For Margot, a stuffed cat. She and I were browsing Pinterest together. Well it was more like she was looking over my shoulder as I browsed Pinterest. Browsing Pinterest is never a good thing to do with a young child, as it will lead to lots of pleas to make very adorable thing. We saw this.
If you know Margot, you know she LOVES stuffed animals. So I looked at the free pattern and it looked simple enough. I've made some stuffed animals and dolls before so I was confident this would be an easy project. And it was. Sort of. First of all it is instructed you use a store bought towel. Well I didn't do that, I bought some towel material. Perhaps the quality is different than this material because the material I bought was terrible! It frayed very easily. But I didn't know this going into it. So I dealt with a lot of fraying and split seams. As I was trying to stitch the nose on the first head I made, the entire center seam from the stress of stitching split open and frayed so much I couldn't salvage it. I almost threw the entire cat away but his body was really cute. So I made a new head. Sigh.
The other issue with this pattern was the fact that seam allowance wasn't included. So annoying! But it was free. So what I did was traced the pattern on the material with a thick marker and cut on the outside of the marker line giving me not even a 5mm seam allowance which is pretty small. Perhaps this is why I had some issues with the seams splitting. I don't know. I did reduce my stitch length and even sewed some seams twice. All in all from start to finish, the entire cat only took about 2 hours to sew even with making a new head.
I don't think I put the eyes in correctly. It's actually a screw. I think it should be screwed into some stuffing so that the eyes sit into the face but I installed the eyes before stuffing because I was afraid of manipulating the stuffed head too much for fear of splitting a seam like before. I also sewed the mouth to look more straight. I thought the down turned mouth sort of looked sad but cute (as in the picture I linked to) and an upturned mouth looked creepy.
The important thing is that Margot loves him. He is named Scruffy. He's legs aleady needed repaired which again was easy enough. Two seams started to split. I do hope Scruffy doesn't have to return to the Emergency Room for awhile.
For Grace, a dress. This is Simplicity 1436. I do really love it and so does she.
Initially I had bought the fabric for myself to make some leggings and a maternity shirt. Then I was given 3 bags of maternity clothes so since Grace liked the fabric, I decided to use it to make her a dress.
This is very cute on and I can't wait to get pictures of it on her. It was a lovely sew. No issues really. I measured her carefully and she fit closest to a size 10. But knowing she is tall I cut a size 12 in length. Knowing Simplicity patterns can run large I sewed the bodice up with basting stitches to do a quick fit on her. I was pleasantly surprised this it fit nearly perfectly.
I could have cut a size 14 in length as it's a little short for my preference. But I do tend to be conservative when it comes to dress and skirt length on my girls. But she likes it
Lastly I did not think to pattern match until I had aleady cut the skirt out. I know! I went back and re-cut the flap on the front. But the front and back skirt do not match and it would have been so easy to match it. It's close. But since the skirt is both gathered and has elastic at the waist seam I figured it won't be noticed too much.
For the baby, I made the bodysuit from Oliver + S's Lullaby Layette. This couldn't have been released at a more perfect time. Two of my online sewing friends are also expecting so that makes three of us just in our little circle.
I am not sure what my little boy style is yet. When I go shopping for fabric it all seems so girly to me. So I stuck with a classic look of polka dots. This is in a very lightweight woven which will be nice for summer. I made the 0-3 months and thinking maybe this could be what he wears home from the hospital depending in his size.
It's trimmed it ivory snaps and the neckline is bound in ivory bias tape. It was an easy sew.
The best thing is that this pattern prompted me to buy a snap setter and snaps which is something I've wanted to do for a long time. I bought the one on the Oliver + S sight. They are not pliers or a press but rather a tool you use a hammer with. I suggest practicting on scrap fabric a couple times. I tend to be a bit timid with the hammer and my first couple snaps were not installed tight enough and they popped off. But I quickly go the hang of it. I look forward to making more of these little bodysuits which can be made in knit as well. The pattern also comes with pants and a jacket. This bodysuit can be made with long sleeves and it can also be made as a shirt with out the crotch snaps. So lots of options for this one.
Too cute right?