Monthly Archives: October 2012

trucks in my pocket


I’ve been feeling the love for pockets lately, especially as a detail for the little men. So I decided to try my hand at adding some pockets to pants. There was some great yellow cotton with trucks on it in the fabric stash, and some heavy up-cycled curtain material. I’ve used the curtains before, and love the weight of the fabric it is similar to denim.

I wanted the pants to look kinda like a jean, with some double stitching details and hip pockets. Since I am a novice sewer, I have never done this kind of pocket before, with the help of google I found this great tutorial for all my pocket needs. No really, it covers everything !! more than 15 pocket styles !! thank-you so much LiEr from, !! There has got to be a way to incorporate that cute gathered patch pocket into boys cloths. Could become a mission here at pins and needles.

Any way the pattern is the basic kid pants by Dana of Made.  With some modifications, the addition of front pockets of coarse, plus my attempt at a mock fly. Which is just a overlapped waistband with a working snap on the front. I modded the waistband to make it adjustable, by putting in the button holes and elastic that is found in so many kids pants these days. Lastly I decided that a cute pocket detail deserved a matching inside roll. That way the pants could be made long and have some grow into room

So I thought long and hard about how to do the cuff thingy so no seams showed. Even thought about hand sewing a hem *gasp to hide the outside stitching on the leg. Instead I decided it didn’t matter and used thread that matched the pant leg. I was so worried about the outside and bottom seams that I lost sight of the side seams. After everything was sewn up and almost done I noticed that the side seams on the inside roll up cuff were all raw and ugly. Solution trim them short and semi serge them, using a close zig-zag stitch and this crazy handy little foot that came with my machine called a over-edge foot (sadly no serger here at the house of pins.)

The back pockets were just drafted up by me. A basic patch pocket with that cute yellow truck detailing. I used my bias tape maker gizmo on a strip of the truck fabric. I really love the way they turned out.

The best part is little boy 1 loves his new pants, they have trucks in the pocket ! He approves so much that all the photos were taken as he jumped on the couch.


Super hoodies – epic conclusion


Wow what a great week last week. KCWC totally inspired me! I also completed more garments than I thought possible in one week. The key for me is the prep work, as soon as I had stitched up the pre-cut cloths I slowed down. The ideas were rolling around in my head faster than I could get them out. The great part about that is that I have tones of inspiration and ideas to work on.

So now back to our previously scheduled program Super Hoodies…When I left off this series I had just sewn together the major parts and was ready for the trickier stuff like linings, zippers and appliqued logo.

The funnest part of the project was making the GREEN LANTERN logo. Using household Tupperware for circles, I drafted the logo’s template. Then retraced it so it could be cut apart and used for a pattern. Using corresponding T-shirt material I cut out the logo. Although the symbol is quite simple I wanted it to be done right so that it was recognizable.

I’m not sure what would be a best method for applique on a zippered garment. Adding the logo before the zipper would go smoother; but then you risk the two sides not lining up…. I had already ripped out the zipper’s top stitching during my fight with the lining. So I didn’t feel like re-doing the whole zipper. Since my zipper was on I could choose my placement and checked the the alignment.  It was still a bit tricky working around the zipper edge. Good thing I was able to hide my mistakes when I top stitched the zipper.

Applique with knits can be tricky. There are probably way better methods than mine, which is just slap it on. In hind sight, the best thing to do would have been to use fusible interfacing.  Stick the two pieces together, sew them; and then using more fusible interfacing tac the logo in place to reduce warping. My lack of patients prevented that.







I just used a 0.5 length zigzag with the widest width available on my machine. Taking it slowly to reduce warping, and tucking in the stretchy bumps as I went.  Once the logo was stitched on, I tucked the lining under the zipper edge and top stitched the zipper and lining in place. Sounds strait forward enough right? I fought with it the whole time. I have never lined a sweater before so the learning curve was quite steep. thinking I may need to do some more research before starting the BATMAN hoodie for my littlest

Overall I’m really pleased with the hoodie as a whole. It does look home made but according to the teen its home made good, not home made in bad way lol she is my toughest critic. It has even survived the washing machine despite the awful lining job. Most importantly my boy loves it. and chooses to wear it a lot.

KCWC day 5


Quick KCWC Update


Well I’ve been just sewing away and having a great time. Yesterday brought a new pair of pants for boy 1 as well as the finishing of his super hero hoodie (I’ll do a full post on that next week.) Feeling as though I’ve really hit my stride. And can hardly believe how much a girl can get done in only one week !! Hopefully I’ll get a chance to post some photos today.

Over the next 3 days I plan to get out a second pair of pants for boy 1, plus one pair for boy 2. The design idea is to mismatch them again. The inspiration started forming last night while flipping through the flikr pool.

And it just has got to be said, that there are some truly adorable and beautifully sewn kids cloths being created this week.


A very successful KCWC day 3 for me over here on Pins and Needles ! The second shirt in my mismatched matching set was finished today. I am in love with the pockets on the arms. The boys wore their shirts today and it is just super cute, thinking I’ll be making more mismatched sets.

My actual sewing time for the second shirt was over 2 hours (that’s strait time subtracting snack making and a phone call from grandma.) Its also a  flashback tee from Rae of made by Rae this time in a size 2T. The fabric for both shirts is from 3 different T-shirts gifted to me from friends to my up-cycle pile. I wanted to do something cool when I noticed how well the colours co-ordinated.

KCWC day 3


I am interrupting my regular scheduled programming (about super hero hoodies) to bring you a whole bunch of posts about KCWC !

It has begun the web is all a flutter with creativity. I was so inspired tonight reading the updates on the flicker feed over at elsie marley’s blog. It is almost intimidating…ok it is kinda intimidating to see the long lists and beautiful finished projects, BUT way more INSPIRING.  I haven’t done any actual sewing yet. Last night after work (I work part time evening.) I stayed up brainstorming and finalizing designs and cutting fabric, for the boys long sleeved tee’s. It was past midnight so it counts for my oct 8 day one hour (yes this post is also an after work post, the wee hours are so quiet and distraction free.) I didn’t sew in the day, as up here in Canada it was thanksgiving weekend so the time I was not at work we spent on an  awesome family outing.

any ways here is my list for KCWC

  • finish last 3 seams on the GREEN LANTERN super hoodie and add detachable cape
  •  new pants for boy 1 out of yummy brown sweat shirt material using pants pattern by Dana of Made
  •  up- cycled miss matched matching long sleeved tees using flash back skinny tee pattern by Rae of Made By Rae
  • start BATMAN super hoodie for boy 2

Really excited about the 2 matching miss-matched shirts, by some unknown miracle I have a  blue and green striped shirt, plus a blue tank top and a green t-shirt that exactly match the stripping! All in my up-cycle stash all gifted to me by different lovely friends. i may eb=ven start the shirts before finishing the hoodie, that’s how excited I am.




Super Hoodies – continuing saga


In this part 2 of the Super Hoodie saga I’ll focus on the drafting of boy 1’s GREEN LANTERN super hoodie. Starting with a sweat shirt pattern, I folded the front piece in half and added a inch or so for the zipper. The front was cut out of green and the back out of black. I found the pattern (NEWLOOK 6475 view 1)  in my stash of patterns and had never used it before. Once the back was cut out I realized that it was a bit of an odd pattern. The sleeves are large diamond-ish shapes that form the shoulders. I don’t really like the way it has been going together, the fit is kinda 1984 in a not cool retro way. Its too bad I noticed after cutting, I took some time to see if any thing could be easily flexed … nope. And being made out of up-cycled material made it impossible to re-cut. Oh well life is lived on the learning curve, right?

Our GREEN LANTERN costume of inspiration can be see in this post.  The side diamonds were free handed, the shapes were drafted on paper first, then once I thought it looked mostly right, cut it out of the black fabric. The sleeves were trickier, using the middle of the pattern piece as a guide I guesstimated the shape of the shoulder cap.  I then over layered the green cap on the black fabric and cut the remainder of the sleeve.

With the flat seams of yoga pants in mind, I stitched the pieces together. Once joined I clipped off the extra. It was at this point that I was sure a lining was a must. For two reasons to make it comfortable and extend the wearability beyond one season, and because boy 1 cannot stand a tag touching him these seams would make him freak right out !

The lining was taking strait from the fabric stash. One part plush kinda terry cloth jammie/ house coat thingy from nursing days gone by, and one part purple micro fleece. I adjusted the arm seam a little so the lining arms would be a tad narrower, but otherwise made it the same. The hood is pre-made from the original black hoodie (yay up-cycling and the short cuts you provide!) By laying the garment carcass on boy 1 I could figure out the new hood size. It was around this point too that I tried it on the boy for sizing, remember how I said the pattern fit in a 1980’s kinda way? Well I ended up ripping out the side seams and re-sewing them with a larger seam allowance so the bagginess of the garment didn’t swallow my long and lean little guy.

It was at this point that I stopped for a few days as I thought about how to join the lining to the outer jacket without having all kinds of ugly bulky seams. I combed threw our closets looking at our jackets and came up with an idea. I could hide the lining under the zipper when i do the top stitching. That required the ripping out of a seam since the zipper had already been attached and one side top stitched, I also realized the GREEN LANTERN logo should also go on before the lining to make the applique go smoother. The rest of the lining seams could be hidden around the neck line on the hood seam and along the cuffs. It is quite an amateur  job so I wont go into the details of it. what counts is that when I tried it on boy 1 for a last fitting he said, “its so cozy and warm! this hoodie is awesome!”

stay tuned for the next post same bat time same bat channel, where I’ll go over how the logo was drafted and applied

Super Hoddies – the beginning


Ok so I saw a little boy at my son’s play school with a super cool hoodie. It was a SUPERMAN hoodie complete with utility belt and detachable cape. I asked where she found it and sadly south of the boarder. ( I live in Canada, Vancouver  BC. We are really close to the US boarder but I don’t have a passport yet, its on my to do list for the past 4 years or so… and well….not done yet). Anyway I got to thinking I could make one, I could just buy a kids hoodie and do some quick alterations. Easy right? Wrong! It is nearly impossible to find a plain hoodie without some kind of graphic or store name across the front.  So my first attempt at sewing a hoodie will be to construct one that resembles GREEN LATERN. I’m also making a BATMAN one for the littlest boy here.

I took a trip to the local thrift store and grabbed some large men’s sweat shirts and hoodies to upcycle. Found a really vibrant green and went with old school colours for batman.  I also decided to line the hoodies, the piecing of the fabrics together will create some weird seams that might not be comfortable. I’m not sure how heavy to make the lining, I’m deciding between fleece or flannel (from my stash), that way they will make it threw fall and possibly into winter. Our winter is really rainy and wet, but not too cold.

I started with the GREEN LANTERN because boy 1 was excited and its his turn for something.  Now that I’m done cutting it out I realize I should’ve started with BATMAN as it is a much easier costume, the pieces need less creative drafting.  I had no idea when boy 1 chose GREEN LANTERN that there are a few variations on his costume. For the comic fans out there I’m going with the JUSTICE LEAGE 2012 look as that is the cartoon my boy is obsessing over.

At this point I’m well into the GREEN LANTERN it has been slow going. I found a pattern in my bin for a kids sweat shirt, so I figure no big deal cut the front open and throw in a zipper presto hoodie. There has been a few fit issues along the way and some seams ripped out. I spent a whole sewing session refitting the arms.

stay tuned till net time, for piecing together the GREEN LANTERN, same green time same green channel 🙂