Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Tutorial Tuesday

Even though it's raining again today, I'm sure summer will be here soon! I decided to try making a romper for Josiah, and I'm really happy with how it turned out!
It was really easy to make, so I thought I would share the tutorial! Sorry if it's kinda picture heavy! :)

I wanted a raglan style for his romper, although a regular t-shirt style would have been just as cute! A great place to find the raglan style is to trace is a blanket sleeper!
I folded the sleeper in half and folded the sleeve out of the way to trace the neck and where the sleeve attaches.
I added seam allowance and drew the front neckline too.
I used a ruler to draw a straight line down from the shoulder seam.
Using either the blanket sleeper or an exisiting piece of clothing that fits (or measure your kiddo. Yeah, right...... haha!), match up the neckline and folded edge and draw the curve for inside the legs where the snaps are.
Then decide on the length of the legs and draw a straight line across.
Next, trace the sleeve edge where it attaches to the body. I usually mark the edge of the sleeve and fold my sleeve pattern along this line to trace the other side. It's easier than trying to flip the sleeve over, and you want both sides of the sleeve to be identical.
Add seam allowance and draw a straight line across at the length you want the sleeves to be.
Here's what my pattern pieces look like!
I used an old t-shirt for my romper, folding it down the front and back to cut out the pieces. I lined up the bottom edges of the romper and sleeves with the finished edges of the shirts to take advantage of the hems.
Here's the romper and sleeves cut out. (Front with lower neckline)

I cut out a gusset piece, following the lines of the curve of the back romper piece. I don't know how necessary this is for a disposable wearing baby, but my little guy is cloth diapered, so I figured it would help get the romper snapped over his fluffy bum! :)

With right sides together, I sewed the gusset onto the back piece.

I sewed three of the four seams to attach the sleeves, right sides together.

I measured half the neckline and doubled it. Mine was 15".Since I didn't have ribbing the right color, I just cut a strip out of the blue shirt to put around the neck. My blue shirt wasn't very stretchy so I made it longer than I would have cut from a stretchy one. My piece was about 13" by 2 1/2".

After folding the piece in half, wrong sides together, I sewed it to the neckline, stretching to fit.
I sewed up the last sleeve seam to finish the top of the romper!
Now is the easiest time to add an applique. I sewed on an airplane!
I cut some long strips from my old t-shirt, 2" tall. Since this shirt is quite stretchy both ways, I cut them to take advantage of the hemmed edge on one side.
I folded one of the strips in half, wrong sides together, and lined up the hem with the right side of the hemmed inside leg edge of the back of the romper. Then I sewed the strip to the inner leg and around the gusset.
I stopped before I got to the end of the leg, cut off all of the extra strip except for an inch and folded it to the inside, matching the folded edge to the leg edge, before continuing to sew the rest of the strip on. This gave it a finished look at both ends.
This is what it looked like when sewn on.
I used the other strip and sewed it across the front of the romper snap area. I used the hem on one side and then folded the extra in on the other side.
I folded the strip to the inside to the seam and then folded it again so the seam was at the edge.
I topstitched the edge of the strip down with a slight zig-zag to allow some stretch.
Then, I sewed up the side seams,
and added snaps!
Josiah's romper finished!

Now to try to get him to model! :)
He was more interested in his sock! :)
Or the fireplace....
Or his sister's school supplies...
Or throwing his sock! :)

Oh well, it fits great and is obviously comfortable enough in any pose! :) Thanks for looking!

Monday, May 30, 2011

A Big Boy Project

Happy Memorial Day! We don't have any major plans today except getting some work done around the house. Three mini Macks are off working today, but I had Seth model one of my latest projects before he left!
Skinny pants made from man pants! After I made Josiah's blankie, I spent some time looking around This Mama Makes Stuff. When I found her great tutorial on slim slacks, Seth declared he wanted some! So off to the thrift store I went! I found these there:
Some Banana Republic khaki man pants.
So using Carrie's tutorial and a pair of Seth's skinny jeans, I transformed them to these:
Making these ended up being a little tricky because my son's 12 and not a size 2T-3T! :) And I didn't bother putting elastic in the waist as that's not as cool when you're a big kid who can wear a belt instead. :)
But they fit perfectly,
no matter what my active boy is doing!
From all sides! :)
Most importantly, they look great and he loves them! (although he prefers to wear them with shirt, tie and vest. Yeah, he's one stylish guy!!) :) 

Friday, May 27, 2011

What The Macks Had For Dinner

Wondering what this big family eats? Yesterday we had pulled pork sandwiches for dinner. My recipe is SUPER simple and SUPER yummy!

We buy the two pack of pork shoulder roasts from Costco. I place one of these in the crockpot and throw the other one in the freezer for later.
Next, I pull out the BBQ sauce. We love this one! It's not too strong and kind of sweet! Yum!
I put about half a bottle of BBQ sauce on the pork roast and cover the crockpot.
Set the crockpot to low and let it cook all day!
Shred the roast with a couple forks and add a couple more bottles of the BBQ sauce.
Serve the pulled pork on hamburger buns. We had ours with chips and lots of cantaloupe! Yum!

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Rainy Day Fun

It is a grey, rainy day here today.
You can peek at it through the blooming wisteria.
The home schooled kids and I had a pretty lazy day. Since the kids were all stuck playing indoors, I decided to make some homemade playdough! I used the recipe from here.
We made it rainbow colors,
and threw some glitter in a couple colors for sparkly playdough (can you see it?).
The girls had so much fun!
They even made their names:
Abby's with flowers!
Molly's made with a little help.
Overall, a super fun rainy day!
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