Fun with Velour and Burda - Burda 11/07 #118
On a trip to Fabric Fix this summer, my daughter picked out a lavender velour, wanting me to make her a hoodie for the fall/winter. Since the fabric was very inexpensive, and I've got several hoodie patterns, I had no problem with this request. So, the weather is now cooling off and a new hoodie is on my list to make.
I asked her if Burda 11/07 #118 would be ok. I described the seam allowances on the outside detail and she said she didn't want that, but that the accompanying topstitching would be ok. She didn't like the cuffs, either, and wanted just a plain sleeve hem. Not a problem, I can do that!
So far, the pattern is pretty easy. I made a change in construction, but that's no surprise. First, let's talk about the seams and how their finished and then we'll talk about the construction change. Each seam is stitched right sides together, then pressed open:
The seams and then coverstitched with a wide coverstitch straddling the seam. Once the stitching is complete, the remaining seam allowances on the inside are trimmed away. So far, so good, I'm happy with the way it is all turning out.
I did change the pocket construction a bit. Burda wants you to hem the edges, turn under the seam allowance at the top and edge stitch the fold to the center front piece. You know as well as I do that these hoodie undergo quite a bit of abuse and a pocket just edge stitched to the front isn't a good idea. I marked the position of the pocket, then placed the pocket right sides together with the front, aligning the stitching lines. Note the the pocket is upside down. Once the seam is sewn, it will be flipped down into place, ready to be caught in the side front seam.
After stitching and turning down the pocket, I stitched 1/4" away from the fold to anchor the pocket. I feel this is more secure than the original directions.
So far, this is what I have done. I should be able to finish this one up tomorrow. Then I'm going to make myself a few things!
Q/A: From Shorty: "What is on your list for your kids as far as wardrobes? You said your daughter needed one more dress, how many do you like for her to have? I struggle with figuring out what a good amount of clothing for the kids would be. I do have boys so for church it is super simple since they wear suits, just find a different tie each week and we are good to go!lol I do however struggle with how many clothes for the rest of the week."
Well it is very simple. I like for my daughter to have 3 or 4 outfits to rotate for Sunday church. These outfits are either dresses or skirt and blouse/sweater combos. I make sure than any separates coordinate so that she can mix and match if desired. Right now, she probably has 2 or 3 Sunday outfits and will get the last one in the form of whatever Christmas dress/outfit she chooses. For school she needs 6 dresses or outfits. There is a difference in fabrication and style for church and school. Church clothes are dressier, school clothes are casual and made to be abused. There are only 5 days of school, but a spare outfit is nice to have. If the pieces are separates, they must match with at least two other pieces in her wardrobe. That way there are no orphans or pieces that do not get worn. Add to that some jeans/cords/capris and a couple of hoodies, and she has after school and youth group clothes, too, as the tops can be worn outside of school, too. It sounds like a lot of clothes, but it really isn't. She doesn't have things she doesn't wear and I make sure we go through her closet regularly, pulling out things that don't fit or aren't getting worn and then donating them.
For my son, he has two pair of nice pants and one or two dress shirts for church, and quite a few ties, sweater vests and a jacket. He can make up quite a few different outfits from that. For school, he is allowed to wear jeans that are not blue and cargo pants. He's got about 6 or 7 shirts and 6 pairs of pants. Enough for one spare outfit, like his sister. Add to that some fun t-shirts for after school, and the ubiquitous hoodies and he's all set. Again, he doesn't have a lot of clothes, either, but he doesn't need them. They both have enough to get through a week, and enough to have choice without being excessive.
Parting Shot: Stamp. Inspired by VickiW's stamp carving, I carved a stamp last week, from some artwork I had done last winter. It was fun, as I hadn't carved a stamp in a couple of years!