Monday, December 8, 2014

Christmas Dress Number 1

I made a few Christmas dresses this year. Two for my daughter and one for me. It's nice to have a few to wear all month long to all of those parties and stuff. So here is the first one of hers.

I love this plaid fabric. She had requested something pink, even though I tried to convince her that pink is not really Christmas-y. But I saw this pink plaid print and thought it would be great. It is a cotton/spandex jersey. It is pink with some green and lavender. But I think the plaid makes it Christmas-y. And I added a strip of green at the waist just to make sure.

This pattern is the Uptown / Downtown Dress by Sew Straight Pattern Company.  I love the shape of the dress. It curves in at the waist and then flares out into a twirly skirt. She has an expansion pack available for the dress also, which includes the long sleeves and even the contrast waistband.

I changed the neckline on mine a bit. The original pattern has a neckline that is pretty low and wide. But, since it is winter and my daughter is rather narrow through the shoulders, it needed more coverage there. I added about a 1/2" width in each shoulder and raised the neckline by nearly 2 inches. Now it is a perfect winter dress for her. The cowl neck option from the expansion pack would also have worked well and would have been super cute for winter. But her Christmas dress number 2 had a cowl neck, so I chose not to do that with this one.

I'm not sure what that goofy face is, but I think she likes it. :)

Friday, December 5, 2014

How to Sew a Petersham Facing - Christmas PJs!

I just finished making a new pair of Christmas Jammies for me! Don't you love curling up in flannel jammies in the winter with a nice cup of coffee. I had to make up my own pattern for these, since I couldn't find one I liked. I basically traced of a pair of ready to wear pajama pants that I loved. 

The process of making these is pretty standard, but I wanted to show you how I did the waistband with a petersham facing. It's so easy and it's nice and soft. I love using petersham. For pajama pants like these, the facing serves as a casing for the elastic.

About Petersham
For those not familiar, Petersham is a type of ribbon very similar to grosgrain ribbon, but with scalloped edges that allow it to curve when ironed. So it can conform to curves nicely without wrinkling or bunching. And it has enough stiffness to add some support, but it remains soft. It is sometimes called  milliner's ribbon, as it is also used in making hats. The narrow widths of petersham can be used in place of bias tape. It's also a great facing for waistbands. 

Along with your standard sewing supplies, you will need a petersham ribbon long enough to go around the waistband of your pants and 1" elastic to go around your waist.
I used 2 inch wide ribbon. After seam allowances, this will give you plenty of room to thread your elastic through the casing. 

How to Sew Pants with a Petersham Facing

If your pants pattern calls for a facing, simply leave this part out. You won't need to cut those pieces.

If your pattern doesn't call for a facing, or if you are making your own pattern, cut your pants pieces to the level you want them to hit on your waist, adding 1/2" for seam allowance. (Side note: I find pants with a facing to be much more comfortable and better fitting than those that are just turned over and stitched to make the casing.)

Sewing the Facing
  1. After sewing up the rest of your pants, you will want to measure around the waist of the pants. You can do this by simply measuring with a measuring tape. Or you can pin the ribbon in place around the pants and mark where they overlap, then unpin and remove the ribbon to sew it. 
  2. Once you have this measurement, add 1 inch for seam allowance and cut your ribbon to this length.
  3. Sew ends of the ribbon closed with 1/2 inch seam allowance so that you now have a tube.
  4. Pin ribbon to raw edge at top of pants with right sides together, matching the seam in the ribbon with the back seam of the pants. Sew around top edge with 1/2 seam allowance. Clip and trim seam allowance as necessary.

  1. Turn facing to the inside and press. Use lots of steam to encourage the Petersham ribbon to conform to the curve of the pants. Pin ribbon in place inside pants.
  2. Topstitch close to the bottom edge of ribbon, leaving a 2 inch gap at the side of the pants for the elastic casing.
  3. Thread elastic through casing. Sew ends of elastic closed. (I like to try the pants on here and just adjust the elastic to a comfortable size.)
  4. Finish topstitching the casing closed.
  5. You're done! How nice does that look!

Perfect for cozy mornings!

Thursday, December 4, 2014

"Winter Inpired" Pajamas

My daughter, like so many others, has been obsessed with a certain ice princess lately. We have watched  that movie waay too many times. You know what I mean?

Well, she has now decided she wants all her clothes to be blue. Since she does go through a lot of pajamas, and since I do love to make pajamas, I made her one more set.

They are blue and gray and I even used glitter paint and a freezer paper stencil to make a snowflake on them. I am going to insist that these are "winter inspired" and not "princess inspired", but she loves them, so whatever.  :)

Details: Pattern is the Alex and Anna Winter Pajamas* from Peekaboo Pattern Shop*
Fabric: Main fabric is Laguna Jersey in Turquoise
             Gray Polka Dots are from Riley Blake (find it here)

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Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Greenstyle Lacy n Lane and How to Line a Hood

My daughter had "brown day" at preschool last week. You know, they learn all about the color brown, everyone wears brown, etc. Well, believe it or not, she had nothing to wear that was brown. So of course, Mommy had to sew something up. 

I made this Lacy and Lane Hooded Tee from Greenstyle Creations* and I love it. She still loves pink so we added pink cuffs to the brown shirt. It even has thumbholes, which she is into right now. 

I made the shirt with the high-low hem from the pattern and I think it's adorable. I love the length in the back. It looks great with leggings. 

I also modified it a little to include a lined hood.It's a little hard to see in the pictures, but its a jersey knit with a flower print. This is one of my favorite parts of the shirt.

If you want to line your hood, here is how I did it.
  1. Cut the main fabric out as normal. 
  2. Cut the lining fabric using the same hood patter, BUT cut 1/4 inch off from the front edge. This way the lining stays to the inside.
  3. Sew hood pieces together and sew lining pieces together as per instructions.
  4. Pin lining to hood along front edge RST and sew in place.
  5. Turn right side out and press. When you press, make sure the lining is just slightly inside the seam.
  6. Baste hood and lining together at bottom edge.
  7. Sew hood to shirt, treating hood and lining as one.
That's it. Easy peezy. And you have an extra cute lined hood. Plus you didn't have to hem it. :)

Get your Lacy and Lane pattern here*!

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