February Birthday Sewing

Okay. So I started in January as one of these gifts has to travel a long way around the world. But, there are still a lot of birthdays in February in this house. (and unfortunately, I have missed sewing for some of them…sigh…)

First up was a special request for an art smock for my artistic granddaughter. I had made a jumper for her several years ago from Favorite Things pattern from Blossoms and Blooms. I just love this pattern. It’s so cute and it makes up a reversible jumper and matching bloomers. I have not made the bloomers yet.

Blossom & Blooms

I used a laminated cotton for one side and a red chevron from Riley Blake for the other side.

reverse chevron

It was requested that the smock have some length added and also a pocket. The pattern has sizes up to size 5T. I added 3 inches to the length to make it long enough.

I don’t mind sewing with laminated cottons or vinyls. It requires just a little bit more attention than sewing with regular woven fabrics. I pin in the seam allowance to avoid unnecessary holes. I could also tape or secure my pieces with mini binder clips. And I use a Teflon foot to keep the pressure foot from sticking to the laminate. If you don’t have a Teflon foot for your machine you can attach a piece of tape to the bottom of your presser foot (just be sure to open up the hole for the needle to move freely through it). I have also torn strips of white package tissue paper and laid it on top of the seam that I am intending to stitch. Later you just pull off the tissue paper.

using teflon foot

The Teflon foot glides easily over laminated cotton and vinyl.

pocket on front

Here’s the pocket. I lined it with the chevron. The smock turned out really cute.

art smock

Here’s the finished smock. I can’t wait to see the kinds of art that my granddaughter will produce while wearing this smock.

About robynsewsthisandthat

I sew. I knit. I craft. I have too many desired projects and not enough time to create. I am mom to 8 and grandma to 7 wonderful gifts. I am married to my best friend. I created this blog to track my projects and to inspire others. We all learn by sharing knowledge.
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