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


KCWC day 2 was very productive!

I sewed for more than an hour, and finished the first of 2 flashback skinny tees. I’m really pleased with the result. I’m so in love with the pocket on the sleeve! Took a bit of fiddling but so worth it. The kangaroo pocket was way harder than it looks, not sure if a little car will even fit in it …oh well looks cute.

KCWC day 2 !


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 🙂

The First post


Hi to you,

I had a quick minute to start this blog but no time to do anything to it right now. So this is my ultra small first post.

I will be posting my sewing projects, and sharing my adventures in amateur sewing. I mostly sew for my 2 lil` boys, I`m learning as I go and having fun doing it.

so ya stay turned for more.