Measles and Swimming

Pulguito is all better now (we hope), but we think he had slap face measles/fifth disease. The thing with this measles is that he’s contagious before the cheeks turn red, so you don’t know that you are infecting people. Once the cheeks turn red, you’re not contagious any more. Hopefully, this is what was keeping him up at night.

So he didn’t get to go to swmming lessons last night. Instead, Robert took him out for a drive while I got Chunguita ready to go swimming. She’s doing really well. They have her “swimming” with a kickboard all the way across the pool. She’s having problems turning her head which is ascerbated by her hair getting in her eyes and nose and mouth. I forgot to put her hair up.


The weekend was very busy, so I didn’t have any computer time. Thanksgiving was a lot of work. Between cooking and watching the kids, Robert and I were exhausted. Mom is doing much better. She is walking around just fine, altho she didn’t think she had enough energy to go to the park with Dad, Robert, and the kids. She did fine the entire day, and I wouldn’t have known she had been sick except that she decided to sit while I cleaned up. Usually, she will stand with me in the kitchen. Dad seems much improved, too. I think he was really scared that he was going to lose her.

Robert took Chunguita to see the SpongeBob movie, and she made it all the way thru. It was her first movie. She’s going to see the Incredibles on Saturday for a birthday party. We’ll see how she does.


Altering Patterns

Instead of working on the various projects that I have cut out and ready to go, I decided to alter patterns. The jean jacket was a learning experience. The front of the jacket has a yoke above the breasts and 3 panels running vertically from the yoke to the waist. I think the middle panel should be centered over the apex of the breast, so that defined my alteration, but I couldn’t figure this out without first pinning the pieces together and doing a regular full bust alteration (FBA) on the 4 pieces pinned together. So instead of princess seams, I attacked the alteration like it was for a top with 2 vertical waist darts. I pinned the pieces together and traced them (again!) as one big pattern piece. I worked thru the alteration without giving it any thought, just like always. 🙂 When I pinned it back on Buttina, the center panel was indeed centered on the apex, and I was able to see that what I needed was a princess seam side adjustment that could be done entirely in the side-front piece. It wasn’t like it was obvious at that point. I had to study FFRP several times before I had it figured out. When I pinned the final version onto Buttina, it looked pretty good. We shall see.

I also worked on Neue Mode 23135 and Neue Mode 23061. Both were a very simple affair after the jean jacket.

I won’t be able to work on them for a while. I participate in a gift exchange every year on my moms’ e-mail list, and I signed up to make a bag for one of the moms.

Ottobre Design Magazine 03-2004-4 (Jogging Jacket)

Pattern Description: 
A jogging jacket for toddlers with princess seam style piping and sleeve stripes.

Pattern Sizing:
I made a 98 which corresponds to a child’s height of 98 cm. My son is a slender 96 cm boy, and the jacket is a bit big on him.

Ottobre Design Magazine> 03-2004-4 (Jogging Jacket)
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Mostly. I used a thicker fleece for the jacket and the neckband, waistband, and cuffs, and I left off the embroidery. So it’s bulkier than the one pictured.

Were the instructions easy to follow?
Yes. Ottobre provides good instructions.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
DISLIKE: I like to use self fabric for cuffs and such, so I used the fleece. The pattern calls for ribbing for these parts, and because I always have a hard time finding coordinating ribbing, I don’t use it that often So the cuff, in particular, was tough to put in. I would like to see patterns use self fabric more often. I don’t want to have a stash of ribbing as well as all the fashion fabric.

LIKE: It’s so cute, and it really comes out well. The details of the piping and sleeve stripes add so much to the jacket.

DISLIKE: The fabric requirements are excessive. I got this out of a 1/2 yard of 60″ fabric with fabric to spare, and I think the pattern called for 5/8 of a yard or more.

Fabric Used:
Cheap fleece from Joanns. It was double thick and leftover from a sweatshirt for DH. I used some blue cotton jersey for the piping and stripes. It was a lightweight knit.

Pattern Alterations or any design changes you made:
I use self fabric for the bands and cuffs instead of ribbing.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
I might make him another out of the windpro when I make my husband’s next sweatshirt, but DS’ll be too big for it soon. It’s so cute, tho. Maybe I’ll make it as a gift for other children. It’s so cute.

It’s so cute. Did I say that already?

Snuck in a little sewing

I went home early yesterday to make some glazed peacans for Thanksgiving. The recipe said it only took 15 minutes to make them. NOT! Maybe if the cook were someone who had a clue about cooking. I think I used a pan that was too big. The sugar never melted; either nothing happened or it burned. I finally dumped the peacans in the gloopy mess and stirred it up. They look like crap, but they are very, very tasty. So as far as I’m concerned, it’s a winner. Taste is what it’s all about.

Because the nuts took so long, I only had about 10 minutes to sew before making dinner. Actually, I sewed while I boiled water. The inner legs are attached to Kwik Sew 2529 and topstitched/coverstitched. After everyone went to bed, I rethreaded the serger to overlock and pinned one side to the crotchpiece. I can’t run the serger at night; it wakes up DH. I also pinned in one of the french darts on Kwik Sew 2565. Maybe I will finish my t-shirt by the end of November.

Style Experiment 1: Day 2

Activity: Work
Style: Natural/Arty Type: Professional Basics
Clothes: Blue twill pull-on pants, white mock turtleneck shortsleeve sweater, black motorcycle boots, upsidedown jean jacket.
Notes: Clothes needed to be easy to change into/out of for yoga class. Still have my period, too.

I worked a little on Kwik Sew 2529, serged the inner leg to the crotch piece and topstitched/coverstitched on seam. At this rate, it will be next summer before I’m finished with this garment.

I think I should have picked a fabric that I’m more excited about for the plus sized t-shirt sewalong. I’m just not motivated to work on it.

Pattern Review: Kwik Sew 3222 Mandarin Style Top

Anne asked how this top compares to the other Asian style tops that I’ve made.
Compared to Simplicity 5098, this top is much simplier, in style and in construction. Simplicity 5098 is a faux cheongsam; that is, it has a back vent with a zipper or other closure and doesn’t open in front. Kwik Sew 3222 can be assembled in an hour, and the pieces go together better (superior drafting). Both have cap sleeves: Simplicity 5098 has a bias sleeve that I lengthened that goes all the way around the armhole, and Kwik Sew 3222 has a 1/2 cap sleeve or maybe a true cap sleeve; it’s only on the top of the armhole, necessitating a finish, like a facing or bias strip for the rest of the arm hole. I think the style and fit of Kwik Sew 3222 are better for me than Simplicity 5098.

Do I like one better than the other? No. There are aspects to both which I like a lot. This one, Kwik Sew 3222, is much more versatile because it’s less stylized. I think I could make dozens of this one, and very few people would have a clue that I made it and it was the same pattern, even sewers.

Pattern Description: 
The Misses’ pullover tunic and top have a Mandarin collar, bust darts, and a slit at the center front neckline with a button and loop closure. View A has side hemline slits and armholes finished with facings. The View B armholes are finished with facings and have sleeve caps.

I made View B.

Pattern Sizing:
My high bust is 41.5 inches, and that is the top of the range for the size L. The shoulders fit me very well. I had to do a full bust alteration on the lower half, like always. The neck was big on me, and I don’t think I have a pencil neck. I forgot to interface all the collar pieces, so that may influence the way the neck sits.

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?

Were the instructions easy to follow?
Of course. Kwik Sew always does a good job.

Not fully interfacing the collar was my fault. The instructions tell you to do that.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
I don’t think there’s anything about that top that I dislike. I like the mandarin collar style. I like the fact that the top had darts to start with. I like the length of the shorter top. I like the instructions for putting in the front slit. I like the cap sleeves. And it’s quick to make.

The neck came out big, but I’m not sure if it would feel big if it were properly stiff. I’ll update after I make another one.

Fabric Used:
Natural colored rayon with symbols woven to look like dupioni.

Pattern Alterations or any design changes you made:
Full bust alteration, and I used bias strips instead of facings on the armholes.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
Yes, I really like it. If the style appeals to you, I think this is a great little blouse.

A very nice shell with a mandarin collar.

Birthday Party & Mom update

Chunguita had a birthday party at Lawrence Hall of Science. The fountain out front is the same, and the whale is still there, but they put rubber padding around it. Chunguita wouldn’t climb on it. The teletype computers are gone, but I suppose they were gone the last time I went, too. I had to sit with her in the circle, but she pet the box turtle, dove, and bearded dragon. The other parents joined the circle when the animals came out, but I have a front row seat. One small advantage of having a suction cup for a daughter. She was intimidated by the displays so we didn’t stay to explore the museum.

Berkeley campus sure has changed since we were there. I guess it’s been over 15 years for me.

Mom seems to be doing well. Her oxygen level is coming up. I think she’s going to be fine. I worry more about Dad. He’s fine as long as Mom is there to hold things together, but when she’s not, he can’t take care of the house and himself. We talked about moving into a senior center apartment, but I don’t think it’s time for Mom yet, and as long as she thinks she can manage the house, I think they should stay in the house. I did urge her to try a cleaning service like Merry Maids or The Maids instead of the less than reliable ones they have been using. I do wish they paid the cleaning service staff better, but they do an okay job, and they are quick and reliable and bonded.


Burda 8841 (baby doll clothes for knits) Review

dollClothes (1)Pattern Description: 
Baby doll clothes in 3 sizes: Dress, shorts, overalls, t-shirt, hat, and headband. I made the t-shirt and the shorts.

Pattern Sizing:
Small (12-14 inches), Medium (16-18 inches), Large (20-22 inches)
I’m not sure about the dimensions. The Small was very large on the small baby (12 inches) in the picture.

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
I think so.

Burda 8841 baby doll clothes patternWere the instructions easy to follow?
Yes, they were. There’s not too much to the patterns. For example, it’s hard to write bad pattern instructions for 1-seam pull on pants for a doll.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
LIKE: The pattern is for knits. Why do I care for a baby doll? It makes a difference in fit. Which might matter if DD put the clothes on the same sized doll. But knit clothes are easier for DD to get on the babies, and if they fit, the clothing won’t fall off as easily.

DISLIKE: The snaps on the shoulders of the t-shirt. I used Snap Source itty bitty snaps, and they are way to heavy for doll clothes. I suppose I could invest in doll sized snaps, but I’m not sure DD could

manipulate them. I plan on slightly redrafting the pattern so that the front and back overlap at the shoulders, like on some baby t-shirts. Since the pattern is drafted for the snaps, it should be very easy to do this i.e. the overlap is already there and only some sha

ping need to be done.

DISLIKE: I could not find a length for the elastic for the shorts. What would be really nice is if Burda gave some guidance, like make the elastic 1 inch shorter than the baby doll’s waist.

Fabric Used:
Polyester knit moleskin scraps.

Pattern Alterations or any design changes you made:
None, bu

t maybe I’ll actually get the t-shirt change done and made. I’ll update if I get there.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
I dunno. Do you r

eally need every baby doll clothes pattern available? Simplicity, Butterick, and McCalls go on sale for 99cents. Burda NEVER does.
OTOH, it’s explicity for all knit fabrics.

I like this pattern, and if you collect patterns, it’s a good pattern. However, it really doesn’t add that much for the cost.