Sunday, February 20, 2011

Little Bit of This and That.

I've been working on a little bit of this and that lately. Below are two fleece tops I made, the blue and grey last Fall, and the red/black last month. I used the Textile Studio Santa Monica Tee modified to include armhole princess seams in the front and back. My goal was to make a more fitted fleece top. I get a lot of wear out of these because I love the feel of fleece on ultra-cold winter days. 'Ol Man Winter has been brutal this year! I used fleece purchased from Wazoodle, really wonderful stuff. Wazoodle is my go-to source from lightweight, good quality fleece. The color selection is fantastic and the superior fleece holds up well with no pilling like the cheapo stuff.

I'll do a review on the top with more specifics at a later date.

Here are some fleece sports headbands I made for my daughter and her friends. Same Wazoodle fleece using my self-drafted headband pattern.

Next up is DD#2's scarf. Here's the story on this funky print. We went to Target one night and she wanted to buy a scarf because her Varsity jacket is scratchy on her neck. She picks out a $12 scarf which looked flimsy to me, not a great print, but she liked it enough. Her money, so I kept mum about it.
Then we head to Walmart for a few odds and ends and to look at the quilting cottons for my niece's baby quilt. She sees this funky pink/black print and asks if I can make a scarf for her and return the Target one. Done deal. And more economical for her as well.

Last but not least, I was commissioned by DD#1 to make a hat for her at college. She goes to school in Philly and it is darn windy! It's brutal when it's really cold. So I made a plain prototype hat and sent it to her for a size opinion. I made the changes and whipped up the hat with the requested embroidery. Then I asked her if she wanted a matching scarf. I needed to know right away or my Wazoodle fleece will get used up for something else. She said yes, so now she has a cute set which will be shipped to her this week.
The last thing I did was make Version 2 of my Jalie Jeans. Don't have a pic of those yet, but will try soon. I also ordered cotton denim from Lura's for Version 3 with a fabric content of 96 cotton/4 lycra, but the was very disappointed with the color. I thought it would be darker blue. It's a lightish periwinkle. Oh well. I'll make the jeans and it will be good to work through a few more minor alterations tweaking each pair as I go. There is enough fabric to make two more pairs of jeans.
But it leaves me with this question. Why oh why is 96/4 denim so hard to come by in a great color? Is that asking too much? Where is 96/4 indigo or black stretch denim? If only we had access to the same suppliers as some of these apparel companies! Here's to wishful thinking...


gwensews said...

Those are some very nice projects. And the jeans in your last post are terrific.

KopyKat-Kim said...

Your kids are so lucky to have such a crafty mom and one who cares so much! I would have loved these!!