Friday, July 1, 2016

Dog Sweatshirts

Another project I completed, but have not blogged about yet was some sweatshirts for my dogs.

I used an old sweatshirt of mine for the fabric. I traced and measured one of the dog sweatshirts we already had and made modifications for a better fit for both of the dogs.

This is the dogs on Christmas morning with their new sweatshirts. They are both Chihuahua mixes and like to be warm in the colder months.

It was a fun little project that cost me nothing but some time - and that was time spent sewing. Yay!

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

I'm Alive! and Mystery Afghan Update

Yes I'm alive! I had my baby back in January and life has been pretty crazy. I had a severe case of post-partum PUPPS (if you don't know what that is, I envy you).

I have managed to make a few things. I got my Kaffe Fassett Mystery Knit-a-Long Afghan about 95% complete. I was able to patch it altogether and do a quick border. I did a single crochet border around the edge to hold it together - much faster than knitting one. I would have gone around a couple more times, but I ran out of yarn in the same colour. Actually, I had more yarn, but the Rowan Pure Wool Worsted disappointed me because it had A LOT of breaks in it. Also, my afghan is all pilly already and it's barely seen any action. Not cool...

I think it has turned out good enough though. I just have a few more ends to tie in and I'd really like to put some fabric on the back.

In other news, I have a new niece. So, like I made the panda for my first niece, I made a penguin for the new baby.

I used some Liberty Lawn for the belly and left over purple stretch velour for the body. Velour is really great for penguin fuzz.

My sewing room is a mess, but I have ambitions to clean it up and sew the new Closet Case swimsuit. A girl can dream...

Wish me luck!

Friday, January 1, 2016

Vogue 8964

I haven't posted in awhile, but I actually did a lot of sewing lately. I just couldn't post any of it, since it was all Christmas gifts for family members.

I used one pattern in particular for making several gifts. Vogue 8964 is a pattern set of boxers, pjs, and bathrobes.

Bathrobe - View B

The bathrobe was probably the most challenging part of the pattern because of the large pattern pieces you have to wrestle without shredding.

The fabric I chose was a polyester looper fleece in olive. It looks a bit like terry on the right side. It is light weight but warm.

I used navy bias tape as piping, since I forgot to pick up actual piping while at the store. I'm glad I added it though, as the robe might have looked a little dull without it.

I made a few alterations to the pattern. I added a hook loop at the neck for easy hanging. I sewed the belt tie into place with a rectangle of stitching at the center back. This means the tie won't fall out and get lost in the future. I also omitted the lining. Instead, I serged the inside edge of the collar and topstitched it into place (see below).

Overall, the robe looks and works great. My hubby loves it.

Boxer Shorts - View E

I made a pair of boxer shorts for my Dad. He had a pair he really loved, so my Mom measured them all over (including front and back crotch depth). Using the measurments, I was able to pick a size that was super close.

So, without having to do any fitting alterations, I was able to make a great pair of boxer shorts that my dad loves. They are a very lightweight cotton denim.

Boxer shorts are a fun project to practice sewing skills, like matching plaids. The pieces are small and easy to work with. And, if you mess up, they are just boxer shorts - not something as noticeable as a jacket or dress.

Pajamas - View F

I made three pairs of the pajamas in flannelette - for my hubby, my brother, and my sister's hubby.

I did my best to guess the right sizes. I measured my hubby's other pjs in secret and my sister did the same for her hubby. For my brother, I just guessed that he was very close to my hubby. The great thing about pjs is that they don't have to be perfect to still work. It looks like I guessed right for my brother, as he approves:

One alteration I did for the pjs was leg length. For my hubby, I was able to make them the right length right away. For my brother and brother-in-law, I wasn't sure. So, I made the length I thought they needed plus less an inch and added 1.25" cuffs on the bottom. That way they could adjust the length by rolling the cuff.

I tacked the waistband elastic in place on the sides, so that they don't roll. And for the drawstrings, I used bias tape that I sewed shut.

The dinosaur pjs are for my hubby and I made sure to buy some extra of that fabric so I could make matching pjs for our baby when it arrives. :)

Vogue 8964 is a great pattern for making a lot of handmade gifts.

Sunday, November 1, 2015

Mystery Knit-A-Long Afghan Progress

For months, I have been knitting the Kaffe Fasset Mystery Knit-A-Long Afghan and I'm getting closer to the end!

I only have 2 and a half square left to knit and then I can start piecing it all together. Just in time for colder weather.

I must say that this project has been great for keeping up my knitting with a puppy in the house. It is an easy project to put down mid-row and pick up again days later. The little squares are easier to hold out of reach when the puppy decides to jump on me. I did have a few incidents of balls of yarn being stolen and tossed about the room, but at least it wasn't part of a sweater.

I just hope piecing it all together won't be a horrible experience. I've never knit such a large project before. Wish me luck!

Friday, October 2, 2015

New Sweater for my New Dog

I haven't had time for much sewing lately, but I've been knitting away. With the colder weather approaching, I decided it was time to make a sweater for my 1 year old puppy.

The pattern is the Perfect Fit Dog and Cat Pattern by Jessika Lane. I used this pattern for my older dog when I was first getting back into knitting a few years ago. It is a great pattern for beginners and makes a very practical sweater for your pets.

The yarn I used for the project is fancy Rowan Pure Wool Worsted that I had in my stash. It's remarkably sturdy and yet soft. I find it very easy to knit with. I also like the idea that it is superwash.

I ran out of the blue before I could make the back bottom as long as I wanted. So, I extended the green ribbing on the back by knitting back and forth and using wrap-and-turns. My alteration actually worked out very well.

Now, both my doggies are ready for the impending colder weather.