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Shortly after I discovered Peek-A-Boo Pattern Shop I purchased the Pier 49 Convertible Pants pattern.  I really liked how the pants on the cover were made of white fabric so I decided to make a pair for Lillian.  I knew this could be a bad idea for a 4 year old, but oh well.

Pants rolled up

As you can see, these pants can be either pants, capris, or shorts (probably best as long shorts, but you could definitely make them as short as you would like).  I made them capris, but you could easily change where you put the button and tab to make them shorter.  Amy explains that in the pattern as well.


I have to confess….I actually made these a while ago, I think before summer was officially here.  They were way too big for Lillian then so she didn’t want to put them on.  Then I kind of forgot about them and just didn’t take the time to pressure her into wearing them for a picture.


I’m so glad I had her try them on again because they fit much better now.  I still need to find some cording to make a belt for them, but otherwise, I think they are super cute.


These were the first pics of our photo session on Sunday, so she was having a lot of fun with getting her picture taken.  To stay more up to date on what I’m working on be sure to like my page on Facebook.


I let Lillian pick out the accent fabric and she of course wanted purple.  When looking for buttons to put on the pockets, I knew it would be near impossible to match purples, so I instead chose green.

Convertible pants button detail

Speaking of the pockets…I changed the way they are attached to the pants.  They aren’t really pockets, just the flap, so I decided to sew them completely down.  That way, after being washed, the corners don’t curl up.  Which ultimately doesn’t matter too much since I used quilter’s cotton.  It gets pretty wrinkled after washing so I need to iron the pants anyway.  Hey, I tried!


Overall, the pattern was easy to follow.  I did get confused with the elastic waistband, but that is because I didn’t follow the pattern as closely as I should have.  For these pants you just put the elastic in the back, and I was thinking it was all the way around.  So that caused a few issues, but I got it to work in the end.

Pants rolled up with button

I think the pants are adorable.  If you have a super skinny kid like I do, you could easily use a larger seam allowance in the legs to make them not so wide.  But now that they fit Lillian better, I didn’t notice that the pant legs were too wide.

I already purchased some fabric for another pair, but I might wait until next year to make them since we are getting closer to cooler weather and the fabric is sort of thin.  Or maybe I should try to line them?

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Lillian was invited to another daycare friend’s birthday party.  This time it was a little boy and being the mom of a girl, I really didn’t know what to make for him.  I did know that I wanted to make something though!  I did a little research and came up with a superhero cape.


I asked his mom what his favorite color was and you can probably guess that it is green.  His name starts with an “M” so I wanted to use the letter on the back to make it even more personable.  (Yes, that is Lillian in the pic above and not the little boy!)  The only problem I see is that the quilter’s cotton is going to wrinkle and crease easily. 


For the shape of the cape, I based it off of this tutorial.  I made a few changes so that the shape was more of what I was looking for.  I started out the same way by cutting my fabric to an 18” x 27” rectangle and then folding it in half with long edges together.  Then on the folded edge I made marks at 1 1/2”, 4”, and 6 1/2” (the same as in her tutorial). 


I then took a compass (you know the ones you used in geometry class?) and set it to 2 1/2”.  Then put the point at my line that was 4” down from the top; so the middle line.  My fabric marker wouldn’t fit into the compass so I had to use the pencil, but instead of marking on the fabric with it, I just made dots with my fabric marker right next to where the pencil was.  Then I connected the dots to make the half circle for the neck opening. 


Next, I measured 1 1/2” from the folded edge and drew a line from that mark toward the circle that I just drew.  This is again the same as the tutorial.  I also measured down 10 1/2” inches from the top on the non-folded edge.  This mark was to get the shape of the cape, just like in the tutorial, but I actually ended up with a curve that only went down about 9” from the top.  This step kind of depends on the look you are going for.  At this point, if you wanted rounded bottom corners, you could easily draw a curve at the bottom edge on the non-folded side.


Next it was time to cut out the actual cape.  I just needed to cut along the lines that I drew and I had a cape in which both sides were matching.  Since I needed a front and back piece, I then used this first piece as my template and cut out the other piece the same exact way.  I pretty much used the first one as a stencil and just placed it on top of the other piece of fabric and cut.  You could also just trace it and then cut.


For the “logo” on the cape I searched for a shield on Google images.  I ended up finding and liking this one.  I then went off of what Whitney used, but didn’t have the same font, so I chose Gotham Bold and used size 400.  For the “M”, it fit perfectly inside of the shield, but the size might have to be adjusted for other letters.  I did cut off part of the bottom of the “M”, but I like the way that it fit together.

To attach the “logo” I just used Heat n’ Bond Lite (make sure it’s lite, otherwise it’s not sewable!).  For a great applique tutorial check out Melissa’s blog Sew Like My Mom.  I decided to use a blanket stitch because I like the way it looks, but you could easily use a zigzag stitch.


So I first attached the shield and sewed it on, then the “M”.  Once both of those were attached, I was able to sew the front and back pieces together.  Since Whitney used felt, which doesn’t fray or unravel, she didn’t need to do any sewing.  I used quilter’s cotton so I had to take my two identical pieces and sew them together with right sides facing, leaving about a 3 inch opening in the bottom.  I then turned right side out, ironed, and top stitched all the way around the cape.  After that, I attached the Velcro, and the cape was done.   


I would say it was a success!  As soon as the little boy’s dad put it on him he immediately started running around the yard.  Oh, and one other thing about the cape…I made the underside a different green than the side with the “logo” on it.  I think it just adds a little something to it. 

What have you made for little boys if they aren’t yours and you aren’t sure what to make?  The only other boy project I made was the car cozy for our neighbor boy.

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I think these Winter Pajamas by Peek-A-Boo Pattern Shop were my second project to make with my serger.  I wanted to try sewing knit with it, but thought it was safer to try pajamas.  That way if it didn’t work out the best, it didn’t really matter.  I didn’t think I was going to completely ruin them, but didn’t know if I would do well enough to make a shirt or pants that Lillian would wear outside of the house.


Like I mentioned above, this is the Winter Pajamas Pattern by Peek-A-Boo Pattern Shop.  It would have been easy to sew if I weren’t still learning how to use my serger.  The fabric is from Girl Charlee and it’s a cotton thermal knit.  It’s not as stretchy as the jersey knit I have used, but still has a decent stretch.  Which is good considering it’s knit.


It took me FOREVER to get my serger set up to properly sew knit and I’m still not sure I had it set up correctly.  Can you see the wrinkled edges?  I think that means that the tension was slightly off.  Not really knowing anything about setting the tension on a serger, I think it’s fairly decent.  I’m still learning!


I think the inside looks pretty awesome!  I’m still pretty excited with how professional a serger makes the clothes I sew look.  It’s ok to be giddy about it, right?


I made a 3T knowing that they would be a little big, but that they might fit by the time she would actually be wearing them.  Actually, I made these before Easter and she was able to wear them a few times before it got too warm out.  As you can see, they are definitely too big.


Here she is with some of her goodies from the Easter bunny.  You can see that the sleeves are a whole cuff too long so we had to roll them up.  I still think they look pretty cute on and she asked to wear them, so that is a plus.


My biggest issue was the seam in the neckline.  If you look closely at the right side of the neckline you can see where my serged edges show.  I tried multiple times to fix it, but for some reason I couldn’t.  I’m not sure if it’s because it was knit or because I just don’t know how to finish an end on a serger.  If you have any tips, please do share!


No matter what I did, the inside seam was showing on the outside of the shirt.  I also attempted the double needed again on my sewing machine and it wasn’t any more successful than the last time.  I even lengthened the stitch length this time.  I will keep trying though!


Like in my post about the basic skirt, I finished the elastic waistband with the serged edge showing.  I was successful with the double needle on the waistband, but I think that is because I also sewed over the elastic, so it didn’t suck the fabric down into my sewing machine.  Can you see the small zigzag stitches above the waistline?  That is the back of the stitch of the double needle.

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I don’t think I mentioned that I bit the bullet and purchased a serger.  I decided on the Brother 1034D because it got a lot of positive reviews and the price was decent.  I figured at $185 (which is what I got mine for) if it didn’t work in a few years I was still going to get my money’s worth.  To start practicing, I decided to make a basic skirt as my first project.


Seriously, a basic skirt is something you must try if you have a little girl in your life.  All you need is her measurements and the skirt can be done in less than an hour.  Actually, with the serger, I think I finished this skirt in 15 minutes!  That included picking out the fabric all the way to finishing the hem.


I took a few detail pics (actually, my husband took these with my guidance of what pics I wanted) so that I could show you the serged edges.  I really think it makes the skirt look more professional.  You can click on an image so that you are able to zoom in on the serged parts.


When doing the elastic waistband, I left the serged edge showing, but you could easily still hide it like I show in my tutorial.  Lillian hasn’t complained about it being scratchy and she has worn it plenty, so I will probably use this way again.  Folding the edges is what takes the longest when making this skirt, so a decent amount of time is saved by serging.


Here is the hem….I serged the bottom edge and because it’s about a 1/4” I just ironed the bottom up with wrong sides facing, so that the serged edge no longer showed on the right side of the fabric and then did a normal stitch around the bottom. 


Here is a picture that shows the inside and the outside of the skirt.  As you can see, the serged edge does not show on the outside of the skirt, but it still has a nice finished hem.

I have a board on pinterest for sergers if you want a few tips.  So far, I really like having a serger.  My sewing space doesn’t have the best set up so it’s annoying to use right now, but that is only because I have to move my sewing machine so I can use the serger, and then move the serger so I can use the sewing machine.  Once our basement is finished, I will have my own sewing space though!  I can’t wait!

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I joined a few Facebook Groups and came across the one for Scientific Seamstress.  They were getting ready to have a sew-a-long for the Dana Top and I decided to join in.  This was my first shirt that I have ever attempted to make for myself and I’m pretty happy with how it turned out.  The fabric I used is Sis Boom West Indies Chandler in Brandy from Hawthorne Threads, but it appears that they no longer carry it.


It’s supposed to be a loose fitting top, but a lot of the people in the sew-a-long adjusted theirs so that it wasn’t quite as loose as the pattern shows.  I also had to adjust mine and it was the most frustrating part of the pattern.


I needed to take it in at the waist, but not at the bust and only a little at the hips.  I thought that taking it in at the hips would help, but then it was a little too tight and the waist then stuck out even more.  So that seam came out again.  I just kept eyeing where I needed to adjust and then I measured enough to make each side even.  So basically it was trial and error.  Otherwise I would let you know how I adjusted it!


Eventually, I decided that it was good enough to wear and I will try to adjust it again with the next one I make.  The other thing I will change is that for joining the two pieces of the sleeves together I will use a larger seam allowance.  The sleeves fall down, but with a larger seam allowance (I’m thinking maybe a half inch to an inch) they should be perfect.  This of course will be different for everyone.  I suggest to try it on before attaching the flutter sleeves.  Since I had no experience with sewing a shirt for myself I was a little afraid to go too far away from the pattern.


As you can see, the back still lays a little funky.  I think it is because I had to take the sides in so much.  Some of the ladies in the sew-a-long shirred around the area below the chest or added a belt of some sort to help.  I know one lady mentioned taking away some of the fabric from the fold…I think that means since you cut the main piece on the fold, she just moved it over so that it was narrower.  I will have to be careful if I do this because, like I mentioned above, the bust fits perfectly. 


I made mine the shortest length, which I think is perfect for me.  I am 5’2” with long legs compared to a short torso.  Again, either measure yourself or hold the taped together pattern piece up to you to know the length.  Another option would be to cut it longer than you think you need to and then when hemming adjust the length.


Here is a detailed shot of the top.  The back looks exactly the same and is sewn exactly the same.  I am still not the best at getting ruffles so that they are even.  I know I can ruffle with my serger, but I’m not sure on how to get the perfect ratio, so for now, I will continue to use basting stitches and pulling the bobbin thread to get ruffles.


Overall, this was a fairly easy pattern to make.  The instructions were easy to follow, but being a part of the Facebook group also helped for when I got stuck.  I’m pretty sure I could have figured it out on my own, but knowing there were more pictures to reference was nice.

Do you have any shirt patterns that you love?  If so, please share so I can check them out.  This whole sewing clothing thing might become addicting!