Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Squishy and Blazers

So tonight I logged in to write and announced happily "I almost have 1000 views on my blog!" to which my darling dearest replies "is that you looking at it 900 times?" 

I tried to look mad, but it was kinda funny....

Yesterday he looked at me like I had two heads when I suggested trying the Potty Training in 3 Days thing... I think it was the idea of making up a potty song that we all sing when ANYONE goes potty that pretty much killed that idea in the house.  But imagine how fun public restrooms would be?  Especially since Inara is still on her crusade to use EVERY one in America. We could bring potty success singing to random strangers all over the Olympic Peninsula!!

So I have one great tester to share, and a mini alteration... Let's do alteration first, cause babies are cute...
This is baby G, or as I call him, Squishy, my friend's little one... (wearing an outfit I made him a while ago)
Squishy got the following Carter's outfit for Christmas from his gran, but it was a bit too big...
I had pretty much a day to size it down and I was a bit stumped on how to size down a onesie, so I asked mom and she ok-ed my making it into a shirt... but really, the outfit wasn't complete without the finishing touches..... So I added a hat.... I just used standard head measurements and took off 1 1/2" for stretch and drew it out right on the fabric hoping it looked like I pictured in my head... 

I took the waist elastic in on the pants, shortened them and added the cuff.  I took some length off of the sleeves and added cuffs, and also changed it from a onesie to a shirt... and of course the hat...  Then the next evening we were talking about not having shoes/socks that matched.... so I grabbed the Precious Boot from Precious Patterns and made these real quick and dropped them in her mailbox late that night. 

I don't keep velcro around, so I used snaps... There are some things I would change in the future with this pattern, as I'm not a big fan of the exposed seams, but they ended up cute, I thought...  And here is Squishy all dolled up... don't you LOVE those chunky cheeks!!!

Okay... and I've also been working on testing a jacket for My Little Plumcake.  The Canaan's Incredible Blazer (so named by the tester who had the most GORGEOUS jacket and her son totally rocked his photos too) was just released yesterday and is on sale for a short time more... but even if you miss the sale, this is totally worth it at full price.  While you're there pick up the Ruby Reversible Skirt and the Jack and Jill Sailor pants (these are a slim fit, so make sure you check measurements). 

So this was a totally positive testing experience.  Michelle, the owner, was very sweet and receptive to input and the jacket went through two rounds of testing to ensure it was perfect.  Here is my jacket from round one....

This one is in suedecloth with flannel lining.  We had some sleeve issues along the way.... but clearly it's a hit since he insists on wearing it for naptime.   I did a couple little things differently because I HATE slip-stitching... I left the turn-gap in the pocket on the side, so I could stitch it closed when I attached the pocket.  And, this nifty trick made me happy... I left the gap in the lining to turn the jacket, and then realized I could pull the lining out through the sleeve to sew the gap closed before I hemmed the sleeve to the lining.  Here was my entertaining moment.... topstitching tiny sleeves is hard!  But totally 100% worth it for the best look...
So after round one input is in, Michelle made some changes and called for some testers to ensure she caught everything from round one... so I decided Inara needed one of these and I totally wanted another one for Connor.
Inara's was done in Corduroy for the outside and facing and a knit interlock for the lining.  And Connor's is in Corduroy for the outside and Oooga Booga velour for the inside.  I think this is one of the reasons I love this pattern so much.... the variety of fabrics make it so versatile and it can be good for a light spring blazer or you could do it in some nice thick fabrics for winter (though it is intended to be a slim fit, so you might want to size up if you do this).  A couple testers even added to the length to make it a little longer, which looked awesome as well. 

So first, here is Inara...being... Inara... I did talk her out of a neon yellow lining... you all know how she insists on picking her own fabrics, but I thought it was a *little* bright. 

I added the Simple Skirt from Dana Made It in the Corduroy from the facing to complete Inara's look.

 And Connor being Connor....

And Connor got a quick pair of Chapsters from PetitBaby to complete Connor's outfit.  How pretty is the view in these pics??  We just went down to the waterfront in town. 

Anyways, go check out the Blazer.  I highly recommend it, and pattern group for My Little Plumcake has lots of great women there for advice and help if you need it! 

And how priceless are picture where they are BOTH smiling!!!

1 comment:

  1. Another success story...well, two! great redo and love the blazers and models!