Star Wars, Disney’s Cars and Other Stuff In Motion

I was reading this sewing blog I quasi-follow and read the opinion by the owner that she likes to sew because her kids then don’t have to wear ‘commercial prints’……uh, ok. That’s cool. Whatevs. To each their own.

I’m not sure if ‘commercial prints’ meant not mass production, because then…you have to turn down those Moda fat quarter prints that you got comped, hon. Yeah. Does it mean not advertising for Disney? Pshaw. I’m the first person to say I’ll never carry a Coach bag – it’s just not my thing….but this is for kids and fun and…well, it’s about them and not imposing some false sense of anti-establishment BS. I remember my mom making Teen Age Mutant Ninja Turtle sets for my brothers’ beds and I still have somewhere these photos of them just beaming with joy on those beds. I’ll post it some day to be a horrible big sister.

AND I have this nephew…. in Seattle…. that looks at me with these giant eyes, calls me Aunt B, and LOVES the Disney Cars movies. He asked for some Cars pants.

So I bought all the Disney Cars fabric. I didn’t leave any for you.

Cars Fabric
Cars Fabric

OKOKOK, just one of those is fleece for pj pants. The others are cottons for a quilt. I’m thinking a chunky chevron pattern (these prints are huge) with a solid to break up the crazy print. We shall see how it goes, but I just know I can’t deny the boy.

And you know what? Star Wars is rad. And so is Star Trek. Especially in fabric form.

Star Wars Schematic Fabric
Star Wars Schematic Fabric

I love this green Star Wars fabric so hard. I need it. I KNOW I’m not the only one that takes photos of fabric that needs to be bought….and I may need some of the old school Star Trek fleece.

There’s also 2 Seattle family babies due this spring. I’m thinking a trip to the local Cool Cottons quilt store is in order for that one. This is one of my most favorite baby sets for my friend Rose: blanket for baby, skirt for big sister…I’m thinking I can make something like that before we head up. It’s super simple, clean and not-fussy. I FMQ’ed the zig-zag instead of pivoting on the needle…it’s a bit more wiggly but I dig it. We’ll see how much time I can squeeze in sewing.

Elliott's Blanket
Elliott’s Blanket

And a few MORE things still. I still have more Cheap Baby Clothes (and Big Kids) on the horizon. I have a kimono blouse to do a pattern trace and recreate with. There’s a top secret post coming out this month someplace else that I’m super excited about.

The big kids and I have Anansi The Spider AND Stinky Cheese Man lined up for the theatre (!!!!).

I’m hoping to do some salt dough crafts this spring….that keeps on moving on to the next month’s list…as does the kimono shirt.

And finally, I’ve been tinkering with this pattern.

Burda 9562
Burda 9562

While it is an ‘easy’ pattern, I’d say it’s more on the top end of easy. It shouldn’t be anyone’s beginner pattern. The front cover must have been created before final pattern adjustments because it doesn’t show the top is lined. Which is awesome, just not super beginner if that’s what you need.

To test it I used a fabric I have a LOT of just in case I needed to tweak it.

Jumper 1st Set
Jumper 1st Set

It got a little squirrelly when I sewed the bodice to the pants and was blind-sewing….no, of course I didn’t pin it. Yes, I realize that’s my problem. I’m thinking some cute ribbon to cover it up and also break up the dots? Or even lace ribbon?

Squirrelly Seam
Squirrelly Seam

Here it sits….still on a hanger. I think it’s cute and I want to make more….but….

Burda Jumper
Burda Jumper

The pattern has 2 snaps for the top of each strap. I can’t decide if I like that or not. Or if I want to invest in the whole snap-punch thing. Do I just put on cute buttons instead? There’s barely enough length for that….I would alter that for future patterns to have more strap-double up for buttons. Definitely NOT ties or anything complicated as this is still in diaper-wearing age range but does not have an open-crotch area. This pattern is roomy enough for cloth diaper users and is versatile enough for alterations into a dress or a boy version.

Hmmm. Thoughts? Buttons or snaps?

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