Sunday, October 19, 2014

Bright Blue Parsley Pants: PASS


I've been sewing bags and fabric shopping instead of making my kid pants. Nothing like a sudden temperature drop to make those gaping holes at the knees a priority. (Seriously, even the patches on all his pants had holes!)

Though there are many cute patterns to try, I'm sticking with Made by Rae's Parsley Pants. I love them. My kid loves them. And they go up to size 10.

As always, my kid chose the fabric and top stitching thread. It's a good way to make sure the pants will get worn. And he can't blame me later for dressing him funny.

My kid is slim, but his measurements were close to the size 8 so I didn't adjust the pattern. The fit is much too baggy. These pants look like scrubs with bright red topstitching. (Unnoticed by him, making this a PASS.) Next time, I'll make the pattern narrower, adjusting at the pintuck tuxedo stripe line.

I used Rae's super seams tutorial to make these pants good and strong. So even if the knees blow out, those crotch and leg seams will stay together!




Monday, October 6, 2014

Bionic Gear Bag: PASS


This adorable little bag has a big surprise...


A HUGE INTERIOR FULL OF POCKETS! I spend a long time at the beginning of a sewing meetup or class locating my materials and the rest of the session trying not to lose them. Enter The Bionic Gear Bag by RipStitcher.

This pattern includes four zipper pockets, generous space in between, and a huge stable work area (aka "The Box") at the front for keeping track of things you set down. You can also download instructions for a fabric pouch that snaps in place to create temporary upright storage for seam rippers, etc.

Seriously, go check out this video of all you can fit in this bag.

The instructions are written in a chatty tutorial style and provide many helpful construction tips. There were times when I could have used more explicit instruction (e.g., cut the side panels as mirror images, make sure the bottom zipper stop is within the 1/4 inch seam allowance), and the photos end about 2/3 of the way through. That said, this would still be a fine project for an advanced beginner.

I used some of my favorite stash/scrap fabrics and zippers for this project and it makes me happy to look at them. Another surprise benefit!