cat thundershirt

My First Sewing Projects

Hi
I'm in california now, and I have vacation for a little while before intern year starts. I stay home during the day, and I've been working on learning how to sew. I wanted to share some pictures of the sewing projects that I've completed over the past week!

I started with some more strawberry bags. I followed the tutorial from http://www.ikatbag.com/2010/04/strawberry-bag.html

Made two of these strawberry bags

Made two of these strawberry bags

Bag stuffed into the strawberry corner. I have to get a drawstring to close it up properly.  

Bag stuffed into the strawberry corner. I have to get a drawstring to close it up properly.  

Closeup of the strawberry corner

Closeup of the strawberry corner

I got fancy and used a twin needle for the first time! I think it looks interesting, with the double stitch and zig zag on the inside. 

I got fancy and used a twin needle for the first time! I think it looks interesting, with the double stitch and zig zag on the inside. 

And I made a pillowcase with a pocket for my sleeping mask. I like the textured fabric, but it was hard for my sewing machine to work with.

Pillow with sleeping mask pocket! I love the textured knit fabric I used, but it was kind of difficult for me to get it to sew properly. I'm going to save the rest of the fabric for another project once I'm a little better. 

Pillow with sleeping mask pocket! I love the textured knit fabric I used, but it was kind of difficult for me to get it to sew properly. I'm going to save the rest of the fabric for another project once I'm a little better. 

Close up of the textured fabric. The other picture is more accurate in terms of color, it looks too washed out in this pic. 

Close up of the textured fabric. The other picture is more accurate in terms of color, it looks too washed out in this pic. 

Then I got real fancy and started making skirts! This is a reversible skirt with foldover waistband and an inseam pocket at the waistband on each reversible side, so total of 2 pockets. One side has a striped pattern and the other side is floral. The material is a cotton jersey knit.

Black, red, and white striped side of the skirt with contrasting floral waistband

Black, red, and white striped side of the skirt with contrasting floral waistband

Floral side of the skirt with contrasting waistband

Floral side of the skirt with contrasting waistband

Showing off my inseam pocket! Pockets in this skirt were sewn into the waistband seam

Showing off my inseam pocket! Pockets in this skirt were sewn into the waistband seam

Showing off my pocket again! I love making pockets :-) All skirts should have pockets!

Showing off my pocket again! I love making pockets :-) All skirts should have pockets!

This is my second reversible skirt, also cotton jersey knit fabric. I left the hem open, so it looks like a 2 tiered skirt on the gray side. I repeated the foldover waistband in this skirt. I added two inseam pockets on both of the reversible sides, and put the pockets on the sides of the skirt instead of at the waistband, so 4 pockets total.

My second reversible skirt with pockets! Gray with confetti on one side, black floral on the reverse side. If you wear it a certain way, it looks like a 2 tiered skirt! I think it's a cool effect that wasn't exactly intentional, but I like it better this way. 

My second reversible skirt with pockets! Gray with confetti on one side, black floral on the reverse side. If you wear it a certain way, it looks like a 2 tiered skirt! I think it's a cool effect that wasn't exactly intentional, but I like it better this way. 

Showing off the pockets. This time I had two inseam pockets on the sides of the skirt instead of the waistband seam. 

Showing off the pockets. This time I had two inseam pockets on the sides of the skirt instead of the waistband seam. 

Showing second pocket. I couldn't get a pic of both hands in the pockets since I was taking selfies with my phone. 

Showing second pocket. I couldn't get a pic of both hands in the pockets since I was taking selfies with my phone. 

Black floral side with contrasting waistband. It's hard to tell in the pictures, but there are subtle flowers outlined in gray on the black side. 

Black floral side with contrasting waistband. It's hard to tell in the pictures, but there are subtle flowers outlined in gray on the black side. 

Showing off the pockets, one on each side. The lining is contrasting gray. 

Showing off the pockets, one on each side. The lining is contrasting gray. 

This is my first pajama pant. I used a soft fleecy fabric and used an existing pajama pant as a template. I used extra material from my gray skirt for the waistband, since it was stretchy, so I did not need to use an elastic for the waistband. This also has 2 inseam pockets.

My first pajama pant! So soft and so comfy

My first pajama pant! So soft and so comfy

Showing off the pockets, I love pockets! The waistband is the same gray confetti that I used for my skirt. My husband keeps thinking that I'm wearing a skirt under my pajamas! 

Showing off the pockets, I love pockets! The waistband is the same gray confetti that I used for my skirt. My husband keeps thinking that I'm wearing a skirt under my pajamas! 

Another view 

Another view 

I also made Milo some clothes! He has a red sequin shirt and a black and red striped shirt (same material as my skirt, so we can be matchy matchy!). These shirts use velcro closure. I'm going to make him a tiger shirt next, haha.

Milo in his red, black, and white thundershirt! Its the same material as my first skirt. I need to get a picture of us together all matchy matchy! 

Milo in his red, black, and white thundershirt! Its the same material as my first skirt. I need to get a picture of us together all matchy matchy! 

My husband says Milo looks like he's an Olympic athlete from Yemen and he's wearing his country's flag during the medal ceremony. I call this Milo's Yemen shirt. 

My husband says Milo looks like he's an Olympic athlete from Yemen and he's wearing his country's flag during the medal ceremony. I call this Milo's Yemen shirt. 

Closeup showing what I did for the velcro closure. I just used a zig zag stitch all around. The Yemen shirt is lined with the gray confetti fabric on the interior. 

Closeup showing what I did for the velcro closure. I just used a zig zag stitch all around. The Yemen shirt is lined with the gray confetti fabric on the interior. 

Milo's red sequin shirt! He looks Fabulous! 

Milo's red sequin shirt! He looks Fabulous! 

My husband hates it when I have Milo wear this shirt, haha. 

My husband hates it when I have Milo wear this shirt, haha. 

Hope you like these projects! It was a lot of fun!