Thursday, December 26, 2013

Art Museum Vest & Trousers

Finally! I have a photo of Mr. A wearing the Art Museum Vest and Trousers (Oliver + S) pattern.

Here he is wielding a screwdriver belonging to a workbench he got for Christmas.

The trouser leg hems need to be turned up. The measurement I was given over the phone wasn't accurate.   Also the waist elastic should be taken in about an inch.
Easy fix.

The back and lining worked well with his tie.

Lucy is sporting her new collar with iconic Hudson's Bay Company stripes.

Mr. A looks really dapper in this outfit and I plan to make more from this pattern. I've got some more suiting fabric washed and ready to go.

He wore this outfit several times over the holidays - long hems and all - but that didn't seem to stop him.
Party on dude!

Saturday, December 21, 2013

Snow-bound sewing.

We've received an unusual amount of snow over the past few weeks. Venturing out driving has been treacherous due to white-out conditions, and some roads have even been closed.   Usually around this time of year we are wringing our hands wondering if we'll get a white Christmas. Not this year.

So I'm taking advantage of being grounded and in between clearing snow, I've been sewing.

Here's what I've accomplished:

Three pairs of Bedtime Story Pajama's (Oliver + S pattern) I bought the fabric for $4/meter and while the fabric print isn't my first choice, the price tag was!  They are all size 2.

The pocket doesn't look straight in the photo, but it is in real life. Photography and staging photos is not my strong point.

I couldn't find navy buttons in my stash but the yellow ones seem to work.

The brown bear fabric was $2.50/m but since there wasn't quite enough for the jammie top, I had to get some off white flannel and trimmed it with the brown.

Miss C. really enjoys playing dress-up. Many of her costumes are too small, so I thought I'd make up a bunch of new ones as a Christmas  gift.

From Oliver + S book, Little Thing to Sew, I made a peacock coloured tutu. For the waistband tie, I found some silk dupioni in my stash and it worked perfectly in place of ribbon.

The air is so cold and dry right now giving the tutu a bad case of static cling. The tulle is flying off in all directions and the silk on the waistband isn't co-operating either.

I also made a matching hairband using scraps of tulle and peacock coloured feathers.

She also likes playing doctor/nurse. She spends so much time at the clinic with ear aches and chest infections that acting out someone in the medical field is a natural for her.

I used the Oliver + S pattern Secret Agent Trench Coat.  The fabric is from a cotton table cloth that shrunk after several washings and no longer fits my harvest table.

I set up my embroidery machine to stitch out her title on the coat and on one of the patch pockets used felt for the red cross.

The pattern is double breasted but I didn't make it a single thinking she might wear this outdoors over a jacket.

When William and Kate got married, Miss C was spellbound. Her mom bought her a veil that's attached to a hairband and she wears it quite a lot.  Therefore,  the veil needs a bride outfit!

She likes to dress herself, so made the bride outfit that was easy to get on and off.
For the top I used a peasant style top that is a free download pattern from here.  I attached some lace  down the front and fortuitously found some diamond looking buttons to add some bridal bling.

The skirt was based on the Lazy Days skirt pattern, only long, and with lace attached at the hemline.

Thinking about a maids outfit, maybe something Cinderella might have worn housecleaning, I found this remnant fabric: 2 meters for $3.50.  Sold!!

Using the same peasant blouse pattern as above, I simply added long sleeves.  For the skirt, I used the skirt portion from the Tinny pattern, cutting it longer and adding a frill of satin fabric leftover from a flower girl dress I made for her mother's wedding.  

The skirt will twirl which is what a maid likes to do whilst sweeping. At least, that's what I do when I sweep.

I felt the outfit needed a corset, you know, to tie it together. :) 
Using some off white silk dupioni, I applied random stitches using decorative threads and then put in grommets. I could only find rat-tail cord in my stash to lace the corset but I plan to change that to something less slippery. 

I'm glad I found a use for the stash of decorative threads I have but need to experiment more with dress-ups-corset making.

Last up, at least for now, is this hideous looking princess dress that's got a bad case of static cling like the tutu.

It's size 6 hanging limply on a size 2 dress form. It's big enough to fit over indoor or outdoor clothing.....maybe even a parka it's pink and sparkly to suit the taste for a 4 year old.

I could have done a better job sewing this, but my heart wasn't in to bubblegum pink satin - neither was spending time to get a decent photo!   

Overall, dress-up items get well used and abused. They usually end up getting covered in dirt and sand from being worn outdoors as well as getting covered in food stains. So I never spend much money or effort making dress-up clothing.

Well, that's it for my sewing.  

The cottage needs to be readied for the onslaught of Christmas guests, baking needs to get done, and most urgently, more snow has to get cleared.

Merry Christmas from my little corner of The Great White North

Friday, December 13, 2013

Art Museum Trousers and Vest

One good thing about being snowed-in is, one can get quite a bit of sewing done.  Providing the power stays on of course.  Here's is part of this week's sewing projects......

About a month or so ago, I took advantage of a 20% off Oliver + S pattern offer that appeared on an Aurora Borealis forecasting website (strange but true) and ordered the 3 new ones that will complete my collection once again.
About two weeks later, they went on sale for 50% off. Doh!
Sadly, the order managed to get lost in the mail. It's the first time that sort of thing has ever happened to me but hey, I suppose living in the middle of nowhere it was bound to occur.

I notified Oliver + S that the order was taking an unusually long time to arrive so their excellent customer service that is truly second to none, kicked in. Not only are they sending out a new order but since I was anxious to make the Art Museum vest and trousers before Christmas for Mr. A., they sent a pdf of the pattern.  Thank you, thank you, thank you!

I had grey wool washed (yes, I washed AND dried it in the machine because I know that's what my daughter will do when the outfit gets soiled) ironed and ready to go. I cut it out between snow blowing and shoveling (we got at least 100cm of snow this week) and made the Art Museum Vest and Trousers.   Yay! Done in time for Mr. A's many Christmas parties.

One good thing about having so much snow right outside the door, one doesn't need a white sheet for a background.

I made size 18-24 months and after reading comments made on Flickr added a little length in the vest because Mr. A is exceptionally tall for his age.

As with all O+S patterns, the instructions are clear and straightforward. I've made welt pockets before but quite liked the easy details provided in this pattern and my pockets turned out perfectly.

For the back, I used red and navy striped grey cotton fabric. In the back of my mind, I'm thinking/hoping I might be able to whip out a navy wool blazer to go with the pants and vest. There is enough fabric left over to use for the lining of a blazer.
Oliver + S don't have a blazer pattern....yet. I wish they had one!

The pants couldn't have been easier to make and the results so professional looking.

The pattern called for welt pockets on the pants back too.  Again, the construction due to the easy and detailed instructions went together perfectly.
Oh, and the pant legs are the same length in real life. My fingers were starting to freeze and didn't want to spend an more time outdoors fussing with a photo.

Once the roads are safe to drive I'll be making a trek down to the Big Smoke so Mr. A. can try on his new spiffy outfit and get a photo of him wearing it.   Meanwhile, I need to shake the snow off these clothes!

Again, I cannot say enough good things about Oliver + S patterns. They make sewing such a pleasure.  In my opinion, they are the best children's patterns in the world.  And their customer service is par excellence.

Merry Christmas Todd, Liesl, S and all the staff at Oliver + S!

Monday, December 9, 2013

Swingset Skirt for Christmas

The Oliver + S pattern Swingset Skirt, to me, is the perfect skirt pattern.   One can use theme fabric, add tulle on the lining or another kind of trim, it twirls plus it's so easy and quick to make.  So does a skirt pattern get any better? I don't think so!

There was a sale on at Fabricland not too long ago and I got this fabric for something like $4 per meter. There is enough fabric leftover for another small item - timing providing of course.  This time I used jingle bells at the end of the waist ties.

I've made this skirt before here and here and those skirts got the twirl stamp of approval!