My husband was clean-shaven when I married him, but soon after our wedding he grew a mustache. I love his mustache to distraction. Maybe because I am a knitter–I like things woolier.
So imagine my excitement when I was browsing Spoonflower (which I try not to do for more than eight hours a day) and found this.
This awesome print was designed by Michelle Avelis for Spoonflower, but really it looks as though it was made just for my husband. The only issue was that I feared the scale was a little too large, so I emailed her and she very kindly changed the scale for me so that the mustaches are about two inches across.
I bought this Jalie pattern (#2918) to make a tee for my husband. After I opened the pattern, I realized 1: Jalie patterns are printed on regular paper, not tissue paper–awesome! and 2: the tee was much more fitted than the ones my husband likes to wear, and tapered at the bottom. Neither my husband nor I are tapered at the bottom these days. So, less awesome. I modified the pattern to a boxy shape and also cut out a size that matched the measurements of his favorite tee, rather than one that matched his body measurements.
This should have been extremely easy to do, but I found it only moderately easy–since I’m so used to tiny little clothes these days, I had a hard time negotiating with all those yards of slippery interlock.
Unremarkable except for the fabric, which is pretty remarkable. I think I’ll do one of these again–maybe a long-sleeved version in wool jersey for skiing–but I think I’ll widen the neck binding a bit. And maybe it doesn’t need to be *quite* so big. He says he wants the next one to be a solid fabric, but he hasn’t yet seen this:
So I have this (ambitious? crazy? self indulgent?) plan to make all of Shea’s clothes for this fall/winter. Armed with a pile of fabric, a library of patterns, and my list, there is nothing that can stop me.
Naturally, one begins at the top. My goal is to make seven winter-worthy tops, and I was able to knock out four of them in a week.
I absolutely adore this olive green jersey from Near Sea Naturals. The color is so sophisticated and un-baby; seeing his elfish little face behind it just makes me smile. Some day I’m going to make myself an entire wardrobe in it.
All four of these are from an Ottobre Design pattern. I made six of them (with short sleeves) over the summer and I think I could make the pattern in my sleep now. Lately I’ve been cutting the neck binding slightly wider than the 4 cm called for in the pattern–I prefer about 2.75 inches (and the Imperial system), and instead of using my double needle to stitch the hems and topstitching around the binding, I’m using a zigzag stitch. I find I’m very torn about this because the zigzag stitch screams “hello I am home sewn;” but the double needle stitch never looks quite straight to me.
Which brings me here: