Friday, 29 March 2013

Number 9 Trousers

Happy Easter!  I hope that you all are enjoying your long weekend with those that you love!  Here's a little peek at our egg-painting session from this afternoon!

We've had a busy few weeks here at the household, mainly because we've tried to do a few things at the same time as having two sick kids.  Yuck.  Thankfully they're both over the nastiness and are happy as can be!  :)

I did manage to get some sewing in before they were sick...some sweet little pants for Elliott from the pattern by Shwin&Shwin.  Here are the Number 9 Trousers:

I love the look of these pants - the material used is Essex Yarn Dyed Denim which was shipped over from Sew Mama, Sew.  LOVE this material: it's light and perfect for Spring (which, hint,hint, should be on its way soon)!  

The back welt pockets took up the bulk of the project time but they add so much to the pant, they are a necessity!  Elliott LOVED the fact that i added special Superman fabric to the pockets (Thanks Shwin&Shwin for the idea)!  And seriously, he looks uber cute in these pants.  I cut him a size 5 based on his waist size but added 1.5 inches to the length...which wasn't enough!  The hem was completed with only 1/4 inch turn under because they would have been too short any other way!  

Loved the pattern, loved the outcome.  I think I'll add a button to the front to give it some more detail, and next time I'll add some interest to the side front pockets as well.


Thursday, 21 March 2013

The Wiksten Tank

Have you heard of The Workroom?  It's Toronto's first sewing and crafting by the hour workspace and it's beautiful.  Did I take pictures of it in all it's beauty when I was there?  Of course I didn't...that would have been too perfect!  But seriously though, stop by their website to take a look...and if you're in T.O, stop in the store and take a look at some of their Liberty Fabrics they have in-stock!  Gorgeous.

I did come home with something when I visited the other weekend...

The Wiksten Tank!  I've seen the finished product online and I LOVE how it fits - all flowy and such.  It's a very pretty and flattering tank, so I thought I'd pick up the pattern and whip a few up before the summer comes around (I know, I know...I live in Ontario, I've got a while...)

I did make one minor mistake when I was there...the fabric that I chose is too heavy...It's a linen cotton blend and I don't think it's going to drape very well without being kinda crunchy, ya know?  No harm done, really; I'm sure I can find another use for a beautiful linen blend, but I really wanted to make my tank!  The only fabric I had enough of was this really bright, florally one that I found at a thrift store last year.  So, I made it, decided to make some alterations to my pattern (length, mainly) and  bought some voile to use for my second attempt.  Here's the finished product!

Not very visible...but there IS a pocket there!  :)
Love the feel of this tank, though I think I prefer the feel of the 100% cotton one better (mental note for when I make my third Wiksten tank).

Unfortunately, this thank might be stored in my closet for a while...yesterday was the first day of Spring and it was snowing.  Getting a little tired of this snow!  Though, all things considered, I really can't complain.  Last year at this time here in Bowmanville it was almost 26 degrees Celsius (that's 78 degrees Fahrenheit) so we were spoiled for a time (though my Magnolia tree was completely confused...).

Here's hoping for warmer weather!  :)