Sunday, January 31, 2016

10th Birthday Shirt: PASS

Birthday shirts broke into double digit territory this year. (Give me a moment to catch my breath.) As we have since he turned seven, we used the Flashback Skinny Tee pattern and recycled t-shirts in his choice of colors. 

This year, my kid opted for solid colors instead of stripes and a reprise of the silver numbers we used last year. I had just the shirt in my stash for the job.

This pattern is always a bit tight in the arms for my guy, so I made them about a quarter inch wider when I traced his new size. They're perhaps a bit large now, but better that than too tight.

I'm so pleased with the construction on this shirt. I took extra care and it really shows. No puckers or wonky stitching. And check out the seam matching!

My kid points out on a semi-regular basis that high school is only four years away. (He knows this gives me a small heart attack.) But for now, he's still somewhat small. Happy 10th birthday, kiddo!

Friday, January 1, 2016

Double Zip Wallet: PASS

I've carried a billfold wallet since my teens. The initial appeal was how it fit easily in my back pocket. But as I started having more to carry (cards and receipts--not wads of cash, unfortunately), my wallet became a bulging mess. I couldn't pull things out quickly. It no longer easily fit my back pocket or even my wristlet bag.

After the umpteenth time struggling to fish out my key card at work, I decided it was time for something new. Something bigger than a standard wallet, but small enough to stuff in my coat pocket. Something where I could easily get to what I needed. It would replace my wristlet, too, and have space for my business card case, change purse, phone, and earbuds. After thinking this was perhaps too much to ask in one design, I spotted the Double Zip Wallet in Handmade Style. Perfect!

Anna Graham of Noodlehead has created a lovely and practical collection of projects. Each is thoughtfully described and beautifully photographed. Despite the mind-bending geometry involved, I was able to assemble the wallet without much of a hitch. Anna knows what she's doing and by following her instructions (saying them out loud when I no longer understood what was happening), I came out the other side with a wallet that works!

I used all stash materials, some of my favorites that I've been saving for a special project. It's wonderful to see and use them on a daily basis. I've been carrying my new wallet for three weeks now and absolutely love it. It fits nicely in my coat pocket or backpack. The only downside is that I may never have a need for the Handmade Style Rainbow Clutch. This wallet works too well to move all my stuff to another bag.