Tuesday, 5 August 2008

Polar fleece mitten pattern Green Pepper F790

Recently I took part in patternreview's stash "contest" which I viewed as more of a sewing challenge. I have many fabric remnants, which I find very difficult to discard, in case I might find a use for them one day! Unfortunately, these are taking up valuable room in my stash, and I gave myself the personal stash busting challenge to use as many of these smaller pieces as possible. I did not get around to entering this pattern in the stash contest, but I did use it to make several sets of mittens as part of my personal challenge. I have found it an extremely useful pattern for around 10 years now. The only thing I find a bit fiddly is the teensy weensy 2.5mm seam allowance included in the pattern. I increase this to 5mm as I am not that good at cutting out stretchy fabrics with pile and fluff to that degree of accuracy.
The pink leopard fabric mittens are adult size large (for my 13 year old, do you think she will be tall?) and the blue are a slighty cut down child's size small. These are to fit my 3 year old nephew. These mittens take me around 20 minutes per pair to cut out and sew, so everyone at my house has lots of pairs for cold morning walks and camping.
I did make my son some new mittens, but he continues to prefers last years. He is a bit of a conservative. I took his modelling offer whilst it still held!
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Catherine said...

Fantastic mittens. I love all the children's clothes you have made, especially these. Very cute!
You asked me a question about my jacket that I reviewed on PR. Yes, I quilted the lining to the jacket fabric before sewing it out. Simply cut out the fabric and lining, put them wrong sides together and then quilt vertical lines one inch apart making sure you don't go too near the seams or hems. I then sewed up the jacket on the machine and the lining by hand. If you look at Laura's Sewing Room or Erica B's Blogs they also detail this process. Hope this is clear!