Last I posted I mentioned that there would be a craft project to show you all. Well the one I had in mind I haven't gotten to yet. It will be just me and the baby tomorrow, toddler and hubby are heading to the lake so maybe tomorrow during nap time.
There was some stitching that had popped on the hem of one of my sons PJ shirts so I busted out the sewing machine to fix them. And I saw this guy in my sewing box.
Once upon a time I this was going to be my "Benny" doll, a character from one of my favorite video games. But I needed to make him a black and white checkered jacket. I started but when moving and kids came along, his project was abandoned. I had one sleeve done and that's where I quit. I have three posts on him, you can read them here!
Benny Project 1
Benny Project 2
Benny Project 3
So I got the wild hair to try this suit jacket again. Sewing is the BANE OF MY EXISTENCE. For reals. I come from a long heritage of seamstresses. My mother made clothes for me when I was little. Her sister made clothes for both my brother and I. Then when I took Home Economics in Jr. High, my sweatshirt was so abysmal that we had to run to my dad's sister and have her help us with it. (Well, I did get the cuffs sewn correctly, it was the neckband that was terrifying.) And when I was the high school drum major (conductor) we were doing a medley of The Hunchback of Notre Dame, my dads other sister made me a kick butt Esmeralda costume
My best friend is a wonderful seamstress who helped (mostly made) me a couple of sundresses that I wore to Hawaii and my sweet Mother-in-Law made...MADE! all the bridesmaid dresses for her wedding. (And some sweet Barbie clothes which you can check out here!)
So in the past I have made a pair of PJ pants and the pattern said right on it "Sew Sew Easy!" Yeah, my mom had to help. And don't ask me how I managed to get this robe for Stacie to look this good. Beginners luck I guess. If you want to read about the robe for Miss Stacie, you can check out the link here!
Sewing is like me and Cross Country skiing. I want to like it. I try my best but in the end, my sewing machine and I just don't get along (like me and cross country skis.) But I persevere.
So I had to start by undoing what I had originally done. There was a pucker in the sleeve that was not going to work. And I had only cut one front and one back panel. But I wanted the back to be all one piece so I cut one large piece on the fold. Then cut another front panel and stitched them together at the shoulders.
Now time for the sleeves. I have such a hard time with sleeves! I trimmed one back and then sewed. They didn't line up perfectly and one did have a weird pucker and the stitching didn't line up but I just used my seam ripper and detached that thread. I can always go back later and clean up any loose stitches by hand if I need to.
Ok, not too bad honestly!
Time for the second sleeve. This one did not go as well as I hoped. Too much fabric for this sleeve. I should have trimmed like I did the last one. AAAAAND...I stitched it on backwards. See the seam ripper in the background? That got another go around on this sleeve.
OK, time to try on or size. Not too bad. Looks a little big but I did give myself a 1/2" seam allowance so that could be it. That left sleeve is strange but we'll just see how it turns out in the end.
I figured that I would hem the sleeves before I stitched them up the side. I quickly realized my mistake. Need to sew on the INSIDE not the OUTSIDE. :) Seam ripper, you can stand down for the moment.
Then I did the easy way and sewed up the sleeve and down the side in one solid stitch.
One went perfectly! One did not...
And friends, this...THIS is why I don't sew.
It is much too big and doesn't even fit right. And my patterns were from an actual Ken jacket! I just gave myself a generous seam allowance rather than the factory 1/32" seam they have.
So I just wrapped it around him and back into the sewing box he goes. Maybe if I had a Ken pattern the jacket would work but I don't have any of those. And this is a My Scene doll so he's a little bigger than a Ken.
Maybe I'll have inspiration another day...or hire my mother in law to make one for me.
Remember Sew Free Fashion Fun? Mattel please bring those back for those of us who are inept at sewing.
I still have the other project so maybe if I'm feeling inspired I'll tackle that one.
I am excited for some posts coming up in the next month or so. We have some wonderful garage sale finds and I can't wait to show you. Courtesy of my dad! So I have to get them and then I can throw them up here. SO EXCITING!
Have you made anything for your dolls (or for you?) Let me know in the comments!
Until next time!