Friday, September 24, 2010
Amylouwho is hosting a Amy Butler Sew n Tell link party today. She announced it a few weeks ago and there are prizes! It just so happens that I had been planning on making a few Amy Butler items for some Craftster swaps I am in. I waited to post these on the blog until my partners had received just to make sure I didn't ruin any surprises!
Everything I am posting today is from a pattern found in Amy's Little Stitches book. I have borrowed this book multiple times from the library and made the boy a hat from it a year or so ago. I love the finished products that Amy Butler's patterns produce, but I have to admit, getting there can be a headache!
First up, is the Everything Bag pattern. This was a fairly straight forward pattern. It has a lot of inside pockets and a divider. Originally when I saw this bag in the book I really wanted one. After making it though, I don't know that it will fit my needs too well.
I used a baby wale cord on the outside. It's super soft! The inside is a toile which my partner is a huge fan of. Inside shot:
I love the amount of pockets on here. I think that is what makes this bag worth making. There are four on the inside and two on the outside. So handy for moms!
Next are the super cute baby pants in the book. I have made a lot of kid's pants over my sewing history. This is a straight forward pattern with the cute added bonus of a accent cuff. I alternated the main and accent fabrics to suit my partner's tastes . I used Amy Butler's Full Moon Dot and Sandi Henderson's Apple Dot, they complimented each other really well.
The last project is the Modern Diaper Bag. If you have seen this pattern in the book, you know how huge it is. Like unusably huge. I saw a modified version of this bag on Craftster and she used the measurements found on The Ogden's blog. I was so excited to see Jenny's modifications. It makes this bag a whole lot more useable.
Now this pattern was a pain. I had a hard time matching up the lining and the exterior. Also there were so many layers of interfacing that I was skipping stitches in a few places. But, like the Weekender, the finished product is worth the frustration. It creates such a polished looking bag. The exterior is a alova suede in a moss color. I lined it with a quilter's cotton.
The amount of pockets on here is awesome as well. You get six interior pockets. Like others have mentioned, how to attach the pockets is not clear in the pattern. So I just sort of winged it.
Both of my partner's seemed very happy with their bags so I am glad I made them. I might tackle the Modern Diaper bag again, but I am not too sure. I just picked up Style Stitches and there is a bag in there that I am in love with. I might have to make that one instead...
I am linking this up to Amy's party today. I cannot wait to go and check out what everyone else has been making!!
Tuesday, September 14, 2010
Last week, I chosen got to test out another pattern for Kitschy Coo! This time it was a reversible hoodie pattern. How fun! I finished the hoodie this weekend. This was a pretty intricate pattern but her instructions were easy to follow.
She suggests using two similar fabrics, either two wovens or two knits for compatibility purposes. Of course I decided to make it hard on myself, and used flannel for a lining and sweatshirt knit for the outside. It makes for exciting sewing! I really wanted to make the boy something warm so he could wear it the next few months. The flannel I had purchased a year or so ago to make a hoodie but never got around to it. For the sweatshirt fabric, I cut up an old sweatshirt of mine that never quite fit right. Yay for cheap projects!
The fit was spot on and the the boy really liked it. I love the dragon flannel, I think I am going to get some more to make some lounge pants for him. So this is the "inside":
The necessary cheese smile:
And the exterior (isn't he so stinkin' cute?):
Monster face (which is also necessary as a 2 year old):
Thanks again for choosing me as a test sewer Kitschy Coo!
I am linking this up with Sew N Tell!