Stretch

Yet another summer top for her to tear about the playground in. I went out of my comfort zone and made this one out of some elastic-y fabric. I think it's some sort of stretchy suiting fabric. Well, it's about time that I got over my fear, even if an overlocker (or serger or whatever you call it) looks to be a distant dream. I practiced by hemming a couple of t-shirts first (have I shrunk or are t-shirts nowadays about 3 inches longer than they used to be? I really hope it's the t-shirts that are different. I don't have height to spare...).
I even used my bias tape-making metal thing on this one.
Despite the pout, she likes it. I'll be adding another line of stitching to the hem, once she gets home from summer preschool. Hopefully I'll do a better job than I did on the t-shirt that I'm currently wearing. Unfortunately twin needles for stretch fabric seem to be scarce in these here parts.
As for my son, here's some pyjamas shorts that I knocked out, mainly because his teacher sprang a 'come to school in your PJs' day on us at the end of term. Those days always seem to be timed to coincide with the moment that their pyjamas collection looks the most raggedy. I'm guessing that he's had yet another growth spurt, as his PJs all suddenly looked like capris and he's now above the chest height of his vertically challenged mum...

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  1. Shirts are made longer on purpose since that's the current style! I love it, even though I'm extremely short. Like under 5 feet short.

    I love both pieces by the way! You did a great job.

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  2. such a cute little top! do they like wearing mama made (or mum made) clothes? I can't figure out if my girl does or doesn't, i guess it depends on her mood or maybe if she gets a bit older I can tell for sure.

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  3. Very cute! I love the combination of fabrics. You know?, I got a pretty affordable basic serger on e-bay (new).

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  5. love that shirt! hat a fun and unique pattern!!

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  6. Ahhh, i love the keyhole design of the little girl's top. So cute!

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  7. haha, shirts are longer! but i like it, keeps these stretch marks hidden. That little dress/shirt is soooo adorable! What is it about stretch that is sooo scary! i work with it, but I always feel like I'm on pins and needles and that there's such a better way to do it...whatever, it works for our little family and is working for you!

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  8. Love that little girl top, so cute! I seem to have the opposite problem to you though...I can't find tops long enough, unless I get tunics and stuff

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  9. Stretchy fabrics scare the heck out of me. But then again, so do sergers. Too complicated. Love the little keyhole bit at the back of your daughter's top.

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  10. Like your daughter's top and love the pyj !!!! I need to make some for my sons too....

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  11. I wouldn't know where to begin with stretchy fabric, but the top looks fabulous and I guess quite light and cool too.

    Nina x

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  12. Ooo you are clever, they are lovely. My crafting mojo has disappeared since we got our allotment. I've swapped my needles for parsnips :)
    Twiggy x

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  13. What a cute shirt! I have a fear of sewing knits and stretchy fabric that I would like to get over.

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  14. Hey, I'd wear that shirt if I had the chance. that'd also make an adorable dress with a thick belt sash!

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  16. I love your girls tops (actually of the tops you have made her are pretty) and your boy;s PJ shorts are cool too.

    Quick question, how do you sew stretchy fabrics without a serger/overlocker? I have a very basic sewing machine.

    Thanks

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  17. I love you creations for wee ones....as for your son's height. My son is 14 and now 5'10....I'm just 5'2...soooo weird!

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  18. Oh you are brave. What is it about knit fabrics that seems so daunting. I have still been too much of a scaredy cat to try it but you are giving me confidence. I like the idea of trying it out on some old fabric first.

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  19. I've given you the Versatile Blogger Award!
    Come by and pick it up at my blog!
    http://punkinpattern.blogspot.com/2010/07/youre-making-me-blush.html

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  21. well, i think you did great!! and what an adorable haircut on your little girl.

    also, since i'm playing catch up i just have to add that you son's stitching in the previous post leaves me in awe. i have to think my boy might be ready for this as he's always trying to get in on my stitching projects. well done mama!!

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  23. Hi there
    I just thought I'd let you know that I made your pear pincushion (yeah I know I'm way behind!)and did a little post on my blog today. Thanks for the inspiration!

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  26. The little shirt is very cute, I really like the flowery bias tape on it too!

    And I also noticed just recently that t-shirts are longer, I still haven't decided if I like it or not lol.

    Our friends little girls first birthday came up recently and for a gift I made a fabric dollhouse using your tutorial as a loose guide (I was going to follow it exactly but my fabric store suddenly decided not to carry plastic canvas... so weird) and it came out fabulous and was the hit of the party! :D

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