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Sunday
Sep222013

Flashback Skinny Tees for Fall

So we're experiencing a lovely fall here in the northeastern United States. The mornings are cool, and the afternoons sunny and warm. The trees are beginning to shed their leaves, and the apples are finding their way to markets in bushels. The pumpkins are showing up on people's doorsteps, and...you get the point.

For days like these we all seem to be coming down for breakfast in either jeans and short sleeved t-shirts, or shorts and long sleeved t-shirts. Inevitably, one of us looks like the inverse of the other. This is especially true when it comes to my boys, who are so close in size now that they often wear one another's clothes. Many a day this month they look as if they took one winter outfit and one summer outfit and shared it - one boy taking the pants from the winter outfit and the t-shirt from the summer outfit, and handing the other boy the long sleeved top from the winter outfit, and the shorts leftover from the summer outfit. 

With these mixed up impressions in mind I made the boys each a Flashback Skinny Tee (pattern by the amazing Rae Hoekstra over at Made by Rae) in Zigzag knit cotton jersey fabrics designed by Amy Biggers for Robert Kaufman. I've swapped colors for the boys torsos and arms, making each shirt an inversion of the other. 

Knowing my boys as I do, I chose different wrist finishes for each child. For my littlest man I went with Rae's 2 inch rib knit cuff, and for his older brother I picked a simple zig-zag hem. Both necklines are finished with Rae's first neckband choice, and both waistlines are finished with a zig-zag hem.

The blogosphere probably does not need another glowing review of the Skinny Flashback Tee pattern, but I'm going to jump in and say I love it anyway. I love it for its sense of humor, the many different finishing options that if offers, its multitude of photos, and the "hints" it provides.

I've been using a walking foot on my sewing machine when sewing with knits (and minky material) for a while, but I've always struggled when attaching a rib knit cuff or neckband. When I read Rae's hint to use a regular presser foot for neckbands, and I tried it, and viola, it worked! So if you're looking for a simple child's knit pattern to play around with this fall - try this one. It does not dissapoint.

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Sunday
Sep012013

So there

So this moment is the very first moment I have had to myself in weeks (excluding the obvious shower and sleeping moments of course).  It's been a little crazy around here, and I've been keeping track of how I use my time in a way that I never have before. It's gotten so intense that last night after my kids refused to eat a vegan quiche that I spent an hour preparing, I found myself furious at the quiche. I silently cursed the half nibbled food on it's way to the garbage for the hour of my life spent making it. I hate that feeling (and by the way - it's not the quiche's fault, it was delicious and I'm planning to devour my leftovers in my next free moment).
Last month, living in this time-sesitive state of mind, I was continually shocked by how many minutes, scratch that - HOURS, I spend on the non-sewing part of my little home based business. As any vendor who has ever participated in a craft fair, sold at a school fundraiser, started a shop on etsy, or otherwise endeavored to make and do all aspects of even the smallest business by themselves knows, there is SO MUCH more to running a handmade business than the actual hand-making. There is the label making, the wrapping, the photographing, the shopping, the marketing...the list really goes on and on. 
So today, I'm taking this moment, my moment, and I'm using it share these photos of my (relatively) new batch of handmade items. It's a moment of triumph for me over the passage of time, because, frankly, with 4 little kids at home with no school/no camp and no time, this batch was the hardest batch I've ever made. So there.

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Saturday
Aug102013

Challis Hi Low Top For Me

So with four kiddos age 7 and under I feel like I've been rotating through the same maternity and nursing clothes forever. Then two weeks ago I threw a bit of Anna Maria Horner's rayon challis in Spotted in the Crowd (Espinoza colorway) in the online shopping cart when shopping for baby blanket material. I am SO glad I did. 
Anna Maria never lets me down. I've sewn with all of her fabrics: voile, quilting cotton, velveteen, flannel, and now, rayon challis. Her prints are beautiful, her colors are vibrant, and her materials stand up to hard wear and frequent washing well. In short - they are awesome.

Pattern is the free High Low Shirt Pattern and Tutorial created by Melissa over at Melly Sews. After reading through the pattern I decided to try it exactly as is, since it seemed like Melissa and I have almost the exact same measurements. I know I should have made a muslin, but I didn't (four little kids = no time for muslins). Lucky for me this shirt turned out great on the first try. When I make it again (because I will) I will either finish the neck with a simple hem or a thinner bias tape trim. I will also lengthen the front just a bit to cover the button of my jeans.
I've worn this shirt three times this week. I think it's time I take it off and wash it now...;)

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Sunday
Aug042013

Finished Rosalie Quilt Top

So I did it! During quiet(er) moments I've managed to finish piecing my Rosalie quilt top. What do you think? So far, so good, right?

I have a mental snapshot in my head of this quilt finished and draped on my daughter's bed. In that snapshot the back of the quilt is simple, perhaps even (gasp) solid. The binding is a small scale black and white print, making the black berries and birds pop.  And the quilting itself is a circle or bubble motif, softening all of the pieced angles and mimicing the shape of the printed berries and flowers.

Snapshots of the way one wants things to turn out are tricky though aren't they? In that respect quilting is a metaphor for life I suppose - planning is easy, executing is hard. My plan is to do my very best to ensure that this quilt, and this life, come as close as possible to all of my mental snapshots and ideal plans for the future. I better get to work. 

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Monday
Jul082013

The Beginning of a Rosalie Quilt

So I should have called this post: Sewing. Sometimes. On Sundays.
But that wouldn't have been the whole truth. Really I've been planning, washing, ironing, cutting, and just now, finally: Sewing. Sometimes. On Sundays.
What am I sewing? A quilt for my almost 8 year daughter, that's what. She picked these georgeous prints from the Enchino collection by Etsuko Furuya for Kokka some time ago. The black and fuschia prints are aptly called Big Berry, the pale turquoise floral is called Bloom, and the sampler is a Piece print. Smaller triangles are Kona cotton in natural
I've chosen Valori Wells' simple Rosalie quilt pattern, and so far so good. My daughter chose these fabrics from Purl Soho online, and we had no real sense of the scale of the prints before they arrived. Though I love the prints and the quality of the entire Enchino fabric line, I find large scale prints hard to quilt with. After searching and searching for inspiration, I settled on the Rosalie pattern because the larger hexagonal template allows me to fussy cut a nice chunk of these large scale prints, honoring the fabric designer and quilter both. 
Looking at the many hexagons spread out on my attic floor I hope I made the correct design choice.
How do you quilt with large scale prints? Any suggestions?

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Friday
Jun282013

Hand Knit Ruffled Summer Top

So here I am, back with another handmade item for our babe, only this time it's a knit. Specifically, it's    
the Ruffled Summer Top by Elena Nodel. Yarn is old cotton vareigated yarn, and remnants of Blue Sky Skinny Cotton from these little handwarmers
I knit the 6 month size, and even though our girl is only 2 months old, it fits perfectly right now. As I knit I realized that this was going to be a wear-right-now-before-she-grows-out-of-it kind of item, so I shortened the sleeves to keep our girl cool, knitting only 4 rounds before creating the ruffle and binding off. 
Overall, I really enjoyed picking up this simple top down knit in my few free moments this week. Tiny knits are just so...well, tiny, that they provide just the right amount of satisfaction in just the right amount of time for me. Kind of like reading a short story rather than a novel on a short trip - just right. 
Oh, I almost forgot, I made the ruffled bloomers as well! I simple added serged ruffles to the Ruby's Bloomers pattern in the Heather Ross's book, Weekend Sewing. Another fast and furious project that delivers a big smile in a small amount of time. 

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Friday
Jun072013

Upcycled Fancy Pants by Titchy Threads (0-3 months)

So I'm finally getting around to showing off the wee pair of Fancy Pants Leggings that I made weeks ago for this wee girl of ours.  The Fancy Pants Pattern (by Titchy Threads) is really special because of the many finishing options clearly explained throughout. In fact, the Fancy Pants pattern reads a bit like a choose-your-own-adventure novel, with elastic waist instructions on one page, and knit ribbed waists and ankles on another. The outcome is all up to you. Pick and choose until you have your own perfect ending.

For my perfect ending I chose old children's t-shirts and a long scrap of leftover purple rib knit fabric. Like my Little Kimono Set pants, I skipped all instructions for the ankle hems, and used the bottom hem of a t-shirt instead. For the waist band I went with the ribbed knit option for ease over the bulky cloth diapers we prefer. The result is edgy and sweet all at the same time. Perfect for this girl of ours. 
How will you make your Fancy Pants?

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Friday
May312013

Upcycled Little Kid Kimono bottoms by Titchy Threads

So I was so excited when my friend Laura over at Craftstorming let me know that she was starting Titchy Threads, her new PDF pattern line. I just knew that her clothes would be amazing, and I was right. So far Laura has two patterns available: a FREE Little Kid Kimono Set, and a Fancy Pants Leggings for sale. With an infant in the house I was thrilled to be able to try both. Today, let's check out (part) of the FREE pattern shall we?

I made the bottoms only from the Little Kid Kimono Set, so I cannot comment on how the adorable top sews up, but I found the pattern an absolute pleasure to use. Laura includes a gazillion tips on sewing with knits, making this a great pattern for a beginning sewer, or a seasoned sewer new to knits. She also includes options for those sewing with and without a serger, which is always helpful. Honestly, it seems like Laura thought of everything. She even used striped knit material for her pattern sample, which made fabric placement easy to follow when it came to the coordinating panel in the rear. So helpful!
For my version of the kimono pants I chose to upcycle some old clothes rather than use new knit material. I chose a couple of tshirts from our too stained to wear/no longer fits bin of knit clothing and these pants came together, from printing the pattern to putting them on the baby, in about an hour. As you can see in the top photo, I cheated a bit. I used the bottom of the turquoise spotted tshirt for the hem of the pants, so no additional ankle hemming was needed. I use this trick often when upcycling old clothing (see this sweatshirt as another example), and find that in addition to being a time and material saver, it adds to the unique mismatched look that I adore in upcycled clothing.  Otherwise, I followed the pattern exaclty and love the result. The paperbag style waist is created using elastic thread instead of inserted elastic, and it looks especially sweet and finished pulled over a onesie. All in all, a great pattern. And did I mention that it's FREE...

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Friday
May312013

DIY Fitted Crib and Toddler Sheets

So this will be the last post in my little DIY baby room series, and I'm going out with the most basic of DIY baby items: the crib sheet. Surprisingly, there are many different ways to sew a crib sheet.

The simplest method may be the one explained in the Crib and Toddler Sheet Tutorial by Dana Made It. Dana's method uses 2 yards of your choice of fabric, and one long piece of elastic inerted uniformly around every side of the sheet. Though this method works well, I have found that I prefer crib and toddler sheets with elastic only on the short sides, or corners of the sheet. Why? First, because I find it easier to make a crib or toddler bed (in the middle of the night, one handed, with a sick child) when I only have to wrangle with elastic edges. Second, when using a directional print it's easier to put a sheet on correctly when the top and bottom of the sheet are delineated by elastic. Third, sheets with elastic only on the edges look more professional to me. 
For my third child I used Amy Butler's book, Little Stitches For Little Ones to make a whole crib set, including sheets. Amy has a great pattern for fitted crib sheets in Little Stitiches that I used a lot. However, Amy's pattern requires 3 1/2 yards of 44"wide fabric, making her sheets expensive to sew with designer fabrics. Luckily, I found Jaonna Armor's fitted crib sheet tutorial, which only uses 2 yards of fabric, and per my preference, only has elastic on the short sides of the sheet. It also shows you how to create french seams at the corners for a crisp finish.
Note however, that when using only 2 yards of 42"-44" wide fabric you will need to use every inch of it.
(You can see in the photo below that I serged the very selvedge of the fabric to created the hem and elastic opening!)
Fabric for this sheet is Timber and Leaf Gerbera Grey by Sarah Watts. 

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Sunday
May262013

A Pile of Baby Blankets

So I confess that I made a LOT of baby blankets for my little girl. Way more than is necessary, yes. I'm not going to hide it. It happened. Now let's discuss.

Blankets range from a very small "woobie", or security blanket, to a cozy plush number large enough for a toddler bed. For the security blanket I used white minky dot fabric on one side, and David Walker's Birds and Flowers in grey from his Get Together collection on the other. Grosgrain ribbon is folded in half and tucked in to the seams for something to teethe on or play with in fussy moments. 

Reversible flannel blanket is made with Cloud 9 Fabrics' Forest Friends Flannels. I usually shy away from flannel because it can pill terribly, but so far Cloud 9 has washed like a dream. I made this blanket about 40" x 36". We are using it to swaddle our girl now, and I think that the double flannel will make a great all year crib blanket when she's older.

For winter nights (next year I suppose), I made a super plush reversible blanket with Simpatico On Point in Pinking on one side, and a double sided cream fleece from Fabric.com on the other. The double sided fleece is very dense and cuddly, and it measures a generous 40" x 54". Large enough for use on a toddler bed, or at the foot of a single bed.  

To add some interest to this largest, plushest blanket, I topstitiched around all sides 4 times, creating a framed look. Adding these extra rows of stitches changes the whole composition. Simply adding texture to the blanket makes it quilt-like. As a quilt lover, I like that!

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Sunday
May262013

Handmade Baby Changing Pad Covers and Noodlehead Divided Basket

Diapering baby's bottom can me messy business, but where we do it doesn't have to be. I spend way too much time right now changing diapers, so I decided to make our diaper station a nice place to visit with some cute changing pad covers and a coordinating basket.

Changing pad covers are based on Prudent Baby's DIY changing pad tutorial. Fabric is Cloud 9's Simpatico On Point print in their pinkinsh and golden colorways, complimented by Minky dot in silver. I recommend measuring your changing pad before using any changing pad cover pattern or tutorial. I found that my pad was longer than the one used in Prudent Baby's tutorial, so I adjusted my measurements accordingly (adding length to my fabric and elastic calculations before cutting). Otherwise, I followed the instructions closely, and after a month of constant use I am loving the results. The only pitfall in the tutorial as I see it, is that there are no openings for your changing pad's belt if you have one. This may be easily remedied by using your sewing machine's buttonhole foot to create a buttohole wide enough to accomodate your changing pad belt on both sides of the cover. Pull belts through buttonhole and you're good to go. Or, if you're like me and you never use the belt, you can cut it off and forget about it. 

 

Basket it based on Noodlehead's great divided basket pattern. Fabric is Simpatico On Point in golden, and Birch Organics Mod Basics in grey. I made the divided basket with the front pocket option, sewing down the center to create two equal sides. I also ommited the handles (this basket isn't going anywhere for a while), and inserted pink piping in all of the top seams for a pop of color. I'm amazed at how sturdy this basket turned out, and have found that using the sturdiest fusible interfacing I can find makes all the difference in basket projects. Here, I ran out of the sturdy fusible stuff for the center divider, and I can really tell the difference. See how the center divider in the main basket section buckles under pressure? All my fault. Next time, I'll do it right!

 

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Monday
May202013

DIY Stamped and Painted Gauze Swaddling Blankets

So these little numbers are a pair of guaze swaddling blankets. Aren't they cool?

This was my first time sewing with guaze, and I loved it! So inexpensive, so soft, such great texture... 

I simply purchased 1 1/2 yards of white cotton gauze for each blanket, pre-washed and dryed it, and cut it into squares about 50"x50". Then I hemmed all sides of each 50" x 50" piece with a 1/4' hem (you could also use a rolled hem), and started to play around. I think that these blankets would be great tie-dyed, dip dyed, screen printed, stamped or painted. After some thought I chose to try stamping and painting, as asked my kiddos to help.

Before getting to work we lined our workspace with plastic garbage bags. Then we poured some Tulip Soft Fabric Paint on to plastic plates and chose stamps and brushes. After a little fun on a guaze fabric scrap we discovered that when stamping on guaze the trick is to use a foam brush to apply a nice shmear of paint to the stamp before applying. When painting guaze with brushes we tried (as much as 7, 5, and 3 year old fingers can) to apply a lighter touch. When we were satisfied with our work we let our paint dry for more than 24 hours, and then heat set it with a dry iron set to high heat.  Now our new baby girl finds herself swaddled in soft cotton works of art, and her older siblings smile with pride, knowing that they had everything to do with it.

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Wednesday
May152013

DIY Infant Car Seat Blanket and Hanging Toy Set Tutorial

 

So if you read this blog regularly, then you know that I make baby blankets for sale. My standard size is 28" x 34", which is perfect for a stroller, crib, or snuggle, but a little large for the infant car seats required here in the U.S. That is why I came up with this smaller, lighter blanket and toy set to keep our new baby snug and entertained while I drive her siblings around. 

Blanket measures a petite 18" x 22", which is just right for tucking around her in the car seat. It is also the perfect size to use as a changing pad. I can roll it up in the diaper bag, use it in public restrooms, and then machine wash and dry it when we get home. A nice option for the well travelled family! 

Toys tie on to the car seat's handle, are easily removed and also machine washable. Once baby outgrows the car seat they may be tied on to any number of things...crib bars, the back of a car seat, bouncy toy...you name it.

For both the blanket and the toys I used minky cuddle dot fabric in grey on one side, and Amy Butler's Wall Flower print in Cherry on the other. Both fabrics stand up well to lots of washing, and the darker grey minky is a practical choice for daily use.

Now because I sell blankets just like this one, I am not going to include a tutorial here for this blanket. That said, there are loads of simple, free blanket tutorials available on the web, and it would be easy to find one and change any measurements to make your finished product approximately 18" x 20". Once you've made your blanket, the toys can be whipped up with your leftover fabric. If you can sew, then you can make these toys! I'm including a short tutorial for the toys bellow. 

Oh, and feel free to customize everything about these toys. I did not measure my shapes. I just cut and sewed based on how large I thought I would want them. And please don't feel limited by my choice of simple shapes. One could easily use this method to make toys in the shape of a child's initials, stars, moons, animals, etc...  

Material: fabric scraps or fat quarter of coordinating fabric, ribbon or twill tape at least 20" long for each toy, polyester fiberfill/stuffing, thread, sewing machine

How to:

First, fold your leftover fabric in half and cut out 2 or more shapes you desire. I chose a simple square and triangle. You will have 2 of each shape, one for the front, and one for the back of the toy.

Then cut 2 pieces of ribbon or twill tape for each toy. Each piece of ribbon should be about 10" long. Don't make them too long. 

Place one piece of each toy's fabric and place it right side up on a flat surface. Take two pieces of twill and place them on top of each other, centered on the side of the toy that you wish to hang upwards againsts the car seat's handle bar. Fold up the ribbon/twill tape until it fits on the cut shape.

Take the remaining fabric shape for each toy and place it right side down on top of the botton fabric and twill tape, creating a sandwich. Pin in place.

Sew around all sides, leaving at least a 2" opening. Clip corners.

Pull fabric through the opening until it is right side out. Make sure twill tape is also pulled right side out.

Use a chopstick or point turner to poke your corners out and/or create a sharp curve.

Stuff polyfill inside of your opening until your toy is pleasantly plump. 

Fold contasting ribbon or a tag (if you have one) into the opening, pin in place, and sew opening closed.

Optional: coat the edges of the ribbon/twill tape with Fray Check to prevent fraying. Alternatively, knot the ends of the ribbon. 

You are done!  Now tie your toys securely on to the handle bar of your car seat and you are ready to go. 

We used ours immediately... 

 Phew! That was a long post. If you made it to the end - high five.

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Saturday
May112013

Handmade Nursery & DIY Heart Garland

So I had a yummy baby girl a few weeks ago - and I'm still smiling. I really LOVE babies, and this girl turns me into mush with every yawn and smile just like I knew she would. Lack of sleep, dirty diapers, and piles of laundry mean nothing to me when she opens those eyes. I'm an honest to goodness sucker like that. And I'm a sucker (obviously) for all things handmade when it comes to wee ones, so I racked up the hours creating handmade goodies on the sly while pregnant. I even got the kids involved. 

To start I made the Simpatico Flying Geese Quilt. Then, once I knew it was "the one" for my baby, I sewed up some coordinating baby and toddler blankets, crib sheets, a diaper basket/organizer, and infant dress. I also made a couple of painted guaze swaddling blankets, pom pom and felt window garlands, and an infant car seat set. This is my second mostly handmade nursery, and I'd love to share what I've learned about sewing for infants and babies over the next few posts. 

The first project I'm going to share is the simplest. It's a heart garland made of felt that my daughter and I made together in under an hour. If you want to make one of your own, then cut hearts, roughly the same size, out of felt in your choice of fiber and color (we used leftover recycled and wool felt from Purl and Benzie Design). Then sew down the center of the hearts with a continous straight stitch using a sewing machine. Try to keep the space between the hearts approximately the same length, and leave long tails of thread on both ends to make the garland easy to secure.

I packed our heart garland in my hospital bag and draped it on our baby girl's hospital bassinet the day she was born. The nurses in the mother baby unit at our hospital all loved the garland, and we always knew which baby was ours!

 

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Thursday
May022013

Happy Mother's Day

Wishing you and yours a wonderful Mother's Day...

We are so grateful to be celebrating this year with our new baby girl :)

 

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Thursday
Apr182013

Spring Shop Inventory

So in the past 10 days I have been very very busy sewing to stock some spring blankets, bibs, and gift sets in my Etsy shop, and at The Craft Lounge.  All told, I've sewn a whopping 19 blankets + 17 bibs! That may not seem like a lot to someone who has chunks of time to devote to production, but for me it took stolen hours while sick children were napping, and Mr. T was making sandwiches, folding laundry, and giving baths in my place. 

I won't bore you with the details of each item sewn here. Instead I'm just posting a few photos. If you want to see more details, then head on over to my Cry Baby Quilts Etsy shop. It's full of new Spring items!

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Tuesday
Apr162013

Hand Knit Odette Hoodie Sweater 

So the very same day that I finished the Decouverte vest for myself, I cast on this sweater for my youngest boy, Mr.B, in a hurry.

You see, a couple of months ago I completed a tiny sweater for our soon-to-be-born fourth child, only to be told by my third kiddo that I had never (never!) knit anything for him. After some thought I realized I was guilty as charged, and I felt really, truly, like a bad mother. How could I skip over kid #3 and knit for kid #4 without even realizing it? So I knit like the wind, and finished this Odette hoodie for Mr. B just in time for our weekly Sunday breakfast date last weekend. We headed down to the Hudson River for a stroll and a scone, and I snapped a few photos of him in his new hoodie. It's a bit on the large size because I knit the size 4 (Mr. B is nearly 3 years old) in the hopes that he gets next winter out of it. We both love how it turned out, long sleeves and all. 

Pattern is the Odette Hoodie by Carrie Bostick Hoge. Yarn is Berroco Comfort worsted weight in Spice. Peace Fleece wooden buttons were a gift from many years ago...

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Thursday
Apr042013

Modified Easy Linen Shirt 

 

So this last item in my own personal Kids Clothing Week Challenge is a modified Easy Linen Shirt from the book Sewing for Boys. It seems like I see a version of this shirt on craft blogs weekly, and with good reason. It's a simple pattern to sew, with endless possible variations.

This variation is inspired by our oldest boy's love of old boy scout shirts, and all things sleeveless. When cutting and sewing, I left off the sleeves entirely. Instead of adding sleeves I merely topstitiched a double row of wide stitches around the armholes for stability, leaving frayed edges for a rough and tumble look. Otherwise, I followed the pattern exactly, in the size 4/5 for my slim five year old. I thought of sizing up because I think this shirt would look great layered over a long sleeved waffle T, but the patterns in this book tend to run large, so I stuck with the 4/5 size for the summer. 

Patches are from Best Made Co. Fabric is lighweight cotton black and red seersucker ordered from Fabric.com.

And that concludes my very own Kids Clothing Week Challenge for this spring. I'm pretty happy with what I've produced. What do you think?

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Thursday
Apr042013

All Set Reversible Menswear Shorts 

 

So it wouldn't be a Kids Clothing Week Challenge (even a self-imposed one) for me without my boys' favorite shorts. This year they have both officially grown out of the reversible trouser pattern in Anna Maria Horner's book Handmade Beginnings. Last spring I fudged it and extended the pattern from Handmade Beginnings myself, adding buttons and piping (check them out here). This spring, I made life easier for myself and purchased Anna Maria's All Set Kids Pattern Set. It includes larger versions of the much loved reversible trousers/shorts and hooded jacket from Handmade Beginnings, along with new patterns for a skirt and blouse. 

I was tickled by the fact that the new All Set version of the reversible trouser/short includes options now for a button tab much like the one I added last year. Ironically, I decided not to include the button tabs this year, after replacing the buttons too many times to count for my rough riding boys last summer. This year they get the stripped down model - no button, tabs, or piping. Just simple reversible shorts in hilarious cotton prints that make them giggle.

Fabric is from Timeless Treasures' Menswear collection. I used Moustaches in black and Wingtips in grey for both pair of reversible shorts. I love these prints for boys because they are whimsical, non-directional, and they come in dark colors to hide the wear and tear that occurs naturally when you are a little man. Cute, right?

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Monday
Apr012013

Little Lisette Dress 

 

So I know...another garment for my girl. Don't I have two boys too? What about them? Well, thoughtful reader, I'll get to them, I promise. But not until we talk about this funky dress in yet another off-beat fabric combo chosen by my fiercely independent girl child. 

Now please check this dress out. 

It's the little lisette 1892 sewing pattern from Oliver + S. I picked it up a while ago on sale at JoAnn's and started my daughter dreaming of matching mother-daughter dresses. Alas, I am not up to sewing myself a coordinating frock just yet, but I just may in the future. My daughter and I both love the racerback style of the back, and the high/low hem. This dress is a simple pullover, so there are no buttons, elastics, zippers, patches or pockets to apply. If you can sew a curved line and attach hem tape, then you know all you need for this straightforward project.  

Pattern was cut and sewn in the size 6, with length extended to size 7. Fabric is Jay McCarroll's Philadelphia on top, and Los Angeles on the bottom, both in the Midtown colorway from his Center City collection for Free Spirit

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