Ottobre pajamas and a bottle of wine

This school year is coming to an end. The kids only have 6 days left of the school year which means the teachers are totally over it. These last few days are pretty much dedicated to goofing off. Today was sports day where the kids could dress in any sport uniform that they wanted and they got to play sports outside all day. Tomorrow is crazy hair day. Later this week is pajama day. Luca requested a special pair of handmade pj's. I love that she's not embarrassed to wear handmade. I'm worried that is all soon to change. 

I used an Ottobre Design pattern from issue 1/2003. It's called "T-Shirts" and I used view C and added cuffs. I think I traced size 122/128. If I were to guess I'd say it's closer to an American size 8. For the bottoms I just traced a pair of her leggings and added a bit of width. As simple as this pair of pj's is, I still managed to get in a good workout with my seam ripper.Don't ask... it was ugly. All for silly reasons, some of which may have to do with wine.

China Dolls fabric: Fabric Fairy. Not really the softest knit fabric but the cute factor outweighs the comfy factor in this case.
Pink cotton rib knit: prolly JoAnn's? My closest JoAnn's is an hour away so I try to stock up when they have rib knits.


Anna said...

so cute, well, with a awesome sewist like you for a mom, of course she would love to wear them. :)

Carolyn said...

It's not that she doesn't mind wearing homemade items...she actually requests them. How cute is that?

Oontje said...

It is very nice! Nice cut. I'll have a look at that particular Ottobre issue.
Our kids love my homemade clothes as well. Even the eldest. I appreciate that enormously. Maybe next year, it will all be over?

katie made said...

Hi there! Not sure if this or email is the best place to ask this but I figured others might be interested as well, if you have the time to answer!!

I'm in the process of trying to decide on a (first) serger. There's no way we can afford a $1000+ machine, so I'll be topping out at around or below $500. I'm having a heck of a time figuring out what the best machine would be for me, not least because not only have I never used one before - I don't even *know* any other sewing types to talk to about it.

So - maybe you could let me know what machine you have, and - if you have an extra minute or two - why you chose that particular machine and which stitch/functions you use most? As far as I can tell, you seem fairly happy with the machine you have...


small + friendly said...

so cute! and way cooler than store bought! As for the wine, one glass and I'm a better a sewist, two and straight lines are iffy.

Sascha said...


I know I should probably write a post about what I like to sew with and what machines I've heard good things about. First of all, none of my machines are the super exciting expensive machines. I really don't know if the expensive models are any better than some of the lesser priced machines. As far as sewing machines go I liked this post by Noodlehead {http://www.noodle-head.com/2011/01/my-new-sewing-machine-and-some-tips.html} about her machine. I have a Kenmore (built by Janome) that was less than $300. I like it just fine. Maybe a little more than fine. I actually have no complaints about it. I sew with a few sergers. I have an old Babylock that I got from my mom and I have no idea what model it is. It's pretty basic and I like it because it has a faster motor than lot's of home sergers I've used. I'm thinking if you are just starting the faster speed will not be something you are interested in. I don't have the owners manual to that one and the tension dials are very confusing to me. I actually have my mom adjust the tension when needed. I also have a Huskylock 905 that new is pretty expensive. I bought that one from my moms friend on the cheap. She was so happy with the Husky that she upgraded to one of their better models. I also sew with a Juki MO655 5 thread serger with a chain stitch. This machine saves time because it sews the serger chain stitch and the straight stitch of a seam at once.

Lot's of people like to buy from a brick and mortar so they get better service and more information. I would like to support a brick and mortar but the nearest to me would be 1 1/2 hours away. I hands down like buying from allbrands.com. Their prices are great and they have free shipping on lots of items. Kens Vaccuum and sewing is great too.

So far none of this really helps you, but I will say that A LOT of people in the blogging world use the Brother 1034D serger. Male Pattern Boldness just wrote about his machine here {http://malepatternboldness.blogspot.com/2011/05/feel-fearand-serge-it-anyway.html}. Jess {http://theadventuresofroryandjess.blogspot.com/} uses one too (i think). Jill {http://homemadebyjill.blogspot.com/2010/04/ooh-baby-brother.html} uses one. Crafterhours gals {http://crafterhours.blogspot.com/p/stuff-we-use.html} use one. So I'm not sure why the popularity, but for the price I'm thinking it's a great beginning serger.

I can't really speak to coverhem machines yet. I bought a Janome 900CPX a while ago but it arrived damaged and I returned it. Since then I have actually decided that when I'm ready I may switch to the Brother Coverhem. They have cheaper attachments and after market attachments that can be purchased on Ebay. I'm still mulling it over.

Hope that helps a bit :)

Jen said...

I've never found drinking and sewing to be a good combination either- Such a shame :)

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