Self-drafted PJs

My girl needed some new pajamas, and since it has gotten so cold here, they just had to be fleece. She had one pair already, of store-bought pajamas that I liked the fit of, only they were getting a little small on her. So I made my own pattern using them as a base, and giving her some room to grow, in these self-drafted pjs.

Self-drafted pjs

Heh. I have to tell you, I really don’t know any popular music. At. All. So when my kids schooled me on that song, I had to look up the video and then attempt, in a very exaggerated, comical way, to embarrass said children by trying to do the dance that accompanies the song. Watch me Whip…

Self-drafted pjs

Anyhow, these pj’s didn’t take long at all to make. In fact, that is part of the reason I love fleece so much. It doesn’t fray. It sews up super quick, and is really forgiving.

Self-drafted pjs

I placed her old ones on top of a piece of tracing paper, folded the arms over (toward the middle) and got the lines for the bodice (it is a raglan sleeve shirt). I made sure to add a good 1 inch to all seams, so they would be slightly big. I folded the bodice part up and spread out the sleeve to do the same. I did make sure the neckline didn’t get added though. I kept that the same so that it would be tighter.

Self-drafted pjs

The ribbing on the sleeves and the collar was quick and unscientific too. I estimated the size by holding it up to the width of the sleeve. It worked perfectly.

Self-drafted pjs

I didn’t bother even hemming the shirt because as I said before NO FRAYING!

LOVE THAT FLEECE.

  Self-drafted pjs

The pants were even easier. I just folded them in half, placed it on the paper, and traced. They are super big on her, but that was the goal. I would like these to last through to the Spring, at least!

Self-drafted pjs

Now my girl has another pair of warm pajamas, and she really never wants to take them off. I’d say they are a hit!

What have YOU made lately?

Gymnastics Tank Leotard Pattern review

Remember the Jalie leotard I sewed up for my daughter? Well, I sewed up another of Jalie’s patterns. And here’s a little spoiler:

I LOVE IT!!

Jalie Gymnastics Tank Leotard pattern review

Gymnastics Tank Leotard pattern

 What I am posting about today is the wearable muslin. As with the other pattern, I knew I would have to make some adjustments to the length. My daughter seems to have a really long torso. Only I didn’t know how much until I sewed it up.

Jalie Gymnastics Tank Leotard pattern review

She measured a size 5 in the chest, and a size 7 in her hips and waist, so I graded it out as I traced the pattern. When she put it on, she couldn’t stand up straight because it wasn’t long enough, so instead of trashing it, I cut the leo in half at the waist, and added a 4 inch panel! It now fits her perfectly.

Jalie Gymnastics Tank Leotard pattern review

I then went back to my copy of the traced pattern, and made adjustments, so next time it will be one whole piece. Although, I do like the way the band looks, too.

Jalie Gymnastics Tank Leotard pattern review

Pattern details: This one is a bit different than the Lillie pattern. The one big change that my daighter is in love with, is the binding instead of elastic around the arms and the neckline. I must say that I also like that part. It adds a pop of color, and it is a smooth fit.

Jalie Gymnastics Tank Leotard pattern review

This pattern comes in 22 sizes which span from girls to women- obviously full of awesome right there. It is available in PDF or paper, like all of Jalie patterns. It also comes with applique pattern pieces that I am going to use for the next leo I make.

Jalie Gymnastics Tank Leotard pattern review

Since this is a sport that my girl is passionate about, and she will be doing it 5 times a week, I am beyond thrilled that I can custom make her beautiful leos for her workouts that not only look great, but fit her like, well… they were made for her.

Jalie Gymnastics Tank Leotard pattern review

This pattern is a keeper. It is simple and customizable and it was super easy to make fit adjustments if you have someone who needs them.

Jalie Gymnastics Tank Leotard pattern review

*Although Jalie provided me with this pattern, as always, all opinions are mine, mine, mine. I really love sharing the wonderful products I find, with all of you.

Jalie pattern review

Happy New Year!

I have been waiting to share this Jalie pattern review with you, until it was nice enough outside to photograph it. Finally, I gave up, and set up my indoor lights. Twice. You’ll notice two different hair cuts and colors (hair chalk).

Jalie Lillie gymnastics leotard pattern

Firstly, let me start by saying I love Jalie patterns. I also used one to make The Bee’s Black Widow costume and it was just as easy to use as this one. I will also say that my Falafel is…um let’s say, particular. And when I sewed up the pattern as it was written, she said it had “too many seams” on the inside. (????) So I merged two of the pattern pieces together, and instead of three stripes, there is only one on each side.

The other thing is, she has a very long torso and quite the backside, apparently. To compensate, I lengthened the crotch, and widened the back bottom.

On this first one, I forgot to bring down the leg opening in the front, though, and consequetly it is cut a little high.

 

For the second one, I remembered, and it fits better. Although, I think I accidentally used the wrong sized front piece (I tried two different ones), because the pattern isn’t actually supposed to bunch like that.

The thing about leos (as my gymnast calls them), even in RTW (ready to wear, or store-bought), is they all fit differently! I can never just pick her out one in her size, and have it fit in the arms and length and crotch area. Some are tighter, some are looser, even when dealing with the same size in the same brand. When I think about it, though, this seems logical. There are so many different shaped gymnasts, and the fit of the leotard has to be almost customized for each one, because they need it to stay in place when doing their routines.

I was on a mission to get hers as close to perfect for her individual body as possible. The Lillie pattern, made it easy to customize. I love Jalie patterns’ simplicity, and straightforward directions. Super comprehensive. AND not a whole lot to print. I really love that. They also offer paper patterns (opposed to PDF), if you don’t want to print at all!

The thing that took the longest was cutting out the pieces. Sewing it goes incredibly fast. You can whip one of these out in a focused hour. If you get one of those. Ha!

I was also on a mission because these suckers are expensive! Much more cost effective to make them.

There is a long-sleeved option included in the pattern, that I cannot wait to give a try, too!

Have YOU made leotards?

*Even though I was provided the pattern for review, as always, all my opinions are mine, mine, mine. I enjoy sharing the terrific finds I find with you.

2016 Best Nine

I feel like 2016 has been a year full of celebrity loses, and upset. Now more than ever, we need to celebrate the positive. Over on Instagram people are posting their “2016 Best Nine”, so I thought it would be fun to do that here. Only, I couldn’t just pick 9 things that I made, to highlight, so…..

Here are my 2016 Best Nine, TWICE.

*Click on the links to be taken to the original posts*

Top Left, Top Middle, Top Right

Middle Left, Middle Middle, Middle Right

Bottom Left, Bottom Middle, Bottom Right

Top Left, Top Middle, Top Right

Middle Left, Middle Middle, Middle Right

Bottom Left, Bottom Middle, Bottom Right

I wish you all the best this upcoming year! I know I will strive to be full of the kindness I want to see in this world.

What are YOUR best 9?

Last minute gift to sew

That’s it, we have almost run out of time, but you know that there is just enough time to sew up some last minute gifts!

Rice pack gift

A holiday just wouldn’t be a holiday without making some rice packs. See others I have made here, here, and here.

Rice pack gift

Almost everyone I know can use these handy items, and they are super easy to make. They are good for hot (if you microwave them) or cold (if you put them in the freezer). We go through a lot of these. I have no idea where they end up, but Falafel loves to heat them up and take them to bed with her, as well as in the car on a frosty day!

What are you making last minute?

Paper napkin fairy

I found this gem of a craft on Pinterest (can you tell what I have been doing with my time?) and just had to give it a try. I mean what’s not to like about a paper napkin fairy??!

Paper napkin fairy

One of the best things about this project is that I had all the components on hand, already, and you only need 4 things to make this: Wire, Glue/water solution, paper napkins, thread/string. PERFECT.

Of course, mine looks very little like theirs. One major difference is I used brown compostable napkins. The downside to that is they almost dissolved when I put the watered-down glue on. Whoops! Next time I need to use actual bad-for-the-environment paper napkins. I am sure there are plenty of those out there, waiting to be made into fairies. Just think how sweet this would be in all different colors!

Paper napkin fairy

The other major difference is, the original ones are ballerinas. I added wings, which was easy to do. After the fairy was all made and dressed, I just took the same thread that I used to make her waistband, and wound it around the back to secure the wings. You can see it looks almost like a harness, or a criss-cross top.

Paper napkin fairy

Lastly, I made her little crown out of a wire beaded garland I had (from this post). I love how this came out.

Paper napkin fairy

My girls think she needs a face, but I like her as is. She is completely posable, and I left the thread in the back so she can be strung up. I think this would make a lovely gift or even a gift topper.

I do plan to make lots more of these. It was super fun to create, and now that I did one, I can refine my methods down to what works.

How is YOUR holiday creating coming along?

 

More Sharpie Mugs

Remember the Sharpie Mugs class I taught? Well, this week I made MORE shaprie mugs to gift this holiday season!

I went over to my beloved Sharpie Mugs Pinterest board, and got some ideas for designs.

Soot Sprites (for you Miyazaki fans out there).

You know I love a good feather.

 I love this guy. He looks a little stressed, though, don’t ya think?

And a Geeky Mathy one for my friend Amy (I hope she isn’t reading this). It says “I 8 sum pie…and it was delicious). heh.

If you want to buy the sharpie pens I used, (and support this blog by using my affiliate link) click over here

What are you making for the holidays this year??

Salt Dough gifts

Falafel and I made up a few batches of salt dough (we use a GF recipe), sat down, and created up a storm. I had a few ideas I wanted to try out this year.  Salt dough is the perfect thing to experiment with, since it only has three (relatively inexpensive) ingredients, and one is water. The first that I made is:

Salt dough mini dishes

Salt dough mini dishes

I LOVE how these came out. Although I will say that I probably should have baked them a bit longer. I left them in the oven for three hours instead of 2, but the centers are still a tiny bit soft. They probably could have gone for another hour.

Salt dough mini dishes

I used the pinch pot method, and then flattened them out a bit. They each measure about 2-3″ in diameter.

  Salt dough mini dishes

After I baked and cooled them, I used acrylic paints to decorate them. Then sealed each with Polycrylic.

Salt dough mini dishes

I found some design ideas on Pinterest. And then set to work.

Salt dough mini dishes

I adore them. I hope they actually hold up! They look like they would be perfect for holding small jewlery or coins.

The next one I made is:

Salt dough heart wall hanging

This one was simple. I took a butter knife, and cut out a rustic-looking heart. It is a larger one (about 8-10 inches). I punched two holes using a pencil top. Then baked, cooled, painted it, and sealed it.

Salt dough heart wall hanging

To make the hanger, I wound wire around a pencil, then pulled it off and attached the ends, by twisting, to each hole.

The last one I did is:

Salt dough Feather ornaments

Again, I took my trusty butter knife and cut out rough shapes of feathers. I textured the tops with the same knife. Punched holes using the top of a pencil.

Salt dough Feather ornaments

Baked, cooled, painted, and then sealed.

Salt dough Feather ornaments

Add a thin ribbon, or ornament hook, and you have got yourself a great little gift, or gift topper.

Woot Woot! Salt dough to the rescue once again. It just wouldn’t feel like Christmas without whipping up a batch or two of these.