Hink for Ladies by MaeT











{February 13, 2009}   Size 2T Jumper

As promised, I am still alive, and I finally have a project to put up here to share!  As I mentioned, this was a gift, so I had to wait until the intended recipient got it to post on here…and she did!  This is a jumper that I made for my goddaughter, Jannah.  The pattern was a free one I found on Burda StyleClick here to get the pattern!

It was a very quick sew and very cute! I made the shell out of an adorable brown floral corduroy and the lining was a lime green and orange mushroom cotton print. Here are the materials I used to make the jumper:

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The pattern only required 1 yd of each fabric, so it was also very cheap to make, not to mention that once again I went shopping at Hancock Fabrics and everything was on sale, plus I had lots of coupons.  I love that store!

Everything was cut on the fold, so they recomended folding in the sides so you’d have 2 folds to work from, which I did.

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(You can see my fancy new Gingher scissors that my lovely husband Justin got me for Christmas…they’re amazing!)  Once the pattern pieces were cut out, the jumper was very easy to assemble.  Just attach the two top pieces, then sew the back and front together.

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After you do this with the shell, repeat with the lining.  The next part was still easy, but because of the cordory was a bit more difficult.  With right sides together, I had to stich the tops of the shell and lining together.  I took a little work and adjusting to get them to match up because cordory dosen’t like to roll on itself very well!

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I did get it to cooperate in the end – no floral patterned cordory is going to defeat me!!!  After that was all stitched together I hemmed up both the shell and the lining.  Fold 1/2 inch, then again and stich.  I probably should have hemmed  them BEFORE I stiched them together, but live and learn.  It really didn’t make much difference in the end what I did first.

I was originaly going to put buttons on the jumper, but I’ve never done button holes before, so I decided to learn how to do that first and opt for snaps.  Really, that was probably a better choice anyway, as this outfit was for a 1 1/2 year old, and snaps are probably easier to handle when you’re chasing her around!  I did still attach the flower buttons I bought on the outside though, purely for decoration.  I wish I had sewing the snaps on to the fabric before putting the shell and lining together, but I made it work and you can see very little of the stiching.

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I just love the fabric, and I wish I could make a jumper my size out of it!  I do have enough left over that I may try and make my bucket hat pattern out of it for myself.  Here’s the finished project just before I mailed it out:

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I think I did a pretty good job on it :-D.  And Jannah likes it, too!  It’s too big for her right now (I don’t know much about what size clothes fits what age kid…) but her mom, Susie, says it should be perfect for her next fall!  She was nice enough to email me some pictures of Miss Jannah modeling her new jumper, too.

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What a little ham she is!  Justin and I will be heading up to visit Susie and family this weekend, and I can’t wait to see them all!  It’ll be a fun visit.

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Especially with this little girl there to entertain us all!  Goodbye for now!

Ps…my next project is probably another gift, unless I get my bucket hat done first!



{October 23, 2008}   A nerdy bucket hat

A favorite author of mine, John Green, is coming to Naperville on Friday and I’m going to meet him and get my book signed. He just came out with a new book, Paper Towns, and has written 2 others: Looking for Alaska and An Abundance of Katherines. All three are amazing and I highly recommend them. If you want to hear more about what I think of his books, you can read the post on my main blog.

So, in celebration of meeting John Green, I decided I needed to make him something. I had found a free pattern for a bucket hat on the Simplicity website, so I decided to try it out. I went to Hancock Fabrics and started looking around for some good fabric to make into the hat. I wandered around a bit to see if anything caught my eye, and boy did it!! I found the most perfect material for a NERDFIGHTER!

Yes, my fabric DOES say “NERDS ROCK!”  Thank you for asking!

I couldn’t have found something more perfect for this hat!  I grabbed 3 1/2 yards (gotta save some for some future nerdy project you know…) and was on my way.

After printing out the instructions and pattern, then spending 10 minutes taping the damn thing together and cutting it out, I assembled my materials and was ready to begin.

The first step of any project is to cut out all the pattern pieces.  While it only takes about 1/2 a yard of fabric folded to make the hat, there’s a LOT of cutting.  Each pattern piece is for 2 pieces of fabric, plus interfacing for each piece.

Of course I also wanted to make sure I got the pattern on the fabric lined up nice with the piece, so it took some jiggling and angling to get things where I wanted them.  Next was the ironing.  There is LOTS of ironing when it comes to sewing.  Who knew I would actually be asking for an IRON for Christmas one day???  I am not one to iron my clothes…ever…maybe once every year I’ll iron something, but for the most part, I’ll just wear it wrinkly!  With sewing you’re usually ironing something 2 to 3 times or more!  Plus, if you do iron on interfacing, there’s even more to do…but I digress…

This is me attaching the interfacing to one of the pattern pieces.  This project really doesn’t have much to it and is a relatively fast project – that is, once you’ve gotten all the cutting and ironing done!!!!

Okay, so once that was finished I was ready to assemble.  For this hat, you’re really making 2 identical hats and then sewing them together.  there’s only 3 pieces to the hat so like I said, it goes pretty fast.

Pretty good shot, huh?  I used the timer on the camera so I could sew and it could take the picture.  I’m cleaver like that sometime, and humble!

Anyway…I stitched up the “first” hat:

and then the “second” hat.  With the 2nd one, you leave a bit of an opening at the brim so that you can turn the 2 pieces inside out to sew together on the edge of the brim.

Once the 2 pieces are together, flip so the right sides are out and then you’re left with just the opening to hand stitch shut.

And then you’re all set with a kick-ass hat!  Well…after a bit more ironing…



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