Saturday, October 26, 2013

KCW Day 6

I will hopefully have another post to put up later today, but first I wanted to show you another outfit I made this week.  This top and pants is for my son Walter to wear to kindergarten.  I absolutely love how it turned out!

The shirt is (again!) from Lands' End.  I wish I could take credit for the awesome bear design, but I took the idea from a shirt I saw online.  I can't remember the company (something like One For Humanity?), but I fell in love with it.  Sadly, the shirt had long been sold out.  So I did what any good DIY mama would do--I made my own :)

I worked hard to size the applique just right.  In the end, I wish that I had made the bear a little larger.  I'm not sure why his haunches look a little wrinkled.  I think it's because I just finished this shirt and didn't have time to launder it before taking the pics.  I rinsed out the Fabri Solvy (a water soluble stabilizer that I use on the back side of the tee when I applique), but I think the fabric is still a little stiff because the stabilizer hasn't been washed away completely.

I didn't originally intend to sew pants, but I discovered that all of my son's brown pants for this fall are way too big!  Fortunately that 's no problem for this DIY mama--I'll just sew him some that fit!  I was inspired to do rounded knee patches like a pair of pants I remember seeing last year at

 When faced with the difficulty of getting an even hem on the curve of the knee patches, I remembered a trick that I learned to help sew curves neatly.  I took my paper pattern and used it as a pressing guide.  I drafted my patch pattern on regular computer paper.  If you are working with a tissue pattern, you can just trace the piece you need onto cardstock.  Cardstock holds up very firmly to pressing.  I slid the curved pattern piece down about a half inch from the edge of the fabric (about as wide as I wanted the hem to be).

Then I used it as a guide to fold my fabric over.  The paper creates sort of a rigid edge that keeps the hem even without having to measure and fold it over with your fingers so close to the iron.  I then pressed over the paper and fabric with my iron.

I let the fabric cool briefly to set the fold, then slid out the paper pattern guide.  I did this on the top and bottom edge of both patches.

The result was nice, even curves with very little effort.  Then I placed the patches where I wanted them on the pant legs and top stitched (with a double needle) along the top and bottom folds.  This technique also works great with curved pockets that are applied to clothes.

Thanks again for stopping by!  I don't know about you, but I feel like my entire week has been spent sewing or procrastinating when I know I should be sewing!  I have let housework and cooking slide quite a lot this week :)  I will hopefully have two (maybe three? Fingers crossed) more things to show off before this epic week ends, so come back again!


  1. Nice! I'm inspired by your appliques!

  2. HOly smokes! You are totally rocking KCW! I'm so glad I discovered you, I will be poaching your style for the next round of KCW. I wish I could appliqué with as much skill as you have!