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Star Wars Senior

DSCN4060DSCN4067“They won’t fit.” That is the reply I got from the husband when I showed him my latest sewing project, the kid’s Star Wars sweatshirts. What do you mean they won’t fit? These shirts will fit a 2 year old just fine. Then, it dawned on me. These shirts would not fit the green eyed husband. So, my next sewing project would be a Star Wars shirt for the husband.


Looking at my Star Wars embroidery designs, I picked a maroon colored knit from the stash for the husbands shirt. After laundering the fabric, I laid it out on the cutting table to get started only to find out that the maroon fabric was not big enough to make a shirt for the husband a shirt from it. So, the husband picked a black knit from the stash for the sleeves and the collar. As I cut out the fabric, I was glad that I did not have enough of the maroon fabric. The black and maroon fabrics looked really good together. Far better than the maroon would have looked alone.


DSCN4044DSCN4043It’s been awhile since I have made the husband a new shirt, but the sewing process went smoothly enough. Both the maroon and black knit fabric are nice fabrics and where easy to work with. The husband picked his embroidery design, the Stormtrooper with the sun ray rising sun background, and it embroidered on to the shirt nicely.


All was going along nicely until the husband picked white/clear buttons and white thread for the double needle hems on the bottom of the shirt and the sleeves. I was more then a little apprehensive about this. Sometimes when using a double needle, my sewing machine and the knit fabric that I’m DSCN4065DSCN4063sewing with like to argue during the sewing process. I can hide a lot of this arguing with a matching thread color but could I hide the arguing with a white contrasting thread?


Luckily, as I mentioned before, these were nice knit fabrics to work with and they did not argue with the double needle and the hems sewed fairly smoothly and they look good.

Finally with the last step of sewing the buttons on, the husband’s Star Wars shirt was done!


DSCN4041DSCN4042But before I could go back to sewing some more kid’s Star Wars clothes, the husband pointed out the Chewbacca fleece blanket kit we purchased at Joann’s last half price sale. After the husband gave me some sweet puppy dog eyes that said “Please make my blanket next”, I got started on his blanket.


To increase the size of the blanket, I did not cut off the black dotted line edges of the blanket that were supposed to be cut into strips and then tied together. Instead I squared the top and bottom fleece pieces and then sewed them wrong side together 1/8 inch from the edge. Next I cut 1/4 inches from the edge with the skip stitch blade. The blanket was then ready for its edge to be crocheted on.


DSCN4035DSCN4038After crocheting the foundation row, I tried several different edges like scallops and triangles but the husband liked the chained edge the best. So I chained 3, skipped 2 stitches on the foundation row, then slip stitched in the 3rd stitch. On the next row, after changing colors, I chained 3 then slip stitched in the next chain 3 of the 2nd row. For the 3rd row, I picked a different color but I didn’t like the multicolor look so I changed back to the foundation rows color and crocheted the 3rd row like the 2nd row. I had planned to crochet a 4th and 5th row, but this did not look good so I stopped after the 3rd row.


The husband was pleased with his finished Chewbacca blanket as well as his new Stormtrooper shirt. Both were fun for me to sew and crochet. Now, that the green eyed monster has left the sewing room. I can get back to sewing more kid’s clothes.

Until then, sew and crochet forth and remember to always let the Wookiee win!


Darth Vader

My husband is really excited about this shirt, although you will never hear him say it out loud.

img_0901I have finally made him a shirt with Darth Vader embroidered on it and the design stitched out great!

He digitized the design for me many years ago, and I had previously stitched the design on a shirt for a nephew who is into Star Wars, but I had not got around to making one for him.

When I stitched it all those years ago for the nephew, I reduced the size of the design to fit in the 4×4 hoop and the design lost some of it’s detail.

But on the husband’s shirt, I stitched the design in the much larger size that he digitized it in and the detail adds to the uniqueness of the design.
It makes it look more 3d and layered.

I had the fabric for this shirt just sitting in my stash. I had purchased it several years ago not really knowing what I would make out of it at the time, but since it was such a beautiful piece of fabric, I could not leave it at the store.

I am glad that I did not pass it up. It sewed up beautifully, with no hassles.

Luckily, I purchased plenty of this fabric and have more to make another shirt or use on some other project.

I am also happy to have at least some yardage out of my stash.

So, the question is, should I purchase fabric like this piece that is a good deal and a nice piece for later use and have it live in the stash for a little while, or pass it up because my stash is already overwhelming?

I also tried out some new interfacing I purchased the last time I was at a real fabric store. It was expensive but I had a coupon so that helped.

This interfacing is heavier than I usually use but it ironed on great and it seems to be a good interfacing. I will have to get some more of it the next time I have a coupon or it is on sale.img_0903

I am pleased with this shirt and its construction.

The only thing I would change on it is moving the design a little closer to the buttons, but it is too late for that now, and it does not look bad at all the way it is.

The final test is to see if the husband likes it on. Sometimes the wearability factor is a problem. I will make him a shirt that looks fine on him, but he just does not like to wear it.

I do know one thing though, if he decides that he does not like the shirt, my little brother will be happy to wear it for him since he too is a giant Star Wars fan!

P.S. The Darth Vader shirt is wearing well. Now, my husband just has to make the hard decision when looking through his closet, Buzz or Darth.

I have faith in the shirt and that he will eventually turn to the Dark Side…