I gave all the kids new tops this Christmas. I wanted them to have something fun to wear on Christmas day, and I wanted to give them something I made, because that’s what I do! I had special ordered the Minecraft fabric weeks before through a Facebook Group called Affordable Fabrics. It came just before Christmas, so worked out perfectly to make the boys’ tops. And then Ivy, who couldn’t care less about Minecraft, got a sweet little star tee.
Kael would like me to tell you all that he wasn’t mad in this picture. He was concentrating on his music (he also recieved an Ipod for Christmas). But it’s the only group shot with Ivy looking up, so I’m using it.
I had tried to keep the fabric a secret, hiding it in my sewing room under a pile of other fabric. But then Jonas spied it one day, peeking out, and immediately flipped out. He begged and begged and begged me to make him something. I played it off, telling him I was sorry, but I had plans for the fabric all ready. On Christmas morning he accused me of being a “tricker”, but seemed to forgive me pretty quickly.
Ivy’s top is the Raglan Sweatshirt (#19) by Ottobre 1/2014. The fabric is Lillestoff. I had originally ordered this fabric for a costume for Ivy. This past summer, she became obsessed with the cartoon Umizoomi, and especially fell in love with the character named Milli. Sometimes she will go days where she will only answer to the name Milli. I thought it would be fun to make her a Milli costume for Christmas or her birthday, for dressing up and stuff.
But when it came down to it, I didn’t want to. Milli’s outfit is super-duper pink. And I knew Ivy would love it and want to wear it all the time. And I just don’t think I can handle that much pink at once all the time. Plus, the print I ordered had stars, not flowers, so I already wasn’t being totally true to the inspiration (though Milli’s dress can change to be any pattern, so….)
So I decided to ditch the idea of a whole Milli outfit or costume, and just go with the basic inspiration of Milli. Pink on pink pattern print, with yellow trim. I was worried that it wouldn’t be “Milli” enough for Ivy to get the connection. But as soon as she opened it, she announced it as her Milli Shirt with no prompting from me. She even sits through me doing her hair in braids because she wants Milli hair to go with her Milli shirt. Success!
Jonas got the Beagle Boy Hoodie (#26) from Ottobre 4/2013. I really like the overall pattern. However, I did the big, rectangular elbow patches from the pattern, and I really don’t like those. I didn’t decide I didn’t like them until the first was already topstitched in place. I was tired. Knit is a bugger to pick stitches from. So I just added the other elbow patch and choose to ignore how dumb they look.
The rest of the pattern is great, though. Nice and oversized, but not too baggy. Jonas loves the hood, which I lined in the Minecraft Faces print. I also added a patch of Faces to the lower right corner of the front. The pattern calls for detail there, and I thought the faces looked cool.
I used the Railway Stripes Tee (#26) from Ottobre 1/2014 because I liked the color-blocking. The top is solid green interlock, with the Minecraft Faces for the lower body and sleeves. I have a small remnant of another Minecraft knit, from Fabric Stashe this time, that I used for his chest pocket. Overall, I’m happy with the shirt, but I feel like the neckline is too wide. It might be that the shirt itself is big on him. He’s a skinny kid, and you can see the shoulder seams fall about two inches from his actual shoulders. Still, I wish it were a bit tighter around the neck. However, he told me it’s his most favorite thing I’ve ever made for him. I guess as long as there is a garish video-game print, gaping necklines aren’t a concern for eight-year olds.
I also have to share the other Minecraft-inspired item of clothing Seth received for Christmas. In November, he decided he wanted my sister to knit him a sweater. He called her up and asked her, and she said yes, but told him he needed to decide what kind of sweater he wanted. He hung up, and got straight to work. I don’t know that my sister was prepared for the design he came up with; a Minecraft TNT sweater. But she certainly delivered on Christmas day! Below, is what I shared on Instagram, the sketch Seth sent his aunt and the sweater she knit for him. He was so excited about it, he refused to take it off for two straight days.
A photo posted by Sabra Gubler (@sewastraightline) on Dec 12, 2014 at 6:56pm PST
Okay, now Kael’s hoodie. It’s the Ottobre 4/2013 Skyline Hoodie (#40) like I made for the Dungeons and Dragons look a few months ago. Again, I skipped the inseam pockets. But, this time I did the toggles and drawstrings at the neckline. They are part of the pattern, but I skipped them the first time I made the hoodie, trying to keep things less expensive and quicker to sew. Then, I found some toggles on clearance this time, so went for it. I think they’re super cool-looking, even if a bit hard to see in the busyness of the prints. And they weren’t difficult at all to include. Just a couple of extra, simple steps. I’m really glad I added them this time.
I also lined the hood using one Minecraft fabric, while the rest of the hoodie is the cool “Faces” print. The pattern does not use a lined hood, so I had to modify the steps just a tiny bit. Instead of a folded-over hem along the hood’s face, the outer and liner are sewn right sides together, then flipped and pressed. I installed the grommets, threaded the drawstring and the toggles, then stopstitched through both layers of hood to make the channel for the drawstring. I used black ribbing at the cuffs and hem.
And it’s a hit.
Kael: Skyline Hoodie from Ottobre 4/2013 (#40), size 152cm. Fabric is Minecraft Faces and Minecraft by Affordable Fabrics
Seth: Railway Stripes Tee from Ottobre 1/2014 (#26), size 134 cm. Fabric is Minecraft Faces by Affordable Fabrics, green interlock from Nuttal’s in SLC, and Tossed Minecraft from Fabric Stashe