lørdag 23. februar 2013

Bambus Singlet

Bamboo Sleeveless Shirt


Ei venninne ønsket seg en singlet i deilig myk bambusjersey (fra En Stor Rull) så jeg sydde denne til henne i bursdagsgave. Str 40. Mønstret er fra Burda Style og jeg likte resultatet så godt at de tmå bli en sånn til meg selv også etter hvert.

Birthday present for a friend. Fantastically soft bamboo jersey. Size 40 (UK 12, US 10). 
Pattern from Burda Style. I love the way this turned out, so I'll have to make one for myself one day.

fredag 15. februar 2013

Kaptein Sabeltann

Captain Sabertooth

Project Run and Play - final week: Signature Look. This is not what I intended to make for this week, but something that had to be made now. The look planned was pirate related too, but rather different. It will come. But back to this one. It definitely bears my signature: I love recycling, redesigning, reinventing and playing with all those details.
Carnival costumes tend to be used one day and never again, but this one has been in almost constant use since I finished it. He just loves being a pirate and a proper "pirate armour" has long been on his wish list.


Karneval. Storebror ville være pirat - og da tenkte han på Kaptain Sabeltann. 
Carnival - and a pirate costume was wished for. The most famous Norwegian pirate Captain Sabertooth...




Jakken er en gammel herreskjorte. Jeg klipte den opp langs sømmene og gjorde skuldrene litt smalere, sydde inn på sidene og under armene og forkortet armene og litt av lengden.
Kantet med gullskåbånd. På innsiden av armene brukte jeg gullfarget satengbånd som var kant på et ullteppe en gang i tiden - den datt av teppet og teppet var uansett finere uten. Noen ganger er det godt å ha tatt vare på absolutt alt... Gullkrokolisser på lommene. Gulltråd under skulderklaffene.


The jacket was a men's shirt, cut up along the seams and made smaller to fit a 3 year old (still room to grow). Gold bias tape with a decorative seam along the edges. Gold thread underneath the shoulder patches. The cuffs used to be on a wool blanket's edge, but fell off - and the blanket was nicer without them. Sometimes it pays off that I keep everything in case I might make use of it at some point...

Buksa er en leggins som havnet i kofferten vår en gang på vei tilbake fra ferie. Vi har aldri klart å oppspore eieren og her i huset passet den ingen, ikke var den spesielt fin heller (men man tar jo vare på alt) og nå ble den sydd inn, klipt av og pyntet med gull. Skråbandet er sydd på og tredd i strikk under.

The trousers were women's (?) leggins that had ended up in our suitcase after a holiday. We never found their owner. They fit no one in this house and were not particularly nice either, but were kept for the reason mentioned above... might use it... so here I did. Made them narrower, cut them shorter and put on some gold and an elastic band underneath the bias tape.


Hatten er laget av polarfleece med applikasjon i en jerseyrest og selvfølgelig litt gull. Den er inspirert av Simple Simon's Felt Pirate Hat.
The hat is made from polar fleece. The pattern was inspired by Simple Simon's Felt Pirate Hat.

 

Barten er laget av polarfleece. Sydd sammen fra vrangen, snudd, stikning langs kanten, klipt to hull og tredd gjennom strikk. Han syntes barten var morsom, men liker ikke å ha den på lenge. Og "De fleste Kaptein Sabeltanner har ikke bart!"
The mustache is also made from polar fleece. Sewn together with right sides facing leaving a hole to turn, stitched close to the edge, cut two holes in the back and pulled through an elastic bang. Quick, easy, fun. The little pirate likes the mustache, but not for too long at a time.


Så fikk han også en øyelapp, men det er det visst heller egentlig ikke så mange pirater som bruker. Men stor stas å ha av og til. Den er også laget av polarfleece, på samme måten som barten, bare at strikken er sydd fast mellom for-og bakstykke.
He also got a fleece eye patch. Apparently something not too many pirates use, but sometimes it's fun.
Made like the mustache, just that the elastic is sewn in between front and back piece.

fredag 8. februar 2013

Men's shirt to boys' look tutorial

So here I will show you how to turn this...

... into this.

Trousers

The body of the shirt is used for the trousers - the size of the shirt will determine how big the trousers can get. Here I used a size M shirt and made size 116 (6 years) trousers, 3/4 length.

You can use any trouser pattern as long as it fits on the shirt. I cut the pockets out of the shoulders and added contrasting fabric for waitband and inside pockets.

Make sure you leave enough fabric on the top to be able to reuse the collar (a little more than two buttons down).

Shirt

 Use your favourite shirt pattern and cut out all the pieces in a knit fabric that matches your shirt. In addition, cut out the shirt collar (symmetrical!) in a shape you like. Mine is round in the front and trapezium shaped in the back. I also cut elbow patches out of the shirt as well as the straps to roll up the sleeves (remember seam allowances).
For the sleeves I put the elbow patches on vliesofix, ironed them to the back half of the sleeves and sewed around the edge with a rather tight zig zag stitch.
Then I sewed the strap to the front of the shirt, folding in seam allowances on three sides (leaving the bottom with the strap open). I then cut a horizontal slit in the jersey fabric between the side seams and pulled the strap through to the inside.
Then I folded in the bottom edge of that little square with the button on the right side and sewed it to the shirt. Make sure the strap on the back points down towards the cuff when you sew.
I then finished ogg with a zig zag seam around the square (not necessary, really, but I liked it, and, just to make sure...).

 Close the shoulder seams and sew around the edge of the collar (serger og zig zag). Then put the collar on the inside (wrong side) of the shirt and align shirt and collar shoulder seams. Pin the collar to the shirt as symmetrical as possible. Stitch the collar to the shirt about 1 cm from the edge. Turn the shirt to the right side.
Cut along the inside of that seam and remove the fabric on top of the collar.

If you have used a single jersey, you do nor need to secure the edges. If you used an interlock jersey, you should add a zig zag or something similar to secure the edges.
I added another straight seam parallel to the first one, just because it looks good...
Assemble your shirt as usual.

 Done!

torsdag 7. februar 2013

Men's Shirt to Boys' Outfits

Project Run & Play week 5: refashion a men's shirt into a child's outfit. This was my favourite challenge, I love refashioning, upcycling, reusing... and men's shirts are great sewing material.








I had a beautiful size M linen shirt. I used up the entire shirt and added some new fabric to create matching outfits for both boys. Sizes 2 and 6 years.
A linen shirt does not make good winter clothes, these are for summer - we have lots of snow outside, so the action shots are taken indoors.





The big trousers - cut out from the shirt body using an Ottobre pattern (Pirate Capris).
The big shirt - I used a basic shirt pattern (Ottobre) and inserted the shirt collar into it. In addition there are ellbow patches and I reused the straps to roll up the shirt sleeves. The shirt pocket was turned into a back pocket on the trousers.
If you'd like a tutorial for that shirt: There will be one! The pictures are all ready, I just have to write it one of these days, so check my blog.




The small trousers - these are the shirt's sleeves. I added some extra fabric at the crotch to make them wide enough. My own pattern.
 The small shirt - now there wasn't much shirt fabric left. Just enough for a whale applique and ellbow patches. Same pattern as the big shirt, just smaller.
You find a tutorial for these trousers (or similar ones) here.






Why not use just the shirt? Now, size M is not that big... Another reason for adding some bold fabric was the fact that an entire boy outfit out of one fabric (at least this king of fabric) almost inevitably has a PJ look. And the boys don't need new PJs.