Halloween Fun

After consulting with my daughters on halloween shirts for my 4 grandchildren, I bought some Halloween fabrics at a pre-sale.  They each picked the same fabric, and not knowing what I was going to make, I bought 4 yards of some gloriously Halloween-y fabric from FrolleinS.  Sandy, who owns FrolleinS, has such great fabrics, the kind that I love – always great quality, usually organic, and mostly from Europe.  She also has fantastic service, too.  Her orders go out quickly, and she’s fast to respond to questions both through her shop’s contact form and through Facebook, where she has a nice chat group.   It’s a great place to get inspiration and to find out what’s upcoming in the shop.  Right now, she’s getting together a pre-order for some AMAZING sweater knits.  I’ll be buying.  Just so you know – I have no affiliation with FrolleinS.  I am simply a super satisfied customer!

Two of my grandkids, 4 year old Graham, and 2 year old Cameron, live in Texas, so their mother requested t-shirts.  My go-to t-shirt patterns are from Minikrea, a Danish company – one in set-in sleeves, and one in raglan sleeves.  Like so many European patterns, seam allowances need to be added.  These patterns are printed on heavy paper and are multi-size, so I trace off what’s needed.  There are sewing instructions for the t-shirt, and then there are pieces and parts to make alternate views.  With a little sewing knowledge, it’s easy to make the other views.  Here are the front and back views of the set-in sleeve pattern.  It’s simple and useful, and it has so many sizes that I’ll be using it for years to come.

Here are the two finished t-shirts.

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My other two grandkids, 5 year old Mac, and almost-3-year-old Wavy, live in San Francisco, where it’s usually chilly, so their mother requested a hoodie and a cardigan.  For the hoodie, I used my favorite hoodie pattern, a free one from Brindille & Twig

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For Wavy, I used my new pattern-love pattern, the Tess Cardigan from Violette Field Thread.  Size up one size if you decide to make this pattern.  You’ll be glad you did!

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Because it was a large-scale print, I eliminated the separate front bands on the Tess Cardigan.  I added about 2 1/4 inches to each center front, folded some of it back, and coverstitched it down.  I used the awesome heirloom buttonhole setting on my Babylock Elissimo to make the buttonholes.  They are perfect for knit fabrics like this cotton/lycra jersey.  I’m so glad I discovered that setting.  Maybe I should read my manual more often!

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