I finished my Christmas sewing with time to spare so this weekend have got down to some post-Christmas sewing. We have a second birthday part in January for a little girl who looooves cats. So obviously a cat bimaa is needed! I had some super soft viscose jersey in a grey marl, perfect for a cat. I wasn't sure what to line and band it with so enlisted long-suffering husband to help me decide and we went for kingfisher blue. It's not a very girly top but I don't have a stash of girly colours- although I did have some pink for the ears.
I'm really pleased with the ears as they stand up nicely, like proper cat ears. Sadly I didn't have a model to show this as at the time I was taking pictures my boys were too grubby to model clothes intended for other people. But take my word for it, these ears are great. Oscar wants one now, so I have plans to make a fox version. I have some gorgeous orange minkee fabric which will be just right. And some yellow, too, so Felix is going to have a pikabimaa! (Yes that's a real word). As is 'bimaachu'- maybe I'll do him one of those instead.
When I get idea I like to just get on with it, but that's not happening right now because of many many things.
- It's Christmas Eve and I've spent the day cleaning the house for top to bottom. Well, tidying it at least.
- I only have about a FQ of orange minkee left, so if I'm going to use that I need to order more. Also maybe I would need to line minkee or it could be a bit sweaty. More thought needed.
- My rotary cutter blade has died a sad death. It got a big blunt spot on it, which made cutting a real PITA. I did get another blade but it had three blunt spots on it straight out of the packet, which was just a bit annoying. So I'm drawing round my patterns and cutting with scissors (waste of time!!). Oh and in case you were wondering whether you could give a rotary cutter blade to your long-suffering husband to sharpen... Don't. So now I'm going to wait and cut when I've bought some more blades.
- I need some other bits and pieces, like black for Pikachu's ears and tail end (did I mention there will be tails?)
- I need to decide what colour to line the hoods with, and do cuffs and waist bands. Navy? Because I have a lot of navy...
I've made a lot of t-shirts lately, and have got to know what I like and what I don't. I want to make something with inset sleeves with fake layering. I want it to be baggier than a bimaa but slimmer than my trusty simplicity pj top pattern. So for this one I got out all the patterns I've used lately (Bimaa, dolman T, PJ top) had a good look at them, and drafted my own pattern. In my head I'm calling it a 'little bit skinny tee' (more about that later) and it's rather good. Admittedly it's nothing especially new or exciting but it does the job and I'm going to work up a pattern for Felix's size next. Oh and how cheeky is Oscar modelling this? I had to bribe him though...
And finally... A friend of mine at work is having her first baby in March. I'm so excited! She's been asking about things I recommend buying and one of my top suggestions is nighties for baby to wear at night, to save all those fiddle little poppers when changing nappies in the night. I know from experience that they're not all that commonly found in the shops, and I made some myself for Felix. Oh how I wish I'd known then what I know now- I could have made truly truly beautiful gowns like these which I've made for my friend:
The ones I made for Felix were very cute but these are far superior. Having diligently studied Kitschy Coo's Grumpy person's guide to knit bindings I adopted the 'kitschy coo method' and it's amazing:
Sadly on the first gown I forgot to cut off the hem allowance so the neck is a bit small but as it's an envelope neck it really shouldn't matter too much. I also improved the second gown by eliminating the elastic casing at the bottom and stretching round a band to match the sleeves instead. I really hope she likes them!