Jul 142014

Months and months after my first trial pair of Tania culottes, I finally made a real pair! (Sorry about the tilt-o-vision — Cosmo took this picture for me, and it turned out to be the best close-up picture of them on.)
tania culottes close on

They’re made out of Anna Maria Horner’s Sinister Swarm in rayon challis, which feels faaaaantastic!
tania culottes flat

I sewed on a label (of sorts) because I once went an entire week wearing my other pair of culottes backwards. I kept thinking that it felt kind of short in the rear, but I didn’t think to recheck how I was wearing them!
tania culottes labeled

I struggled with my invisible zipper (as usual) because I bought it at my local Fabric Mart, which meant it had a big crease from being stapled into the packaging, and it made the side of my culottes poof out weirdly. I wasn’t able to iron the crease out, so while I was putting it in, I kept trimming it down to get the bendy-out part less noticeable, and I trimmed kind of too much off. >_< In the future, I'll just buy invisible zippers from ZipIt -- then they won't have a giant crease.
tania culottes that dang zipper

I let it hang for a week on my new sewing room friend! It’s pretty dorky, but I was waiting to make these culottes again til I got it — it was a big pain marking the even hem without a dressform the first time, and this time it was suuuuper easy. Just spin and pin!
my new sewing room friend

Even my normal (not too curvy) hems used to look awful and I dreaded doing them, but this time I used Coletterie’s tutorial for hemming circle skirts, and that made the hemming part super duper easy and much neater than I usually manage. (Well derp, I just read someone else’s post about these culottes, and she mentioned that Megan Nielsen gives this tip, too. Oops!)
tania culottes hem

Here are some full view pictures — I find them the most useful when I look at other people’s blogs to figure out if I want to buy a pattern, but I don’t like taking them myself. I’m clutching my not-yet-blogged blankie to cover up my jelly belly.
tania culottes full view front

Oh! I wore my culottes to my first meeting at the Oahu Modern Quilt Guild (whoopee! we finally have one!!!), and I was so happy because no one asked me if I made them (someone did ask me if I made my backpack). That’s a sign of clothes-making success, right? :D
tania culottes full view back

Jun 302014

I have a bad habit of liking and then wanting to buy clothes and fabric that will look weird or unflattering or silly on me, even though I know they’ll look weird or unflattering or silly on me. It happened again when Mood had a sale on striped fabric and I ordered a rainbow seersucker because it was so happy and made me think of a rainbow circus (cause who doesn’t want to wear clothes that remind people of a rainbow circus?), but I was at least able to restrict myself to making pjs out of them. This way, only my family will see my silly clothes! hehehe.
lakeside pajamas

I made a lakeside pajama set — the split back is so cute! (Oops, I really need a haircut.)
lakeside pjs, back

It’s a little tent-like in the front for me, though. I’m sure it’s my fabric choice (the seersucker is not what you’d call drapey, unless you meant drape-like, hee), plus I was very slapdash when I sewed the darts — I made them half an inch longer than they were supposed to be, and I think I should have shortened them by at least half an inch from the marked endpoint. I’ll try sewing them shorter if I make another top… but it might be a while before that happens because there’s soooooooo much bias tape to apply!
lakeside top bias tape forever

Actually, I probably need to just reprint the pattern and make completely different sizes — I sewed a size 2 top and bottom, but next time, I ought to make a size 0 top and a size 4 bottom. The right leg of the shorts sticks to my leg and rides up a bit, and I suspect that it’s because my right thigh is bigger, although I’ve never taken the time to measure.
lakeside shorts

I bet I could stand to shorten the shoulder straps by an inch, as well. The length is okay now, but I’m a little paranoid about little baby hands yanking on my shirt. :D
lakeside top back

Jun 192014

Again with the catching up on little things — bunnies and hedgehogs from April!

These were Cosmo’s and Sunshine’s bunnies for their Easter egg hunt. I made them following ikatbag’s free tutorial… by the way, I think it’s crazy that this was a free tutorial. I’d totally pay for that pattern! I’m severely 3D-deficient, but still. It’s awesome!
pair 'o bunnies

I used the least stretchy velour I could find at Fabric Mart and poured a whole package of poly pellets into each bunny. I maybe didn’t put as much stuffing into the bodies as I should have, though, cause they get sort of empty towards their necks when they try to sit up. Since I felt a little guilty for not making all of the other neato ikatbag bunny goodies (the bunny bed, bunny clothes, and bunny carrots), I decorated them a leetle bit with the carrot scarf, tummy rainbow, and butt hearts. The whole time, though, I was thinking about all the imaginative play my kids wouldn’t be able to have since I was too lazy to make them carrots and clothes and things…</being slightly sarcastic but also not entirely>
bunnies gotta help each other

Anyway! I intended the white one to be for Cosmo (since he loves rainbows) and the blue one for Sunshine (cause he always picks blue things), but they ended up choosing the reverse. Since he’s older and better at finding Easter goodies, Cosmo found both bunnies first and snagged the blue one. I asked him if he could let Sunshine choose between the two, and so Cosmo showed Sunshine the bunnies, but held the white one out closer to Sunshine to try to get him to pick it, and it worked! Sneaky!
bunny lineup

These hedgehogs were favors for Cosmo to give to his preschool classmates on his birthday. I was feeling toooo cheap to buy stuff for goodie bags, and these were free (aside from the quarters I put in the pockets).
hedgehog class

Not only that, but since I don’t have any good wrapping supplies, I printed out free froggy treat boxes and had Cosmo decorate as many as he could. muhahaha!
free wrapping

Cosmo was paid in (a single new) hedgehog. (Oops, this isn’t a picture of him with his hedgehog.) Fair trade, yeah?
Cosmo, child laborer

May 212014

Ooops, I found pictures of some small things I made half a year ago and forgot to post about. Must document everything (hah)! :D

Last year, While She Naps made a free tiny kitty pattern that’s super adorable, so I put together a couple of them for my kiddos.
two tiny kitties

I used fleece for Sunshine’s one, which wasn’t the best choice since it came out not quite as poofy and cute as the other one. Wait, why is this one grey with blue eyes? Oh! I remember now — I had made three; the grey one that Sunshine’s holding is his, and the purple one in the other picture is his cousin’s. Sunshine refused to give up his kitty for the group photo, that’s why. I know you really wanted to know all of this. ;)
fleece tiny kitty

Cosmo’s is made out of super soft minky. It came out cuter since the minky was stretchy and could poof out more, but I had to watch out because the stretchiness meant that I almost made the head too big. And later on, the minky attracted dirt like craaazy!
minky tiny kitty

Then at Christmas, I made my aunty two bags for her Secret Santa present. Gah, you can see here that I forgot to make the two sides of the right bag mirror images so the fabric would line up correctly at the bottom!
two bags for Aunty

The left one is Michelle Patterns’ grocery bag. I really love making these now with denim for the exterior and handles — it looks really cute this way, and I don’t have to stress about coordinating three different prints. hehe.
woodpecker grocery bag

The right one is Echinops and Aster’s spa bag. My aunty complimented my mom’s one, so Mr. Yazoo pointed out that I ought to make her a similar one. I cropped out the evidence that I put it together wrong, muhaha!
Aunty's spa bag

May 022014

Selfish Sewing Week is almost over, and I managed to only be half-procrastinatey about it… I made a comfy grandpa sweater early, but put off posting about it. heh!
julia cardigan

I got to try the Julia cardigan, and even though I’m not sure if it’s incredibly flattering on me, I’m really happy that I did because it is so comfeeeey. I’ve been wearing it constantly ever since I made it. (Look, my seams almost match up!)
julia cardigan right

I used this two-sided brown and mustard jersey from Girl Charlee — it’s actually just like double gauze because it’s two layers of really thin jersey that’s secured together all over (thus the pin dots). It’s ridiculously soft and cozy, and I love it. I was thinking about mixing the brown and mustard on the outside of the cardigan, but the pin dots are pretty noticeable in person (and made me think of pores…), so I ended up just using the mustardy side. It’s such a pretty color!
julia cardigan left

I made the no-hem, long-sleeved version for maximum warmth. I’m not sure why, but I stared for a long time at the instructions for putting the doubled collar together, and then I still sewed it together wrong at first. Other than that, though, I think my clothes-sewing skills are (slowly) improving because I wasn’t too stressed about sewing the rest of it. :D Since the pattern mentions that the sleeve cuffs are drafted to be loose, I whapped off about 1.5″ off the circumference (I think), and then adjusted the sleeve pattern so it would taper to the narrower cuff. I also sewed twill tape along the shoulder seam allowances (I learned that from the Renfrew Top!) so they wouldn’t stretch out.
julia cardigan laid out

Even though I was a big procrastibug, there’s still time to enter the SSW giveaway, and you can see other great projects on the Selfish Sewing Week Kollabora page. Have fun!
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ssw logo final 350 px
Apr 102014

My old bag was looking rather worn (plus, it’s a little too small for three waterbottles, assorted cars and trains, and my actual stuff), so I made my annual new bag-to-use-daily. I love it! It’s floppy (makes it easier to stuff full), big enough to hold a normal amount of kiddie+me stuff, and comfy to carry. I don’t know if I look doofy being a grown-up who prefers to use a backpack over a normal purselike, but I don’t care because I can’t see myself!
cloud backpack

I’ve been waiting for the longest time to find something I could embroider this cute cloud (free pattern!) on. It fit perfectly on the flap and is in such a cool style. I printed it out on a sheet of Sulky sticky fabri-solvy, which is so awesome, and then just slapped it on the fabric and started embroidering away.
cloud backpack embroidery

The bag itself is actually Michelle Patterns’ messenger bag (retired); I just printed the pattern out at 150% and then replaced the cross-body strap with backpackish straps (which I didn’t make adjustable since it’s only for me). I also made the back pocket zippered — I aaaaaagonized about whether to figure out how to put an inset zipper at the top of the main compartment, but finally decided that having a zipper on the back pocket would be enough of a semi-secure option. (Um. I just noticed the background of this picture — that’s a seed pod, not a dead bug. Sorry!)
back of cloud backpack

Prior to this bag, I thought that elastic-topped pockets looked kind of frumpy, but now I love them! They’re nice and deep, and the elastic makes me feel like things won’t just slide out, so it’s been super convenient just to chuck my phone in there.
cloud backpack front and elastic pockets

Slip pocket, zippered pocket, key dingledangle, as usual. Nice and roomy! I’m a little worried about that white birdy fabric — it’s so bright white that I suspect it’ll look dingy more quickly. Ah well!
cloud backpack inside

I had been thinking about making a backpack without a pattern, but I’m glad that I made this one instead. It came out to be a great size! When I’m on my own, I tend to overestimate how large bags ought to be, heh.
cloud backpack on

In other news, I made another Renfrew top. It’s my funny Christmas version — it’s kind of like I’m wearing a reindeer sweater vest! Mr. Yazoo doesn’t think it’s that funny… :P:P:P
Christmas Renfrew top

Mar 172014

I feel like I’ve been reading for ages about other people loving their Renfrew tops (by Sewaholic), and I totally agree that they look fantastic on almost everyone. (Frankly, that’s not the case for every single pattern out there — I’ve been drawn in by gorgeous samples on pattern covers, but when I google to see real people’s versions and find that almost everyone ended up with a not-so-flattering piece, I know that the pattern’s not for me.) So since I was in a clothes-sewing mood (after feeling all pro for sewing two whole versions of Victory Patterns’ Ava top), I finally made my own!
renfrew top

I think I had 3/4 of a yard of this apple tree fabric, and it was more than enough for one shirt. It fit perfectly straight away — yay for knits and a fantabulous pattern! I didn’t finish any of the inside edges since knits don’t fray, yeah? We’ll see how it lasts though constant washings; since shirts like this are totally my style, I’m probably going to wear this one every week, heh.
renfrew inside out

I thought it was neat that the instructions said to sew twill tape to the shoulder seams so they don’t stretch out. Oh, and I think you can kind of see that I added a second line of topstitching on the back collar so the binding fabric thingy wouldn’t flip inside-out. (Or maybe I just missed that bit in the instructions…)
renfrew shoulder seam

I was so excited about this shirt that I bought fabric to make a funny Christmas version. Now I’m like everyone else who sewed a Renfrew top — I can’t stop at just one!

Feb 272014

Gah! Life’s been happening and I haven’t been able to sew while everyone’s asleep, so I’ve been knitting and crocheting (fits in during lunch break and car rides) to get my hobbying fix.

Posy cardi (came out too big for Glowbug, haha):
big posy cardi

Posy cardi (the right size!):
smaller posy cardi

Mini ballerina sweaterish thingy:
mini ballerina sweater

Christmas stocking hat:
Christmas stocking hat

Longcat scarf (I managed to make it a proper loooongcat!):
longcat scarf

Rainbow unicorn:
rainbow unicorn

Hopefully I’ll be able to find the time to sew soon… gahhhh.

Jan 242014

A couple months ago, Mr. Yazoo had to go on a work trip. Cosmo had been a little clingier than usual, so I made him a daddy dolly to hug while Mr. Yazoo was away.
daddy dolly

I actually had really wanted to buy a doll pattern (I love any excuse to buy a pattern), but for various reasons, I ended up making my own. I fixated on being able to make sticky-forward feet, and I was so happy when I kind of managed it!
daddy dolly feet

daddy dolly feet from the side

I even prototyped them first, which is the kind of practice and planning that’s practically unheard of in the Yazoo workshop. hehe.
daddy dolly prototype feet

Later on, I made another daddy dolly for my three-year-old niece whose dad is in the navy.
george dolly

And then recently I made a Luffy dolly for Mr. Yazoo’s friend’s baby’s first birthday party. (They were having a One Piece-themed party.)
luffy dolly

Sorry about the pictures! I finished up at 3:30 in the morning, which gave Mr. Yazoo just enough time to wrap it before dashing to work to give it to his co-worker. But I wanted to show you the hat, too! :D
luffy dolly back

Dec 092013

Small projects, go!

Mom asked for a water bottle cozy. Blammo!
bottle cozy

As part of my de-bag-lady-ifying effort, I replaced my Freestyle (pumping stuff) tote with a Pink Penguin bag.
gnomey bag

There are gnomies on top…
gnomey bag, top

… and I put pockets inside to hold storage bags and pens and things.
gnomey bag pockets

Finally, I knit some Christmas stockings for the kids. I initially thought I’d sew them, but then I read people saying they loved their knit stockings since they streeeeeetch. :D

Cosmo keeps wearing his like it’s an actual sock. hehe!