This might have been the strangest combinations of sews in one post, but for me they are clearly related. They are easy projects which I did not feel like writing a whole blog post about, but the three of them together make a nice content.
Let's start with those socks. I
bought the pattern from Wolf and The Tree about three months ago. My
middle daughter wanted to sew something and socks seemed a perfect
project for her to "sew" on my lap. Ofcourse more of my kids wanted a pair that day. I had to experiment slightly to get
the perfect fit, besides having skinny bodies my kids seem to have
skinny feet as well. Experimenting with a sock is really quick, so I
really did not mind.
A few weeks ago, I was forced to
acknowledge that my son's sock collection had become a disaster. Last
year, I already accepted that non-matching pairs was the way to go in
our household. Every morning, I find my self going through the clean
laundry searching for socks, and I am happy when I find enough, I am not
picky about the color.
My son seems to eat his socks, or
maybe he just hides them but besides no matching sock, I more and more
often did not find any socks for him (There are a enough pink ones, but
he somehow refuses to wear them). The few brave socks that were
returning from the battle field were also getting small ( I know my
son's feet grew, and the socks did not shrink). It was time for an
intervention. I took a piece of Nosh jersey that was a leftover from
sewing these trousers and cut seven pair. It is purely coincidence this
would mean a pair a day for a whole week, it was simply the amount I
managed to cut from the fabric.
I posted the picture of all
the socks together on Instagram and Facebook and people asked me if my
son liked wearing them. Well, he loves them, he has been wearing them
for almost a month everyday and is really disappointed if I can not find
a clean pair in the morning. Although there is no heel, the socks stay
on nicely and the seams do not bother him. I sewed it on my serger with
5mm seam allowance.
This tie you might also have seen om my Instagram feed. I sewed it from the leftovers of this dress. My son saw
the fabric and said he did not like it in such a way, that I knew he
was jealous. From the last scraps that remained, I sewed him a tie from
this free tutorial. This is not a full tie, it is just the shape you
see, tied to on an elastic that goes around the neck. My son already had
one of these and he loves wearing it on formal occasions, this one I
sewed the evening before his school's Christmas dinner, he was super
I had to cheat with the knot though, it did not wanted to remain nice
and straight so I just sewed it in place a bit. I did not have much
fabric to work with, so I had to sew two pieces together (the seam is
inside the knot and might be the reason for my extra needed stitching)
and I had to use the selvedge as well. The selvedge is only visible on
the back, so that is fine.
Let's talk about those gloves. My
kids were going ice skating as an after school program and they had to
wear gloves. Winter had not been cold yet and while I was searching
though the gloves in our house, I realised my eldest did not have a good
pair of gloves. A few days earlier I had downloaded the (at that time
still free) gloves pattern from SUAT which was the perfect solution to
my problem. I cut a lining and a main fabric, but while sewing the
lining, I started to fear that the gloves would become too tight (I had
chosen a nice thick lining). I thought that if I would put the two
together, my daughter would not be able to put her thumb in it. So I
just sewed two pair. My daughter loves them and I should not have
feared. I could have just sewed them together because she can easily
wear them on top of each other. Though the fact that I did keep them
separate is not bad, now she can adjust the warmth herself by deciding
how many she wears. They are like a two seasons glove set. Feeling adventurous and want to draw your own customized version, she recently wrote a (Dutch) picture tutorial.
I love to hear what you think of my creations. Feel free
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translate might have to assist me if you choose something different than
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