Friday, 24 March 2017

Sewing small things

I've made a few small things recently but I'd say these 2 Batman capes have been the most appreciated! Somehow we managed to lose a Batman cape Harris had been given so I knew I had to replace it.  While I was at it I wanted to make one for one of his best pals. I bought the black and yellow satiny fabrics from the Man Outside Sainsbury's and the black and yellow felt from Hobby Craft.  I drew out the pattern onto newspaper roughly following the guidelines from this tutorial.  Inittially I was just going to use the black but then decided it would be nicer to line them.  I'm so glad I did as they fly up brilliantly in the wind now as we found out on the first scooter test the night after I made them! I wasn't sure how the scallops would work so only tried it on one, I wish I'd done it on both now as they look really good.  Disaster struck as I was ironing though and I managed to burn through the black on the non-scalloped one, just a little bit up on the neck piece. However it determined that the scalloped one was the one being gifted and the one with the wee hole was kept. Harris hasn't even noticed the hole yet but I'll darn it before he does.  I had sticky-backed velcro in my stash which i think must have been my mum's as I don't remember buying it.  I'd love to make some more capes with different themes, though I do find sewing with slippery fabric like this very frustrating!


Months ago, in the autumn I think, I cut out another See Kate Sew raglan tee and a short sleeved tee from Ottobre but never sewed them up.  I finally got round to this in January and they've both had lots of wear already - thankfully, as they're not going to be long enough for much longer. That'll teach me for procrastinating so long on sewing them up - I can't do that when sewing for a growing boy!






The gorgeous flamingo print is a Charley Harper fabric I got from Billow Fabrics and it's a lovely quality thick jersey which for once was really easy to top-stitch.  It's such a great happy fabric and I think I may have enough for a short sleeved tshirt for him for the summer out of it, fingers crossed. I think the pink ribbing was from Kitschy Coo.  As I saw this was the See Kate Sew raglan tee again - I've certainly got my money worth from this pattern, I've used it so much and love it!

perfect underarm seam matching - this makes me ridiculously happy!
The other tee-shirt is an old t-shirt of my husbands that he couldn't bear to part with even though it had holes in it. So, I used it for a mini tee.  I managed to keep the hem so I only had to top stitch the sleeves - a nice and quick make.  I did take the time with both these makes to overlock all the seams as they'll see a lot of washing so need to be hard wearing.  Harris loves this tshirt and it also makes him happy it was his dad's before him, which of course makes us happy too!







Soon it'll be time to start on his shorts and summer tshirt sewing, and a few more sun hats too - I'm looking forward to it. Roll on spring eh?!

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  1. Oh my goodness, you make me want to rush to my fabric stash and make some cute T-shirts NOW!!! He looks so adorable in those pics xxx

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    1. thanks Zoe! I have had so much use from those Ottobre magazines, thanks again! I think this summer I'm going to try the new tee pattern from Brindille & Twig as I like the retro look with the arm ribbing.

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  2. These are amazing. I bet you were very popular when you handed those capes over!

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    1. Haha thanks Caroline! Now if only I could manage to sew something in time for Halloween one year!

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  3. Those capes are brilliant, my kids are all grown up now but would have loved these when they were little. (that said my youngest has just turned 18 and had a batman dressing gown as a gift which he has worn everyday since!)

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    1. Thanks Julia! Yes maybe you never grow out of the things you love as a child!

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  4. I love seeing mini clothes, the ones you made a really cute!

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    1. Thanks Anna, and thanks for stopping by! Small clothes are really good fun to make!

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  5. So cute! I love the Batman capes :)

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    1. Thank you! Well, almost a month on now & the batman cape is still getting lots of use so it's definitely been a success! So have the other toos but he doesn't get quite the same enjoyment from them as he does from his cape.

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