found.  Now, I don't DO crop tops. Quite frankly, I am perplexed by the concept behind a crop top. As far as I am concerned, my stomach is MY business. Not yours, or anyone else's.  So, although I love the idea of using denim scrap for the top, I decided to add a skirt on it and make it a dress.

Everything started off beautifully. I measured my little heart out, added straps that match the lining (denim seams rubbing against my torso skin?? I don't think so.), and started sewing the skirt strips together.
 And then my serger FREAKED THE EFF OUT, and I almost went on a city-wide stabbing spree to vent my frustration. Needless to say, the machine is currently "out of order" until I am sane enough to deal with it again.

The worst thing about the serger situation is that I have all kinds of creative motivation, and no outlet for it. I actually did some cross stitch this week (BORING), and started a crochet project (IN THE SUMMER?), but all I want to do is finish the crop-top-turned-dress, whip up the faux headboard that has been percolating in my head, and make a seat-back organizer for my new behemoth of an SUV. This machine is really inconveniencing me right now.  >:(