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Finished Projects

Alright. Last week was a whirlwind of birthday sewing and school work. I managed to make three jolly roger raglans for my nephew and two nieces. We went to my niece’s birthday party last Friday, she likes the movie Nightmare Before Christmas, so I tracked down fabric to make her this inspired hoodie. I think it turned out pretty well. She loved it and that’s all that matters.

Next I made one for my other niece. It wasn’t her birthday but since hers is in June and that isn’t hoodie weather…I went ahead and made it anyway. She’s our little firecracker. So, she got ninja unicorns and stars for her hoodie. I also found her fabric in a buy/sell/trade group so it wasn’t easy to find. I love the ninja unicorns though. They’re adorable.

I love being able to customize these for each kid. The inset pockets are my favorite part of this. I did mine a bit different from the pattern and they work out well. My kids love theirs.

The last one was fabric from Joann fabrics. This was for my youngest nephew. He just turned 5! This fabric is the doodle line at Joann Fabrics and is pretty reasonably priced. It was very easy to work with and didn’t roll as much as the cotton lycra I’ve used, which was useful when cutting. The blue fabric though- amazing. It’s a thicker feeling fabric and seriously nice to sew.

Sadly, he didn’t get thumbholes like my nieces. He does have the inset pockets at least. The fabric was a tad thinner than the cotton lycra and my machine kept eating the seam allowance. If I make another from doodle fabric, I may have to get hem tape or a thin stabilizer just to add some weight while sewing cuffs. I absolutely adore the Jolly Roger from Patterns for Pirates. There are so many sizes offered in the pattern and it is so customizable. I now need to make myself a hoodie using the Wonder Woman fabric I have been stashing for a rainy day.

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Works in Progress

I manage to get myself into a time crunch all the time. It’s ok though, I seem to work well under pressure! Next week I have birthdays to celebrate and the current state of my gifts- fabric! No worries though, I got this. I’m making two Jolly Roger Raglans from Patterns for Pirates as well as a fun birthday shirt for my nephew. I don’t have to worry about spoilers because they’re too young for social media.

I’ve also got my own Relaxed Raglan that I’m itching to sew and a pair of pants. Did I mention I’m a full time grad student too? I have several papers and discussion boards, a few tests and a million pages of reading. Still- no worries.

I’ll be sure to post completed pictures. Here’s just a sample of the fun fabrics I have managed to hoard. They were hard to come by and are all thanks to Facebook buy/sell/trade groups and eBay.

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Project Update!

Alright. Minor setback- I was out of ink and couldn’t print my pattern. I finally printed it Sunday and put it all together. Easy peasy pattern to assemble, straightforward instructions. If you want to take the plunge sewing clothes, I highly recommend Patterns for Pirates.

I cut out, pinned, sewed, and serged this raglan in under three hours. I always go a little slow the first time I make anything, so the next time it should go much more quickly. I am just sorry I only had one yard of the Doctor Who fabric. It was a dream to sew. The gray fabric from Boho Fabrics is so super soft.

So here it is in all its Whovian glory…TheRebel in her Doctor Who themed relaxed raglan. She loves the fit, the funnel hood, the inset pockets- all of it.

Ok, teenagers are only so patient. TheRebel protested photos so these will do for now.

She likes the loose fit, so I didn’t grade down to a small although I could have. Thankfully she chooses comfort over “in fashion” which makes things easy for me. She has inset pockets on both sides which is where I deviated from the pattern a little. I stitched the pocket to the band and they’re not attached to the front of the shirt. Mine are standalone pockets instead of formed from the shirt and pocket pattern. I may add a buttonhole later for her earbuds.

The funnel hood is nice and deep. When worn down it makes for a very cozy cowl. She even has thumbholes on the cuffs- it is the very one thing she asked for. Whatcha think? If you make clothes for yourself or your family, do you have any favorite pattern designers?