Bungalow Bag

I have a great diaper bag. The only problem with it is that it is full of diapers. And crayons. And a couple of snacks. And hand sanitizer. And a baby sling.

But lately, with my youngest now two years old, I have begun to imagine a magical, mythical future where my bag has things like lipstick (I think I still have some somewhere),  money (I wish I still had some) and empty space (I want some!).

Two Zip Hipster bag sewing pattern by Dog Under My Desk, sewn by The Finished Garment.
Check out that pattern matching.

Do I decided to sew an anti-diaper bag. It will not be waterproof to keep the messes in. It will not be black so that I can ask my husband to carry it for me. It will not attach conveniently to my stroller. It will be small and pretty  and not have room to carry a menagerie of toy animals.

Two Zip Hipster bag sewing pattern by Dog Under My Desk, sewn by The Finished Garment.
Yes, there is another bird on the back. I promise the bag really isn’t crooked – it’s just a trick of the camera.

I used the Two Zip Hipster by Dog Under My Desk. It’s a great pattern that makes a real, professionally finished bag.

Two Zip Hipster bag sewing pattern by Dog Under My Desk, sewn by The Finished Garment.
I used green fabric for the lining. I love that there is such a good contrast.
Two Zip Hipster bag sewing pattern by Dog Under My Desk, sewn by The Finished Garment.
The front pocket is also lined in green.

I would rate the pattern as intermediate to advanced. Nothing is particularly difficult, but it’s a very detailed pattern. This pattern uses 11 pattern pieces for the exterior, 7 for the lining, 15 of interfacing, plus hardware. There are 15 pages of really great instructions.

Two Zip Hipster bag sewing pattern by Dog Under My Desk, sewn by The Finished Garment.
The pattern has an adjustable strap with real metal hardware.
Two Zip Hipster bag sewing pattern by Dog Under My Desk, sewn by The Finished Garment.
The zipper has a matching pull tab.

I also think that to do a really good job, you need a quarter-inch presser foot, a stitch-in-the-ditch foot and a good quilting ruler. These are all basic quilting tools, but not necessarily what an apparel sewist might have on hand. Everything needs to be done in a very precise manner to get good results, and these tools help a lot.

I used fabric from the Bungalow collection by Joel Dewberry. I love the colours – so vibrant! So hard to find thread to match. And the birds are really cute. Yes, I put a bird on it!

Two Zip Hipster bag sewing pattern by Dog Under My Desk, sewn by The Finished Garment.
There is an inner pocket that you can customize for what you need to carry with you.

This is not a quick project, but the results are so, so great. I will definitely be making another (probably without birds).

Project Summary

Pattern Review: Two Zip Hipster by Dog Under My Desk.
Fabric: Swallow Study in Lavender, Empress in Grassland, and Stripes in Lavender from the Bungalow collection by Joel Dewberry for Free Spirit, courtesy Warp & Weft (now closed).
Finished size: 11” tall, 9” wide, 1.5” deep.
Cost: Pattern: 12$.
Project Sewing Level: Intermediate to advanced.
Modifications: None.
Results: Great.

Two Zip Hipster bag sewing pattern by Dog Under My Desk, sewn by The Finished Garment.
I love the colours, but it did make it especially hard to match the thread and zippers.

Arctic Trapper Hats

I live on Hoth. It’s the only way to describe temperatures hovering around -38°C (-36°F). I really wish that were a typo.

Anyway, I saw the weather forecast last week and decided that my babies needed added warmth, so I got these hats and neck warmers sewn up.

Arctic Trapper Hat sewing pattern from See Kate Sew, made by The Finished Garment.
Arctic Trapper Hat and matching neck warmer.

I actually cut these hats out ages ago, but then didn’t get around to them when it was cold, and then didn’t feel motivated when it was warm. It is no longer warm.

The hats are the Arctic Trapper Hat by See Kate Sew. They are two-layer hats with a hipster feel. I added ear flaps, and I used two layers of fleece to make them warmer. The inside is super soft and the outside has a bit of a berber texture. It’s the same fabric I used to make them mittens.

The hats really do fit quite large, so it’s probably good that I waited a year to sew them up (shuffles feet, avoids eye contact).

Arctic Trapper Hat sewing pattern from See Kate Sew, made by The Finished Garment.
The hats fit quite large.

The hats turned out really well, but there are two things I might change. The ear flaps poke out a little, so I think I’ll get some buttons for them, like the real grown-up versions. And second, I think they might be better with a chin strap so that they stay flat against the ears to keep them warm. Of course, if I didn’t live in Hoth, they would be just great as is. In fact, I may make another set out of corduroy for fall when chin straps are unnecessary.

Arctic Trapper Hat sewing pattern from See Kate Sew, made by The Finished Garment.
I added ear flaps, but I might want to add a chin strap.

The neck warmers were made without a pattern, but measure about 10″ by 10″. They also have two layers.

Since all my kids have the same sets, I sewed different coloured ribbons into the seams of the hats and neck warmers so the kids could tell them apart. They picked out the ribbons themselves.

I had these made up for the beginning of January, but it was just too cold and snowy for an outdoor photo shoot. So I had to wait until this week for a balmy -16°C (3°F). Brrrrrr. Where’s my tauntaun?

Arctic Trapper Hat sewing pattern from See Kate Sew, made by The Finished Garment.
I used two layers of polar fleece, and sewed ribbons into te seams so the kids could tell them apart.

This post is part of the Stashbusting Sewalong.

Project Summary

Pattern Review: Arctic Trapper Hats by See Kate Sew, available in sizes 12m-8 (in 4 different sizes).
Fabric: Two layers of polar fleece.
Sizes: 12/18m, 3/4, and 5/6.
Cost: Pattern: 6$. Fabric: $0 (leftover from another project).
Project Sewing Level: Beginner.
Modifications: I added ear flaps.
Results: Great. This was fast, and I love the hipster look.

Blue Cowl Neck Dress

Back in the fall, I did a round of pattern testing for the Cowl Neck Dress and Sweater by Heidi & Finn. Unfortunately, Kid No 4 did a great job of evading the photo shoot. You can’t reschedule nap time!

Heidi & Finn Cowl Neck Dress sewing pattern, sewn by The Finished Garment.
This is the Heidi & Finn Cowl Neck Dress.

So here are the pics I finally managed to wrangle this fall, just before the weather turned cold and snowy.

Heidi & Finn Cowl Neck Dress sewing pattern, sewn by The Finished Garment.
I used ponte de roma, which works really well with this pattern.

This is a really quick pattern to sew and the results are cute and trendy. This was my sixth time sewing this pattern, so for detailed information, please read my original review.

Heidi & Finn Cowl Neck Dress sewing pattern, sewn by The Finished Garment.
The dress is really comfortable and cozy for winter.

Summary

Pattern Review: Cowl Neck Dress and Sweater by Heidi & Finn, available in sizes 12m-12Y.
Fabric: Ponte de roma.

  • Ponte de roma in dark teal – (medium-weight knit, 50% Polyester/45% Rayon/5% Lycra).

Sizes: 2T.
Cost: Pattern: 0$. Fabric: About $16.
Sewing Level: Confident beginner.
Modifications: None
Results: Great. This was fast, and I love the trendy look.

Disclaimer: The pattern was generously provided by Heidi & Finn, in return for testing the pattern. As always, my opinions are my own.

Heidi & Finn Cowl Neck Dress sewing pattern, sewn by The Finished Garment.
I really like the colour of this dress.

Spring Table Runner

Last week I showed you a table runner I made for my mother-in-law, and this week I have the one I made for my mother.

Spring table runner sewn by The Finished Garment.
A table runner for spring.

Like the previous one, I used all fabrics from my stash, most left over from previous projects. The design is a simple window pane design with white sashing. I used freeform wavy lines for the quilting.

Spring table runner sewn by The Finished Garment.
I used random wavy-line quilting.

The backing is a fabric I had purchased for another project online, but when it came it didn’t quite match the other fabrics, so I’m especially glad to have found it a home.

Spring table runner sewn by The Finished Garment.
I’m happy this backing finally found a home.

It’s a nice simple quilt, but I’m quite happy about how the peach and emerald green look beside one another. Hopefully this will get lots of use.

Spring table runner sewn by The Finished Garment.
I really like how these colours work together.

This post is linked up to  Crazy Mom Quilts and her Friday finishes. It’s also part of the Stashbusting Sewalong.

Project Summary

Fabrics:

  • Little Blomster in coral, Blomster in emerald, Pilvi in mint, and solid coral from the MorMor collection by Lotta Jansdotter for Windham Fabrics.
  • Houndstooth in multicoloured, from the Textured Basics collection by Patty Young for Michael Miller Fabrics.
  • Kona white by Robert Kaufman Fabrics.

Size: About 17″ by 48″.
Block: Windowpane.
Cost: Fabric: 0$ (all from my stash).
Sewing Level: Beginner.

Spring table runner sewn by The Finished Garment.
The simplest wrapping is always the best.

Neon Blue Mini Hudson

This year, my only boxing day shopping took place at the fabric shop. I didn’t find much, but there was some gorgeous french terry in a neon turquoise for only 5$ a metre.

I wasn’t sure what to make so I let the kids decide and Kid No 2 and Kid No 4 chose pants. I didn’t have much in the way of knit pant patterns, especially not for fabric this thick, so I bought the Mini Hudson Pant pattern from True Bias.

Mini Hudson Pant sewing pattern from True Bias as sewn by The Finished Garment.
These were a really quick project.

There is a Mini Hudson blog hop going on at the moment if you want to see more versions. I’m not part of it, but since everyone is posting their mini hudsons, and I just made these last week, I figured I’d hurry up and post mine too. You’ll have to excuse me for showing up to the party uninvited.

Mini Hudson Pant sewing pattern from True Bias as sewn by The Finished Garment.
I made the size 7 and size 3.

This pattern makes a drawstring pant that works well with heavier fabric and is cut narrower near the ankle and wider at the hips. I used jersey scraps from two previous projects (coming soon to the blog) in black for my son and hot pink for my daughter. The pink and blue combo is a little bright, but if you can’t wear neon turquoise and hot pink when you are two, when can you?

The pants ended up a little big, but that’s a bonus in my book. The hipster styling isn’t quite as obvious for now, but it won’t be long before the kids grow up an inch or so.

Mini Hudson Pant sewing pattern from True Bias as sewn by The Finished Garment.
I used french terry for the pants and jersey for the trim.

These are really quick to sew and pretty foolproof. The only modification I made was to leave off the drawstring. Kid No 2 doesn’t like fiddly closures, even when they are just decorative and Kid No 4, at two-years-old, doesn’t need the hazard factor. And the only thing I would change in the future would be to make the waistband a bit wider, but just because I like that look.

Once again, these went right into regular circulation and so I didn’t get quite as many photos of the larger pants as I would have liked. My smaller kid was quite happy to mug it up for the camera though.

Mini Hudson Pant sewing pattern from True Bias as sewn by The Finished Garment.
So silly!

Summary

Pattern Review: Mini Hudson Pant from True Bias, available in sizes 2T-10.
Fabric: 

  • Neon turquoise french terry.
  • Cotton spandex jersey in black and fuchsia by Stenzo.

Size: 3 and 7.
Cost: Pattern: $8. Fabric: About $5 per pair of pants.
Sewing Level: Beginner.
Modifications: I left out the drawstring.
Results: Cute and comfy.

Mini Hudson Pant sewing pattern from True Bias as sewn by The Finished Garment.
These are really warm and comfy.