Alright, so day two of KCW brings a mess of a house (it's always nice when my husband is out of town during KCW, makes me feel less guilty about the mess), a sick kiddo and the power went out just as I was sitting down to sew (thankfully that only lasted about an hour). The mess I can work around, the sick kiddo...well, that's harder to work around, especially when the other one is a ball of energy! Ack!
Anywho...so, today I started with a knit cropped cardigan. Violet has two of these types of shirts, both given to her and both pink. She loves them! The reason she loves them? Because they are shorter and more open than your regular cardigan and that way "you can see my shirt or dress more!". This project had actually been on my to do list since about Easter. I used a tee from my upcycle stash and a bit of jersey knit I inherited along with Rae's Flashback skinny tee pattern... I shortened the sleeves, cutting at the 2" cuff line, then I sewed up 4" from the bottom of the sleeve along the top center line of the sleeve with elastic thread to add a bit of runching. I hemmed the sleeve after runching. I snipped up the center in the front, folded the neck and cardigan opening in toward the wrong side about 1/4" and sewed around with a double needle. I added elastic and a button. This is one of those shirts that doesn't photograph well, or the photos don't really do it justice. It's definitely not perfect. The hemming is wonky. It was kind of a pain in the you know what to sew because the knits were so flimsy, slippery and soft. I made it as a "prototype" of sorts with plans to make more (there will be more!). But, despite it's imperfections, I am in love with this shirt! It's yellow, Violet has some serious love for yellow right now, (me too, it must be Spring) and it's perfect.
Yes that is a kitty litter container in our back yard...sorry I just wanted to show the back, that's all...and no the kitty litter container is not trash...it's part of our outdoor drum set (hmmm, maybe I should paint it or cover it with fabric or something...)
It's one of those shirts that when it's not on the body you made it for it looks a bit blah, but when it's worn it has a light of it's own! I think so anyway, but maybe it was just this little girl's sunny smiling face. (How did she get to be so big?!) And, not to be left out, Henry got a little something today too. Last week I spent a couple of days making appliqued shirts for GALA where I sell some of my things...
After making this car shirt for the second time I realized that I still had not made Henry one of his own. With his love of cars (well anything that moves really) it didn't seem fair that he not have one of his own. So today I added a blue star car (hey that rhymes!) to one of his shirts. He wasn't quite ready to put it on today, but is excited about wearing it tomorrow!
I really like the way it turned out, but ten minutes after I finished it, I was going through a bag of hand me down clothes that a friend of ours had given us for Henry and what was inside?...The original car shirt! Ha, ha, ha...it is nice to give handmade clothes and then have them handed down to you when they no longer fit! I should have spent my time making him a lion shirt instead I guess, eh, two car shirts, there are worse things...besides, I promised Violet I would make her a lion shirt.
Until tomorrow...oh and don't forget to check out the KCW Flickr group.