Monday, July 21, 2014

Summertime Jammies

It's been awhile since I posted, and I have lots of projects to get up on the blog.  To start us off, there is nothing like a KCW challenge to get me motivated.  Unfortunately this season's challenge coincides with our vacation, so I won't be posting I ever do.  But I did get a slight head start, since I knew I wouldn't be sewing most of the week.

Since the sun and warm weather had mostly decided to stick around now, it was time to pull out all of the kids summer pajamas.  We found a ridiculous number of hand-me-downs for my son, but A only had 3 pairs!  And one of them was a, she's 5 now.  Yikes.

So we headed to the store and found some cute bugs and flowers rib knit and I set out to make my first pair of pajamas.  A wanted comfy cozy jammies so we decided on a tank top and shorts.  I kept it pretty simple, only adding bright pink ribbing on the neck and armholes.  But I did pull out my fancy new double needle to top stitch around the neck opening.  I love the way it turned out!!

The tank top is a free pattern by Scattered Thoughts of a Crafty Mom and is awesome.  I sewed up a size 5 for my girl and it was spot on.  I will definitely use it again to make some summery tanks like Zaaberry did here.  The shorts are by MADE.  I love her blog and her style.  I sized down to a 4 in this pattern, but only because my fabric was super stretchy.  I also extended the length to the long boy shorts.  A keeps calling them her basketball outfit.  Hmm.  Tonight she said "I guess Elsa has basketball practice again tonight".  Yes, she is all Elsa all the time.

Friday, May 2, 2014

Lulu Top and Dress Tester

This last week I was lucky to test a pattern for Jess at Craftiness is not Optional.  This was my second time testing for her (first one here), and I am in constant awe of her ability to create so many adorable and versatile patterns.  The newest pattern, the Lulu Top and Dress is no exception, with two lengths and variations like cap sleeves, pockets, a bow and a faux placket.   It's a great pattern to mix and match prints, because like she says "a girl's gotta have options".

I often check out her blog for inspiration, her photos are serious eye candy.  Today she posted pics of all the testers, and seriously I want to copy like half of them.  So cute!  The strawberry/chambray and solid red knit oh my!

I've only worked on a couple of knit projects before, so there was bit of a learning curve for me, but that being said, knit newbies should not be afraid!  Throughout the pattern, Jess has included lots of helpful hints about sewing with knits and an awesome graphic to determine fabric stretch.

I chose to make the Lulu top with faux placket.  The pink knit is upcycled from a tank top and the floral is a sweet vintage pillowcase I picked up awhile ago.  That's one of the other things I liked about this pattern, you can mix knit and wovens...again so many options!

I struggled most with the knit binding pieces on the neckline and sleeves.  First I naively thought I could use my woven fabric here.  Which was totally cute, but I couldn't exactly get it over her head.  Oops, rookie mistake.  Fortunately I was able to salvage the bias tape and made this ruffled faux placket instead.  Which I think turned out much cuter, yay for happy accidents.

By the way, after taking these photos, I remembered that when my daughter was born we took photos by this same lilac tree.  Since her birthday is this next week, it seemed a fitting time to see her then and now (5 years later).


Sniff sniff, they grow up so fast.

Friday, April 11, 2014

KCW Day 5 - Spring Birthday Dress

Pattern: Oliver & S Roller Skate Dress
Fabric: Collage Paper Bird Dot and Michael Miller Painter's Canvas
Size 5

kid's clothes week

Thursday, January 30, 2014

KCW Day 4: Upcycled T-shirt Dress

Another Upcycled shirt for KCW.  I might keep this upcycling theme for the rest of the week.  No doubt I have enough old shirts and pants to choose from!  My husband can certainly attest to the pile of clothes in my sewing room the family room.

I started out with the Heidi & Finn Cowl Neck Jumper pattern.  I hoped I would have enough fabric, but I was just a little short and I couldn't get the cowl neck to hang right, I think it needs to be larger than the pattern calls for.  So I went ahead and made a crew neck using the extra material for the necking binding.  I was lucky to be able to use the existing hems, so I didn't have to fuss with the bottom or sleeve hems.  Score!  That seriously saves so much time.  My only other change to the pattern was to shorten the sleeves to 3/4 length.  Which also seems to be my theme for KCW.  I just love that length on her right now.

She was pretty happy to get her new dress.  I think I've been pretty fortunate so far, she has loved and worn everything I've made her.  I'm dreading the day she refuses to wear something I've spent so much time and money into.  As far as she is concerned, if she can be silly and twirl around, then the dress is good to go.

I'm hoping to get a least one more item made for KCW, maybe pants or skirt, I haven't decided yet.  But come on back and check it out!