Roadworker Set and Other Little Things

Hi there!

I started the post below a few weeks ago already but then couldn´t find time for finishing it until today and therefore any referrals to time and date are from the moment I first wrote the post 🙂

A little bit of sewing for kids done again! I finished the jacket of this set a couple of days ago, but the pants were done already on the day we ended up at the maternity ward to welcome Lennart 🙂

You may wonder why did I make another rainy weather outfit, since just a while ago I made the softshell set as well, but the truth is that Estonian summer can be very moody and one must be ready for rain even in July. The softshell set would be too hot for summer rain, so already while sewing the softshell, I made plans for another set but for warmer days. Ironically, the summer has been very nice and it has mostly been raining at night so no problem that I managed to finish it as late as now.

I used the same pattern, jujuna.fi Autumn Wind for the pants as for the softshell version, but the jacket is from Ottobre 3/2020, model Rainbow Dots. Originally this is designed for cotton fabrics, but the Goretex is also lightweight so it suited well. I was contemplating to leave the lining off, but eventually added it anyway; the pants, however, are unlined.

And for what I think is the first time ever, I made use of a messed up project: a T-shirt I had made for myself a while ago, for the lining. It is cotton jersey, but not very stretchy and I thought if Liisa-Mai is going to wear the jacket on short sleeves, it will be more comfy. However, in the end I decided to use a regular lining fabric for the sleeves, so that it would be slippery and facilitate putting the jacket on.

I love the pattern but I myself could have done a better job with the zipper. Unfortunately the Goretex is also not forgiving, so there is a small line of stitches gone bad that is visible around the base of the zipper because unpicking a seam on Goretex will leave marks.

Making this set proved once again that my reluctance of sewing for kids mainly has to do with me not enjoying sewing with knits, but most of childrens´clothes are designed for cotton jersey. I enjoyed making this set far more because I could use non-jersey fabrics and I loved the little challenge as it was once again something I had never made before plus the novelty of the material.

By the time of writing this post, Liisa-Mai has been wearing the set many times already and seems to love it.

She started kindergarten last week and in preparation for that as well as with the goal of using the fabrics I have been hoarding recently, I also made her a set of sweatpants and a hoodie. Loved making these so there will be more coming, I guess.

These patterns are also from Ottobre, 6/2017, models Young Jogger and Forest Fauna. I made them in size 92 and while the pants are an exact fit, the hoodie is a bit large, but this is no problem for me, she will grow into it in no time. Originally the hood is unlined, but I wanted to add some colour to the piece, so I lined it with purple cotton jersey that matches the arm and hem bands as well.

And last but not least, I also made a merino wool lined overall for Lennart and this seems to be just on time as the weather has been really autumn-y since September hit. I made the overall in size 68 and thought it is going to be huge at first but he is a big guy and he can already wear it. I love seeing him snuggling in something I made and that is also practical 🙂

Once again the pattern is from Ottobre, the Sky Jumper from 4/2019. The pattern comes unlined but I added one since this is supposed to be worn during car rides and walks to keep him warm and cozy.

I have also uploaded a few sneak peeks from other things I have made during the summer but I need to find the time to take more pics and write posts up. I always choose actual sewing over blogging so when free time is limited, I end up sewing more stuff than I can write about.

Until soon!

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