Due to some pre-KCW organization (together with outright ignoring a number of things that needed to be done), I managed to log 5 hours in my sewing room today! It has been a loooong time since that has happened, and boy did it feel good. I completed two more projects, start to finish, with no interruptions – and I managed to get groceries so that my family won’t starve!
My first project of the day was a hoody – pattern S (Pullover Parka) from Happy Homemade: Sew Chic Kids. I first made this in 2014 when Meg and Cherie hosted a sewalong. That little hoody got so much wear – it came along on every camping trip and beach visit for 2 summers, but is now sadly outgrown. Here’s the original:
Well-loved, and worn so much that the linen is incredibly soft – it feels brushed, like flannel. It’s still in good condition, and if I can part with it, it will be passed along to a friend’s kiddo soon.
So, on to the 2016 edition of the pullover parka. The new one is made from the same cotton-linen chambray that has made a number of appearances here recently, with the hood lining and drawstring in a floral print from Heather Ross’ Tiger Lily collection. I remembered the neck facing being a bit of an issue last time, but I somehow managed to get it on the first try this time (probably helped that I had the old one as an example).
My second project of the day was a pair of O + S Sunny Day Shorts. Perhaps I was feeling nostalgic for the old hoody, but when I was rummaging in my scrap bin, I came across just enough of the red yarn-dyed linen and camera print to make a pair of shorts. I sewed these up in a size 6, and used the pocket tutorial. This is a great, basic (and free!) shorts pattern.
E has pretty much gone on strike from taking photos these days – I’m not sure what the 6-year old version of the terrible twos is called, but we’re in it. So much attitude, and no cooperation – candy bribes aren’t working any more – she wants cash, ha! My budget is limited (as is my patience for drama), so clothes are being taped to walls for photos:)