I’m baaaaaaaaaaack!

Sorry about the lull here lately…I’ve been sewing, but some of it is secret projects that I can’t talk about blah blah. I suppose I could say I’ve been busy chasing one danger-loving toddler around and trying (unsuccessfully) to prevent injuries. But sometimes you just have to take a break, you know?

I’ve been sewing for the boy over the last few weeks — a hat and mitten set, a pajama set, and this kelly green waffle-knit hoodie.

[pout is no doubt the result of yet another injury | please ignore all drool marks]

The fabric is from my friend Steph (who moved to NC…so sad for me) who gave me a bunch of fabric her mom wasn’t using any more before she left (yay!). When I saw those leafy pants at Sweet Peas I decided I could make the top to match (for those out there feeling lazy there is a matching top available that is even more adorable than mine). I like how it turned out although the top is a bit large but the pants are the perfect size right now so they might not fit at exactly the same time but I’m already over it. The shoes are See Kai Run by the way.

:: Other deets ::
Pattern: Ottobre Pattern #7, Summer 3/2006
Modifications: I made a duplicate version in cream knit for lining and cut a 1.5″ strip to use as bias tape. I also cut out the front on the fold so it wouldn’t open all the way down like the version in Ottobre. I did not add a seam allowance to the tracing since I always sew knits with an overlock stitch along the edge so there’s barely any extra fabric.

I do not have a serger, so sewing knits requires a bit of trickery for me. I always use a stretch needle which helps but I always have trouble with the edges stretching out as I sew. I think I might put a serger on my Christmas list…anyone have any serger suggestions?

How can you not love that adorable blond head?

13 thoughts on “I’m baaaaaaaaaaack!

  1. We’re looking at the Brother 1035 serger. It has fantastic ratings everywhere I look, and Coscto has a great deal right now 🙂 Can’t wait to see what everyone else says!

  2. That look great. I love the color with that amazing blonde hair.

    My son has the most fabulous lashes I have ever seen, but it’s patently unfair that their not mine!

  3. So glad you’re baaaaaaaack! Love the top (and the blond cutie pie).
    I don’t have suggestions for you re: the serger, but I thought you (or your readers) might have a suggestion for me: I am going to buy a new sewing machine, and I was thinking of maybe getting a computerized one. Do you have an opinion about mechanical vs. computerized? I saw on the Purl Bee that they recommend the Janome Sew Precise and I was considering getting that one.

  4. i got this one from amazon.com last january and really like it.


    not too expensive, no sales tax, and free shipping, and has good reviews. wahoo!

    totally worth it! i look at my daughters clothes pre-serger and wonder why i didn't buy one sooner.

    i know there are certainly better ones out there, but until i can afford a nice bernina, the brother will do.

  5. Hey, welcome back! Love the hoodie and that cute model. I love baby heads- scrumptious. Re: serger. Brands are brands, so I think the main thing is to decide if you want an overlocker or a coverlocker. An overlocker serges raw edges. See side seams of tshirts for example. A coverlocker does that and lets you sew hems – look at the hems of your tshirt sleeves and bottom to see an example. Of course the latter costs more. Suppose you decide on an overlocker, next step is to decide whether you want 1 or 2 needles. 1 needle types are the sort with 3 spools of thread and 2 needles have 4 spools. The 1-needle overlocker is basic and really sufficient – it serges, does rolled hems even. The 2nd needle type does all that a 1-needle does (if you remove the 2nd needle) and (with 2nd needle in place) gives you an extra row of straight stitching called a safety stitch. This lets you sew a straight seam using just the overlocker (ie needn’t use the sewing machine first)! Good for lazies like me who want to run off knit shorts or pants in a hurry. Hope this helps. Mine is a basic Pfaff 2-needle overlock. No frills. Pricey, Pfaff, but a nice investment. Sorry for clogging your comment box with all this. Hope it’s a bit helpful.

  6. Good! I’ve missed you! Love the top! Yea, sewing with knits is tricky indeed, but it looks like you did a great job. The model is awfully cute!

  7. I have a used Huskylock 936 that I adore. You might also try using a little tear-away stabilizer on the seam edge of knits as you work with them–it’ll keep them from stretching out whether you serge or not.

    Hope that helps!

  8. I have a an Elnita Lock T34 A co-worker of my husband’s gave it to me. I have never used one. So learning to use the machine is next on my list of things to do!

  9. that is some seriously blond hair. 🙂

    as for the serger….it is definitely worth the money because it makes sewing knits a piece of cake. check out http://www.patternreview.com for serger reviews. there are lots of good machines out there. depends on what you need and how much you want to spend. the good news is you don’t have to spend a fortune to get a good serger. definitely try to test drive them before buying. it takes some time, but worth it. a machine has to feel right.

    i always consider it somewhat like buying a car. the one that is right for me might not be right for you. everyone has their favorite brand. avoid the ones sold at target, walmart, etc. they tend to be junk. allbrands.com has a good track record and good prices.

    i could go on all day about this. good luck!

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