Saturday, October 15, 2011

KCWC Days 4-6: Sailboat Top.

Day 4

After Day 3, wherein I stayed up late sewing after a seriously long day at work, I am tired. And clumsy. And possibly, a little bit stupid. Which would explain why things do not go so well in the construction of the Sailboat Top.  Everything went pretty well until it was time to put buttonholes in. Then I realized that this part-synthetic knit is really grabby and snaggy, and has a greater-than-average tendency to snag on the feed-dogs and get sucked into the machine.

Here's what I learned:

1) Putting buttonholes in snaggy grabby knit fabrics is hard.

2) There is a limit to the number of times you can rip a buttonhole out and redo it before your fabric starts to look like a hot mess.

Crappy buttonholes.


OMG, go to bed!

Day 5

It's Friday, and I am feeling somewhat refreshed. So I finished off the top, deciding to leave crappy-enough alone on the buttonholes.

Here's what I learned:

3) It doesn't matter how ugly your buttonholes are if you keep them buttoned up. Especially if you use distractingly cute red buttons.

So we'll be keeping this top buttoned up!

Sailboat Top.


Buttons detail


Day 6

I haven't actually sewn anything today. I'm a bit at a loss, having sewn up the two items I had planned for the week, but I'm sure I'll come up with something to work on later tonight.

But meanwhile, it's a gorgeous day (really, too warm for such an autumnal outfit), so I took Joe outside for a photo shoot.

Autumn outfit


Hey, it looks great! I'm pretty pleased with Joe's new outfit.

As you know, Joe loves birds. He also loves blue and yellow (he is obsessed with identifying all of the colors right now, but blue, yellow, and green are his favorites). Well, our neighbor has a yellow and blue parrot! Joe loves to walk down our block to say hi to the "yellow boo buhdy." Here, you can finally get a better idea of the color of the rust brown cord.

Autumn outfit


Autumn outfit


Here's a so-so shot of the bird on his outdoor perch (where he spends part of most days). He's pretty awesome. He says "hello!"

Autumn outfit

9 comments:

  1. So adorable! He looks like he belongs in a catalog. Nice job not that top. I have the same pattern and haven't attempted it yet. I know buttonholes on knits can be tricky.
    How cool is that parrot who sits outside, he's too cute!

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  2. The top looks great. I'm trying to decide if I should buy it or not... but I just ordered two sewing books.... It looks like it would be fun and I love the sailboat pants.

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  3. Sweet outfit! I have always liked the look of that Sailboat top, but haven't tried it yet. I've also never been brave enough to try buttonholes in knits!

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  4. Thanks everyone! To be fair, my problem was that the facing was not interfaced, and it kept getting grabbed by the feeds and sucked in, because it's so snaggy. Next time I will interface both fabrics with a lightweight interfacing to stabilize it. I'm thinking that a spray stabilizer would help too. I'm learning!

    It's a great pattern, although for pants that don't fall off of Joe's butt as he runs laps around the house, I swear by the Sketchbook pattern!

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  5. It looks so great! I have never put in buttonholes before and would be terrified to try it for the first time on a knit - way to go! I think it looks great and can't see any flaws. And you are hilarious - so often I would say to myself, "OMG go to bed!"

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  6. I love this outfit! You did such a great job. I suck at buttonholes in easy fabric so I can only imagine! The red buttons totally make it!

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  7. they both look great! the interfacing is totally key on knits - i didn't use it with my heidi & finn hoodie and the fabric stretched everywhere, but i DID use it for my sailboat top and it worked great. love your fabric choices!

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  8. First of all, I HATE sewing button holes! And ripping them out? That's the worst!
    Second of all, oh my gosh, that shirt turned out cute! I may just have to get my butt in gear to make one of them!

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  9. Joe is stunning -- and so is the shirt.

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