Friday, February 5, 2016

Nothing But Knits: Project Run and Play Sewalong

It's been a while since I've posted on here. 3rd year of surgical residency is ROUGH. Each year just seems to get harder and harder. There are laws that are supposed to prevent residents from working more than 80 hours a week, and there's a maximum of 30 hour straight shifts, and like 10 hours off inbetween or something like that. But my husband goes over 100 hours all the time, he has to work all day, do surgery all through the night, get to come home for a 2 hour nap from 8-10am and then back to work, then that night he gets home at 11pm sleeps until 1am when his pager goes off and he has to go in for another emergency surgery! AHHH it's so hard on my husband, and it's hard on me to be a single mom without any break. My kids have had hand foot and mouth disease for the last week forcing us to stay at home until the kids aren't contagious anymore. Can I just say, THIS is why I sew. Residency is sucking out my soul and sewing is my creative outlet. My sewing room is my haven, I turn on Mickey Mouse Clubhouse and disappear for 20 minutes. It's the reason I'm still alive.

So want to see what project kept my sanity this week?
Project Run and Play is back to its regular competition schedule, and this week's challenge is Nothing but Knits.
I love knits. One of the first things I did when we moved from our small city apartment into our house with my very own sewing room was buy a serger. Then last summer I splurged on a coverstitch machine. If you like sewing knits, I'd highly recommend it, changed my life. Okay, that's a little dramatic, but it makes my hems SO PRETTY and professional looking.
This outfit is super simple, it's just a t-shirt and leggings, but I adore it and so does my little monkey. We have a Disney trip coming up this March and of course that means I need to sew a whole wardrobe for the trip right?! So Mickey Mouse and Princesses for EVERYONE!
The leggings pattern is from Love Notions (my favorite legging pattern and it's FREE!) the princess fabric is from the custom print fabric group Kiddie Prints. This fabric is divine, so incredible soft. I'm trying to decide how ridiculous I would look in a pair for myself, because I am jealous of my 5 year's pants. haha!

The t-shirt is my Marigold Tee (I've posted about it here- maybe I'll scrounge up enough time soon to put it out as a pattern). The polka dot fabric is a cotton jersey from Girl Charlee. It's soft and drapey, but doesn't have as much stretch as I'd like,
The vest is a faux fur from Hancock fabrics, with a cream knit from my stash for the lining. I used PKB's High Five Hoodie as a base and slightly modified it for the vest. The vest is not going to be coming to Florida with us (obviously!), but added a little warmth to the outfit for our pictures today.


  1. I really like that outfit! I bet she loves it. What type of coverstitch machine do you have? I'm saving up money for one, but haven't decided which one to get yet.

    1. I have a Janome Coverpro 900cpx that I bought through Amazon. Honestly, I bought it for the price, I was going for most affordable option with the best reviews. I'm sure the $1000 models are better than my $400 machine, but since I don't know what I'm missing out on, I am happy with it!

  2. Love this cute outfit. Sewing keeps me sane too! But I don't have a coverstitch or a serger, so it takes me longer...

    1. Thanks! Before I had a cover stitch I would sew a t-shirt up all the way except for the hems and then it would sit there for days because I was too lazy to put on the twin needle!

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