[sewing] Thank you Santa Claus!

For Christmas, I was asked what could please me and my generous Santa Claus brought me a Hiya Hiya interchangeable knitting needles set (beautiful!), a book about the history of fashion and some presser feet! I’m so lucky and thankful! I asked for an invisible zipper one, a walking foot,  a binder foot and a bias tape one 🙂

I haven’t yet tried the bias ones, but the walking foot is already set up on my machine. For those of you not familiar with the concept of a walking foot (also called an even feed foot), it helps with feeding the fabric evenly because it has an extra set of teeth on top. It’s great when you have to sew slippery or stretchy fabrics, when you want fabric prints to match (with plaids for example) or when you have numerous layers of fabric or different weights of fabric. This is what happened when I sewed some bibs. Yes, very interesting sewing I know, and this was my project for the holidays: the little lady’s bibs I had previously done are too small now, especially since she has started eating other foods than milk.

I used an old bath towel and stash fabric I had originally intended to use for the Craftsy’s block of the month 2012 (ahem). As you can imagine, a towel and quilting cotton are quite different weight and don’t necessarily feed at the same speed. No problem now with the walking foot!

I am currently using it to finish a skirt I have started a couple of months ago, it’s the Ottobre 6/2013 number 11 “On Trend”. I wanted it to be a basic skirt that I could wear often in the winter. I chose a black cord fabric, can’t make it any more basic, can you? The pattern has a lining which I find great, but both fabrics again are very different, and even if I staystitched the waist of the skirt pieces, cord is still a little stretchy. Again, no problem with the walking foot. The only problem I found with this foot is that it’s a little noisy!

IMG_1007Yes, it’s my kitchen in the background, I did what I said I would in a previous post. I didn’t have much time yesterday, but managed to sew a seam 🙂 And this new organization seems to work for now, because I nearly finished a wearable skirt muslin last weekend.

[sewing] Ottobre 4/2012 baby trousers

As promised, here are a few pics of the baby trousers I made last weekend. I’m very happy with the result of both and they were made using stashed fabric. The pattern is from issue 4 of 2012 of the Ottobre magazine and they’re trousers number 7. I made a size 68 – even if Héloïse is still 62 – so that they would fit her for a part of autumn and winter. And the description of the pattern says they’re “loose-fitting jeans”. Totally it: very loose-fitting 🙂


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I’m learning that it’s not easy to capture a baby!

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of course wearing the little cardigan made by her mama 🙂

Oh by the way, I’m sorry but my husband and I agreed that there would be no photo of our daughter’s face on the Internet, we both think that she will be the one to decide to post pictures of herself, once she’s old enough (though we’re not naive: we know it will happen sooner than we would like). But trust me: she’s very cute – totally honest comment 😉


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wide elastic waistband and cute knee patches

For the first pair, I really had a small piece of fine cord navy blue fabric, a leftover from a skirt I made last winter and never showed here (I can still see the draft every time I log in to WordPress). Anyway the fabric was so small that I had to cut the back piece in two parts instead of on the fold AND I cut it across the grain, boooo! I don’t think my daughter will notice: it’s on her backside after all. I also used turquoise ribbing: I don’t have a lot of ribbing yet and this is the best match I could have. I’m slowly building my stash of ribbing, as Ottobre kids pattern seem to use a lot and it’s a nice way of finishing an edge. For the second pair (in grey linen), I really didn’t have any matching ribbing, so I used an old tee-shirt, just as I did for my maternity skirts waistbands 🙂

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very loose-fitting 🙂 and accessorized with Minoucha

I think this pattern is very cute (otherwise I wouldn’t have made two versions), there are many things I like: the knee patches are a nice little touch and the wide elastic waistband makes it very comfortable for my baby, much more than the tight trousers she had. As you can see, I played with different fabrics and even tried the applique stitch on my Janome sewing machine. This is exactly why I wanted a few fancy stitches on my sewing machine: with a little girl the possibilities are endless!

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my first attempts at machine-appliqué: I like it!


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oh and the pattern also has back pockets