Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Merry Christmas!

It's Christmas Day and I've spent the day admiring the sewing I've done for family over the last year. Of course, like any obsessed sewer I've been planning my projects to finish, the projects for next Christmas gifts and most importantly--the Pattern Review Contests for 2014.

Mr. Toad received plaid blue and green flannel jammies pants (McCall's 6236) with a hunter green interlock knit long sleeve tee (Jalie 2918 ) and Redskins' fleece blanket (don't tell my family of 49ers s fans). This blanket was a turned and hemmed edge.

Adult daughter received a half finished set of white and hot pink flannel jammies (McCall's 5248) and a hot pink and black zebra fleece blanket with rippled served edges. The top didn't seem quite right so , so I stopped. I just need to have her try it on to check sizing . If the sizing is right, a few loose threads to snip and adding the straps. She slept in them jammie pants last night and curled up with her new blanket for a nap this afternoon. I think she's ok.

Youngest son received a pair of blue camp flannel jammies (McCall's 6236) a spastic multi colored fleece blanket. Served edges using nylon made this a hit for a nine year old. This guy doesn't usually sleep in his jammies, but he thought they helped him sleep a little better, which helped Santa drop off the gifts a little faster. Small sacrifice on his part.

Middle son got jammies  (McCall's 6236) a cycling jersey (Jalie 2216). He let me know that the Jimmie top is no longer necessary and that in the future he would prefer a tee like Dad. He was a little disappointed that he didn't get a blanket until he found his cycling jersey, which was being opened by his ambitious gift opening machine little brother. He was pleased with the jersey, even if it is a little big for him.

I used a serger with a three thread stitch, nylon thread and nylon stretch fabric. This is the first time I have ever had problems with stitches unraveling when stitched over by another seam, but I spent a few hours hand sewing a few seams that were unraveling like a pair of stockings.

One gift that was not given is the cycling tights (Jalie 2216) made for middle son. I must have traced the wrong size. They were too big so I figured, why not just make seam allowances larger. Nope. It has a gusset. I'd never worrked with a gusset, but tried to be confident and it was a mess. How could I take three pieces of fabric and make such a mess? I will fight it out AFTER the chaos of Christmas is over and my hot pink chanteuse jammies (McCall's 5248) finished.

I haven't reviewed these patterns yet, but once I catch everyone in their jammies and cycling jersey, I will post the review here and pattern review.

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