Hey, day one of KCW is over and I've already managed to complete a garment! I'm so excited. I started with the great Bimaa hoodie pattern and some lime green sweatshirt material I got on clearance at Hancock Fabrics. I sewed up the pattern as written, then took a deep breath and cut the shirt right in half. (That felt so wrong. My brain was screaming at me: "WHY ARE YOU DOING THIS!!!!") I added a placket and a zipper and squealed at the finished result.
As happy as I am with it, there are some problems. Most obviously, the zipper is too short! I decided to roll with it since it doesn't look too bad. I really wanted to finish last night and didn't want to wait till morning to run to the fabric store. Less obviously, but more importantly, it barely fits Joey. (Wahhhhhhh!) The fabric I chose is nowhere close to the recommended stretchiness. I knew that, and made some adjustments to accomodate it, but I didn't do enough. I added about 4" to the body size with the plackets and zippers, but I still could have used at least another inch, probably 2 to be safe. I sized up a bit and made a 2T, but again, with this fabric, I think a 3T would have been better. (Maybe with a 2T sized hood? The hood is huge!) And finally, the cuffs are a little tight, because the pattern as drafted expects a lot of stretch.
I bought the fabric in two colors, so I think I'll make it again (not this week!) with wider plackets, a longer zipper, a bigger size, and longer cuff pieces, so they don't have to stretch so much. That's a lot of changes, but I really am happy with the jacket as-is! Joey can wear it at least for a little bit, and a future baby will hopefully get some wear out of it too. And I'm proud of myself for getting brave and taking a pair of scissors to a perfectly good shirt, with good results.
Note the smear of mud across the front that somehow appeared less than five minutes after I put this on him.
See those stitches above? Does anyone know how I can avoid that? I didn't do anything to that seam other than gently press it flat. I used a zigzag stitch and a ballpoint needle. Almost all of the seams look like that.
Next up? A trench coat and some trousers. I started the coat last night but realized I'm missing a few supplies, so I'll work on the trousers until I have a chance to run out and get what I need. I don't think I'll get much sewing in today, since I have social plans this evening, but I bet I can squeeze in at least an hour somewhere!