Sunday, February 9, 2014

Muslins. Who? ME?!?

I have been in sewing limbo. The desire to sew but midlevel mojo and NO TIME.

The kids had a very busy schedule this past week and I am still a bit under the weather, so I have not spent a ton of time in the cave.

I went down to repair the laundry bag (a few stitches came out) and ended up cutting another Deer & Doe Plantain tee in some of my white knit fabric that I scored for dirt cheap! :) It's thin which is good to know. It's hard to get a true feel for the weight of it before it's sewn up. So now I know that I'll need to allow for a cami underneath the tops I make or make lined things with it (or things with a deep enough self facing like NewLook 6108).


I still consider this a wearable muslin. And now I don't know if this pattern is worth me putting a whole lot more energy into. I like the scoop neck but I have to adjust the shoulder, lengthen the sleeve and reduce the flare a bit. I don't love it. I feel like there's gotta be another knit tee that will work better for me. In the photo the bottom is just serged. I'm going to hem it though I was playing around with leaving it as is.

I have a Lekala pattern that I'm going to try before I attempt another one of these.

Also, I muslined a hat!


This newsboy cap is a freebie by Waffle Patterns (HERE). It was just what I was looking for as I plan to make a hat for my little brother (he's totally turning 29!) for his birthday later this month. I was nervous as I know that standard one-size-fits-all hats do.not.work. But the designer said it came up "big" so I was hopeful.

Nope. It's 21" circumference. My head is 23"! And my brother, based on the hat size he wears is around 23-23.5" as well. 

I used the same fabric and lining as my B5927 jacket

It's too small! :)

I'll have to do better next time as I have that little point in the back that's wrong.

I have been trying to figure out how to enlarge it 2 whole inches. Part of me wants to try to just enlarge the pdf pattern when I print it (giving more depth and width). Part of me wants to lengthen the two pattern pieces 1" (increasing the side piece 2" total and the top would be an inch longer/deeper.) It takes SUCH little fabric so I can give it a try with some quilting cotton or leftover suiting til I get it right.


Or...I can spend $5 and buy Vogue 8869 which comes in sizes S-XL.


So...we will see! :)

My daughter decided she needed a scarf - mom to the rescue! Cotton Flannel was $2.99 on sale at JoAnn (plus my 10% off for being a PR member) and she has a new scarf for $2.70!

I cut the fabric in half so that I'd have one piece 72" x 22" (approximating 44" material). Then I made a tube and turned it. I then sewed the opening shut leaving a space to turn and hand stitched the opening closed. 20 minutes. Done and done.


She said she wore it ALL DAY on Friday and "This scarf is AWESOME!" was the text I received! :-)


17 comments:

  1. Love the hat! I've thought about making a hat for my husband...I even downloaded that pattern but my husband's head is quite big. He wears an XL in most hats. I think I may try the Vogue pattern but we'll see. I'm not a fan of sewing for others.

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    1. Thanks Niema!

      I don't normally sew for anyone else except my daughter (occasionally)! This hat would definitely not fit an XL but I want to believe it'd be easy to modify. It sewed up really quickly so I'll make another muslin. The Vogue pattern goes up to 24 1/2" which is a nice range of sizes. It might be less trouble to just buy the dang pattern :)

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    2. Also, I *love* the fedora in that pattern which is also making me think I should buy it :)

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  2. I applaud you on making the hat, and you did a good job too. Infinity gifts always tend to make the receiver happy.

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  3. For someone who doesn't have much mojo, you've gotten a lot done! I'm trying to incorporate your fifteen minutes a day rule so that at least I'm moving forward, but I will never be at your speed:)

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    1. Thank you Angela :) Doesn't it feel good though when you get some sewing in even if you're "too busy to sew"?

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  4. Your hat looks good. I made one recently from the free UrbanDon pattern found here:
    http://urbandon.blogspot.com.au/2013/11/new-free-flat-cap-pattern-available.html
    There are other cap patterns too. I made it for my Dad and it isn't here so I can't measure it for you. Looks good on and was easy to make.

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    1. Thanks SummerFlies! I searched high and low for free patterns and never came across this one!

      He does say down in the comments that the hat comes up 22"

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  5. I like your Deer and Doe shirt!! I also agree that the scarf you made for your daughter is awesome. She looks so pretty with it on. Too bad about the hat for your brother, it really does have a nice shape.

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    1. Thanks! :)

      I am going to try again with the hat. I think it is *almost* there!

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  6. I need some of your MoJo, am still staring at a knit pattern pieces I just cut out laying on my ironing board LOL. I really like the hat, it makes me want to make one for my brother, and the muslin can definitely be worn as is, nice work on all.

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    1. C'mon Seronda!!!! :-) I plan to make him a hat and bow tie. Maybe a pocket square if I find a nice enough fabric :)

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  7. Your daughter and her scarf is adorable..
    Love your hat..sorry it was too little..that stinks..ha
    hope you find the tshirt pattern that you love..
    Happy sewing. hope you slow down and feel better soon.

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    1. Thanks Judy!

      That's my "little" girl! :) I am learning to slow down. Learning...not there yet

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  8. We all have slow sewjo sometimes - I've got a dose at the moment - or rather, too much on my plate in real life. Rather be sewing :)

    I know what you mean about the t-shirt. It's not really you - too full. I've just had the same sort of t-shirt experience. The hat is cute and love the infinity scarf. She looks gorgeous.

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